Look ahead

It was yet another sad day for Indian cricket. Team India suffered its third straight loss against South Africa at Port Elizabeth. However, it's no use blaming the team again and again. Instead, let us think of the future. Let India go into the Test series against South Africa with hope. We wish Team India all the best.

Another sad news was the demise of Hanumant Singh, a batsman with silken grace. He scored a century on debut against Mike Smith's English team. His 94 against Australia, led by Bobby Simpson, was a superb innings. In those days, earning a place in the Indian team was very difficult. Besides, the payments made to the players were also very poor, a far cry from what it is today.

S. Venugopalan, Chennai Talented team

The South African players displayed their immense talent in batting and bowling against India. And their fielding was simply superb, making them the best in the world today. Players such as AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs were outstanding in the field.

The way India played against South Africa in the one-day series, it is hard to believe we had reached the World Cup final in South Africa in 2003.

Sweta Satpathy, Angul (Orissa) Replace non-performers

The Indian cricket team's performance in the ODIs against South Africa is shocking. The only solution now is to shake the players out of their complacency. It's time to replace players such as Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif. They can go back to play domestic cricket till they regain their form. That's what Australia did to Michael Clarke when he ran out of form. Players like Gautam Gambhir and S. Badrinath too can be considered for the Indian team.

Mohan Nair, Kottayam Kallis the great

This is with reference to your Cover Story, `Quintessential Cricketer' (Sportstar, Dec. 12). There is absolutely no doubt that Jacques Kallis is the best all-rounder in the world today. He has been the nemesis of the Indian team, as he proved in Durban. Hope the Indian bowlers will be able to dismiss him early in the innings in the forthcoming Test series.

N. Mahadevan, Chennai The `New Don' of tennis

As pointed out by Vijay Parthasarathy in the Cover Story, `Beyond a boundary' (Sportstar, Nov. 25) Roger Federer is undoubtedly the best tennis player after Sampras and Agassi. He psychologically subdues his opponents and goes on to win comfortably. The Tennis Masters title that he won recently in Shanghai was no big surprise, it was only an icing on his cake. The only title that has eluded him is the French Open. But considering his all-round ability, it is only a matter of time before he wins at Roland Garros.

As Don Bradman was to cricket and Michael Schumacher to Formula One, Federer is the `New Don' of tennis.

Sudarshan. S, Chennai