LETTERS

Dravid's class act

Sir, — Rahul Dravid's excellent and graceful knocks in both the innings and fine piece of bowling by Anil Kumble and Ajit Agarkar helped India to record a remarkable victory in Adelaide. The Indian fielders also did a great job.

Dravid and V. V. S. Laxman once again produced a match-winning partnership against the Aussies.

The last time India recorded a victory Down Under was in 1981. No doubt, it is a team effort and Sourav Ganguly and Co. deserves a pat on the back.

Suhas Sapre, Baroda Great achievement

Sir, — Coming as it did after more than two decades, the victory by our cricket team in Australia should be hailed as a great achievement.

What should make it special was without depending on Sachin, the team delivered. Further, the two top bowlers, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh, were missing from the line-up.

What brought this glorious victory were the combined efforts of Dravid and Laxman and the sudden burst of brilliance by Agarkar. No doubt, it was a team effort.

V. S. Gopalarathnam, Chennai Stupendous effort

Sir, — The incredible victory of the Indian cricket team over the Australians on their own soil, after more than two decades, was a stupendous team effort.

The performances from Rahul Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Agarkar, Sehwag and Tendulkar were praiseworthy.

India bounced back in style after facing a mammoth first innings score of 556 by Australia.

In fact, the team was 85 for four, when Rahul Dravid took charge.

In the end Ajit Agarkar's six-wicket spell sealed the Aussies' fate.

K. P. Ramesh Bhose, Kannur Kudos to Indian cricket team

Sir, — India's victory at Adelaide is praiseworthy. Sourav Ganguly and Co. deserve all the accolades. Rahul Dravid, V. V. S. Laxman and Ajit Agarkar did India proud with their remarkable performances.

The December 20th issue was good. The action pictures were eye-catching. The interview with Sourav Ganguly made interesting reading. We expect more such interviews. Thanks for stopping the Man of the Match profiles.

Suminder, Cochin Good number

Sir, — I am reading your esteemed magazine for the past 15 years. The Sportstar has changed much now. The November 29th issue was excellent. The articles and photographs of the tri-series were good.

But I was disappointed with the lesser number of pictures. Especially, in the review of the India-New Zealand match, you have carried only three pictures.

Vidhu G. Nair, Delhi Good tribute to Srinath

Sir, — The review of the Australian tour and the feature on Javagal Srinath's retirement were really good. The pictures of the India's tour matches were excellent.

We are expecting more pictures of that size. It would have been better if you had published an action Poster of Srinath. Kindly publish more action pictures on the Cover as well as on the Poster.

Neeraj, Rajeev, Suresh, Bangalore Pacemen fare better than spinners overseas

Sir, — I do not agree with Raju Bharatan's views (`Spin blunder down under', The Sportstar, December 6, 2003) on taking one more spinner for the on going Test series in Australia.

He should have reflected on how many wickets the present spinning duo of Kumble and Harbhajan has taken in either Tests or One-day matches overseas for the last three years. Compared to the spinners, the medium pacers have done their job well. Even during India's disastrous tour of New Zealand and in the World Cup championship, the pacemen did much better.

M. Om Prakash, Guntur Pictures stand out

Sir, — In the last five issues, the coverage of cricket was really good. The pictures were excellent. Please carry more photo features. I don't find photo features for the past four or five years.

Lijo, Bangalore More action pictures, please

Sir, — The preview of India's Australian tour was good. In the interview with Javagal Srinath, there was not a single action picture of the paceman. Please publish more action pictures; especially we welcome more photo features.

G. Abhilash, Kottayam