Bond's blistering pace

Sir, — Shane Bond's spell against India in the second one-day international in Bulawayo was a wonderful display of fast bowling. It is really a delight to watch him run in to the crease and bowl those toe-crushing yorkers at 150 km/hr.

There are not many bowlers who can bowl those in-swingers at such a pace.

India's top order batsmen, beaten for sheer pace, were clueless against Bond in that match. Bond's figures of 6 for19 rank as the best by a Kiwi bowler in ODIs. Interestingly, Bond also held the previous record for New Zealand with figures of 6 for 23 against Australia at Port Elizabeth in 2003.

What a remarkable comeback Bond has had after being out of the game for almost two and half years. I am sure the cricketing world is witnessing one of the finest fast bowling talents in current era.

Keerthi Ganesh Chennai Fitting reward

Sir, — The prestigious Arjuna Award is a fitting reward for the Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza. It is a reflection of Sania's hard work, determination and patriotism, which have helped her scale great heights in a short span of time. Every Indian should be proud of this young girl from Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, in Zimbabwe, Lou Vincent cracked a blazing century to steer New Zealand to victory against the hosts. He essayed some delightful strokes all round the wicket to score 172 off only 119 deliveries.

Vincent would be a great prospect for New Zealand in the forthcoming World Cup. Besides, he would also be spectators' delight.

D. Giridhar Chennai Conduct matters

Sir, — Amrit Mathur's views on our contemporary cricketers, branding them as `boring', are disappointing.

From Dhyan Chand to Ramanathan Krishnan to Milkha Singh to Kapil Dev — what distinguished these legendary Indian sportsmen was their spotless conduct on and off the field. So, if our modern-day Sachins, Dravids and Kumbles are maintaining that rich legacy, should they not be commended for it?

Ruckus raising, tantrum throwing Indian sportsmen a la Jeff Tarango, Phil Edmonds, Shoaib Akhtar? No, Amrit Bhai! Yeh dil hai maantha hai nahin!

Suresh Manoharan Hyderabad True role model

Sir, — Thank you for bringing out two precious articles on the occasion of the Birth Centenary of Dhyan Chand.

He was the greatest sportsman from India to be acknowledged worldwide. As former Olympian and Indian Hockey wizard Balbir Singh observes, he (Dhyan) had been a role model to many players and he had helped many become celebrities by coaching them.

True, Dhyan Chand is to hockey what Don is to cricket and Pele is to soccer.

The photograph of Dhyan Chand's statue at Vienna could have been published. It would have been a collector's delight.

The current crop of Indian hockey players should draw inspiration from Dhyan Chand and follow the great ethics and morals set by the legend.

P. Kannan Srivilliputtur, T.N. A reminder to the young generation

Sir, — The articles on Dhyan Chand, the hockey wizard, were very informative. They help the young generation of India to realise that the country was once the superpower of hockey.

Ted Corbett's article on the Old Trafford Test was superb. It is one of the best pieces he has written in years.

The article on contemporary spinners was very informative. Similar articles on batsmen, fast bowlers and wicket-keepers would be interesting.

Solaiman Palash Dhaka, Bangaladesh