The Young Guns in the Indian team are doing a marvellous job.-R.V. MOORTHY

A welcome sign

The young guns, in the Indian cricket team, have done a marvellous job in recent times. Given the talent available, India should put up a good show in the coming World Cup. Apart from the youngsters, the experienced stars such as Dravid and Tendulkar have to pull up their socks so that we can have a good mix of youth and experience. The recent success in the one-dayers is laudable. But all is not well with our Test team. India still has to depend on the ageing Anil Kumble, who is doing a commendable job.

The success of emerging players is a good sign and let's hope they will do well against the Windies in the Caribbean.

Sandeep Roy, Allahabad Brazil has firepower

I don't agree with the views of the author in the feature, "Stars' Starting Troubles" (April 22nd issue). True, the Brazilians have problems with their defence, but upfront they are strong. Ronaldinho is on song, and the midfield is surely overwhelmed with riches. The author has stated that wonderboy Kaka has "lost a shade of the sparkle that accompanied his emergence on to the big stage at Milan." I am following the Italian Serie A and the UEFA Champions League and I feel Kaka has now become a more effective player than what he was, when he made his debut. Brazil possesses all the firepower to win the World Cup.

Subhankar Mondal, Bangalore Thought-provoking

The column `Pension: make it count' by Waingankar was thought-provoking. The cricket board should consider seriously some of his arguments, which are quite valuable.

Now coming to the football World Cup, there is no denying the fact that Rooney (Cover story, April 29th issue) is a great talent, but certainly England can't ride on his talent alone to lift the Cup.

Suresh Manoharan, Hyderabad A disastrous run

The Indian hockey team's performance in the recent four-nation tournament at Monchengladbach, Germany, was pathetic. Both Germany and Spain toyed with India. Only in the last match, against Argentina, did our team fare better. The defence was porous and the attack lacked imagination.

Dhruv Munjal, New Delhi Take it to cooler regions

Summer is not the ideal time to have an international series in India. The recently concluded India-England cricket series showed the hardship for the players, especially the Englishmen.

Still, if the cricket board wants to have a series in summer, it can hold them in the cooler regions like Srinagar, Nainital, Mussorie, Darjeeling, to name a few. For this the board — along with the local associations — has to develop the infrastructure.

This will also help to bring out the talent from the rural centres.

P. K. Gairola, Uttaranchal