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Australia’s Matthew Hayden is the batting mainstay of Chennai Super Kings
Captain of the Deccan Chargers Adam Gilchrist, is still high on energy Photos AFP

The Vintage punch
Amit Khanna
Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you do not mind it does not matter”. A tribe of players, who have, for all practical purposes, retired from international cricket, seem to be hell bent on proving this famous saying right in the ongoing IPL extravaganza in South Africa. Actually the so-called superannuation of some of the top players has only enhanced the quality of competition in the second version of the IPL with the game of cricket being the biggest beneficiary.

A stitch in time
Jasmine Singh chats up Ali Irani who believes that hard work pays if you are in a state of good health
Sometimes we are like angels with only one wing. We need the other wing of another angel to keep flying.”
This is what Dr Ali Irani, president of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists and HoD, Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, has done all this while.

New-look centre court for French Open
Chrystel Boulet-Euchin
A new centre court, equipped with a retractable roof, will be used at Roland Garros for the French Open by 2013 or 2014, tennis officials said recently. The court, with a capacity of 14,600, was supposed to be ready for the 2012 Olympics but France’s failure to secure the Games has delayed the project. “This project is very important for French tennis, our tournament’s future depends on it,” French Federation president Jean Gachassin told reporters.

 

 




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The Vintage punch
Amit Khanna


Shane Warne of Rajasthan Royals has been the key motivator for his team

Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you do not mind it does not matter”. A tribe of players, who have, for all practical purposes, retired from international cricket, seem to be hell bent on proving this famous saying right in the ongoing IPL extravaganza in South Africa.

Actually the so-called superannuation of some of the top players has only enhanced the quality of competition in the second version of the IPL with the game of cricket being the biggest beneficiary.

Though many things set Rajasthan Royals, Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers apart, the thing which binds them together is that all these sides are marshalled by men who are no longer donning the colours for their respective national sides.

Adam Gilchrist, captain of the Deccan Chargers is still high on energy and low on sympathy for bowlers. The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman’s game is still about velocity and aggression. Players like him are super all-rounders who are an asset for any team. Deccan Chargers have benefitted enormously from his captaincy and cricketing acumen. Thanks to his leadership abilities, last year’s table finishers are nursing a dream of making it to the last four this time. Loads of international experience has also helped him in getting the best out of every player in the playing 11.

As for the Royal Challengers, they looked a transformed team after Anil Kumble took over the reins, before being beaten by Rajasthan Royals, who were out to take revenge for the thrashing they received in the first match between the two teams.

Making a mockery of the ‘retired’ status ‘enforced’ upon him, Jumbo (as he is lovingly known to his fans) has changed the fortunes of the side. No doubt the performance of the unit has uplifted radically compared to the last edition with the Challengers posing a stiff competition.
Royal Challengers are a transformed team after Anil Kumble took over the reins
Royal Challengers are a transformed team after Anil Kumble took over the reins

The surprise upset of the formidable Chennai Super Kings by two wickets at Durban on May 14 showed the signs of resurgence coming to fruition.

What the wily Shane Warne did last year with a bunch of performance-hungry youngsters is already a part of cricketing legend. Though this time they started the league on a bad note, the shrewd moves of the “man in blue” have been instrumental in keeping the fortunes of his side afloat. The thrilling last over finish against Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians in Durban showed what the genius is still capable of.

He not only succeeded in seeing the back of the Master Blaster but also maneuvered his troops like an old warhorse. The excitement of a 16-year-old on his face after getting every new wicket is a sight to behold. Warne continues to enthral the millions watching him create magic on the field. He might just have the last laugh this time as well.

Another one in this group of super performers is Australian and Chennai Super Kings’ batting mainstay Matthew Hayden. Hayden’s cricket is about hitting hot-blooded shots all around the park. The speed with which the left-hander continues to help the cricket ball meet the fence fails logic and is seen to be believed. Though the rumour mills are rife that he might be called back to do duty for his national side, he has been as contemptuous towards the bowlers as ever right through the tournament.

Amassing 546 runs in the 11 matches at a staggering strike rate of more that 145, he has done the honour of wearing the purple cap for most of the IPL.

May be the cooling period after retirement has been a welcome break which has helped these players re-group their thoughts, helping them re-fresh their minds and bodies. It is taxing, physically as well as mentally, to play and travel all through the year. The treasures of experience have further accentuated their urge to perform better every time they play. The game will certainly be well served if this helps unearth young talent.
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A stitch in time

Jasmine Singh chats up Ali Irani who believes that hard work pays if you are in a state of good health

Sometimes we are like angels with only one wing. We need the other wing of another angel to keep flying.”

This is what Dr Ali Irani, president of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists and HoD, Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine, Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, has done all this while. He has mended, straightened and adjusted angles for better functioning. The former physiotherapist of the Indian cricket team is a known name in Bollywood too. In fact, the first call that Shah Rukh Khan made when asked to get an elbow surgery was to Dr Irani.

How would you define your role as a physiotherapist?

Role of a physiotherapist is not only to treat an injury, but also to identify and prevent it. Today, almost all the players are super fit and so are the actors. They are all working hard on their fitness. When I joined the team in 1987, I proved that a physiotherapist was a must for every sports team. Sportsmen would come up with problems of knee sprain, muscle pull, which are pretty common these days. But, the way I would treat them, after listening to them properly, made all the difference. I knew my team and their problems in and out, which helped in the treatment.


Timely intervention by physiotherapist can prevent serious injuries to sportspersons

More than 450 patients are treated at the physiotherapy department in Nanavati hospital, Mumbai, everyday, which includes actors from Bollywood, television stars, people from the sports fraternity to common people.

But the problems are more or less the same; either it is musco-skeletal, cardio-respiratory or neurological.

We’ve heard that you played an important role in King Khan’s shoulder surgery?

SRK had a fall in 2002, while shooting. At that time, I diagnosed him with partial supraspinatus tear of his left shoulder. But it takes a bigger problem to hold back Shah Rukh Khan from work. He insisted that he could go on working with this problem for another six years. And he did, till he had another fall in December 2008, which caused the partial tear into a complete supraspinatus tear. He had no option but to go for a surgery to repair it as his profession demanded action. I always tell him that his left is not right. He ends up hurting his left knee, ankle, shoulder or leg. He is a true fighter.

Shah Rukh Khan was doubtful about getting operated in India for his elbow surgery in 2009?

Yes, he was pretty skeptical. He didn’t want to disturb other patients in the hospital, for he knew that media and his celebrity friends would want to be around him 24X7. However, we convinced him to stay back in India for the surgery.

What difference do you find in the injuries of film stars and sports people?

Today’s stars do their own stunts and this makes their injuries almost similar to those suffered by the sportsmen. Almost all TV actors of dance reality show Nach Baliye came to me with complaints of a muscle pull or an ankle sprain. What they don’t understand, is that their body is not accustomed to vigorous forms of moving and shaking, unlike the sportspersons, who go in for regular practice sessions leading to fine, toned and muscular bodies.

What is the nature of the problems that you face as a physiotherapist?

More than 80 per cent of the population suffers from back, neck, shoulder or knee problems. Obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure are other problematic areas, where physiotherapy helps. I strongly feel that every school should have a physiotherapist to work on the children’s posture, muscle strength and mobility to prove that a stitch in time saves nine. A physiotherapist only can bring down the statistics of many disorders if these are identified and treated at the school level, why wait for children to become overweight and have nagging pains, which become chronic as they grow.

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New-look centre court for French Open
Chrystel Boulet-Euchin

A new centre court, equipped with a retractable roof, will be used at Roland Garros for the French Open by 2013 or 2014, tennis officials said recently.

The court, with a capacity of 14,600, was supposed to be ready for the 2012 Olympics but France’s failure to secure the Games has delayed the project. “This project is very important for French tennis, our tournament’s future depends on it,” French Federation president Jean Gachassin told reporters.

The new centre court, whose roof is set to fully close in 10 minutes, will also host the Paris Masters, usually played at Bercy sports hall. “The goal is to have an outdoor stadium that can be covered, instead of an indoor stadium that can be uncovered,” said MarcMimram, the architect at the head of the project.

“There is a special atmosphere because of the season (spring). There will be an anti-noise barrier made of glass and it will be oriented towards South to keep the daylight as long as possible.”

Of the four grand slam events, the Australian Open has two courts with a roof, while Wimbledon’s Centre Court will have a new translucent retractable roof from this year. US Open organisers are considering building a roof over its main court.

The overall cost of the French roof has been estimated at around 120 million euros ($163 million), Gachassin said. Paris City Council and the French government are set to invest 20 million euros each in the project.

The heavy building work will start in 2010 or 2011 and is expected to be finished three years later. Since it was built in 1928, Roland Garros has been extended from eight to 24.7 acres and from three to 23 courts. — Reuters

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