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10th May 2002 - Page 6

Indiaís Poor Performance in 
Barbados Leave Fans in Despair

NIDHI DALAL 
WRITES BACK HOME

India went into the third test match with high hopes of securing a series win as well as with a legacy of never winning a Test match in Barbados. The last time they were there, India were set to chase a mere total of 120 runs and ended up making only 81. The last test win ensured that their confidence level was high and they might have overcome this poor streak in Barbados. The Indian team again made a brave decision to leave an experienced bowler like Anil Kumble out of the side. India was put into bat on a pitch that was a fast bowler's paradise and they paid the consequences. India made only 102 runs in their first innings with Saurav Ganguly being the top scorer (48). Mervyn Dillon exploited these conditions very well and picked up his career best of 4 wickets for just 41 runs. In the West Indian First Innings Carl Hooper and Shivnarine Chanderpaul steadied the innings, with both of them scoring individual centuries. They eventually made 394, meaning that they had a lead of 292 runs. India batted much better in their second innings but the big guns Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid failed to get a good start. India got only a five run lead, which led to a West Indian victory by 10 wickets. There were some good individual efforts by V.V.S Laxman, Saurav Ganguly and Zaheer Khan, which all went in vain. India must work as a team if they want to have any chance of winning the next two tests. Lets wish them the best of luck and hope they break the record of not having any overseas victories in the last decade or so. It's wonderful to come back to school. Again. And Again. I passed out of Vasant Valley two years ago in 2000 and am currently pursuing engineering in Electronics and Communications from Delhi College of Engineering (NSIT). In the last two years, I've come back to school a number of times and each time I was transported back to those unforgettable school days. Of course, the school has changed for the better in the last two years - school timings have become shorter for one. This will be a real help for the class 11 and 12 students preparing for their entrance exams. Talking of which, when I was preparing for my entrance exams in class 11 & 12 the workload would be intolerable at times but my teachers were supportive and made me realize that I had to make an effort now so that my future would be just the way I wanted it to be. The hard work did pay off - it was worth every bit of it. Besides the academics, Vasant Valley has given me a certain confidence and the ability to deal with the small problems of life when they do arise. Our school provides just the right environment for us to develop in. Being a part of the Vasant Valley family is an experience that has left its stamp on my personality and I'm going to carry these impressions through the rest of my life.

Nidhi Dalal

The fourth test match starts on Friday, 10 May at 6:30 pm on Star Sports. Make sure you donít miss this!

WORLD CUP
2002

EDITORIAL BOARD

Mallika Singh, Nikhil Awasty, Govind Grewal, Piya Kishore, Aman Raj Khanna, Ashish Aggarwal, Rishab Sareen, Shivan Marya, Abhishek Narula, Ashwin Garg, Sheenum Kumar

Sports Desk: Varun Garg and Vikas Venugopal

Editor: Aatish Bhatia

The Soccer World Cup is scheduled to begin on the 31st of May, 2002 in South Korea with Previous Winners, France, taking on hosts, South Korea. Lets hope it is an exciting World Cup with all the big teams advancing past the League matches. David Beckham, the England Captain has said that his foot will recover in time for England's first match. From England's point of view Beckham's presence could make all the difference.

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