There’s no sorrier sight in sport than the player who waited too long to quit. Sometimes hanging in there to achieve a record, like Kapil Dev, can sour earlier memories of unqualified genius. Yet, why do some quit when their prodigious abilities seem clearly intact?
Sohail Abbas Penalty corner super specialist and scorer of a world-record 274 international goals quit hockey this month, at the top of his game.
Bjorn Borg His tennis career was effectively over at 25, when he lost the no. 1 ranking to John McEnroe. A loss of that intense will to win?
Florence Griffith Joyner Bulked up massively, annihilated the 100 & 200m running records, promptly quit athletics, died at 39. Did she quit to avoid testing for drugs?
Sunil Gavaskar A finely timed retirement. Age was showing, but that last Test score of 96 on an evil pitch was proof enough of why he was special.
Rocky Marciano Possibly the hardest hitter, pound-for-pound, retired after 49 fights (43 KOs), the only undefeated heavyweight boxing champ. And stayed retired.
So you thought you knew all about
Kareena Kapoor isn’t scared to show her love as the latest video clip show her lip- locking with boyfriend Shahid Kapur. Spot the slip-of-the-tongue in her bio.
A. Was first-choice leading lady in ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’, but walked out due to differences with director Rakesh Roshan.
B. Went to Welham Girls School, Dehradun.
C. Attended Oxford university.
D. Swims compulsively to keep fit.
E. Did a bare back scene for forthcoming film ‘Bewafaa’.
Answer C. She studied at Harvard for three months before moving to drama school.
No more lonely nights, sang Paul McCartney years ago. The song’s evidently playing in the bedrooms of many Japanese singletons. Men have been queuing up to buy this cushion for the weary male head (on right). Women meanwhile have enthusiastically been snapping up the Arm Pillow (on left) for over a year since it was introduced in Japan.