Sachin Tendulkar will bid a fond farewell to the sport he has loved and excelled in over the last two decades, having made a wonderful 74 in the first innings of his final Test, against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium.
VVS Laxman made his debut for the Star Sports commentary team during the first test at Chennai, six months after his retirement from international cricket. And just like the exquisite flicks that directed balls that should properly be played through the offside to leg...
When Harbhajan Singh stepped on to the field for the first Test against Australia at Chennai, he joined the elite club of cricketers to have played 100 Tests for India. Although his performance in the first innings at Chennai wasn’t worthy of the occasion, it was a significant achievement nonetheless. We tried to rate the ‘centurions’ of India cricket in order of the impact they made on the team’s fortunes.
Australia’s two-Test tour to India in 2010 was the shortest series since the one-off Test in 1996, which was the inaugural Border-Gavaskar clash between the two sides. Like in 2008, Australia arrived in the sub-continent with a weak bowling attack.
Australia came to India in 2008 with a strong bowling outfit but a weak bowling attack. Unfortunately for skipper Ricky Ponting, his batters did as poorly as the bowlers, as a result of which India got home to a comfortable 2-0 win.
Having gotten the better of Australia at home three years back, India must have gone into the 2003/04 series Down Under with a fair degree of confidence. That said, Australia went into the series as favourites since India hadn’t won a single Test in Australia for over two decades, leave alone a series. All that was set to change though.