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Siddhartha Vaidyanathan recalls a great Test match between India and Pakistan that ended this day, 14 years ago.
I have drawn up umpteen alternate scenarios - what if Mongia had stayed sane? what if Tendulkar had tried to loft Saqlain inside-out? what if Joshi had struck another straight six? what if Srinath had lost his head and actually pulled off a mad hoick? - but also reflected on more weightier matters - would Tendulkar have changed his batting style into a more ruthless, error-free one had India won this match? Would the innings be enshrined in legend as the greatest, his greatest? Would we have ever had the million debates about his ability at the finish?
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