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Syed Abid Ali is carried off the field by fans after securing India's series win

Those fine men of Hyderabad

Playing alongside the likes of Pataudi, Abid Ali, Jaisimha and Abbas Ali Baig was an experience to be cherished

Ajit Wadekar made 48

Lefties I've loved

From Sobers to Sangakkara, plenty oozed grace at the crease. Each had his own distinctive style

(From left) KVR Murthy, PK Belliappa and K Bharadwaj walk out for a Jolly Rovers match

A Jolly Rovers reunion

It was all nostalgia and anecdotes when late-1960s alumni of a well known Chennai club got together one evening recently

Wriddhiman Saha avoids a bouncer

The helmet effect

Has protective gear resulted in inferior techniques when facing short-pitched bowling, resulting in more batsmen getting hit these days?

Polly Umrigar, Datta Gaekwad, Denis Compton and Vijay Manjrekar

A captain a minute

Or that's what it felt like in India at the tail end of the 1950s

Bishan Bedi chats with Cameron White

Listen to Bedi

The former left-arm spinner's trenchant views on selection, and on the treatment of India's spinners in particular, should not be ignored

Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century with Ajinkya Rahane

India's one-day selection needs a rethink

The World Cup showed that those picking the side need to focus on the team's weaknesses and be bold enough to replace players who may have come to take their places for granted

Alvin Kallicharran drives on his way to a half-century

Where have all the stylists gone?

You'll get powerful and innovative shots, spectacular fielding and express pace in this year's World Cup, but at the cost of artistry and mystery