Tributes

SEPTEMBER 06, 2014

Let us now praise Dudley Nourse

Stuart Wark: The South African batsman's superior Test numbers may have slipped under the radar because of his team's poor record in the few years either side of the Second World War
Where does Dudley Nourse rank in the list of South Africa's greatest Test batsmen? © Getty Images
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AUGUST 20, 2014

Me, my Bapi and Bangladesh cricket

Zeeshan Mahmud: A son recalls the highs that Bangladesh cricket gave him and his father
JULY 20, 2014

A man of his people

Janaka Malwatta: Mahela Jayawardene embodies artistry and steel in his batting, and warmth and humanity off the field
JUNE 23, 2014

24-carat Tendulkar

The London-based East India Company has released a limited-edition legal tender coin commemorating the career of Sachin Tendulkar. The 24-carat gold coin weighs precisely 200g - to mark the 200 Test matches that Tendulkar played - has the number 187 on it - to mark his Test cap number - and only 210 of them - for unspecified reasons - will go on sale for £12,000 each.

"We had been talking to Tendulkar since last December as we thought it would be the best way to immortalise an exceptional career spanning over 24 years," said Sanjiv Mehta, CEO of the East India Company, speaking to Gulf News. "There were some delays in the way as we had to secure the rights for producing it from the Commonwealth currency issuing authority but it was worth the wait."

Mehta added that the company would also mint coins in "one ounce, one-fourth ounce gold and half-an-ounce silver".

Apart from an autographed bat and a helmet, the coin face also features the Gateway of India to symbolise his hometown Mumbai.

"All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India," Tendulkar said. "I am very fortunate to have lived this dream for the last 24 years. I am honoured to be recognised with the issue of these special coins, which have been impressively designed with a lot of thought."

APRIL 14, 2014

The finest of Sri Lanka's early years

Stuart Wark: In the '80s, the classy Roy Dias gave stability to a Sri Lankan batting line-up that had to compete against teams with far greater experience and depth
APRIL 05, 2014

Indian cricket

Wadekar's shoes and a Karnataka triumph

In the Telegraph, historian Ramachandra Guha reminisces about Karnataka's semi-final against Bombay in March 1974, en route to their first Ranji Trophy title. Guha writes that Karnataka beat Bombay in that game (on first-innings basis) due to two human errors - the first an umpiring decision that went in favour of Gundappa Viswanath off the first ball he faced; and Ajit Wadekar's slip, which resulted in his run-out and allowed Karnataka to take a lead.

Some 20 years after I watched Karnataka defeat Bombay for the first time, I met Ajit Wadekar at a reception in New Delhi. I reminded him about the match and how he had got out, adding that had he not slipped he would still be batting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. His answer, offered with a laconic shrug of the shoulders, was: "New shoes."

FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Under-19 World Cup 2014

Sarfaraz's unique T-shirt tribute to father

One of the most influential figures in the life of Sarfaraz Khan - India's 16-year-old batting allrounder - is his father and coach, Naushad. One of the many things Naushad, a hard taskmaster, did to support and push his son's cricketing ambition was to install a synthetic pitch near their house to ensure Sarfaraz had access to practice facilities at all times. Sarfaraz who hit a half-century, took four catches and a wicket in India's first game of the Under-19 World Cup against Pakistan, found a unique way to thank his father at the tournament.

At the media conference after the game against Pakistan, Sarfaraz was asked why his shirt number had changed from 86 to 97. As it turned out, it was no clerical error but one done purposely, as a mark of respect to his father. In Hindi, '9' and '7' are nau and saat respectively. Said together, it rhymes with 'Naushad'.

DECEMBER 06, 2013

A night of celebrating Mandela

Sidharth Monga: Taking in the scenes outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton in Johannesburg, on the night he died
OCTOBER 29, 2013

'I never saw him get irritated'

VVS Laxman: VVS Laxman chats about how much he learnt from Sachin Tendulkar, and about the time he changed his stance, walked in to bat and scored a brilliant Test hundred
OCTOBER 28, 2013

'He didn't alter his behaviour, so you had to be quick'

Interview by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan: Tendulkar didn't avoid cameras but he seemed to be aware of them, says Australian journalist and photographer Mark Ray
OCTOBER 28, 2013

Are we doing enough to honour Tendulkar? Alas, no

Sidin Vadukut: We must immortalise him in ways that ensure he remains etched in the minds of all those who never got to see him play
OCTOBER 24, 2013

'Just bowl him another long hop'

John Traicos: The Zimbabwe offspinner, who played against a young Tendulkar in 1992-93, recalls being impressed by his batsmanship and modesty
OCTOBER 24, 2013

A one-man happiness index

Sambit Bal: It's hard to imagine a cricketer who has shared as profound a bond with such a large number of fans. We at ESPNcricinfo know this first hand
OCTOBER 24, 2013

A plateful of biscuits, and an unforgettable car ride

Covering Tendulkar for 25 years has to be pretty eventful. Clayton Murzello recalls his days waiting at airports and chasing leads
OCTOBER 13, 2013

Goodbye Sachin

Philip Brown: A photograph from the previous time Philip Brown snapped Sachin Tendulkar, in tribute to the great Indian sportsman who'll soon be retiring from the game
OCTOBER 11, 2013

The kid who finally had to grow up

Rajan Thambehalli : To this fan, Sachin Tendulkar is a kid who managed to extend his childhood beyond its definition
OCTOBER 11, 2013

A titanic goodbye

Sharda Ugra: For seekers of excellence like Tendulkar, accepting the march of time must be tougher than we can imagine
OCTOBER 08, 2013

Harmison, the enforcer

Ross Lawson: A chronicle of Steve Harmison's career, from the highs of Ashes 2005 and helping Durham to consecutive County Championships, to a low-key farewell from Test cricket
SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

India cricket

Memories of a jolly raconteur

In his column for Wisden India, Saurabh Somani pays tribute to former BCCI secretary Jaywant Lele, who died on Thursday, and recounts an evening spent with one of Indian cricket's most colourful characters, listening to anecdotes.

Over the course of conversation with Lele, it struck me that his yarns would best be enjoyed with a glass of whiskey, rum or whatever else your chosen poison was, sitting around a fire, and listening. He was a mine of information, he was enthralling, even occasionally amusing, and he forced you to be a good journalist, not reporting verbatim but sifting fact from fiction and getting dates and names right.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

The Hoggy I knew

Dave Hawksworth: For all his achievements on the cricket field, it's Matthew Hoggard's character that leaves the lasting impression
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