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Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'If I can stay for three hours, I can stay for three more'

Jan 2, 2004: Just like his batting, Akash Chopra has a confidence that is not demonstrative

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Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'Indian' Australians and spilt chances

Jan 2, 2004: Guess who flew down to boost the confidence of the Indian cricket team before the most important Test match of their lives

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'Indian' Australians and spilt chances

Jan 2, 2004: Guess who flew down to boost the confidence of the Indian cricket team before the most important Test match of their lives

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney

One last battle

Jan 1, 2004: India are on the precipice of realising an impossible dream, and Australia have a legacy to save

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Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney

One last battle

Jan 1, 2004: India are on the precipice of realising an impossible dream, and Australia have a legacy to save

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Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Not rolled over

Dec 30, 2003: Australia have drawn level, but India can draw heart from their performance in Melbourne

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Wag the tail

Dec 29, 2003: This series has seen some incredible twists so far, but none was forthcoming today

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

End of the Indian Summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

End of the Indian summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Should Zaheer have been rested?

Playing through pain - brave or foolhardy?

Dec 28, 2003: Even though it's only with hindsight, the question should nevertheless be asked:should Zaheer Khan have played this Test?

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Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Out of jail

Dec 27, 2003: Steve Waugh's farewell season hasn't turned into a funeral yet

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

Out of jail

Dec 27, 2003: Steve Waugh's farewell season hasn't turned into a funeral yet

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 1st day

The sublime savage

Dec 26, 2003: The moment of the day came in Brett Lee's second over of the day

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The gladiator's stage

Dec 26, 2003: When Brett Lee got one to kick from a length in his second over and struck Virender Sehwag on the head, a huge cheer went up in the stands

Roving Reporter by Sambit Bal in Melbourne

The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The gladiator's stage

Dec 26, 2003: When Brett Lee got one to kick from a length in his second over and struck Virender Sehwag on the head, a huge cheer went up in the stands

Roving Reporter by Sambit Bal in Melbourne

A master at work

The ferocity of desire

Dec 25, 2003: That burning gaze, the shuffle of the pelvic muscles, the contempt for leather ... every time Sachin Tendulkar picks up his weapon of choice and readies to dispense justice, he makes a compelling sight

Sambit Bal in Melbourne

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne

Unfamiliar territory for both sides

Dec 24, 2003: As Australia and India prepare for battle in the Boxing Day Test, this much is clear: the stakes have never been bigger for both teams

Sambit Bal in Melbourne

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne

Unfamiliar territory for both sides

Dec 24, 2003: As Australia and India prepare for battle in the Boxing Day Test, this much is clear: the stakes have never been bigger for both teams

Sambit Bal in Melbourne

Dropping in at the MCG

The fastest pitch in Australia

Dec 23, 2003: For a about a week now, the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the subject of such intense scrutiny and speculation that had it made of less sterner stuff, it would have started cracking by now

Sambit Bal in Melbourne

Dropping in at the MCG

The fastest pitch in Australia

Dec 23, 2003: For a about a week now, the pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground has been the subject of such intense scrutiny and speculation that had it made of less sterner stuff, it would have started cracking by now

Sambit Bal in Melbourne
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