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Polly Umrigar bats

The best of the Bombay boys

Which players would make it to an all-time XI of the powerhouse Indian domestic side?

Bill Lawry takes off for a run

Heroes and mobs: my first live match

A nine-year-old's initiation into big-time cricket, featuring Prasanna, Lawry, Gleeson and a boisterous Bangalore crowd

Virat Kohli plays football during India practice

The jack of all sports

How is it that the kids who are the best at one sport are invariably also good at others?

England captain Tony Greig is introduced to the Queen by Cecil Paris, the president of the MCC

Essay

The shades of 1976

Forty years later we can understand that famous English summer in a more nuanced way

Dilip Vengsarkar pulls during his century

When sixes were rare

In decades past, when a batsman cleared the boundary in a Test match, it was quite the event

General view of MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk during the India-England Test of 1985

Feasting, grooving, dancing at Chepauk

In the '70s, home-cooked South Indian lunches and Hindi film music contributed to the experience of a Test match day in Madras

Sunil Wettimuny scored 53

The Sri Lanka I grew up on

They were a competitive side in the '70s, but it's a pity that not all of their finest players of that era got to play Test cricket