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Full name Ram Babu Gupta
Born July 17, 1935, Delhi, India
Died April 27, 2008, London (aged 72 years 285 days)
|Test debut||India v Australia at Mumbai, Oct 15-19, 1986 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v New Zealand at Hyderabad (Deccan), Dec 2-6, 1988 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Chandigarh, Jan 27, 1985 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, May 4, 1990 scorecard|
Ram Babu Gupta stood in 11 Tests and 24 ODIs between 1985 and 1990 and in 1987 became the first Indian to stand in a World Cup final when he officiated in the match between Australia and England in Calcutta. He was president of the Delhi District Cricket Association for one year and served as its treasurer for eight years.
For 30 minutes, everything else took a backseat, as the world watched in awe and fear, a fired-up Pakistan fast bowler mercilessly bullying an Australian batsman
As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before
The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to
This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves
Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager
India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan
It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.