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In praise of Paddy and Goel paaji

Mar 8, 2017: Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel, who are honoured by the BCCI this week, were so much more than hard-luck stories

V Ramnarayan


When Sunny made 438 look gettable

Sep 5, 2015: Had India pulled off a remarkable victory at The Oval in 1979, Sunil Gavaskar's 221 would be up there as the greatest Test innings

Martin Williamson

The era of India's slow bowlers

When spin was king

Sep 12, 2011: For much of the 1960s and '70s, India's bowling attack consisted almost entirely of spinners who were varied and highly skilled. Just how good were they?

S Rajesh


India's day of glory

Aug 13, 2011: India came to England in 1971 with a record of no wins and 15 defeats in their 19 Tests... but all that changed at The Oval

Martin Williamson

Indian cricket

BCCI reexamines its team of umpires

May 6, 2008: The Indian board (BCCI) has decided to "infuse new, young blood" in its team of umpires to improve the standard of umpiring in the country

ESPNcricinfo staff

Six-day training camp begins at the NCA

Taufel roped in to improve Indian umpiring

Aug 24, 2007: The board has also arranged a six-day training camp for 105 Indian umpires with Simon Taufel at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore

Sidharth Monga

India's tour from hell

Jul 21, 2007: India's wretched series against England in 1974, a Test whitewash, internal rows, a slighted high commissioner, and an opener in court

Martin Williamson

Captains to no longer assess umpires, says Shetty

BCCI to introduce umpire's coach

Jul 11, 2007: The Indian board has decided to introduce the concept of an umpire's coach from the forthcoming domestic season

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Improved pitches, paid selectors among others

Former captains suggest a cut in endorsements

Apr 6, 2007: Seven former Indian captains - Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Ravi Shastri, Kris Srikkanth, S Venkataraghavan and Chandu Borde - met the BCCI bigwigs to suggest ways to move forward from the World Cup debacle

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Gag order on players as media is kept out

Secrecy is the buzzword as meeting gets underway

Apr 5, 2007: The extreme developments of the last couple of days had prompted the Board of Control for Cricket in India to take no chances with the high-powered meetings set to take place in Mumbai on April 6 and 7

ESPNcricinfo staff

Hanumant Singh 1939-2006

Hanumant Singh dies at 67

Nov 29, 2006: Hanumant Singh, a batsman who played 14 Test matches for India between 1964 and 1969, has died in Mumbai at the age of 67. He was suffering from Hepatitis B and dengue, which led to kidney and lung complications

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Indian cricket

BCCI appoints three new umpires to International Panel

Sep 9, 2006: The Indian board (BCCI) has introduced three new umpires to the ICC's International Panel

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The umpire strikes back

'ICC's lbw move will reduce umpires to dummies' - Venkat

May 6, 2006: The International Cricket Council's proposal to have lbw decisions referred to third umpires by batsmen has evoked a strong reaction from S Venkatraghavan, the former Indian umpire

India in West Indies 1970-71

'Hey Garry, you have to follow on'

Apr 20, 2006: Memories of India's 1970-71 tour of the Caribbean from Ajit Wadekar

Former cricketers ask for measures to improve Indian cricket

Committee suggests overhaul of selection process

Mar 27, 2006: A special committee of the Indian board today suggested that strict eligibility criteria should be laid down for national and state level selectors


Will become first umpire to reach his century

Bucknor to receive golden bails for 100th Test

Feb 22, 2005: Steve Bucknor will become the first umpire to stand in 100 Tests when he steps out in the second Test between India and Pakistan at Kolkata on March 16

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Only man to play and umpire 50 Tests

ICC honours Venkat

Sep 21, 2004: Srinivas Venkataraghavan, the only man to have played and umpired in over 50 Test matches, has been honoured by the ICC for his contribution to the game

Wisden Cricinfo staff

CAB proposes joint award

Spin quartet may get Nayudu award

Aug 11, 2004: In a departure from tradition, the Board of Control for Cricket in India may confer its highest award to four people

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S Venkataraghavan's retirement from umpiring

A tough, proud man

Feb 6, 2004: The news that Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan has decided to call it a day means that the ICC's elite panel of Test umpires will soon be without the services of one of its outstanding members

V Ramnarayan

Umpire calls time

Venkat announces retirement date

Feb 5, 2004: Srinivasaraghavan Venkataraghavan, known universally as Venkat, is to retire as an international umpire during the forthcoming Test series between Sri Lanka and Australia

Wisden Cricinfo staff
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