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VVS Laxman retires

Top-class against top sides

VVS Laxman made a slow start to Test cricket, but once he found his groove, his stats compared favourably with the best in the world

The major landmarks in cricket

Recording the records

A look at some of the major statistical milestones and how well they've stood the test of time

Stats analysis: Steve Waugh

An Ashes superstar and much more

Steve Waugh was outstanding against England, and his batting stats in his last 11 years were among the best in the world

Muttiah Muralitharan: stats analysis

An unparallelled match-winner

Muttiah Muralitharan turned the fortunes of Sri Lanka around with his sheer genius and consistency

Kapil Dev: Stats analysis

India's first fast-bowling match-winner

Kapil Dev overcame huge odds to become one of the leading fast bowlers of his era. Most impressively, he was at his best against the best team of his time