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VVS Laxman retires

Top-class against top sides

Aug 19, 2012: 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

S Rajesh

India's overseas hero, and much more

Mar 9, 2012: Rahul Dravid scored more runs in India's overseas wins than any other batsman, and his contributions go beyond his aggregate and hundreds

S Rajesh

The major landmarks in cricket

Recording the records

Dec 9, 2011: A look at some of the major statistical milestones and how well they've stood the test of time

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The rain rules

Duckworth-Lewis and its worthy challenger

May 13, 2011: The D/L method has done a fair job of setting targets in reduced limited-overs matches, but there's another system that deserves a fair trial

S Rajesh

Stats analysis: Steve Waugh

An Ashes superstar and much more

Nov 14, 2010: Steve Waugh was outstanding against England, and his batting stats in his last 11 years were among the best in the world

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Muttiah Muralitharan: stats analysis

An unparallelled match-winner

Jul 17, 2010: Muttiah Muralitharan turned the fortunes of Sri Lanka around with his sheer genius and consistency

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Kapil Dev: Stats analysis

India's first fast-bowling match-winner

Mar 15, 2010: 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

S Rajesh

Behind the dollars

Feb 22, 2008: As the dust settles on the IPL auction, we take a look at the statistical trends emerging from it

Mathew Varghese

Stats analysis: Frank Worrell

Classy and inspirational

Worrell had outstanding numbers as a batsman, but he will always be most remembered for his outstanding leadership qualities

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

Stats analysis: Shane Warne

A magician and a match-winner

His bag of tricks was immense, but Shane Warne often saved his best for the biggest occasions

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Stats analysis: Garry Sobers

An allrounder like no other

As a batsman alone Garry Sobers was among the very best; to add to that, he had talent to spare to take 235 Test wickets

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Stats analysis: Dennis Lillee

Determination personified

Dennis Lillee was an exceptionally skilled fast bowler, but his doggedness and endurance set him apart

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

Stats analysis: Greg Chappell

Elegant, consistent, prolific

Greg Chappell performed superbly in different conditions against all opposition, and remains the best No. 4 batsman Australia have produced

S Rajesh

In the shadow of the Don

The only batsman who could better Hammond's prolific run-making and his supreme skills on sticky wickets was Bradman

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

Stats analysis: Barry Richards

Much more than the numbers

Barry Richards hardly got any opportunities to show his talent on the international stage, but he still managed to prove how great a batsman he was

S Rajesh

Stats analysis: Imran Khan

A giant among allrounders

At his peak, Imran Khan the bowler was easily among the best in the world, while his skilful batting and inspirational captaincy made him the complete package

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Stats analysis: Keith Miller

Australia's greatest allrounder

Keith Miller had a batting average that was 14 more than his bowling average, which easily puts him in the top rung of allrounders the world has seen

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Stats analysis: Ian Botham

An all-round superstar

At his peak, Ian Botham's match-winning skills as an allrounder were unparalleled, and he could have made it to the England team as either a specialist batsman or bowler

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Stats analysis: Sunil Gavaskar

The perfect opener

Sunil Gavaskar achieved outstanding numbers as an opener during a period when fast-bowling resources around the world were plentiful

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Don Bradman: stats analysis

The greatest of them all

In terms of numbers, Don Bradman's achievements are so staggering that many of them will almost certainly never be equalled

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Scott Oliver: As the Dukes cherry gains popularity for its hardiness, its makers are looking to spread to markets outside of England

    'I want to create a legacy beyond cricket'

Kevin Pietersen has embarked on a groundbreaking initiative that uses cricket to help disadvantaged kids get their own leg-up
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    'A classic player with classic technique'

My XI: Graham Gooch on the toughest competitors: Barry Richards had all the shots in the book

    What's the BCCI's hang-up about the UAE?

Osman Samiuddin: It refuses to let India play Pakistan there, but hasn't been forthcoming with reasons why

My TE and my Venkat long ago

Life is endlessly touched by the game when you're the child of a cricket-crazy parent. By Niharika Mallimadugula

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India's pace puzzle: Aaron or Umesh?

With India playing most of their Test cricket at home over the next 18 months, they will have to choose between their two quickest bowlers most of the time. A tricky choice, given Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav's hit or miss tendencies

Ross Taylor treats himself

How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia

Buttler plunders England record books

Stats highlights from Dubai where Jos Buttler broke his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred

The forensic artistry of Kane Williamson

His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

Misbah breaks it down

The Pakistan captain talks about the many observations, plots and decisions that go into the game's most important task: taking wickets

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