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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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England seem to have forgotten about personality

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