Events and people that shaped the game
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No. 48

The IPL and Lalit Modi

Aug 28, 2011: The map of Indian and international cricket was reorganised when a previously unknown BCCI official came up with a franchise-based Twenty20 model

Jayaditya Gupta

No. 47

The 15-degree rule

Aug 7, 2011: After tests proved that even those with visibly clean actions bowled with bent elbows, the ICC had no choice but to alter the laws

Sidharth Monga

No. 46

The birth of Twenty20

Jul 24, 2011: The game's newest format emerged as a marketing gimmick but the cricket went on to out-glamour everything around it

Andrew Miller

No. 45

Match-fixing

Jun 11, 2011: At the turn of the century, cricket felt a tremor stronger than any it had known till then

Amit Varma

No. 44

Ranatunga and the new Sri Lanka

May 29, 2011: They always had the talent but he brought them winning ways

Sambit Bal

No. 43

The doosra

May 22, 2011: The delivery that gave oomph to offspin

Anand Vasu

No. 42

The ICC becomes democratic

May 15, 2011: How cricket's governing body grew from an insular club to a commercial entity

Mihir Bose

No. 41

Fifteen-over field restrictions

May 1, 2011: They gave rise to pinch-hitters, Powerplays and cunning bowlers

Rob Smyth

No. 40

Neutral umpires

Apr 16, 2011: They made their first appearance when a Pakistan captain invited two Indian umpires to stand in a Test against West Indies

S Rajesh

No. 39

Satellite television

Mar 27, 2011: The advent of satellite TV brought in its wake sky-high bids for cricket rights, a need to satisfy South Asian viewers, offshore games, and illegal bookmaking

Sharda Ugra

No. 38

The match referee and third umpire

Feb 26, 2011: Two officials who appeared on the cricket scene as it grew into a high-stakes sport: one to police it, the other to make it more error-free

Rahul Bhattacharya

No. 37

South Africa's readmission

Jan 22, 2011: Their return to international cricket showed that social change could manifest itself in sport

Rahul Bhattacharya

No. 36

The bouncer rule

Dec 18, 2010: West Indies' intimidatory tactics and painfully slow over-rates prompted the lawmakers to take away the fast bowler's most lethal weapon

Dileep Premachandran

No. 35

The advent of sledging

Nov 28, 2010: Cricket's tag as a "gentleman's game" has taken a beating in modern times. Australia, and Allan Border can take some credit for that

No. 34

The rise of Australia

Nov 6, 2010: In Madras in 1986 started a march that inspired awe in everyone who came across it

No. 33

Sharjah

Oct 17, 2010: The neutral venue that stood like a beacon of hope for other offshore cricket venues

No. 32

The 1983 and 1987 World Cups

Oct 10, 2010: They marked a significant shift in cricket's balance of power from England to India

No. 31

Imran Khan's captaincy

Oct 3, 2010: He led a perennially fractious team to fulfill the aspirations of a nation

Kamran Abbasi

No. 30

The helmet

Sep 19, 2010: A piece of cricket equipment that affected batting techniques - and not for the better

Dileep Premachandran

No. 29

Packer's circus

Aug 21, 2010: The circumstances were already in place. The Australian media magnate simply triggered the explosion

Gideon Haigh
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