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December 1 down the years

A World cup-winning heavyweight

Arjuna Ranatunga is born

December 2 down the years

Bodyline's quiet beginning

An uncontroversial start to the most controversial Test series in cricket history

December 3 down the years

Wicketkeeper's day out

Starring Messrs Boucher and Ames

December 4 down the years

Nearly three triples

Sehwag makes 293 against Sri Lanka

December 5 down the years

Hat-trick hero

Big Merv lets West Indies have it

December 6 down the years

England's flawed hero

The birth of big Fred

December 7 down the years

Quite a spectacle

Henry makes an entrance

December 8 down the years

The highest one-day score

Sehwag becomes the second man to go past 200 in ODIs

December 9 down the years

Australia humbled

All out for 58 at the Gabba

December 10 down the years

Test cricket's slowest half-century

The Barnacle's 11-hour vigil

December 11 down the years

Dancing in the dark

England secure a famous win in Karachi

December 12 down the years

A prince arrives

The birth of Yuvraj Singh

December 13 down the years

Fredericks flays the Aussies

An astonishing display

December 14 down the years

The greatest Test of all

A thriller at the Gabba

December 15 down the years

Caribbean cool

Birth of Carl Hooper

December 16 down the years

The birth of the Master

The man who made the most first-class runs and hundreds ever

December 17 down the years

History in Nagpur

Cook leads England to a remarkable series win

December 18 down the years

Ponsford's purple patch

The man who scored two quadruple-centuries in first-class cricket

December 19 down the years

Punter comes knocking

One of the most aesthetically appealing batsmen in world cricket is born

December 20 down the years

Tiger, tiger, bowling spin

An Australian spinner with the aggression of a quick bowler

December 21 down the years

A limpet at the crease

The original Little Master is born

December 22 down the years

A draw for the ages

India and South Africa play out a humdinger at the Wanderers

December 23 down the years

The great accumulator

Geoff Boycott breaks Garry Sobers' record, scores a century and doesn't finish the tour

December 24 down the years

A gentle giant

The first player to appear in 100 Tests

December 25 down the years

A Christmas gnome

The birth of the first bowler to take 200 Test wickets

December 26 down the years

A flashing blade

Birth of a Guyanese swashbuckler

December 27 down the years

A hop, skip and a jump

The first umpire to officiate in six World Cups

December 28 down the years

Sunny's delight

Gavaskar goes past Bradman

December 29 down the years

The rarest of rare feats

An Ashes victory like no other

December 30 down the years

A Boy's Own ending

Geoff Miller pouches what Chris Tavaré spills

December 31 down the years

Peter definitely could

A classy batsman and ruthless captain is born

    Cricket cannot bend rules to accommodate chuckers

Martin Crowe: Authorities must not give leeway to those with dodgy actions to maintain a balance between bat and ball

    'You'll only improve as a commentator if you are a good listener'

Couch Talk: Jim Maxwell talks about his early days, and why commentators need to stay in touch with cricketers

    'Haven't seen anyone play as straight as Sachin'

My XI: Martin Crowe on Tendulkar's finely calibrated footwork

    The importance of being insatiable

Rob Steen: Careers tend to blossom or fizzle out depending on a sportsman's craving for success

Performance and result analysis of Test teams

Anantha Narayanan: A look at Test teams across the years, measuring the peaks of each team

News | Features Last 7 days

How bad must a defeat be to be unacceptable?

A gutting loss to England, after leading the series 1-0, has thrown up some glaring inadequacies in the Indian team but there is little being said or done in terms of improvement

Role model Moeen setting high standard

His rapid improvement with the ball has been integral to England coming from behind to lead the series - but that is just one area where Moeen Ali continues to impress

Time to liberate MS Dhoni

After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways

Dhoni's control test

For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset

Should Dhoni focus on one-day cricket?

His decisions in the England series have seemed to confirm that he does not care too much for the Test game. Maybe he should be concentrating on the World Cup

News | Features Last 7 days

    How bad must a defeat be to be unacceptable? (135)

    A gutting loss to England, after leading the series 1-0, has thrown up some glaring inadequacies in the Indian team but there is little being said or done in terms of improvement

    Time to liberate MS Dhoni (113)

    After 8-0, MS Dhoni could look forward to building a team from scratch; now, there is nothing left for him to contribute. Free him from the Test captaincy and he could yet give back in other ways

    Should Dhoni focus on one-day cricket? (78)

    His decisions in the England series have seemed to confirm that he does not care too much for the Test game. Maybe he should be concentrating on the World Cup

    Dhoni's control test (74)

    For all MS Dhoni's many trophies and accomplishments, Test cricket continues to resist his magic and indefinitely postpone his motorbike ride into the sunset

    One-day barrier to Indian Test progress (56)

    With too great an emphasis on limited-overs cricket, MS Dhoni's side have a set of skills and a level of concentration that are not commensurate with the necessities of Tests