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April 1 down the years

Languid, laconic, brilliant

Birth of a woolly-haired English wonder

April 2 down the years

India win their second World Cup

MS Dhoni leads team from the front to put paid to Sri Lanka's hopes

April 3 down the years

Lashing Langer

Justin Langer wallops a run-a-ball 122 not out

April 4 down the years

Mind your head

An English beanpole is born

April 5 down the years

Where it all began

The Waughs make their first joint appearance

April 6 down the years

Lord of Lord's

An Indian great is born, and Imran's Pakistan conquer Guyana

April 7 down the years

Immovable

Birth of an English stalwart

April 8 down the years

Enter the Gaffer

England's most capped player makes his entrance

April 9 down the years

Knott's landing

A dangerous English wicketkeeper-batsman makes his first move

April 10 down the years

Curtly's original demolition job

Ambrose does for England

April 11 down the years

The end of the innocence

Hansie's fall from grace

April 12 down the years

A quadruple century

Lara goes large... again

April 13 down the years

The star who turned traitor

Mohammad Amir flatters to betray

April 14 down the years

Pommie bashers

Welcome, Craig, Bob, Syd

April 15 down the years

Master blasting

Carnage in Antigua

April 16 down the years

Forever tainted

The first player to be banned for life for match-fixing

April 17 down the years

Murali unleashed

The birth of a wizard

April 18 down the years

Lara scales a mountain

When Sobers' 365 was breached

April 19 down the years

Bolshy but brilliant

An all-time great is born

April 20 down the years

Fantastic Mr Fox

The birth of "Foxy" Fowler, and a monstrous partnership

April 21 down the years

'Is that you, John Wayne?'

Amby and Tugga go head to head

April 22 down the years

When Winston won it for Windies

A Barbados thriller gets underway

April 23 down the years

Greenidge's final frenzy

Australia are put in their place in Barbados

April 24 down the years

Tendulkar is born

A legend arrives

April 25 down the years

A Boy's Own tale

A jack of all trades makes his first appearance

April 26 down the years

A debut double

Rudolph makes 222

April 27 down the years

Blink and you'll miss it

Shoaib hits a hundred

April 28 down the years

The triple-decker

World Cup time. So it must be Australia winning

April 29 down the years

Cat of many tales

The most talented English slow bowler of his generation is born

April 30 down the years

Born to keep

Heals makes a start

    Coast to coast, hunting a win

Diary: Our correspondent shuttles between Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth in the wake of Dhoni and Co

    The birth of the World Cup

Rewind: The low-key launch of the tournament in 1975

    Different skills for different formats

Michael Bevan: ODI cricket brought better fielding and quicker scoring to the fore. T20 has taken that progression to the extreme

    Musings on Tendulkar's farewell

Review: A new book uses the context around the retirement of India's biggest cricketer as grounds for further exploration

The last of Sanga

Janaka Malwatta: Kumar Sangakkara has maintained excellent standards over a glittering career; a World Cup trophy would be a fitting send-off

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Off-stump blues leave Dhawan flailing

The out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan still has the backing of his captain, but there's no denying his slump has arrived at an inconvenient time for India and his technical issues have to be sorted out before they attempt to defend the World Cup

Open with Rohit and Binny, with Kohli at No. 3

India's batting is going the way of their bowling in Australia, and they need get their order sorted before the World Cup

Ten things that are different at this World Cup

And one that will be the same. A look at what has changed since 2011

My heart says New Zealand, head South Africa

How the top eight teams stack up ahead of the World Cup, plus predictions for the knockouts

Pietersen stars in his own muppet show

Kevin Pietersen's rubbishing of many aspiring English county professionals brings to mind the belief of Miss Piggy that "there is no one in the world to compare with moi"

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