Ramakant Desai - The tiny titan
Ramakant Desai - The tiny titan

By 1959, at the end of a sorry decade for Indian cricket, not only were there no bowlers in the country who could bowl anything above military medium, but the batsmen also were getting bombarded by pacemen from other countries

Sudden Bangladesh collapse leaves India easy winners
Sudden Bangladesh collapse leaves India easy winners

Bangladesh's dramatic collapse on Monday was so sudden that it had a shattering effect not only on the cricket fans in the country but also on the genuine lover of the game

A Vaseline-coated series
A Vaseline-coated series

Except for a couple of players, the England team lacked flamboyance, butthey remained dedicated to the task at hand

A team of consistent fluctuations
A team of consistent fluctuations

Considering India's dismal record in one-day games against South Africa in that country, a win and a defeat against them after two matches in the current competition would seem to be a minor triumph

An exemplary performance by the Indians
An exemplary performance by the Indians

One sided victories can be a double edged sword

The oldest Test cricketer alive?
The oldest Test cricketer alive?

If he is still alive - and this is a very big if - then Cota Ramaswami, who was born on this day in 1896, will easily be, at 104, the oldest living Test cricketer

First love
First love

India's series win over an England side that included Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Dennis Amiss, John Snow, Peter Lever, Ray Illingworth, Derek Underwood and Alan Knott

Learning to crawl
Learning to crawl

Partab Ramchand on India's 1946 tour of England

Teething problems
Teething problems

Partab Ramchand on the 1936 India tour of England

Adolescent angst
Adolescent angst

Partab Ramchand on India's miserable tour of England in 1974

The baptism - 1932
The baptism - 1932

It was a strange sight, the newest entrants to international cricket harassing arguably the best team in the world

A different sort of century
A different sort of century

© Reuters One remembers the tremendous excitement generated in July 1968, when Indian-born England captain Michael Colin Cowdrey became the first cricketer to appear in 100 Test matches

Weekes proves the difference - 1948-49
Weekes proves the difference - 1948-49

Weekes, in particular, turned out to be the nemesis of the Indian bowlers

India cannot afford to lower their guard
India cannot afford to lower their guard

Given the background of India's awesome record at home - they have lost only one series in the last 15 years

Beleaguered West Indies seem headed for a humiliating rout
Beleaguered West Indies seem headed for a humiliating rout

Can it be said that the Indian victory in the first Test by an innings and 112 runs in about three and a half days is a trendsetter for the series

The birth of a spin quartet
The birth of a spin quartet

The hosts, despite being defeated, were far from disgraced

Seamy incidents and heavy defeats - 1958-59
Seamy incidents and heavy defeats - 1958-59

There were arguments galore among selection committee members, leading to one of them - LP Jai - resigning inthe midst of the contest, while another - C Ramaswami - followingsuit after the series

Australia romp home after dismal start - 1999
Australia romp home after dismal start - 1999

Joint-favourites for the event when it commenced, Australia duly won the World Cup in 1999

The Lankan lions roar - 1996
The Lankan lions roar - 1996

Sri Lanka's triumph in the 1996 World Cup brought back strong memories of the West Indian victories of 1975 and 1979

Imran inspires Pakistan to a famous win - 1992
Imran inspires Pakistan to a famous win - 1992

© Stamp Publicity In the 1992 World Cup conducted jointly by Australia and New Zealand, few gave Pakistan any chances of winning the trophy, particularly after they had lost three of their first four games in the preliminary stage