Still some lacunae to be filled
Still some lacunae to be filled

Almost all outstanding teams in the game's history have had one or twoall-rounders

Little joy in beating the West Indies
Little joy in beating the West Indies

© CricInfo Clinching the series via the short route against this sadly emaciated West Indian side was always on the cards and while congratulations are in order for Sourav Ganguly and his men for wrapping up the series in double quick time, there

A series victory at long last - 1978-79
A series victory at long last - 1978-79

It was obvious that much would depend on how Kallicharran got the bestout of his depleted side

Viswanath's finest hour -1974-75
Viswanath's finest hour -1974-75

By the late sixties and early seventies, the great West Indian side of the decade had broken up, but by 1974, the rebuilding process had been completed, and it was a strong and confident side that came to India during the winter

India have emerged as one of the World Cup favourites
India have emerged as one of the World Cup favourites

From an Indian viewpoint there was one inescapable conclusion driven home by events in the ICC Champions Trophy

One last steep step to scale
One last steep step to scale

Believe me - this Indian cricket team can walk on water

Sehwag's temperament is exemplary
Sehwag's temperament is exemplary

Is there still any doubt that the Indian batting line-up is the most explosive, the most attractive in world cricket today

Kaif represents the new face of Indian cricket
Kaif represents the new face of Indian cricket

© Reuters It is important that the performance of the Indian team in their ICC Champions Trophy opening game against Zimbabwe be viewed with sympathy

Cairns powers New Zealand to a famous win - 2000
Cairns powers New Zealand to a famous win - 2000

The quarterfinals were marked by three one-sided results but thepulsating Australia-India game made up for this

India cannot afford to be complacent
India cannot afford to be complacent

One more major factor has to be kept in mind while analysing India'schances and that is that they are in a group in which no team is apushover

South Africa emerge as winners - 1998
South Africa emerge as winners - 1998

Evolved as part of the International Cricket Council's globalisation scheme, the ICC Champions Trophy - or the mini World Cup - has proved to be a resounding success both from the financial and cricketing viewpoints

A moral victory for the Indians
A moral victory for the Indians

© CricInfo Given India's abysmal record abroad, especially in England, a shared Test series can be rated as a moral victory and congratulations would seem to be in order for Sourav Ganguly and his men, more so when the balance sheet includes the

Players and administrators must work together
Players and administrators must work together

It is important that the ICC, the BCCI and the other boards, and theplayers do not think in terms of victory or defeat, of having scored apoint or two

Mid-life crises - 1996
Mid-life crises - 1996

The sudden departure of Sidhu- the most senior member of the touringparty, having made his Test debut in 1983 - put a big question markover the vital opening slot

A few stray thoughts on utility players
A few stray thoughts on utility players

© CricInfo Ever since Manoj Prabhakar was suddenly axed following an indifferent World Cup in 1996, there has been a crying need for an all-rounder in Indian cricket

Coming of age
Coming of age

Speaking of crucial moments, India came good everytime there was a crisis

Profligate middle age - 1990
Profligate middle age - 1990

Few, however, could have bargained for what was instore

The follies of youth - 1979
The follies of youth - 1979

From here on, however there was a suddentransformation

Teenage tussles - 1982
Teenage tussles - 1982

The Botham-Kapil duel reached a stirring climax in the third Test at the Oval

The complete devaluation of the Duleep Trophy
The complete devaluation of the Duleep Trophy

For many years, the zing was indeed very much in evidence