Golden memories of a golden deed
Golden memories of a golden deed

It's a feat that has been performed only 25 times in over 1600 Test matches and so it does have an honoured place in the records section of the Wisden

Therein lies the rub
Therein lies the rub

By and large, the bowling has almost always been the bigger problem in Indian cricket, and the scenario today, pertaining in particular to the squad touring England, is not very different

The odds are stacked against the Indians
The odds are stacked against the Indians

As the Indian team takes off for England to play first a triseries and then stay on for four Test matches, it must be said that on both past record and present form, the odds are stacked against them

Let Ganguly be
Let Ganguly be

As he prepares to lead the Indian team on the tour of England, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly may not, like Ajit Wadekar in the early 70s or Sunil Gavaskar in the early 80s, be the undisputed monarch of Indian cricket

Waiting for Godot?
Waiting for Godot?

When will the woes concerning the opening batting in Indian cricket end

No real surprises
No real surprises

But for the welcome inclusion of young Parthiv Patel, there areno real surprises in the Indian squads for the one-day tri-seriesand the Test matches in England

Ratra was the find of the tour
Ratra was the find of the tour

The Indian team finally managed to salvage some pride towards the end of their Caribbean tour by winning the truncated limited overs series

Javagal Srinath's big heart
Javagal Srinath's big heart

© CricInfo Kapil Dev may have been the pace-setter, but it was Javagal Srinath who took the baton from him and carried on the torch of Indian fast bowling

Taking leg-spin to its pinnacle
Taking leg-spin to its pinnacle

Even in a land that has produced the most fascinating variety of spin bowlers in the history of the game, Subash Gupte stands out

Spin to win no longer the overseas mantra?
Spin to win no longer the overseas mantra?

India's traditional strength has always been spin, and this holds good even for Test matches abroad

India urgently needs an all-rounder
India urgently needs an all-rounder

As the West Indies were coasting to their 3-1 victory in the Test series in England in 1963, the critics in their analysis wrote in glowing terms of the victors being a superbly balanced outfit

Pushing Tendulkar and Dravid around
Pushing Tendulkar and Dravid around

There are two objections to Dravid being asked tokeep wickets

India let down by bowling attack
India let down by bowling attack

So the search for the elusive away series win continues

A tale of missed opportunities
A tale of missed opportunities

By the time the Indian team went to the Caribbean islands next in 1997, the decline of West Indian cricket was clearly marked

West Indies offer little respite
West Indies offer little respite

In the three Tests he played, Hirwani was simply blasted out of shape,illustrated by his figures of six wickets at 57.50 apiece

A nicely balanced outfit
A nicely balanced outfit

The Indian selectors, as a rule, receive very few bouquets; it is mostly brickbats for them

Looking ahead to the decider
Looking ahead to the decider

Let us for the moment, keep the farcical end to the largely dull proceedings in the drawn fourth Test aside, think in the larger perspective of the entire series and look ahead

Ratra's success proves the value of persevering with talent
Ratra's success proves the value of persevering with talent

In these days of instant food, instant coffee and instant communication, it is tempting to look for instant results

Bomb blast spell doom for India­-Pakistan cricketing ties
Bomb blast spell doom for India­-Pakistan cricketing ties

The situation in Kashmir being as volatile as ever, the BCCI's standhas always been that it would like the ICC to make a provision forgovernment clearance in such matters

India go down fighting to Lloyd's supermen
India go down fighting to Lloyd's supermen

Daring hooks became his trademark, but he also drove effortlessly andcut ferociously