Turning Points

Events and people that shaped the game

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Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Lalit Modi after an emergency IPL meeting

No. 48

The IPL and Lalit Modi

The map of Indian and international cricket was reorganised when a previously unknown BCCI official came up with a franchise-based Twenty20 model

Muttiah Muralitharan is measured by a biomechanics researcher during a series of tests on his action at the University of Western Australia

No. 47

The 15-degree rule

After tests proved that even those with visibly clean actions bowled with bent elbows, the ICC had no choice but to alter the laws

Adam Hollioake lifts the inaugural Twenty20 Cup

No. 46

The birth of Twenty20

The game's newest format emerged as a marketing gimmick but the cricket went on to out-glamour everything around it

Amit Varma

No. 45


At the turn of the century, cricket felt a tremor stronger than any it had known till then

Anand Vasu

Saqlain Mushtaq bowling against Somerset

No. 43

The doosra

The delivery that gave oomph to offspin

Mihir Bose

No. 42

The ICC becomes democratic

How cricket's governing body grew from an insular club to a commercial entity

No. 40

Neutral umpires

They made their first appearance when a Pakistan captain invited two Indian umpires to stand in a Test against West Indies

No. 39

Satellite television

The advent of satellite TV brought in its wake sky-high bids for cricket rights, a need to satisfy South Asian viewers, offshore games, and illegal bookmaking