Turning Points


The IPL and Lalit Modi
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

The 15-degree rule
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

The birth of Twenty20
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

Match-fixing
Match-fixing

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

Ranatunga and the new Sri Lanka
Ranatunga and the new Sri Lanka

They always had the talent but he brought them winning ways

The doosra
The doosra

The delivery that gave oomph to offspin

The ICC becomes democratic
The ICC becomes democratic

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

Fifteen-over field restrictions
Fifteen-over field restrictions

They gave rise to pinch-hitters, Powerplays and cunning bowlers

Neutral umpires
Neutral umpires

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

Satellite television
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

The match referee and third umpire
The match referee and third umpire

Two officials who appeared on the cricket scene as it grew into a high-stakes sport: one to police it, the other to make it more error-free

South Africa's readmission
South Africa's readmission

Their return to international cricket showed that social change could manifest itself in sport

The bouncer rule
The bouncer rule

West Indies' intimidatory tactics and painfully slow over-rates prompted the lawmakers to take away the fast bowler's most lethal weapon

The advent of sledging
The advent of sledging

Cricket's tag as a "gentleman's game" has taken a beating in modern times. Australia, and Allan Border can take some credit for that

The rise of Australia
The rise of Australia

In Madras in 1986 started a march that inspired awe in everyone who came across it

Sharjah
Sharjah

The neutral venue that stood like a beacon of hope for other offshore cricket venues

The 1983 and 1987 World Cups
The 1983 and 1987 World Cups

They marked a significant shift in cricket's balance of power from England to India

Imran Khan's captaincy
Imran Khan's captaincy

He led a perennially fractious team to fulfill the aspirations of a nation

The helmet
The helmet

A piece of cricket equipment that affected batting techniques - and not for the better

Packer's circus
Packer's circus

The circumstances were already in place. The Australian media magnate simply triggered the explosion