• ‘The Ranji Team for the domestic one-day games had been announced, and the morning’s newspapers were carrying the line-up. I was looking for the new names that had found their way into the team. But something was hugely awry. The players I’d known would make it to the team were all on the list. The ones that got no attention in all these days of practice had been taken off the list, no surprises there. But the reporter had bungled up—big time. He had to have; why else would my name not be on a list that had carried it for over a decade now (and leading the list, thanks to the double ‘a’ in Aakash). I went over the list again. This time I read out each name, but no, there was no ‘Aakash Chopra’… Not for a moment did I consider this preposterous possibility—until now, as I sat still, blank, forced to wrap my head around the idea. u000a   u000a …Of course, having my name struck off the list was a huge blow. But that is how it is. No matter how brave a face a player presents, there is

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  • Australian pacer James Pattison
    took 5-27 on Test debut in Brisbane against New Zealand, making it
    the sixth occasion of a bowler capturing five or more wickets on debut
    conceding less than thirty runs.


    The six occasions:


    No

    Player

    O

    M

    R

    W

    Inns

    Team

    Oppn

    Ground

    Mon/Year

    1

    CTB Turner

    18.0

    11

    15

    6

    1

    Aus

    Eng

    Sydney

    Jan 1887

    2

    VD Philander

    7.0

    3

    15

    5

    3

    SAF

    Aus

    Cape Town

    Nov 2011

    3

    CIJ Smith

    8.0

    4

    16

    5

    3

    Eng

    Win

    Bridgetown

    Jan 1935

    4

    CA Smith

    13.2

    6

    19

    5

    1

    Eng

    SAF

    P Elizabeth

    Mar 1889

    5

    R Pollard

    27.0

    16

    24

    5

    2

    Eng

    Ind

    Manchester

    Jul 1946

    6

    JL Pattinson

    11.0

    5

    27

    5

    3

    Aus

    Nzl

    Brisbane

    Dec 2011

    7

    PH Edmonds

    20.0

    7

    28

    5

    2

    Eng

    Aus

    Leeds

    Aug 1975


    Pattsion's 5-27 provided the 146th occasion of a bowler capturing
    five or more wickets on Test debut.


    He is the 34th Australian bowler to
    perform such a feat and the fourth

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  • Ravi Rampaul with his 86 not out in the second ODI
    against India in Vizag rewrote the record books. This was the highest score by
    a batsman playing at No. 10.


    The previous best was 73 not out by Pakistan's Mohammad
    Aamir against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi in 2009.


    Rampaul's was just the fifth fifty scored at No.
    10. The full list:



    No

    Player

    Runs

    Team

    Oppn

    Ground

    Start Date

    1

    R Rampaul

    86*

    Win

    Ind

    Vizag

    02 Dec 2011

    2

    M Amir

    73*

    Pak

    NZl

    Abu Dhabi

    09 Nov 2009

    3

    DA Marillier

    56*

    Zim

    Ind

    Faridabad

    07 Mar 2002

    4

    SL Malinga

    56

    Srl

    Aus

    Melbourne

    03 Nov 2010

    5

    IK Pathan

    50

    Ind

    NZl

    Bulawayo

    26 Aug 2005



    Last-wicket
    Heroics


    Rampaul and Kemar Roach added 99 unbeaten runs for
    the 10th wicket. It's the third highest last-wicket stand in ODIs.


    It was also the highest last-wicket stand against
    India, beating a record created in 1983.


    The three fifty-plus stands against India:


    No

    Partners

    Wkt

    Runs

    Team

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