COMEBACK KID: 1145 Test runs, five centuries (including his first at Lord's) and a limited-overs recall (two years after being callously axed) which he handled with dignity (choosing to retire immediately after), it was a good year for Rahul Dravid. At 38, faced by an extended lean period marked by self doubt and calls for retirement, he raised his game to add many more chapters to his legend.
TO REVIEW OR NOT TO REVIEW: The Decision Review System continues to be a pain point for cricketers, administrators and fans alike. At the heart of the matter, it's a fight between the BCCI (who don't trust the ball-tracking technology and heat-seeking cameras) and the ICC (who have failed to make DRS mandatory for all games). Who's to say if common sense will prevail in 2012.
THE MOMENT THAT NEVER ARRIVED: After 18 innings, nearly nine months, some close calls (none closer than the 94 on his home ground, where he disappointed countless fans like the one above), we're still waiting for Sachin Tendulkar's 100th international hundred. Realms of newsprint (and its corollaries on the TV and web) have been devoted in anticipation of the ton of tons. Then again, you've got something to look forward to in the New Year.
See ya, folks, and have a terrific 2012!