• Trivial Pursuit

    Why are we going on like idiots about a non-event like a hundredth hundred, this half-wit’s holy grail?

    By Mukul Kesavan | www.telegraphindia.com

    Had Tendulkar scored six more runs in Bombay against the West Indies, he would have climbed a cricketing Everest: a hundred international hundreds. No one has done this before, not even Bradman. And it’s not as if Bradman didn’t have the time: he played international cricket for nearly as long as Tendulkar has done: 20 years. I can hear pedants object that there were no ODIs in Bradman’s time. So? They had Test matches, didn’t they? And if he played only 52 whose fault was that? Slacker.

    How many Test centuries did Bradman have? Twenty-nine. Twenty-nine? Tendulkar has 51. If he had gotten those six runs he would have had 52 Test centuries, one for every Test that Bradman played. That would have been a record too. Not as great as a hundred international hundreds, you understand, but a minor landmark in Sachin’s unmatched career.

    How well I

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  • Mumbai Test: How The Last Over Unfolded

    For those who missed the thrilling end to the Mumbai Test, here's how the final over unfolded, as seen by our ball-by-ball commentator, Priyank Shah.

    This is Fidel Edwards bowling to Varun Aaron and Ravichandran Ashwin. One over left. Three runs to win for India. Two wickets to win for the West Indies.

    63.1 - Edwards to Aaron - 0 runs - Back of a length delivery, quick outside off, the ball zips through before even Aaron can swing his bat. Dot ball.

    63.2 - Edwards to Aaron - 0 runs - Aaron gets forward and punches it nicely through the covers but finds the fielder. 3 runs needed off 4 balls.

    Edwards pulls out midway through his run up in his attempt to run Ashwin out but he doesn't.

    63.3 - Edwards to Aaron - 0 runs - Edwards angles that one in, length on the middle, Aaron swings and misses. That was very close to the leg stump. No bye taken too. 3 needed off 3.

    63.4 - Edwards to Aaron - 1 run - West Indies miss a run out chance! Aaron plays it uppishly towards mid off and Samuels gets

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  • (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    05.12pm: Ashwin is deservedly the Man of the Match for his haul of 9-190 and maiden international century. He is also named Man of the Series for his 22 wickets at an average of 22.90 and strike rate of 46.3.

    Ojha took 20 wickets at an average of 22.50 and strike rate of 53.2; while the highest run-scorer for India in the series was Rahul Dravid who scored 319 runs, including a century and two half-centuries at an average of 63.80.

    Darren Bravo with 404 runs, including two centuries at an average of 67.33 topped the run-scoring chart for West Indies; while captain Darren Sammy was the highest wicket-taker for the tourists with 9 wickets at an average of 34.77 and strike rate of 50.

    The two sides next square-off in the first of the five-match ODI series at Cuttack in a

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