• 3:30 am - With this loss India now move all the way down to number 5 according to the ICC ODI Championship rankings.

    3:15 am - Debutant Bairstow who made 41 off 21 was adjudged Man of the Match for keeping his cool under pressure. His father the late David Bairstow who was a wicketkeeper for England (and later committed suicide due to depression) interestingly made his debut against India in the Oval Test of 1979.

    Indian skipper MS Dhoni was adjudged player of the series for his batting performances in the ODIs. That and Dravid's Man of the Series prize for the Tests will be the only awards the Indians take home after over two months in England.

    3:00 am - England have won - achieving the rain truncated target of 241 with 10 balls to spare, thereby finishing a clean sweep of 3-0 in the ODIs after their 4-0 sweep in the Tests. India have struggled throughout the summer with injuries aplenty that showcased their wafer thin bench strength. They looked like they could compete on different

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  • The Character Artists

    Rahul Dravid and PranRahul Dravid and Pran

    Rahul Dravid and Pran

    Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.

    — Aristotle

    It’s tough not being the hero. Ask Pran Sikand. The iconic Hindi film actor raised villainy to a high art over hundreds of films, practically monopolising that job. Pran lied, cheated, murdered, raped and stole in countless craftily-performed roles. His screen presence and grating voice filled film-goers with such terror, the name ‘Pran’ became synonymous with evil. As with Osama post 9/11, people stopped naming their new-borns after the actor.

    Pran was a brilliant character artist and a consummate professional. With no apologies to the talented Aamir Khan, Pran is the original perfectionist in Hindi cinema. He would spend days with art directors and make-up artists — usually over scotch and cigarettes — going over granular details of his role, costumes, wigs and make-up.

    Then he would go beyond the garb and find subtle mannerisms to sharpen his villainy. In Jis Desh Mein Ganga

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  • Indian team

    The Indian team claimed they received the invitations for the ICC Awards night "too late".

    England batsman Jonathan Trott was named ICC cricketer of the year while his colleague Alastair Cook walked away with the Test cricketer of the year award at the ICC Annual Awards held in London yesterday night.

    There wasn’t much to cheer about for India though as the only Indian player to win a trophy on the night was captain MS Dhoni, who won the Spirit of Cricket award for recalling England batsman Ian Bell after his controversial run-out in the last ball before tea on the third day of the Trent Bridge Test in July.

    However, Dhoni wasn’t present to receive his award as like the rest of his colleagues, he chose to give the “Oscars of Cricket” a miss.

    When queried as to the reason for the Indian players’ absence despite the team hotel being close to the award ceremony venue, team manager Shivlal Yadav claimed the ICC had sent the invitations far too late.  Yadav said he was informed only at 12

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