• Nathan Lyon took a wicket first ball in Test cricket. Nathan Lyon took a wicket first ball in Test cricket.

    Nathan Lyon took a wicket first ball in Test cricket — and it was Kumar Sangakkara no less.

    Australia's Nathan Lyon recently became the 14th bowler in history to claim a wicket off his first delivery in Test cricket. He capped the performance with a fiver — making it a remarkable debut for the 23-year-old off-spinner from New South Wales.

    Here's the full list of bowlers who've achieved this feat.

    Despite this fabulous start, very few of these cricketers have had long, successful Test careers.

    Half of them didn't last three Test matches. Only two of them could be considered successes at the Test level.

    England's Maurice Tate, who played 39 Tests, took 155 wickets and also made 1198 runs.

    Intikhab Alam of Pakistan, the leg-spinner all-rounder scored 1493 runs and took 125 wickets in the 47 Tests he played.

    Here's how the first-ball heroes stand.

    Will Lyon buck this trend?

    Read More »from The Curse of The First-ball Wicket
  • Dravid out in first ODI

    Rahul Dravid was adjudged caught behind despite there being no clear evidence on the Hot Spot.

    Rahul Dravid is going to have a bittersweet memory of what is most likely his last tour of England. He was by far the best Indian batsman on view as the visitors were humbled and whitewashed in the Test series, as a result of which he was summoned out of the blue to give some much-needed stability to India’s limited-overs squad in England. Dravid may have kept England’s brilliant bowling attack at bay so far in the series, but he has failed to do that against the Decision Review System (DRS).

    The DRS has played a controversial role in three of Dravid’s dismissals on this tour, the latest being the shocking decision of third umpire Marais Erasmus to reverse on-field umpire Billy Doctrove’s verdict moments earlier in the first match of the one-day series played at Chester-le-Street today. Dravid, who was playing his first ODI since September 2009, had made 2 from six balls, when Stuart Broad’s

    Read More »from Dravid shocker set to raise questions aplenty for DRS
  • (Note to readers: we will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the first ODI between India and England. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically)


    Question for readers: What does India need to finally beat England on this tour?


    The match has been rained off. India's first win over England on this tour will have to wait. India took steps forward in this game with the refreshing batting of Parthiv, Rahane and Kohli. But the injuries to Rohit and Tendulkar have brought them back to the wretched situation they've been in throughout this tour.

    From here on, India have nothing to play with but the strength of their character. Any positives, any wins, India can achieve from this point — having lost eight of their first choice players — is a bonus. This blog will join you again for the second ODI. Till then, goodnight.

    Kohli consoles Parthiv after he missed a hundred. Kohli consoles Parthiv after he missed a hundred.

    Kohli consoles Parthiv after he missed a hundred.

    From a distance, Parthiv and Virat might seem like two

    Read More »from 1st ODI: Chester-le-Street

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