• Suresh Raina in practice in Ahmedabad. Suresh Raina in practice in Ahmedabad.

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  • 2 am on a Sunday night/ Monday morning after a hectic weekend of meeting and greeting and I sat up resisting my eyelids attempts to call it a day. After all, India was on the verge of a Test and series win in the Caribbean and I wasn’t about to miss it. Or so I thought.

    At the start of play on Day 5, the West Indies were in the lead by 81 runs with only 4 wickets in hand. India looked on course to another exciting win and luck seemed to agree, early on at least with Sammy and Rampaul departing in the same over. Darren Sammy headed back to the pavilion in a contentious decision when the umpire gave him caught out at short leg after he thought the ball had deflected from his glove. Replays later showed the delivery had actually come off his chest. Three balls later Ravi Rampaul was run out after making the mistake of going for a quick single. The Windies were just 113 runs ahead and victory looked well within sight for the visitors. India’s old nemesis Shivnarine Chanderpaul however

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  • Life After 400

    In KR Guruprasad’s delightful book Going Places which profiles India's small-towners turned-superstars, Harbhajan Singh's mentor Devender Arora describes a memorable incident from an Under-16 match — one, which would underline Harbhajan's bowling prowess.

    Arora coached the Jalandhar side in an inter-district match in Patiala. Arora noticed something on the good length outside off-stump. It was an ant mound. The ball would misbehave upon landing on this soft, sandy patch.

    Arora called Harbhajan and asked him if he could see this spot from the bowling end. Harbhajan could. Arora told him to land the ball on the spot. He could.

    The 13-year-old spinner took 15 wickets in that match just by landing the ball on that spot.

    "Even at that age," said Arora, "Harbhajan was so accurate that he could land the ball wherever he wanted to. It was a God’s gift. I was very sure from there on that he would be a great bowler."

    It's been 18 years since the incident. Harbhajan is 31. He sits on a pretty

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