• - India won the toss and elected to bat first. It was the first toss India won after losing the nine successive tosses.

     

    - New Zealand capped HK Bennett and K Williamson for this Test. They became the 468th and 469th cricketers to represent New Zealand in Tests. They became the 35th and 36th New Zealand cricketers to make their Test debut.

     

    - HK Bennett and K Williamson became the sixth and seventh cricketers to make their Test debut at Motera, Ahmedabad. Others are - NS Sidhu for India vs West Indies in Nov 1983, VVS Laxman for India vs South Africa in Nov 1986, A Chopra of India vs New Zealand in Oct 2003, L Balaji of India vs New Zealand in Oct 2003 and WU Tharanga of Sri Lanka vs India in Dec 2005.

     

    - HK Bennett and K Williamson became the second and third overseas cricketers to make their Test debut at Motera, Ahmedabad. Other batsman is WU Tharanga of Sri Lanka {vs India in Dec 2005}.

     

    - HK Bennet bowled his first over of his Test cricket which was a maiden over - a rare

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  • Reading about the praise being heaped upon Gary Kirsten, I can't help smiling wryly. As he completes three years since he took up the offer in late 2007, the 43-year-old former South African opening batsman while being pleased with all the nice words being said about his contribution to Indian cricket and his role in lifting the team to the top slot in the ICC rankings would also be giving a thought to the initial misgivings he had before taking over.

     

    In contrast to all the good things being said about him these days it is interesting to note that there was a lot of criticism when he was the front runner for the job. 

     

    For starters, former England captain Tony Greig hit out at the BCCI's decision to rope in Kirsten. His theory was that Kirsten would be nothing more than a puppet in the hands of senior players. "Kirsten's appointment came as a bit of a surprise to me. It probably has something to do with employing someone who is likely to let the senior players have their way and

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  • This is the season it seems to be coming up with the greatest teams. The all time greatest World XI, the best left-hander's team, an eleven of most elegant players, the stodgiest XI and so on. There are also serious debates as to the greatest teams of all time and going by the discussions it would appear that the West Indian teams of the 80s and the early 90s would appear to have the edge. Also figuring in the discussions are the Australian teams of the new millennium under Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh and Don Bradman's "Invincibles'' of the 40s.

     

    Let me intensify the argument by saying that there is one more team that should be right up there as a contender – the England side of the 50s. The squad had the personnel that constitute a great team – outstanding batsmen and bowlers, a great all rounder and a wicketkeeper fit to be ranked with the best. England overran even strong opponents with a degree of comfort and two rather telling statistical points would underscore their awesome

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