• The most positive aspect of India's series victory over Australia was the unveiling of the bench strength. I have always believed the bench strength is strong and that is why there will be nothing really nothing to worry about in Indian cricket once the stalwarts of many years call it a day. This is also one reason why India are the No 1 Test team in the rankings.

     

    There is a lot of depth in Indian cricket at the moment and that is why I wrote in an earlier article that the cynics who advocate that the Indians are a wobbly No 1, that they are just hanging in there by the proverbial slender thread and that they don't give the impression of lasting very long at the top might be in for a surprise.

     

    Just consider these facts. Yuvraj Singh is ruled unfit to play a Test in Sri Lanka, Suresh Raina is drafted in and promptly scores a hundred on debut. An injured Gautam Gambhir is out of the second Test against Australia, Murali Vijay is his replacement and he gets a maiden Test hundred.

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  • On the morning of the fifth day of the second India-Australia Test in Bangalore, I woke to an interesting comment piece in the Hindustan Times. In it, my former colleague Anand Vasu argued that qualitatively speaking, India and Australia over the past decade have consistently served up the best of Test cricket.

     

    I agree, wholeheartedly, and would even go on to say that the contests between the two teams have, over the years, graduated from being one more bilateral engagement on the international calendar, to becoming one of the most important rivalries in the modern cricketing discourse. I am, however, tempted to push the envelope a bit, expand the narrative if you will, and talk how we can work to take this to the next level - a dialogue that involves not just building the rivalry, but sustaining it over a period of time.

     

    Sporting rivalries are built upon, or emerge through, different complimentary or often conflicting narratives over a period of time. In football, geography and

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  • - SR Tendulkar scored 214 and 53 not out in the second test at Bangalore against Australia provides the 12th occasion of Indian batsmen scoring a double hundred and a fifty in a test match.

     

    - The twelve occasions are – SM Gavaskar – 124 and 220 vs West Indies at Port of Spain in Mar 1971 : SM Gavaskar – 205 and 73 vs West Indies at Mumbai in Dec 1978 : R Dravid – 200* and 70* vs Zimbabwe at Delhi in Nov 2000 :  VVS Laxman 59 and 281 vs Australia at Kolkata in Mar 2001 : R Dravid – 222 and 73 vs New Zealand at Ahmedabad in Oct 2003 : R Dravid – 232 and 72* vs Australia at Adelaide in Dec 2003 : SR Tendulkar – 241* and 60* vs Australia at Sydney in Jan 2004 : W Jaffer – 202 and 56 vs Pakistan at Kolkata in Nov 2007 : SC Ganguly – 239 and 91 vs Pakistan at Bangalore in Dec 2007 : V Sehwag – 201* and 50 vs Sri Lanka at Galle in Jul 2008 : VVS Laxman – 200* and 59* vs Australia at Delhi in Oct 2008 and SR Tendulkar – 214 and 53* vs Australia at Bangalore in Oct 2010.

     

    - SR Tendulkar has

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