• - New Zealand capped HK Bennett for this game. He became the 163rd cricketer to represent New Zealand in one day games. He became the fourth New Zealand cricketer to make one day debut against Bangladesh. Others are – PG Fulton at Chittagong on 02.11.04 : PJ Ingram at Napier on 05.02.10 and AJ McKay at Napier on 05.02.10.

     

    - HK Bennett captured three wickets conceding 44 runs in this game. He became the ninth New Zealand bowler to capture three or more wickets on debut.

     

    - Shariar Nafees failed to open his account in this game to provide the fourth occasion of a Bangladesh opening batsmen scoring a duck against New Zealand in one day games. The other four are – Shahriar Hossain at Chelmsford on 17.05.99, Al Sahariar at Col-SSC on 23.09.02, Nafees Iqbal at Dhaka on 05.11.04 and Tamim Iqbal at Dhaka on 11.10.08.

     

    - Shahriar Nafees' zero in this game provides the 57th occasion of a Bangladesh opening batsman scoring a duck against various oppositions in one day games. His duck in this

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  • Every great Test series, like an unforgettable book or movie, has a strong narrative. It has twists, sharp turns, moments that make you laugh out loud and scenes that make you cry. If you go by what we've witnessed over the past decade, five-day games between India and Australia can safely be compared to the body of work left behind by a Hitchcock or Kieslowski.

     

    For me, it began in 2001. I wasn't at the Mumbai game, but my colleagues and I watched open-mouthed over an extended lunch as Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist treated India's spinners with a contempt that they had seldom been subjected to on home soil. The highlights reel also features Michael Slater's tirade at Rahul Dravid, and two wonderful innings from Sachin Tendulkar, one of them cut short by the most bizarre of dismissals.

     

    The Eden Gardens game was the first Test I covered. Like Bob Beamon and the 8.90m leap or the true love that leaves you behind, I could say that it ruined my life. Where do you go from a match

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  • 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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