• Whichever way one tries to analyze the Indian team picked for the first two Tests against Australia, Sourav Ganguly will have to be at the core of the arguments. The previous selection committee headed by Dilip Vengsarkar omitted the 36-year-old former Indian captain from the Rest of India team to play the annual Irani Trophy match against Ranji Trophy champions Delhi even as they included the three other senior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. This was seen as the starting point in phasing out the seniors.

     

    Vengsarkar and his team made it clear throughout their tenure that they were keen on building a team good enough to win the 2011 World Cup and their overall approach was to look for long term goals instead of short term gains. Of late, young talent in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath and Suresh Raina have been given the breaks while Yuvraj Singh and Md Kaif will always be claimants for slots in the middle order.

     

    Inexplicably, Ganguly has always

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  • In the last part of the series, Partab Ramchand looks at the 2004 Mumbai Test, which will be remembered for its low scores.

     

    Even if there was little at stake – with Australia having already wrapped up the Test series before arriving at the Wankhede stadium for the fourth and final Test – this match will be remembered for its low scores, tantalizing fortunes, thrilling finish and the fact that it was over in virtually two days playing time on a viciously turning track.

     

    Play did not get underway until 2 pm on the first day and lasted just four overs before it was delayed again until 4.30 when the players returned for another half hour. On the second day the Indians collapsed against Jason Gillespie (4 for 29) and off spinner Nathan Hauritz (3 for 16) making his Test debut after Shane Warne was ruled out through injury.

    Rahul Dravid, captaining the side in the absence of the injured Sourav Ganguly, top scored with an unbeaten 31, but a total of 104 seemed woefully inadequate even

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  • In this edition of the eight of the most eventful Tests played between the two countries in India over the past half-century, Partab Ramchand takes a look at the 2001 Chennai Test which the Indians won by India won by two wickets and the series 2-1.  

     

    With India pulling off an incredible triumph at the Eden Gardens the teams came to the MA Chidambaram stadium a few days later with everything to play for and the match provided a fitting finale to arguably the greatest Test series India has figured in.

     

    Steve Waugh won the toss for the third successive Test and Australia made all the early moves. The inform Matthew Hayden and Mark Waugh (70) put on 150 runs for the third wicket and this was followed by a fourth wicket partnership of 123 runs between Hayden and Steve Waugh.

     

    The turning point came with the rare dismissal of the Australian captain who was given out handled the ball when on 47. Hayden went on to get 203 but could do little to avert a sharp collapse with Harbhajan

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