• With all the frenetic activity associated with the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 my attention has been diverted to the pleasures of Test match cricket. Yes, pleasures for as a bit of an old timer, as a traditionalist who grew up on a staple diet of five day matches that sometimes did not produce a result even after 30 hours of play I have really enjoyed the fare served out at the Providence stadium in Guyana.

    What a fiercely competitive match it has been between West Indies and Pakistan! Three and a half days of gripping cricket, fluctuating fortunes, some excellent batting and bowling and a keen contest between two evenly matched sides (incidentally Pakistan are ranked No 6 and West Indies No 7) produced the kind of thriller that only Test cricket can produce no matter what the younger generation might say about Twenty20. The comparatively leisurely proceedings, two innings a side instead of one, players in white, day cricket and the red ball have provided a refreshingly

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  • On his last day in Jaipur, Warnie looked a forlorn soul. He did not
    do his handshake with the presentation party members as he would
    normally do, and 15 minutes after the presentation had an altercation
    with me for not being given the pitch and the pitch preparation that he
    wanted.

     

    This was the ugly side of a master cricketer who
    was an absolute tormentor of batsmen of his generation, and sent
    shudders up many a spine. In a format like T20, batsmen preferred to see
    his 4 overs off without incident. The success of the great Australian
    side under Mark Taylor, Waugh, and Ponting had Warne as a key factor.
    Except Indians, he defeated batsmen of every country with his
    mesmerizing brand of spin and was largely responsible, along with Anil
    Kumble, for revival of leg spin as a potent force in international
    cricket.

     

    On the field, he was an absorbed, passionate
    maestro, a complete cricketer who could fool the best of batsmen. He was
    a feisty fighter, fiercely competitive on the field, but

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  • - PC Valthaty with his 62 in this game has an aggregate of 438 runs in IPL 2011. He holds the record for most runs in IPL 2011. He went past CH Gayle who had a total of 436 runs.

     

    - PC Valthaty became the sixth batsman to total 400 plus runs in IPL 2011. Others are - CH Gayle {436}, V Sehwag {424}, SE Marsh {412}, SR Tendulkar {408} and V Kohli {402}. SE Marsh reaching the milestone in this game.

     

    - PC Valthaty scored six boundary fours in this game which gave him a total of 52 boundary fours in IPL 2011. He became the second batsman in IPL 2011 to score 50 plus boundary fours, the other being V Sehwag who has scored 51 fours. Thus PC Valthaty owns the record for most boundary fours in IPL 2011.

     

    - PC Valthaty's 62 in this game provide the 76th occasion of a batsman scoring a fifty in IPL 2011. His knock represents the ninth occasion of a Mohali batsman scoring a fifty and also represents his third fifty in IPL 2011.

     

    - PP Chawla's three wickets in this game gave him a total of 53

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