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GREAT FINISHES: New Zealand needed 550 in a touch over two days to beat England in Christchurch. Then, this is what happened: Nathan Astle scored 222 in just 168 balls - 200 of which came in 153 balls, a record for the fastest double-hundred in Tests. New Zealand made 451 in the fourth innings. And lost by 98 runs. But, boy, what a thrilling chase it was. Remember? No? Click the pic for the complete story.
September 18, 2010: Speaking of close ones, this game between CSK and Victoria ties for the top spot. David Hussey didn't want to bat in the Super Over. He also wanted Dirk Nannes to bowl the Super Over. Neither happened. Click the picture for the very balanced scorecard.
October 9, 1987: A little over a year after the famous tied Test in Madras, the same teams played out a lesser classic - an equally tight ODI - at the same venue, at the Reliance World Cup in 1987. A game that Australia won by one run after a dropped catch by Ravi Shastri, formely adjudged as a four, was declared a six during the lunch break. Click the picture for the complete story.
July 13, 2002: The venue is Lord's. The date is 13 July 2002. Shown here, moments after the thrilling game, Sourav Ganguly and team mob the star of the match, Mohammad Kaif after he leads India to a remarkable victory. Click the picture for the scorecard,
March 13, 2004: The opening ODI on India's first tour to Pakistan in 15 years. India put up 349. Inzamam-ul-Haq (122) and Yousuf Youhana (73) keep the hosts in the hunt for a great win. And then Moin Khan is out trying to hit the six needed to finish it off. Click the picture for the scorecard.
March 10, 1971: India beat the West Indies in a Test for the first time - at their 25th attempt. It also happened to be Sunil Gavaskar's debut Test. And a Test in which a West Indian spin bowler took 9/95 in an innings. Click the picture for the complete history.
March 8, 2013: Hamish Rutherford of New Zealand, on his way to a stroke-filled 171 at Dunedin, takes the record for the highest score by an opener on debut against England from Charles Bannerman of Australia, who set it way back in 1876-77 in the first ever Test.
March 1, 1958: The most runs by a first-time Test centurion. The youngest to a triple ton in Tests. And the highest individual score in Tests. All three records fall on this day into the hands of a 21-year-old Garry Sobers, who ends up with 365 not out at Sabina Park. What a maan!
Feb. 26, 1943: Alimuddin, the youngest player to play first-class cricket makes his debut for Rajputana against Baroda in the Ranji semi-final. What's more, he top-scores with 13. And how old was Alimuddin? All of 12 years and 73 days. Photo: Alimuddin (right) comes out to bat with Hanif Mohammad v Indian Gymkhana Club, May 4, 1954.
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Feb. 22, 2013: Moises Henriques becomes the second Portuguese-born Test player in the history of cricket. Richard John Westcott (19/9/1927 - 13/1/2013) was the first. Richard was a stylish bat who bowled a bit of medium-pace for South Africa in the 50s. He played five Tests, scored 166 runs, and took no wickets. His achievements were remarkable considering that Richard suffered a serious injury to his left arm in a car crash early in his career.