For a moment, let’s just all move away from the hype of India’s massive Test win at Hyderabad, a commendable feat no doubt and, incidentally, one that made skipper MS Dhoni’s India’s most ‘successful’ Test captain, an achievement worth lauding.
It has been just over a year since the legendary Rahul Dravid retired. At that point, one wondered how such a huge vacuum would be filled in India’s batting order, the number three position being such a pivotal spot, and Dravid being such a big name in world cricket.
Following India’s victory in the first Test at Chennai, MS Dhoni equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record of most Test wins as Indian captain –21. We take a closer look at some of India’s successful leaders over the years, and their individual performances during their stint as captain of the side.
When Harbhajan Singh stepped on to the field for the first Test against Australia at Chennai, he joined the elite club of cricketers to have played 100 Tests for India. Although his performance in the first innings at Chennai wasn’t worthy of the occasion, it was a significant achievement nonetheless. We tried to rate the ‘centurions’ of India cricket in order of the impact they made on the team’s fortunes.
Steve Waugh had termed Australia’s tour of India in 2001 as the ‘final frontier’. Cricket pundits felt this was their best chance of winning in India; they had arrived in India on a 15-match winning streak. As things transpired, Australia failed to clinch the series in spite of some inspirational performances, and an unprecedented fightback from India.
The first match of the five-match ODI series between India and Pakistan played at the National Stadium in Karachi as part of the ‘friendship’ series in 2004 set the tone for the remainder of the games in the series. It was a high-scoring contest, which went right into the last over.