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Grounds For A Rematch

Grounds For A Rematch

The mad rush of change in Indian cricket is scrutinised by the journalist, with look-ins by the historian, as large splotches of rehashing stain the account

Grounds For A Rematch Photograph by Sandipan Chatterjee

Indian cricket has changed more in the few years of this century than at any other comparable period in its history. There was the match-fixing to begin with, a scandal that ended the career of a popular captain. This was followed by the arrival of a new captain and redemption, as India began to win Test matches abroad. Later, India won World Cups in two formats, their grea­test batsman, Sac­hin Tendulkar retired, as did their greatest bowler, Anil Kumble. The Board of Control for Cricket in India established its suzerainty over world cricket, there was a second fixing episode, and the Supreme Court had to intervene to sort out the mess.

Two events occurred in 2007 that changed world cricket too.

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