The excitement is reaching fever pitch as England prepare to take on top-ranked India in the second Test match. There will be plenty of stars to watch on both sides, from Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook to Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin. To get you in the mood, Azimo brings you six of India’s finest moments:
2007: Yuvraj hits Broad for 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6
There are plenty of balls hit for six in T20 cricket, but not many overs hit for 36. Yuvraj Singh’s incredible feat at the 2007 T20 World Cup put his name in the history books and Stuart Broad’s bowling average in the bin as he slammed six maximums in six balls. He got to his 50 in just 12 balls – still a record in international cricket.
2008: Sehwag makes 319
Not only does Virender Sehwag hold the top three all-time Test scores for India, he also holds the record for the fastest Test triple century of all time. Batting in Chennai, he flogged the South African bowlers to all corners of the ground and reached 300 in just 278 balls in what many describe as the finest Test innings ever.
2002: India beat England at Lord’s
This NatWest Final was a real rollercoaster of a match, with Trescothick, Ganguly and Sehwag piling on the runs. But in the end, it was 21-year-old Mohammad Kaif who batted India to victory with three balls to spare, knocking a brilliant 87 not out. And Ganguly celebrated by baring his chest on the Lord’s balcony.
2012: Sachin’s 100th international century
The Little Master began his Test career at 16 and clocked up more than 30,000 runs in a career that spanned more than 650 international matches, including 200 Tests. He finally scored his 100th century in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2012. His closest rival centurion? Ponting with a paltry 71.
2011: India lift the World Cup
India first won the ODI World Cup in 1983 in England, but they had to wait nearly 30 years to lift the cup again. Watched on TV by 135 million supporters, they brushed aside Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai and put a halt to Australia’s grip on the title. Dhoni was the hero, smashing a match-winning 91 from 79 balls.
2001: India defeat Australia at Eden Gardens
This was a legendary Calcutta comeback from India. Australia had won their previous 16 Test matches and had bludgeoned their way to a first innings lead of 274. And then the tide turned. Following on, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid came together at 232-4 and finished at 608-5, with Laxman scoring 281. Then Harbajan Singh got to work on the Aussies and they were spun out on the fifth day for just 212.