Colin Croft shoulder charges umpire Fred Goodall

February 22, 1980. The start of what has gone down in history as the Croft-Goodall Test. After suffering from poor umpiring decisions for one-and-a-half Tests, Colin Croft ran in to bowl, and at the last moment veered away to crash into the back of umpire Fred Goodall. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the unsavoury incident that stood out even in one of the most acrimonious series ever.

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Jubilee Test: Magnanimous Vishy and Devastating Beefy

Indian captain Gundappa Viswanath, in a sterling display of sportsmanship, recalled Bob Taylor after the batsman had been wrongly declared out by the umpire. However, with Ian Botham’s multi-faceted genius blooming at the other end, it cost India the Golden Jubilee Test that ended on February 19, 1980. Arunabha Sengupta recalls the match at Wankhede in which the great English all-rounder single-handedly demolished the Indians.

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Salim Malik's Eden Blitzkreig

February 18, 1987. Saleem Malik produced a whirlwind of an innings to snatch victory from India’s jaws before a shell-shocked Eden Garden crowd. Malik came in with Pakistan requiring 78 to win. Eighty-one runs had been plundered while he pulverised the Indian bowlers, Malik scoring 72 of them from just 36 balls! Arunabha Sengupta looks back at one of the most astonishing ODI innings of all time.

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Oval 1968: Basil D'Oliveira and Derek Underwood create history and magic amidst untold drama

It was a drama in many acts at The Oval for the fifth Test in 1968. Basil D’Oliveira changed the course of history by scoring 158 — his runs as much against Australia as against the forces of apartheid. And then on the final day Derek Underwood beat the rains and a stubborn Australian resistance to square the series. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at one of the most impactful Tests in history. 
 

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