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Ramakant Desai - The tiny titan

By 1959, at the end of a sorry decade for Indian cricket, not only were there no bowlers in the country who could bowl anything above military medium, but the batsmen also were getting bombarded by pacemen from other countries

A Vaseline-coated series

Except for a couple of players, the England team lacked flamboyance, butthey remained dedicated to the task at hand

A team of consistent fluctuations

Considering India's dismal record in one-day games against South Africa in that country, a win and a defeat against them after two matches in the current competition would seem to be a minor triumph

Cota Ramaswami

The oldest Test cricketer alive?

If he is still alive - and this is a very big if - then Cota Ramaswami, who was born on this day in 1896, will easily be, at 104, the oldest living Test cricketer

1971

First love

India's series win over an England side that included Geoff Boycott, John Edrich, Dennis Amiss, John Snow, Peter Lever, Ray Illingworth, Derek Underwood and Alan Knott

India in England 1936

Teething problems

Partab Ramchand on the 1936 India tour of England

Vijay Hazare

India in England 1946

Learning to crawl

Partab Ramchand on India's 1946 tour of England

India in England 1974

Adolescent angst

Partab Ramchand on India's miserable tour of England in 1974