A look at memorable matches that defined the era…

India vs England, Old Trafford, Manchester, August 9-14, 1990

Tendulkar, only 17, hit his first Test century in trying circumstances to help India salvage a draw and definitely announced his arrival on the international stage.

Brief scores: England 519 (M Atherton 131, R Smith 121*) and 320/4d (A Lamb 109). India 432 (M Azharuddin 179; A Fraser 5/124) and 343/6 (S Tendulkar 119*, M Prabhakar 67*). Match drawn.

India vs West Indies, Eden Gardens, Kolkata, Nov 27, 1993

In front of a teeming Eden Gardens crowd, Anil Kumble ran through the West Indian batting line-up to help the hosts win the Hero Cup.

Brief scores: India 225/7 (V Kambli 68; A Cummins 3/38). West Indies 123 (A Kumble 6/12). India won by 102 runs.

India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and Pakistan skipper Aamer Sohail before the 1996 World Cup quarter-final clash.

India vs Pakistan, Bengaluru, March 9, 1996

India-Pakistan clashes are always high-voltage, but the intensity of this quarter-final clash in the 1996 World Cup was on a different scale. Even before the game began, there was controversy with Pakistan captain Wasim Akram sitting out citing injury. Once the game began, India gained a slight edge courtesy of opener Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 93, but it was Ajay Jadeja’s fireworks at the end -- he smashed 45 off 25 balls, taking a special liking to Waqar Younis -- that really titled the game in India’s favour. Pakistan began their chase with an electric opening stand of 84 between Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail. The latter notably riled up Venkatesh Prasad, pointing to the boundary after hitting him for a four.

Prasad had his revenge off the very next ball as India sealed a 39-run win. India’s run, though, ended in the semi-finals with a heartbreaking loss to the Sri Lankans at Eden Gardens.

Brief scores: India 287/8 (N Sidhu 93, A Jadeja 45). Pakistan 248/9 (A Sohail 55; V Prasad 3/45). India won by 39 runs.

India vs Pakistan, Chepauk, Jan 28-31, 1999

This was a game that India lost in excruciating fashion, but Tendulkar’s epic fourth-innings ton and the standing ovation that a sporting Chennai crowd gave to the Pakistanis are still spoken about.

Brief scores: Pakistan 238 (M Khan 60, M Yousuf 53; A Kumble 6/70) and 286 (S Afridi 141; V Prasad 6/33). India 254 (S Ganguly 54, R Dravid 53; S Mushtaq 5/94) and 258 (S Tendulkar 136; S Mushtaq 5/93). Pak won by 12 runs.

India vs Pakistan, Feroz Shah Kotla, February 4-7, 1999

Anil Kumble etched his name onto the history books by becoming the first bowler after England off-spinner Jim Laker to take 10 wickets in an innings. Needing a victory to level the series after the heartbreak at Chepauk, India seemed to be up against it when Pakistan were cruising at 101/0 in a run chase of 420. Kumble, though, brought India back into the contest by removing Shahid Afridi. The first wicket out of the way, Kumble got on a roll as Pakistan were bowled out for 207.

Brief scores: India 252 (M Azharuddin 67; S Mushtaq 5/94) and 339 (S Ramesh 96; S Mushtaq 5/122). Pakistan 172 and 207 (S Anwar 69; A Kumble 10/74). India won by 212 runs.