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Test history is replete with several magical feats achieved by teams and individuals. HT takes a look at some standout acts and events witnessed over the years...

cricket Updated: Jul 19, 2011 23:09 IST

Hindustan Times

Test history is replete with several magical feats achieved by teams and individuals. HT takes a look at some standout acts and events witnessed over the years...

Arrival of the Don
1928: Don Bradman makes his Test debut but is powerless to prevent a colossal 675-run defeat by England in Brisbane and is dropped. The man, however, ends up with a dream average of 99.94.

Lowest ebb
1955: NZ were bowled out for 26, the lowest Test total, by England in Auckland. Leg spinner Alex Moir's fifer, coupled with three wickets by pacer Johnny Hayes, ripped them apart in the second innings.

Perfect 10
1956: England off-spinner Jim Laker became the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in a Test innings, against Australia at Old Trafford. In all, he took 19 wickets in the match, a record that's likely to stay.

Garry's field day
1958: West Indies' Garry Sobers breaks Len Hutton's record with 365 against Pakistan in Jamaica. This was Sobers's first century, which he expanded to have the record against his name.

Mover and packer
1977: World Series Cricket saw top players signed up by Aussie businessman Kerry Packer. Test cricket was threatened but WSC ends after two years when he gets the contract to show Australia's home matches.

Legendary Lara
2004: Lara made the first quadruple century in Tests, against England in Antigua, to regain the world record he'd lost to Australia's Matt Hayden. A decade back, he'd scored 375 at the same ground.

Magical Murali
2010: Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan became the first bowler to take 800 Test wickets when he picked up the wicket of Pragyan Ojha off his final ball in Tests, against India.

India landmarks
First test
1932: A strong top order was shaken by pacer Md Nissar, as England were reduced to 19/3 in the one-off Test at Lord's. But skipper Douglas Jardine helped his side crush CK Nayudu's (in pic) men by 158 runs.

First test win
1952: India achieved their first Test victory when they beat England in Chennai (then Madras). India had to wait for 20 years after their debut for the first win. Later that year, India also won a series against Pakistan.

Gavaskar gets 10k
1987: His innings against the most fiery pacers in the 70s and 80s boosted India's self-confidence. It was apt that he became the first batsman to get to 10,000 runs. He reached the mark in Motera vs Pakistan.

Kapil's world record
1994: When India lacked pace, he stepped up the gas. The outswing of independent India's first fast bowler was legendary. After 16 yrs of injury-free career, he became the world's top wickettaker & ended with 434.

Kumble does a laker
1999: Midway through his career that ended after becoming India's top wickettaker, Kumble produced a stunner in Delhi vs Pak. He picked all the 10 wickets in an innings, a feat matched only by Jim Laker.

Sachin's 50
2010: Sachin Tendulkar scores his 50th Test century, against South Africa in Centurion. Apart from being the highest run-getter, the Indian maestro is just one short of a century of international hundreds.

First Published: Jul 19, 2011 23:06 IST

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