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No. 41
Mohinder Amarnath: 91 and 80
West Indies v India, Bridgetown, 1983
Perhaps the best story about this performance comes not from reports but from the dressing room. Rookie legspinner and 12th man Laxman Sivaramakrishnan watched Mohinder Amarnath, nearly 33, just returned from hospital with six stitches in his jaw, wash the blood off his shirt. Amarnath had retired hurt on 18, after a short ball from Malcolm Marshall struck his mouth. A second-innings wicket fell. Amarnath pulled on the bloodied shirt and marched out, ready to face Marshall, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Joel Garner on a viper of a wicket. Amarnath had top-scored in the first innings, the only Indian batsman to make more than 30, while batting with his newly adopted two-eyed stance. He had battled for almost three and a half hours, hooking three sixes off his nose. When he returned to the field in the second innings to take on Marshall and the rest, Sivaramakrishnan ran out with an abdomen guard; in his enthusiasm to rejoin the fight, Amarnath had left it in the dressing room. "A fast bowler knows when a batsman is in pain," said Michael Holding, "but Jimmy would stand up and continue." - Sharda Ugra

Graeme Smith: Captain Unbreakable

Graeme Smith: Captain Unbreakable © Getty Images

No. 42
Graeme Smith: 154 not out
England v South Africa, Birmingham, 2008
Fourth-innings runs and England captains - just two of the things Graeme Smith likes for breakfast. South Africa's win at Edgbaston, achieved via the highest successful run chase at the ground, clinched their first series victory in England since readmission, and hastened Michael Vaughan into retirement. More importantly, it helped establish Smith as a man who really got going when the going was at its toughest. With Andrew Flintoff in elemental form - helped by a high arm that appeared to make the ball disappear above the sightscreen - and Monty Panesar aiming at the rough outside his off stump, Smith gritted the road to victory during a near six-hour battle on a fourth-day pitch where none of his team-mates could manage more than Mark Boucher's unbeaten 45. There was also the struggle with a bad back and tennis elbow, which required a cocktail of painkillers, anti-inflammatories and ice to get him through the day. Smith forged his own luck, riding an lbw appeal and a glove behind off Panesar, as well as a missed run-out, before taking the extra half-hour to finish the match with his 17th four. The fourth-innings master had produced his magnum opus. - Alan Gardner

Get Funky: Harbhajan takes the wicket of Colin Miller on day five in Chennai

Get Funky: Harbhajan takes the wicket of Colin Miller on day five in Chennai Shaun Botterill / © Getty Images

No. 43
Harbhajan Singh: 7 for 133 and 8 for 84; 3 not out
India v Australia, Chennai, 2001
By 20, Harbhajan had been suspended from the National Cricket Academy for indiscipline, reported for a suspect action, had lost his place in the Indian team, and his father, and contemplated driving trucks in the US for a living. Then he was picked for the series that changed his destiny and Indian cricket's, and Chennai, at 1-1, was a climax worth the word. To a gathering of indestructibles Harbhajan bowled long (80 of India's 213 overs) and hot (a streak of 6 for 26 in the first innings, 6 for 15 in the second). They could not quite read his length, or his other one, or the bounce summoned from a whirling, whippy wrist. Ponting's innings (plural) ended in novicehood, Gilchrist's (also plural) in simple defeat, Slater pawed a doosra, Waugh M was set up at leg gully, Waugh S sucked into a lunge. In the first innings, from 340 for 3 Harbhajan kept Australia down to 391; in the second, the target down to 155. As if 15 wickets were not enough, to secure victory he squirted a McGrath yorker through point for the most nerveless, joy-making two runs in Indian Test history. - Rahul Bhattacharya

Qadir: big-game hunter

Qadir: big-game hunter © Getty Images

No. 44
Abdul Qadir: 6 for 16
Pakistan v West Indies, Faisalabad, 1986
Remember what mothers used to tell us (us being children as imagined by Bollywood)? "Go to sleep, otherwise Gabbar Singh will come for you." For a while in the '80s, cricket had a similar warning for teams playing West Indies: "Make sure to have a leggie, otherwise they'll overrun you." The basis of this was the exploits of Abdul Qadir; in a couple of ODIs in Australia in 1984, he had spooked them. This spell, however, is the one most recalled when discussing West Indian kryptonite. West Indies had dominated until the third day's close, when Pakistan were effectively 94 for 4, but the sturdy lower order scraped together a target of 240. These were the days of Qadir's full swagger: the mullet, a little extra jauntiness in the run-up, those entitled appeals. Larry Gomes was bowled by a rare, big-turning legbreak, delivered from wide around the wicket. Two balls later Viv fell, caught wonderfully at bat-pad - this great slayer of pace, to slow bowling? What madness was this? Qadir ran through the lower order as if an afterthought to the main game of dismissing Viv. The greatest side in the world, all done for 53, in less than 26 overs. - Osman Samiuddin

Ambrose: wrath from on high

Ambrose: wrath from on high Shaun Botterill / © Getty Images

No. 45
Curtly Ambrose, 2 for 47 and 6 for 34
West Indies v South Africa, Bridgetown, 1992
This was a match that West Indies simply dared not lose: an inaugural Test against South Africa, at the Kensington Oval, the ground that had been their unbreachable citadel for 57 years. Given all the circumstances then, West Indies simply had to win. By the start of the final day, however, the game, as far as they were concerned, looked dead. South Africa were 122 for 2 overnight, needing a further 79, and were crowing. Was it more than simply pride that drove Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose that last day, elevating them to an irresistible force? A little over 90 minutes later, the game was over. Walsh made the incisions with a spell of 4 for 8 in 11 overs. Ambrose removed the rest to finish with 6 for 34. South Africa, with the scent of victory in their nostrils in the morning, had been swatted aside, the last eight wickets falling for 25 runs. This had been a superhuman effort from two great fast bowlers fighting for more than a cricket match. - Mike Selvey

Happy 300th: Warne takes Kallis on day four

Happy 300th: Warne takes Kallis on day four © Getty Images

No. 46
Shane Warne, 5 for 75 and 6 for 34
Australia v South Africa, Sydney, 1998
On day one, Shane Warne looked every inch the man who would submit to shoulder surgery four months later. Stiffness personified after pushing through 86 overs in the Boxing Day Test, his slightly overweight frame looked far from fresh, and his legbreaks did not fizz. A side-strung Glenn McGrath had been a minor factor in the match, leaving Warne to do more heavy lifting than usual. Somehow, roused by a drying wicket and the lure of 300 Test victims, Warne found sharp spin on the second morning. One legbreak to David Richardson pitched in the blind spot and spun venomously to flick off stump - Richardson looked disbelievingly behind as though he had been bowled around, instead of across, his legs. Greater sorcery was reserved for the second innings, when in the space of a rapturous hour Warne drifted past Hansie Cronje and Herschelle Gibbs, zipped through Brian McMillan and Shaun Pollock, then procured the most bewildered of return catches from Richardson. Rain and Jacques Kallis delayed the milestone wicket, but that only increased the sense of drama, until Warne dipped a topspinner from around the wicket to slide between Kallis' bat and pad. Warne's celebration was fittingly imperial; his mentor Terry Jenner's post-play prediction of 600 Test wickets a tad conservative. - Daniel Brettig

Jayasuriya: carried on from where he left off at the World Cup

Jayasuriya: carried on from where he left off at the World Cup Gemunu Amarasinghe / © Associated Press

No. 47
Sanath Jayasuriya, 340; 3 for 45
Sri Lanka v India, Colombo, 1997
The mid to late '90s saw Sanath Jayasuriya on a quest to set the pace. Having returned from the 1996 World Cup as the player of the tournament and trending revolutionary, he cut, whipped and stabbed his way to several one-day records, including the quickest hundred and the quickest fifty just a few weeks later. He had just begun transferring his mania to the longest format when India met him on a flat Premadasa Stadium surface in the August heat. For two entire days he and Roshan Mahanama made them sweat, creaming runs off Anil Kumble and Rajesh Chauhan, milking the seamers when they returned to the bowling crease, a little less peppy with each spell. They added by far the highest Test partnership at the time and departed within minutes of one another, Jayasuriya popping a catch to silly point 35 runs short of Brian Lara's record 375. The surface was so benign, a result had become virtually impossible by the end of the third day. But Jayasuriya's knock, and Sri Lanka's eventual 952 for 6 declared, were more surges in the wave that swept Sri Lanka from minnowhood to respectability. - Andrew Fidel Fernando

Turner: stuck it to the neighbours

Turner: stuck it to the neighbours © Getty Images

No. 48
Glenn Turner, 101 and 110 not out
New Zealand v Australia, Christchurch, 1974
Australian cricket's disregard for their trans-Tasman neighbours was such that the two did not play a full series for more than 40 years after New Zealand gained Test status. When they finally agreed to a full Test series in New Zealand, they were surprised and humbled by a 1-1 result. New Zealand's win in Christchurch was largely thanks to Glenn Turner, who became the first New Zealander to score twin centuries in a Test. He achieved the feat on a pitch that offered a bit for the fast men - Australia's legspinner Kerry O'Keeffe didn't bowl a single ball in the match. In the first innings Turner scratched and scraped his way to 99, before spending an agonising 34 deliveries until he moved to a century. A far greater hundred came in the second-innings chase of 228. Turner played a perfect, chanceless innings in compiling 110 not out, and along the way dealt with some sustained verbal abuse from Australia's captain, Ian Chappell. Turner was there at the end of a match that thrilled the New Zealand fans, just the country's eighth win in 113 Tests. And their first over the big brothers from across the ditch. - Brydon Coverdale

Kapil Dev: went down swinging

Kapil Dev: went down swinging © Getty Images

No. 49
Kapil Dev, 41 and 89; 5 for 125 and 3 for 43
England v India, Lord's, 1982
A comfortable defeat showed as well as any triumph could what Kapil Dev - his skill, spark, heart, lungs - meant to Indian cricket. At Lord's in 1982 he bowled 43 overs of swing, took five of the top six, and yet England got to 433. He went in to bat at 45 for 5, made a brisk 41, and helped India to the extricable depths of 128. Following on, he arrived at the crease facing an innings defeat. Now he stroked an astounding 89 (out of the 117 that India added) and was on course, at 55 balls, for what would have been at the time the fastest Test century in history. In defence of 65, he then had England at 18 for 3 - till he could carry the team no further. "Test cricket can seldom have seen such exuberance," is how Wisden's Cricketer of the Year entry appraised Kapil's 89. "When he finished off his evening's work by taking England's first three wickets in four overs, he had enjoyed as glorious a session of play as any immortal of the game." - Rahul Bhattacharya

Beefy with Graham Yallop (red shirt) and Geoff Boycott after the match

Beefy with Graham Yallop (red shirt) and Geoff Boycott after the match © Getty Images

No. 50
Ian Botham, 3 for 28 and 2 for 86; 118
England v Australia, Manchester, 1981
The most invincible cricketer of his generation at his most invincible. Headingley may harbour the legend but the essence of Ian Botham was on display two Tests later at Old Trafford - an innings that the man himself believes that he never bettered in the course of his rampant career. The "pure village-green slogging" that had turned that summer's Ashes on its head had been replaced, session by session, victory by victory, by a devastating sense of certainty. Botham's performances at Headingley and Edgbaston, where his 5 for 1 spell had snatched another victory from the jaws of defeat, may have stemmed from his inability to know when he was beaten. At Old Trafford, however, he knew he could not be beaten. And the subtlety of that shift would prove devastating. Three shots in particular summed up his balls-to-the-wall mood. Three savage bouncers from Dennis Lillee, three duck-and-swat sixes, middled high over square leg. Darth Vader himself could not have used the force more malevolently. Sixty-six runs came in eight overs before tea as Botham, aided and abetted by the strokeless self-parody, Chris Tavaré, launched a calculated assault on the new ball that doubled as the series knockout blow. It was an onslaught as indelible as the legend it cemented. - Andrew Miller

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06:45:37 GMT, December 28, 2015: Venue in Harbhajan Singh picture caption corrected.

 

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  • POSTED BY Dexters on | January 31, 2016, 0:15 GMT

    Many of this innings in this list were played on favorable conditions and a match turning innings. But whoever choose this list have not considered many innings which put their team on top from the beginning or ones played in a lost cause. Sachin has at least 3. The fact the Kallis is not here make this list not worth to me personally. Sachin has represented many weaker Indian sides and Kallis has represented a very strong south african side and Many 1st innings knocks were not considered. I am big fan of Lara but its no secret that his 400 cost his team a victory.

  • POSTED BY Nyameko on | January 30, 2016, 15:39 GMT

    Kallis's epic denial of India in Cape Town 2011?? Lara's glorious 213 in Jamaica in 1999?? Pup's 153 in Newlands?? Dale Steyn's 10 for and 74 in Melbourne against the Aussies??The epic 241 by Sachin in Sydney?? There are so many who missed out to some fanciful picks such Gower's innings in Perth of the judges..

  • POSTED BY uthaman on | January 30, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    Where is Vengsarkars 102/61 at Leeds.. Unbelievable knock. So was his 166 at Cuttack where ball was rolling, Comedy list.

  • POSTED BY uthaman on | January 30, 2016, 15:29 GMT

    This list is an absolute joke.. Many many many memorable performances have been overlooked .

  • POSTED BY Anshuman on | January 30, 2016, 14:56 GMT

    Overall, a nice list. The exact position on the rankings do not matter to me as such lists help us to refresh our memories or enlighten us about some of the greatest test performances.

    Btw, I noticed that some people are mentioning ODIs performances in the comments section. This is a tests list and it clearly mentions this fact. Being a cricket fan and having the ability to understand a topic are not mutually exclusive.

  • POSTED BY satyam on | January 29, 2016, 12:12 GMT

    Any special Dislike for Sachin, Waquar, Sayeed Anwar, Inzamam...are they not eligible in top-50?

  • POSTED BY Brian on | January 6, 2016, 15:18 GMT

    I Still would rate Lara's 153 ahead of Laxman's and Lara should be given the 1st spot.

    The reason is Lara single handedly won that match against the Australians with just Amborse and walsh on the other side. This particular innings is never showed in any sports channel . Just Biased. Always all sports channels play Sachin;s centuries.

    So Good to see sachin not making the list. hahaha

    Definitely Dravid and Laxman deserve to be on this list ahead of the Sachin. Dravid is more solid in his defence and :Laxman has played Austraila better than sachin.

    Except for the 1st spot which should have gone to LARA i am ok with the list.

  • POSTED BY zohair on | January 5, 2016, 19:27 GMT

    Saeed Anwar's 194, Waqar's 7/36 @ Leeds, Aqib Javed's 7/37 @ Sharjah, Afridi's 7/12 vs. the Windies, Akram's 257 vs Zimbabwe, Akram's 5/19 vs. Windies, Akram's 5/15 vs. Zimbabwe, Akram's 6/67 vs. England, Akram's 6/43 vs. New Zealand. None of these made. I think we might be missing the chapters of Pakistani cricket from the Cricket encyclopedia.

  • POSTED BY arvin on | January 5, 2016, 16:53 GMT

    one of the worst and most biased list ever...

  • POSTED BY madhu on | January 5, 2016, 7:31 GMT

    A top 10 list without Roy Fredericks at Perth is like the Louvre without Mona Lisa, and here it does not feature in Top 50!

  • POSTED BY jamie on | January 5, 2016, 6:11 GMT

    Can not see how Richard Hadlees 9 in one innings against Australia at Brisbane and I think he took 6 or 7 in the other innings is not in this list. He would have taken 10 but caught the last man out. He scored a few runs when he batted as well.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | January 5, 2016, 6:06 GMT

    The most heartwarming thiing about the list is that the boring man Tendulkar is not there! I will take it :) Usually, due to bias from readership and sponsorship pressures, many websites do a good job of celebrating his mediocre performances, so kudos to the selection panel for omitting him.

  • POSTED BY Peter on | January 4, 2016, 21:52 GMT

    Ooops - just realised Imran Khan is in at no. 13. Apologies. The Kiwis seem a tad under-represented too - nothing from McCullum, Taylor, Martin Crowe, or Bev Congdon's 170 odd when the Kiwis nearly chased down 479 against England in 1973....

  • POSTED BY P on | January 4, 2016, 21:29 GMT

    Great to read. With so many players and so many memorable performances it must have been hard to finalize this list. I am baffled though that several cricketing greats - Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis, Dilip Sardesai, Bishen Bedi, Jeff Thompson, Andy Roberts, Clive Lloyd, Adam Gilchrist ... - all failed to make this list. All of them match winners and many an innings where they won matches purely on their own performance. There are at least half a dozen so so performances sited by others in top 50. Not sure how well this list is scrubbed!

  • POSTED BY Peter on | January 4, 2016, 20:52 GMT

    Whilst I have to treat the list as great fun - I can't help thinking that it is a little damned by it's omissions. Botham's performance at Headingley in 1981 was spectacular but would have been a mere footnote but for Bob Willis taking 8-43 and actually winning the match! I'm more than surprised at Pakistan's under-representation - nothing from Zaheer Abbas, Javed Miandad, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis.... And nothing of Mahela Jayawardene or Kumar Sangakkara for Sri Lanka. From the Aussies point of view - where are the Chappells, Glenn McGrath, Matt Hayden, Ricky Ponting. I'm not going to review all 50 (again) but I can't remember Jacques Kallis getting a mention either - other than as a Warne victim. And one of Sachin 51 test hundreds (perhaps his first) would have been appropriate. But apart from that ;0)

  • POSTED BY raul on | January 4, 2016, 18:18 GMT

    Hard to believe that Sachin, Ponting,Wasim and Sanga failed to qualify to this list.Sachin's mighty inning in Sharjah against great Australia or his 136 against Pakistan in Chennai and many more.Sanga's 11 double ton and Ponting's glorious career had nothing special.list talk more about great Botham but others were great too

  • POSTED BY Ganesh on | January 4, 2016, 18:04 GMT

    sanath@47 performance seems good for record purpose but unfortunatly not near to matchwinnig one and every game including cricket is played for winning.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | January 4, 2016, 17:10 GMT

    I dont see any reason why Inzamam-ul-Haq match saving 138 against Bangladesh is not part of this list.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem on | January 4, 2016, 17:06 GMT

    Did they forget Tendulkar? How can any of his 50+ hundreds not qualify to be in this list, especially considering some of the innings included in this list. I am not a big fan of his record, but, it seems biased and disrespectful. How about his hundred at cape town where he and Azhar scored 100s?

  • POSTED BY Cric on | January 4, 2016, 16:37 GMT

    I would rank Rahul Dravid's innings of 180 in the top 20 at least. That innings saw to it that India won, as Laxman could not have found a better partner than Dravid to set a match winning second innings score in Calcutta 2001. I am amazed that Kapil's name does not figure in the list, as he had played crucial knocks and bowled stellar spells in Tests...

  • POSTED BY Rohit on | January 4, 2016, 16:00 GMT

    Pathetic list . None of Kallis + Tendulkar's 96 test hundreds feature in top 50 performances ? Unbelievable. Also, Sunil Gavaskar who scored heavily against the famed West Indies bowling line-up finds himself at only No. 38 !!

  • POSTED BY Mohammad on | January 4, 2016, 11:35 GMT

    Gower's inclusion at no. 36 with 72 and 28 runs is something i cannot find any reason for. There were 50 better performances in 2015 alone.

  • POSTED BY shankar on | January 4, 2016, 9:52 GMT

    One can debate this list endlessly as personal prejudice tends to prevail in the choices being made. I for one felt that Derek Randall's 174 in the centenary test in 1977 and GR Vishwanath 97 not out in Chennai in 74-75 against WI are worth a mention

  • POSTED BY Nagesh on | January 4, 2016, 8:53 GMT

    Well compiled. But there is mention of Sachin century against Australia in Perth (1991/92)against one of the best bowling!!! Sachin was in his early twenties.

    And 169, South Africa v India, Cape Town, 1997 as Alland Donald,Shaun Pollock etc

  • POSTED BY Raj on | January 4, 2016, 7:40 GMT

    Very well compiled list. Good to see some of Indian Greats' Laxman, Dravid, Kapil, Chandrasekhar and Kumble making in the best 50 list. These Greats' deserve more respect and accolades than Sachin freak country. Sachin is good player but never played any innings that actually lifted Indian innings to winning cause than any of the Greats' innings

  • POSTED BY gmsj on | January 4, 2016, 7:26 GMT

    It is quite significant that none of Sachin's innings find a place in the top 50. It just goes to show that Sachin is considered just as a great one-day batsman. There is also a skew here that batting innings that helped in a knife-edge drawn test was not included in the 50 list. Recent innings of De Villiers or Du Plessis readily come to mind. Maybe even Ganguly's 144 at Brisbane with the leadership punch that showed his team they could compete against Aussies in Australia.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | January 4, 2016, 7:18 GMT

    I always knew sachin never deserved to be called as best batsmen. Dravid and laxman was far ahead of him. These raiting has proved the same.

  • POSTED BY Nirjhar on | January 2, 2016, 19:14 GMT

    There's not a single innings by Sachin Tendulkar. It's rather unexpected. I think Sachin's 114 at Perth, 122 at Edgbaston, 169 at Capetown, 155 at Chennai, 177 at Bangalore and the 136 in Chennai are exquisite examples of sheer batting skill aside from match-circumstances. That 114 at Perth should have been in top 20.

  • POSTED BY Narender on | December 31, 2015, 9:04 GMT

    @ALICESPRINGSNT .. This list includes only test performances, Although the great Sachin gave many wonderful performances , i one of biggest fan of Sachin, bet you that his performance who't be chosen as No. 1.

  • POSTED BY Tom on | December 29, 2015, 10:45 GMT

    The list is just for some fun reading nothing else. Some of the tests could easily be number one already. Qadir's performance was start of Pakistan emergence as a real force for next many years and Sarfaraz's 7 for 1 runs against Australia on that morning is still fresh in our memory. Similarly that remarkable South African collapse against WI cannot be forgotten. I think that every country's fans has their own list which includes their country's remarkable performances but some of these tests do qualifies as truly great fights like Headingley 1981 or the first tied test b/w Aus & WI.

  • POSTED BY Cricinfouser on | December 29, 2015, 0:08 GMT

    I wonder who's coming up with these lists and who gets to choose the "top" performances. There's often bias; it's not an honest rank of "performances", rather, it all comes down to readership (which gets influenced by a country's population) and sponsorship. Therefore, as usual the No.1 performance will be chosen to be that of Tendulkar. Who's ready to bet?!

  • POSTED BY ESPN on | December 28, 2015, 17:34 GMT

    Kapil is Kapil When compared with other contemporary all rounders of his time will prove his genuine cricketing ability and natural talent in all three department .One who scores and took wickets against the invisible windies in all conditions will be the benchmark to be called as GREATEST ALLROUNDER OF HIS TIME.

  • POSTED BY suabhdeep on | December 28, 2015, 17:07 GMT

    Any great fast bowling performance against Australia should be regarded as the head-and-shoulder above than any other performance. In that regard Ambrose's devastating spell at Perth in 1993 could be regarded as perhaps THE ALL TIME BEST FAST BOWLING SPELL. He took 7 in 32 deliveries. The very last time any team came to the ground as favorite against Australia. After that last 23 years no team ever bean any International match against Australia as favorite. He also fractured David Boon's left hand -- the last time anyone could hospitalized any Australian batsman.

  • POSTED BY Shehan on | December 28, 2015, 15:21 GMT

    @ RAHUL_78 : No one in cricket history scored a triple century and took a three wicket haul in the same match. Sanath's bowling figures was by far the most respectful bowling performance from both the sides on that batting wicket and his wickets included Dravid and Ganguly. IMO Sanath's performance should ranked higher in this list, not at 47.

  • POSTED BY Edwin on | December 28, 2015, 15:19 GMT

    In the scorecard for no.43 I noticed that Waugh was given out 'handled the ball' - I always thought bowlers were accredited the wicket in such cases?

  • POSTED BY Unni on | December 28, 2015, 8:48 GMT

    Wasnt this same Top 50 concept there in Guardian UK a few years ago?

  • POSTED BY Vinod on | December 28, 2015, 7:46 GMT

    Firstly, the concept of this post is awesome.....good picks 41-50....am sure each blogger would have their own opinions as to what performance would make each ranking...lets leave the nationalism out of this and simply appreciate efforts...terrific to see Jimmy's efforts mentioned in this....in that same series.....this guy was sheer courage and guts against the best quick bowling quartet in histroy.....in that same series Marshall pinged one of gavaskar's forehead (centre of forehead).....Gavaskar, who didnt wear a helmet did not even flinch, next ball was on driven with such ferocity that it rebounded off the boundary hoardings almost halfway back to marshll who had just finished his follow through....that was sheer class and courage....any ways....looking forward to reading about some real great efforts....

  • POSTED BY Sushreyo on | December 28, 2015, 7:35 GMT

    I am eagerly waiting for the other 40. I am guessing No. 1 would be VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens. Close finish with Ian Botham at Headingley.

  • POSTED BY Bilal on | December 28, 2015, 7:15 GMT

    Why include tame big scoring draw games ?

  • POSTED BY Rahul on | December 28, 2015, 7:04 GMT

    With all due respect to Andrew Fernando, that was a disgrace of a test pitch at Colombo. Nothing taking away from Sanath and Roshan but they have played much more valuable and match winning innings elsewhere then this Chinese torture of a test match. Kumble, Kulkarni and Chouhan were made to bowl eye watering 70 plus overs in an innings for a solitary wicket each. Even though the partnership was record breaking it shouldn't have featured in this article. Sri Lankan cricket has produced far more significant gems then this one.

  • POSTED BY Ashok on | December 28, 2015, 7:04 GMT

    As an Indian fan who grew up in the 90s, I must confess that the part on Harbhajan Singh's 15 wickets brought tears to my eyes. I could scarcely put in words what that series meant to Indian cricket and Indian fans of my generation.

  • POSTED BY Ashok on | December 28, 2015, 7:02 GMT

    To my mind, Smith's 154 and Harbhajan's 15 wickets top the list. Both of them were game defining contributions, leading to historic series victories that changed the course of the cricketing histories of their respective countries. Smith's 154 won a historic series win that saw South Africa make the transition from perpetual chokers to winners in all conditions. Harbhajan's 32 wickets won India a back from behind, against the odds victory that sparked off the transition of India from perpetual under-performers to a bunch of fighters.

  • POSTED BY GV on | December 28, 2015, 6:51 GMT

    Good to see Jimmy Amarnath's performances. A very difficult test. Ravi Shastri also made a superb second innings century in Barbados in 1989, which must be one of the top 5 batting performances in Indian history. Am pretty sure that when this exercise ends, the no. 1 performances will be something Tendulkar has done.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | December 28, 2015, 6:37 GMT

    Ian Botham;s 118 at Old Trafford was one of the finest innings ever blending technical correctness with agression.Kapil Dev's blitz at Lords was as though the spirits posessed him in that period.Amarnath's batting blended the temperament of a soldiet with the skill of a surgeon revealing grit and determination in cricket at it's highest zenith.Coincidentally all 3 majestically deployed the hook shot when batting in these innings.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | December 28, 2015, 6:34 GMT

    Etched in my mind forever are Mohinder Amarnath's defiance at Barbados in 1983 ,the cavalier batting of Botham at Old Trafford in 1981 and Kapil Dev's majestic all-round effort at Lords in 1982.Mohinder Amarnath reminded me of the grit a soldier battling against all odds in a war defying the most lethal attacks of the enemy.Few knocks have ever been more combative against great pace or arguably the best pace bowling attack ever in the game.Botham's knock revealed the domination of a great emperor and blended the grammar of a an Englsih professor with the power of a military tank.Kapil Dev at Lords looked like a Sobers re-incaranated making the impact of a hurricane with both bat and ball in mater of just a couple of hours.All 3 proved how glorious the game of cricket is.

  • POSTED BY Kuldeep on | December 28, 2015, 6:18 GMT

    Also, He took it on day five, not day four.

  • POSTED BY pratik on | December 28, 2015, 5:59 GMT

    Get Funky: Harbhajan takes the wicket of Colin Miller on day four in Kolkata : the image is from Chennai Test, COLLIN MILLER dnt play the second test.