Anil Kumble appeals for the final wicket to complete the 'Perfect Ten'

Force 10 from Kotla: Kumble dismisses Akram to take the final wicket

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No. 11
Anil Kumble: 4 for 75 and 10 for 74
India v Pakistan, Delhi, 1999
As a young boy, when Anil Kumble left home for a match, his mother urged him to "take a hat-trick". At the end of the series-levelling triumph in Delhi - India's first Test win over Pakistan in nearly two decades - Kumble worried that his mum would now send him off with "take ten wickets". If the wry quip was typical of the man, so was the stunning spell that preceded it. At 101 for no loss on day four, with Pakistan set to draw the game and win the series, Kumble lured Shahid Afridi to snick one to the wicketkeeper. The dam burst. Kumble extinguished the middle order with legbreaks, topspinners and an Exocet that zeroed in on Ijaz Ahmed's boots: 6 for 15 in 44 balls. Saleem Malik and Wasim Akram resisted, but after tea, a rejuvenated Kumble wiped out the tail - with his chum Javagal Srinath bowling wide of the stumps to ensure a perfect ten. The post-match talk was rife with gripes about the pitch, which had been vandalised the previous month, and the quality of the umpiring. But few disputed the freakishness of the feat - No. 2 on the "Wisden 100" - and the greatness of the bowler who had delivered it. - Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

You shall not pass: in Port-of-Spain, Allan Border dug in on a difficult pitch to save the Test

You shall not pass: in Port-of-Spain, Allan Border dug in on a difficult pitch to save the Test © Associated Press

No. 12
Allan Border: 98 not out and 100 not out
West Indies v Australia, Port-of-Spain, 1984
Asked whether this was his finest hour, Allan Border is reputed to have said: "More like my finest 10 hours!" An Australian side shorn of Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh faced up to a moist pitch on which Joel Garner bore down on them. Sent in, Australia were 16 for 3 and then 85 for 5, cue for a young Dean Jones to enter the fray on debut. Jones remembers a damp, tacky pitch sporting divots short of a length, and of the jarring lift Garner could extract. Border shepherded Jones through a stand of 100 in almost three hours, before watching from the non-striker's end as the tail folded, leaving him two shy of a hundred. On the final day Border produced a worthy reprise, this time reaching the mark. Conditions had eased but a yawning deficit placed Australia in grave danger. Operating on a level of defensive skill that left his team-mates awestruck, Border charted a course to safety, helped by a 61-run stand with last man Terry Alderman - no one's idea of a batsman. Upon hearing of the draw, Marsh called long distance to insist that tradition be set aside and the team victory song delivered. - Daniel Brettig

Imran Khan: terrifying with the ball, terrific with the bat

Imran Khan: terrifying with the ball, terrific with the bat © Getty Images

No. 13
Imran Khan: 117; 6 for 96 and 5 for 82
Pakistan v India, Faisalabad, 1983
Throughout that six-Test series, the mere sight of Imran Khan at the bowling crease held sublime terror for India's batsmen. Numerically he was almost twice as potent as the next bowler. His 40 wickets were harvested at just under 14, and in an age when the rest of the world was unaware of the art or science of reverse swing, Imran's banana-benders could well have seemed like black magic. His 11 wickets had sunk India in the previous Test, in Karachi, but to repeat the feat in Faisalabad he had to find the inner superhuman. It was a pitch designed to make every batting dream come true and the first two innings produced over a thousand runs at nearly 4.5 an over, to which Imran himself contributed a rollicking 117 off 121. With the ball, Imran's formula remained the same: go close to the stumps in the delivery stride, swerve the ball wide of off at scorching pace and snake it in as if the stumps were a great magnetic force. Foreknowledge was scant protection for the speed and the quantum of late movement that often rendered the bat a worthless accessory. Eight of his 11 victims were either bowled or pinned leg-before, and Imran's only lament was that he was unable to breach Sunil Gavaskar's (127 not out) defence in the second innings. - Sambit Bal

Whack it like Viv: Richards blasts his way to 291

Whack it like Viv: Richards blasts his way to 291 © Getty Images

No. 14
Viv Richards: 291
England v West Indies, The Oval, 1976
England's captain Tony Greig started the series by promising to make West Indies "grovel". By the time the teams reached The Oval, England were heading for a comprehensive defeat and Viv Richards, on his first tour of England, had announced himself as a batsman of rare destructiveness. The summer of 1976 was hot, the expansive outfield was parched; by the end of Richards' murderous assault England's bowlers were more parched still. Derek Underwood bowled more than 60 overs of brisk left-arm spin and finished with a stoop. Kennington resounded to the sound of Caribbean songs, and there was an excited pitch invasion when Richards reached 200. He had batted brilliantly all summer, and here his range and power were awesome as he wielded his huge Stuart Surridge Jumbo bat for the final time in the series. He made 291 out of West Indies' 687 for 8 declared, and when Greig finally bowled him many regretted that he had not beaten Garry Sobers' 365. His innings was all the more remarkable as after the first day, when he was 200 not out, he had a party in his room at the Waldorf Hotel. - David Hopps

Quadruple carnage: Brian Lara regained the record for the highest Test score ten years after he first broke it, at the same venue and against the same opposition

Quadruple carnage: Brian Lara regained the record for the highest Test score ten years after he first broke it, at the same venue and against the same opposition © Getty Images

No. 15
Brian Lara: 400 not out
West Indies v England, St John's, 2004
Two April mornings in Antigua, a decade apart to the week. The stage remained the same, but the context for Brian Lara's second assault on the batting record could hardly have been more different. Back in 1994 the arrival of the prince seemed to herald a bright future for the region. Ten apocalyptic years later even England, of all teams, had learned how to beat West Indies. Michael Vaughan's men were 3-0 up by the time the series rolled around to the Antigua Recreation Ground. As for Lara - by this stage a polarising presence in his own dressing room - he wasn't even in possession of the record that he held most dear. Six months earlier Matthew Hayden had pillaged Zimbabwe to swipe a record that had been bound to the Caribbean since 1958. But as soon as Lara earned first use of a scandalously lifeless wicket, the reclamation was preordained. Hayden's record was equalled with a dismissive swipe for six over Gareth Batty's head, before a sweep for four sealed the spoils. Accusations of selfishness rang out as loudly as the paeans but he did not care a jot. And neither did the sport's chroniclers, who welcomed the return of the king. - Andrew Miller

Don't wait for Gordo: Greenidge needed only 66.1 overs to chase down 342

Don't wait for Gordo: Greenidge needed only 66.1 overs to chase down 342 © PA Photos

No. 16
Gordon Greenidge: 214 not out
England v West Indies, Lord's, 1984
When David Gower imagined victory over West Indies at Lord's in 1984 and set 342 in 78 overs, nobody accused him of generosity. But England's bowlers wilted in the face of one of the most brutal innings in history. Greenidge's unbeaten double-hundred brought West Indies a nine-wicket win and put them on the way not just to a historic blackwash but continued a sequence that ultimately came to rest at what was then a record 11 successive wins. Late in his career when Greenidge limped, cricket legend had it that it made him more dangerous, and he limped that day at Lord's. Gower maintained an attacking field, Greenidge hunted down each bowler in turn with blistering square drives, cuts and leg-side crunches. A six over square leg off Ian Botham and a disdainful straight drive past Derek Pringle were among the highlights. A mix-up that caused the run-out of Desmond Haynes merely concentrated his mind. It was the only wicket England managed all day. And Gower became only the second England captain to declare in the second innings and lose. - David Hopps

Curtly Ambrose was too fast and furious for Australia at the WACA in 1993

Curtly Ambrose was too fast and furious for Australia at the WACA in 1993 © Getty Images

No. 17
Curtly Ambrose: 7 for 25 and 2 for 54
Australia v West Indies, Perth, 1993

"We have been talking earlier in the series about just how unlucky Curtly Ambrose is. When he has a day when he hits the edge all the time, it will be worth watching."
- Greg Chappell, on air, after Ambrose was done with his devastating 6.2-5-1-7.

Ambrose had already taken 24 wickets in four Tests, more than anyone else in the series. West Indies had kept the Frank Worrell Trophy since 1977-78 and not lost a Test series in 13 years, but their supremacy was intact only thanks to a one-run series-levelling win in Adelaide. Australia made a solid start in Perth and fought their way to 85 for 2 when Ambrose returned. There was no crazy movement off the seam. Just extreme pace and bounce off a length. Mark Waugh and David Boon defended length balls that got too big, Allan Border got a mean offcutter first ball, Ian Healy's bat reached the line of the ball before his foot did; six of the victims were caught behind the wicket. It wasn't Ambrose's best spell ever, but the Aussies had reached their breaking point. Bowled out for 119, they lost the series then and there. And it was worth watching. - Sidharth Monga

Solitary splendour: Brian Lara's Colombo effort was masterful but came in a heavy defeat

Solitary splendour: Brian Lara's Colombo effort was masterful but came in a heavy defeat © AFP

No. 18
Brian Lara: 221 and 130
Sri Lanka v West Indies, Colombo, 2001
It is difficult to recall a series of batting efforts as lonesome as Brian Lara's remarkable tour of Sri Lanka in 2001. Driven to rare focus by the criticism a lean stretch had drawn, Lara began the tour with 178 in Galle, hit more runs than any other batsman in a Kandy low scorer, and came to Colombo to deliver a rousing sermon on batting in Asia. Early in his 221, he took runs freely through the leg side off Chaminda Vaas, shuffling across his stumps, wrists whipping like a sail that had caught the wind. In the second half, Lara's feet seemed to be on a conveyor belt to the pitch of the ball, as he smoked Murali down the ground. Having given up a 237-run lead, West Indies were out to save the Test in their second dig, but by now, Lara's batting would not be dictated by the match situation. His 130 featured 14 fours and a six, and his dismissal sparked the collapse that hastened the end. Lara had spent 11 and a half hours at the crease, yet West Indies lost by ten wickets and were whitewashed in the series. His match aggregate of 351 remains the highest in a losing cause. - Andrew Fidel Fernando

Rahul Dravid played the lead in Adelaide as India's defied Australia's might for the second time in under three years

Rahul Dravid played the lead in Adelaide as India's defied Australia's might for the second time in under three years © Getty Images

No. 19
Rahul Dravid: 233 and 72 not out; 3 catches
Australia v India, Adelaide, 2003
In Indian Test history's golden decade, which featured Rahul Dravid in many starring roles in overseas wins, this was a pure diamond. It was Kolkata in reverse: the back-against-the-wall magnum opus came in the first innings, and the vital cameo in the second. Dravid took centre stage with VVS Laxman offering stellar support. Their alliance yielded 303 runs from 85 for 4 after Australia had shellacked 556 - 400 of those on the first day. Dravid's double-hundred featured only one false stroke - a miscued hook for six that brought up his hundred - and featured all the Dravidian qualities: monumental patience, sure footwork, gorgeous cover drives and an utter devotion to the team cause. Ajit Agarkar set India on the path to victory with a six-for, but Dravid navigated a tricky chase to bring up the first Indian Test win on Australian soil in 23 years. He had been on the field all five days, batting for 835 minutes, and pouching three slip catches, one a stunner on the stretch, to break Australia's most significant partnership in the second innings. The only time he was unsteady was on the walk back to the hotel having allowed himself a drink after the job was done. - Sambit Bal

Maiden miracle: Narendra Hirwani took an astonishing 16 wickets on debut

Maiden miracle: Narendra Hirwani took an astonishing 16 wickets on debut © Getty Images

No. 20
Narendra Hirwani: 8 for 61 and 8 for 75
India v West Indies, Madras, 1988
When a group of selectors in Indore spotted a grossly overweight 14-year-old who had travelled more than 1000 kilometres for a trial, they had a good laugh. The kid was unshaken, insisting that he would play for India. Five years on, a match-ready Narendra Hirwani made good on his promise. And how! Selected for the series decider on a pitch that was severely underprepared, the bespectacled, headbanded, wristbanded, mustachioed Hirwani burst forth with the most astonishing debut of all. Eight wickets in the first innings, eight in the second: against a side that hadn't lost a Test to India in nine years. This was legspin at its most enchanting. On day two he unfurled prodigious legbreaks and googlies, imparting generous flight. On the rest day Hirwani told his room-mate that he would nail the in-form Viv Richards. On day three he brought out a devastating flipper. And knocked back Richards' stumps. Outfoxed in the first innings, the West Indies batsmen tried to throw him off his rhythm by rushing down the pitch. Hirwani flattened the trajectory while continuing to conjure big turn, and had five of the last six second-innings victims stumped. Batsmen charged, batsmen missed, and Hirwani burnt the record books. - Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

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  • POSTED BY uthaman on | January 30, 2016, 15:25 GMT

    What is Brian Lara's 400 not out doing here? Seriously Dravid's twin 50s in Windies is way way better on an unplayable pitch.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | January 6, 2016, 10:48 GMT

    Excluded arguably unfairly are Curtly Ambrose's 6-24 at Trinidad v England in 1994 when he rattled the English batsmen in the 2nd innings like mowing grass.So disconcerting was the bounce and so nagging was the length that batsmen who could hardly decide whether to go forward or back.Above all he won a game that looked lost.In similar light I would place Bob Willi's 8-43 at Leeds in 1981 w hich displayed fast bowling intensity at it's highest depth and took his team to famous win from the jaws of certain defeat.Gary Sober's 8 wickets and 113 at Kingston in 1976-68 was another cricketing classic.For sheer virtuosity I may have chosen Tendulkar;s 147 in South Africa in 2010-11 or his 116 at Perth in 1992-93.Imran Khan's 8-60 at Karachi v India in 1982-83 was also right up there blending pace and movement like no fast bowler before.Strange we have no spell of Wasim Akram who posessed greater genius than any fast bowler.

  • POSTED BY kris on | January 6, 2016, 3:34 GMT

    What? No Dean Jones in Chennai tied Test? That is my number one and definitely should be top 10.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/605597.html

  • POSTED BY Varnendra on | January 5, 2016, 14:48 GMT

    People have forgotten Viv Richards 145 at Lords in 1980. It was a flawless attacking innings. The best I know.

  • POSTED BY Varnendra on | January 5, 2016, 14:43 GMT

    @ EMANCIPATOR007, sure Border did well in that series where he scored 98 & 100 but he failed or didn't do well against Windies in almost all other series at home and away. Only Gooch performed consistently against the high flying Winides pace attach. Like Border the following managed one good series against Windies between 1976 and 1991; Wasim Raja, Majid Khan, Javed Miandad, Alan Lamb, Martin Crowe, Greg Chappel(in WSC but exclude the 75/76 series because the pace quartet was not well formed then) and Mohinder Amarnath. The ones who followed would know Gavaskar didn't really bat confidently in the 1983 series against Windies at home but stats show otherwise.

  • POSTED BY Mohan on | January 4, 2016, 16:01 GMT

    Dravid's 233 is just one part of the performance. Had India pocketed the match with ease after Agarkar took those 6 wickets, then yes the value of Dravid's role would have been not so special. However, even after those 6 wickets, the 230 that India had to score was the 3rd highest successful chase for a visiting team in Adelaide history. The top two being just a few runs more and achieved many decades earlier by the great West Indies teams of 1950s and 1980s. In fact India nearly capitulated as it lost all its 6 top batsmen accept Dravid, who performed an encore with an unbeaten 72 in the 4th innings to complete the job. That is what sets it apart -- he made sure of Victory with that phenomenal will of his. In some ways his approach to the game was as hard minded as an Aussie approach, which is why, on the days "the force was with him", he was able to do much more than others more gifted (seemingly) than himself.

  • POSTED BY Saddam on | January 4, 2016, 13:00 GMT

    Where you're place Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly, Ponting, Waqar, Fleming, Brett Lee, Mcgrath, etc.... Sachin is Sachin, He is only and single person. I think you should need considered are: 119 v England, Old Trafford, 1990, 114 v Australia, Perth, 1991-92, 169 v South Africa, Cape Town, 1996-97, 241 vs Australi, Sydney, 177 v England, Nottingham, 1996, 146 vs South Africa, Cape Town, 2011, 155 vs South Africa, Bloemfontein,2001, 111 vs South Africa, Johannesburg, 1992, 116 vs Australia,Melbourne, 1999 its are most valuable innings. Sachin is oxygen of cricket. I don't believe cricket without Sachin.

  • POSTED BY ramachandra on | January 4, 2016, 3:44 GMT

    Its funny how Dravids 233 is mentioned highly, but without Ajit Agarkars 6 for in the same match those runs would have been of no use. It could have been just another high scoring draw. 6 wickets in a high scoring draw needs to be taken in highly.

  • POSTED BY Simon on | January 3, 2016, 12:32 GMT

    What's with the obsession Indian commentators have with making lame, out-dated jokes about weight? I can remember seeing an interview with former Queensland/Australian international umpire Peter Parker on an Indian TV show a few years back. Genial Peter gave a very thorough and insightful interview about the life of an international umpire as well as some of the quirks of working at the Gabba, but at the end of the piece the only comment the moronic hosts (one a former India international) had was... "he should lose some weight... hahaha". While they thought they were hilarious, they simply exposed their lack of understanding of the substance of the interview they had witnessed. While these days it is common to see IPL fanboys failing to grasp basic cricketing concepts, it was a poor performance from paid commentators. It's both amusing and uplifting to see that a young Hirwani wasn't intimidated by such uneducated behaviour and made it to the top just 5 years later.

  • POSTED BY Luke on | January 3, 2016, 12:15 GMT

    So the list isn't even finished and already it is out of date, Stokes second fastest 200 of all time, 246no so far and we haven't had even 5 sessions yet, surely would have been in the 50, probably in the top half IMHO...

  • POSTED BY GV on | January 3, 2016, 8:39 GMT

    Gus Logie was wrongly given out stumped against Hirwani in the second innings. Replays showed that Logie was so fast that he turned and grounded his bat at eye blurring speed but too fast for the umpire to make this out.

  • POSTED BY Sarang on | January 3, 2016, 8:04 GMT

    @PSK_ANALYST.. Looks like you have stuck to your one-eyed thinking of this list being useless even without reading the whole article. "Journalists supporting their country" - Read no.13. Imran being praised by an Indian, Sambit Bal. infact, one should question how legitimate that reverse swing was when it was achieved through ball tampering using bottle caps and what not? How is that great bowling? No wonder, Murali also doesn't figure with tainted action. Why Dravid was chosen? Agarkar or others would not have mattered had Dravid not stuck in the 1st and 2nd innings. It was an innings of highest degree in foreign land and doesn't need any more certification for being a top test innings of all time.

  • POSTED BY GV on | January 3, 2016, 7:51 GMT

    I would love to see Gooch 154* vs West Indies (1991), Botham 149* against Australia (1981), Alec Stewart 118 & 143 in Barbados 4th test (1991), VVS Laxman 281 vs Australia (2001), Brian Lara 153 not out vs Australia (1999) to feature as the top 5 batting performances. And to see Harbhajan Singh 13 for 196 vs Australia 2000-01 Kolkata, Curtly Ambrose 10-120 in Adelaide vs Australia, 1992-93, Mitchell Johnson 12-127 vs South Africa, Centurion, 2014; Richard Hadlee 15-123 vs Australia in Brisbane, 1985-86; Holding 14-149 vs England in Oval, 1976.

    This series does not seem to be a statistically determined list, and there will be a huge availability bias, with recent memory being favoured. Also All rounder performance don't seem to be highlighted - e.g. Dale Steyn 76 and 10-154 at MCG, Botham 114 and 13 for 106 vs India in 1980 in Bombay, Kapil Dev 84 and 11 wickets vs Pakistan IN Madras 1979-80; Sobers 174 and 8-80 in Leeds in 1966 vs England. Still interesting to read.

  • POSTED BY Arun on | January 3, 2016, 6:58 GMT

    Interesting and a difficult job.Most interesting fact is that no performance of top 3 run getters and centurion Sachin,Ponting,Kallis performance figure in 11-50. Also the highest wicket taker plus highest 5&10 wicket haul record holder Murali's performance does not figure.Other big names not seen are Sanga,Mcgrath,Akram,Younis,Walsh,Holding,Garner do not figure. So top 10 will be definitely interesting. VVS 281 is a sure shot.

  • POSTED BY Ali on | January 3, 2016, 6:31 GMT

    Anil Kumble's effort, although remarkable, does not deserve to be so high on the list, specially after everyone knows that his friend and team mate Srinath did not try to take the last wicket and kept bowling outside the off stump. Ramesh, a debutant, in this test was stopped by his team mates as he was going for a catch, again off another bowler. The team helped Kumble get those ten wickets. This is not to take away anything from him. He was a bowler who always gave his 100% on the field and the way he came back after reinventing his bowling in the later part of his career is a lesson to the present lot of spinners.

  • POSTED BY Dinal on | January 3, 2016, 6:26 GMT

    Isn't it surprising that Murali's not on the list considering he's the best bowler ever and has taken more wickets that anyone else.

  • POSTED BY GV on | January 3, 2016, 6:03 GMT

    I thought more than the 7-25 which was on a wicket where even god could not have played Ambrose, his performance in Adelaide was better. His 6-74 and 4-46 swung a needle match the way of the West Indies, and his second innings dismissal of captain Allan Border was a magical moment which lifted the entire West Indies team and turned the series. It was a fantastic fast bowler's dismissal much like Andy Roberts getting Greg Chappel in exactly the same manner on the same ground 11 years ago.

  • POSTED BY jasprit on | January 3, 2016, 2:59 GMT

    Nathan Astle's 222 will be up there. Probable top few would be VVS, Bob Massie, Hadlee, Astle, Botham - 149, Lara - 153, Lara - 277.

  • POSTED BY jasprit on | January 3, 2016, 2:24 GMT

    Richard Hadlee's 9 for would have to be there. Some performances in the list that deserved better, Glenn Turner - 48, Harbhajan - 43, Gavaskar - 38,40, Sarfaraz - 37, Lara - 18, Kumble - 11.

  • POSTED BY Luke on | January 2, 2016, 18:51 GMT

    3 English performances over the 40 revealed so far. Everybody seems to like England getting their back sides kicked - every other position seems to be against England - but really? only 3? what a joke.

  • POSTED BY Sreeram on | January 2, 2016, 18:37 GMT

    So far, good selection. It all depends on how 1-10 performances are stacked. I would expect Bradman's couple of performances, Lara's 212, 153 and 277, VVS 281 in 1-10 from the batsmen group.

    No Tendulkar in Top 50 reconfirms WIsden's Top 100 without Tendulkar that was published a decade back. Or, did I miss seeing Tendulkar in this list somehow? Sydney and Perth may get included somewhere; but, definitely not in 1-10.

  • POSTED BY mahmood on | January 2, 2016, 16:16 GMT

    Top 10 performances still to come I would like Fantasize some of the startling performances peeping into my memory. Roy Fredrick's breathtaking 169 at Perth , VVS Laxman's epic 281, Richard Hadlee's 9/52 against Australia to bring NZ's first win in Australia, Lara's 277 in Australia and 153* in the WI , Botham's 149* in 1981 and his solo show in Jubilee test in India , Michael Holding's 14 wickets at the Oval in 1976 , Harbajan's heroic against Australia at Calcutta in 1981, Saeed Anwar's 118 against South Africa , Azhar Mahmood's 136 against SA.Some of the dazzling performaces from Wasim & Waqar plus Murali.Randall's 174 in the centenary test demands it's due recognition.

  • POSTED BY Pramod on | January 2, 2016, 13:44 GMT

    I did not have high hopes on this list and the choices have not made me change that decision. Still waiting for the top 10, there are the usual fallacies that people have made when choosing these kind of lists. I'd suggest the journalists not to get attached to their country when listing out their favorite performances, and the obsession for a performance leading to a win is another clear bias. Cricket is a team game and an individuals performance might not make his team win primarily if you are a batsmen. Dravid's 233 was a great innings and truth be said it was a flat track and Australia was missing Warne and Mcgrath. That innings has been given more weight because India won. That innings would not have made this list if Australia had racked up 400 in the 3rd innings and the test ended in a tame draw. Now tell me , how is it that Agarkars flash-in-a-pan performance of 6 wickets somehow catapult Dravids innings to a higher plane ? Doesnt it sound illogical?

  • POSTED BY Harish on | January 2, 2016, 12:38 GMT

    Well, I also hope that no SRT innings comes, simply because the ones here seem better than any SRT innings. Lax 281 should be the only Indian performance in the top 10.

  • POSTED BY Amit on | January 2, 2016, 12:14 GMT

    Top 10 guesstimates (not necessarily in order). BC Lara 153*, VVS 281, IT Boatham 149, SCJ Broad 8/15, Richard Hadlee 33 wickets in 3 tests, Dean Jones 210 Chennai tied test, Virender Sehwag 293 (284 in a day), Andrew Flintoff 2005 Ashes series, and reserve 2 for sachin due to quota restrictions (just kidding, because I can't come up with 2 more!)

  • POSTED BY Saravanan on | January 2, 2016, 11:36 GMT

    Have not heard about Border's effort, but looking at the scorecard it seems like it is positioned too high. It was not a tough-pitch as indicated by the opponents scoring 468 and Australia had to fight for a draw. Isnt Lars's effort placed at 18 way superior (again just looking at scorecards)

  • POSTED BY PALLAB on | January 2, 2016, 11:18 GMT

    Border often gets overlooked by the OZ cricket fraternity & pantheon (notwithstanding its premier cricket prize named after him). He scored some of the toughest runs in the toughest situations one can ever hope to get in Test cricket. Unbowed, dour & fearless till the end, his wicket needed to be fought for by bowling attacks. When supreme WI were battering OZ Test teams in the '80 /early '90s, he was the lone rock. For me, the pantheon of OZ batting greats are Greg Chappell, Border,Bradman, S Waugh in that order. During that Test series in Pak in '83, Indian batsmen were whispering about the yo-yo swinging of the ball by imperious Imran; reverse swing was not the term used then by the cricket fraternity & media. Gavaskar, Amarnath stood out in that series against a high-pace rampaging Imran.

  • POSTED BY A on | January 2, 2016, 10:54 GMT

    hello guys, I told you earlier brace yourself for top 10 performances being occupied by Ind/ Aus cricketers..... may be top 7 minimum. Hirwani's 16 wickets is just a starter toning us for what is about to be thrown at us.... just wait another day or two....

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | January 2, 2016, 10:36 GMT

    Gordon Greenidge and Curtly Ambrose took cricketing art and performance to it's highest zenith.Greenidge's blistering assault resembled a military tank and he cut,drove,hooked and pulled all over the wicket like a baker slicing a cake.Ambrose ripped through his opponents like rolling down nine pins .The bounce he derived from a good length was unplayable on the juiciest of pitches at Perth.I have never seen a pace bowler exploit the bounce of a wicket with such craft.The deliveries that dismissed Alan Border and Mark Waugh were absolute gems.

    Bob Willis's sensational 8-43 that won the 1981 Ashes test at Leeds could have well made this list .It turned a lost cause into a winning one.For sustained pace bowling Michael Holding's 14-149 should also have made it which took the art of pace bowling top it's highest zenith.Ian Botham's unbeaten 149 at Leeds in 1981 that reversed the result of the Ashes should be here,if not included in 1-10.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | January 2, 2016, 10:17 GMT

    To save a game Alan Border's 98 and 100 at Trinidad was the ultimate pinnacle.Border literally ressurected Australia from the grave with resolute determination rarely seen.Border battled with the grit of a soldier against the most lethal pace attack ever .Viv Richards 291 was one of the best ever exhibitions of dazzling strokeplay witnessed in test cricket.It took domination of bowling to it's highest zenith resembling an invincible emperor conquering territory after territory.No doubt Lara's 400 was historically great but technically I preferred his 277 at Sydney When considering the situation of the game and the wicket I also place his unbeaten 153 at Barbados versus Australia in 1999 on a higher pedestal.Although statistically great I don't rate Imran's performance at Faisalabad in 1983 as his best if you asses the situation of the game or the umpiring and I prefer his performance at Leeds in 1982 which he almost won single-handedly with bat and ball.

  • POSTED BY Harsh on | January 2, 2016, 10:05 GMT

    I would place Gordon Greenidge's unbeaten 214 and Curtly Ambrose's haul of 7-25 at Perth on the top of this list just marginally overshadowing the stupendous efforts of Viv Richards and Alan Border.Greenidge's knock was closest to the perfect test innings blending the the power of a boxer or the ferocity of a tiger with the technical skill of an engineer .Very rarely has cricket seen a bowling attack torn to the shreds with such depth of technical skill.Greenidge's onslaught looked like an offensive of a military battalion. overpowering the enemy.He was so much in command whether driving ,cutting or pulling that he resembled a programmed machine.At Perth in 1992-93 Curtly Ambrose reminded me of a cowboy in a Western film mowing down 7 people with a revolver.On a bad wicket I have never seen such a lethal spell of bowling with the ball rearing of a good length to make it unplayable for the batsman.Ambrose blended the pace,bounce,accuracy and control to perfection .