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12-31-2013, 05:26 AM
Amazing Aussie comeback:

The Australians weren't exactly the favourites heading into the Ashes at home. The 3-0 loss to England a few months ago and a sound 4-0 thrashing by India had raised serious doubts over the abilities of Michael Clarke's side. There were also disciplinary issues with reports of infighting in the team. But the sacking of coach Mickey Arthur proved to be a boon. The players have come into their own under new coach Darren Lehmann and the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (31 wickets in four Tests@14.32), have helped the hosts regain the Ashes with three straight Test wins.

12-31-2013, 05:27 AM
The DRS failure

This summer's Ashes in England exposed the frailties of the Decision Review System (DRS) and vindicated the BCCI's stand in opposing it. The controversial HotSpot system that was meant to detect edges, failed and it only defeated the purpose of bringing technology in the game. There were several other contentious decisions made in the series that the TV umpire failed to correct.

12-31-2013, 05:30 AM
Ugly spats

There were quite a few. Australia opener David Warner punched young English batsman Joe Root in a bar and was promptly sent back home. India teammates Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were involved in a heated exchange of words in an IPL game at Bangalore. In the Ashes Down Under, Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was heard telling England seamer James Anderson to get ready for a "f***ing broken arm."

12-31-2013, 05:31 AM
The spot fixing bouncer

Three Rajasthan Royals players - S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested by the Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing during IPL 6. Not to be left behind, the Mumbai police booked Vindoo Dara Singh and Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Mieyappan for placing bets on IPL games. Shilpa Shetty's husband Raj Kundra, who is a part owner of the Royals, too was questioned. That apart, Bangladesh and New Zealand cricket, too, were hit by the scourge.

12-31-2013, 05:32 AM
Srinivasan refuses to 'walk'

The BCCI's image took a big blow when N Srinivasan refused to resign as the president despite his son-in-law's name cropping up in police investigations. The Tamil Nadu strongman always had the numbers in the BCCI to back him, using a policy of appeasing those who were with him and punishing those who weren't. He even managed to get a clean chit for himself by forming an in-house inquiry committee. Srinivasan won the Board elections and ensured his stay for another year despite the legal hurdles.

12-31-2013, 05:34 AM
Sachin Tendulkar's final Test

Sachin Tendulkar's farewell speech will be remembered with as much fondness as his many splendid innings. Sachin had carried along a list to ensure he didn't forget anyone, but he referred to it only occasionally. Mostly,he spoke extempore and straight from the heart.

12-31-2013, 05:35 AM
Shikhar Dhawan 187 on Test debut

Shikhar Dhawan's smashing debut at Mohali was a squall that forced the hapless Aussies to duck for cover. He scored the fastest century by a debutant that came off 85 balls.