Nagpur awaits match of milestones

Published: Tuesday, November 4, 2008, 12:12 [IST]
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Nagpur: India-Australia Test series, the climax of which is around the corner here, would be remembered for the retirement of two of India's biggest cricket stars -Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly.
Anil  Kumble bid an emotional farewell to cricket ahead of the fourth and final Test here from November 6, after leading the country in the drawn third encounter of the rubber at New Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla yesterday.
 Ganguly has already announced that he will play his last Test in this Orange City before hanging up his boots after having embellished the fans of the game with his feisty approach and never-say-die attitude when the chips were down.
The four-Test series between cricket's most combative teams at present will also be recalled in later years for other milestones too set to be achieved by a few other Indian stalwarts.
Sachin Tendulkar has already walked into the record books by overtaking another famous name West Indian Brian Lara as Test cricket's highest run-getter at Mohali in the second Test won handsomely by the hosts to go 1-0 up in the series.
The champion batsman is also set to complete 100 catches, having pouched 99 so far in 153 Tests, and has 90 scores of fifty and above, inclusive of 39 centuries, and is on par with Australian great Allan Border.
VVS Laxman is also on the cusp of reaching a coveted landmark, of joining seven other compatriots who are in the 100-Test club.


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