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He allowed himself a brief teary moment as he reached his 45th Test ton

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He's not destructive but he has you thinking from the start how you're going to get him out

Meschede's day as India struggle

Somerset 425-3 dec India 90-6 (India trail Somerset by 335 runs on first innings): Tendulkar falls early and tourists collapse in crucial warm-up after being made to wait by stubborn Somerset

At their peak England can climb to top of world

Strauss's men aim to overtake India as world No 1 – starting with 2,000th Test on Thursday

On the Front Foot: Sachin chases a double century milestone to sign off at Lord's

Of all the batsmen never to have scored a Test hundred at Lord's, Sachin Tendulkar is the most illustrious.

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Doosra's temptations claim another poor victim in Holmes

The doosra, as Holmes is discovering, is a drug of a delivery: unbearably tempting, briefly thrilling, and likely to cause major come-down

£1 million: What Duncan Fletcher will earn if India beat England

The former England cricket coach Duncan Fletcher will earn substantially more than just the satisfaction of getting one over on his old employers if he secures a historic victory for India this summer.

Alexander Penny: Sachin Tendulkar’s last British hurrah

s one of the finest players to have ever graced the game, India’s Sachin Tendulkar looks to be making one final tour of duty to England when he arrives with the national side this summer.

Guru Sai Baba's legacy: Death threats and scandal

The passing of the Indian holy man has left a spiritual hole and an even bigger controversy. Andrew Buncombe reports on the struggle to regulate his earthly affairs

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Vettori bucks trend by playing a long game to extend career

On a crowded wall of the family home in which Renzo and Robyn Vettori raised their children, there is a newspaper front page from February 1997 announcing the selection for a Test against England of their son, with the screaming headline "But he's only 18!" A few of New Zealand's smarter hacks may have felt inclined to reprise that headline when Daniel Vettori last week announced that, for now, at least, he is quitting Twenty20 and one-day cricket: "But he's only 32!" I prefer to look at it another way. Vettori's decision to forgo the lucre and glitz of the shorter forms of the game is a rare and huge victory for left-arm spin, for Test cricket and for the reputation of the greatest cricketer New Zealand has ever produced.

Rajan's Wrong 'Un: Indian petulance is just another reason to hope they lose

India's politics is that of the playground and the verb to describe such behaviour, when the insecure biggest boy intimidates the others, is bullying

Sanath Jayasuriya to retire from international cricket

Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya has today announced he will retire from international cricket during this month's tour of England.

Sangakkara spurns gilt-edged chance to put record straight

On American Independence Day next month, Kumar Sangakkara will deliver the Cowdrey Spirit of Cricket Lecture at Lord's. It will be full of wit and wisdom, aperçus and aphorisms because Sangakkara is a clever, articulate and thoughtful chap.

Sathya Sai Baba: Guru and philanthropist who was revered by millions but whose career was dogged by controversy

With 1,200 ashrams in more than 100 countries, the Indian guru Sathya Sai Baba was seen as a reincarnation of god by his devotees, who included prime ministers and presidents of India, business magnates, film stars, artists and world-class sportsmen and sportswomen, who all gave generously to his social welfare projects. Sachin Tendulkar, for one, always keeps a picture of Sai Baba in with his cricket kit. So upset was he by Sai Baba's death that he refused to celebrate his 38th birthday, which fell on the same day, shutting himself inside his hotel room in Hyderabad, where he was playing an Indian Premier League match in the evening.

Sachin Tendulkar honoured by Wisden

Sachin Tendulkar has today been named as Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2010.

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