Don't be surprised to see me ranting about Cricket. I do watch Test Cricket, which I consider is a game of nerves, strategy, determination against many odds - be it a bowler, batsmen, all-rounder, keeper or a captain.
Unfortunately with the invention of T20 & rise of IPL, Test Cricket has lost its audience and stature in a quite manner. The statement holds good at least in India, if not in England, South Africa and Australia.
Rahul Bhattacharya has written a classic piece on 281 era - Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Sachin Tendulkar, Zaheer Khan, Sourav Ganguly & Dhoni.
The kings were Australia. We beat them at home three times, and twice came close in their house. We won our first Test series in England in 21 years, in West Indies in 35 years, in New Zealand in 33 years and won, at last, Test matches in South Africa. We won in Pakistan for the first time, both formats. We won a World Twenty20, and a World Cup, and got to the final of another. At home we lost only seven Tests out of 52; and in all conditions, against all opponents, won 48 to 27 lost.