There is a subtle but very obvious difference in retiring from cricket, depending on which format of the sport is last.
The win allowed Australia to leave the United Kingdom with some consolation from an otherwise dismal tour. Clarke's words were understandable.
He might have got wickets simply because he was 'Shane Warne' - but then, there haven't been too many, or even one other, quite like Shane Warne.
The term 'friendship series' will most likely evoke memories of India-Pakistan contests in Toronto in the late 1990s, but a few years before that, South Africa's series with India upon re-admittance to international cricket after the Apartheid years was called that too.
When Pandey stormed the 2012-13 Ranji season, he was rewarded with a spot in the India A side that faced England ahead of their One-Day International series in India in the first week of January.
This was not how the memory of Shane Warne with a red cherry in hand was supposed to be when there were stumps, English batsmen and a cricket pitch at hand. His hair had to be ruffled. There had to be some brown stains on clothing.
Twirling bat, impossibly high backlift, and that flourish after each shot. The expansive range that Lara's shot-making covered was an apt metaphor for the breadth of the adjectives he elicited.
Maybe it is because he's primarily a bowler, or more importantly thinks of himself as a bowler first, that Agar could be as blithe about his century-on-debut-that-almost-was.
The opinions on a great player's retirement timing cover every inch of the spectrum, from the extreme faithful, who want their hero to play forever, to the radical, who think he's just a waste of space.
Given how momentous the 1999 World Cup semifinal between Australia and South Africa was, its far-reaching consequences were, perhaps, not so surprising. Experienced live - even through television - you knew that a superb match was unfolding, that history was in the making.
Saurabh started out as a management graduate working for multi-national banks, but switched careers mid-way to cricket. He started his cricket writing career with Cricbuzz in early 2009. He was the first person to join Cricbuzz in an editorial role, and spent 3 years with the company, heading the editorial desk during his stay. His cricketing assignments included following the Indian cricket team during the 2011 World Cup.
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