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Milestones beckon at Nagpur

November 5, 2008

The fourth final Test between India and Australia, starting in Nagpur on Thursday, should turn out to be a match that will be remembered for reasons other than the actual cricket that will be played. A new captain will take charge of the Indian team, which will also see a couple of its ageing stars bow out of the game, and another completing a century of Tests.

A look at what's in store:

Sourav Ganguly -- Final Test match

India's most successful captain Sourav Ganguly is set to bid farewell to the international game in Nagpur.

Incidentally, it was at this very venue that the left-hander had to pull out of a Test match against Australia in controversial circumstances at the very last moment four years back.

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  • Many believe it was the start of the slide in his career then which ultimately resulted in him losing the captaincy and being dropped from the team for around a year in 2006.

    However, his successful comeback after that is still regarded as one of the best ever witnessed.

    Ganguly captained India in 49 Test matches out of which the team won 21. He was also India's most successful captain in one-dayers and led the team to the final of the 2003 World Cup.

    His run tally reads -- 7127 runs in 112 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 ODIs.

    He was instrumental in helping bring about a major transformation in Indian cricket. It was under his leadership that India started winning away from home and became a major force that it is today.

    His fighting century on a bouncy wicket at Brisbane in 2003-04 was the turning point in India-Australia clashes. Since then Indian batsmen have become a pain in the neck for Aussie bowlers and scored runs in all conditions, at home and abroad.

    At 38, he is oldest of the Fab Four (Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman) and is the first one from that group to call it quits.

    Popularly known as 'Dada', he started off his Test career with a century and many of his fans are hoping he will end it the same way.

    Photographs: AFP/Getty Images

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