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Shivnarine Chanderpaul is set to become the first West Indies player to appear in 150 Tests during the second Test against India, starting on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium here. Chanderpaul, aged 39, made his Test debut 19 years ago on home soil at Bourda Oval in the Guyana capital of Georgetown, becoming the 204th player to wear the maroon cap of the Windies.

“Tiger”, as he is universally affectionately known, appears likely to take the milestone in the same stride that he has taken his batting over the years.

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Otis Head coach Ottis Gibson challenged the West Indies’ batsmen to leave their stamp of authenticity on the second Test against India which opens this coming Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium here.

The Windies had a full training session in steamy conditions on Sunday morning at the venue where they hope to level the two-Test series, following a gut-wrenching innings and 51-run defeat inside three days in the first Test, which ended last Friday at Eden Gardens in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata.

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West Indies batsman Darren Bravo said he valued the half-century he scored against Uttar Pradesh on Thursday here, for one important reason.

Bravo was one of the four West Indies left-handers that crossed the 50-run threshold, as the visitors piled up 333 for four in their first innings when bad light stopped play half-hour after the scheduled close with 11 overs remaining on the opening day of the three-day match at the Jadavpur University Complex.

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South Africa’s AB de Villiers has overtaken teammate Hashim Amla at the top of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen to regain the number-one spot that he last held in April 2012 in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests, which were released on Sunday.

The latest rankings were released after South Africa beat Pakistan by an innings and 92 runs in the second and final Test in Dubai on Saturday to level the series 1-1.

De Villiers, who came into the Dubai Test on 882 ratings points, earned 27 ratings points for his knock of 164 to finish at a career-best 909 to thereby become only the 28th batsman in the history of the game to break the 900-rating points barrier, a benchmark for top batsmen.

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Just days after being crowned Champions of the T20 world for the second time, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar has declared that he will finally hang up pads once and for all, after providing the cricketing world with insurmountable joy over the last two and a half decades.

Tendulkar has declared that his 200th Test match to be played next month will be his last. In a statement issued by Tendulkar through the BCCI, the legend said, "All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years. It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old. It’s been a huge honour to have represented my country and played all over the world. I look forward to playing my 200th Test Match on home soil, as I call it a day.

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Rahul Dravid made his final appearance on the cricket field earlier this week when his Rajasthan Royals played the Mumbai Indians in the final of the 2013 Champions League T20. The game was also Sachin Tendulkar's Final T20 game and on the day, it was Tendulkar's Mumbai Indians side that emerged victorious. Dravid scored just 1, and watched on as a jubilant Mumbai Indians side went on a victory parade around the Feroz Shah Kotla after the game. Typical of how he played his cricket on the field over his career, Dravid bowed out with what he had earned, his head held high, his dignity intact and with greater promise to come back stronger. Only this one time, there would be no comeback for the great man. It was not the best ending, but Dravid's greatness and his character were played out long before the events of this Sunday. He will always be remembered as one of India's premier batsman, and as one of the greatest batsman in the history of Test Cricket.

Rahul Dravid was born on 11 January 1973 in Indore, Madhya Pradesh into a middle class family. His family moved to Bangalore shortly thereafter, a city where Dravid would learn the roots of his cricket and later represent his state at the national level.

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Cricket Australia (CA) has tonight confirmed its decision that, subject to the resolution of certain conditions, Adelaide and Brisbane will join Melbourne and Sydney as the four cities that will host Test matches in the 2014-15 international season. In an extremely rare occurrence for Cricket Australia, there will only be four Tests played against the touring Indian side in a season that culminates in Australia co-hosting the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup.

Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland said: “Unfortunately due to the unique nature of the schedule next season, with a World Cup year, there was going to be a couple of States disappointed about our Test match allocation.

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