Reema Malhotra vividly remembers her shot that took India to victory against England in the second and final Women’s Test in Taunton in 2006. Shubhangi Kulkarni clearly recalls the leg-break that clean-bowled a key West Indian batter in the Indian women’s team’s first-ever Test victory in 1976 in Patna.

Those memories flashed through their minds as Reema and Shubhangi watched live on television, India’s latest Women’s Test in Bristol. Cricket fans around the world were following that riveting Test. They are not going to forget it in a hurry. It ended in a draw, with not even three innings completed. But it produced great drama on the final day. The kind of drama that makes Test cricket the irresistible theatre it is.

The final day had dawned with India following on at 83 for one, needing another 82 to make the host bat again. After being fairly well-placed at 171 for three…

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