He came, sang and conquered the hearts. Singer Mohit Chauhan set the stage on fire on Thursday evening at the ongoing Qutub Festival when he crooned soulful numbers from his repertoire – numbers that have successively taken his career notches higher than before.Chauhan, who first shot to fame as the lead vocalist of the erstwhile band, Silk Route, strung together a beautiful evening of songs interspersed with anecdotes from his journey from the verdant mountains of Himachal Pradesh to the maximum city of Mumbai.”It has been a long journey and only I know how I have managed it,” he said before dedicating the first song of the evening to his home state.”This folk song from Devbhumi (referring to Himachal Pradesh) – Oh Lal Chidiye Ne -is close to my heart,” he said. Soon, more well-recognised numbers followed – Kissa Tera, Teri Dastan (Kismat Konnection ), Yeh Dooriyan (Love Aaj Kal ).The singer with a glossy voice, who lived in Delhi for a few years before shifting to Mumbai, recalled an amusing anecdote from his student days.”I was a science student and used to study rocks. When I joined the master’s programme, I didn’t study for six months because I was busy admiring the mountains and composing this song,” he said and hummed few notes of his popular number – Dooba Dooba from the Silk Route’s debut album, Boondein ( 1998).The song got the audience humming and grooving along. Post this number, Chauhan continued with the story of his life’s journey.advertisement”When I was a student, I used to sit on the last bench of the class to be able to admire the mountains,” he said. And then came the songs that the audience was most eagerly waiting for – Masakali (Dilli 6) and Pee Loon (Once Upon A Time in Mumbai) . Chauhan seemed to be in a mood to play with the audience.He said, ” There is a film called Jab We Met that has a song called Masakali ,” and added, “I’ll sing it only on one condition – you’ll have to sing along.” The crowd was more than willing; they happily sang along and jived to the lilting number from Dilli 6 . He had to cut short his story and the soiree due to time constraints but the singer promised to return soon.- The bands Indian Ocean and Euphoria get on stage for the Qutub Festival tonight.
The India-England Test at Lord’s will be the 2000th in the history of the game. Mail Today looks back at the journey.It is considered an anachronism in the fast-paced modern world with its craving for instant results. But the five-day format has not only survived, but also flourished amidst the surfeit of One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 format.Ask any cricketer worth his salt and he will tell you that the satisfaction gained from excelling in a Test match cannot be felt in any of the shorter versions. Despite several experts from time to time painting doomsday scenarios for Test cricket, the magic still keeps true lovers of the game spellbound.As Test cricket reaches another major milestone, let’s sit back and remember some memorable moments in its history.THE DONHe is the yardstick against which all batsmen are measured. His Test average of 99.94 is the most sacred statistic in the game, probably never to be emulated. A national icon for Australia, his feats with the willow only prompt amazement in v cricket lovers down the generations.NUMBER 800Muttiah Muralitharan celebrates his 800th Test wicket after despatching Pragyan Ojha in Galle. AgenciesMuttiah Muralitharan is the Don Bradman of bowling and his Test aggregate of 800 wickets may never be matched. The one-man bowling army for Sri Lanka had a dream farewell, taking his 800th wicket on the final day of his last Test to set up a victory against India inMAGICAL DELIVERYLeg-spin was considered a dying art when Shane Warne took the ball against England at Old Trafford in the first Ashes Test of 1993. But cricket was never the same once Mike Gatting was bowled by a delivery that pitched well outside leg-stump to hit the top of off. As someone said: “Gatting looked like someone has stolen his lunch.”advertisementIT’S A TIEThe rarity of a tie can be gauged by the fact that there have been only two in history. The first one, between Australia and the West Indies in Brisbane (1960-61), was a nerve-jangling affair. Aussie Ian Meckiff was out going for the run that would have won it.GARDEN OF EDENIt was the mother of all comebacks. Forced to follow on at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in 2001 after trailing by 274 runs against Steve Waugh’s mighty Australians, on a 16-match winning streak, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid dug in to bat for well over a day to turn the tables. Laxman scored 281 and Dravid 180. Harbhajan Singh did the rest with the ball to seal an amazing victory.EPIC NO. 50Sachin Tendulkar looks up as he celebrates his 50th Test ton on the 4th day of the first Test against South Africa in Centurion on December 19, 2010. APThere are not many batting records out of Sachin Tendulkar’s closet. The Mumbai maestro, who has the highest run aggregate in Test cricket, also has 51 hundreds in the longest format of the game. It is said that when he goes out to bat, the whole of India goes out with him. Comparisons with the Don are commonplace.WELL PLAYEDIt was one moment when cricket truly was the winner. After England won one of the greatest Tests by beating Australia by two runs at Edgbaston in 2005, Andrew Flintoff consoled the brave Brett Lee before celebrating with his England teammates.STANDING THE TEST OF TIME The first Test was played between Australia and England in Melbourne from March 15 to March 19, 1877. Australia won the Test by 45 runsThe first ball was bowled by England’s Alfred Shaw to Australian batsman Charles BannermanThe first wicket: England’s Allen Hill took the first wicket when he dismissed Australian opening batsman Nat ThomsonThe first hundred: Charles Bannerman was not only the man to score the first run, but also the first ever centurion. He scored an unbeaten 165 before retiring hurtThe first bowler to take five in an innings: England’s Alfred Shaw was the first bowler to take five wickets in an innings. He achieved the feat in the second innings when he took five for 38Highest score: West Indies’ Brian Lara holds the record of the highest individual score. He scored 400 not out against England in Antigua in 2004Highest individual total in a Test: England’s Graham Gooch scored a total of 456 runs against India at Lord’s in 1990. He scored 333 in the first innings and 123 in the secondShining on debut: West Indies’ Lawrence Rowe is the only batsman to score a double century and century on debut. Against New Zealand at Kingston in 1971-72, he scored 214 and 100 not outadvertisementYoungest centurion: Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful is the youngest to score a century. He made 114 against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2001, aged 17 years and 61 daysOldest to 100: England’s Jack Hobbs scored 142 against Australia in Melbourne in 1928- 29, at the age of 46 years and 82 daysMost dismissals: South Africa’s Mark Boucher has 521 dismissals (499 catches and 22 stumpings) – the most for a wicketkeeperPerfect 10: Anil Kumble is one of only two bowlers to take all 10 wickets in an innings. He emulated England’s Jim Laker by taking 10-74 against Pakistan in Delhi in 1998-99Safe hands: Rahul Dravid holds the record for the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper. In 153 Tests, he has 203 catchesAll-round prowess: South Africa’s Jacques Kallis is the most successful all-rounder. In 145 Tests, he has 11,947 runs at 57.43 while taking 270 wickets and 166 catchesLongest reign: Australia’s Allan Border captained his team in 93 Tests, the most by a skipperMost Tests: England have played 911 Tests, the most by any team in the history of the gameMost victories: Australia have emerged victorious in 341 Tests. No other team in the history of the game has been so successfulMost defeats: England have lost as many as 261 Tests and hold the record for the most defeats in the game300 Club: India’s Virender Sehwag is one of a select band of players to have two scores of above 300 in Tests – the others being Don Bradman, Lara & Chris Gayle- Compiled by Manoj Kumar