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There are players who are precocious and there are players who are prodigies — players who raise expectations levels with their promise, potential and performances. And then, quite inexplicably, their standards plummet and they are gone in a flash. H Natarajan tells the tale of eight such Indian talents.

1:  Abbas Ali Baig

When a sportsman gets a call to play from his country while still student, he has to be special. Abbas Ali Baig was studying in Oxford when the 1959 Indian team sent a SOS to bolster their team which had already suffered losses in the first three Tests of the five-Test series against Colin Cowdrey’s Englishmen. Baig, just 20, became the first batsman in Test history to score a fourth innings hundred on debut — a feat which till date has been achieved by just seven players. Baig is one of the four players to achieve that overseas. And his innings of 112 at Old Trafford is the highest score among those seven batsmen. Read the complete article on Cric Life here.