Listening to Test Match Sofa and other fans, I’m routinely struck by the gaps in my cricket memory. People often throw out famous Tests — Name of Place Where Test Occurred, Year Date Occurred — as evidence in analyses or narratives. And I envy that talent (skill?) because I almost never remember recent Tests, or for that matter, any Test that took place in the 1990s.
This could just be a problem limited to my neurological wiring, but I’d like to make a grand point: is this a function of the hectic modern Test schedule? I seem to recall a time when Test tours were a big deal, and India taking off to England for a few months was a journey to be savored. Now, India just hopscotched from the Caribbean to the English isles, with about a week (or two) between play. For its part, England just finished a Test series against Sri Lanka, and even though I followed the Tests, I can’t remember much of what actually happened.
Do older fans have a better grip on reality? Do young fans, like me, have a similar problem? Off the top of my head, I remember the Test match against Australia that Laxman and Ishant Sharma saved. I remember a little of the India-South Africa series. I sort of recall the recent Ashes, but that’s pushing things. What’s your list?