The start to the 13 Tests long season could not have been better for India. A convincing win in their 500th Test over New Zealand with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja weaving their magic on a turning track to hand India a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq receiving the Test mace for their meteoric rise to No.1 ranking in cricket's traditional format.
Also, football took precedence once again, a struggling Manchester United ran riot at Old Trafford as they beat Premier League champions Leicester 4-1.
An outstanding first-half performance by Arsenal helping them beat London rivals Chelsea. Other top teams like Manchester City and Liverpool also taking full points.
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IMAGE: New Zealand lose their last wicket as Indian players celebrate victory in the first Test at Kanpur on Monday. Photograph: BCCI.
IMAGE: (Left to right) Former India captains Sachin Tendulkar, Krishnamachari Srikkanth, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Mohammad Azharuddin during a felicitation ceremony to celebrate India's 500th Test match at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur on Thursday. Photograph: BCCI.
IMAGE: ICC chairman Dave Richardson hands the ICC Test mace to Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday. Photograph: ICC/Twitter.
IMAGE: Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's competition at the Berlin marathon on Sunday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters.
IMAGE: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark celebrate the winner Naomi Osaka of Japan during women's singles final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday. Photograph: Koji Watanabe/Getty Images.
IMAGE: German teenager Alexander Zverev won his first ATP Tour singles title with a 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 upset win over Switzerland's world number three Stanislas Wawrinka at the St Petersburg Open on Sunday. Photograph: ATP/Twitter.
IMAGE: Golfing legend Arnold Palmer died on Sunday, aged 87. A file photo of US President Barrack Obama taking golfing lessons from Palmer in the Oval Office of the White House. Photograph: Twitter.
IMAGE: Manchester United's Paul Pogba scores their fourth goal in the 4-1 victory against Leicester City at on Saturday. Photograph: Carl Recine Livepic/Reuters.
IMAGE: Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring first goal in their 3-0 win against Chelsea. Photograph: John SibleyLivepic/Reuters.
IMAGE: Members of the Miami Marlins gather around the mound to honor fallen teammate Jose Fernandez, who died on Sunday in a boating accident. The Marlins paid homage prior to the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on Monday. Photograph: Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters.