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A group of expat cricket enthusiasts based in US universities sets up rec.Sport.Cricket, a moderated newsgroup, to enable online access of scores, and results. The group, led by, among others, professor KS rao, sees a surge in membership before and during the world cup in australia.

The BBC’s commentary of england’s tours of india and sri lanka is "narrowcast" from england to the USA. Using software that, once connected to a radio/walkman, allows for real-time transmission of audio over the internet, volunteers transcribe score updates of the england v india test matches onto the IRC channel #cricket.

Simon king – user name "coolpom" – launches a bot named cricinfo on the IRC channel #cricket, where visitors can access a score update on request.Ball-by-ball coverage

Within a couple of months of the launch, cricinfo moves onto gopher, a precursor of the early web browsers. The cricinfo database is available on the world wide web, having moved from king’s computer to prof rao’s at the university of north dakota, and then to a server at the oregon graduate institute provided by etienne barnard, a research professor. A gopher client allows visitors to access scorecards and reports compiled by contributors.

Cricinfo offers the ICC a free hosting service. Cricket boards around the world, realising the potential of cricinfo’s volunteer-based service, seek tie-ups for hosting their respective websites on cricinfo.Million unique

Cricinfo provides live match coverage of australia’s tour to pakistan, including the thrilling first test where pakistan sneaks to a one-wicket win in karachi.

Cricinfo’s archive of test-match scorecards is completed, thanks to travis basevi and vishal misra, two cricket fans and programmers based in sydney and massachusetts respectively.

Cricinfo becomes a "website" – cricinfo.Org – with a homepage, a logo, and a basic interface. By the end of the year it will have recorded 3.5 million page views, reaching 80 different countries across 16 time zones.

Cricinfo’s live ball-by-ball coverage of the 1996 world cup is the first such coverage on the internet of a major cricket tournament staged simultaneously in more than one country.Million unique

Cricinfo goes commercial, becomes cricinfo.Com (and a company, cricinfo ltd). The site hosts its first online interview, with mohammad azharuddin, and provides live coverage of matches in sharjah.

Cricinfo inks its first major revenue deal, worth £15,000, with cable and wireless of the UK. Later in the year, titan watches becomes the first indian brand to advertise on the site, followed by kingfisher and intel.

Cricinfo sends king and basevi to the ICC mini world cup in malaysia to handle ball-by-ball coverage. They organise scorers, computers and phone lines almost overnight to ensure that the tournament is covered properly.

King gets a call from the rolling stones’ mick jagger, asking for live coverage of an ODI tournament featuring england in sharjah.Rahul dravid cricinfo ties up with jagger’s company jagged internetworks, buys TV rights and broadcasts that tournament and a few others. The coverage is live audio commentary, accompanied by a slideshow of images from the matches (one frame every five seconds).

Cricinfo sets up its india office and gets an investor in pangolin (which goes on to be better known as sportal during the dotcom boom years at the turn of the century).

Satyam infoway, india’s first software firm listed on NASDAQ, acquires a 25% stake in cricinfo for US$37 million – placing the valuation of the site at $150 million.

Statsguru is launched. One of the most popular features on the site since then, the dedicated database-query tool gives readers free access to all sorts of statistics related to players and teams.Ball-by-ball coverage

Cricinfo launches an audio commentary service, which features the likes of tony cozier, colin croft and neil foster. Later in the year it also streams live audio coverage of the matches played in the ICC knock-out tournament in kenya.

The site begins using feedback, a new scoring platform with a richer data-capturing mechanism that enables graphic representations of the on-field action and more comprehensive ball-by-ball data.

Cricinfo mobile gets off the ground. The service includes cricinfo genie, which delivers live ball-by-ball simulations of games, and 3D, live three-dimensional animation.

A full-fledged audio service, featuring experts including ian chappell, tony greig, sanjay manjrekar and kumar sangakkara to provide pre- and post-match previews and comments via streaming, downloads and podcasts.Live coverage

Page 2 – a humour and satire section – is launched, in time for the first year of the indian premier league, and so is chatterbox, an interactive match-time chat between readers and the site’s writers.

Rahul dravid , with editor-in-chief sambit bal and sanjay manjrekar at the launch of timeless steel, espncricinfo’s anthology on dravid © getty images

The website is comprehensively redesigned, with larger pictures, a clearly defined main engagement area on the homepage, and new content modules.

The world cup breaks several traffic records for the site. ESPNcricinfo launches a special microsite for the tournament, and a section on travel. The site records 6.5 million unique users for the india-pakistan semi-final.Ball-by-ball coverage espncricinfo’s chronicle of the tournament, a book titled sealed with A six, is published to critical and commercial acclaim.

ESPNcricinfo launches apps for the ipad and mobile. A book compiling content from the site on rahul dravid, who has retired recently, is released.

The site launches new ventures in social and interactive media. A fan-engagement section, the stands, is launched; also, a social-media scorecard, match companion; and the cordon, a blogs showcase. The third espncricinfo book, talking cricket, a collection of interviews with current and former players, is published.

The first livestream show for the site, match point, later renamed match day, goes on air.Live coverage it offers pre- and post-game analysis and commentary by in-studio experts such as rahul dravid, ian chappell, sanjay manjrekar, martin crowe and daryll cullinan.

Virender sehwag receives the 2009 espncricinfo award for best test batting performance of the year, for his 293 against sri lanka in mumbai © AFP

The 2015 world cup is the most successful tournament in the history of espncricinfo, with an average of 5.8 million unique visitors per day. It is the highest-trafficked 44 consecutive days the site has ever experienced. Throughout the tournament, espncricinfo’s digital properties total 4.2 billion minutes and 2.3 billion page views. March 26, the day of the australia v india semi-final, is the best day ever across espncricinfo’s digital properties, with 13 million unique visitors.Rahul dravid

ESPN, whose long-standing partnership with star india ended in 2012, returns to television screens across india after signing a deal with sony pictures networks india pvt ltd. A multisport website, ESPN.In, is launched; its cricket vertical is powered by espncricinfo.

ESPNcricinfo goes through its third major redesign, this time with a mobile-first focus, which brings it in line with other ESPN properties around the world. The speed of access to live scores across platforms is enhanced, and the apps feature a range of personalisation choices.

In the digital high lane, the passage of time is a dizzy blur. It seems only yesterday that we were busy celebrating espncricinfo’s 20th, and here we are now, taking our forever-expanding site into its 25th anniversary year, its spirit of adventure undimmed, its heart beating, as ever, to the cadence of our beloved game, focusing firmly on what lies ahead.Ball-by-ball coverage

We take our history and legacy seriously. They serve as a badge of responsibility and a reminder that espncricinfo was born to bring the game closer to fans. We are forever cognisant of a game on the move, and more crucially, of contemporary media consumption habits. Through these 25 years, the site has been a robust collaborator in and an instigator of the only constant in our medium: change.

Change has rarely been as profound as in the last couple of years, and it has been driven entirely by how you consume your content. The phrase "the medium is the message" was coined by marshall mcluhan in the ’60s, but never before has the truth of that statement been as acutely manifested as it has now.Ball-by-ball coverage the ubiquity of the mobile device and accessibility of the internet have created the biggest shift in consumption patterns and behaviour in the history of content. From test cricket to T20, cricket now straddles a uniquely diverse landscape, with growth driven by the shortest format and a younger emerging audience. And we have adapted both our content strategy and presentation to these changes.

We went through our most decisive mobile-first makeover last year. Our site on mobile devices is now visually rich, scores are faster than ever before – the fastest anywhere, for that matter – stories and videos load in a never-ending stream, and when you load the app, the experience is, if you choose to pick your favourites, intimately personalised.Million unique even as we stay focused on being the game’s preeminent publisher globally, the depth of our local content means you are served the matches, scores and stories and videos that matter most to you.

Being mobile-first goes way beyond design and technology. It palpably permeates the creation and curation of content. Because mobile devices cut down the barriers of age, inequalities in learning and material wealth, they promote a more egalitarian and broad-based approach to content. And cricket’s newest and most vibrant form has added its own dynamics too. Alongside new fans, new heroes and new expectations, T20 has created opportunities for crafting new forms of storytelling.Ball-by-ball coverage as you will surely have noticed, video is now a more integral part of our bouquet than ever before, and our storytelling is now noticeably more visual, vibrant, accessible and participatory.

But while we actively engage with newer forms, we have not for a moment veered from the path of journalistic integrity and rigour. In a cacophonous world where rumours and half-truths acquire the ring of certainty, we take seriously our obligation to keep you informed, and apart from being cricket’s most reliable chronicler, we remain determined to play our part in being the keeper of its conscience – all the while doing so in the formats most convenient for you.Live coverage

It perhaps bears repeating that espncricinfo is the earliest of digital pioneers, seeding the idea of live-score updates in nerdy chat rooms, then shining the light on live coverage of sport – or for that matter, of anything – online.

But the true measure of a life is not merely in how long it is, but how it has been lived. That espncricinfo was an audacious pioneer; that it existed even before the internet browser; that it invented ball-by-ball coverage of cricket a decade before live-blogging and tweeting came into vogue; that it streamed cricket matches when video on the internet was unheard of; or that its database and statsguru, its iconic search engine that settles a million watercooler debates and is the lifeline for every cricket writer in the world, were around long before google became a verb, would still give us terrific bragging rights, but ours isn’t a medium for looking back, and the site wouldn’t have been what it is had it not continued to press ahead through the entire course of its existence.Live coverage

There is a lot to look forward to in our 26th year, and none more exciting than the latest iteration of our mobile app, which aims to make your experience even more personalised and the discovery of video content more effortless. Our stats team has been developing a new language for decoding T20, a game of far greater strategy and decision-making than it might have been thought to be at its inception. Alongside plenty more accessible short-form content, we will also be building out a podcast offering. And a number of special features are coming your way over the next few months as part of our anniversary celebration, beginning with a series of video interviews with cricketers who are also turning 25 with us.Ball-by-ball coverage

If you wish to dip into our past, you will find some delightful stories on the microsite for our 25th, but what gets us out of bed is the thought of what lies ahead. Twenty-five might be an eternity on the internet, but in test cricket, getting to 25 often means you have come through the initial examination, sized up the pitch and the bowlers, and arrived at the point where it’s time to take fresh guard and really make it count. So here’s to your company for years to come. Renewal springs in every step of this journey.