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Wednesday, November 05, 2021



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2 NOVEMBER


Born on this day were: 

Victor Trumper (1877-1915), Australia’s best batsman before Don Bradman who averaged 39 from 48 Tests on pitches which were much poorer than those found today (He was very popular and when he died of Bright’s Disease at the age of 37, there were huge crowds at his Sydney funeral);  

Franz Copeland Murray ‘Gerry’ Alexander (1928-), West Indian batsman and wicket-keeper who played 25 Tests for West Indies (18 as captain) between 1957 and 1961. (He was a Cambridge blue and also played football for the England amateur team.) 

In 1935 H.B. ‘Jock’ Cameron, South African wicket-keeper and captain died, of enteric fever, aged only 30. He once hit the great Hedley Verity for 30 runs in one over prompting Arthur Wood, Yorkshire’s wicket-keeper to remark, ‘Go on Hedley, you have him in two minds. He doesn’t know whether to hit you for four or six.’

In 1990 Salim Malik took 5 for 35 in the first ODI against New Zealand at Lahore. Three of the five were stumped by Salim Yousuf, the first time this happened in a ODI.

In 1997 South Africa beat Pakistan by nine runs in the Wills Golden Jubilee tournament at Lahore. Pakistan were 0 for 3 and 9 for 4 at one stage, but Inzamam-ul-Haq cracked 85 in a fifth-wicket partnership of 133 with Moin Khan. Azhar Mahmood then hammered an unbeaten 59 off 43 balls, but it was not quite enough to pull off a glorious victory.

In 2008 Anil Kumble announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of the Delhi Test against Australia. He finishes third on the all-time wicket-takers' list, with 619 wickets.

3 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were: 

Roger Blunt (1900-66), New Zealand all-rounder who played in New Zealand’s first nine Tests and is remembered most for his 338 not out for Otago against Canterbury in 1931-32; 

Vaughan Brown (1959-), New Zealand off-spinner whose only Test wicket cost Richard Hadlee a ten-wicket haul in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane in 1985-86; and Bryan Young (1964-), New Zealand batsman.

In 1928 E.H. ‘Patsy’ Hendren hit an even 100 for MCC against Victoria in a tour match at Melbourne, thus becoming the fifth batsman to make a century of first-class centuries, after W.G. Grace, Tom Hayward, Jack Hobbs and Phil Mead. Hendren went on to make a further 70 tons before retiring in 1937, and is second only to Hobbs on the all-time list.

In 1978 Indian captain Bishen Singh Bedi called his batsmen from the field at the Zafar Ali stadium in Sahiwal, Pakistan, in protest against the short-pitched bowling of Sarfraz Nawaz. This is the first time a team conceded a ODI in this fashion. When he called his batsmen from the field they needed only 23 off 14 balls with eight wickets in hand. Sarfraz nawaz had just sent down four bouncers on the trot, none of which was called a wide. There has only been one other actual concession since – when Alec Stewart gave the NatWest Series match at Headingley to Pakistan – though a few matches have been abandoned because of crowd trouble, most notably the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka at Calcutta.

In 1996 Saqlain Mushtaq took a hat-trick as Pakistan thrashed Zimbabwe in the third ODI at Peshawar. Grant Flower made 77 before becoming the first of Saqlain’s hat-trick. With John Rennie and Andy Whittall following him. Saqlain dismissed Gavin Rennie two balls later to make it four in five. He took another hat-trick against Zimbabwe in the World Cup at The Oval in 1999.

In 1999 Rajiv Nayyar, the Himachal Pradesh captain, completed a score of 271 after batting for a record 1,015 minutes against Jammu & Kashmir in the North Zone Ranji Trophy league game at Chamba (coincidentally also his place of birth). He faced 728 balls and hit 26 four and a six. His innings lasted almost three full days. Shortly afterwards the Himachal innings ended at 567 after 255.2 overs. This is the longest innings ever played in first-class cricket and it eclipsed the previous mark of Hanif Mohammad who batted for 970 minutes against West Indies at Bridgetown in January 1958 for his 337.

In 2001 India’s Virednder Sehwag scored 105 on Test debut against South Africa in the first Test at Bloemfontein. In the same match Sachin Tendulkar scored a century and became the youngest to reach 7,000 Test runs at 28 years 193 days beating David Gower’s previous record who did it when he was 31. Personal milestones were all that there was to cheer about. India lost the Test by nine wickets.

4 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were: 

Giff Vivan (1912-83), New Zealand batsman who played only ten Test innings but passed 50 in six of them (His son Graham also played five Tests for New Zealand); 

Alan Jones (1938-), left-handed Glamorgan opener who made 36,049 runs in all, including 1,000 in a season 23 times, more than anyone else not awarded a Test cap; 

Rodney Marsh (1947-), Australian wicket-keeper who is considered one of the greatest in the game (His double act with Dennis Lillee is famous and ‘c Marsh b Lillee’ appears in the scorebook 93 times, more than any other combination in Test history and he was the first Aussie wicket-keeper to score a Test century); 

David Williams (1963-), West Indian wicket-keeper (1992-97) who played in 11 Tests; 

Asif Mujtaba (1967-), Pakistani batsman who played in 25 Tests and made his ODI debut against West Indies at Gujranwala on his 19th birthday and is best remembered for his last ball six in a ODI against Australia to tie the match; 

Lee Germon (1968-), New Zealand wicket-keeper who captained his side on his Test debut against India at Bangalore in 1995-96.

In 1934
the opening match of the inaugural Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, was played between Madras and Mysore at Chepauk Stadium, Madras. Bombay won the Ranji Trophy that year beating Northern India in the final at Bombay in March 1935. Bombay have won the trophy 35 times in 70 years including 15 consecutive victories from 1959-73.

In 1951 Vijay Merchant scored 154 against England in the first Test at Delhi in what was his last Test innings. Merchant made 211 for the third wicket with Vijay Hazare (164-), the highest Indian score for any wicket against England at the time.

In 1979 Syed Kirmani became only the third recognized ‘night-watchman’ to score a century in Test cricket. After being promoted to No. 5 he made 101 not out before India declared against Australia at Bombay.

In 1999 West Indian Malcolm Marshall, died of cancer, aged 41. One of West Indies’ greatest fast bowlers, his 376 Test wickets were a West Indian record at the time. He along with Holding and Roberts terrorised the batsmen in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In August 2000 the Malcolm Marshall Memorial Trophy was unveiled at Lord’s to be given to the top bowler in the England-West Indies series. Marshall holds the record of 35 wickets in a series between these two countries and a prize of $50,000 will be awarded to the player breaking his record.

In 2003 West Indies played their 400th Test match when they met Zimbabwe in the first Test at Harare. Only England (more than 800) and Australia (more than 640) have played in more Tests.

In 2003 Irfan Pathan of India took 9 for 16 against Bangladesh in the Asian Cricket Council’s Under-19 tournament at Lahore. No player has taken nine wickets in a one-day match since limited overs cricket started in 1963. The previous best was Rahul Sanghvi’s 8 for 15 for Delhi against Himachal Pradesh at Una in a Ranji One-Day North Zone League match in 1997. In ODIs Chaminda Vaas’s 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2001 is the record. Pathan’s analysis of 7.5-3-16-9 included a hat-trick to end the match. Bangladesh who were skittled for only 34 lost by 189 runs.

In 2006 ICC sacked Darrell Hair as a top-level international umpire, saying it had “lost confidence” in him.

5 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were: 

Edward ‘Eddie’ Paynter (1901-79), Lancashire and England left-hander whose 20 Tests yielded 1,540 runs at 59.23 (Among Englishmen who have played more than ten Test innings only Herbert Sutcliffe (60.73) averages more); 

Leonard Wilkinson (1916-2002), English leg-spinner who played in three Tests; 

Andy Lloyd (1956-), English left-hand opener whom Malcolm Marshall sent to hospital on his debut Test at Edgbaston in 1984 (He did not play first-class cricket again that summer and never played for England again); 

Shiv Sunder Das (1977-), Indian Test opening batsman who is nicknamed ‘Budha’.

In 1964 Peter, the Lord’s cat died. This is the only animal to receive an obituary in Wisden so far. He frequently appeared on television and according to S.C. Griffth, Secretary of MCC, ‘He was a cat of great character and loved publicity.’

In 1987 England beat India by 35 runs in the World Cup semi-final at Bombay. Graham Gooch (literally) swept India away with 111 as England’s 254 for 6 ultimately proved unattainable for the Indians. It was also Sunil Gavaskar’s last international appearance. He was bowled by Phil DeFreitas for four, and bowed out after scoring over 13,000 runs for India.

In 1993 West Indies beat Pakistan in the Pepsi Champions Trophy final by six wickets. Basit Ali scored an unbeaten 129 off 79 balls, including five sixes, with his century coming up in only 67 balls, the fifth fastest of all time. Lara’s 153 led West Indies to victory with almost five overs to spare. He hit 21 fours, equaling Vivian Richards’ world record for a ODI innings, although Saeed Anwar topped that with 22 in his 194 against India at Chennai in 1996-97.

In 1999 New Zealand posted their highest-ever ODI score (349 for 9) in the first ODI against India at Rajkot. Craig Spearman made a 44-ball 68 that included 15 fours and Nathan Astle made 120. India lost by 43 runs.

In 2004 India bowl out Australia for 93, their lowest in 20 years, to end series 2 – 1, after Clarke takes six for nine on much-criticised Mumbai pitch

In 2006 Australia win the Champions Trophy for the first time beating West Indies in the final.

6 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were: 

Geoff ‘Boney’ Rabone (1921-), New Zealand all-rounder and captain whose last Test was against England at Auckland in 1954-55, when New Zealand were skittled for the all-time Test low of 26; 

Graeme Wood (1956-), Australian left-handed opening batsman (1978-88), 

Brian J. McKechnie (1952-), New Zealand fast medium bowler who was the unfortunate recipient of Trevor Chappell’s notorious underarm ball in 1981.

In 1956 Australia India by 94 runs in the third Test at Calcutta. In all 39 wickets fell in the match, and 35 of them went to spinners. Richie Benaud took 6 for 52 and 5 for 53, and off-spinner Ghulam Ahmed 7 for 49 and 3 for 81. It was Australian skipper Ian Johnson’s 45th and final match. He finished with exactly 1,000 runs – and 109 wickets. In a strange coincidence India was dismissed for the same total, 136, in both the innings. This was the third such instance and the first involving India and had nearly happened in the previous Test at Bombay in which India made 250 and 251.

In 1994 Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe at Harare in the third ODI by 191 runs. It was their biggest win, in terms of runs, until they smashed India by 245 runs at Sharjah in 2000-01. Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga set them up with a fourth-wicket partnership of 143 in 24 overs, with de Silva batting through for an unbeaten 107.

7 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were: 

Col. K.M. Mistry, Parsee cricketer who ranks amongst the greatest all-rounders India has produced, was born on this day in 1874. An elegant left-handed batsman he was once described by Ranji as the ‘Clem Hill of India.’ He captained the Parsees in the Bombay Quadrangular and was more than 50 years old when he played in the first ever unofficial Test played in India against A.E.R. Gilligan’s English team at Bombay in December 1926. He scored 51 in a partnership with D.B. Deodhar who made 148. He was the Secretary to the Maharaja of Patiala and was a member of his team to England in 1911. In 1898 he was involved in the first partnership of over 300 in India (376) with Ranji, for Patiala against Ambala.

Also born on this day were: 

Charles Townsend (1876-1958), English all-rounder who became the only man ever to take a first-class hat-trick of stumpings, for Gloucestershire against Somerset at Cheltenham in 1893; 

Edward ‘Ted’ Arnold (1876-1942), English all-rounder who dismissed Victor Trumper of Australia with his first ball in Test cricket in the 1903-04 series; 

Lord Lionel Tennyson (1889-1951), the grandson of the poet, who played nine Tests for England between 1913 and 1921, captaining England in his last three Tests, all against Australia (He also played for Hampshire – whose wicket-keeper, Walter Livsey, was also his butler for 23 years, and it is said that, as a boy, he once pushed Sir Winston Churchill into the Thames); 

Wayne Phillips (1962-), Australian opening batsman, 

Rafiqul Islam and Manjural Islam, Bangladesh players ; 

New Zealander James Franklin.

In 1977 Karnataka beat Kerala by an innings and 186 runs in a Ranji Trophy match at Chickmagalur, the fourth team to win a first-class match without losing a wicket. After dismissing their opponents for 141 they made 451 for 0 declared and bowled out Kerala for 124 in their second innings. Roger Binny (211 not out and Sanjay Desai 218 not out) established what was at the time a new Indian record for the first wicket.

In 1979 India clinched their first series victory over Australia with a thumping victory in the sixth Test at Bombay. Going into the match 1-0 down, Australia had to win to square the series, but a score of 458 proved too much for the Aussies. India wrapped up victory by an innings and 100 runs, with a day to spare. The Aussies have not won a series in India since and refer to this challenge as the ‘final frontier.’

In 1994 India beat West Indies at Visakhapatnam by four runs. The West Indies’ kit was wrongly routed to Madras and by the time the problem was eventually sorted out there was only time for 44 overs apiece. Navjot Sidhu made an unbeaten 114 in India’s 260 for 4, and West Indies were docked an over for their sluggish over rate.

In 1996 at the age of 18, in only his second first-class match, Wasim Jaffer hammered an unbeaten 314 for Mumbai in their Ranji Trophy match against Saurashtra at Rajkot. No one else has ever made a triple hundred so early in their career. Jaffer added 457 for the first wicket with Sulakshan Sulkarni.

In 2004 Stephen Fleming claimed to have been offered $200,000 in 1999 to join a match-fixing syndicate.

8 NOVEMBER

Born on this day were : 

Tony Mann (1945-), Australian leg-spinner who became only the second night-watchman to make a Test hundred (after Nasim-ul-Ghani of Pakistan) with 105 against India at Perth in 1977-78; 

Simon Davis (1959-), Australian pace bowler; 

Brett Lee (1976-), Australian pace bowler who in March 2002 bowled the fastest delivery in the history of cricket.

In 1917, Colin Blythe, Kent and England slow left-arm bowler, was killed in action in Belgium during World War 11, aged 38. A statue at the Canterbury ground commemorates his memory.

In 1933 the Cricket Club of India was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with its registered office in New Delhi. The promoters of the Club were some of the leading members of the BCCI and the signatories to the memorandum and Articles of Association of the Club were R.E. Grant-Govan, Zal R. Irani (after whom the Irani Trophy is named), Anthony de Mello, B.K. Basu and F.E. Waite. R.E. Grant-Govan an English businessman from Delhi was the prime mover and became the first president.

In 1987 Australia (253 for 5) beat England (246 for 8) by seven runs to win the World Cup at Calcutta.

In 1992 Zimbabwe played a ODI against New Zealand in the middle of a Test match. The second ODI was sandwiched between the first and second days of the second Test, a match that New Zealand won thanks to a 94 off only 87 balls from Martin Crowe. In the same match Dipak Patel ‘Mankaded’ the non-striker, Grant Flower, for backing up too far.

In 1999 Sachin Tendulkar (186 not out) and Rahul Dravid (153 not out) of India were involved in the highest batting partnership in a ODI match when they put on 331 runs against New Zealand at Hyderabad. India finished at 376 for 2 – the highest innings score between Test playing nations. It was also Tendulkar’s highest ODI score and the fourth highest ever.

In 2007 Anil Kumble was appointed as India’s Test captain.

In 2008 Hedley Howarth, the former New Zealand left-arm spinner, died aged 64.
 


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