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Monday, November 10, 2021

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Born on this day were: 

John Shepherd (1943-), West Indian all-rounder who played for Kent and Gloucestershire and who was the first black player to play in South Africa’s Currie Cup; 

Mathew Sinclair (1975-), New Zealand batsman who scored 214 on debut against the West Indies (R.E. Foster, Lawrence Rowe, Brendon Kuruppu and Jacques Rudolph are the others who have scored a debut double hundred).  

In 1955 Pakistan routed New Zealand for only 70 in the third Test at Dhaka, the lowest score in a Test in Pakistan until West Indies were routed for 53 in 1986-87. At one point the Kiwis were 26 for 6. The match ended in a draw when rain washed out the fifth day.

In 1969 Subrata Guha agreed to stand down from the original team to accommodate off-spinner Srinivas Venkataraghavan in the first Test against India at Bombay. His absence had caused a furore but unfortunately his presence did nothing to prevent an eight-wicket win for Australia.

In 1985 Richard Hadlee took 9 for 52 in the first Test against Australia at Brisbane. These were the best figures in an innings for New Zealand in Tests and set up an innings and 41- runs victory three days later. He nearly became the second man after Jim Laker to take all ten in an innings, but after grabbing the first eight wickets to fall, Hadlee took a sharp catch to give Vaughan Brown a maiden Test wicket. Hadlee finished the match with 15 for 123 Martin Crowe hit a masterful 188 in the Kiwi total of 553.

In 1986 West Indies beat Pakistan by an innings in the second Test at Lahore. Malcolm Marshall, Tony Gray (3 for 20) and Courtney Walsh (4 for 21) blew Pakistan away for 131 and 77, their lowest Test total at Home at the time.


Born on this day were: 

Seymour Nurse (1933-),
West Indian batsman who averaged 47 from 29 Tests and who finished his Test career with a magnificent 258 at Christchurch in 1968-69).

In 1902 Jimmy Sinclair scored a century (104), in just 80 minutes in the third Test against Australia at Cape Town. It was the fastest hundred in South African Test history. It prevented an innings defeat for the hosts, and South Africa lost by ten wickets.

In 1948 the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi staged its first ever Test, between India and West Indies. It was also the first ever Test between the two countries and an excess of 1,300 runs were scored in the five days and the match ended as a draw. Devraj Puri made his debut as a commentator in this Test, sharing the mike with Berry Sarbadhikary. His name had been suggested to All India Radio by the Nawab of Pataudi, Sr. who was first offered the job. Puri described it as an ordeal and said that he handed the mike back to Sarbadhikary after speaking for what he thought was 20 minutes, when in fact it had been only three! A talented fast bowler whom luck did not favour he became one of the three best Indian commentators when India beat Australia at Kanpur in 1959 to register their first victory over the Aussies. We have also heard of his son: Dr. Narottam Puri.

In 1984 Michael Holding took 6 for 21 in the first Test against Australia at Perth. The Aussies were bowled out for 76 in less than two hours as West Indies wrapped up an innings victory with a day to spare. It was their ninth Test victory in a row, a record that they would extend to 11 and which would last until Australia turned the tables and surpassed it by hammering the West Indies in 2000-01.

In 1991 South Africa led by Clive Rice played their first international match for 21 years, a ODI against India at Calcutta. India won by three wickets despite Allan Donald's 5 for 29. Defeat hardly mattered though, as South Africa was happy just to be back to the international cricket arena.

In 1998 the first and only instance of four centuries being scored in a ODI was recorded when Pakistan played Australia at Lahore. Pakistan's Ijaz Ahmed and Yousuf Youhana (now Mohammad Yousuf) scored Hundreds and for Australia Adam Gilchirst and Ricky Ponting scored centuries. Pakistan made 315 for 8, but Australia overhauled that sealing victory with six wickets and seven balls to spare. In the process thay equalled what was at the time the highest score to win a ODI batting second. India had also made 316 for 7, against Pakistan, at Dhaka in 1997-98.

In 2000 Bangladesh became the tenth Test playing nation when they began their inaugural Test against India at Dhaka. Aminul Islam's nine-hour 145 helped them to a round 400, but Bangladesh fell apart for 91 in the second innings giving India a nine-wicket victory from the last ball of the fourth day. Amazingly, it was only India's second victory in 50 overseas Tests, going back to 1986. Before the match started 20 blind fans were gifted 20 corneas by the Bangladesh Cricket Board so that they could watch the match.

In 2002 Matthew Hayden completed a century in each innings (197 and 103) in the first Test against England at Brisbane. The Australians won by a resounding 384 runs as England chasing 464 folded for only 79.

In 2004 ICC investigation into illegal bowling actions announced that most bowlers exceed the permissible degree of straightening and says it should be increased to 15 degrees.

In 2007 Marvan Atapattu described Sri Lanka's selectors as "puppets headed by a joker" during first Test against Australia, which Sri Lanka go on to lose.

In 2008 India won Fourth Test at Nagpur to take series 2-0, despite debutant off-spinner Jason Kreza's 12 wickets for Australia.


Born on this day were: 

Rusi Modi (1924-96),
Indian batsman who made over 7,500 first-class runs at an average of 53 but only played ten Tests, despite an average of 46 (He later became one of India's most respected cricket writers); 

Roy Fredericks (1942-2000), West Indian opener who played in 59 Tests and later became sports minister of his native Guyana; 

Wajahatullah Wasti (1974-), Pakistani Test opening batsman famous for his twin Test hundreds in the Test against Sri Lanka in the Asian Test Championship in 1999;
Leon Garrick (1976-), West Indian opening batsman who had the mortification of being out to the very first ball he faced in Test cricket which was also the first ball of the match; 

Ben Hollioake (1977-2002), English batsman (and brother of Adam) who died in a car crash in Perth in March 2002.

In 1891 George Giffen made 271 and took 9 for 96 and 7 for 70 at Adelaide to give South Australia an innings victory over Victoria. It was the ultimate all-round performance and no other player in first-class history has scored a double century and taken 16 wickets. Known by some as the 'Australia W G. Grace,' Giffen played 31 Tests between 1882 and 1896, taking 103 wickets to add to his 1,238 runs.

In 1996 New Zealand drew the third Test with Pakistan at Dhaka to clinch their first-ever series victory (1-0) in almost 40 years.

In 1977 Victorian opener Paul Hibbert made a century against the touring Indians without hitting a single boundary. Hibbert is one of only two batsmen to make a century without finding the boundary (the other is former Derbyshire batsman Alan Hill, who made 103 for Orange Free state against Griqualand West in 1976-77).

In 2002 Inzamam-ul-Haq scored a century before lunch, against Zimbabwe in the first Test at Harare. He emulated compatriot Majid Khan who had achieved a similar feat against New Zealand at Karachi in 1976. In all, his 112 came in 142 minutes off 107 balls with 20 fours. He also became the second Pakistani to reach 6,000 Test runs.

In 2003 Indian pace bowler Javagal Srinath, who served the cause of Indian cricket with distinction, announced his retirement from international cricket a day before India-Australia TVS Cup ODI at Bangalore.


Born on this day were:

 Arthur Dudley Nourse (1910-81),
brilliant South African batsman who averaged 53 from 35 Tests between 1935 and 1951 and who is best remembered for his 208 at Trent Bridge in 1951 which set South Africa up for their first Test win for 16 years; 

Bharat Reddy (1954-), Indian wicket-keeper who played in only four Tests, spending much of his career in the shadow of Syed Kirmani; 

Lou Vincent (1978-), New Zealand opener who scored a century on Test debut for New Zealand in 2001.

In 1921 Australia's Jack Gregory scored a century in only 70 minutes in the second Test against South Africa at Johannesburg – the quickset Test hundred in terms of time, though not the quickest in terms of balls faced. Gregory took 67 whereas Vivian Richards needed only 56 against England at Antigua in 1985-86. In those days of faster over rates Gregory took 11 minutes less than Richards. Gregory put on 209 for the third wicket with Herbie Collins, who made 203. The game was also notable for the bizarre dismissal of Billy Zulch, who was out hit wicket in the first innings when a piece of his bat broke off and flew into the stumps. The match ended in a draw.

In 1983 Ahmedabad became the 56th Test venue and India's 14th when India met the West Indies in the third Test match. It was also Navjot Singh Sidhu's debut Test match.

In 1988 Richard Hadlee took a world record (at the time) 374th Test wicket when he had Arun Lal caught at slip in the first Test against India at Bangalore. India won by 172 runs.

In 1993 Glenn McGrath made his debut in the first Test between Australia and New Zealand at Perth. He took 2 for 92 in 39 overs and was out for a golden duck (something he would repeat on his ODI debut as well). The match ended in a draw. Two years later Martin Crowe played his last day of Test cricket in the third Test against India at Cuttack.

In 2003 Sourav Ganguly became only the third batsman in ODI history to hit 150 sixes when he hit Michael Clarke for a six in a ODI match against Australia at Bangalore in the TVS Tri-nation Series. Only Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi have more sixes to their credit.


Born on this day were: 

Percy McDonnell (1858-96),
Australian batsman and captain (who was also a Greek Scholar); 

Jack Birkenshaw (1940-), English off-spinning all-rounder who played for both Yorkshire and Leicestershire.

In 1906 Charles Gregory cracked a mighty 383 for New South Wales (763) against Queensland at Brisbane, the 12th highest score in first-class history. At the time it was also an Australian record.

In 1983 Sunil Gavaskar overtook Geoff Boycott (8,114 runs) when he scored his 83rd run in a total of 90 in the third Test against West Indies at Ahmedabad. It was his 65th fifty (overhauling yet another record set by Boycott at the time) in his 96th Test and 168th innings. He also became the first batsman to score 1,000 runs in a calendar year of Test cricket on four occasions (1976, 1978 and 1979 being the other years). Exactly 20 years later, in 2003, Brian Lara became West Indies' all-time leading Test run scorer when he passed 106 in a personal score of 191 in the second Test against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo. He beat Vivian Richards' previous highest aggregate of 8,540 runs.

In 1990 in the third ODI at Multan, Gordon Greenidge became the sixth batsman to make 5,000 ODI runs, when he made 35. West Indies lost by 31 runs giving Pakistan a 3-0 sweep – only the second such occasion.

In 1992 Kepler Wessels of South Africa became the first and only cricketer to score a century playing for two different countries when he scored 118 on the first day of the first Test against India at Durban. He had scored 162 in the second Test at Brisbane for Australia against England in 1982. This was also the first Test on South African soil since March 1970. Earlier Jimmy Cook became the first South African to be dismissed on the first ball of his debut Test when he snicked Kapil Dev to Tendulkar at the slips. He was also the first debutante to be dismissed on first ball of a Test match.

Omar Henry became the first black to play Test cricket for South Africa and was also at 40 years 295 days its oldest debutante.

In 1998 India thrashed Zimbabwe in the Champions Trophy final at Sharjah. Zimbabwe managed only 196 for 9 and Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar led India to victory with 20 overs to spare. Tendulkar hit 124 (his 21st ODI hundred) off only 92 balls, with 12 fours and six sixes.


Born on this day were: 

Allen Hill (1843-1910),
English seam bowler who took the first wicket in Test cricket when he bowled Nat Thomson for one in the first Test at Melbourne in 1876-77 (He also took the first catch in Test cricket off the bowling of Alfred Shaw); 

Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), India's first prime minister who played in the inaugural match between Members of Parliament which had been organised by 'Vizzy' the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram; 

Harold Larwood (1904-95), English fast bowler who was the spearhead of the 'Bodyline' attack on the Australian tour of 1932-33 under Douglas Jardine (Larwood took 33 wickets at 19.51 each in five Tests); 

Saba Karim (1967-), Indian wicket-keeper whose career ended when he injured his eye while keeping to Anil Kumble; 

Adam Gilchrist (1971-), Australian wicket-keeper and attacking opening batsman who is the first wicket-keeper to glove 300 ODI victims; 

Hrishikesh Kanitkar (1974-), Indian all-rounder who is the son of former Test cricketer Hemant Kanitkar; 

Hemang Badani (1976-), Indian middle-order batsman.

In 1976 India's first Test captain C(ottari) K(anakaiya) Nayudu died in Indore, aged 72. He was India's first cricket hero and his appeal transcended all barriers of caste, creed and religion. He played cricket over a record six decades and later served as a Test selector and vice-president of the BCCI. A huge monument to him stands at Indore, in the shape of a bat.

In 1981 Pakistan were dismissed for 62 (at the time their lowest score) in 108 minutes and 21.2 overs against Australia at Perth. Lillee took 5 for 18 and Terry Alderman 4 for 36, in Australia's 286 run victory on the final day. But three was controversy on the fourth afternoon when Lillee deliberately impeded and aimed a kick at Javed Miandad saying he had been provoked by verbal abuse. Umpire A.R. Crafter separated them as Miandad aimed to club Lillee with his bat. Lillee was suspended for two ODIs.

In 1983 Indian substitute fielder Gursharan Singh took his fourth catch of the match – against West Indies at Ahmedabad, becoming the first substitute to take four catches in a match. On the same day Australian Carl Rackemann completed match figures of 11 for 118 against Pakistan to record the best Test figures at Perth. This was the first Test in Australia in which wides and no-balls were debited to the bowler's analysis.

In 1987 Dhruv Pandove aged 13 years 310 days became the youngest player to play in the Ranji Trophy when he made his debut for Punjab against Himachal Pradesh at Amritsar. In October 1988 he was also the youngest (at 14 years
294 days) to score a century (137) (against Jammu & Kashmir at Srinagar) and the youngest to reach 1,000 runs in the competition in December 1991. A very promising career was tragically cut short when he died in a road accident on
31 January 1992.

In 1991 South Africa recorded their first victory since their return to the international stage, when they overhauled India's 287 for 4 to win the third ODI at New Delhi by eight wickets.

In 1992 Sachin Tendulkar became the first cricketer to be dismissed by television evidence (the third umpire) on the second day of the first Test against South Africa at Durban.

In 1993 Jonty Rhodes became the only fielder (not including wicket-keeper) to bag five catches in a ODI match, against West Indies at Bombay. His usual fielding position at point is now sometimes called 'Rhodes point' in recognition of the unusual reflexes and timing exhibited by him in fielding at this position. ('Two-thirds of the world is covered by water, the rest by Jonty Rhodes' – Ian Chappell.)

In 1999 the Indian Railways scored 83 in a full day's play against Madhya Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy Central Zone League match at Indore. Following on, they were 3 for 0 overnight and ended the fourth day at 86 for 5. Sanjay Bangar was the top-scorer with 39 from 208 balls.


Born on this day were:

Frederich Henry Huish (1869-1957),
Kent wicket-keeper who made a record 1,328 dismissals between 1895 and 1914; 

C.S. 'Stewie' Dempster (1903-74), the first great New Zealand batsman who scored New Zealand's first Test century; 

Shayne O'Connor (1973-), New Zealand left-handed pace bowler.

In 1947 Don Bradman hit his 100th first-class hundred – 172 for an Australian XI against the touring Indians at Sydney. India won the match after the Australian XI chasing 251 were bowled out for 203 in only 30 overs. Left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad returned the remarkable figures of 12-0-84-8. Mankad also ran out William 'Bill' Brown while he was backing-up, leading to such a practice being known as 'Mankading'. In all Bradman made 117 centuries in 338 innings, a staggering ratio of a century every 2.88 innings.

First-class debuts for two legends from the sub-continent: In 1951 Hanif Mohammad made his first-class debut for Pakistan XI against MCC at Lahore. He made 26 in the drawn match. In 1975 Kapil Dev made his Ranji Trophy debut for Haryana against Punjab at Rohtak, aged only 16. He announced his arrival in style taking 6 for 39 in the first and 2 for 78 in the second innings as Haryana won by an innings and 101 runs.

In 1952 Vinoo Mankad became the first Indian to take 100 Test wickets in the third Test against Pakistan at the Brabourne Stadium, Bombay. He took eight wickets in the match India won by ten wickets. He completed the Test Double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in only his 23rd match. It was a record until 1979, when Ian Botham managed it in his 21st.

In 1989 Sachin Tendulkar made his Test debut against Pakistan at Karachi, becoming the youngest to play for India at 16 years and 205 days (and at the time the third youngest Test cricketer ever, after Mushtaq Mohammad and Aqib Javed). He was bowled for 15 by Waqar Younis who was also making his debut in the same match (on the eve of his 18th birthday). Waqar's first-innings figures were 19-1-80-4. It was also Kapil Dev's 100th Test.

In 1992 Praveen Amre scored a century on Test debut – 103 against South Africa, in the first Test at Durban. He remains the only player to score a century on his Test debut and a half-century on his ODI debut.

In 2003 exactly 14 years after making his Test debut Sachin Tendulkar made a glorious 102 in only 91 balls in a ODI against New Zealand in the TVS Tri-nation Series at Hyderabad (India). It was his 36th ODI century and also his 100th score of fifty or more in ODIs. Sehwag's 130 and Dravid's 22-ball fifty (equalled the second fastest by an Indian) set up a mammoth 353 for 5.
India won easily by 145 runs.

In 2007 Australian board unveils new Warne-Muralitharan Trophy for Tests against Sri Lanka.