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Saturday, February 07, 2022

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Born on this day were:

James Charles ‘Jim’ Laker (1922-86),
English off-spinner who took 19 wickets in the Old Trafford Test against Australia in 1956 (including the record 10 for 53 in the second innings) and who was a respected commentator on BBC after retirement; 

Qasim Omar (1957-) Pakistani batsman who played in 26 Tests;  

Glenn McGrath (1970-), Australian pace bowler who was the spearhead of the Australian bowling and who has the dubious distinction of scoring a golden duck (first ball duck) on both his Test and ODI debuts.

In 1904 Victoria were bowled out for 15, the lowest score in Australian first-class cricket history, against the MCC under Pelham Warner. Harry Trott made nine out of that total. Only ten men batted for the Aussies but it is unlikely that the injured Jack Saunders with a first-class average of four could really have made a difference.

In 1964 Hanumant Singh scored a century on his debut, 105 in the fourth Test against England at Delhi. Colin Cowdrey made 151, and the match petered out into a draw when Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi Jr. made India’s first double hundred against England.

In 1986 Mohinder Amarnath became the first batsman to be given out for handling the ball in a ODI at Melbourne against Australia. (He also has the dubious distinction of being ruled out for obstructing the field.)

In 2003 the ‘dot ball,’ a delivery from which batsman fails to score, was recognised as significant to ODI cricket. The concept was launched at Newlands Stadium during the opening match of the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. On the same day Craig Wishart scored an unbeaten 172 against Namibia in a World Cup match at Harare. It was Zimbabwe’s highest individual ODI score, as was the total of 340 for 2, a team record. Zimbabwe completed an 86-run victory by the Duckworth-Lewis method.


Born on this day were: 

Albert Neilson ‘Monkey’ Hornby (1874-1925),
English batsman and captain who also played Rugby for England (He is one of only three men in Test history with a bowling average of 0 taking 1 for 0 off seven overs in his career); 

Dr Herbert Vivian ‘Ranji’ Hordern (1884-1938), Australian leg-spinner and useful batsman who was called ‘Ranji’ because of his dark complexion; 

John Hampshire (1941-), the first English batsman to make a century at Lord’s on his debut in 1969 and who later became a Test umpire; 

Pranab Roy (1957-), Indian batsman (and a Test selector) who played only two Tests for India and who is the son of the late Pankaj Roy;  

Michael Kasprowicz (1972-), Australian pace bowler.

In 1888 Australia were dismissed for 42 in the first innings against England at Sydney. This was their lowest total in Australia and the lowest in all Tests till 1902 when England dismissed them for 36. C.T.B. Turner had figures of 12 for 87 in the match.

In 1912 England’s Jack Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes put on 323 for the first wicket against Australia at Melbourne – the first ever partnership of over 250 runs in Test history.

In 1934 the M.A. Chidambaran Stadium (Chepauk) at Madras became Test cricket’s 27th venue when it hosted its first Tests, between India and England on this day. England won by 202 runs. It has produced the most number of decisive results among Indian grounds and also holds the record for the most number of Test wins for India.

In 1952 India won its first ever Test match when it beat England at Madras. Led by Vijay Hazare, India won by an innings and eight runs. Vinoo Mankad took 8 for 55 the best bowling performance till date against England by an Indian.

In 1973 Pakistani Mushtaq Mohammad scored 201 and took 5 for 49 against New Zealand at Dunedin to become only the second all-rounder in Test history to do the rare double of 200-runs and five-wickets in an innings of the same Test match.

In 1981 India came close to forfeiting the third Test at Melbourne when skipper Sunil Gavaskar so vehemently disagreed with a lbw decision that he urged his partner Chetan Chauhan to leave the field with him. However the Indian team manager met the players at the gate and ordered Chauhan to continue his innings. Just as well, since India won handily the next day (its last Test victory over Australia in Australia till December 2003 when they won the second Test at Adelaide). On the same day Australian Dennis Lillee became his country’s highest wicket-taker (at the time) when he claimed his 249th wicket. Lillee reminded Gavaskar of this incident when Gavaskar delivered the Lord Cowdrey Lecture in July 2003 on the ‘Spirit of Cricket’ and condemned sledging in the game.

In 1982 Indian wicket-keeper K.R. Meherhomji who played his sole Test against England in 1936 died, aged 70. He was one of the main players of the Parsees in the 1930s playing in the Bombay Quadrangular and once hit four fours off Harold Larwood in a Quadrangular match in 1936.

In 1994 Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu got a pair in the third Test at Ahmedabad against India. This made it five ducks and a 1 (that, apparently, an uncalled leg-bye) in his first six Test innings. No one could have guessed that he would go on to score six double centuries in Test cricket.


Born on this day were: 

John William ‘Young Jack’ Hearne (1891-1965), English all-rounder who was a right-hand batsman and a leg-break and googly bowler;
William Morris ‘Bill’ Lawry (1937-), Australian left-handed opening batsman and captain who later became a TV commentator (He was called ‘The Phantom’ because he was addicted to the comic strip bearing the same name); 

Bevan Congdon (1938-), New Zealand batsman and captain who made his ODI debut against Pakistan at Christchurch on his 35th birtrhday.

In 1851 the first first-class game in Australia was played between Tasmania and Victoria at Launceston Racecourse. There were four ball overs and with no boundaries. Tasmania won the timeless match by three wickets.

In 1948 England’s Billy Griffith scored 140 on debut against the West Indies at Port of Spain, becoming the only English player to score his maiden first-class hundred in his very first Test innings. He was out to Frank Worrell who also made his debut in this Test.

In 1959 Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad appeared in his last Test match against West Indies at Delhi. At 41 years 305 days he was the oldest to appear in a Test match for India.

In 1973 New Zealand and Pakistan played in a ODI for the first time at Lancaster Park, Christchurch. New Zealand won by 22 runs.

In 1981 India beat Australia by 59 runs in the third Test at Melbourne to record its last victory in Australia till December 2003 when they won the second Test at Adelaide by four wickets. Australia were skittled for 83 chasing only 143 in the fourth innings to give India a famous victory and draw the series 1-1.

In 1984 Australia and the West Indies played the first ever tie in a ODI at Melbourne. Both finished on 222 runs but the West Indies lost fewer wickets.

In 1987 this was the start of the first day of the second Test between India and Pakistan at Calcutta. It is interesting because this was the match in which Sunil Gavaskar refused to play at Eden Gardens because he thought that he had been treated unfairly by the crowd in the past.

In a major sensation Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne flew home from the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, without bowling a single ball, after testing positive for a banned substance.

In 2007 England stunned Australia at Sydney to win CB Series finals 2-0.


Born on this day were: 

Robert ‘Bobby’ Peel (1857-1941), English left-arm spinner who took 101 wickets in 20 Tests; 

Ross Morgan (1941-), New Zealand all-rounder; 

Gundappa Ranganath Vishwanath (1949-), outstanding Indian batsman (6,080 Test runs at an average of 41.93) who hit a century on both his first-class and Test match debuts (He is married to Sunil Gavaskar’s sister); 

Dulip Samaraweera (1972-), Sri Lankan opening batsman (1993-95).

In 1932 South Africa was dismissed for 36 against Australia at Melbourne as Bert Ironmonger claimed five wickets for just six runs in 7.2 overs with five maidens. Australia won the match by an innings and 72 runs.

In 1946 the Ranji Trophy match between Bombay and Baroda was decided by the spin of a coin, as even after four days the first innings had not been completed. Bombay piled up 645 and Baroda replied with 465 for 6. The rules stated that where even the first innings was not completed then the match would be decided by the spin of a coin. Lady luck favoured Baroda in this case.

In 1961 Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan became (at the time) the youngest century maker in Test cricket scoring 101 against India at Madras aged 17 years 82 days. Mohammad Ashraful of Bangladesh broke his record in 2001. (The record for India is held by Sachin Tendulkar who was 17 years 112 days when he hit 118 not out against England in Manchester on 14 August 1990.)

In 1964 Australian Richie Benaud played his last day of Test cricket against South Africa at Sydney. Benaud finished with 2,201 runs and 248 wickets in 63 Tests and the proud record of having never captained Australia to a series defeat. One of Benaud’s legacies was the demonstrative celebration of catches and wickets. This was a conspicuous aspect of his team’s communal spirit and is today de rigeur.

In 1994 India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 17 runs at Ahmedabad. This was the third consecutive victory by an innings in the same series with India having won the previous Tests at Lucknow and Bangalore also by an innings. This was the first instance since 1928 when England blanked the West Indies. It was also India’s sixth consecutive home victory by an innings.

In 2003 Sachin Tendulkar became the highest scorer in World Cup cricket when he crossed 25 runs (in total of 52) in a match against Holland at Paarl. He beat the previous best of 1083 by Javed Miandad. In the same match Javagal Srinath took his 300th wicket in ODIs becoming only the fifth player to achieve this feat.He ended the tournament in fourth place on the list with 315 wickets, behind Akram (502), Waqar Younis (416) and Muralitharan (321).


Born on this day were: 

Leonard Stephen Durtanovich better known as Len Pascoe (1950-),
Australian pace bowler (1977-82) who was a schoolmate of Jeff Thomson; 

Subroto Banerjee (1969-), Indian pace bowler (1992).

In 1948 West Indian opener Andy Ganteaume hit 112 against England in Trinidad today in what turned out to be his only Test innings, and ended with an average of 112 in Tests – better than Don Bradman. In this match, all four openers – Ganteaume, George Carew, Jack Robertson and Billy Griffith – got hundreds in a high-scoring draw.

In 1961 India met Pakistan in New Delhi for the last time before the war with Pakistan broke out. With a draw in this Test the five match series was drawn 0-0. The two teams had played 12 successive draws in their last 15 Tests.

In 1964 Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi Jr. made 203 against England in the fourth Test at Delhi. This was the first double hundred by an Indian against England and his 190-run partnership with Chandu Borde for the fifth wicket was an Indian record at the time.

In 1965 a blistering 137 from Graeme Pollock against England at Port Elizabeth made him only the second man after George Headley to hit three Test hundreds before the age of 21. Pollock added 77 not out in the second innings to boost his average to 53.58 from 11 Tests. In 12 further Tests he averaged 67.

In 1980 New Zealand squeaked home with a one-wicket victory over West Indies in the first Test at Dunedin. This was the same match in which Michael Holding kicked the stumps down after an unsuccessful appeal and there were a series of West Indian complaints about the umpiring. The 12 lbws in the game were a new Test record at the time as were Hadlee’s seven lbw dismissals in the game.

In 1982 Sri Lanka hosted its first ODI at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo. England won by five runs.

In 1995 West Indies, and Courtney Walsh in particular, pummelled New Zealand by an innings and 322 runs in the second Test at Wellington, the fourth-biggest victory in Test history. After West Indies smashed 660 for 5 – including an 88-ball hundred from Junior Murray – Walsh took 13 wickets for just 55 runs – still the best ever Test match bowling figures in New Zealand.

In 2007 Pakistan’s board came up with a statement to deny the rumours that Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif had again failed drug tests; both were named in World Cup squad, but later withdrew citing injuries.


Born on this day were: 

Salah-ud-Din (1947-), Pakistani right-hand batsman and off-spinner who played five Tests for Pakistan (1965-69);

Chris Lewis (1968-), English all-rounder who has played county cricket for Leicestershire and Surrey, who was recently in news because of wrong reasons

In 1931 West Indies lost to Australia in two days after being bowled out for 99 and 107, in the fourth Test at Melbourne. Bert Ironmonger took 11 wickets and Don Bradman made 152 to add to the 223 he had made in the previous Test.

In 1938 Arthur Wellard hit Amar Singh for a huge six over the North stand of the Brabourne stadium while playing for Lord Tennyson’s team against an Indian XI at Bombay. It went over the sightscreen and disappeared out of sight. Wellard who was famous for his lusty hitting considered this hit as his biggest and cricket writer Gerald Brodribb described it as ‘one of the greatest hits in the history of the game.’

In 1950 Australian Jack Moroney (118 in the first innings) scored 101 not out in the second innings in the fourth Test against South Africa at Johannesburg. He remains the only batsman in history to score both the hundreds of his Test career in the same Test match. Curiously, this was the only match of his seven-match Test career that Australia did not win.

In 1971 Ray Illingworth led his team from the field in the seventh Ashes Test at Sydney in protest against pelting of cans and the manhandling of John Snow by a spectator after he had hit tail-ender Terry Jenner with a lifting delivery. After being warned that they could forfeit the match they came back on the field after seven minutes. In December 1998 the Australian cricket fan who sparked off the crowd trouble finally owned up. Trevor Guy, 80, answered an ABC radio appeal for the man who leant across the boundary fence and grabbed England fast bowler John Snow by the shirt in the incident which led to play being suspended. Guy, who had never been identified, said he was angry with Snow for felling Australian tail-ender Terry Jenner with a bouncer and grabbed Snow by the shirt to make sure he heard what he had to say.

In 1979 England beat Australia at Sydney to take the series 5-1. Brearley’s team became the first to gain five victories in a rubber in Australia. Both captains scored their 1,000th run in Tests and Yallop’s 121 represented 61.11 per cent of his team’s total.

In 1982 Sri Lanka registered its first victory as a Test-playing nation when it beat England by three runs in a ODI at Colombo. Chasing 216 to win, England were cruising at 203 for 5 when the last five wickets went down for nine runs, four of them run outs.

In 1985 18-year-old Wasim Akram playing in only his second Test, took his first ten-wicket haul in the third Test at Dunedin. New Zealand won the match with a tense two-wicket win.

In 1994 Bombay’s Amol Mazumdar made 260 on debut against Haryana at Faridabad in a Ranji Trophy pre-quarterfinal. This was the highest ever score on first-class debut. Bombay’s total of 718 also included centuries by Ravi Shastri, Sameer Dighe and Jatin Paranjpe. Bombay won by an innings and 202 runs.

In 1997 Stephen Fleming at 23 years 319 days became the youngest to captain New Zealand when he led the Kiwis in the third Test match against England at Christchurch.

In 1998 a New Zealand fast food chain offered entrants the chance to hit a six off an over of underarm deliveries by Trevor Chappell (who else?) during the lunch break of the final ODI between New Zealand and Australia. No one could claim the $100,000 prize.

A hat-trick to start a match and one to finish it, more than a century apart:
In 2003 Chaminda Vaas
of Sri Lanka took a hat-trick in the first three balls of the World Cup match against Bangladesh at Pietermaritzburg. This is the first time this has been done in any form of cricket. He went on to take another wicket in the same over to make it four for the over. He finished with figures of 6 for 25.
In 1896 George Lohmann took a hat-trick to finish the first Test match against South Africa at Port Elizabeth. It was Test cricket’s fourth hat-trick and the first involving South Africa. South Africa were dismissed for 30 (in 94 balls) their lowest ever by England at Port Elizabeth as Lohmann took 15 for 45 in the match, including eight wickets for seven runs in the second innings. This is the second lowest total of all time and was the lowest till 1954-55 when the Kiwis plumbed new depths with 26 against England at Auckland.


Born on this day were: 

Desmond Haynes (1956-),
West Indian batsman who was one of the greatest opening batsmen in both versions of the game and is one of two batsmen who have scored a century in their debut and last ODI, the other being Dennis Amiss of England (He is also the only player to carry his bat in Tests on three occasions); 

Guy de Alwis (1959-), Sri Lankan wicket-keeper in the mid eighties; 

Craig Matthews (1965-), South African pace bowler;

Twin brothers Hamish and James Marshall of New Zealand (1979-)

In 1921 Arthur Mailey took 9 for 121 in the fourth Test against England at Melbourne. This is one of the top 20 individual bowling performances in Tests and is the best by an Australian. This Test which Australia won by eight wickets to go 4-0 up, was also notable for a remarkable performance from Warwick ‘Big Ship’ Armstrong, who overcame an attack of malaria to make an unbeaten 123.

In 1932 Australia hammered South Africa by an innings, and the entire match (which because of bad weather was spread over three days) lasted only five hours and 53 minutes. The South Africans were routed for just 36 and 42, with left-arm spinner Bert Ironmonger taking 5 for 6 and 6 for 18: his 11 for 24 remains the cheapest ten-wicket haul in a Test. In all only 234 runs were scored – the lowest aggregate in Test history for a complete match.

In 1961 West Indies lost the fifth Test against Australia at Melbourne by two wickets and with it the series 2-1. West Indian captain Frank Worrell presented the Frank Worell trophy to his opposite number, Richie Benaud at the end of the match.The two countries still play for this trophy. This series is considered one of the greatest Test series ever and the West Indian team was given a tickertape farewell parade through Melbourne.

In 1978 New Zealand beat England (64 all out) at Wellington by 72 runs – their first win over England in 48 matches and 48 years!

In 1980 English wicket-keeper Bob Taylor took seven catches in the first innings of the Golden Jubilee Test at Bombay. He had a total of ten in the match and both were records, although Jack Russell topped the latter record with 11 catches at Johannesburg in 1995-96 against South Africa.

In 1998 South Africans Mark Boucher and Pat Symcox put on a record 195 runs for the ninth wicket against Pakistan at Johannesburg. Symcox (108) became only the third No.10 batsman to score a Test hundred. They beat the previous best of 190 by Asif Iqbal and Intikhab Alam for Pakistan against England in 1967.