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Monday, February 23, 2022

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Born on this day were:

James Lillywhite (1842-1929), left-arm slow-medium bowler who was England’s first Test captain and who was the longest surviving member of England’s first Test side when he died in Chichester in 1929;

Vivian Ian Smith (1925-), South African leg-spinner;

Steve Elworthy (1965-), South African seamer;

Herschelle Gibbs (1974-), South African opening batsman and outstanding fielder (Steve Waugh famously told him that he had ‘dropped the 1999 World Cup’ when premature celebration allowed the ball to slip out. He was also involved in the match-fixing scandal).

In 1981 Ravi Shastri took three wickets in four balls on his debut against New Zealand in the first Test at Wellington. He had Lance Cairns, Martin Snedden and Gary Troup all caught by Dilip Vengsarkar as the Kiwis were dismissed for 100 in their second innings (at the time their lowest score against India). It still did not prevent them from winning the match by 62 runs.

In 1992 Andy Flower hit an unbeaten 115 on his ODI debut, in a World Cup match at New Plymouth against Sri Lanka. It took Zimbabwe to 312 for 4 and with Sri Lanka 213 for 5 in the 39th over, it looked all over before Arjuna Ranatunga saved the day with an unbeaten 61-ball 88. Sri Lanka won by three wickets with four balls to spare. The two teams shared 625 runs in 99 overs. This was the first match in which both teams made 300-plus in a World Cup. On the same day West Indies beat Pakistan by ten wickets at Melbourne. Just two wickets fell in the entire match, which is the lowest number of wickets to fall in any ODI thus far.

In 1998 former Indian batsman Raman Lamba died following a close in-fielding accident at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on 20 February in Dhaka. Lamba was fielding without any helmet at forward short leg for his side Abahani when the ball struck his head following a pull by Mehrab Hossain of Mohammedans. His condition deteriorated dramatically and he was clinically dead on 22 February. The life support was withdrawn on this day after taking his wife’s permission.

In 2003 Canada’s John Davison scored the fastest century in World Cup history, against West Indies at Centurion. He reached three figures in 67 balls. Brian Lara replied in fine styling hitting the fastest fifty in World Cup history (23 balls) as West Indies reached 206 for 3 in only 20.3 overs. The average of 10.04 per over was then the highest ever recorded in a ODI innings.

In 2007 Brett Lee was forced out of World Cup by ankle injury.


Born on this day were:

Dennis Brian Close (1931-), English batsman and captain whose Test career spanned five decades (He played in 22 Test matches and made 34,911 runs and took 1,168 wickets in first-class cricket);

John Lever (1949-), English pace bowler who played a third of his 21 matches in India;

Derek Randall (1951-), English batsman famous for his 174 in the Centenary Test at Melbourne and who carried on playing for Nottinghamshire until 1993;

Mike Whitney (1959-), Australian left-arm seamer who made a successful stint as the presenter of the TV programme Who dares Wins on AXN;

Mohammad Sami (1981-) Pakistan speedster;

Chamara Kapugedera (1987-) Sri Lankan batsman.

In 1988 Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli completed a record third wicket stand of 664 runs while playing for Shradashram Vidyamandir against St. Xaviers, Fort (Sunil Gavaskar’s school) in the semi-final of the Harris Shield at the Sassanian Cricket Club Ground on Azad Maiden in Bombay. This was the highest partnership for any wicket in any form cricket. Tendulkar (326) and Kambli (349) eventually declared at 748 for 2 (made off only 120 overs at more than a run a ball). Sachin’s Harris Shield scores that season were: 21 not out, 125, 207 not out, 326 not out and 346 not out. 1025 at an average of 1025!

In 1996 Javed Miandad became the first man to appear in six World Cups when he took the field against the United Arab Emirates at Gujranwala.

In 2002 Australia beat South Africa in the first Test at Johannesburg by an innings and 360 runs – the second-heaviest defeat in Test history. Australia made 652 for 7 thanks to an amazing 212-ball double hundred (204 not out) by Adam Gilchrist which was for three weeks (before Astle’s 153-ball blast) the fastest in terms of ball faced, breaking Botham’s 220-ball double century against India at The Oval in 1982. The Proteas could manage only 159 and 133 and the match ended on this the third day.

In 2004 South Zone beat England ‘A’ by six wickets in a Duleep Trophy match at Gurgon. Chasing 501 for victory South Zone became the first team in the history of Indian first-class cricket to successfully chase a 500-plus total in the fourth innings. This had been done only on six other occasions with the first instance being when Players successfully chased 501 against Gentleman at Lord’s in 1900.


Born on this day were:

George Bonnor (1855-1912), Australian batsman who is considered one of cricket’s biggest hitters (He was 6 feet 6 inches and 16-stone and once managed to run three runs before he was caught);

John Arlott (1914-91), English radio commentator and authority on cricket who will always be remembered as the ‘Voice of Cricket’;

Farokh Engineer (1938-), flamboyant Indian wicket keeping batsman who was the first Indian to win a Man of the Match award at the World Cup and was at 36 the oldest Indian player to make his ODI debut (He will always be remembered for his blistering century (109) against West Indies at Madras in 1966-67 which he scored in a little more then two hours and which contained 18 fours);

Don Anurasiri (1966-), Sri Lankan slow-arm spinner;

Stuart MacGill (1971-), Australian Test leg-spinner.

In 1885 a group of Parsee enthusiasts met at the Ripon Club in Bombay to discuss the possibility of forming a gymkhana, which would cater to the needs of the community for outdoor sports. This was the start of the Parsee Gymkhana with Sir Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy as the first president and five vice-presidents, which included Sir Pherozeshah Mehta (who was the founder of the Ripon Club, the venue of the first meeting) and Sir Dinshaw Petit. The Parsee Gymkhana soon became the headquarters of Parsee cricket and in 1889 matches were arranged with the Bombay Gymkhana and Poona Gymkhana. These matches became annual fixtures and forerunners to the Parsee Presidency matches, which culminated into the communal Pentangular Tournament.

In 1975 Ewen J. Chatfield of New Zealand retired hurt at 184 for 9 in the first Test against England at Auckland when a bouncer from Peter Lever struck his left temple. When struck, Chatfield’s heart stopped beating, and Bernard Thomas, the English physiotherapist, saved his life with a heart massage and mouth-to mouth resuscitation. He had swallowed his tongue and was taken to hospital where he regained consciousness an hour later. He recovered fully to play in 43 Tests taking 123 wickets. (‘You look a sight worse than I do’- to Peter Lever when he visited him in an Auckland hospital).

In 1978 Ian Botham made his first Test hundred (103), at Christchurch in the second Test against New Zealand. In 1989 Javed Miandad made the last of his six double centuries (271) in the second Test at Auckland today. Only Don Bradman and Wally Hammond had made more Test double centuries at that time.

In 1993 Pakistan recorded what was (before 2001) the lowest ever ODI score of 43 against West Indies at Cape Town, South Africa. There were a record six ducks, and it took West Indies only 12.3 overs to reach 45 for 3.

In 1993 Ramiz Raja was out to the first ball of the match in a ODI against West Indies at Cape Town. Desmond Haynes was out to the first ball of the West Indian reply.

In 1988 Sachin Tendulkar made his first first-class double century (204 not out in 192 balls), for Mumbai against Australia, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. His previous highest first-class score was 179 against West Indies at Nagpur, 1994-95. He was particularly severe on Shane Warne who conceded 111 runs in 16 overs. Mumbai won by ten wickets. It was also Sanjay Manjrekar’s last first-class outing.

In 2001 Sir Donald George Bradman, the most prolific batsman the world has ever seen passed away. With an average of 99.94, ten double hundreds and two triple centuries in Tests he was without doubt the best batsman of all time. Everyone knows about his Test average of 99.94 and his first-class average of 95.14, but some of his other feats are just as outstanding: a Sheffield Shield average of 110; a Test average against South Africa of 201; six first-class triple centuries (and a 299 not out in a Test); 618 Test fours (but only six sixes); a Test double century every 6.66 innings. It has been calculated that he would still have had an average of 74.79 had he been out to the first chance he offered in each innings. (‘You didn’t bat with Bradman; you ran for him’ – Jack Fingleton, Australian batsman and writer.)

In 2003 Wasim Akram dismissed Nick Statham in a World Cup match at Paarl against Holland to bag his 500th ODI wicket – the first man to do so. He finished the tournament with a career haul of 55 wickets, ahead of Glenn McGrath (45) and Javagal Srinath (44).


Born on this day were:

Bill Johnston (1922-), Australian left-arm seamer and occasional spinner who took 160 Test wickets;

Everton Weekes (1925-), pre-eminent West Indian batsman, one of the ‘Three Ws’, best remembered for a record five consecutive Test hundreds, (narrowly missing a sixth when he was controversially run out for 90);

Noel David (1971-);

Y Venugopal Rao (1982-);

Matt Prior (1982-), England’s wicketkeeper.

In 1887 George Lohmann took the first eight-wicket haul in Test history. His 8 for 35 helped demolish Australia for 84 at Sydney, and it was the key element in England’s 71-run victory.

In 1930 West Indies registered their first Test win with a 289-run demolition of England at Georgetown. George Headley made twin hundreds (114 and 112), while Learie Constantine finished England off with nine wickets.

In 1980, on the fourth day of the second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch, West Indian Colin Croft ran straight into umpire Fred Goodall on his run-up. Croft was unhappy after a flurry of no-balls, a warning for bowling bouncers and a rejected caught-behind appeal. This came at the end of three days of perceived incompetence of the umpire in the eyes of the West Indies. Richard Hadlee made the first of his two Test hundreds reaching his maiden hundred in only 88 balls against bowlers of the caliber of Roberts, Holding, Garner and Croft.

In 1982 Martin Crowe made his debut in the first Test against Australia at Wellington. No play was possible on this day and Crowe batted the next day before he was run out for nine.

In 1992 South Africa played their first World Cup match following their return to the international cricket fold. They beat the co-hosts Australia by nine wickets at Sydney.

In 1993 in the first Test against New Zealand at Christchurch, Allan Border became the top scorer in Test history when he pulled Dipak Patel for four, overtaking Sunil Gavaskar’s aggregate of 10,122 Test runs.

In 2002 New Zealand umpire Steve Dunne became the first umpire to officiate in 100 ODIs when he stood in the final match of the National Bank Series between New Zealand and England at Dunedin.

In 2003 Ashish Nehra took 6 for 23 against England at Durban to register what was at the time the third best performance in the World Cup. He was pushed to fourth and fifth place subsequently by Glenn McGrath and then Andy Bichel. It is the second best analysis by an Indian in ODIs.


Born on this day were:

Reg Simpson (1920-), Engliah opening batsman who made his first-class debut in India when he was later a director of the bat-makers Gunn & Moore);

(Robert) Graeme Pollock (1944-), South African batting prodigy whose average (60.97) is second to the great Don and who was prevented by apartheid from achieving his full potential. (He is Shaun Pollock’s uncle.)

In 1914 two pairs of brothers played for South Africa against England in the fifth Test at Port Elizabeth: H.W. and D. Taylor, and P.A.M. and R.H.M. Hands.

In 1925 Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett made his debut against England at Sydney today. His 5 for 45 and 6 for 37 was a portent of things to come and Grimmett went on to become the first bowler to take 200 Test wickets.

In 1937 Don Bradman hit 169 to give Australia control of the fifth Test at Melbourne. Australia eventually won by an innings and 200 runs, thus becoming the only side to win a Test series from 2-0 down.

In 1947 F.A. MacKinnon died at the age of 98 years 324 days, the longest-lived Test cricketer of them all. He played just once for England, against Australia at Melbourne in 1878-79, where he was one of Fred Spofforth’s hat-trick victims. He went on to grander things, becoming The MacKinnon of MacKinnon, the 35th Chief of the MacKinnon Clan, in 1903.

In 1975 Sir Neville Cardus, pre-eminent writer on cricket died, aged 85. His cricket writing for the Manchester Guardian set him at the very top level of the game’s observers and his style influenced what and how other serious cricket writers wrote. He was also an outstanding music critic and wrote the biography of the composer Gustav Mahler.

In 1980 Javed Miandad became Pakistan’s youngest captain (at 22 years 260 days) and the third youngest ever after Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Pataudi jr. of India and Ian Craig of Australia, when he led his team in the first Test against Australia at Karachi. Pakistan won by seven wickets.

In 1982 Sunil Gavaskar completed his highest first-class score while playing for Bombay against Bengal in a quarter-final match of the Ranji Trophy at Bombay. His 340 in this match was also his only triple century in first-class cricket. Bombay won by an innings and 181 runs.

In 1996 India played Australia in a day-night match at Wankhede Stadium, Bombay. It was the first floodlit match at this venue and Mark Waugh’s 126 made him the first batsman to score consecutive centuries in the World Cup. Four Australian wickets fell at a score of 258. Shane Lee, Shane Warne, Ian Healy and Damien Fleming were all dismissed without a run being added. Australia won by 16 runs.

In 2003 Glenn McGrath took 7 for 15 (7-4-15-7) in a World Cup match against Namibia at Potchefstroom – the best bowling analysis in the World Cup. Australia’s 256-run victory was also the biggest in any ODI beating the previous best by Sri Lanka who thrashed India by 245 runs in October 2000.


Born on this day were:

Karsan Ghavri (1951-), Indian medium pacer (who took 106 Test wickets in 39 Tests) and was one of the best utility cricketers to represent India;

Ian David Smith (1957-), New Zealand wicket-keeper of the 1980s;

Azhar Mahmood (1975-), Pakistani all-rounder.

In 1912 Victor Trumper ended his Test career when he was out, caught by Frank Wlley off Sydney Barnes, for 50 in the fifth Test at Sydney. The match was also the last of Clem Hill’s illustrious career: between them, the two great Australians made almost 7,000 Test runs.

In 1958 the West Indies closed the third day against Pakistan in the third Test at Kingston on a mammoth 504 for 1, with Conrad Hunte on 242 and Gary Sobers on 228. They were helped by an injury-ravaged Pakistan attack, which contained only two fit specialist bowlers. This was the day before Sobers went on to hit his legendary 365.

In 1965 New Zealand opener Terry Jarvis took 125 minutes to make nine against India at Madras. He snapped out of it though and added a mammoth 387 for the first wicket with Glenn Turner against West Indies at Georgetown in 1971-72, then the second-highest opening partnership in Test history.

In 1978 Derek Randall was ‘Mankaded’ by Ewen Chatfield in the second Test against New Zealand at Christchurch. The bowler gave no warning as he broke the stumps before completing his delivery stride. (Ian Botham chided Chatfield after the incident: ‘Just remember one thing son, you’ve already been killed once on the cricket field’ – a reference to his debut against England when he was struck by Peter Lever at Auckland in 1975.)

In 1981 this was to be the scheduled start of the second Test at Georgetown, Guyana between England and West Indies. The Test had to be cancelled because the Guyanese authorities revoked the permission for Robin D. Jackman to stay in Guyana because he had played and coached in South Africa during the apartheid years. England refused to play without him and this led to the cancellation of the Test match – the first time politics had impinged on the sport.

In 1992 Krishnamachari Srikkanth became the first player to score all the runs in a ODI when he scored one run, out of the two balls bowled in the entire match. The match in question was a World Cup encounter between India and Sri Lanka at Mackay, Queensland in 1992, which was abandoned due to rain.


Born on this day were:

Francis Phillips Fenner (1811-96), English bowler who in May 1844 became the first man to take 17 wickets in a match (for Cambridge Town against Cambridge University) and is today famous for laying out the ground at Cambridge which bears his name;

C. D. Gopinath (1930-), Indian batsman of the 1950s;

Bandula Warnapura (1953-), Sri Lanka’s first Test captain who later joined a rebel tour to South Africa and was banned for life;

Wayne B. Phillips (1958-), Australian wicket-keeper (1983-86);

Salil Ankola (1968-), Indian pace bowler turned actor;

Shahid Afridi (1980-), Pakistani batsman who holds the record for the fastest century in ODI cricket;

Thilan Thusara (1981-), Sri Lankan all-rounder.

In 1921 Australia completed a 5-0 whitewash of England at Sydney. Leg-spinner Arthur mailey took another seven wickets to take his total to 36, a record for Australia in a five-match series against England. Jack Gregory took a record 15 catches in the series.

In 1955 Pakistan and India finished off the first five-Test series to be drawn 0-0 with a rain-affected stalemate at Karachi. This was the start of a 35-year run in which 33 out of 41 Tests between these two sides were drawn.

In 1958 Sir Garfield Sobers completed a score of 365 not out after adding 446 for the second wicket with Conrad Hunte against Pakistan at Kingston. West Indies declared – after Len Hutton’s 364 had been passed – at 790 for 3. This was the highest individual Test score at the time. It has been surpassed on three occasions since, first by Brian Lara (375) in 1993-94, Matthew Hayden (380) in 2003, by Lara again with his historic 400 not out against England in April 2004, and by Mahela Jayawardene (374) in 2006.

In 1992 Australia beat India by one run in a ODI match at Brisbane. Rain rules docked three overs off India’s innings, but only two runs off their target. In the end they needed four off the last ball, but Venkatapathy Raju was run out and Australia won by just one run. This was the second such victory over India, the first being on 9 October 2021 in a World Cup match at Madras, also against Australia.

In 1999 Daryll Cullinan made 275 against New Zealand at Auckland – the highest score in South Africa’s Test history at the time. South Africa hammered 621 for 5 declared, but could not force victory, thanks mainly to the longest duck in Test history: 101 minutes of stoic resistance from Geoff Allot.

In 2001 India’s Ajit Agarkar recorded his seventh successive duck in seven successive innings (with five successive ducks facing only six balls) against Australia in the first Test match at Mumbai. He became the third Indian after B.S. Chanderasekhar (four times) and Bishen Singh Bedi (three times) to get a zero in both innings three or more times. In the same match Australia beat India to win a record 16 consecutive Test matches.

In 2003 India beat Pakistan by six wickets in a World Cup match at Centurion, South Africa. On the same day Bangladesh’s 32-run loss to Kenya at Johnnesburg meant that that they had not won for a record 32-ODIs in a row, stretching back to the 1999 World cup. Of those, 30 were defeats including 23 in a row with the other two rained off. Things have been no better in Test matches – they have lost all but one of their 24 matches, though they fell agonizingly short against Pakistan in September 2003 when Pakistan squeaked home by one wicket in the third Test at Multan.

In 2008 India won the Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur, beating South Africa in a rain-affected final by 12 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method.