Dattu Phadkar, a reliable player in the Indian squad during the 1940s and 50s, was born on this day. Dattu was an attacking lower-middle-order batsman and indefatigable swing bowler.
Yuvraj Singh, the dashing all-rounder whose let hand bat and ball created some major havoc in cricket history, was born on this day. The Indian made a dynamic ODI debut against Australia in Nairobi with 84. An agile fielder, Yuvraj has many match-winning knowk for India. His partnership with Md. Kaif in Natwest Trophy final in 2002 that gave India the treasured trophy is still talked about. Yuvraj matched Garry’s Sobers’ feat of six sixes in an over when he put Stuart Broad’s all six deliveries out of the fences in 2007 World Cup T20 match. He was the Player of the Series in during India’s World Cup triumph in 2011. But soon after the 2011 World Cup, he was diagnosed with cancer, for which he was treated in the USA.
Sunil Gavaskar began what was to be then the longest innings by any Indian batsman in first-class cricket when he made 172 in 708 minutes against England in the second Test in Bangalore.