Vijay Mehra, the youngest Test cricketer for India at that time, was born on this day. He was overtaken by Maninder Singh in 1982-83. An opener, Mehra played two Tests in his debut series but remained out of contention for six years. He came back against England in Calcutta in 1961-62. He played a total of 8 Tests for India.
An ODI match where records fell like nine pence. Australia made 434 for 4 against South Africa in Johannesberg. It was the first 400-plus total in the history of the game. Ricky Ponting made 164 from 105 balls. Still they lost by one wicket with one ball to spare. Herschelle Gibbs played the knock of his career to score 175 from 111 balls. In all, 87 fours and 26 sixes were struck on the day. Australia’s Mick Lewis returned figures of 10-0-113-0, the worst in ODI history.