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16th day of November



James Southerton, the oldest man to make a Test debut, was born on this day. The Australian made his first test appearance at 49 years and 119 days in Melbourne in March 1877 against England.


Charlie Turner, the man known as The Terror, was born on this day. The Australian seamer took his 101 Test wickets at a startling average of 16.53. Turner took 6 for 15 on debut against England in Sydney in 1886-87.


Chris Balderstone, one of the few men to play Test cricket and League football in recent decades, was born on this day.  The Englishman played cricket for Yorkshire and Leicestershire, and football for Huddersfield, Carlisle and Doncaster. He was a batsman and a useful left-arm spinner, who played his only two Tests against West Indies in 1976. He went on to become a Test umpire between 1993 and 1996.


India clinched the first series against arch rival Pakistan by winning the decisive third test by ten wickets. With the final two Tests drawn, India won the series 2-1. Left-arm spinner Vinoo Mankad completed the Test double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in only his 23rd match. It was a record until 1979, when Ian Botham managed it in his 21st.


Waqar Younis, the finest reverse swing bowler of the game, was born on this day. The Pakistani was at his best in the early 1990s. He took 109 wickets over a three-year period at an average of 18.07 and the incredible strike rate of 33.55 balls per wicket. He later became captain of Pakistan and after retirement, Waqar coached Pakistan.


Chris Tavaré, played one of he most boring inning in cricket history in Perth against Australia. The Englishman took 63 minutes to get off the mark and throughout the day he made 9 from 82 balls. Later he was stuck on 66 for 90 minutes. His score was 89 in that inning.


Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev, both had an important match in their career against West Indies in Ahmedabad. In the third test of the series, Gavaskar overtook Geoff Boycott as the top run scorer in Test history, in the course of his first-inning 90. Kapil Dev in his course of 9 for 83 became the tenth person and the first captain to take nine wickets in a Test innings.


Sachin Tendulkar, retired from cricket at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium, after a glittering international career that spanned 24 years. The Indian ended his career with 15921 test runs and 18426 one-day runs. 

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