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17th Day of December

Mushtaq Ali, the stylish opener for India, was born on this day.  He formed a fine opening partnership with Vijay Merchant, and in the second Test in 1936, at Old Trafford, the pair added 203 for the first wicket in 150 breathtaking minutes. His last Test, against England in Madras in 1951-52, was India’s first victory, at the 25th attempt.

Lala Amarnath, the legendary batsman for India, scored the first Test century for India on his debut against England in the first Test in Bombay. Amarnath hit 21 fours in his 118 run innings and had a partnership of 186 runs with C K Nayadu. His landmark achievement was appreciated by the spectators of Bombay with a long loud applause and throwing of hats in the air.

Charlotte Edwards, the winner of ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year 2008, was born on this day. Edwards was the youngest player ever to play for England when she made her debut in 1995 (a record since broken by team-mate Holly Colvin). Edwars also had a record of scoring the then-highest ODI runs of 173* in a World Cup match against Ireland. In March 2006, Edwards was appointed England captain.

Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper-batsman for South Africa, was born on this day. Kock scored three back-to-back one-day hundreds in 2013. In 2015, he scored four hundreds in six innings, two in India and two at home against England. He made his first Test hundred, against England in 2016.

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