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17th Day of March

1963
Roger Harper, one of Caribbean’s great cricketers, was born on this day. Harper, famous for his fielding capabilities was a popular offspinner for West Indies at his time. His 46 Test wicket came from 25 matches at an average 28.06, the lowest by a West Indies’ spinner.

1966
Andrew Hudson, the South African opener, was born on this day. He was the first South African to make a century on debut, a feat that was not emulated until Jacques Rudolph scored 222 not out against a rather friendlier Bangladesh attack in April 2003. But he made that 163 in nine-hours, a match that is still not found.

1977
The Centenary Test in Melbourne came to an end with Australia beating England by 45 runs – exactly the same margin as in the first Test played on the same ground, 100 years back.

1996
Sri Lanka won the World Cup as underdogs. They had a comprehensive win against Australia in the final in Lahore. Aravinda de Silva made a wonderful 107 not out. He also took three wickets and two catches. Arjuna Ranatunga hit the winning runs with 22 balls and seven wickets to spare.

 

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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