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18th Day of January

1972
Vinod Kambli, the child prodigy who seemed to overcome many records, was born on this day. Kambli started playing school cricket early and with Sachin Tendulkar shared many memorable partnership. He was considered to be a horse for long race but could not meet up to the expectation and went into oblivion. Kambli scored two double-hundreds in his first four Tests at an average of 54.  

1977
Pakistan achieved their first Test victory in Australia. They defeated Australia by 8 wickets.  Imran took 12 wickets in the match and Sarfraz Nawaz took 6. Asif Iqbal made a crucial 120.

1998
India defeated Pakistan in the Independence Cup final at Dhaka overpassing 316, the highest total at the time to win a one-dayer batting second. Sourav Ganguly hammered 124 and Robin Singh made 82.

2015
AB de Villiers scored the fastest ODI hundred in just 31 balls against West Indies in Johannesburg. It was just a year after New Zealand’s Corey Anderson broke the record for the fastest ODI hundred getting in 36 balls. AB also broke the record for the fastest fifty. He reached there in just 16 balls one ball less than Sanath Jayasuriya took in 1996. His compatriot Hashim Amla and Rilee Rossouw also made hundreds in the game. It was the first occasion when three triple-figure scores were made in an ODI innings.

 

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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