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1963
Arjuna Ranatunga, the left-handed batsman who has the feat to win the World cup as a captain, was born on this day. The Sri Lankan were among one of the players who had seen Lankan cricket in its nascent stage. Ranatunga debuted in the first-ever Test match of Sri Lanka. He led a fierceless side to win the World Cup in 1996 and that too by defeating Australia in Lahore.

1871
Archie MacLaren, the man who has lead England 22 times against Australia, was born on this day. The Englishman hit 109 in his first Test as a captain in Sydney in the series of 1897-98.

1947
The first-ever Test match between India and Australia was played in Brisbrane. Australia bowled India out for 58 in the first innings. Don Bradman made a majestic 185 on the first day. Later, Australia won by an innings and 226 runs.

1940
Mike Denness, the attractive batsman who became an ICC referee post-retirement, was born on this day. He first represented Scotland before moving to England. Denness captained England in 19 of his 28 Tests. During India’s South Africa tour in 2001, Denness (as ICC match referee) disciplined six Indian players, which led to a protest by the Indian board. Eventually the last Test in the series was downgraded to an unofficial match.

1901
George Lohmann, a medium-fast bowler with an astonishing Test average, died on this day. This Englishman was 36 when he died of tuberculosis. Lohmann had a Test record of 112 wickets at an average of 10.75. He had 8 for 7 and 9 for 28 against South Africa in 1895-96.

1948
Sarfraz Nawaz, the tall fast bowler, was born on this day. The Pakistani took 177 wickets in 55 Tests. Sarfraz, along with Imran Khan was a lethal opening bowler combination for Pakistan. It is often said that he was the man who gave Imran Khan the lessons on reverse swing.  

1980
Mohammad Kaif, the captain of U-19 winning side, was born on this day. The Indian led the Under-19 side to victory in the Youth World Cup in 2000. Kaif was a crucial No. 7 batsman for India during the resurrection days of Indian cricket. He was the hero of India’s famous win in the Natwest series final in 2002 against England.

 

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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