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20th Day of January

1967
Michael John Procter, the immensely talented South African, made his Test debut against Australia in Durban. He took 3 for 27 and 4 for 71 as South Africa comfortably won the third Test. But the political situation in South Africa allowed him to play only seven Tests. He took 41 wickets in those at an average of 15.02.

1977
Paul Adams, referred to as the ‘Frog’ for his unorthodox bowling style, was born on this day. He was South Africa’s youngest Test cricketer making his debut at the age of 18 who wrecked England in his first season in 1995-96. Adams’ action gifted him wickets as the batsmen were often bewildered. But this continued for a couple of years. The batsmen studied him and he suffered for a lack of variety. In his 45 Tests he took 134 wickets and in 24 ODIs he had only 89 wickets.

1980
India achieved their first Test series victory over Pakistan for 27 years. In the fifth Test at Madras, Sunil Gavaskar for almost ten hours to hold the crease and scored 166. The other great, Kapil Dev joined him to play an innings of 84 along with a match figures of 11 for 136.

1883
Billy Bates became the first Englishman to take a Test hat-trick. Bates dismissed Australia’s Percy McDonnell Giffen George and Bonnor George with his round-arm offspin at the MCG. Bates finished with a remarkable match figures of 59.2-28-102-14 in the match.

 

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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