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20th Day of November


Polly Umrigar scored India’s first Test double-century in the first Test against New Zealand, in Hyderabad. He scored 223 in all, after finishing the opening day on 112. Three and a half years later Umrigar scored another double-hundred, this time against Cambridge University, which was for 30 years the highest score by an Indian batsman in England.

Chris Harris, the slow medium-arm bowler and batsman, was born on this day. The Kiwi allrounder was New Zealand’s highest wicket-taker in ODIs till Daniel Vettori passed him in 2007. The son of a Test player, Harris starred in New Zealand’s successful 1992 World Cup campaign, taking 16 wickets at 21.

Gundappa Viswanath, the classy batsman, scored century in Test debut against Australia in Kanpur. The India, who was fondly called Vishy started his Test career with a duck but scored 137 in the second innings. Vishy went on to play 90 more Tests, in which he scored another 13 hundreds.

Dion Nash, the right-arm seamer, was born on this day. The Kiwi made his Test debut in 1992-93 and played  total of 32 Tests. But Injury finally forced him to retire early in 2002 at the age of 31.

Nathan Lyon, the prolific off-spinner, was born on this day. The Australian was picked in the Test squad against Sri Lanka in 201. He was one of the few bowlers who took a wicket off his first ball in Test cricket.

Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to make 30,000 international runs, on the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad. In the 44th over of the day, Tendulkar reached the landmark of the bowling of Chanaka Welegedara. It was his 35th run in the innings.

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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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