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24th Day of November

1894
Herbert Sutcliffe, the batsman who took the opening position to a different level, was born on this day. The Englishman made a late debut at the age of 29. In 1924-25, he became the first person to hit four hundreds in a Test series despite ending in the losing side. England lost the series 1-4 to Australia. Sutcliffe, along with Jack Hobbs, formed England’s best ever opening partnership.

1932
Fred Titmus, a fine off-spinner, was born on this day. The Englishman was famous for his flight  by which he took maximum wickets. He could bat too, and opened the batting for England on more than one occasion in an emergency.

1952
Brijesh Patel, the right-hand middle-order batsman, was born on this day. This Indian cricketer was an outstanding fielder normally covering areas around cover and point. Patel played in 21 test matches with a batting average of 29.45. His highest test score was 115 not out. He has a record of being a player who has never gone for a duck.

1955
Ian Botham, one of the greatest all-rounders of world cricket, was born on this day.  It is difficult to evaluate the contribution of this Englishman, the most prominent is his Ashes-winning three-card-trick in 1981. Botham had a prolific career where he notched 5200 runs and 383 wickets in tests. In ODIs too, he faired quite well with 2113 runs and 145 wickets. It is quite an unknown fact the Ian Botham was also a talented footballer. He made 11 appearances in the Football league for the club Scunthorpe United. He was knighted in 2007.

1969
Romesh Kaluwitharana, better known as the ‘pocket dynamo’, was born on this day. This Sri Lankan cricketer revolutionized the pinch hitting formula in the opening slot of one-day cricket , along with Sanath Jayasuriya.

1982
Amit Mishra, the leg spinner who took 5 wickets in his debut, was born on this day. The Indian was the sixth Indian to achieve this feat

1989
Sachin Tendulkar, at 16 years 214 days, became the youngest man to make a Test fifty when he stroked 59 in the second Test between India and Pakistan in Faisalabad.

 

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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