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26th Day of December

1913
Wilfred Rhodes of England became the first English cricketer to do the double of 100 wickets and 1000 runs when he took his 100th Test wicket against South Africa in Johannesburg.

1935
Rohan Kanhai, the exciting stroke maker for West Indies in the 1950s-60s, was born on this day. Kanhai made his first Test hundred in his 24th innings in Calcutta in 1958-59. He scored 256 in that innings and instantly became a hit among the Indian spectators. Kanhai accumulated 6227 runs in 79 matches.

1985
Steve Waugh, the great Australian captain made his Test debut on this day. Waugh was one of the greatest, mentally toughest, players in the game.

1989
Sanath Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka and Mark Taylor of Australia made their ODI debut in the Benson & Hedges World Series match in Brisbane. Taylor opened for Australia and scored 11. Jayasuriya batted at No. 5 for Sri Lanka and was caught off his fifth ball for 3.

1995
Muttiah Muralitharan was called seven times for throwing the ball. Playing against Australia in Perth, Muralitharan was called by umpire Darell Hair. But when he switched to the other end, New Zealand’s umpire Steve Dunne let him bowl unhindered.

 

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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