Diana Edulji, the foremost left-arm woman spinner for India, was born on this day. Edulji played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs for India between 1976 and 1993. Her best figure came against Australia in Delhi when she took 6 wickets for 64. Edulji was a regular in India’s ODI team. She played three World Cups and her best figure 4 for 12 against England in 1993 World Cup.
Shivlal Yadav, one of the dependable off spinners of India in the 1980s, was born on this day. He was often compared to his illustrious predecessors, but he kept his cool and cemented his place in the Indian team till 1987. Yadav finished his career with 105 wickets in 35 Test matches. At the time of his last Test, his overall figures compared favourably with the best Indian spin bowlers.
Tim May, the offspinner for Australia who made a tremendous duo with Shane Warne, was born on this day. They played in 17 Tests together and shared ten or more wickets in eight of those.
Chris Pringle, the man who formally admitted of tampering the ball in a match against Pakistan, was born on this day. In the match, played in Faisalabad in 1990-91, Pringle took 7 wickets for 52 runs to bowl Pakistan out. In all, he took 11 for 152 in the match. Pringle later admitted to tampering with the ball because he was sure Pakistan were doing it.
One of the narrowest Test victory in the history of cricket was played on this day. West Indies kept their 13-year unbeaten record against Australia intact after they won a tight battle in Adelaide. With the Aussies chasing 186, they were down by 7 wickets for 74 runs. But Justin Langer made a gallant 54 on his debut and Tim May made 42 not out. Australia were at 144 for 9 when Craig McDermott was given out caught behind off Courtney Walsh by Darrell Hair. West Indies won by 1 run.