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26th Day of January

1954
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.

1957
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.

1962
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.

1968
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.

1993
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.

 

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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