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27th Day of December

1936
Phil Sharpe, the English cricketer famous for his close-in fielding, was born on this day. A brilliant slip fielder, Sharpe held an amazing catch off a ferocious cut by Joey Carew of West Indies.

1940
David Shepherd, the person who was eternally favourite among players and spectators in spite of not being an international player, was born on this day. Shepherd was an umpire who officiated in six World Cups (1983-2003), including three finals. The Englishman never played a Test match but was an umpire in 92 matches. Some of his superstitions became famous like the gull-like one-legged stance and assorted hops and skips when a team scored the dreaded Nelsons of 111, 222, 333 etc.

1981
Dennis Lillee took his record-breaking wicket on this day. As Lillee scalped Larry Gomes of West Indies in Melborne, he overtook Lance Gibb’s record of 309 wickets set in 1975-76.

 

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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