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27th Day of January


Eddie Barlow and Graeme Pollock partnered to score 341 runs against Australia in Adelaide that remained South Africa’s highest for any wicket in Tests for nearly 40 years. Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith broke it. Barlow hit 201 and Pollock made 175.

Chaminda Vaas, the man who spearheaded the pace attack of Sri Lankan cricket for many years, was born on this day. A cut and swing left-arm bowler, Vaas’ efforts were mostly overshadowed by Muralitharan’s success. But he was a man of all seasons. His 10 for 90 against New Zealand in Napier in 1994-95. Vaas has the greatest one-day figures of all time: 8 for 19 against Zimbabwe in Colombo.

Daniel Vettori, the bespectacled left-arm spinner for New Zealand, was born on this day. Vettori is regarded as the greatest Kiwi spinner till date. He became New Zealand’s youngest cricketer to play Test cricket at 18 years ten days. He also achieved the feat of becoming the youngest spinner to take 100 Test wickets at 21 years 46 days. Vettori is one of only eight players to have managed the double of 300 Test wickets and 3000 runs. But his injuries shortened his career. He finished with 362 Test wickets and 305 ODI wickets.


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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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