Sir Gajapatairaj Vijaya Ananda, the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, one of the most controversial Indian Test cricketer, was born on this day. Vijaya Ananda captained India on their disastrous 1936 tour of England. He sent the Lala Amarnath home controversially, ended the Test careers of CK Nayudu and Wazir Ali, and ordered one of his openers to run the other out in a Test.
The first day of the first women’s Test was played on this day. The Test was between Australia and England in Brisbane. Australia were bowled out for 47. Myrtle Maclagan took 7 for 10. England went on to win by nine wickets.
Intikhab Alam, the man who took a wicket with his first ball in Test cricket just at the age of 17, was born on this day. He took his first wicket at Karachi against Australia. Alam was also a dependable lower-order batsman who hit a hundred against England in Hyderabad in 1972-73.
Indian batting maestro Sunil Gavaskar scored his 30th Test century, breaking the record set by Don Bradman back in 1948. He achieved this feat against West Indies in Madras.