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29th Day of December


Syed Kirmani, one of India’s best wicketkeepers, was born on this day. Kirmani was the first keeper to make five dismissals in a World Cup match, against Zimbabwe in Leicester in 1983. He made 198 Test dismissals. He also made Test centuries against Australia and England.

David Boon, Australia’s brilliant opener, was born on this day. He had a glittering career spanning for 17 years. He played important role in four Ashes series wins, particularly in 1989. He played a flawless innings in the Bicentenary Test of 1988. He the Man-of-the-Match in the 1987 World Cup final.

Saqlain Mushtaq, the gifted off-spinner for Pakistan, was born on this day. Saqlain is the owner of two ODI hat-tricks. He mastered the doosra, a delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with an off-spinner’s action. But his finest moment came in the Test match, at Chennai in 1998-99, when his 10 wickets helped Pakistan beat India by12 runs.

Allan Border, the prolific leader of Australian cricket, made his debut on this day. It was not a memorable debut with Border making a duck in the second innings. But eventually he set Test records for most runs, catches and appearances, and for most consecutive Tests played.

England retained the Ashes in Australia after 24 years.


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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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