Aminul Islam, the Bangladeshi cricketer who made a century in his country’s inaugural Test, was born on this day. He achieved this feat against India in Dhaka in November 2000. He made 145 and became the third person to do so, after Australia’s Charles Bannerman and Zimbabwe’s Dave Houghton.
Sir Richard Hadlee, one of the greatest allrounders of all times, made his Test debut on this day. In the first Test against Pakistan in Wellington,, Hadlee made a not so famous debut as he took only 2 wicket for 112.
Upul Tharanga, Sri Lanka’s noted left-handed opener, as born on this day. In 2006, Tharanga scored two hundreds and a half-century in Sri Lanka’s 5-0 victory against England. But his Test career never took off. He was dropped from the ODI squad for nearly seven years. But Tharanga is a regular in the Sri Lankan ODI squad. He scored three more half-centuries in the 2007 World Cup.