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30th Day of January


England recovered their series against Austalia in the form of a burnt bail in an urn. On August 29 1882, England not only were beaten by Australia for the first time in their own country but also lost their first Test Match in England. After the result, journalist Reginald Shirley wrote a mock obituary about the death of English cricket saying: “In affectionate remembrance of English cricket which died at The Oval, 29th August, 1882. The body will be cremated and the Ashes taken to Australia.” The Ashes was born on the back of these comments and England travelled out to Australia in December to “recover their Ashes.”

Hugh Tayfield, South Africa’s greatest spin bowler, was born on this day. Tayfield had a habit of stubbing his toe into the ground before bowling, which gave him the nickname ‘Toey’. His most important match was against England in Johannesburg in 1956-57 when he took 9 wickets for 113 runs. He bowled continuously for 35 overs on the last day of the match. Tayfield preferred to bowl over the wicket, extremely close to the stumps, which gave him the perfect angle for the ball to drift away and break back.

Mitchell Starc, one of Australia’s best left-arm seamer, was born on this day. With quick balls, Starc gets effective bounce from his 1.96m height. This makes the batsmen highly uncomfortable. Starc was at his best during the 2015 World Cup when he finished the joint-highest wicket-taker with 22 wickets and was named Man of the Tournament. He took three five-wicket hauls in his first 17 ODI matches. Starc is also an effective batsman.  

Curtly Ambrose displayed an extraordinary bowling spell when he took 7 wickets for 1 run in 32 balls against Australia at Perth. His haul reduced the Aussies from 85 for 2 wickets to 119 all out.

Kapil Dev equalled Sir Richard Hadlee’s record of 431 Test wickets when he dismissed Don Anurasiri against Sri Lanka in Bangalore.


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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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