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31st Day of December

1929
Peter May, the classy batsman and a successful captain for England, was born on this day. May had a Test average of 46.77. He has a highest score of 285 in a record stand of 411 with Colin Cowdrey at Edgbaston in 1957. He captained England in 41 consecutive Test matches.

1958
Geoff Marsh, the dashing opening batsman for Australia, was born on this day. His opening partnerships with Mark Taylor was the talking point during their playing days. He and Taylor still hold an Ashes record of 329 runs for the first wicket.  

1965
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the leg-spinner who took the world by storm in his youth, was born on this day. At 17, Siva made his Test debut for India against West Indies in Antigua in 1982-83. But he could not live up to people’s expectation and played in only nine Tests. He took 26 wickets at 44.03 each.

1976
Matthew Hoggard, one of the leading bowlers of England, was born on this day. In 67 Tests Hoggard took 248 wickets. He took a hat-trick in Barbados in April 2004 against West Indies.

 

About Poulomi Kundu

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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