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31st Day of January


Mohammad Shahzad, wicketkeeper-batsman of Afghanistan, was born on this day. In his first 11 ODI innings, Shahzad made three hundreds and three fifties. He hit a 67-ball 118 – then the highest T20I score by an Associate batsman – against Zimbabwe in Sharjah in 2016.

A classic Test match between India and Pakistan ended with Pakistan winning by 12 runs. The match was held in Chennai. 18-year-old Shahid Afridi scored 141 to give a lead of 263 for Pakistan. Venkatesh Prasad took 5 for 0 in 18 balls. India were left to chase 271. Sachin Tendulkar made a brilliant 136 but when he was dismissed, India was only 17 runs behind the target. But the tail collapsed and India lost the match.

The first Test in Sharjah was played. This was due to West Indies’ decision of not playing in Pakistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks in USA.

Shahid Afridi was caught biting the ball by TV umpires in the fifth ODI against Australia in Perth. He was banned for two T20s.

Andre Russell of West Indies was banned for a year for repeated violations of a drug-testing clause in 2015.  


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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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