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8th Day of February

1952
India got their first Test victory, on their 25th attempt. T came against England in Madras. The Test is marked by Vinoo Mankad’s 12 wickets. Wicket keeper Khokhan Sen made four stumpings in the innings, and five in the match. Both were records until Kiran More stumped West Indies in 1987-88. Pankaj Roy and Polly Umrigar made hundreds in the match.

1963
Mohammad Azharuddin, the hero and villain of Indian cricket, was born on this day. Azhar announced his arrival in Test cricket with three back to back centuries. A master of wristy shots, Azharuddin transformed his bat into a want in his leg side shots. As a fielder, he set an example for the team and remained perfect in that job till his later days. Azharuddin, as a captain, will be remembered for his enormous success in home giving India many series victories. But as things stand, Azhar will now be remembered for his involvement in match-fixing rather than his brilliance with the willow.

1994
Kapil Dev became the highest wicket taker of that time, surpassing Richard Hadlee’s world record of 431 wickets. Kapil took the wicket of  Hashan Tillakaratne taken at short leg by Sanjay Manjrekar in Ahmedabad.

 

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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