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1st Day of December

1963 Arjuna Ranatunga, the left-handed batsman who has the feat to win the World cup as a captain, was born on this day. The Sri Lankan were among one of the players who had seen Lankan cricket in its nascent stage. Ranatunga debuted in the first-ever Test match of Sri …

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30th Day of November

1928 Don Bradman made his international debut on this day. But it was a low-scoring debut for the Don. Bradman scored only 18 and 1 in his first Test appearance against England in Brisbane. He was only 20 then. It was a day when another Aussie made his debut. Bert …

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29th Day of November

1977 Younis Khan, the dynamic Test batsman, was born on this day. This Pakistani went on to become the highest run-getter for his country when he overtook Javed Miandad’s record in 2015 against England in Abu Dhabi. Younis Khan had a test hundred in his debut in 2000. This No …

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28th Day of November

1919 Keith Miller, one of the finest all-rounder was born on this day. This Aussie was a brilliant batsman and a genuine fast opening bowler. In his second Test match he took 7 for 60 against England as Australia won by an innings and 332 runs in Brisbane in 1946-47. …

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27th Day of November

1983 Desmond Haynes became only the fourth batsman to be given out for handling the ball in Tests, in the fourth Test between India and West Indies, in Bombay. The West Indian could not resist handling a ball from Kapil Dev that was rolling towards the stumps. 1986 Suresh Raina, …

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25th Day of November

1909 Manny Martindale, the short statured genuine quick bowler, was born on this day. The West Indian was only 5 feet 8 inches tall who along with Learie Constantine were the first top-quality West Indian quick bowlers. 1952 Imran Khan, the legendary all-rounder of the game of cricket, was born …

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24th Day of November

1894 Herbert Sutcliffe, the batsman who took the opening position to a different level, was born on this day. The Englishman made a late debut at the age of 29. In 1924-25, he became the first person to hit four hundreds in a Test series despite ending in the losing …

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22nd Day of November

1943 Mushtaq Mohammad, the youngest Test player for Pakistan till date, was born on this day. Mushtaq was only 15 years and 124 days old when he made his debut against West Indies in Lahore in 1958-59. Next year, against India in Delhi, he became the youngest Test centurion 17 …

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21st Day of November

1870 Joe Darling, an outstanding left-hand batsman, was born on this day. The Australian was one of finest captains of the national team. He led the Green Caps to victory in England in 1899 and 1902, and also at home in 1901-02. Under his leadership, Australia lost only four of …

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20th Day of November

1955 Polly Umrigar scored India’s first Test double-century in the first Test against New Zealand, in Hyderabad. He scored 223 in all, after finishing the opening day on 112. Three and a half years later Umrigar scored another double-hundred, this time against Cambridge University, which was for 30 years the …

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