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17th Day of March

1963 Roger Harper, one of Caribbean’s great cricketers, was born on this day. Harper, famous for his fielding capabilities was a popular offspinner for West Indies at his time. His 46 Test wicket came from 25 matches at an average 28.06, the lowest by a West Indies’ spinner. 1966 Andrew …

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16th Day of March

1910 Iftikhar Ali Khan, better known as the Nawab of Pataudi senior, was born on this day. He is the only man to play Test cricket for England and India. The Nawab played three Tests for England, including a glittering 102 on debut, in Sydney. His three Tests for India …

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15th Day of March

1877 The Test cricket began on this day. The first match was played between Australia and England, at the MCG. It was awarded Test status subsequently and was originally titled as “All England v A Combined New South Wales and Victoria XI”. Australia’s Charles Bannerman faced the first ball from …

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14th Day of March

1963 Bruce Reid, the tall left-arm Australian pace bowler, was born on this day. Reid played 27 Test matches for India and ended with 113 wickets at an average of 24. In 61 ODIs, he took 63 wickets. His crowning achievement was to take 13 wickets against England at Melbourne …

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13th Day of March

1904 Clifford Roach, the first double-centurion for West Indies was born on this day. 1974 Glenn Turner became the first New Zealander to score two hundreds in a Test. 1985 Denesh Ramdin, the wicketkeeper-batsman for West Indies, was born on this day. He was picked in the national squad for …

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12th Day of March

1938 Vijay Mehra, the youngest Test cricketer for India at that time, was born on this day. He was overtaken by Maninder Singh in 1982-83. An opener, Mehra played two Tests in his debut series but remained out of contention for six years. He came back against England in Calcutta …

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10th Day of March

1971 India won their first Test against West Indies at the 25th attempt in Port-of Spain. Dilip Sardesai’s hundred and half-centuries by Gavaskar and Eknath Solkar gave India a first-innings lead of 138. In the second innings, Sunil Gavaskar hit the winning runs and remained unbeaten at 67. S Venkataraghavan …

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8th Day of March

1928 Jack Hobbs became the oldest man in Test history to score a hundred when he knocked 142 in Melbourne against Australia. He was 46 years and 82 days old. 1931 Neil Adcock, the first South African to get to 100 Test wickets, was born on this day. Adcock took …

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7th Day of March

1934 Nari Contractor, a dependable opener for India, was born on this day. Contractor made his Test debut against New Zealand in Bombay. But his bright cricket career was cut short due to a fatal injury at head from a ball of Charlie Griffith in Bridgetown in 1961-62. His skull …

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6th Day of March

1956 Peter Roebuck, perhaps the most famous cricket writers, was born on this day. He played 335 first-class matches and 298 List A matches for Somerset ut never played for England. Later he became a distinguished cricket writer. Roebuck died in 2011 when he fell to his death from a …

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