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5th Day of March

1921 Nazar Mohammad, Pakistan’s first Test centurion, was born on this day. He played only five Tests and all against India in 1952-53. 1963 Eddo Brandes, the Zimbabwean seamer who was famous for his chicken farm, was born on this day. Brandes seamed the ball with ease and was successful …

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3rd Day of March

1939 The Timeless Test began in Durban between England and South Africa. The Test lasted for 11 days but ended without result. There were 1981 runs, six centuries and two rest days. 1939 Motganhalli Jaisimha, famously known as M L Jaisimha, was born on this day. He opened both batting …

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2nd Day of March

1974 Greg Chappell recorded the best aggregate in a single Test by scoring 247* and 133 against New Zealand at Wellington. Graham Gooch broke that record in 1990. This match remains the only one instance when two brothers scored a century in the same innings. Ian Chappel made 145 and …

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28th Day of February

1946 Graham Vivian, the New Zealand allrounder who made his first-class debut in a Test match, was born on this day. It was a unique case of debut when Vivian was only 19. He made 43 against India in Calcutta. 1951 Karsan Ghavri, the utility cricketer of the 1970s, was …

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27th Day of February

1944 Graeme Pollock, who would have perhaps created many records but the political situation did not allow him to do so, was born on this day. He played only 25 Tests for his country before South Africa was suspended from cricket. He made two hundreds in his first series against …

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25th Day of February

1938 Farokh Engineer, a brilliant batsman and a stylish wicketkeeper, was born on this day. His average was 31 in 46 Tests which he played for India. 1971 Stuart MacGill, a brilliant spinner but who lost his career to controversy, was born on this day. He took 208 wickets in …

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19th Day of February

1980 Ian Botham became the first man to score a century and take ten wickets in a Test. It was the Golden Jubilee Test against India in Bombay. Botham took 6 for 58 and 7 for 48 in the two innings. With the bat he made 114. 1999 Sachin Tendulkar …

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18th Day of February

1927 Fazal Mahmood, Pakistan’s first world-class quick bowler, was born on this day. He took 139 wickets in 34 Test matches. His best performance came at The Oval in 1954 against England. he took 6 for 53 and 6 for 46 in Pakistan’s first win over England. 1977 Joel Garner …

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17th Day of February

1982 Sri Lanka played their first Test match. It was against England at Colombo. England won the match by 7 wicket.   1984 AB de Villiers, considered as one of the greatest of this generation, was born on this day. A fine rugby player, golfer and tennis player, AB chose …

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16th Day of February

1904 Ellis Achong, the father of Chinaman bowling, was born on this day. He was the first cricketer of Chinese extraction to play Test cricket, appearing for West Indies in six matches against England and taking eight wickets at 47.25. In the second Test at Old Trafford in 1933, Achong …

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