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2nd Day of February

1968 Aminul Islam, the Bangladeshi cricketer who made a century in his country’s inaugural Test, was born on this day. He achieved this feat against India in Dhaka in November 2000. He made 145 and became the third person to do so, after Australia’s Charles Bannerman and Zimbabwe’s Dave Houghton. …

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31st Day of January

1988 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. 1999 A classic Test …

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30th Day of January

1883 England recovered their series against Austalia in the form of a burnt bail in an urn. On August 29 1882, England not only were beaten by Australia for the first time in their own country but also lost their first Test Match in England. After the result, journalist Reginald …

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29th Day of January

1951 Andy Roberts, the great fast bowler for West Indies, was born on this day. Roberts was famous for his deadly bouncers and his pace came from timing. There was very little emotion in his face. In 47 Test matches, Roberts took 202 wickets. He famously blew India away in …

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27th Day of January

1964 Eddie Barlow and Graeme Pollock partnered to score 341 runs against Australia in Adelaide that remained South Africa’s highest for any wicket in Tests for nearly 40 years. Herschelle Gibbs and Graeme Smith broke it. Barlow hit 201 and Pollock made 175. 1974 Chaminda Vaas, the man who spearheaded …

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Shubhankar Sharma wins PGTI season-ending championship

India’s latest golf sensation, Shubhankar Sharma, won the PGTI season-ending championship at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club. In a one shot thrilling finish, Shubhankar prevailed over Rashid Khan to snatch Rs 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship 2017. Trailing by two shots till the 14th hole, Shubhankar turned it around …

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26th Day of January

1954 Diana Edulji, the foremost left-arm woman spinner for India, was born on this day. Edulji played 20 Tests and 34 ODIs for India between 1976 and 1993. Her best figure came against Australia in Delhi when she took 6 wickets for 64. Edulji was a regular in India’s ODI …

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23rd Day of January

1946 Asif Masood, the right-arm fast-medium bowler, was born on this day. He played for Pakistan quite for almost 7 years after making his debut in 1968-69 against Pakistan.  He played 16 Tests, with 5 for 111 at Edgbaston in 1971 as his best figure. 1948 Don Bradman scored his …

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22nd Day of January

1921 Andy Ganteaume, the man who played one Test and has the highest Test average, was born on this day. Ganteaume made 112 for West Indies against England in Trinidad in 1947-48. He never played a Test after that and thus had an average of 112. 1970 Barry Richards, whose …

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20th Day of January

1967 Michael John Procter, the immensely talented South African, made his Test debut against Australia in Durban. He took 3 for 27 and 4 for 71 as South Africa comfortably won the third Test. But the political situation in South Africa allowed him to play only seven Tests. He took …

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