Since the invention of the game, every single day produces some great performances, gives birth to some of the finest cricketers and a few of them find a special place in the pages of Cricket history. We list some of the notable events that took place on 8th December, over the years.
- 1959: Dwight Eisenhower became the only American president in the cricket history to watch a Test match, way back in 1969 Karachi Test when Pakistan took on Australia.
- 2011:Virender Sehwag scored the fastest ever double century in ODI history. His tally of 219 helped India to post their highest score in a one-day international. India posted 418/5 after the end of 50 overs.
- 2001: Chaminda Vaas bowled the best bowling spell in ODI history. He took 8 wickets (8/19) as Zimbabwe were bundled out for 38, the then lowest total in ODI .In due course he also became Sri Lanka’s first cricketer to take hat-trick in limited over cricket.
- 1987: Patterson took 6 wickets for 29 to help West Indies to defend the small total of 203.At one stage India was struggling at 31/5 but heroic inning from Kapil 87, off 64 balls kept the match alive. In the end West Indies won the match by 10 runs.
- 1927: Jack Meyer took 16 for 188 for Europeans in their Bombay Pentangular Tournament match against Muslims and it remains one of the greatest performances in Indian domestic cricket.
- 1987 – Gatting-Rana faceoff: Mike Gatting informed Salim Malik, the non striker, that he was changing field placement (bringing David Capel from long-leg). Technically, the move was legal but Shakoor Rana, the square leg umpire, suddenly bawled out “stop, stop” as Hemmings delivered the ball. When Gatting inquired about it, Rana said: “You’re waving your hand. That’s cheating.” The outcome of this event was that there was no third day play.
- 1992 – A blessing in disguise: Mark Taylor had to lead the side in the place of the injured Border. It was a low scoring encounter in one of the most unplayable pitches of modern times. Batting first, Australia were bundled out for paltry 101 but the uneven bounce, double pace track with great slip fielding from “Tubby” restricted West Indies to 87. Taylor was declared Man of the Match for taking four catches.
- 2013: Hashim Amla became the fastest (81 innings) batsman to reach 4000 ODI runs, breaking the previous record of Vivian Richards.
- 1914: “The Black Prince” Ernie Toshack who was the part of 1948 Invincible side was born on this day. His 6 wicket-haul for merely 51 runs against MCC at Lord’s was rated by Bradman as his best performance. One of the fighting character you will ever encounter, Toshack was wheelchair-bound for months after a ruptured appendix in 1938 but he overcame all the hinderance to become one of the greats.