As usual, we have come up with the interesting events and facts from cricket history that took place on this day, December 12.
1981: Birth of Yuvraj Singh, arguably India’s greatest match winner ever. Yuvraj, when in full flow, can demolish any bowling attack in the world. When he is on song, he can be the worst nightmare for the bowlers. One of the cleanest hitter of the game, Yuvraj is most famous for being the Man of the Series in World Cup 2011 and for hitting six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad.
1958: Subhash Gupte was almost there to equal the record of Jim Laker’s 10 wickets in an innings when Naren Tamhane dropped Lance Gibbs and Gupte finished the innings with 9 for 112.
1996: India’s unbeaten record in home series continued (10th series) with a crushing victory over South Africa thanks to Mohammad
Azharuddin’s scintillating, unbeaten 163. India won the series 2-1.
2003: Ricky Ponting scored a top class century in Adelaide Oval and he went on to make 242 runs. However this innings turned out to be the highest individual score in losing cause.
1995: Mushtaq Ahmed broke through Kiwis’ top and lower middle order as Pakistan registered a comfortable win by 161 runs. Mushtaq took
seven wickets in the second innings (7/56) and Waqar claimed his 200th Test wicket by bowling Nash out. In the process, Waqar equalled
Lillee’s record to become second fastest to 200 wickets (38 Tests).
1884: The first instance when England and Australia had met on even terms at the Adelaide Oval. The match was almost cancelled because of an unseemly dispute between Billy Murdoch and the ground authorities over money.
1980: Malcolm Marshall took 4 for 52 and handed Pakistan their first defeat on home soil in last 21 years.
1925: Birth of Dattu Phadkar, a man who defied the likes of Lindwall and Miller. In India’s inaugural tour of Australia in 1947-48 he
along with Hazare resisted the Aussies bowling attack with utmost courage and he scored 314 runs overall in the series at an astonishing average of 52.33.
1919:Birth of Bhausaheb Nimbalkar the man who challenged Don’s record.His 443* is the highest and only quadruple made by Indian in first class cricket.
2009: Yuvraj Singh celebrated his 28th birthday in style as India became only the second team to successfully chase more than 200 in a
T20 international. He followed up his three-wicket haul with a fiery 60 off 25 balls to help India home in a high-scoring match.
1954: Birth of tragic Wilf Slack, the Middlesex and England left-handed opener who collapsed and died while batting in Banjul.
Do you know of any such remarkable incident that did not make our list? Let us know in the comments below.