On this day – December 14 : Turning the pages of Cricket History

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Cricket history is an interesting topic of research for many scholars of the game. Here are some incidents that took place on this day, December 14.

1977: Mudassar Nazar scored the slowest century of all time. His hundred came up in 552 minutes. Later Boycott was threatening the record and was comfortably batting on 63 in 345 minutes but then a Jaffa took off his middle stump.

1979: ComBat incident: On the second day of Perth Test at the WACA ground Lillee came out to bat with aluminium bat. Mike Brearley complained to umpires Max O’Connell and Don Weser that the metallic bat was damaging the leather cricket ball. Umpires asked Lillee to change the bat but he was adamant. It was only after Greg interfered the play could resume.

1960: The first tie in the history of Test cricket. Australia chasing 233 against West Indies were 232/8 but then run out of Grout Meckiff with only two balls to go resulted in first tie.

1983: Marshall and Holding bowled fearsome spells as Indian’s were bundled out 90 runs in second innings.West Indies won the match by
an innings and 46 runs. Marshall finished with 6/37 in second innings.

On this day: December 14
On this day: December 14

2003: The Aussies’ nemesis Laxman scored classy 148 runs and with Dravid who went on to score double century put on a mammoth stand of 303 runs for fifth wicket.The stand helped India to recover from 85/4 and put on respectable total. The partnership turned out to be very crucial in the context of match as India went to win the match and take an upper hand in series.

1999: Agarkar started his run of seven consecutive Test ducks, four of them in the first ball against Australia. He shares the world record of most consecutive ducks in Test cricket with the Australian, Holland.

1974: Youngster Richards single handedly destroyed the famed Indian spin attack of Bedi, Prasanna and Venkataraghavan. He notched up 192
runs in his brutal style and announced the first signs of his extraordinary career.

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1993: Wasim and Waqar inhibit the major upset. Zimbabwe were cruising at 135 for 1 but were eventually bowled out for 187. Pakistan won the match by 52 runs as Zimbabwe lost last nine wickets for 52 runs.

1938: Birth of Charlie Griffith man who is best known for fracturing Nari Contractor’s skull. Nari’s life was briefly in danger and finally his career was cut short .

2003: 4,6,6,4,4,4 Lara smashed Peterson for 28 runs in an over and hence setting the world record of most runs off one over.The record was later on equalled by G Bailey (462466) against J.Anderson at Perth.

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