On this day – December 16 : Turning the pages of Cricket History
1997: 150 km apart two great performances in Women Cricket shook the world. B Clark became first cricketer to score double century in limited over international cricket as she scored breathtaking 229 against Denmark Women at Bandra ,Mumbai. The match also witnessed the second 400 runs score in 50 over international cricket.The first 400 runs score by men took almost a decade time. C Edwards taking a cue from Clark’s batting blasted 173 runs(second highest till date) against Ireland Women at Poona.
2006: The Proteas, having no answer to Sreesanth’s pace and seam movement, were bowled out for 84 runs. Sreesanth took five wickets for forty runs as India went to win their first Test in South Africa.
1882: Birth of the man who bridged the gap between the batsmanship of W. G. Grace and Sir Don Bradman. Hobbs could dispatch good length
balls like half volley with his exceptional footwork. He being one of most technically sound batsman to play the game, no one ever played better than him on wet pitches. In short if you want a word for any conventional strokes then is no alternative to “Hobbs Class”. He was also an outstanding fielder at cover point .
1927: Don Bradman made his first class debut for New South Wales against South Australia on his home ground, celebrating his arrival with fine century.
1952: Birth of “Big Bird” Joel Garner.The man who was a terror for batsmen on field but friendly off the field. His spell of 5/4 in eleven balls demolished the English lineup as West Indies retained the Prudential Cup.
1946: Barnes scored a majestic 234 against England In Sydney. He and Bradman(234) put on world record 405 runs for the fifth wicket.
1975: The Australians’ strategy to play on a very fast pitch backfired. Andy Roberts demolished Australian lineup with his raw pace at the fast and bouncy track of WACA. His seven wicket haul helped West Indies to win the match by an innings and 87 runs.
1959: Kotla fourth day pitch provided great assistance to spin bowling as Benaud’s leg spin and Kline left-hand chinaman handed India an innings and of 127 runs defeat .
1980: Birth of the most prolific spinner in Test cricket from Pakistan -Danish Kaneria. He is arguably the best wrist spinner after great Abdul Qadir to come from Pakistan.