George Giffen, born on March 27, 1859, was one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at a legend who was one of the top cricketers of the 19th century.
Rockley Wilson, born March 25, 1879, was a decent cricketer and a singular man.
During the first decade of the 1900s, Bert Vogler, Aubrey Faulkner, Reggie Schwarz and, to a lesser extent, Gordon White, stunned the world by forming a lethal battery of googly bowlers. Their deeds were instrumental in making the world sit up and take notice of South Africa as a third dimension of world cricket. In this four-part series, Pradip Dhole tells us about the googly quartet who came to the fore even as the wrong ’un was still in the formative stages as a bowling weapon.
March 21, 1949. The birth of one of the most graceful left-handed batsmen of West Indies, who carried the team single-handedly during one of the most demanding phases. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the colourful career of Alvin Kallicharran.
Vernon Ransford, born March 20, 1885, was one of the first aesthetic left-handed batsmen to grace the game. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the life and career of the man who unfortunately played his last Test match at the age of 26.
Vintcent van der Bijl, born March 19, 1948, was one of the greatest fast-medium bowlers of all time. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at yet another talented cricketer who did not make it to the top level because of South Africa’s isolation from international cricket because of their Apartheid policy.
Fuller Pilch, born March 17, 1804, was the best batsman of England in his days, and considered to have been the best of all time till the arrival of WG Grace. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the life and career of the man who was the pioneer of front-foot play.
The ruthless, mean Colin Croft was born March 15, 1953. Abhishek Mukherjeelooks back at a great fast bowler whose career came to an unfortunate, premature end.
Lee Irvine, the swashbuckling batsman-wicket-keeper, was born March 9, 1944. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at yet another talented cricketer whose international career ended prematurely due to South Africa’s discriminating policies.
Neil Adcock, born March 8, 1931, was a fast bowler of pace, skill and hostility who formed a lethal combination with the terrifying Peter Heine. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the life and career of the man who became the first South African bowler to claim 100 Test wickets.
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