Alan Melville, born May 19, 1910, had one of the most curious careers. He led in all but one of the Tests he played in, overcame incredible injuries, and scored four Test hundreds in consecutive innings with an eight-year interlude in between. Arunabha Sengupta recalls the most graceful batsman of his generation.
Herbie Taylor, the first great South African cricketer since Aubrey Faulkner, was born May 5, 1889. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at a champion of his era who could be compared with any of his contemporaries in terms of stature, led South Africa on either side of World War I, and mastered turf on England and Australia as well as matting wickets in South Africa.
Born May 5, 1911, “Buddy” Oldfield had an excellent Test debut. Abhishek Mukherjeelooks at the man whose Test career was sadly truncated by World War II.
Collie Smith, born May 5, 1933, was an exciting all-round talent who was killed in a car accident at the tender age of 26. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the life and career of the man whose brilliance, according to some, had the glitter and sparkle to match Garfield Sobers.
Civil Servant and Cricketer Sir George Abell had a more distinguished career as the former, but he was a splendid all-round sportsman as well. Pradip Dhole recollects the life and career of the man who was the first to score a double hundred on his Ranji Trophy debut.
Sadiq Mohammad, born May 3, 1945, is the youngest of the famous Mohammad brothers of Junagadh. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at an opening batsman who carried the burden of the Pakistan line-up on his shoulders during their ascent to the top.
David Hookes, born May 3, 1955, was an explosive batsman whose talent never quite lived up to the expectations. Like his career, the life of the man also ended rather needlessly with plenty of promises unfulfilled. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the career and the tragic death of the South Australian cricketer.
Brian Lara, born May 2, 1969, was a genius with the willow, a left-handed legend the likes of whom grace the world once in a generation. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the career of the man who thrilled the spectators around the world while piling runs in amounts seldom seen before.
Sonny Ramadhin, born May 1, 1929, was the first player of Indian origin to play Test cricket for West Indies. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at one half of the spin duo that had once taken the cricket world by storm.
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