The spectacularly named Naoomal Jaoomal was born April 17, 1904. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the career of the man who had opened batting for India in their inaugural Test.
Muttiah Muralitharan, born April 17, 1972, is without doubt the greatest cricketer produced by Sri Lanka. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the career of the man who picked up wickets in amounts and rates that were almost preposterous.
Reg ‘Tip’ Foster, born April 16, 1878, still holds the record for the highest score on Test debut. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at the only man to have led England in both cricket and football.
The Worcestershire champion Fred Root was born April 16, 1890. He was one of the earliest to gauge the ill-treatment (especially financial) dished out to the professional cricketer. A supreme strategist, Root was also one of the earliest exponents of leg-theory bowling. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the career of a man whose honest efforts on the field and radical thoughts off it made him one of the most intriguing characters of between-wars cricket.
The valiant John Thayer passed away on April 15, 1912. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the only First-Class cricketer who sunk with the RMS Titanic in the Atlantic Ocean.
Murray Bisset, born April 14, 1876, led South Africa at 22, fought the Boer War, led the first post-War South African team to England, had an outstanding legal career that culminated as the Chief Justice of Southern Rhodesia, acted as interim Governor of Southern Rhodesia twice, and was knighted. Abhishek Mukherjee looks back at a man who donned many a hat, cricket being just one of them.
Craig McDermott, born April 14, 1965, was one of the most successful of Australian fast bowlers whose career was forever plagued by injuries. Arunabha Sengupta looks at the career of the man who ended his playing days as the second highest wicket-taker for Australia after Dennis Lillee.
The genial Geoff Chubb was born April 12, 1911. Making his debut over an age of forty, Chubb had a small yet distinguished Test career. Abhishek Mukherjee looks at the fast bowler with the unlikeliest of appearances.
Vinoo Mankad, born April 12, 1917, was one of the greatest all-rounders ever produced by India. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the career of the man who could walk into any World XI in his prime.
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.
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