Harsha Bhogle was born on July 19, 1961
WG Grace, the Father of Cricket.
He was the greatest cricketer of his era, by far. And one of the greatest ever.
But, even away from the cricket field, WG Grace, the country doctor and the exemplary Victorian, was larger than life and as entertaining. Here are a few glimpses into his life away from cricket.
Cricket World Cup 2019: The Knighthood
Apr 2, 2011. India win the World Cup.
April 1. In 1957, David Gower was born. Seven years down the line, John Morris saw the light of the day. The two together indulged in a joy-ride with rather far-reaching consequences.
Ides of March, 1877. The first ever Test match commenced on that day.
Mar 14, 1981, Barbados. Michael Holding bowls the most blistering over ever to Geoff Boycott.
March 10, 1985. India prove that the 1983 World Cup win had not been a fluke by winning the Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
Mar 10, 1970. The great South African side play their final Test before isolation.
May 9, 1998. Sachin Tendulkar decimates Shane Warne at Chennai.
March 8, 1992. Jonty Rhodes takes off to run out Inzamam-ul-Haq.
March 7, 1987. Sunil Gavaskar gets to 10,000 Test runs
March 5, 1994. Shane Warne and Andrew Hudson almost come to blows.
Mar 4, 1992. Javed Miandad goes the kangaroo way
March 3, 2009. Sri Lankan cricket bus is attacked by terrorists.
March 1, 1958. Garry Sobers scores 365*.
March 1, 2003. Sachin Tendulkar essayed a 75-ball 98 that won India a crucial World Cup encounter against Pakistan at Centurion.
Feb 28, 1981. Robin Jackman’s South African connections led to the cancellation of the Georgetown Test
Feb 25, 1975. Ewen Chatfield visits the doorstep of death
February 25, 2001. Don Bradman passes away at 92.
Feb 24, 2010. Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to score a double hundred in One Day Internationals.
Feb 23, 2002. Adam Gilchrist hits what was then the fastest double hundred in Test cricket.
Feb 22, 1980. When Colin Croft rammed his shoulder into umpire Fred Goodall.
February 20, 1957. Hugh Tayfield captured 9 for 113 to clinch a thriller against England.
Feb 20, 2016. The Baz Blizzard before bowing out. Brendon McCullum refused to go quietly. He had a blast.
February 19, 1999. India seemed to be cruising to a comfortable victory when Sachin Tendulkar collided with Shoaib Akhtar and was ruled run out by the third umpire. What transpired was ugly, uncouth and one of the worst smudges in the sketchy history of the Eden Gardens crowd.
Feb 18, 1986. Mike Gatting receives the perfume ball
Feb 17, 1982. Sri Lanka took their first step in Test cricket
Valentine’s Day 1896. George Lohmann devastated the South African batsmen with 8 wickets for 7 runs.
February 10, 2003. Andy Flower and Henry Olonga sport black arm-bands.
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Ivo Bligh, the protagonist of cricket’s most epic love story, was born on Mar 13, 1859
Harmanpreet Kaur was born on March 8, 1989
Phil Edmonds, left-arm spinner and multi-millionaire businessman, was born on March 8, 1951
Neil Adcock, the first South African bowler to get to 100 Test wickets, was born on March 8, 1931.
Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor r was born on March 8, 1984
Willie Watson, England’s most successful double international, was born on Mar 7, 1920
Viv Richards, the West Indian great, was born on March 7, 1952
Mar 4, 1967. Birth of Daryll Cullinan
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Ted Peate, the clown cricketer who turned one of the great Yorkshire left-arm spinners, was born on March 2, 1855
Graeme Pollock, the majestic South African southpaw, was born on February 27, 1944
Everton Weekes, probably the classiest of Ws, was born on February 26, 1925
Farokh Engineer, the stalwart Indian keeper-batsman, was born on February 25, 1938
George Bonnor, the great Australian hitter, was born on February 25, 1855
February 25, 1914. Birth of John Arlott, the Voice of Cricket
February 24, 1931. The birth of the inimitable Brian Close.
Derek Randall, the sparkling livewire, was born on February 24, 1951
James Lillywhite, the first Test captain of England, was born on February 23, 1842