When Wally Hammond batted all day for Tom Goddard

Gloucestershire had awarded Tom Goddard a benefit match at his hometown in Wagon Works. However, all seemed doomed when Nottinghamshire were bowled out cheaply on what turned out to be a bowler-friendly track. Then Wally Hammond, seldom hailed as the greatest team-man, rose to the cause. On August 31, 1936, the second day of the match, Hammond carved out 317 of the best runs on a pitch that required tremendous application. Goddard’s benefit match was thus saved, Abhishek Mukherjee looks at a day when a teammate brought the compassionate best in probably the most enigmatic character cricket has witnessed.

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Ranji Trophy final 1990-91: Dilip Vengsarkar cries as Bombay lose to Haryana by a whisker

May 7, 1991. On the final day of the Ranji Trophy final, young Sachin Tendulkar hit a stunning 96 before Dilip Vengsarkar essayed a majestic unbeaten 139. Yet, Haryana clinched the match by 2 runs in a spectacular finish. Arunabha Sengupta recalls the day which saw Vengsarkar break down in tears on the field.

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New Zealand defeat MCC for the very first time

March 8, 1907. A day after Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung met for the first time in one of the most crucial encounters in the history of human thought, a representative New Zealand side took on the touring MCC team for the last match of the tour. Arunabha Sengupta recounts the exciting game that started a new era of cricket in New Zealand.

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Colin Croft shoulder charges umpire Fred Goodall

February 22, 1980. The start of what has gone down in history as the Croft-Goodall Test. After suffering from poor umpiring decisions for one-and-a-half Tests, Colin Croft ran in to bowl, and at the last moment veered away to crash into the back of umpire Fred Goodall. Arunabha Sengupta looks back at the unsavoury incident that stood out even in one of the most acrimonious series ever.

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Jubilee Test: Magnanimous Vishy and Devastating Beefy

Indian captain Gundappa Viswanath, in a sterling display of sportsmanship, recalled Bob Taylor after the batsman had been wrongly declared out by the umpire. However, with Ian Botham’s multi-faceted genius blooming at the other end, it cost India the Golden Jubilee Test that ended on February 19, 1980. Arunabha Sengupta recalls the match at Wankhede in which the great English all-rounder single-handedly demolished the Indians.

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Salim Malik's Eden Blitzkreig

February 18, 1987. Saleem Malik produced a whirlwind of an innings to snatch victory from India’s jaws before a shell-shocked Eden Garden crowd. Malik came in with Pakistan requiring 78 to win. Eighty-one runs had been plundered while he pulverised the Indian bowlers, Malik scoring 72 of them from just 36 balls! Arunabha Sengupta looks back at one of the most astonishing ODI innings of all time.

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