On This Day: 10th December in Cricket History

Cricket, a sport steeped in tradition, has seen countless tales unfold on the stage of time. As we look back on the 10th of December, various events stand out, marking milestones, controversies, and individual brilliance that have left an everlasting impact on the game. Here’s a glimpse into the cricketing annals on this historic day.

1974 – Chris Martin: The Legendary No. 11: In an era where cricketers are expected to be multi-skilled, New Zealand’s fast bowler Chris Martin was a notable exception. Celebrated for his lack of ability with the bat, he earned the nickname “The Phantom.” In 71 Tests, he registered seven pairs and 19 other ducks, highlighting his batting struggles. Despite this, his nagging bowling prowess fetched him 233 Test wickets, placing him third on New Zealand’s wicket-taking list. His best figures of 11 for 180 came in New Zealand’s historic Test victory over South Africa at home in 2004.

1958 – Trevor Bailey’s Stoic Fifty: Australia secured an eight-wicket victory over England in the first Test in Brisbane, where Trevor Bailey’s 357-minute fifty stood out. His patient innings of 68, consuming 425 balls, was a testament to his resilience. The match, Australia’s first televised Test, featured only two batters reaching fifty, with Norm O’Neill’s unbeaten 71 guiding Australia to victory.

2018 – India Ends 10-Year Drought in Australia: In Adelaide, India clinched their first Test victory in Australia in a decade. Cheteshwar Pujara’s gritty hundred steadied India, and the bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and R Ashwin, played a pivotal role. Despite a tense final day, India emerged victorious, winning by 31 runs.

1995 – Stuart Law’s Bittersweet Debut: Stuart Law’s debut for Australia in Perth against Sri Lanka was marked by a classy unbeaten 54. However, it turned out to be his only Test innings. Ricky Ponting, also making his debut, fell just short of a century due to a controversial lbw decision. Michael Slater’s rollicking 219 propelled Australia to an innings-and-36-run victory.

2005 – Sachin Tendulkar’s 35th Test Century: Sachin Tendulkar, the maestro, reached his 35th Test century against Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi. This milestone came nearly a year after equaling Sunil Gavaskar’s record of 34 Test centuries.

2022 – Ishan Kishan’s Record-Breaking ODI Double Century: In Chattogram, records tumbled as Ishan Kishan, replacing the injured Rohit Sharma, blazed his way to the fastest ODI double-century. His 126-ball knock surpassed Chris Gayle’s record, and at 24, Kishan became the youngest player to achieve this feat. Partnering with Virat Kohli, he propelled India to 409, leading to a comprehensive victory over Bangladesh.

1968 – West Indies Triumph in Brisbane: In a classic Test in Brisbane, West Indies triumphed by 125 runs against Australia. Clive Lloyd’s century and Garry Sobers’ 6 for 73 scripted a memorable victory after a startling collapse in Australia’s first innings.

1992 – Asif Mujtaba’s Six Saves Pakistan: In a World Series match against Australia in Hobart, Asif Mujtaba’s six off Steve Waugh secured a tie for Pakistan. This rare turn of events came as 16 runs were scored off Waugh’s last over. Despite the tie, Pakistan faced a challenging tournament and fell short of reaching the final.

1847 – Birth of Harry Boyle: Australian seamer Harry Boyle, born on this day, played a crucial role in the 1882 Ashes Test at The Oval, taking the final wicket in Australia’s seven-run victory.

1988 – Kris Srikkanth’s All-Round Brilliance: Kris Srikkanth’s exceptional all-round performance led India to a four-wicket victory against New Zealand in Vishakapatnam. He took 5 for 27 with the ball and then smashed 70 off 87 balls, showcasing his versatility.

1886 – Major Booth: A Casualty of War: Major Booth, a dashing right-hand batter and brisk fast-medium bowler, born on this day, played twice for England on their 1912-13 tour of South Africa. Unfortunately, his promising career was cut short by the First World War.

Other Birthdays:

  • 1870: Tom McKibbin (Australia)
  • 1933: Gren Alabaster (New Zealand)
  • 1947: Eddie Nicholls (West Indies)
  • 1969: Nadeem Khan (Pakistan)
  • 1969: Darren Berry (Australia)
  • 1971: Manjula Munasinghe (Sri Lanka)
  • 1978: Stephen Peters (England)
  • 1983: Anwar Hossain (Bangladesh)
  • 1985: Talha Jubair (Bangladesh)

These events and personalities from December 10th in cricket history reflect the diverse and captivating nature of the sport, where each day brings forth new stories and records to be celebrated.

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