On this Day: 10th November in Cricket History

Cricket history is rich with significant moments and remarkable milestones, etching the memory of fans for generations to come. On the 10th of November, several significant events left an indelible mark on the sport.

1991 – Emotional Return: South Africa’s International Match After 21 Years

One of cricket’s most emotional days unfolded in Calcutta as South Africa played their first international match in 21 years against India.

Global opposition to apartheid had seen South African cricket ostracized since 1969-70.

Despite a comfortable victory for India, with Allan Donald announcing himself with a stellar 5 for 29, the match’s significance far exceeded the scoreline.

South Africa’s captain, Clive Rice, summed up the momentous occasion, comparing it to Neil Armstrong’s experience on the moon.

2000 – Bangladesh’s Inaugural Test and India’s Victory

Bangladesh joined cricket’s top table, commencing their first Test against India in Dhaka.

Aminul Islam’s exceptional 145 guided Bangladesh to 400. However, India’s Sourav Ganguly (84) and Sunil Joshi (92) thwarted Bangladesh’s attempt to secure a first-innings lead.

Bangladesh faltered in their second innings, being bowled out for 91, resulting in a nine-wicket victory for India.

2021 – New Zealand’s Semifinal Triumph in the T20 World Cup

New Zealand clinched their third ICC final in three years by defeating England in the T20 World Cup semifinal in Abu Dhabi.

Despite a tight match, New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell and Jimmy Neesham orchestrated a thrilling win, securing a place in the final.

1933 – Seymour Nurse’s Test Debut

Seymour Nurse, born on this day, carved a distinguished Test career, showcasing his mastery with an average of 47 in 29 Tests.

His impactful innings during the 1966 West Indies tour of England solidified his position in international cricket.

2020 – Mumbai Indians’ Dominance in IPL

The Mumbai Indians asserted their dominance by securing their fifth IPL title with a resounding victory over the Delhi Capitals.

Their exceptional performance showcased the Mumbai Indians’ superiority in the T20 cricketing arena.

1902 – Jimmy Sinclair’s Record-Breaking Century

Jimmy Sinclair etched his name in history with the fastest hundred for a South African batter in Cape Town.

His century in just 80 minutes, including six sixes, was a remarkable feat despite the team’s defeat to Australia.

1993 – The Birth of Shai Hope

Shai Hope, born this day in Barbados, became known for his talented cricketing abilities.

Hope’s accomplishments in first-class cricket and Test matches, notably at Headingley in 2019, highlighted his potential as a future star.

2019 – Deepak Chahar’s Record-Breaking Bowling Performance

Deepak Chahar scripted history with the best bowling figures in men’s T20Is, including the first hat-trick by an Indian in the format, in a series-clinching win over Bangladesh in Nagpur.

1984 – West Indies’ Commanding Victory in Perth

West Indies displayed dominance over Australia with a commanding win in the first Test at Perth.

The outstanding bowling performance and superior catching made the West Indies an irresistible force.

2002 – Australia’s Ashes Victory and Hussain’s Costly Decision

Australia secured a comprehensive victory over England in the Ashes. Nasser Hussain’s decision to put Australia in on the first morning was deemed one of the costliest in Test history.

1985 – Birth of Aftab Ahmed

Aftab Ahmed, born on this day, became a notable figure in Bangladesh cricket, making a name as a one-day dasher and a talented bowler.

1998 – Australian Victory Against Pakistan

In a remarkable one-day international, Australia secured a six-wicket victory over Pakistan with all four centurions making significant contributions.

The match resulted in a thrilling win for Australia, equaling the then-highest score to win a one-dayer batting second.

These significant events in cricket history on the 10th of November showcase the sport’s multifaceted and dramatic nature, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of cricket enthusiasts.

Other Birthdays

  • 1918: Martin Hanley (South Africa)
  • 1972: Naeem Ashraf (Pakistan)
  • 1973: Zahid Fazal (Pakistan)
  • 1978: Mafizur Rahman (Bangladesh)

These birthdays highlight the diverse talent and influence of cricketers worldwide, contributing to the rich tapestry of the sport.

Each year on the 10th of November, cricket history witnesses monumental occurrences and birth anniversaries of talented cricketers, enriching the legacy of the sport.

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