On This Day: 11th January in Cricket History

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some remarkable moments in cricket history that unfolded on January 11.

1973 – Sourav Ganguly’s Debut Hundred and Rahul Dravid’s 95:

  • Sourav Ganguly marked his first Test innings with a century at Lord’s in 1996.
  • On the same day, Rahul Dravid, celebrating his birthday, scored 95, narrowly missing a century.
  • The duo later shared a record one-day partnership of 318 runs against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup.

1959 – Hanif Mohammad’s Record-breaking Innings:

  • Hanif Mohammad’s marathon innings for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1959 ended at 499.
  • It surpassed Don Bradman’s record as the highest first-class score at the time.

1994 – Hyderabad’s Massive Declaration:

  • Hyderabad declared at a staggering 944 for 6 against Andhra Pradesh in Secunderabad.
  • Maturi Sridhar (366), Vivek Jaisimha (211), and Noel David (207) were the main contributors.

1998 – Muthiah Muralidaran’s 10-Wicket Haul:

  • Muralitharan took ten wickets in a Test for the first time against Zimbabwe in Kandy.
  • This marked the beginning of his remarkable career, taking more than 20 ten-wicket hauls.

1973 – Max Walker’s Heroics for Australia:

  • In the Sydney Test, Max Walker’s stunning 6 for 15 in 16 overs dismantled Pakistan, helping Australia secure a 3-0 series win.

2023 – Prithvi Shaw’s Record-breaking Innings:

  • Prithvi Shaw’s incredible knock of 379 for Mumbai against Assam in the Ranji Trophy was the second-highest Ranji Trophy score and the second-highest first-class score by an Indian.

1979 – England Retain the Ashes:

  • England retained the Ashes, defeating Australia in Sydney. Australia was bowled out for 111 in the fourth Test.

2021 – India’s Epic Draw in Sydney:

  • India displayed remarkable resistance on the fifth day against Australia to secure a draw, chasing 407 runs.
  • Rishabh Pant’s aggressive 97 and stoic performances by Hanuma Vihari and R Ashwin highlighted the memorable match.

1996 – Phil DeFreitas Opens for England:

  • Phil DeFreitas opened for England in a pinch-hitting role against South Africa, contributing 17 in the chase of 263.

1903 – Birth of South African Opener Jack Siedle:

  • Jack Siedle, South African opener, born on this day in 1903, made a significant impact in Test cricket, including a century in his sixth Test against England.

1927 – Birth of New Zealand Fast Bowler Johnny Hayes:

  • Johnny Hayes, a tall right-arm fast bowler for New Zealand, was born on this day in 1927. Known for genuine pace, he played 15 Tests for his country.

1971 – Sajeewa de Silva’s Five-for on Test Debut:

  • Sri Lankan medium-pacer Sajeewa de Silva took a five-wicket haul (5 for 85) on his Test debut against Pakistan in Colombo in 2002.

These are just a few glimpses of the cricketing history that unfolded on January 11 over the years. Each of these moments contributed to the rich tapestry of the sport we all love.

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