On This Day: 15th January in Cricket History

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and explore some remarkable moments in cricket history that unfolded on this day, January 15.

2023 – India’s Dominance in ODIs: India created history by thrashing Sri Lanka with an astonishing 317-run margin, setting a new record for the biggest ODI win of all time. Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill’s explosive batting contributed to India’s mammoth total of 390 in Thiruvananthapuram. Sri Lanka faltered, managing only 73 runs, with just three batters reaching double figures.

1988 – Narendra Hirwani’s Dream Debut: Nineteen-year-old Indian legspinner Narendra Hirwani made a dream debut against West Indies in Madras. His remarkable match figures of 16 for 136, including eight wickets in each innings, propelled India to a series-levelling victory. This performance surpassed the previous best debut figures by one run, held by Australian Bob Massie.

1895 – Albert Trott’s Fairytale Debut: Albert Trott, playing for both Australia and England, announced his arrival with a stunning debut. Trott’s all-round performance, including figures of 8 for 43 against England in Adelaide, led Australia to a commanding 382-run victory.

1930 – George Headley’s Debut Brilliance: West Indies batting legend George Headley made a fine debut, scoring 176 in the second innings against England in Bridgetown. This ensured West Indies avoided defeat for the first time in their fourth Test match. Headley went on to become one of the game’s greats, averaging nearly 100 per Test.

2012 – Australia’s Dominance Over India: In Perth, Australia secured a 3-0 Test series win over India in less than three days. David Warner’s explosive 180, featuring the fastest Test century by an opener, and Ben Hilfenhaus’s eight-wicket haul, added to India’s woes. This marked India’s seventh consecutive loss in overseas Tests.

2017 – Pakistan’s Spin Strangulation: Pakistan clinched their first international victory against Australia in Australia in 12 years. In an ODI in Melbourne, slow bowlers Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, and stand-in captain Mohammad Hafeez exploited the surface, restricting Australia to 220. Hafeez’s innings of 72 guided Pakistan to victory.

These historic cricket moments on January 15 showcase the diversity and excitement embedded in the sport’s rich tapestry. From record-breaking victories to dream debuts, each event adds to the charm and legacy of cricket.

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