Cricket has witnessed remarkable moments on November 15th throughout its storied history. From the debut of future legends to record-breaking performances, this date has left an indelible mark on the cricketing timeline.
1989 – Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis Debut in Karachi:
In the first Test between Pakistan and India in Karachi, two modern greats took center stage. Sachin Tendulkar, at the tender age of 16 years and 205 days, made his debut, becoming the third-youngest Test cricketer at the time. However, his dismissal for 15 by Waqar Younis, also making his debut at 17 years and 364 days, hinted at the promise and talent these two would showcase in the years to come.
1992 – Pravin Amre’s Debut Ton in Durban:
India’s Pravin Amre made an impressive debut century in Durban against South Africa, marking the first home Test for the Proteas in 22 years. Despite Amre’s heroics, the match ended in a draw. Notably, this Test saw the debut of Omar Henry, the first non-white South African cricketer, and introduced the third umpire for line decisions.
1947 – Don Bradman’s 100th First-Class Hundred:
Legendary batsman Donald Bradman notched his 100th first-class hundred, scoring 172 for an Australian XI against the touring Indians in Sydney. Despite Bradman’s century, India emerged victorious in the match, thanks to Vinoo Mankad’s remarkable figures of 12-0-84-8. Bradman’s career spanned 117 centuries in 338 innings, an astonishing achievement.
1903 – Birth of Stewie Dempster – New Zealand’s First Great Batter:
Stewie Dempster, the first great New Zealand batter, was born on this day. Though he played only ten Tests, Dempster averaged over 65. His sensational innings, including a partnership with Jack Mills that yielded New Zealand’s highest partnership against England, left an indelible mark on Kiwi cricket.
2016 – South Africa’s Historic Victory in Hobart:
South Africa secured their first-ever series win in Australia with an innings victory in Hobart. Despite missing key players, including AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn, South Africa dominated the match. Vernon Philander’s brilliant bowling on day one set the tone, while Kyle Abbott and Quinton de Kock played pivotal roles in South Africa’s historic win.
Other Notable Events on November 15th:
- In 1968, English cricketer Peter Martin made his debut, eventually becoming a revelation in South Africa.
- In 1997, New Zealand faced a humiliating defeat, being skittled for 82 by Victoria in a tour match in Melbourne.
- Shayne O’Connor, the tall and lean New Zealand left-armer, was born on this day in 1973. Known for his inswing, O’Connor had a successful but injury-plagued career.
- Indian allrounder Mamatha Maben, born in 1970, played a key role in women’s cricket, featuring in four Tests and 40 ODIs.
As we celebrate these cricketing milestones and birthdays, November 15th remains etched in the annals of cricket history.