On This Day: 17th December in Cricket History

Cricket history is a treasure trove of memorable moments, legendary performances, and milestones. On this day, December 17, several significant events unfolded, spanning various decades. Let’s take a journey through time and revisit some notable occurrences in the world of cricket.

2012 – England Ends 28-Year Wait in India

In 2012, Alastair Cook, newly appointed as captain, led England to victory in India, ending a 28-year wait. Cook’s remarkable contribution of 562 runs, including three centuries, played a pivotal role in England winning the series 2-1. The third Test in Kolkata saw England leveling the series, and the team clinched the victory in Nagpur. Bowlers James Anderson and Monty Panesar starred, taking 47 wickets between them in the series.

1992 – Birth of Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock, the dynamic South African wicketkeeper-batsman, was born on this day in 1992. De Kock burst onto the scene with three consecutive one-day hundreds in 2013 and continued to make significant contributions. His aggressive style and consistent performances across formats established him as a key player for South Africa. De Kock also holds the record for the highest ODI partnership by a South African pair, along with Hashim Amla.

1984 – England Squares Series in India

In 1984, England squared the series in India with an eight-wicket win in the second Test in Delhi. Despite the challenge posed by leggie Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Tim Robinson’s magnificent 160 anchored England’s first innings. Phil Edmonds and Pat Pocock, the experienced duo, combined to trouble India’s batting lineup.

2013 – Australia Regains Ashes in Perth

Australia regained the Ashes in 2013 after completing a dominant performance against England in Perth. Mitchell Johnson’s scorching spells, yielding 23 wickets in three Tests, played a crucial role in Australia’s triumph. Despite a defiant century by Ben Stokes, Australia’s players celebrated the urn’s return at the WACA Ground.

1933 – Lala Amarnath’s Historic Century

Lala Amarnath etched his name in history by scoring India’s first Test century on debut against England in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1933. Although India suffered a defeat, Amarnath’s innings of 118, featuring 21 fours, marked the beginning of an illustrious career.

1992 – Phil Simmons’ Spectacular Bowling

Trinidad’s Phil Simmons delivered a staggering bowling performance in 1992, securing amazing figures of 4 wickets for 3 runs in a World Series match against Pakistan. His economical spell remains the most economical for a completed ten-over spell in ODIs.

1946 – Barnes and Bradman’s Record Partnership

At the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1946, Sid Barnes and Don Bradman established a new fifth-wicket Test partnership record of 405. The duo’s extraordinary innings, each scoring 234, set a record for first-class cricket and remains one of the highest partnerships in Test history.

1974 – Jeff Thomson’s Dominance

In 1974, Jeff Thomson continued his dominance as Australia defeated England in Perth. Thomson’s seven-wicket haul contributed to Australia’s 2-0 series lead, eventually winning 4-1.

1979 – Charlotte Edwards’ Birth

Charlotte Edwards, a trailblazer in women’s cricket, was born in 1979. She captained England to multiple successes, including retaining the Ashes, winning the 50-over World Cup, and leading the team to the inaugural World T20 victory.

1958 – West Indies Victory in Kanpur

West Indies secured a big victory against India in 1958 in the second Test in Kanpur. Garry Sobers’ magnificent 198 and Wes Hall’s exceptional bowling performance played pivotal roles in West Indies’ success.

1881 – Birth of Aubrey Faulkner

Aubrey Faulkner, born on this day in 1881, was a versatile South African all-rounder. His remarkable contributions with both bat and ball earned him a place among the cricketing greats.

1914 – Mushtaq Ali’s Test Debut

Mushtaq Ali, the graceful Indian batter, made his Test debut on this day in 1914 against England in Bombay. While India suffered a defeat, Mushtaq Ali’s century marked the emergence of an Indian legend.

1992 – Phil Simmons’ Record-Breaking Bowling

Phil Simmons’ incredible bowling figures of 4 wickets for 3 runs in a World Series match against Pakistan in 1992 remain the most economical for a completed ten-over spell in ODIs.

1946 – Barnes and Bradman’s Record Partnership

Sid Barnes and Don Bradman’s partnership of 405 runs at the Sydney Cricket Ground in 1946 set a new fifth-wicket Test record. Their remarkable innings remains one of the highest partnerships in Test cricket.

1974 – Jeff Thomson’s Dominance Continues

In 1974, Jeff Thomson’s seven-wicket haul in Perth contributed to Australia’s victory over England, securing a 2-0 series lead.

1979 – Birth of Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards, a pioneering figure in women’s cricket, was born in 1979. Her leadership led England to multiple victories, including retaining the Ashes and winning the 50-over World Cup and the inaugural World T20.

1958 – West Indies Triumph in Kanpur

West Indies claimed a significant victory against India in the second Test in Kanpur in 1958. Garry Sobers’ stellar innings of 198 and Wes Hall’s exceptional bowling played key roles in West Indies’ success.

1881 – Aubrey Faulkner’s Birth

Aubrey Faulkner, born on this day in 1881, was a versatile South African all-rounder. His remarkable contributions with both bat and ball earned him a place among the cricketing greats.

1914 – Mushtaq Ali’s Test Debut

Mushtaq Ali, the graceful Indian batter, made his Test debut on this day in 1914 against England in Bombay. Although India faced a defeat, Mushtaq Ali’s century marked the birth of an Indian legend.

1992 – Charl Langeveldt’s Hat-Trick

Charl Langeveldt, a cricket-playing prison guard, was born on this day in 1974. He became known for his ability to swing the ball at genuine pace. Langeveldt’s memorable moment came in 2005 when he took a hat-trick to give South Africa a one-run win against Pakistan in Barbados.

1964 – Barbara Daniels, a World Cup Winner

Barbara Daniels, born in 1964, was a prominent figure in women’s cricket. She played a crucial role in England’s World Cup triumph in 1993 and later worked for the ECB as their first National Manager of Women’s Cricket.

Other birthdays on December 17:

  • 1910: Keki Tarapore (India)
  • 1933: Bruce Morrison (New Zealand)
  • 1946: Albert Padmore (West Indies)

Cricket history on December 17 is a rich tapestry of achievements, records, and the birth of cricketing legends that have left an indelible mark on the sport.

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