On This Day: 18th December in Cricket History

Cricket history on December 18 unfolds with a series of remarkable events spanning decades. From record-breaking innings to historic victories, this day has witnessed cricketing milestones that resonate through time. Let’s delve into the annals of cricket history and revisit some noteworthy occurrences on December 18.

1927 – Bill Ponsford’s Quadruple Century

In 1927, Australian cricketer Bill Ponsford etched his name in history by breaking his own world record. Playing for Victoria against Queensland in Melbourne, Ponsford scored a colossal 437, surpassing his previous record of 429 set in 1922. Until Brian Lara’s 400 not out in 2004, Ponsford was the sole batter to score two quadruple-centuries in first-class cricket.

1986 – Birth of Usman Khawaja, Australia’s First Muslim Player

Born on this day in 1986, Usman Khawaja, a Pakistan-born cricketer, made history by becoming the first Muslim to play for Australia. Khawaja’s debut in the Sydney Test against England in 2011 saw him showcasing his skills at No. 3, filling in for the injured Ricky Ponting. Although facing setbacks in his international career, Khawaja’s resilience and impressive performances, including back-to-back hundreds in 2015, contributed to his resurgence and success.

2017 – Australia Regains the Ashes at the WACA

Australia reclaimed the Ashes in 2017, taking less than four weeks to secure victory. The WACA, hosting its final Ashes Test, witnessed Australia’s triumph as Steven Smith’s double-hundred and Mitchell Marsh’s breakthrough 181 propelled the team to a massive total of 662. England, trailing by 127 runs with six wickets in hand on the final day, succumbed to Josh Hazlewood’s brilliant bowling, resulting in Australia’s series win by an innings.

1988 – Australia Wins Women’s World Cup

Australia clinched their third consecutive Women’s World Cup title in 1988, defeating England by eight wickets in the final in Melbourne. Lindsay Reeler’s unbeaten 59 and disciplined bowling ensured Australia chased down the target of 128 with over 15 overs to spare.

2018 – Australia Triumphs at Perth Stadium

Australia won the first Test hosted at Perth’s new venue, the Perth Stadium, beating India by 146 runs. Despite Virat Kohli’s impressive century, Australia’s Nathan Lyon’s exceptional bowling performance secured a crucial victory for the home side.

2022 – Two-Day Finish at the Gabba

The Gabba witnessed only the second two-day Test finish ever played in Australia in 2022. Australia bowled out South Africa for 152, and despite a resilient fightback from South Africa’s seamers, the visitors were bowled out for 99. Pat Cummins took five wickets, and Mitchell Starc achieved his 300th Test wicket. Australia chased down the target, with some drama and assistance from South Africa’s 19 extras.

1960 – ML Jaisimha’s Marathon Innings

In 1960, ML Jaisimha’s innings for India against Pakistan in Kanpur was a marathon effort. Resuming at 0 not out, Jaisimha batted for 505 minutes, managing 54 runs on the third day of the second Test. He was eventually run out for 99, falling just short of a century.

1948 – BB Nimbalkar Stranded on 443

In 1948, BB Nimbalkar was left stranded on 443 in Poona, just ten runs short of Don Bradman’s world record. Kathiawar refused to resume after tea on the third day, forfeiting the match as they were fed up with chasing leather.

1954 – Russell Endean’s Record Score Before Lunch

In Johannesburg, 1954, Transvaal’s Test wicketkeeper Russell Endean achieved a remarkable feat by scoring an unbeaten 197 before lunch. It remains the highest score made before lunch in a first-class match.

1968 – Brian Taber’s Record-Breaking Performance

In 1968, New South Wales wicketkeeper Brian Taber equalled a world record by taking 12 dismissals (nine catches and three stumpings) against South Australia in Adelaide. His remarkable feat stood as the world record until Wayne James managed 13 dismissals in 1995-96.

1910 – Birth of Eric Tindill

Born in 1910, Eric Tindill holds a unique place in cricket history as the only individual to play Test cricket and rugby, in addition to becoming a Test umpire and international rugby referee. Tindill’s versatile career included a Test debut in cricket and participation in the famous “Obolensky’s Match” in rugby.

1931 – Birth of Noel McGregor

New Zealand Test batter Noel McGregor, born in 1931, made his mark with a crucial century in Lahore in 1955-56. He played a significant role in New Zealand’s first Test win away from home, scoring 68 in Cape Town in 1961-62.

1988 – Birth of Imad Wasim

Imad Wasim, born in Swansea in 1988, emerged as a prominent figure in Pakistan cricket. Initially aspiring to emulate Wasim Akram, he transitioned to left-arm slow bowling. Imad Wasim’s leadership led the Karachi Kings to their maiden Pakistan Super League title in 2020.

1940 – Birth of Arnold Long

Long-serving wicketkeeper Arnold Long, born in 1940, enjoyed a successful career playing for Surrey from 1960 to 1975. He later captained Sussex in 1978, guiding them to victory in the 1978 Gillette Cup final.

Other birthdays on December 18:

  • 1899: Mervyn Grell (West Indies)
  • 1961: Lalchand Rajput (India)
  • 1969: Keith Piper (England)
  • 1975: Asif Mahmood (Pakistan)

Cricket history on December 18 reflects the diversity of achievements and milestones that have shaped the sport over the years.

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