On This Day: 19th November in Cricket History

As we delve into the archives of cricket history, November 19 has witnessed remarkable moments that have left an indelible mark on the sport. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit some significant events on this day.

2018: New Zealand’s Nail-Biting Victory Over Pakistan

In a Test match etched in the annals of cricket history, New Zealand secured the fifth tightest Test result ever by beating Pakistan by a mere four runs in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan, seemingly in control, suffered a meltdown during a last-wicket stand. Debutant left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel played a pivotal role, clinching a five-for, including the crucial wicket of Azhar Ali.

1978: Pakistan’s Series Victory against India

Sunil Gavaskar’s heroic efforts, scoring 137, couldn’t save India from a defeat against Pakistan in Karachi. Sarfraz Nawaz’s 5 for 70 dismantled India’s batting lineup, and Pakistan sealed an eight-wicket win. This victory marked Pakistan’s first series win against India.

1986: Botham’s Swashbuckling Ashes Start

England, often labeled as “can’t bat, can’t bowl, can’t field,” defied expectations with a crushing win in the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Ian Botham’s swashbuckling 138 off 174 balls, featuring 22 off one Merv Hughes over, set the tone. England comfortably won by seven wickets, showcasing their dominance.

1932: Prelude to Bodyline

Harold Larwood’s deliveries striking Bill Woodfull and Don Bradman’s unorthodox attempts to combat leg theory marked the prelude to the infamous Bodyline series. This tour match between MCC and an Australian XI at the MCG hinted at the controversial tactics that would follow.

1996: Rajab Ali Inspires Kenya’s Upset

Kenyan seamer Rajab Ali played a pivotal role in one of cricket’s biggest upsets. On Leap Year Day in 1996, Ali’s 3 for 17 contributed to Kenya bowling out the West Indies for 93, securing a 73-run victory in the World Cup. It remains a historic moment in cricket history.

2000: Allan Donald’s Emotional Milestone

Allan Donald became the first South African to reach 300 Test wickets during the first Test against New Zealand in Bloemfontein. Donald’s emotional achievement included a cannon salute, and his efforts contributed to South Africa’s five-wicket win.

2021: Tim Paine Steps Down as Australia’s Test Captain

In a surprising turn of events, Tim Paine resigned as Australia’s Test captain less than three weeks before the Ashes. Details of an investigation into explicit text messages led to Paine’s decision. Pat Cummins assumed the captaincy, and Paine took an indefinite break from the game.

1855: Birth of the Tragic Billy Bates

Born on this day, Billy Bates’ promising cricket career was tragically cut short by a freak injury in 1887-88. A straight drive hit Bates in the face during nets, causing severe eyesight damage. Bates took 50 wickets in 15 Tests at an impressive average of 16.42, including a memorable performance in Melbourne in 1882-83.

1971: Adrian Griffith’s West Indies Stint

West Indian left-hander Adrian Griffith, born on this day, showcased promise with a century against New Zealand in 1999-2000. Despite a good start, Griffith’s Test career averaged just under 22 in his next 10 matches, leading to his omission in 2000.

1962: Saleem Jaffar’s Debut

Pakistan fast bowler Saleem Jaffar made an impactful debut in 1983-84, taking 5 for 11. His international career included a memorable Test outing against New Zealand in Wellington in 1988-89.

2009: Peter McGlashan’s Record Catches

Wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan set a world record for first-class matches by taking 12 catches against Central Districts in Whangarei. This feat highlighted his exceptional skills behind the stumps.

These moments, spanning various eras and contexts, contribute to the rich tapestry of cricket history, making November 19 a date to be remembered by cricket enthusiasts worldwide.

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