On This Day: 26th January in Cricket History

Let’s take a stroll down the memory lane and revisit some memorable moments in cricket that unfolded on January 26th.

1993 – A Thriller in Adelaide A sensational finish in Adelaide marked this day as West Indies kept alive their 13-year unbeaten run in Test series with a one-run victory over Australia. The Aussies, chasing 186, seemed all but defeated at 74 for 7 and later at 144 for 9. A resilient knock of 54 from debutant Justin Langer and Tim May’s unbeaten 42 made it a nail-biter. The match ended in controversy as Craig McDermott was given out caught behind off Courtney Walsh, sparking debates that continue to this day.

1954 – Birth of Kim Hughes Kim Hughes, the Australian captain known for resigning in tears, was born on this day. Despite his captaincy challenges, Hughes was an outstanding batter with a full range of strokes. His blistering innings in the Centenary Test at Lord’s in 1980, where he hit a six on all five days, remains etched in cricket history.

1989 – Allan Border’s Unlikely Heroics In Sydney, Australian captain Allan Border, primarily known for his batting, surprised everyone by destroying West Indies with the ball. Border returned match figures of 11 for 96, dismissing everyone apart from Gordon Greenidge. This remarkable performance helped Australia win by seven wickets, marking a turning point for Border’s team.

1962 – Birth of Tim May Offspinner Tim May, born on this day, formed a fearsome partnership with Shane Warne. May’s career included a second coming in the Adelaide classic of 1993, where he played a crucial role. Post-retirement, he took on administrative roles, becoming the first CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association.

1963 – Birth of Simon O’Donnell Australian allrounder Simon O’Donnell, born on this day, overcame cancer to have a successful career. He was particularly effective in one-dayers and played a key role in Australia’s 1987 World Cup-winning side. O’Donnell’s devastating hitting and handy offcutters made him a valuable asset.

1957 – Birth of Shivlal Yadav Indian offspinner Shivlal Yadav, born on this day, didn’t spin it much but had a memorable Test performance in Sydney in 1985-86. He later served as the interim president of the BCCI in 2014.

2016 – Kagiso Rabada’s Stellar Performance South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada took the second-best match figures by a South African – 13 for 144 – in a Test match against England in Centurion. Despite Rabada’s heroics, England won the series 2-1.

1968 – Birth of Chris Pringle New Zealand’s Chris Pringle, born on this day, had a remarkable introduction to international cricket, playing club cricket in England before being drafted into the New Zealand side. He took 7 for 52 against Pakistan in 1990-91.

1956 – Birth of Diana Edulji Left-arm spinner Diana Edulji, born on this day, played for India in both Tests and ODIs. Known for her unbeaten fifty in Tests against West Indies, she later became a selector and served in administrative roles.

1982 – Birth of Ashish Bagai Wicketkeeper-batter Ashish Bagai, born on this day, made his debut for Canada at 17 and played a key role in their 2003 World Cup campaign. He later captained the side and retired in 2013.

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