On This Day: 27th November in Cricket History

November 27 in the cricketing realm weaves a rich tapestry of historical occurrences, unveiling victories, disputes, and remarkable milestones. It’s a canvas painted with sentencing sagas, iconic clashes, and awe-inducing player feats, forming a diverse array of cricketing moments that have left an indelible mark.

2014: Tragedy Strikes – Phillip Hughes’ Untimely Demise

November 27th, 2014, stands as a somber day in cricket history. The cricketing world received a terrible jolt when Phillip Hughes, at the young age of 25, tragically lost his life. Struck by a bouncer on the side of his head, below the helmet, during a Shield game in Sydney, Hughes suffered a cerebral haemorrhage. Despite undergoing surgery, he did not regain consciousness and passed away. The cricketing community mourned his loss, and his funeral in Macksville on December 3 was attended by cricketers of every stripe and dignitaries, including the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

1983: Desmond Haynes’ Unusual Dismissal

In the fourth Test between India and West Indies in Bombay, Desmond Haynes made history in an unusual way. He became only the fourth batter to be given out “handled the ball” in Tests. Attempting to brush away a ball from Kapil Dev that was rolling towards the stumps after going off the inside edge and pad, Haynes found himself dismissed. Despite this unique moment, the Test ended in a high-scoring draw, featuring Dilip Vengsarkar’s second hundred in successive Tests and Viv Richards’ sixth hundred against India.

1982: Kepler Wessels’ Dream Debut

Kepler Wessels, born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, made a dream debut for Australia on this day in 1982. Qualifying for Australia, Wessels cracked 162 on his debut in the second Test against England in Brisbane. Geoff Lawson’s 6 for 47 helped bundle England out for 219, and Wessels, along with Bruce Yardley, gave Australia a lead of 122. Jeff Thomson and Lawson then tore through England’s middle order in the second innings, securing a seven-wicket victory for Australia and a 1-0 series lead.

1993: Anil Kumble’s Heroics in the Hero Cup Final

The Hero Cup final in Calcutta witnessed Anil Kumble’s outstanding display against West Indies in 1993. Kumble’s exceptional bowling performance of 6 for 12, the best ODI figures by an Indian at that time, played a crucial role in restricting West Indies to 66 after they were 57 for 1. India’s target of 226 seemed gettable for West Indies, but Kumble’s brilliance ensured India’s victory with almost ten overs to spare.

2015: South Africa’s Undefeated Streak Ends

In Nagpur, India, South Africa’s nine-year, 15-series undefeated streak away from home came to an end in 2015. India took an unassailable 2-0 series lead by routing South Africa inside three days. Batters from both sides struggled on a dusty pitch, with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja wreaking havoc. Imran Tahir’s five-wicket haul in India’s second innings left South Africa chasing an improbable 310, and they fell short, setting the stage for India’s historic victory.

2017: R Ashwin’s Fastest to 300 Test Wickets

R Ashwin etched his name in the record books on this day in 2017. He became the fastest bowler to reach 300 Test wickets, achieving the feat in his 54th match. The match in Nagpur against Sri Lanka also marked India’s joint-biggest win and Sri Lanka’s biggest defeat. India dominated the game, with centuries from M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, and a double century from Virat Kohli.

2016: Dramatic Tie in Women’s ODI

In Coff’s Harbour, the fourth women’s ODI between Australia and South Africa ended dramatically in a tie in 2016. Chasing 243, South Africa recovered from 40 for 4, thanks to Marizanne Kapp and captain Dane van Niekerk. Needing eight from the final over, a four from Masabata Klaas off the penultimate ball leveled the scores, but she was run out on the final delivery, resulting in a thrilling tie.

2016: Australia’s Consolation Win against South Africa

Australia staved off a clean sweep by South Africa with a convincing seven-wicket win in the day-night dead rubber in Adelaide in 2016. Usman Khawaja’s century in his first innings as an opener and contributions from debutants Matt Renshaw, Nic Maddinson, and Pete Handscomb gave Australia a consolation victory. The match was also overshadowed by a ball-tampering charge against Faf du Plessis, South Africa’s captain.

2021: Marizanne Kapp Leads Perth Scorchers to WBBL Title

Marizanne Kapp’s all-round display proved instrumental in Perth Scorchers winning their first Women’s Big Bash title in 2021. Kapp’s unbeaten 31 with the bat and 1 for 25 with the ball restricted Adelaide Strikers to 134 in the final, securing a 12-run victory for the Scorchers.

1990: Chandigarh Torture for Sri Lanka

In Chandigarh, Sri Lanka endured a tortuous defeat against India in 1990. India crawled to 288, but it was enough for an innings victory as Sri Lanka’s totals of 82 and 198 used up 51.5 and 120.4 overs respectively. Venkatapathy Raju, playing only his third Test, had remarkable match figures of 53.5-38-37-8. It marked India’s first win in 15 Tests.

1986: Yorkshire Relaxes Born-Only Policy

A significant change occurred in 1986 when Yorkshire’s committee voted to relax the Yorkshire-born-only policy. This move, ending the era of geographical restrictions on players, was met with diverse reactions. Fred Trueman, the legendary Yorkshire cricketer, expressed strong disapproval, emphasizing the traditional ties to the county.

1985: Suresh Raina’s Impactful Career Begins

Suresh Raina, a name synonymous with aggressive batting and athletic fielding, was born on this day in 1986. Emerging as a promising talent, Raina’s early performances at the junior levels earned him a spot in the India Under-19 squad. His impactful performances in the Asia Cup in June 2008 marked the beginning of a significant career. Raina went on to become a stalwart in limited-overs cricket, playing 98 ODIs before making his Test debut in 2010.

1985: Viv Richards’ Destructive Innings

In Gujranwala in 1985, Viv Richards showcased his masterful blasting skills, smiting 80 off only 39 balls. This destructive innings propelled West Indies to a comfortable eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the first match of the Wills Series. Richards’ brutal assault, especially against Abdul Qadir’s over that went for 24 runs, set the tone for a successful West Indies campaign.

1990: Yorkshire’s Controversial Decision

In a controversial move, Yorkshire’s committee voted in 1990 to relax the Yorkshire-born-only policy. The decision, although not extending to overseas players immediately, marked a departure from the traditional stance. The legendary Fred Trueman vehemently opposed the decision, considering it a disgrace to allow players not born in Yorkshire to take the field for the county.

1985: Birth of Zimbabwean Pacer – Christopher Mpofu

Christopher Mpofu, the promising Zimbabwean right-arm seamer, was born on this day in 1985. Making his ODI debut against England in October 2004, Mpofu posed challenges to the opposition’s top order. While his early Test appearances did not set the world alight, he played a crucial role during the 2011 World Cup, taking seven wickets at an average of 22.71.

1977: Laura Newton – Explosive English Batter

Laura Newton, born on this day in 1977, played a transformative role in English women’s cricket. Over her decade-long career, she transformed from a middle-order batter to an explosive opener and shifted from a fast-medium bowler to an offspinner. Despite striking only one Test hundred and a one-day best of 78, Newton’s explosive, flamboyant style made her a vital part of the team. She retired in May 2007 at the age of 29, citing the pressures of being an amateur player in an era of increasing international cricket.

Other Birthdays

  • 1860: Harry Musgrove (Australia)
  • 1935: Prakash Bhandari (India)
  • 1935: Charran Singh (West Indies)
  • 1969: Alan Dawson (South Africa)
  • 1980: Michael Yardy (England)

As we reflect on the diverse and impactful events on November 27th in cricket history, each moment contributes to the rich tapestry of the sport, reminding us of the highs and lows that make cricket an enduring passion for millions around the world.

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