On This Day: 28th December in Cricket History

Cricket history is dotted with remarkable moments, outstanding performances, and intriguing tales. On this day, December 28, let’s rewind and explore some significant events that have left an indelible mark on the cricketing world.

1941 – Intikhab Alam’s Memorable Debut

Born on this day, legspinner Intikhab Alam made an unforgettable entry into Test cricket at the age of 17. In Pakistan’s third Test against Australia in Karachi in 1959-60, Alam took a wicket with his first ball, dismissing the classy Australian opener Colin McDonald. Alam went on to become a stalwart for Pakistan, showcasing his all-round skills, including a famous lower-order partnership with Asif Iqbal at The Oval in 1967 and captaining Pakistan to their first series win abroad in New Zealand in 1972-73.

1983 – Gavaskar’s Record Century

In Madras, Sunil Gavaskar achieved a milestone by scoring his 30th Test century against West Indies, breaking Don Bradman’s record set in 1948. Gavaskar eventually amassed 34 Test centuries, leaving an enduring legacy in Indian cricket.

1926 – Victoria’s Batting Feat

New South Wales breathed a sigh of relief when Victoria finally declared at 1107. This colossal total broke Victoria’s own world record of 1059, set against Tasmania four years earlier. Bill Ponsford and Jack Ryder led the charge, with Ponsford scoring 352 and Ryder contributing 295. Despite Test legspinner Arthur Mailey taking four wickets, they proved costly, with figures of 362 runs from 64 overs.

2018 – Dale Steyn’s Historic Wicket

Dale Steyn, at 35, surpassed Shaun Pollock to become South Africa’s leading Test wicket-taker during the team’s win over Pakistan in Centurion. Steyn claimed Fakhar Zaman’s wicket to reach a milestone 422 wickets.

2021 – Australia Retains the Ashes

Australia secured a resounding 3-0 series win over England in the Ashes with a dominant performance in the third Test. England’s struggles in Melbourne led to their inability to chase Australia’s 267, resulting in a defeat that extended their winless streak in Australia to a record 13 Test matches.

2015 – Guptill’s Blitz

In the second ODI against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval, Martin Guptill showcased a stunning display of aggressive batting. Guptill’s unbeaten 93 off 30 balls powered New Zealand to chase down 118 in just 8.2 overs, with his fifty equalling the record for the second-fastest in ODIs.

These historical snippets remind us of the rich tapestry of cricketing achievements and milestones that have shaped the sport. From record-breaking centuries to historic Test victories, December 28 has witnessed it all, adding layers to the captivating narrative of cricket history.

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