On This Day: 29th November in Cricket History

November 29 in the cricketing world marks a tapestry of historic events, showcasing triumphs, controversies, and incredible milestones. From sentencing and landmark matches to awe-inspiring player achievements, the day has seen an array of cricketing moments.

1977: Birth of Younis Khan – Pakistan’s Highest Run-Getter

On this day in 1977, Younis Khan, Pakistan’s highest run-getter, was born. Younis took the title from Javed Miandad in 2015, establishing himself as a resolute No. 3 batter. Prolific against India, he averaged nearly 90, scoring four big hundreds, including a double, in consecutive Test matches.

In 2009, Younis made history by becoming the third Pakistan batter to achieve a triple-century. He led Pakistan to the World T20 title in 2009, but his captaincy faced controversy. Younis, in his final series, became the first Pakistani to reach 10,000 Test runs.

2015: Australia Wins First Day-Night Test

Australia won the first-ever day-night Test on this day in 2015, played with a pink ball in Adelaide. The low-scoring dogfight ended with Australia chasing down 76 runs with seven wickets in hand after “dinner” on day three. The day-night experiment was a success, drawing a record crowd of 123,736.

2012: New Zealand’s Test Win in Sri Lanka

New Zealand secured their first Test win in Sri Lanka in 14 years on November 29, 2012. Seamers Tim Southee and Trent Boult played pivotal roles in the 167-run win in Colombo, leveling the series 1-1. The victory, however, was followed by off-field turmoil, with captain Ross Taylor being replaced amid miscommunication with the coach.

2016: New Zealand’s Series Win Against Pakistan

New Zealand secured their first series win against Pakistan since 1984-85 through a dramatic victory in Hamilton. Pakistan, chasing 369, lost nine wickets in a session, and Tim Southee’s eight-wicket haul played a crucial role. Ross Taylor ended a batting drought with an unbeaten 102.

1946: Start of the Ashes Series with Bradman Drama

The Ashes series in 1946 started with drama as England believed they had Don Bradman caught at first slip for a scratchy 28. Bradman went on to score 187, securing his Test future and setting the stage for a memorable series.

1994: New Zealand Stuns South Africa

New Zealand stunned South Africa with a 137-run victory in Johannesburg in the first Test since March 1964. Martin Crowe’s aggressive 83 set the tone, leading to a Kiwi lead of 132. Despite South Africa’s fightback, they fell short, and Matthew Hart took a five-for.

2010: England’s Dominance at the Gabba

In 2010, England signaled a shift in Ashes dynamics with a dominant performance at the Gabba. Batting Australia to a standstill, England posted 517 for 1, and the series eventually went in their favor.

2021: New Zealand’s Resilience Against India

New Zealand’s tenth-wicket pair resisted India’s spinners on a slow pitch in Kanpur, securing a draw. Debutant Rachin Ravindra and Tom Latham’s resilience frustrated India, with the match featuring notable performances.

2020: Australia’s ODI Series Win Against India

Australia secured their first bilateral ODI series win at home in three years, dominating India in the second ODI in Sydney. The top five Australian batters all made 50-plus scores, powering them to a total of 389 for 4.

1988: New Zealand’s Shock Win in Bombay

In Bombay, New Zealand squared the series with a 136-run victory over India in 1988. John Bracewell and Richard Hadlee’s bowling heroics dismantled India’s chase of 282.

1962: Birth of Sadanand Viswanath

On November 29, 1962, Sadanand Viswanath, a dynamic Indian wicketkeeper, was born. Although his international career was short-lived, he played a crucial role in India’s victory in the World Championship of Cricket in 1985.

1969: Birth of Craig Evans – Zimbabwean Allrounder

Zimbabwean allrounder Craig Evans, born on this day in 1969, showcased his multi-talents not only in cricket but also as a rugby international and golf enthusiast. He was a limited-overs specialist and played a key role in various one-day encounters.

1987: West Indies’ Test Win in Delhi

West Indies won a fascinating Test against India in Delhi in 1987. Viv Richards’ majestic, unbeaten 109 guided West Indies to a five-wicket victory in pursuit of 276.

1993: New Zealand’s Heavy Defeat in Hobart

New Zealand suffered an innings defeat by 222 runs against Australia in Hobart in 1993. Shane Warne and Tim May’s spin proved lethal, securing Australia’s comprehensive win.

2000: Andy Flower’s Heroics in Nagpur

Andy Flower saved Zimbabwe from following on in the second Test against India in Nagpur with a mighty unbeaten 232. Despite his remarkable innings, the match ended in a high-scoring draw.

1984: Javed Miandad’s Twin Centuries

Javed Miandad became the second Pakistani, after Hanif Mohammad, to score two centuries in a Test match against New Zealand in Hyderabad in 1984.

2022: Northern’s Triumph in Quaid-e-Azam Trophy

On this day in 2022, Northern won their first Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, beating Sindh by an innings in the final in Lahore. Muhammad Hurraira, Umar Amin, and Umar Waheed played crucial roles in the triumph.

1981: Dennis Lillee’s Nine Wickets in Brisbane

Dennis Lillee’s nine-wicket haul in Brisbane in 1981 resulted in a ten-wicket defeat for Pakistan. Javed Miandad faced Lillee twice, and Greg Chappell’s double-century played a crucial role in Australia’s dominance.

Other Birthdays on November 29:

  • 1880: Algy Gehrs (Australia)
  • 1890: Harry Howell (England)
  • 1989: Jim Hutchinson (England)
  • 1965: Joanne Broadbent (Australia)

On this diverse canvas of cricketing history, November 29 remains a day etched with unforgettable moments, showcasing the richness and complexity of the sport we all cherish.

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