On This Day: 2nd December in Cricket History

Cricket history is a treasure trove of remarkable moments, from breathtaking performances to record-breaking feats. December 2nd has witnessed its fair share of events that have left an indelible mark on the sport.

1932 – Birth of the Term “Bodyline” On this day in 1932, the term “Bodyline” found its way into cricket’s lexicon. During the first Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Hugh Buggy used the phrase “body-line bowling” in his report for the Melbourne Age. Ray Robinson, the sub-editor, then condensed it into a single word. The match itself was a fiery encounter, with Australia facing a barrage of short-pitched deliveries. Don Bradman missed the game due to a dispute with the board.

1977 – World Series Cricket Debut World Series Cricket, a revolutionary concept, made its debut on this day in 1977. However, the inaugural match between Australia and West Indies at VFL Park in Melbourne failed to generate much excitement, drawing a meager crowd of around 200 spectators. In another match, the official Australian side struggled against India, managing only 166 runs.

1979 – Birth of Abdul Razzaq Abdul Razzaq, a Pakistani all-rounder known for his paradoxical playing style, was born on December 2, 1979. While often playing a conservative role in the lower middle order, Razzaq had moments of explosive brilliance. Notably, he took a Test hat-trick against Sri Lanka in 1999-2000 and played a crucial role in Pakistan’s World T20 triumph in 2009.

2018 – Bangladesh’s Historic Test Win In 2018, Bangladesh secured their first Test win by an innings. Offspinner Mehidy Hasan’s stellar performance with a career-best 12-wicket haul propelled Bangladesh to victory against the opposition in Mirpur. The win marked a significant achievement in a two-Test series that Bangladesh ultimately clinched 2-0.

1985 – Viv Richards’ Dominance Viv Richards, the West Indies batting maestro, showcased his dominance in the third one-dayer against Pakistan in Peshawar. Richards played a violent innings, scoring 66 runs off just 39 balls, guiding West Indies to victory by 40 runs. This win helped West Indies take a 2-1 lead in the series.

1992 – John Wright’s Milestone During the drawn Test between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in Moratuwa, John Wright became the first New Zealander to reach 5000 Test runs. Although his innings was characterized by a methodical approach, Andrew Jones later overshadowed him with a brisk 149-minute 14.

1906 – Birth of Eric Dalton Eric Dalton, born on December 2, 1906, was a multi-talented sportsman from South Africa. His cricketing exploits included a notable tour to England in 1929, where he impressed as a middle-order batter. Dalton later excelled in golf, adding another dimension to his illustrious sporting career.

1991 – India’s Tough Outing in Brisbane In 1991, India faced a daunting challenge in Brisbane, where they suffered a ten-wicket defeat against Australia. The pace-friendly Gabba surface proved challenging for the Indian batsmen, and the trio of Craig McDermott, Merv Hughes, and Mike Whitney shared all 20 wickets.

1970 – England’s Ashes Campaign Begins England’s Ashes campaign in 1970 commenced with a draw in Brisbane. Despite Australia’s formidable total of 418 for 3, England managed to secure a draw, setting the stage for a closely contested series.

1945 – Birth of Alan “Froggy” Thomson Alan “Froggy” Thomson, born on this day in 1945, holds a unique place in cricket history as the first man to take a one-day international wicket. In 1970-71, he dismissed Geoff Boycott, marking the inception of one-day cricket. Thomson’s appearance in one-day internationals was brief, but his contribution left an everlasting impact.

Other Birthdays on December 2nd:

  • 1849: Frank Allan (Australia)
  • 1860: Charles Studd (England)
  • 1910: Bob Newson (South Africa)
  • 1912: George Emmett (England)
  • 1947: Dhiraj Parsana (India)
  • 1966: Clive Eksteen (South Africa)
  • 1967: Naeem Akhtar (Pakistan)
  • 1972: Sujith Somasunder (India)
  • 1974: Robbie Hart (New Zealand)
  • 1981: Stefan Swanepoel (Namibia)

December 2nd is not just a date on the calendar; it’s a chapter in cricket history that reflects the diversity and drama that make the sport truly special.

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