On This Day: 4th December in Cricket History

Cricket history is dotted with remarkable moments, and December 4 has witnessed its fair share of memorable events. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the key happenings on this day in the cricketing world.

December 4, 2009

Virender Sehwag’s Triple-Century Bid

In the Mumbai Test against Sri Lanka, explosive Indian opener Virender Sehwag aimed to etch his name in history by becoming the first player to score three triple-centuries in Test cricket. However, the cricketing gods had other plans. Sehwag fell early on the third day, managing a sensational 293 off 254 balls with 40 fours and seven sixes. Despite missing out on the triple-century, Sehwag became the third fastest Indian to reach 6000 Test runs during this innings.

December 4, 1995

Mike Atherton’s Heroic Resistance

In a Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg, England faced an uphill task of chasing 479 runs or surviving 165 overs. Captain Mike Atherton led from the front, displaying extraordinary resistance. Atherton’s unbeaten knock of 185, his highest Test score, spanned 643 minutes and 492 balls. This marathon effort helped England secure a draw, and Atherton shared the Man-of-the-Match award with Jack Russell, who contributed with a gritty 235-ball 29.

December 4, 1950

Gabba’s Extraordinary Day

The Gabba in Brisbane witnessed one of the most extraordinary days in Test history. In a battle between England and Australia, 102 runs and 20 wickets tumbled after lunch. The teams fought to gain the upper hand on a sticky, rain-affected wicket. Australia emerged victorious, winning by 70 runs, thanks in large part to Len Hutton’s brilliant 62 not out.

December 4, 1974

Jeff Thomson’s Rampant Bowling

In a Brisbane Test, England faced a rampaging Jeff Thomson, who took nine wickets in only his second Test. Despite going to Australia with a battle-hardened top seven, England succumbed to Thomson’s pace, suffering a 166-run defeat. Thomson’s ferocious bowling rattled the English lineup, and by the fourth Test, captain Mike Denness opted to drop himself. Australia went on to regain the Ashes with a resounding 4-1 series victory.

December 4, 1946

Australia’s Dominance Over England

Australia asserted their dominance over England by crushing them in the first Test in Brisbane. Don Bradman’s magnificent 187 propelled Australia to a colossal total of 645. In response, Keith Miller and Ernie Toshack orchestrated England’s downfall, securing victory by an innings and 332 runs.

December 4, 1985

New Zealand’s Historic Series Win

New Zealand scripted history by winning their first series against Australia and claiming the Trans-Tasman Trophy. In the third Test in Perth, Richard Hadlee’s heroics with the ball (11 for 155) and Martin Crowe’s century guided New Zealand to a six-wicket win. This victory marked a significant milestone in New Zealand’s cricketing journey.

December 4, 1977

Birth of Ajit Agarkar

Indian seamer Ajit Agarkar, born on this day, experienced the highs and lows of international cricket. Known for falling prey to Steve Waugh’s mental disintegration tactics, Agarkar showcased his all-round abilities. His fastest 50 wickets in ODIs and crucial contributions, including a memorable 6 for 41 against Australia in Adelaide, left a mark on Indian cricket.

December 4, 2021

Ajaz Patel’s Historic Feat

Ajaz Patel etched his name in cricketing history by taking all ten wickets in the first innings of the Mumbai Test against India. He became the third bowler, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, to achieve this feat. Notably, Patel accomplished this remarkable feat in a Test his team ultimately lost, adding a unique dimension to his historic performance.

December 4, 1964

Railways’ Dominance in Lahore

In Lahore, Railways displayed utter dominance by thrashing Dera Ismail Khan by an innings and 851 runs. Railways posted a mammoth 910 for 6 declared, and Afaq Khan’s exceptional bowling (7 for 14) reduced Dera Ismail Khan to paltry scores of 32 and 27.

December 4, 1995

Australia’s Dead-Rubber Defeat

Under Mark Taylor’s captaincy, Australia suffered a familiar dead-rubber defeat against Pakistan in the third Test in Sydney. Pakistan secured a 74-run victory, their first in Australia in 14 years. Ahmed Ijaz’s century (137) and Mushtaq Ahmed’s bowling heroics (9 for 186) played crucial roles in Pakistan’s triumph.

December 4, 1858

Birth of Billy Gunn

Billy Gunn, who played 11 Tests for England, was born on this day. A technically impeccable batsman in an era when batting was challenging, Gunn later founded the renowned bat-making firm Gunn & Moore. He made the first Test hundred at Old Trafford against Australia in 1893.

December 4, 1996

Sun Stops Play in Gujranwala

In an unusual turn of events, sun stopped play in the first one-dayer between Pakistan and New Zealand in Gujranwala. The match had to be reduced to 46 overs a side due to the sun shining in the batters’ eyes. Pakistan emerged victorious by 11 runs, with Wasim Akram’s quickfire 52 and Saqlain Mushtaq’s 5 for 44 proving decisive.

December 4, 1910

Birth of Amar Singh

Amar Singh, born on this day, was a charismatic all-rounder known for his swagger on the field. Described by Wally Hammond as a bowler whose deliveries came off the pitch “like the crack of doom,” Amar Singh played only seven Tests before his untimely death at the age of 29.

December 4, 1977

Birth of Shahid Nazir

Fast-medium bowler Shahid Nazir, born on this day, made a noteworthy entry into international cricket in 1996-97. Despite facing challenges from emerging talents like Mohammad Asif and Umar Gul, Nazir left an impression with his impressive debut against Zimbabwe, where he took seven wickets.

December 4, 1979

Birth of Tim McIntosh

Tim McIntosh, a graduate of the “Mark Richardson School of Batting,” was born on this day. Making his Test debut at the age of 29, McIntosh earned a call-up to the New Zealand Test squad and showcased his patient batting style with centuries against the West Indies and India.

These significant events on December 4 have left an indelible mark on cricket history, showcasing the sport’s rich tapestry of moments that fans cherish and remember.

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