On This Day: 5th January in Cricket History

Cricket history is studded with memorable moments on January 5th. Let’s take a trip down memory lane to revisit some significant events that unfolded on this day.

1941: Birth of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi Jr. – “The Nawab of Pataudi”

  • Significant Contributions: Captaining India 40 times in 46 Tests, Pataudi Jr. scored 2793 runs and six centuries.
  • Remarkable Achievement: Despite a car crash causing vision loss in one eye, Pataudi Jr. became India’s youngest Test captain at 21.
  • Legacy: Credited for India’s spin-heavy strategy in the 1970s and leading India to its first Test win overseas in 1968.
  • End of an Era: Pataudi Jr. served as a match referee and passed away in 2011.

2022: Bangladesh’s Historic Upset Against New Zealand

  • Game-Changer: Ebadot Hossain’s six-wicket haul led Bangladesh to an eight-wicket victory over world Test champions New Zealand.
  • Key Partnerships: Mominul Haque and Liton Das’ 158-run stand set the foundation for Bangladesh’s triumph.
  • Milestone: Ended New Zealand’s 17-match unbeaten streak at home, marking Bangladesh’s first win in New Zealand in any format.

1971: Birth of Mumbai’s Sensation – Pranav Dhanawade

  • Record-Breaker: At 15, Dhanawade scored an unbeaten 1009 runs in a Mumbai school game, setting the highest individual score in minor cricket.
  • Dominance: Hit 129 fours and 59 sixes against Arya Gurukul, breaking a 117-year-old record.

1993: Brian Lara’s Epic Century in Sydney

  • Turning Point: Lara’s breathtaking 277 in Sydney turned the series in West Indies’ favor.
  • Influence: Described as an innings of breathtaking quality by Wisden, Lara’s century had a pivotal impact on the series.

2016: Australia’s Dominance Against England

  • Whitewash: Australia drubbed England 5-0 in the Ashes, bidding farewell to legends McGrath, Warne, and Langer.
  • Highlight: Mitchell Johnson’s Man of the Series performance with 37 wickets at an impressive average of 13.97.

1928: Don Bradman’s Monumental Partnership

  • Dominance Continues: Bradman’s 346-run stand with Fingleton against England at the MCG showcased their batting prowess.

1962: Debutant Brendon Kuruppu’s Slow Double Century

  • Record-Setter: Kuruppu’s 201, the highest not-out score by a debutant, in the slowest Test double-ton lasting 777 minutes.

1984: Greg Chappell’s Farewell Century

  • Memorable Exit: Chappell bid adieu with an innings of 182 in his final Test innings against Pakistan in Sydney.

1920 & 1937: Birthdays of Cricket Stalwarts

  • Imtiaz Ahmed (1928): Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman and captain, he played a crucial role in Pakistan’s first Test win.
  • Don Bradman & Bob Cunis (1937): Bradman’s mammoth partnership in 1937 and Cunis, an honest seamer, who played for New Zealand.

1996: Muralidaran’s Throwing Controversy in ODIs

  • Humiliation: Muthiah Muralidaran faced allegations of throwing in a one-day international against West Indies in Brisbane.

2017: South Africa’s Dominance Against Sri Lanka

  • Series Sweep: South Africa secured a 2-0 series win, defeating Sri Lanka by 282 runs in the New Year Test at Newlands.

Other Birthdays:

  • Parthasarthi Sharma (1948)
  • Ezra Moseley (1958)
  • Jamaluddin Ahmed (1977)
  • Garnett Kruger (1977)

As cricket enthusiasts, let’s celebrate the rich tapestry of history that has unfolded on this day in the world of cricket.

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