On This Day: October 24th in Cricket History

Cricket history is filled with remarkable events and feats, and October 24th has seen its fair share of significant moments in the sport’s annals. From legendary debuts to record-breaking performances, here’s a glimpse of the noteworthy events in cricket history that unfolded on this day.

1969: Hanif and Sadiq Mohammad Open for Pakistan

In Karachi, during the first Test against New Zealand, Hanif and Sadiq Mohammad scripted history by becoming the second pair of brothers to open the batting in a Test match. The only previous occurrence was in 1880 when EM and WG Grace did so for England against Australia at The Oval. This Test was Hanif Mohammad’s last, concluding a remarkable Test career where he featured in nearly every match for Pakistan during its early years. Despite offspinner Mohammad Nazir’s impressive 7 for 99, the match ended in a draw.

1976: Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammad’s Century Partnership

In Hyderabad, Pakistan faced New Zealand in the second Test. Sadiq and Mushtaq Mohammad became only the second pair of brothers to score hundreds in the same Test innings. They made 103 and 101, respectively, setting up a formidable total of 473 for 8 declared. The match ended with New Zealand suffering a ten-wicket defeat, with Mushtaq, Intikhab Alam, and Javed Miandad (in his second Test appearance) sharing ten wickets. Notably, Javed Miandad started as an allrounder before transitioning into one of the world’s best batsmen.

1967: Ian Bishop’s Birth

Ian Bishop, renowned for his dynamic and hostile bowling, was born on this day. In just his 21st Test, Bishop reached 100 Test wickets. Unfortunately, his career was marred by back problems that affected his trajectory. Despite this, Bishop’s peak form was impressive, as he recorded a memorable 5 for 32 at Headingley in 1995. He notched six five-wicket hauls in his first 19 Tests but struggled to claim a seventh in his subsequent 24 Tests, retiring after England’s 1997-98 tour of the Caribbean.

2021: Pakistan Ends 13-Match Winless Streak Against India

In an epic T20 World Cup encounter, Pakistan secured a historic victory against India, ending a 13-match winless streak in World Cups. Shaheen Afridi rattled India by dismissing Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul early in the game. Although Virat Kohli anchored India’s innings with a partnership of 53 runs alongside Rishabh Pant, they could only post 151 for 7. Pakistan’s opening pair, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, demonstrated nerves of steel, guiding Pakistan to a resounding ten-wicket win, their first in T20Is.

1982: Bob Taylor’s Stumping Record

In a tour match in Brisbane, wicketkeeper Bob Taylor made history by stumping Queensland’s Wayne Broad off Geoff Miller. Taylor set a new world record for wicketkeeping dismissals, with his 1528th dismissal, surpassing the previous record held by John Murray. Taylor eventually retired in 1988, having accumulated 1648 dismissals. Interestingly, despite his achievement, England lost the match to Australia.

These memorable cricket moments that unfolded on October 24th have contributed to the rich tapestry of cricketing history. From remarkable debuts to legendary feats, cricket continues to captivate fans with its enduring legacy.

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