From the world of sport, on this day, the planet’s second most well-known sports took its arrival. The white caps and demeanour of the intriguing game got the epithet of ‘Gentlemen’s Game’.
The bewitching game has enticed Zimbabwe’s former President and dictator Robert Mugabe, who’d formerly stated, “Cricket civilizes people and creates good gentlemen.”
This hot game has undergone much development. As the decades went by, the traditional 5-day test game has ceded the limelight into fast-food kind cricket (T20).
India, where cricket presumes an iconic standing, nearly at par with Bollywood, the cricket aficionados now went nostalgic since the ‘Men in Blue’ accomplished only an unbelievable in the Mecca of world cricket (Eden Gardens), when they scripted nearly a shocking win over the mighty Kangaroos.
Evaluation cricket saw its first game played between Australia and England here on this very day in 1877.
The game played with the English team led by James Lillywhite from the Australians was afterwards awarded the accolade of becoming cricket’s first official Evaluation.
British teams were touring Australia before the 1877 series, but the group headed by Lillywhite was the first to pay a visit to these beaches as a business enterprise instead of within an invitation.
England had dropped 45 runs at the inaugural Test.
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Years afterwards in 2001 on exactly the exact same day, cricket lovers inarguably had watched the best fightback in Test history, India had closed a historical 171-run win over Australia, becoming just the third side in Test history to win after being forced to follow .
A rampaging Australia under Steve Waugh led to Kolkata to the second Test with thrashed India by 10 wickets at the first game in Mumbai.
Between August 1999 and February 2001, Australia won 16 direct Tests, and earlier this show they beat India 3-0 on home soil in summer of 1999-2000.
But in Eden Gardens, something surreal occurred.
Australia had scored 445 within their first innings on the rear of captain Steve Waugh’s 110 and 97 in Matthew Hayden, nevertheless it had been Harbhajan Singh who stole the show, promising 7/123 such as the very first hat-trick at India’s history.
Australia continued their surge despite Harbhajan’s heroics, bundling out the house side for 171 in response, Glenn McGrath carrying 418. Waugh’s guys seemed great to be marching to some 17th straight Test win after implementing the follow-on. India were reduced to 3115 and 4232 in their second innings — tracking by 42 with only six wickets in hand when VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid combined hands.
The set superbly shared with a 376-run stand for the fifth wicket, also place their group 334 runs ahead.
Establish an unlikely 384 to triumph in little over two sessions daily five, Australia were outfoxed by Harbhajan, who included six wickets to his seven by the very first dig and rounded one of Test cricket’s most famous successes.
(With Agency Inputs)
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