Legends Born Today- Suhas Bengeri

Greg Chappell took his career-best Test and one-day figures on the same day – eight years apart. In the 1972-73 series against Pakistan, he took 5 for 61 in the first innings of the Sydney Test that Australia won by 52 runs to sweep the series.

At the same ground, in the 1981 Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, his figures read 9.5-5-15-5 as India were bowled out for 63 – their lowest total at the time. Australia won by nine wickets.

1991

Carl Rackemann won the Ashes. Well, not quite, but his 107-minute 9 had a big say in Australia grabbing the draw in the third Test, in Sydney, which gave them a decisive 2-0 lead with two to play. England had declared in arrears and Phil Tufnell and Eddie Hemmings seemed to be bowling them to victory on a slow turner. But they couldn’t shift Rackemann, and Graham Gooch took an age to bring Devon Malcolm on. When he did, Malcolm cleaned up Rackemann straight away. England needed 255 off 28 overs, and Gooch and the promoted David Gower went for it – 81 runs came off 11 overs before a flurry of wickets. When Mike Atherton strode in at No. 6, everyone knew the game was up.

1991

Birth of Australian fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who made his one-day debut at 19. But by the time he turned 25, Hazlewood had only played 13 matches in the format. He played a greater role in Tests after taking seven wickets in his first appearance, against India at the Gabba in December 2014. Hazlewood took 15 wickets in the Ashes in England the next year, and his second-innings 6 for 70 against New Zealand tilted the first day-night Test in Australia’s favour in Adelaide in November. The home summer of 2016-17 was particularly satisfying for Hazlewood. He took 17 and 15 wickets in threeTests each against South Africa and Pakistan respectively.

 

Other birthdays
1902 Jack Iddon (England)
1965 Champaka Ramanayake (Sri Lanka)
1968 Desmond Chumney (Canada)
1981 Clare Shillington (Ireland)
1986 Tino Mawoyo (Zimbabwe)

 

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