21st February to 27th February
21st February 1976
Birthday – Sridharan Sriram
Birth of a talented all-rounder who scored loads of runs in the domestic cricket but failed to get going at the international level for India. He briefly deflected to the rebel ICL tournament in 2007 but soon came back to the fold with the IPL inclusion. Sreeram came into the headlines again when he coached the Australian spinners on their tour to India in 2017.
22nd February 1998
Death – Raman Lamba
One of the most tragic incidents in cricket that shook the cricketing fraternity and served a grim reminder that the game can kill too. 38-year old Indian cricketer Raman Lamba received a full-blooded pull shot straight on his temple fielding at short leg in a domestic match at Bangladesh. The cricketer died in a hospital two days after the blow.
24th February 2010
Sachin crosses the 200-run mark in ODIS!
For a long period of almost 13 years, the highest individual score in ODIs remained fixed at 194. The first man to cross that barrier and also go past the 200-run mark was none other than the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. In the 2nd ODI at Gwalior against South Africa, the third ball of the 49th over became witness to this milestone as Master added another feather in his illustrious cap.
25th February 1938
Birthday – Farokh Engineer
No description of this Indian wicket-keeper batsman can be complete without using the word ‘Flamboyance’. Farokh Engineer was a rarity of those times since he could bat very well alongside his brilliant wicketkeeping. He kept wickets to India’s famous spin quartet which substantiates his skills. Engineer also played a lot of cricket for Lancashire and served with distinction.
27th February 2011
The Bangalore tie!
Small boundary, lightning fast outfield, high altitude and a flat pitch – the ingredients for a high-scoring match were all present at the Chinnaswamy stadium of Bangalore as India faced England in the group stage match of the World Cup 2011. Sachin’s 120 met with an even better response in 158 by Andrew Strauss. England’s victory march was halted by the genius of Zaheer Khan and eventually both the teams ended with a score of 338, resulting in a tie.