The week’s special for Indian cricket – 2nd to 8th February
3rd February 1992
Fifth Test, Perth, Australia vs India
A masterpiece from the little master. The 18-year old prodigy Sachin Tendulkar showed an early glimpse of his genius at one of the fastest pitch in world cricket of that time. Coming in to bat at 69/2, first time at number four in the series, Sachin played an innings that made the spot his own.
While other batsmen fell easy prey to the Australian pace, Sachin was batting as if he was batting on a different pitch. He ended up at 114 while the team score hobbled to 272. India lost that match but gained a superstar.
3rd February 1978
Fifth Test, Adelaide, Australia vs India
The Kerry Packer World Series stripped Australia of its cricketing stars. An almost third string side that was led by 42-year-old Bobby Simpson went into the last Test with series in balance at 2-2.
India in the six-day Test had to chase an impossible 493 to win the series. Not shying away, India gave it a go. Gavaskar went early but the middle order stood up. India crossed 300 runs with only 4 wickets down. Wickets fell regularly but India kept going for the target, only to end up at the third highest 4th innings total ever 445.
5th February 1990
Birthday – Bhuvneshwar Kumar
The UP-based All rounder born today has managed to revive his Test career in a stellar way as he recently managed to put out a brilliant performance for India in South Africa.
The skilled swing bowler also boasts a first-class century. Bhuvi has the ability to swing the ball both ways and has proved lethal in English and Indian conditions. In recent times, he has gone on to become a regular for India in all formats and has established himself as strike and death bowler.
6th February 1983
Birthday – Shanthakumaran Sreesanth
A product of MRF Pace Academy, the right-handed Kerala swing bowler made his first impact on cricket world when he dared to take on the master, Sachin Tendulkar. Sreesanth also took a hat-trick in a Ranji trophy game that took him to the next level.
His best time was definitely when he mastered India to its first Test win in South Africa with a spell of 5/40. Sreesanth played a crucial role in T20 World Cup as well. He was the fielder who took the final catch of World Cup 2007 Final. In 2013, his career ended with a spot-fixing crime.
8th February 1963
Birthday – Mohammad Azharuddin
Regarded one of the greatest Indian batsmen also often called as the most beautiful stroke-maker, Mohammad Azharuddin was born on this day in Hyderabad. He had a great start to his Test career in 1984-85 as he scored three centuries in three Tests.
Azhar went on to play many iconic innings later for India, few of them at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. He was a very agile fielder and a prolific catcher. He was a very successful leader for India. His 99th Test became his last as he was the prime culprit in the match-fixing saga.
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