Special events that happened in the week 12th to 18th January
12th January 1964
India vs England, First Test, Madras – Raju ‘Bapu’ Nadkarni bowled a world-record continuous 21 maiden overs. His bowling analysis at the end of the innings was 32-27-5-0. The English had to play out the day as four of their teammates were bedridden.
13th January 1967
India vs West Indies, Third Test, Madras –Flamboyant Indian batsman Farokh Engineer remained just one shot away from scoring a century in before lunch on the first day. He was 94* and lost strike on the first ball of the last over before Lunch. Only five batsmen have the distinction of achieving such feat so far in the history of Test cricket.
14th January 1981
Birthday of Rajagopal Sathish. A good promising all-rounder who played for Tamilnadu and Assam before he chose to play in ICL, the league that was banished by Indian Cricket Board. After returning to the fold, he resumed playing for Tamilnadu and has taken part in the IPL too.
15th January 1988
India vs West Indies, Fourth Test, Madras – A sensational debut for the bespectacled Indian leg-spinner Narendra Hirwani. He recorded best bowling figures on Test debut as picked up 16/136 (Break up – 8/61 & 8/75) taking India to a Test win. The spinner failed to establish himself in Indian cricket though and vanished from the scene soon.
18th January 1972
A talent that failed to justify itself, Vinod Kambli was born in Mumbai on this day. His first shot at the fame was when he shared 664 runs partnership with the maestro Sachin Tendulkar in school cricket. He scored 937 runs in his first 9 Tests; these included two double centuries against England. His lean form and indiscipline saw him out of the national team.
18th January 1998
India chased the world-record total in the Independence Cup Final against Pakistan. Asked to set 315 after a brilliant 140 from Saeed Anwar, India had a great start with 124 from fleet-footed Saurav Ganguly yet the hero was someone else. Hrishikesh Kanitkar scored the winning runs for India in darkness as India chased a world-record total.