Indian Cricket special
Special events that happened in the week: 19th to 25th January
19th January 1968
India vs Australia, Third Test, Brisbane – India, after losing the first two Tests miserably called up a certain ML Jaisimha to replace an injured player. The stylish Hyderabadi batsman flew to Australia on the eve of the third Test. Without having any net practice, without getting acclimatized to pitch and conditions, Jaisimha top-scored for India in both the innings. He scored 74 in the first innings and a masterful 101 defying jet lag. India lost the Test but Jaisimha was appreciated by not only Indians but Australians too.
20th January 1994
Birthday of Slow left-arm bowler who could bat in the lower middle order, Akshar Patel. Born in Gujrat, Akshar’s talent was evident from his very young years. He did splendidly in 2012-13 Ranji trophy for his state team and was rewarded as “BCCI Under-19 Cricketer of the year”. He subsequently was chosen for Punjab team in IPL and soon donned the national uniform as well. He has played 38 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India.
20th January 1980
India vs Pakistan, Second Test, Madras. Two of India’s legend came together to stitch a win that sealed the series in India’s favor against the arch-rivals. Sunil Gavaskar scored 166 batting first in around 10 hours proving to be the anchor at one end. Kapil Dev contributed with 84 and took India to 430 runs.
Kapil then spearheaded Indian bowling to skittle Pakistan in both innings. He took 11/147 in the match with his second innings bowling figures being 7/57.
22h January 1991
Birthday of Swapnil Singh, Slow left-arm bowling all-rounder who plays for Baroda. He came into limelight in 2014-15 when he took 6/19 in the domestic T20 tournament of India. The performance did propell him into IPL but he could not do much of note. His recent innings of 164 versus Mumbai in Mumbai in Ranji Trophy 2017-18 may revive his career.
25th January 1988
A run-machine was manufactured in Rajkot, Saurashtra. Cheteshwar Pujara made his Test debut against Australia at Bangalore in 2010 with an impressive knock of 72. He soon became the second fastest Indian to get to 1000 Test runs. He had success in 2013 South African tour too.
Pujara already has plenty of records on his name with two of them being most balls faced by an Indian in a Test innings & Two triple centuries in Ranji Trophy. He is already been labeled as the next Rahul Dravid and has much to look forward to.