9th March to 15th March
9th March 1998
The India-Australia Test series in 1998 witnessed two giants of the game squaring off against each other. Indian turning tracks set the ideal platform for a dual between the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and the bowling wizard Shane Warne.
After getting out to Warne in the first innings of the first Test at Chennai, Sachin Tendulkar on the fourth day of the Test decimated the bowler. Sachin’s unbeaten 155 scored at a strike rate of 81.15 made him appear in the dreams of Shane Warne.
9th March 1996
India versus Pakistan, World Cup Quarterfinal
The arch enemies stood against each other in the quarterfinal stage of the World Cup 1996 which was being played in the sub-continent. India batted first and put up a formidable 287 on the board thanks to Navjot Singh Sidhu’s 93 and the famous late surge from Ajay Jadeja. Pakistan fell apart after a flying start and was short by 39 runs.
10th March 1985
India versus Pakistan, World Championship final
After the magical success of 1983 World Cup, the Indian team added another jewel to its crown by winning the World Championship 1985 tournament in Australia. In the final, batting first Pakistan scored only 176 in 50 overs as Laxman Sivaramakrishnan took three wickets. Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri guided India to this major win with seven wickets in hand.
11th March 1949
Bombay (Mumbai) and Maharashtra played out the most high-scoring first-class match ever in cricket history as the semi-final of the 1948-49 Ranji Trophy saw 2376 runs being amassed in the seven-day marathon at the Poona Ground.
Bombay scored 651 and 714/8 in their two innings. Maharashtra, who had scored 407 in the first innings was chasing 959 runs to win, which at one stage looked possible. They ended at 604 eventually.
11th March 1915
Birthday – Vijay Hazare
Birth of one of the three Vijays, who ushered the era of classical batting in India. Born in Maharashtra, Vijay Hazare was not only a solid middle-order batsman but also a useful medium pace bowler.
Hazare played one of the most miraculous knocks in Mumbai when he scored 309 out of team’s total of 387 in the Quadrangular competition. He also scored a Test century in each innings against Australia in 1948 at Adelaide, becoming the first Indian batsman to do so.
13th March 1996
The great Indian suicide
India collapsed spectacularly at the Eden Gardens against Sri Lanka in the semi-final of the World Cup 1996 which caused the mega crowd to go hay-wire and disrupt the game. India from 98/1 stuttered to 120/8 as Sri Lankan spinners kept gobbling wickets.
Earlier in the day, Aravinda De Silva produced a masterclass to take Sri Lanka to a safe total of 251. Sri Lanka won this match by default and later defeated Australia at Lahore to win their maiden World Cup.
14th March 2001
The Kolkata miracle
Mention the number 281 to any Indian cricket fan and watch his face light up. The number, of course, represents the epic innings played by VVS Laxman at Eden Gardens, Kolkata against Australia in the second Test of the series.
India was 254/4 at the end of the third day with Laxman and Dravid at the crease. The day four also ended with the same pair on the crease as Australia could not take even a single wicket on the day. Harbhajan bamboozled the Australian batsmen on day five to script a famous win.