14th July to 20th July
14th July 2015
Kedar Jadhav scored his maiden ODI century on this day against Zimbabwe in Harare. He got to the milestone in just 86 deliveries; not bad for a player who is playing in his fourth innings. Also, Kedar Jadhav (four ODI innings) then held the record to ‘take few innings to score maiden century in ODIs’ among Indians. Jadhav till date scored only two centuries for India in ODIs and is unfortunately ‘in and out’ of the Indian team with injuries.
17th July 2014
India’s middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane scored 103 runs against England at the Lord’s venue in 2014. This is one of those knocks that induced so much confidence into India which helped them to recover from a poor start on Day 1. Ishant Sharma starred with the ball picking up 7 wickets in the second innings. India went on to beat England by a margin of 95 runs in this Test match, which is also their first Test win at this venue since 1987.
18th July 1996
Birth of Smriti Mandhana! She emerged as one of the best batters for Indian Women in the recent past who came into lime light with her performances in the Women’s World Cup last year. Thus far, she played 41 ODIs and an equal number of T20Is for India, while scoring runs at a decent batting average. Also, Mandhana is the first women player from India to play in Kia Super League, domestic tournament in South Africa.
19th July 1955
Birth of Roger Binny, the first Anglo-Indian to play for Team India. Highlights of his ODI career was playing a match-winning knock in the eliminator against Australia in the 1983 World Cup. Also, he bowled brilliantly against West Indies in the 1983 World Cup final match. He also played the role of an Indian selector during the 2015 ODI World Cup. Stuart Binny, Roger’s son, got controversially selected in the 2015 World Cup squad and surprisingly Stuart did not play a single game for India in the World Cup.
20th July 1990
On this day, India won their first bilateral ODI series in England beating the hosts by 2 – 0 in the two match ODI series. India beat England in the second ODI by 5 wickets at Trent Bridge to complete the series win. England opener Robin Smith’s century had also not saved them from the defeat in this game. Coincidentally, all four ODI centuries of Robin Smith came in defeats for England. Very unfortunate!
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