16th June to 22nd June
17th June 2014
Stuart Binny is into the record books as he picked up 6 wickets conceding just 4 runs against Bangladesh in an ODI. These are the best bowling figures for any India player in this format. Anil Kumble’s 6 for 12 against West Indies in 1993 was the previous best record for India.
Put into bat first in this game, India captained by Suresh Raina were bowled out for just 105 runs in 25.3 overs. Chasing this low target, Bangladesh scored just 58 conceding India a 47-run win. On a lighter note, Stuart Binny, record holder in this game, made his ODI debut in 2014 and had played just 14 games till date with his last game in 2015.
18th June 1983
Kapil Dev hammered Zimbabwean bowlers to all corners of the ground as he hit an unbeaten 175* off just 138 deliveries. This innings which came in a World Cup match included 16 fours and 6 sixes. From 17 for 5, India have recovered well to get to 266 for 8 in 60 overs – ODI matches were then played with 60 overs aside.
India won this game by 31 runs as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 235 during the chase. Seven days later India went on to beat two-time champions West Indies in the Final to win their maiden World Cup title!
20th June 1986
On this day, Roger Binny registered his maiden five wicket haul in Tests. He picked up 5 wickets conceding just 40 runs in England’s first innings of the Leeds Test. India won this Test match by a mammoth margin of 279 runs. Next year, Binny picked up a 6-wkt haul against Pakistan in Kolkata which is his only other 5-fer in his Test career.
22nd June 1996
Sourav Ganguly scored a Test hundred on debut and scoring it at the prestigious Lord’s venue made it very special. Rahul Dravid also debuted in this Test match, fell short of his maiden hundred by just 5 runs. Sourav batted at no. 3 while Dravid came to bat at no. 7 in this test match which ended in a draw.
Both these players had carried their form with the bat into the next Test match in Nottingham as well – Sourav scored 136 runs while Dravid scored 84 runs. Sachin too contributed to India’s total in this Test match with a brilliant 177 including 26 fours.
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