21st July to 27th July
21st July 1947
India’s Test opener Chetan Chauhan was born on this day. He was one of the most successful opening partners with the bat for little master Sunil Gavaskar. This pair had shared a good number of Ten century partnerships for India in 1970s and early 1980s. At The Oval in 1979, this pair added 213 – In this Test match, Chauhan scored 80, while Gavaskar got to 221. Chauhan was unlucky not to get a Test hundred in his 40 matches for India. Also, he was the first player to get to 2000 Test runs without a century.
23rd July 2017
It was a heart breaking Women’s World Cup Final for Indian Women on this day in 2017. A record number of worldwide audience witnessed this epic final game between England Women and India Women, and playing at Lord’s only made this game even more special. This was India Women’s second World Cup final in which they seemed to have an upper hand for most part of the game. Indian pacer Jhulan Goswami picked up 3 wickets to restrict England (who were batting first) to 228 for 7. In the last 8 overs, the match swung dramatically in the favor of England, with their pacer Anya Shrubsole wreaking havoc with the ball. She ended with a six wicket haul, which helped England beat India by 9 runs in the end.
25th July 2011
It was the start of a Test match between England and India, which marked the 2000th Test match in the history of Cricket. This was also the 100th Test match played between India and England, while it also marks the 100th Test match for Duncan Fletcher as coach. This match has too many milestones in it and Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar was then one short of his 100 International centuries, which he failed to score in this game. Rahul Dravid scored an unbeaten century while Praveen Kumar picked up a five wicket haul. These two players were joined by England’s Kevin Pietersen (scored 202) on the honours board at Lord’s. On a lighter note, India went on to lose that Test match, their eighth consecutive Overseas Test defeat.
26th July 1997
Rahul Dravid on this day, for the first time, rolled his arm in a One Day International (ODI) game. It was against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final in Colombo in 1997. He bowled just 2 overs in that game, though. Though he did not pick up a wicket, he was very economical in those two overs conceding just 6 runs.
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