Cricket Timeframes – Births and Deaths: Jan 1-15

Born January 3, 1886: Arthur Mailey Australian leg spinner, writer, cartoonist and ultimately meat-shop owner.

Born January 4, 1901: CLR James  Trinidadian writer, journalist, socialist … author of Beyond The Boundary

Born January 8, 1923: Johnny Wardle Yorkshire and England left-arm orthodox spinner, with one of the lowest averages among bowlers with more than 100 wickets since World War 2.

Born January 5, 1941: MAK Pataudi former Indian captain, also known as Nawab of Pataudi and Mansoor Ali Khan, played with one eye and still had a reasonably successful Test career.

Born January 6, 1959: Kapil Dev World Cup winning captain of India, all-round great, pioneering pace bowler of the country with over 5000 runs and 400 wickets in Test cricket.

Born January 12, 1962: Richie Richardson brilliant stroke-maker and captain of West Indies during their final days of world domination

Born January 11, 1973: Rahul Dravid Indian middle-order maestro with more than 13,000 Test runs at an average of 52.

Died January 11, 1902: Johnny Briggs great exponent of left-arm spin for Lancashire and England, as well as a hard-hitting batsman

Died January 1, 1944: Charlie Turner nicknamed ‘Terror’, one of the greatest bowlers of Australia who formed a deadly combination with JJ Ferris

Died January 2, 1946: Joe Darling Australian captain and one of the first great left-handed batsmen

Died January 5, 1952: IAK Pataudi Nawab of Pataudi, scored a hundred on debut for England during the Bodyline series, refused to field in the leg-trap and later led India against England. Died young while playing polo.

Died January 5, 1966: George Duckworth classy Lancashire and England wicketkeeper with one of the loudest appeals in the game

Died January 1, 1967: Maurice Leyland prolific Yorkshire and England batsman, a part-time chinaman bowler and a humorist to boot

Died January 5, 1994: Brian Johnston one of the best-loved broadcasters in cricket, famous for his warm-hearted humour and the leg-over incident

Died January 1, 2013: Christopher Martin-Jenkins Test Match Special commentator, journalist, writer and President of MCC

Died Jaunary 6, 2013: Neil Adcock South African fast bowling spearhead of the 1950s, who formed a feared combination with Peter Heine


Text: Arunabha Sengupta


Illustrations: Maha

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