Cricket Timeframes – Events: Jan 1-15
Jan 1, 1908 – At Melbourne, the great Jack Hobbs made his Test debut. He batted for the first time on the following day, scoring 83. England won a thriller by one wicket.
January 2, 1879: At Melbourne, Fred ‘Demon’ Spofforth captured the first ever hat-trick in Test cricket.
January 3, 1949: At Calcutta, Everton Weekes scripted his fifth consecutive hundred in as many innings.
January 3, 1929: At Melbourne, Don Bradman scored the first of his 29 centuries.
January 4, 1898: At Melbourne, Ernie Jones became the first bowler to be called for throwing in Test cricket. The umpire was Jim ‘Dimboola’ Philips.
January 6, 1984: At Sydney, Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rodney Marsh appeared in a Test match for the last time. Chappell bowed out after scoring 182, Lillee captured 8 wickets and Marsh grabbed 6 catches in a 10-wicket win. Abdul Qadir was the last batsman to register on the scoreboard as c Marsh b Lillee.
January 6, 2008: At Sydney, controversy erupted. Australia went 2-0 up against India, but it was marred by questionable decisions and appealing, with Ricky Ponting practically giving Sourav Ganguly out after Michael Clarke had grabbed a bump ball and appealed. Oh, and the Test also created Monkey-Gate
January 12, 1964: At Chennai, Bapu Nadkarni bowled 21 straight overs without conceding a run.
January 14, 1933: At Adelaide, Australian captain Bill Woodfull was struck over the heart by a Larwood bouncer as the Bodyline‘s nasty head emerged in all its ugliness..
January 15, 1988: At Madras, Narendra Hirwani bowled India to a series levelling win against the mighty West Indies with figures of 16 for 136. This remains the best match analysis by a debutant, eclipsing Bob Massey’s 1972 Lord’s feat by one run.
Text: Arunabha Sengupta
Illustration : Maha