Tendulkar crosses a milestone no man has crossed before
Sachin Tendulkar became the first man to make 30,000 international runs, on the final day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka in Ahmedabad. It was the 44th over of the day and Tendulkar clipped an inswinging delivery from Chanaka Welegedara to deep square leg for a single. His 35th run in the innings meant that the 12777 Test runs, 17178 ODI runs and ten from the lone T20 previously, added up to the record. He also brought up his 88th international hundred (his 43rd in Tests) and finished the day on an unbeaten 100 as the match fizzled out in a draw.
After he made his Test debut in 1992-93, Dion Nash, who was born today, played 32 Tests and missed a further 45, mostly because of a series of back injuries. But for those injuries Nash might have been the second-greatest Kiwi wicket-taker of all time behind Richard Hadlee. He was a lively right-arm seamer, rugged, and a real fighter who was not afraid to mix it with opposing batsmen. He could also chip in with the bat, and in 1994 he became the first man to score a half-century and take ten wickets in a Lord's Test. Indeed, Nash tended to save his best for England - he was central to New Zealand's shock triumph in 1999, and in seven Tests against the Poms he has 34 wickets at an average of 21. Injury finally forced him to retire early in 2002 at the age of 31.
Wilf Wooller, who was born today, was one of the greatest all-round sportsmen Wales ever produced. More than that, he was one of the nation's richest - and certainly most combative - characters. He was captain of Glamorgan for 14 years, secretary for 30, and club president for the six years before he died. He had 18 rugby caps for Wales, played soccer for Cardiff and was later fearsome at bowls.
Polly Umrigar scored India's first Test double-century in the first Test against New Zealand in Hyderabad. He scored 223 in all after finishing the opening day on 112, but the match ended in a draw. AG Kripal Singh also scored his only Test hundred in the innings. Three-and-a-half years later Umrigar scored another double-hundred, this time against Cambridge University, which was for 30 years the highest score by an Indian batsman in England.
An increasingly ragged West Indies were thrashed out of sight by Pakistan in the first Test in Peshawar. They were simply hopeless against the wiles of Mushtaq Ahmed (10 for 106 in the match), and from the moment they slipped to 58 for 7 on the first morning, there was only going to be one winner. After Inzamam-ul-Haq clubbed 92 to set up a first-innings lead of 230, Pakistan stormed home by an innings and 19 runs with almost five sessions to spare. It was their biggest victory over West Indies - until the next match, which they won by an innings and 29 runs.
Birth of Chris Harris, whose cheery disposition and everyman quality made him a favourite in New Zealand. His improvised batting, wibbly-wobbly slow-medium bowling and brilliant fielding made him something of a one-day specialist, and he was New Zealand's highest wicket-taker in ODIs till Daniel Vettori passed him in 2007. The son of a Test player, Harris starred in New Zealand's successful 1992 World Cup campaign, taking 16 wickets at 21; in Tests, though, he averaged over 70 with the ball.
A fearsome display from Barry Richards illuminated the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and South Australia in Perth. Richards hammered 325 on the first day - the best is Brian Lara's 390 to take him from 111 to 501 for Warwickshire v Durham at Edgbaston in 1994. Richards made 356 in all, to help South Australia to an innings victory, the highest score of his brilliant but sadly unfulfilled career - he was only 25 but had already played the last of his four Tests for South Africa.
A century on debut for the classy Gundappa Viswanath. Against Australia in Kanpur Vishy started his Test career with a duck but scored 137 (and added 110 with Eknath Solkar) in the second innings. Australia had a slim first-innings lead, but Viswanath's century ensured they didn't get the upper hand. The match was the only drawn Test of the series, which Australia won 3-1. Vishy went on to play 90 more Tests, in which he scored another 13 hundreds.
In a series billed as the unofficial world championship, Pakistan took first blood with a comprehensive eight-wicket win over West Indies in Karachi. If West Indies were led by Desmond Haynes' 117 batting first, Pakistan responded with an 84-run lead, courtesy Saleem Malik's 102. Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis then ran riot in West Indies' second essay to set the 97-run target. West Indies would storm back in the next Test, in Faisalabad, winning by seven wickets. The third and final Test in Lahore petered out to a draw.
Hyderabad's Ibrahim Khaleel broke the record for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a first-class match when he effected 14 against Assam in Guwahati in the Ranji Trophy Plate League. He took 11 catches and made three stumpings. The 21-year-old Lalith Mohan was the biggest beneficiary, with four catches and two stumpings coming off his left-arm spin. The previous record was 13 by Zimbabwe's Wayne James in 1996.
Birth of Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon. In 2010, before he played first-class cricket, Lyon was working with the Adelaide Oval groundstaff, and his bowling talent was spotted by coach Darren Berry. He was picked in the Test squad for Sri Lanka in 2011 and he capped his remarkable rise with a wicket off his first ball in Test cricket, in the process taking a five-for. By 2015, Lyon had become Australia's most successful Test offspinner of all time, passing Hugh Trumble's tally of 141 wickets. At Adelaide in 2014, he spun Australia to a close victory with a 12-wicket haul against the Indians.
England took an unassailable 2-0 lead in their one-day series in Pakistan with a 23-run victory in the second match in Karachi. Graham Gooch clobbered 142 off 134 balls, and David Capel excelled himself with a 40-ball 50 that included three successive sixes off Shoaib Mohammad. As Pakistan fell short of their target, interest centred on whether Ramiz Raja could complete his century. He was on 98 with one ball remaining when, looking for a second run, he deliberately intercepted a throw with his bat. He was given out obstructing the field for 99, the first such dismissal in ODI history.
Rajin Saleh, born today, played 24 Tests and 43 ODIs for Bangladesh between 2003 and 2008. A talented middle-order batsman, Saleh was 19 when he caught the attention of the national selectors after averaging 56 in the first-class league. Before he had turned 21 he was elevated to the captaincy, for the Champions Trophy in England in 2004, after Habibul Bashar broke his thumb. Saleh cracked 89 in the historic Test victory over Zimbabwe in Chittagong early in 2005. But a series of poor one-day performances spelt the end. He was named in the World Cup 2007 squad but didn't play a game.
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The Cricket Monthly July issue
John Crawley talks about playing against Australia, his best innings, highs and lows with Lancashire, and teaching history
Mahela Jayawardene talks about reforming Sri Lankan cricket, and the challenges of handling big-name players
The venue has a chance this weekend to show that the facility built for cricket has not been entirely lost to soccer
Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"