England’s Big Fred Andrew Flintoff who was born today.
As Spinal Injuries and Brain Fades Initially Held Him Back.
But Flintoff Gradually Found his way and His Powerful Hitting Making him a Favourite with the Crowds, and his bowling Gaining in Pace and Potency.
Undoubtedly 2005 was His year, with the Ashes series being his Watershed moment.
In a Historic series Triumph, Flintoff was England’s Talisman with both bat and ball.
Not surprisingly, the ICC Player of the Year award was his, but thereafter it was a steady decline as his Body Began to fall Apart and His off-field Discipline came Increasingly under the Spotlight.
But for a Time there was No More enthralling Sight than Flintoff, with bat or ball.
He ended a Celebrated career by helping England Beat Australia 2-1 before Announcing his Retirement From Test cricket, and a year Later, from all forms.
An exciting 16-run win for Australia over India in the first Test in Brisbane.
Australia had six Debutants after the Defections to Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket.
And were Captained by 41-year-old Bob Simpson, Returning to First-class Cricket after a Ten-Year Retirement.
India just Failed to Reach a victory Target of 341, Succumbing for 324 After Sunil Gavaskar Made 113.
The Birth of Sean Ervine, one of the 15 players who Walked out of Zimbabwe Cricket in April 2004.
An allrounder with a Frantic Whirling Action.
His Best innings came against India in the 2003-04 VB Series when He combined with Stuart Carlisle to Put on 202 for the fourth wicket.
Zimbabwe fell three runs short of India’s total.
A left-arm Indian Seamer is born.
RP Singh won the Man of the Match Award on Test Debut for Taking Five wickets on a Dead Pitch in Faisalabad, Early in 2006
In friendlier conditions, at an overcast Lord’s in 2007, RP Picked up a career-best 7 for 117, and Rain helped India draw the Test.
Not that he Didn’t shine in wins – He took six in the memorable Perth Test in 2008, and 12 in the Inaugural World T20.
When the Indian Selectors Picked him as a Replacement for the Injured Zaheer Khan during the England tour in 2011.
Looking Unfit and obviously Lacking Match Practice, RP went wicketless in the Oval Test.
Birth of Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, a Handy No. 7 Batsman and useful Left-Arm Spinner.
He made his limited Overs Debut in early 2009.
He Grabbed the Headlines For His Run-scoring in that year’s IPL.
Then he was Bought by Chennai Super Kings US$2 million in the 2012 auction.
In his First Four years in ODIs, Jadeja Managed only Five Half-Centuries and about one wicket Per Game.
But with India’s Spin Stocks Sinking Lower Every Series.
He Made his Test Debut in the Final Test against England in Nagpur in 2012.
His fielding and Batting Made him an Easy Pick as a Third Spinner in Home Tests.
In that role He Finished with 24 wickets at 17.45 in His First Full series, the 4-0 whitewash of Australia in 2013.
Jadeja Swiftly rose to Become India’s second spinner and a Reliable Foil to R Ashwin.
Javed Miandad Completed a Hundred in his 100th Test.
He finished with 145 runs, and Shoaib Mohammad 203 not out, as the Third Test against India Meandered to a high-Scoring Draw.
The first day of Test cricket for Brian Lara.
He made 44 on Debut in the Third Test against Pakistan in Lahore, But was overshadowed by Carl Hooper, Who Cracked 134.
The match (and with it the series) was drawn.
Even though Curtly Ambrose (5 for 35) and Ian Bishop (5 for 41) Shot Pakistan Out for 122 in their first innings.