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On This Day – 4 and 5 March: Happy birthday Ishara Amerasinghe! – The Morning

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4 March


1984 – Tennis legend Martina Navratilova retains her Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tour Championship in New York beating Chris Evert 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 for her fifth overall Championship title

1992 – In the World Cup match in Sydney, which India won by 43 runs, Javed Miandad mimicked Kiran More’s hyperactive form of appealing by repeatedly jumping up and down

Javed Miandad’s mocking of Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More that became an iconic image of the rivalry between the two sides

1986 – Allan Border became only the fifth batter ever to score two centuries in a Test match, in Christchurch, New Zealand

2021 – In Antigua Kieron Pollard become only the third batter to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket – and the second in Twenty20 Internationals – after Herschelle Gibbs in the 2007 World Cup and Yuvraj Singh in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Sri Lanka bowler Akila Dananjaya had just rocked West Indies with a hat-trick in his previous over before Pollard laid into him


1931 – Herman Griffith dismissed Don Bradman for a duck for the first time in his Test career, in Sydney


1918 – Birth of American tennis player Margaret Osborne DuPont, a six-time Grand Slam singles winner

Margaret Osborne DuPont (1918-2012), world No. 1 American female tennis player

1967 – Birth of former South Africa batsman Daryll Cullinan, the youngest South African to make a first-class hundred (aged 16)

1984 – Irish all-rounder Kevin O’Brien is born 

5 March


1864 – First track meet between Oxford and Cambridge, England

1949 – Donald Bradman plays his last innings in first-class cricket, gets 30

1966 – Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19 m indoor world record

1971 – A sixth consecutive first-class century for that great South African all-rounder Mike Procter

1992 – Beefy’s last hurrah. The final international appearance of England cricket legend Ian Botham

2004 – Pakistan win the Under-19 Cricket World Cup by beating West Indies by 25 runs in Dhaka


1921 – Pakistan’s first Test centurion Nazar Mohammad is born

1951 – Birth of Rodney Hogg, the prolific Australian wicket-taker during 1978-84

1963 – Birth of Eddo Brandes, Zimbabwe Test pace bowler

1975 – Birth of Chris Silverwood, England Test pace bowler and their former Head Coach

Ishara Amerasinghe takes Matthew Hayden’s wickets in Sydney in 2008

1978 – Ishara Amerasinghe, the six-foot Sri Lanka fast-bowler, is born


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