The Little Master is born. Few players have been so destined for greatness from such an early age as Sachin Tendulkar: at 12 he eased to a century for his school in the under-17 Harris Shield; at 14 he added a world-record 664 with Vinod Kambli (in the course of a run of scores: 207, 329 and 346, all not out); at 15 he made a century on his first-class debut for Bombay; at 16 he made his Test debut, against Pakistan at Karachi in 1989-90; at 17 he stroked a sublime maiden century to save the Old Trafford Test of 1990. Tendulkar has gone on to fulfil all the promise of his youthful talent. Thirty-one years old today, he has 70 hundreds in international cricket to his name, 33 of them in Tests. He aggregated 673 runs in the 2003 World Cup, the most ever in the tournament's history
On the day the Little Master was born, the original Master, Jack Hobbs, made his first-class debut. Batting for Surrey against the Gentlemen of England at The Oval, Hobbs made 18 and 88, top-scoring in both innings. It was the start of something beautiful: Hobbs went on to make 61,237 first-class runs, a record that will surely never be broken.
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If he was born anywhere but Australia, Damien Fleming might have made three or four times his 20 Test appearances. A high-quality swing bowler, he took a hat-trick in his first Test, at Rawalpindi in 1994-95, and in the same winter displaced Glenn McGrath in the Aussie team. As well as being the joker of the Australian squad, Fleming was a useful tailender, and spanked 71 not out against England at Brisbane in 1998-99, his highest first-class score
An innovator is born. Whatever he does during the rest of his career, Zimbabwe allrounder Doug Marillier will be known for the Marillier shot, a lap-scoop over the wicketkeeper off the quicker bowlers that he used to devastating effect in a famous one-day victory at Faridabad during the 2001-02 tour.
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A Sri Lankan World Cup-winner is born. Kumara Dharmasena was a key component of the 1996 side, strangling the life out of teams along with Muttiah Muralitharan in the middle overs, and in the final he grabbed the crucial wicket of Steve Waugh. Itís an irony that Dharmasena, a bowler who bats, has only ever really won a Test with the bat: in Sri Lankaís famous series win in Pakistan in 1995-96, he played crucial innings of 49 and 62 not out in their victories at Faisalabad and Sialkot. There have been whispers about his action, but he has been cleared.
What a famous day in International Cricket. Clearly, some of the best are born this day.
Anyway Cricket Web wishes the little master Sachin Tendulkar, Damien Fleming, Doug Marillier, Kumar Dharamasena and the late great Jack Hobbs a happy birthday.