March 18 has been busy down the years. Here’s a list of cricket stories that made headlines that day.
Suspicious Death: A day after Pakistan was knocked out of the 2007 World Cup, their coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room in Jamaica. While the Jamaica Constabulary Force said the 58-year-old died of natural causes, one pathologist’s report stated he was murdered. His death remains a mystery.
One Last Time: The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar played his last One-Day International against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Dhaka. Tendulkar managed 52 before Saeed Ajmal intervened. Virat Kohli’s mammoth 183 saw India chase down 329 runs with 13 balls to spare. It was a cracker of a match.
The name is Dinesh, Dinesh Karthik!: Chasing 167, India were in a spot of bother at the end of the 18th over with the scoreboard reading 133/5. Dinesh walked in, did his bit for a while, and then went nuts against Rubel Hossain. The 19th over read: 6, 4, 6, 0, 2, 4. India needed 12 from 6 to win the T20 final and Vijay Shankar’s dismissal on the 5th ball of the 20th meant Dinesh was back on. India needed 5 off the final ball and he obliged with a six. The fans went nuts, so did the Indian dressing room. What an innings!
The Bite Of An Underdog: It was all going to the plan for the Englishmen. They won the toss. Bowled out Zimbabwe for 134 in 46.1 overs and then bam... they crashed against one Eddo Brandes. Remember Eddo Brandes? No? Get on Youtube, he’s there! In the time of coronavirus, when staying at home is a must, you don’t want to miss out on one of cricket’s biggest shocking moments. They won by 9 runs BTW!
Sportsman’s Spirit: The gentleman’s game got a new hero in Adam Gilchrist, who walked off despite umpire Rudi Koertzen ruling him NOT OUT during a World Cup semi-final match against Sri Lanka at St George’s Park in 2003. Australia went on to win the match by 48 runs (D/L method).
Two to Tango: Wasim Akram (4/32) and Rameez Raja (119*) ended New Zealand’s seven-match winning streak at the 1992 World Cup. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets after having restricted the Kiwis for a paltry 166.