Today in history: Feb 20
• 1949: Birth of Edward Ernest 'Eddie' Hemmings (1949-), English off-spinner
who was famously belted for four successive sixes by Kapil Dev at Lord’s.
• 1957: Hugh Tayfield of South Africa took 9 for 113 in the fourth Test against
England at Johannesburg. He bowled throughout the last day, sending down
35 eight-ball overs in a row. This is the best bowling performance in Test
• 1958: The start of the longest Test innings of all time — Hanif Mohammad's
970-minute marathon for Pakistan at Bridgetown. Following on 473 runs in
arrears, Hanif ground down West Indies' bowlers on his way to 337 made over
three days as the match ended in a draw. His captain, Abdul Kardar
encouraged him by leaving notes saying 'You are our only hope,' and 'Keep
Fighting. Don't give up,' stuck to his bedroom mirror.
• 1964: Salim Durani scored 50 in only 29 minutes, in the fifth Test against
England at Kanpur. This was only one minute slower than the fastest Test
fifty by JT Brown of England.
• 1974: Pakistani Aftab Baloch made 428 batting for Sind against Baluchistan - the seventh-highest first-class innings of all time.
• 1976: Birth of Rohan Jaivishwa Gavaskar, Indian left-handed batsman who is Sunil Gavaskar's son. He captained Bengal in 2001-02 and was named after
Rohan Kanhai, ML Jaisimha and GR Vishwanath.