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Today in history: Feb 27

1944: Birth of (Robert) Graeme Pollock, South African batting prodigy whose average (60.97) is second to the great Don and who was prevented by apartheid from achieving his full potential. He is Shaun Pollock?s uncle. .

india Updated: Feb 27, 2006 15:06 IST

• 1944: Birth of (Robert) Graeme Pollock, South African batting prodigy whose
average (60.97) is second to the great Don and who was prevented by
apartheid from achieving his full potential. He is Shaun Pollock’s uncle.
• 1947: Death of FA MacKinnon aged of 98 years 324 days, the longest living
Test cricketer of them all.
• 1975: Death of Sir Neville Cardus, pre-eminent writer on cricket, aged 85. His
cricket writing for the Manchester Guardian set him at the top level of
the game’s observers. He was also an outstanding music critic.
• 1980: Javed Miandad became Pakistan’s youngest captain (at 22 years 260
days) when he led his team in the first Test against Australia at Karachi.
• 1982: Sunil Gavaskar completed his highest first-class score while playing for
Bombay against Bengal in a quarter-final match of the Ranji Trophy at
Bombay.
• 1996: India played Australia in a day-night match at Wankhede Stadium,
Bombay. It was the first floodlit match at this venue and Mark Waugh’s
126 made him the first batsman to score consecutive centuries in the
World Cup. Australiawon by 16 runs.
• 2003: Glenn McGrath took 7 for 15 in a World Cup match against Namibia at
Potchefstroom. Australia’s 256-run victory wasalso the biggest in any
ODI beating the previous best by Sri Lanka who thrashed India by 245
runs in October 2000.

First Published: Feb 27, 2006 15:06 IST