Monday, August 3, 2020

On this day

1984: 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)

1987: Detroit Tigers ace Jack Morris ties AL record with 5 wild pitches in a 4-2, 10 innings loss v Kansas City Royals

1990: NY Yankees rookie 1st baseman Kevin Maas sets a MLB record for hitting 10 home runs in the fewest at bats (72)

1996: 5-time Tour de France winner Miguel Induráin of Spain wins the 52.2k road time trial in 1:04:05, 12 seconds ahead of countryman Abraham Olano at the Atlanta Olympics

1998: The Oval stages first competitive cricket match played under floodlights in London when home team Surrey loses to Sussex by 8 wickets in the day/night 40-over fixture

2012: American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins the 100m butterfly in London to take his all-time Olympic gold medal tally to a record 17

2012: American Missy Franklin swims a world record 2:04.06 to win the 200m backstroke gold medal at the London Olympics

Balwinder Sandhu

When we discuss India’s bowling attack during the 1983 World Cup, the names that are generally talked about are Madan Lal, Roger Binny and Mohinder Amarnath. There is another bowler who made some crucial contributions during the tournament. He is Balwinder Singh Sandhu.
Sandhu first took the wicket of Gordon Greenidge in India’s tournament opener against West Indies at Manchester. He took another wicket against Zimbabwe and went wicket-less against Australia.
In the second-half of group matches, he took a wicket each against West Indies and Zimbabwe and took two wickets against Australia.
His most memorable moment in the 1983 World Cup came in the final. India had to defend a paltry 183 and opening the Windies batting was the formidable duo of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes.
In Gordon Greenidge’s 12th delivery, Sandhu bowled a delivery which was pitching outside the off-stump. Greenidge tried to defend the delivery by letting it go but the ball curled in and shattered his stumps. This was the start that India desperately needed. He went on to take another wicket, that of Faoud Bacchus’.
Balwinder Singh Sandhu ended the 1983 World Cup with 8 wickets which is half of his ODI tally.

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