On this day: 12th October

Pakistan was handed a two-day embarrassing defeat by Australians in Sharjah. Pakistan just scored 112 runs in the entire test match which was the fourth-lowest total in test match history. Shane Warne picked 8 wickets in the match. Only 3 Pakistani batsmen managed to score a double-digit in the match. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat first. Pakistan was bowled out to just 59 in the first innings. Shane Warne picked 4 wickets and Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath and Andy Bichel picked 2 wickets each. In response to Pakistan’s sloppy first innings, Australia managed to score 310 with Mathew Hayden scoring a century. When Pakistan came to bat for the second innings again Warne’s magic got them into trouble and Pakistan were bowled out for just 53 runs. Australia won the match by an innings and 198 runs.

The birth of the first great Indian batter. Vijay Merchant was wristy, light on his feet and technically impeccable. At 5ft 7in, he set the standard for those little modern-day masters, Gavaskar and Tendulkar. Merchant played only ten Tests, all against England between 1933 and 1951 before a shoulder injury forced him to retire, and despite never playing on a winning side he averaged 47.72. His masterful displays in 1936 incited CB Fry to exclaim: “Let us paint him white and take him with us to Australia as an opener.”
(source: Cricinfo)