The birth of the first spinner to take 300 Test wickets. With his lissome figure and unusually long fingers, Lance Gibbs allied pronounced spin and bounce to a fierce accuracy. He took 309 wickets in 79 Tests - including 18 five-fors.
India’s Anshuman Gaekwad completed the then-slowest double-century in Tests, against Pakistan in Jullundur. He took 652 minutes and 426 balls to reach his milestone.
A remarkable performance from Saleem Elahi led Pakistan to a nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the first one-day international in Gujranwala. Not yet 19, Elahi stroked an unbeaten 102 on his ODI debut at a time when he had not even played a first-class match. And he reached three figures in a grand manner, with a straight six off Pramodya Wickramasinghe, thus becoming the fourth person, after Dennis Amiss, Desmond Haynes and Andy Flower, to score a hundred on his ODI debut.
The second Test between Zimbabwe and New Zealand ended in a draw in Bulawayo, with the series tied 0-0. But this was no bore draw. Set 286 to win after a sporting declaration from Zimbabwe captain Alistair Campbell, New Zealand closed on 275 for 8, having looked set for victory at 207 for 3. The match was notable for Guy Whittall’s unbeaten first-innings 203 and legspinner Adam Huckle’s unlikely match figures of 11 for 255.
Mominul Haque, born today, had a run of fifties in 11 consecutive Tests for Bangladesh between October 2013 and May 2015, falling one short of the world record held by AB de Villiers. In 2018, he had another purple patch, making four hundred in seven matches, two of them in the same Test, against Sri Lanka.