June 7 marks an epoch in the history of cricket for it was on this day that the first World Cup was started in 1975. It was also the day the first fifer was taken in ODI history and the first 150 scored in limited overs cricket. The date is also important for Indian cricket because it was on this day that legendary Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar scored his slow unbeaten 36 off 174 deliveries.
Sunil Gavaskar. Pic/mid-day archives
1952: Team India got the worst start to an innings in Test history thanks to a young pacer making his debut. England's 21-year-old debutant Fred Trueman ripped through the Indian batting line-up. Fourteen balls after India started in the second innings they were 0 for 4. Trueman took three of the wickets, and his opening bowling partner Alec Bedser the other. Trueman took eight wickets in the Test.
1975: The first World Cup kicked off. It was also the day that India played England with the hosts scoring 334 for 4, riding on the back of Dennis Amiss' 137 off 147 balls. Chasing that huge total, legendary India opener Sunil Gavaskar decided to just practice in the middle. He crawled to 36 not out off 174 balls. His innings was at a strike rate of 20.68 and featured only one boundary. England won by 202 runs after India ended on 132 for 3 - it was the biggest one-day victory until 1984-85.
1975: On the same day, Dennis Lillee took the first ODI fifer (5 for 34) to bowl Australia to victory over Pakistan in the World Cup. New Zealand's Glenn Turner scored the first 150 in ODI history -- 171 to be exact. The Kiwis thumped East Africa by 181 runs. West Indies recorded a nine-wicket win over Sri Lanka, who were playing their first ODI.
1975: New Zealand fast bowler Shane Bond, was born. Bond made his international debut for the Kiwis in the Test series against Australia in 2001-02. The numerous injuries he sustained limited him to 18 Tests in all, over eight years.
1957: Mickey Stewart of Surrey, who went on to become England manager, created a first-class cricket record by becoming the first outfielder to take seven catches in an innings, against Northamptonshire at Northampton. No outfielder has taken more than Stewart's seven catches, though Gloucestershire's Tony Brown equalled the record nine years later.
1970: Derbyshire bowler Alan Ward earned a place in the record books by dismissing four Sussex batsmen in four balls in the John Player Sunday League.
2011: England were held to a draw in the second Test as Sri Lanka batted out to reach 127 for three on the final day at Lord's. The action was overshadowed by an incident which saw England wicketkeeper Matt Prior inadvertently break a window in the dressing room after his dismissal.
1996: A big umpiring mistake helped save the England career of Nasser Hussain. Playing his first Test in three years, Hussain gloved one down the leg side off India's Javagal Srinath on 14. But the umpire let him off and the batsman went on to make a match-winning 128, his first Test hundred.
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