March 15: A day of milestones

What makes March 15 special? It was the day Test cricket began in 1877. It was on March 15, 2001 that India registered its famous win against Australia. And today, Bangladesh is playing its 100th Test.

A snapshot of Indians celebrating after winning the second Test against Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in 2001.   -  V.V. Krishnan

This very day (it’s March 15, you know), in 1877, the first officially recognised Test match was played between Australia and England. It’s been a glorious 140 years since Test cricket began and Google was kind enough to remind us of the feat with a colourful doodle.

Australia’s Charles Bannerman scored the first run and then scored another 99 to make history as the first batsman to hit a century in Test cricket. His 165-run knock helped Australia defeat England by 45 runs.


March 15 is also special for Indian fans because it was also on this fine day in 2001 that India registered its famous come-from-behind victory over Australia at Eden Gardens. Remember the VVS special? (Time travel to that day here)

This date has now been etched in Bangladesh history as well for it is playing its 100th Test match today. For the stat geeks, it is the 2254th Test in history.

Just so you know, March 15 is a date of significance for Liverpool FC fans as well.

On this day, in 1892, the decision to start a new club in the Merseyside -- Liverpool FC -- was taken after John Houlding, the team's founding father and first president, famously broke from the board of Everton.

Houlding was originally the president of Everton but, after a huge fall out with the board members, was removed from his position.

On the evening of March 15 at Houlding’s home, Stanley House, a new club was proposed and given the name Liverpool Football Club. Holding and his supporters began the plans to recruit new players and to formally enter the football League and on June 3 was registered as an official football club.

The club has won 5 European Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields, and is widely regarded as the greatest English football club though Manchester United recently equalled its trophy count of 41 by clinching the 2016-17 League Cup.

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