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On This Day – 2 September: Happy birthday Indika de Saram!




1878 – Surrey left-arm bowler Ted Barratt takes 10/43 for the team Players in Australia in a first innings in a cricket match on his home ground at The Oval. All ten are caught or stumped and Australia won by eight runs

1905 – New Zealand beat Australia 14-3 in the first international rugby union match between the countries on New Zealand soil, played at Tahuna Park in Dunedin

1952 – Birth of American tennis players Jimmy Connors. He was an eight-time Grand Slam winner and 109 titles overall

Iconic tennis player Jimmy Connors is 69 today

1956 – Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina finishes second in Italian Grand Prix racing at Monza to win his third straight Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship by three points from Englishman Stirling Moss. British Ferrari driver Peter Collins had sportingly handed over his car to Fangio before the race

Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina won his third straight F1 title in Italy in 1956

1960 – Tamara Press and Irina Press of Soviet Union become first sisters to win Olympic gold medals. Tamara won Rome Olympics shot put one day after Irina takes out 80 m hurdles

First sisters to win Olympic gold medals, Tamara and Irina Press of Soviet Union. Younger one Irina passed away in 2004 aged 64 and Tamara died in April this year aged 83

1972 – John Akii-Bua of Uganda won the 400 m with a world record 47.82 seconds at the Munich Olympics

1973 – Netherlands won their first men’s hockey World Cup, 4-2 on penalties over India in Amstelveen, Netherlands

1973 – Birth of Indika de Saram, who broke into the Sri Lanka cricket team in the 1999-2000 tour of Zimbabwe. Saram was a regular in the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team before breaking into the national team. He was dropped from the side in 2001 and eight years later, made a comeback when he was included in the Twenty20 squad against the touring Indians and later for the T20 World Cup in England

Happy birthday Indika de Saram!

1977 – The 43-year-old transsexual Rene Richards, who fought for over a year for right to play in a major event, was beaten 6-1, 6-4 by Wimbledon champion Virginia Wade at the US Open

1988 – Birth of tall, lanky Indian seamer, Ishant Sharma. He grabbed the headlines during a tour of Australia during his second spell in the second innings in Perth set up India’s win

1989 – NBA basketball Hall of Famer Micheal Jordan, 26, married Juanita Vanoy, 30, at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas. After 17 years of marriage, the pair split 2006 and got divorced in 2007