This Month in Cricket History – April

Welcome to this nostalgic series where, each month, we take you back in time to relive some of the most defining moments in the game of cricket.

 April 2nd – 2011

India wins its second World Cup after a gap of three decades

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One of India’s greatest ODI batting sides featuring the likes of Tendulkar, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Dhoni, Gambhir and a young yet promising Kohli took the boys in blue to World Cup glory in front of a home crowd, beating Sri Lanka in a truly memorable moment for the cricket-loving nation.

 April 12th – 2004

 Brian Lara hits a quadruple century

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 After suffering three consecutive losses against England in 2004, the Caribbean team looked down and out; but all that changed in the fourth Test, when the World Class batsman Brian Lara stepped on to the pitch and scored a memorable 400 not out, helping the West Indies draw the match. To this day, Lara's quadruple century is the highest score by a batsman in Test Cricket.

 April 18th – 2008

 The inception of the IPL

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On the 18th of April 2008, the first franchise cricket tournament recognized by the ICC kicked off in Bengaluru. Brendon McCullum smashed a berserk 158, leading Kolkata Knight Riders to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 140 runs in the first-ever IPL match.

 April 27th – 2002

The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ breaks the 100mph barrier

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Shoaib Akhtar became the first man in cricket history to break the 100mph barrier. He bowled a delivery against New Zealand’s Craig McMillan that clocked in at 100.04 mph (161 km/h) and earned the title of the world’s fastest bowler. That delivery is still the fastest recorded in the game of cricket to this date.

April 28th – 2007

Australia completes a World Cup hat-trick

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In 2007 Australia became the first cricket team to win three consecutive World Cup tournaments, marking a period of dominance from 1999 to 2007. The Aussies beat Pakistan in 1999, India in 2003, and Sri Lanka in 2007 to achieve this astonishing feat.

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