Another anniversary-India’s first Test win

Britain is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascending the throne (on February 6, 1952).

And the first Test won by India also started on the same day. As you can see from the scorecard, the scheduled second day (Feb 7) was made the rest day following the death of King George VI.

Note the contributions of Umrigar (130*) and Mankad (12-108). India’s first Test victory was by an innings. If you look at the English scorecard, it can be inferred that many of the team were in the Test side only because their leading players of that time did not want to tour India.

History of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Results of tournament since it started in 1988 are given below.

India has won this 5 times (2000, 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2022) besides being runners-up in 2006, 2016 and 2020.

It is interesting to look at the team sheets of the winners and runners-up to see if the prominent players at the under-19 level did well at higher levels. For instance, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh played for India in 2000. Yuvraj was the player of the tournament here.

The world’s largest countries, by population and area:

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The top 20 with live updates, from the Worldometers site:

India is #2 in population, and seems poised to overtake China in the near future.

India is #7 in area:

20 countries with the largest populations:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. USA
  4. Indonesia
  5. Pakistan
  6. Brazil
  7. Nigeria
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Russia
  10. Mexico
  11. Japan
  12. Ethiopia
  13. Philippines
  14. Egypt
  15. Vietnam
  16. DR Congo
  17. Turkey
  18. Iran
  19. Germany
  20. Thailand

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Apart from China and India, other pairs with similar populations are Brazil/Nigeria and Turkey/Iran. You may find the top 20 in a different ranking if you check after a few weeks.

20 countries with the largest areas:

  1. Russia
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. USA
  5. Brazil
  6. Australia
  7. India
  8. Argentina
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Algeria
  11. DR Congo
  12. Greenland (ruled by Denmark)
  13. Saudi Arabia
  14. Mexico
  15. Indonesia
  16. Sudan
  17. Libya
  18. Iran
  19. Mongolia
  20. Peru

Those with similar areas are Greenland and Saudi Arabia.

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