Boucher was a genius behind the stumps that kept wickets to the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Dale Steyn in their absolute prime.

As a lower middle-order batsman, he was symbolic of how traditionally deep South Africa have always batted. While not a holder of startling averages, he has produced plenty of well-played cameos. His career highlight came in 2006 when playing Australia; Boucher scored the winning runs in what is regarded as the greatest ODI ever played, when his team successfully chased the then-record ODI score of 434, quickly refreshing record-books.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Mark Verdon Boucher

Born: December 3, 1976, East London, Cape Province

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Border, Cape Cobras, ICC World XI, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Warriors

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: South Africa (1998-2011)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs      HS     Ave     BF       SR        100s    50s     4s      6s      Ct     St

295      221     57      4686      147*  28.57   5528   84.76         1      26      356     83     403    22

 

Career Highlights

  • Most catches taken by a wicketkeeper in all forms of international cricket (952)
  • First place when paired with Makhaya Ntini for most successful bowler/wicketkeeper combinations with 75 dismissals.
  • Most dismissals in international cricket (998)
  • 4th most dismissals in ODIs (424)
  • 2nd fastest ODI century by a South African (44 balls)
  • 4th fastest half-century in World Cup history (21 balls)
  • 5th fastest half-century in World Cup history (22 balls)

Sangakkara was a natural behind the stumps, and for someone who was naturally a left-hander, took fine catches to his right off both fast bowlers and spinners. He could keep to Chaminda Vaas’ pace on bouncy tracks in overseas conditions as well as to Muttiah Muralitharan on spinning tracks in Sri Lanka.

He took 539 catches and also stumped 139 times in his international career. His combined 678 dismissals is the fourth most in international cricket. As far as his batting his concerned his 14234 runs in ODI cricket speaks volumes about his contribution.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born: October 27, 1977, Matale

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Multan Sultans, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Quetta Gladiators, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: Sri Lanka (2000-2015)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS     Ave      BF        SR       100s     50s     4s       6s      Ct     St

404      380     41     14234    169    41.98   18048    78.86     25        93      1385    88     402    99

 

Career Highlights

  • Had a hand in 54 wickets across 36 innings behind the stumps at the World Cup, at an average of 1.5 dismissals per innings.
  • Most runs as wicketkeeper-batsman in ODI history (13,262 runs)
  • Second most stumpings in a career as a wicketkeeper in ODIs – 99
  • 1st wicketkeeper-batsman to score over 10000 runs in ODIs
  • Most wicket-keeping dismissals in ODI cricket (482)
  • ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year (2011 & 2013)
  • At retirement, he was the 2nd highest run-scorer in ODI cricket
  • 1st player to have scored 4 centuries in a single World Cup
  • Most consecutive centuries in a single World Cup (4)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is credited with having the fastest hands behind the stumps and that suits him perfectly since he plays the game ahead of what is happening.

His overall game awareness and the ability to stay, always, one step ahead of the batsman puts him among the very best to occupy the position.

He is hardly your typical wicketkeeper and there is often a good amount of craft in his game. Under pressure when India needs a wicket, he has been known to produce moments of magic out of nowhere to send the batsman back to the pavilion. His stats for someone who does not count as a textbook wicketkeeper are staggering.

Dhoni, in 350 matches, has snaffled 321 catches along with a record 123 stumpings.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: (2004-present)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS      Ave      BF          SR      100s    50s   4s      6s      Ct     St

350     297     84     10773     183*   50.57   12303      87.56     10     73     826    229    321    123

 

Career Highlights

  • Highest batting average among wicket-keepers (50.96)
  • In 2017, became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIs
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008 & 2009)
  • Highest score by a wicket-keeper, 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005
  • 1st player to pass 10,000 runs in ODIs with an average of over 50
  • Most not outs in ODIs (82)
  • Most stumpings by any wicket-keeper in an ODIs (120)

For the better part of a decade following his debut, Ian Botham was the maverick genius who stood opposite to every English stereotype.

The first years were nothing but tumultuous and scintillating. He had already set most of the famed grounds on fire with his late swing and spectacular hitting. Botham was a phenomenon.

He bowled fast-medium, often quick, swung them a long way in the days when his waistline had not spread with his age and reputation and bounced out the best of batsmen.

When the movement in the air was not what it used to be, he added to his weaponry cunning changes of pace and a wicked leg-cutter.

 

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Ian Terence Botham

Born: 24 November 1955 (age 64), Heswall, Cheshire, England

Height: 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)

Batting style: Right-handed

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

Playing role: All-rounder

 

ODI Career (batting): England (1977–1992)

Mat    Inns    NO  Runs    HS    Ave     BF       SR      100s   50s    4s      6s      

116     106     15    2113    79    23.21   2671    79.10      0       9      197    44      

 

Mat    Inns    Balls   Runs          Wkts   BBI     BBM          Ave    Econ   SR          4w     5w     10w

116    115    6271 4139          145    4/31 4/31          28.54 3.96   43.2          3       0       0

 

Career Highlights

  • Remains England's leading catcher among non-wicketkeepers, with 120.
  • One of 20 bowlers who bowled at least 600 overs till the end of 1992 and conceded less than four per over.
  • Picked up 16 wickets in 10 games and was instrumental in guiding England to the 1992 World Cup final.
  • He scored 2,113 runs with a highest score of 79
  • He took 145 wickets with a best of 4 for 31
  • He collected 36 catches in ODIs
  • Took part in 2 World Cup finals for England

Grant Flower believes Sri Lanka possess the "flair" to be contenders to win a Twenty20 World Cup that he expects to be rescheduled.

Flower took the role of batting coach when Mickey Arthur was appointed Sri Lanka head coach on a two-year deal last December.

The new coaching team have not had much time to work with the players since taking over due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they are due to resume training next Monday.

Flower is optimistic the Arthur era will be a success and feels Sri Lanka can be a real threat at the next major tournament in Australia, which he believes will start later than October 18 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.

He told Stats Perform News: "I suppose the beauty of T20 cricket is it can be quite hit and miss, so it's a lot easier to topple the big teams than it would be over, say, a five-day game.

"It is much more of a test of all of your skills put together in a five-day match, but in a T20 you can have a great game where a couple of your key players come off, you can be the best, so hopefully our skill levels can come through.

"They have always been good with the white ball, through a bit of innovation and their flair, a bit like the Pakistanis, so hopefully that continues."

The International Cricket Council on Wednesday denied reports that the World Cup has been postponed, but Flower is anticipating the showpiece will be put back.

"I'm always optimistic, but whether or not it happens or whether they decide to have an IPL before... I can see the T20 World Cup getting pushed back to maybe the end of the year. From what I've heard so far that's probably the way to go."

Former Zimbabwe all-rounder Flower wants to see senior Sri Lanka players realise their potential and reap the rewards of the faith that has been shown in them over the years.

He added: "There's a lot of enthusiasm here and the guys are skilful, it just needs a bit of structure and a lot of hard work, but I don't see any reason why we shouldn't have a good run here and get some decent results.

"A lot of the guys are at stages in their careers where a lot of investment has been put in them and they've been around for a while working with some good coaches, so hopefully that pays dividends."

 

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Andrew Flintoff’s one-day figures were good without being outstanding but it was his presence that had the biggest impact on his teammates and crowds.

He was always a correct, powerful batsman, even though he was sometimes hesitant against quality spin.

He scored 50 on his one-day international debut against Pakistan at Sharjah in 1999. The following year, he hit 84 in just 60 balls as England began their tour of Pakistan with victory in the opening one-day international at Karachi.

With scores of 43, 59, and 123 against the West Indies, 99 against India, and 104 and 106 against New Zealand, 2004 was perhaps Flintoff’s best year playing One-Day Internationals. That year he was named the ICC ODI Player of the Year.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Andrew Flintoff

Born: December 6, 1977, Preston, Lancashire

Major teams: England, Brisbane Heat, Chennai Super Kings, ICC World XI, Lancashire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

Height: 6 ft 4 in

 

ODI Career (Batting): England (1999-2009)

Mat        Inns        NO       Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100s        50s           4s        6s              

141         122          16       3394       123        32.01      3821       88.82            3          18           308        93                     

 

ODI Career (Bowling): England (1999-2009)

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts       BBI        BBM      Ave       Econ      SR        4w      5w          10w

141          119        5624       4121        169        5/19       5/19      24.38     4.39       33.2        6       2               0

 

Career Highlights

  • 3rd most wickets by an England player (168)
  • Only England player with 3000+ runs and 150+ wickets
  • Amassed 3394 runs at an average of 32.01 in ODIs
  • 1 of 4 England players to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket

Imran Khan played 175 matches and scored 3709 runs at an average of 33.41. His highest score was 102 not out. His best ODI bowling figures were 6 wickets for 14 runs, a record by any bowler in an ODI innings in a losing cause.

In their own way, these figures present a picture of just how good Imran Khan was in his playing days for Pakistan. He also made himself into an allrounder worth a place for his batting alone, and captained Pakistan as well as anyone, rounding off his career with the 1992 World Cup, the only time Pakistan ever won the title.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Imran Khan Niazi

Born: October 5, 1952, Lahore, Punjab

Major teams: Pakistan, Dawood Club, Lahore, New South Wales, Oxford University, Pakistan International Airlines, Sussex, Worcestershire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast

 

ODI Career (Batting): Pakistan (1971-1992)

Mat        Inns     NO     Runs      HS        Ave        BF         SR       100s      50s     

175        151       40      3709      102*      33.41     5105      72.65        1        19      

 

ODI Career (Bowling): Pakistan (1971-1992)

Mat     Inns      Balls      Runs     Wkts      BBI        BBM      Ave       Econ      SR         4w      5w     10w

175      153       7461      4844      182        6/14       6/14      26.61     3.89       40.9       3         1          0

 

Career Highlights

  • Current Prime Minister of Pakistan
  • Captained Pakistan to the 1992 World Cup title
  • Tallied 3709 runs at an average of 33.41

Shakib al Hasan’s contributions to Bangladesh's ODI team have been vital with bat and ball. He became the first player from Bangladesh to achieve the double of 2000 runs and 100 wickets. He also became the first batsman from Bangladesh to score five hundreds, despite mostly batting at No. 5.

The best player in the team, it wasn't surprising when Shakib was handed the captaincy in 2009. His ability to perform consistently and to stay calm under pressure worked well for Bangladesh, as they won 22 out of 47 games under him, and even beat England in the 2011 World Cup.

In 2015, Shakib became the first and only cricketer in history to be ranked the 'No.1 all-rounder' by ICC in its Player Rankings in all three formats of the game.

In June 2019, Shakib became the fastest player to score 6,000 runs and take 250 wickets in ODIs in just 199 matches.

He is the highest run-scorer as well as the highest wicket-taker for Bangladesh in ICC ODI World Cups. He is also the only cricketer to score 1000 runs and to take 30 wickets in the World Cup.

At the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Shakib became the first cricketer to score 600 runs and take 10 wickets in a single World Cup.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Shakib Al Hasan

Born: March 24, 1987, Magura, Jessore

Major teams: Bangladesh, Adelaide Strikers, Bangladesh A, Bangladesh Cricket Board XI, Barbados Tridents, Brampton Wolves, Dhaka Gladiators, Jamaica Tallawahs, Karachi Kings, Khulna Division, Kolkata Knight Riders, Peshawar Zalmi, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Worcestershire

Playing role: Allrounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Slow left-arm orthodox

 

ODI Career (Batting): Bangladesh (2006- present)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR           100s        50s           4s           6s             

206          194        27          6323      134*        37.86     7641      82.75             9           47           574           42                

 

ODI Career (Bowling): Bangladesh (2006- present)

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs      Wkts      BBI         BBM      Ave        Econ      SR           4w          5w               10w

206        203        10517    7857      260        5/29       5/29       30.21     4.48       40.4       8             2               0

 

Career Highlights

  • Fastest player to score 6,000 runs and take 250 wickets in ODIs
  • Most runs and most wickets for Bangladesh in World Cups
  • Only cricketer to score 1000 runs and take 30 wickets in the World Cup
  • 1st cricketer to score 600 runs and take 10 wickets in a single World Cup

Voted India's Cricketer of the Century in 2002, ahead of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev is arguably India’s best bowling all-rounder.

Leading India to the 1983 World Cup and wresting the world-record aggregate of Test wickets from Richard Hadlee were his two greatest accomplishments.

Few, who saw it, will forget his incredible knock of 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup as he single-handedly dragged India from a precarious 17 for 5 to a hard-fought 31-run win.

Kapil Dev was also the first bowler to take 200 ODI wickets eventually ending his career with 253 wickets at a decent average of 27.45.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Kapildev Ramlal Nikhanj

Born: January 6, 1959, Chandigarh

Major teams: India, Haryana, Northamptonshire, Worcestershire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium

 

ODI Career (Batting): India (1978-1994)

Mat        Inns        NO       Runs      HS        Ave        BF         SR          100s        50s          

225          198        39        3783      175*      23.79     3979      95.07           1           14                         

 

ODI Career (Bowling): India (1978-1994)

Mat        Inns        Balls       Runs     Wkts      BBI       BBM      Ave       Econ      SR      4w     5w     10w

225          221        11202     6945       253       5/43      5/43      27.45     3.71       44.2     3        1         0

 

Career Highlights

  • Captained India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team
  • 1st player to take 200 ODI wickets
  • Peak ICC rating of 631 is the highest ever by an all-rounder in ODIs

Regularly dubbed the world's best limited-overs batsman, Michael Bevan was an essential part of Australia’s one-day outfit for a decade, especially when orchestrating calm chases in crises that often ended in last-over or last-ball heroics.

He will long be remembered for his pair of sensational innings against West Indies at Sydney in 1996 and New Zealand at Melbourne in 2002, when nerveless batting and juggling of the tail secured nail-biting victories.

Picking the gaps, running hard and knowing the right moment - and place - to hit a boundary were the hallmarks of his success. He was also a fine fieldsman and his left-arm wrist spin, which swung from erratic to more than useful, added to his lure and allowed him to play Tests as a batting allrounder.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Michael Gwyl Bevan

Born: May 8, 1970, Belconnen, Australian Capital Territory

Major teams: Australia, Chennai Superstars, Kent, Leicestershire, New South Wales, South Australia, Sussex, Tasmania, Yorkshire

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Height: 1.80 m

 

ODI Career: Australia (1994-2004)

Mat      Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR    100s        50s           4s        6s        

232        196        67           6912      108*      53.58     9320      74.16       6           46           450        21       

 

Career Highlights

  • Named as a batsman in Australia's "greatest ever ODI team."
  • He remained not out in 67 of his 196 ODI innings
  • ODI batting average never dropped below 50
  • Credited for initiating the art of finishing matches

A batsman of breathtaking enterprise, AB De Villiers was a cricketer overflowing with talent and the temperament to back it up.

De Villiers is a 360-degree batsman who can hit any ball, anywhere, against any bowler. Indeed, his range of inventive shots has grown as his career has unfolded.

He has been ranked among the top Test and ODI batsmen in the world.

He holds the records for the fastest 50 (16 balls), 100 (31 balls) and 150 (64 balls) of all time in One Day Internationals by any batsmen, and also holds the fastest hundred by a South African in Tests and the fastest 50 by a South African in T20Is.

He is a three-time ICC ODI player of the year, winning the award in 2010, 2014 and 2015.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: South Africa (2005-2018)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        BF           SR         100s        50s     Ct        St

228          218        39           9577      176        53.50     9473      101.09          25          53     176        5

 

Career Highlights

  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI century (31 balls)
  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI 50 (16 balls)
  • Holds the record for the fastest ODI 150 (64 balls)
  • Named ICC ODI Player of the Year thrice

Brian Lara made his ODI debut against Pakistan on November 9, 1990. He made just 11 then but he would go on to amass more than 10,000 runs in his career, which perhaps was not as exceptional as one might have come to expect from one of the greatest batsmen who ever lived.

He made his first ODI hundred, 128, on February 19, 1993, against Pakistan and would add 18 more over the span of the next 14 years until his final game in 2007. His 169 against Sri Lanka in October 1995 was his best score in the limited-overs format, averaging 40.48 over the course of his career.

Along with his 18 ODI hundreds, the little magician from Trinidad also fashioned 63 half-centuries in the 299 matches he played.

 

Career Statistics

Full name: Brian Charles Lara

Born: May 2, 1969, Cantaro, Santa Cruz, Trinidad

Major teams: West Indies, ICC World XI, Marylebone Cricket Club, Mumbai Champs, Northern Transvaal, Southern Rocks, Trinidad & Tobago, Warwickshire

Playing role: Batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Height: 5 ft 8 in

 

ODI Career: West Indies (1990-2007)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS     Ave        BF           SR        100s        50s                    

299         289          32         10405    169     40.48     13086      79.51        19           63          

 

Career Highlights

  • 2nd most runs in ODIs for the West Indies
  • Scored 19 centuries and 63 fifties in ODIs
  • 1st player for the West Indies to pass 10,000 ODI runs
  • Scored 10,405 runs at an average of 40.48

MS Dhoni, who made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh and was run out without scoring, now holds the record for the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.

He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20).

As an individual, Dhoni thrived in the Indian lower order scoring 10 ODI centuries and 73 50s. His presence made India a formidable opponent against all rivals because as long as he was at the crease India was in with a chance of victory.

In the third match of India’s bilateral series against Sri Lanka in 2005 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and, in reply, India lost Tendulkar early.

Dhoni was promoted to number-three to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India.

Wisden Almanack (2006) described the knock as ‘Uninhibited, yet anything but crude'. It was the highest individual score in ODI cricket in the second innings before it was broken by Australia’s Shane Watson seven years later.

 

Career Statistics

 

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Playing role: Wicketkeeper-batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

ODI Career: India (2004-Present)

Mat  Inns  NO  Runs   HS     Ave      SR      100s      50s    Ct       St

350   297    84  10773  183*  50.57    87.56     10       73      321     123

 

Career Highlights

  • Highest batting average among wicket-keepers (50.96)
  • In 2017, became the first Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIs
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008 & 2009)
  • Highest score by a wicket-keeper, 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005
  • 1st player to pass 10,000 runs in ODIs with an average of over 50
  • Most not outs (82) in ODIs
  • Most stumpings (120) by any wicket-keeper in ODIs

Sri Lankan bowler Shehan Madushanka has been banned from all formats of cricket after he was arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

Madushanka, who took a hat-trick in his only ODI against Bangladesh in 2018, was suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and faces an inquiry.

An SLC statement said: "Sri Lanka Cricket decided to suspend Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket, with immediate effect.

"The decision was taken following the player was arrested by the police and later sent on remand custody for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

"The decision to suspend will remain intact until a full inquiry is conducted by the SLC into the matter."

Madushanka also played in two Twenty20 internationals two years ago before being troubled by injuries.

Manchester United completed an unprecedented treble in Barcelona and NBA legend Vince Carter was also celebrating on this day 21 years ago.

Bayern Munich were on the brink of winning the Champions League at Camp Nou, but late goals from Teddy Sheringham and current United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer secured a dramatic 2-1 victory for Alex Ferguson's men.

May 26, 1999 is also a date for Carter to reflect on with great memories, as he was named NBA Rookie of the Year, while history was made by India batsmen Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly on the same day.

A decade earlier Arsenal snatched the First Division title from Liverpool at Anfield with a last-gasp strike from Michael Thomas.

 

1989 - Thomas fires Gunners to title

It came down to the final match of the season to decide who would be crowned champions of England 31 years ago.

Liverpool had overtaken the wobbling Gunners to take a three-point lead, but a victory by a margin of two goals or more would be enough for George Graham's side to take the title.

Alan Smith put the London club in front seven minutes into the second half to get the nerves jangling even more on such a tense evening on Merseyside.

Arsenal looked to have fallen just short of winning the First Division for the first time in 18 years, but Thomas surged through from midfield to win it right at the end and Arsenal took the title on goals scored with a stunning 2-0 victory.

 

1999 - Solskjaer leaves Bayern crestfallen in Barcelona

Bayern appeared to have dashed United's hopes of becoming the first team to win the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup in the same season.

Mario Basler's early strike put the Bavarian giants in front and that looked to be enough for Ottmar Hitzfeld's well-drilled side to lift the trophy at Camp Nou.

United had almost run out of ideas but with three minutes of added time shown on the fourth official's board, goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel came up for a corner that eventually resulted in Sheringham sweeping home following a scuffed shot from Ryan Giggs.

There was one final twist as Bayern were hit with the sucker punch, Sheringham nodding on another corner and Solskjaer prodding in from close range to spark wild celebrations.

 

1999 - Carter 'not surprised' by Rookie MVP gong

Carter was a revelation in his debut NBA season for the Toronto Raptors.

He averaged 18.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game, subsequently securing 113 of the 118 first-placed votes to be named the best rookie in the league.

Carter said after learning he had landed the award: "I can't say I'm surprised. But I'm overjoyed."

The Raptors missed out on the playoffs, but Carter gave them plenty of grounds for optimism and he has gone on to become an eight-time NBA All-Star.

 

1999 - Ganguly and Dravid slay Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka bowlers who faced India in a Cricket World Cup contest in Taunton must have had nightmares over this day in Taunton 21 years ago.

It was Dravid and Ganguly who might have given them sleepless nights as they piled on 318 for the second wicket - an ODI record at the time.

The magnificent partnership, now the third-highest for the second wicket in the 50-over format at international level, enabled India to post 373-6 and go on to win by 157 runs.

Ganguly made a sublime 183 off 158 balls and the classy Dravid 145 from 129 deliveries on a painful May day for Sri Lanka.

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