Google doodle celebrates 187th birth anniversary of cricketer John Wisden
Google doodle is celebrating today the 187th birth anniversary of English cricketer, John Wisden. On Google's homepage, doodle celebrates John Wisden's birthday with a bright yellow doodle and replacing the alphabet 'L' in Google with a cricket pitch.
John Wisden was born in Brighton on 5 September, 1826. As a keen player, at the age of 18 years, he made his debut for Sussex with a great success. He was known for his aggressive cricketing.
He turned out to be a great all-rounder and a role model for other cricketers of his times. He played 187 first-class cricket matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex. For his success and style as player he was popularly called 'The Little Wonder' of cricket.
After retirement from cricket he started a sports equipment business and also published a book titled “Bible of Cricket". The latest edition of the book has been published this year, which is also the 150th edition.
It is said that while bowling fast, he took on an average 10 wickets per game. In 1850 he also bowled all the ten batsmen tookin the second innings of a match and all clean bowled. In all, he took 1,109 first-class wickets with a bowling average of 10.32.
The records achieved by Wisden also project him as a fine batsman with 4,140 first-class runs and a batting average of 14.12 considered being good at that time.