This Day In History- April 2

1933 – The Maharaja Jam Sahib of Nawanagar, Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji, popularly known as Ranji passed away. He was an Indian prince and English cricket team test cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. Credit for the famous cricketing shot, the leg glance, goes to Ranji for inventing/popularising it. The first-class cricket tournament in India, the Ranji Trophy, was named in his honour.


1946 – The Cabinet Mission arrived in Delhi with the aim to plan the transfer of power from the British Government to Indian leadership, providing India with independence.

1965 – Krishna Kumarsinhji Bhavsinhji, the last Maharaja of Bhavnagar State, passed away. He was an Indian monarch and politician who also served as the first Indian Governor of Madras from 1948 to 1952.

Ajay Devgn

1969 – Popular actor Ajay Devgn was born. Born Vishal Devgan, he started his career as a child actor in Pyari Behna (1985) but six years later making a professional action packed debut with a super hit Phool Aur Kaante (1991), Bollywood got its new action hero.  Having starred in many critically acclaimed films, some of his best hits include: Zakhm(1998), The Legend of Bhagat Singh(2002), Golmaal: Fun Unlimited (2006), All the Best: Fun Begins (2009), Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010), Singham (2011), and Son of Sardaar (2012).

dhoni shot India world cup win

2011 – This historic day that no Indian will ever forget, 2nd April 2011, India had beaten Sri Lanka to win the World (Cup) in Mumbai. Sri Lanka had won the toss and preferred to bat setting India a target of 275 to win – the highest target ever to win a World Cup. The Men in Blue, getting to a shaky start, lost the early wickets of Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar. As the stunned crowd looked on, Kohli, Gambhir, and Yuvraj Singh led by their ‘Captain Cool’, Mahendra Singh Dhoni steered India to a historic win, after 28 long years, with a Dhoni-style six, a memory etched in every Indian’s mind. India had won and the nation went euphoric!

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