1915 – ‘King of Matting wickets’ Shah Nyalchand, former test cricketer, was born. A left arm medium pacer, Nyalchand was highly effective on matting wickets. He represented India in only one international test match against Pakistan in 1952 which incidentally was also one of the two tests in cricketing history that were played on a matting wicket.
He played in the Ranji Trophy for 24 seasons representing Saurashtra in 12 of them while he captained Saurashtra in 3 seasons. He was brilliant in the season of 1961 in which he picked up 27 wickets along with a hat-trick against Maharashtra.
1949 – Hindi Diwas. Under Article 343 of the Indian Constitution, Hindi in Devnagari script became the Official language of the Union of India.
1956 – Bharatnatyam exponent Alarmel Valli was born. Trained in the Pandanallur style of Bharatnatyam she made her stage debut at the age of 9 and was bestowed with the Natya Kala Bhushan Award. She also performed at the International Dance Festival of Theatre at the age of 16, organised by the Sarah Bernhadt Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
She is also trained in Odissi and is a disciple of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. In 2002, she was conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award while in 2004 the French Government awarded her the Chevalier of Arts and Letters Award. The Government of India honoured her with Padma Shri in 1991 becoming the second youngest dancer to receive the honour after Vyjayanthimala and the Padma Bhushan in 2004.
1963 – One of the finest fielders of all-time Rabindra Ramanarayan ‘Robin’ Singh was born. Robin represented India in both Test matches as well as One Day Internationals.
He made his first-class career with Tamil Nadu in 1981-82 season. He first played for India against the West Indies in March 1989 but dropped after the series. However, riding on his heroics in the domestic circuit Singh staged a comeback into the national team in 1996 and played in the Titan Cup.
He was a handy batsman especially in the death overs and was known for his ability to play big shots and his running between the wickets. He was also an outstanding fielder and an economical bowler. In 2004, Robin Singh became the coach of the Hong Kong National Cricket Team that qualified for the Asia Cup the same year.
In 2006 he coached the India A cricket team. He was also the fielding coach of the side that lifted the first ever T20 World Cup held in South Africa in 2007. In 2008, he was appointed as the head coach of Deccan Chargers team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Robin Singh is currently the coach of the Mumbai Indians, another IPL team , that finished runners-up in 2010 and won the 2011 Champions League under him.