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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Google Doodle For John Wisden And Bible Of Cricket

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On the English cricketer's 187th birthday, Google had a yellow and red doodle to mark the day.

John Wisden lives in the memory of cricket fans even today thanks to the 'Bible of Cricket' he started way back in 1864 after his retirement from first class cricket.

The book which the Englishman first brought out is now a cricket reference book that is published annually in England, every year now and the annual book is considered the world's most famous sports reference book. In 2013, the 150th edition of the book was published.

Wisden who made his debut for Sussex at 18, was born in Brighton on September 5, 1826. Google to commemorate Wisden's 187th birthday made a doodle using the typical front cover font of the 'Bible of Cricket' also called the 'Wisden Cricketers' Almanack' against the famous yellow background that has been used on every edition cover since 1938.

The doodle features a famous woodcut of two Victorian gentlemen playing a cricket match by Eric Ravilious which regularly appeared on covers till 2003. The picture was replaced after that by a photograph of a cricketer who played well in that year.

Wisden played 187 first-class cricket matches for Kent, Middlesex and Sussex, and was also nicknamed 'The Little Wonder.' Cricket legend holds that he was one of the best all-rounders of his time.

At the age of 57, Wisden died of cancer in London but thanks to his 'Bible of Cricket' or the 'Wisden Cricketers' Almanack' his name and legacy lives on in the cricket world.

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Updated at: Thursday, September 05, 2013


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