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Today, Google marks first class cricketer, John Wisden's 187th birthday with a doodle on its homepage. The doodle seen on the Google Search window is not an interactive one. The simple and bright yellow doodle is an image of a cricketer wearing a top hat. The image replaces the alphabet "L" in Google with a cricket pitch.
Talking about John Wisden, he was born on September 5, 1826, in Brighton. Wisden's passion towards cricket developed from his early days and at the age of 18 he made his debut for Sussex. He was, as seen in the doodle, a famous English cricketer and is more known for writing a Cricketers' Almanack (1864) or sometimes simply referred to as 'the Bible of Cricket'. Among his fellow sportsmen and fans he was popularly called "The Little Wonder" and was best all-rounder of his time. John Wisden played 187 first-class cricket matches for - Kent, Sussex and Middlesex county.
To talk about Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, it is still considered to be one of the most significant contributions to the sports world and it is considered as the world's widely famous sports reference book. It was first used in 1930s.
Sadly, at the age of 57, Wisden died of cancer and he was buried in Brompton Cemetery, London. To mark centenary of Wisden's death, a headstone was placed at his grave in 1984.