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South Africa made its comeback to international cricket at Eden Gardens, Kolkata © Getty Images

It was unfortunate that the apartheid regime took away almost 22 years of international cricket from South Africa. Brilliant cricketers like Barry Richards, Clive Rice, Mike Procter and Graeme Pollock among many others couldn’t make a name in international cricket due to this. Better late than never, South Africa were re-admitted to international cricket in 1991.

On November 10, 1991, South Africa played their first international game after almost 22 years. Their last series was against Australia in 1969, which they won 4-0. Of course it was a Test series and now they were in India to play their first ever One-Day International (ODI). They were warmly greeted in Calcutta (now Kolkata). A crowd of almost 91,000 came to witness the history.

It was a memorable day for South Africa as a nation. The above image shows Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin and his South African counterpart Clive Rice getting ready for the toss. Put in to bat, South Africa managed 177 from 47 overs and India chased it down in the 41st over. A 25-year-old fast bowler opened the bowling for South Africa. Allan Donald later went on to be known as ‘White Lightening’ troubled Indian batsmen and claimed figures of 8.4-0-29-5.

However one little man couldn’t be conquered. Eighteen-year-old Sachin Tendulkar scored 62 from 73, adding 56 with debutant Pravin Amre for the fifth wicket to steer India to a three-wicket win. However, Donald later dismissed both, Tendulkar and Amre. Tendulkar and Donald were awarded joint-Man of the Match.

Later, both Tendulkar and Donald went on to be legends of the game and enjoyed an intense rivalry over the next couple of years. Years later, in 2015, the duo were united when they both played in the Cricket All-Stars series.