Remembering South Africa's 11/11/11 Moment, When They Needed 111 Runs

The scoreboard read 11:11 11/11/11.

Today, it’s November 11, 2023, making it a special date (11/11), a yearly occurrence when the day and month align. It’s a rare event that we encounter annually, similar to dates like 1/1, 2/2, and 3/3. Notably, 12 years ago, on November 11, 2011 (11/11/11), we experienced a particularly unique date.

On that memorable day in 2011, a truly remarkable coincidence occurred during a cricket match. It was the first Test between South Africa and Australia, held at Cape Town, and the date was November 11, 2011. At precisely 11:11 AM, South Africa found themselves in a situation where they needed precisely 111 runs to secure victory. The synchronicity of these numbers was almost surreal.

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According to ESPNcricinfo, what made this moment even more extraordinary was the response from the fans in the crowd. In a spontaneous display of unity and celebration, all the spectators stood on one leg for the entire duration of that minute, as a tribute to what was humorously referred to as “the Nelson of all Nelsons.”

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Even umpire Ian Gould joined in on the fun, embracing the spirit of this extraordinary occurrence.

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However, the alignment of these numbers in both time and score added a fascinating and rare dimension to the game that cricket fans will remember for a long time.

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