Leap Day special: Top 5 cricketers who celebrate their birthday once in four years

Leap Day, occurring once every four years, holds a unique charm. In the world of cricket, there are exceptional individuals whose birthdays coincide with this rare calendar event.

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Leap Day, occurring once every four years, holds a unique charm. In the world of cricket, there are exceptional individuals whose birthdays coincide with this rare calendar event. This article delves into the fascinating realm of cricket players born on leap day, exploring the stories of those who share this uncommon birthdate.


These players, facing the peculiar challenge of celebrating their birthdays just once every four years, have left an indelible mark on the cricketing world. From their on-field achievements to the intriguing narratives surrounding their leap-day birthdays, this piece unveils the distinct tales of cricketers who shine on a day that occurs less frequently than others.

Here are the top 5 cricketers who were born on leap day:

#5. Vasil Hristov (Bulgaria)


Vasil Hristov, born in Bulgaria in the year 2000, experiences a truly unique birthday, falling on the rare 29th of February. Celebrating his special day only once every four years adds an extraordinary layer to his cricketing journey. Despite limited opportunities, Hristov has showcased his skills in the sport, contributing seven runs across four innings.

His birthday aligns with the leap day, a date that makes his cricketing endeavours even more exceptional. As he marks each passing leap year, Hristov's story becomes intertwined with the rarity of his birthdate, creating a distinctive narrative in the world of cricket.

#4. Siphelele Gasa (South Africa)


Siphelele Gasa

Born on February 29, 1984, Siphelele Gasa stands out not only for his role as a South African cricket umpire but also for the rarity of celebrating his birthday once every four years. Gasa has officiated in matches like the 2016–17 Sunfoil 3-Day Cup and the 2016–17 CSA Provincial One-Day Challenge, showcasing his expertise in cricket umpiring.

His inclusion in Cricket South Africa's umpire panel for first-class matches highlights his standing in the cricketing community. As he navigates the unique challenge of a leap-day birthday, Gasa continues to contribute to the sport, leaving an imprint on South African cricket through his officiating skills.

#3. Gavin Stevens (Australia)

Gavin Stevens

Gavin Stevens, the South Australian batsman, holds the distinction of being a Test player born on February 29. Garnering four caps during the tour of India and Pakistan in 1959–60, Stevens showcased his cricketing prowess on the international stage.

However, the cricket world also associates Leap Year Day with the historic upset of Kenya over the West Indies in Pune during the 1995–96 World Cup, marking an extraordinary moment in cricket history. Stevens stands among the select few cricketers born on this rare date, and his contributions and the unique occurrences in cricket on Leap Year Day add a distinctive chapter to the sport's narrative.

#2. Alf Gover (England)

Alf Gover

Alf Gover, the renowned Surrey and England fast bowler, bears the distinction of being born on Leap Year Day, February 29, 1908. His rare birthday occurrence, celebrated only once every four years, adds a unique aspect to his cricketing legacy. Although Gover earned four Test caps for England, his enduring contribution extends beyond the playing field.

As the proprietor of a renowned indoor cricket school in south London, he left an indelible mark on cricket coaching. Gover's longevity and impact in the cricketing world persisted until his passing in 2001 at the age of 93, making him a notable figure not only for his on-field achievements but also for his influential role in cricket development.

#1. Sean Abbott (Australia)

Sean abbott

Australia's exceptional all-rounder, Sean Abbott, marks his 8th birthday today at the age of 32. Born on February 29, 1992, Abbott's cricketing journey began at a young age, earning him a limited-overs debut for New South Wales at just 18. Renowned for his versatile skills, he has contributed significantly to the Australian cricket scene, amassing 297 runs and 28 wickets in 22 ODI innings.

In the T20 format, he has claimed 15 wickets in 15 appearances. Abbott's talent has not been confined to domestic cricket, as he has also represented Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, showcasing his prowess on the international stage. 

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