Shane Bond – A Tribute

Bharat Raj, who writes exclusive articles for the visitors of crickick.com, authors another article on Shane Bond who has announced his retirement from Test Cricket and gives an account of ups and downs that this genuine quick has faced in his international career. Read on ……………………. To start with it has been a sad day for test cricket as one of the champion fast bowlers of recent times, Shane Bond has retired from test cricket. As a fast bowler he was a thoroughbred and is one of the few cricketers I would pay to watch on a cricket field. The lion-hearted fast bowler from Canterbury was first spotted by Dayle Hadlee. Shane Bond made his first class debut in 1997 for Canterbury. He made his test debut against Australia at Hobart in 2001-02. He did not have much success in his first three test innings which saw him taking a wicket each. His first four wicket haul {4 for 47} was against Bangladesh at Hamilton in Dec 2001 in his fourth test innings. He captured his first five wicket haul {5 for 78} against West Indies at Bridgetown in Jun 2002. It was the first of his five wicket hauls. His contemporary pace bowlers were CJ Drum, JEC Franklin, IG Butler, AR Adams. New Zealand always looked for support bowlers to the likes of Dian Nash, Chris Cairns and Danny Morrison. Actually Bond’s cricket career looked to be in jeopardy when he joined the New Zealand’s police force in 1999 and found little time to play first class cricket. He did come back to play first class cricket and made a fine impression in 2000/01 and it seemed like his cricket career was back on track. For Shane Bond. it all changed in 2001/02 season, when he was selected to play for the New Zealand A team. He toured...

Ranji Trophy Knock out matches – Karnataka and Punjab Quarter Finals – Statistical highlights

We are pleased to bring another master piece from Indian domestic Champion Cricket Statistician Sri C Keshava Murthy on Karnataka and Punjab Quarter Finals played at Mysore during the last week. He pens that Sunil Joshi of Karnataka became the third highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy while Pankaj Dharmani of Punjab became the fifth highest run getter in Ranji Trophy. Read on…… This was Karnataka’s 355th match and Punjab’s 250th match. Results at the end of this match: Teams Played Won Lost Drawn Karnataka 355 161 55 139 Punjab 250 89 34 127 Head to Head count between Karnataka and Punjab read thus : Played- 5; Won by Karnataka – 3, Drawn- 2 Punjab, playing in 250th match, managed to clinch a draw, and failed to open a win account against Karnataka – despite playing in 5 matches. Punjab registered its highest total against Karnataka by scoring 367-6 decl in its second innings, surpassing the previous best of 332 at Mohali in 1994/95. Manish Pandey became the second Karnataka batsman after VS Thilak Naidu (125 at Bangalore in 1981/82) to score a century against Punjab when he scored 115 in this game. Manish Pandey scored his third century of the season when he made 115 in this game. His other two hundreds are – 194 against UP at Meerut and 110 vs Baroda at Vadodara. He has now scored 668 runs from seven matches at 66.80 and stands third in the top run getters during 2009/10. Only Ajinkya Rahane of Mumbai (761 in 7 matches) and Parthiv Patel of Gujarat (727 in 7 matches) are ahead of him. KB Pawan who had an aggregate of 486 runs prior to this match, completed 500 runs during this season. He is the second Karnataka batsman to aggregate 500 plus after Manish Pandey {668}. Pawan became the 23rd Karnataka batsman to...

South Africa and England Test series : AN Cook scores hundred in his 50th test

Alistair Cook of England earned the distinction of scoring a hundred in his 50th test when he scored 118 against South Africa in the ongoing test at Durban. His feat provides the 29th occasion of a batsman registering a hundred in his 50th test in the annals of test cricket. Alistair Cook is the third batsman after Javed Miandad of Pakistan, GR Viswanath of India to register a hundred in his debut test and his 50th test. Alistair Cook had scored 104 not out in the second innings against India at Nagpur in Mar 2006 on his test debut The following table lists out all the 29 occasions of batsmen scoring hundreds in their 50th test. No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date 1 JB Hobbs Eng 159 FI Win The Oval 14.08.1928 2 PR Umrigar Ind 112 FI Pak Delhi 08.02.1961 3 TW Graveney Eng 153 FI Pak Lord’s 23.06.1962 4 KF Barrington Eng 256 FI Aus Manchester 23.07.1964 5 RB Simpson Aus 103 SI Ind Adelaide 28.12.1967 6 WM Lawry Aus 205 FI Win Melbourne 26.12.1968 7 CH Lloyd Win 102 FI Ind Bridgetown 10.03.1976 8 GR Viswanath Ind 124 SI Win Chennai 12.01.1979 9 SM Gavaskar Ind 221 SI Eng The Oval 30.08.1979 10 IT Botham Eng 128 FI Ind Manchester 24.06.1982 11 JavedMiandad Pak 280* FI Ind Hyd-Pak 14.01.1983 12 N Kapil Dev Ind 100* SI Win Trinidad 11.03.1983 13 IVARichards Win 109 FI Ind Georgetown 31.03.1983 14 JG Wright NZl 138 SI Win Wellington 20.02.1987 15 MA Taylor Aus 170 FI SAF Melbourne 26.12.1993 16 RA Smith Eng 175 FI Win St John’s 16.04.1994 17 MA Atherton Eng 113 FI Win Nottingham 10.08.1995 18 WJ Cronje SAF 126 FI Engl Nottingham 22.07.1998 19 G Kirsten SAF 134 SI Win Centurion 15.01.1999 20 ST Jayasuriya Srl 188 FI Pak Kandy 28.06.2000 21 MA Butcher...

Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Teams declaring in both innings of a test match

Australia declared its innings in both innings at Melbourne against Pakistan in the ongoing test providing the 73rd occasion of a team declaring its innings in both innings of a test match in the annals of test cricket. All the 73 occasions are listed below No Team FI SI Opp Ground Mon/Yr 1 Win 350/6d 124/5d Aus Sydney Feb 1931 2 Eng 627/9d 123/0d Aus Manchester Jul 1934 3 Eng 164/7d 128/6d Win Manchester Jul 1939 4 Win 681/8d 212/4d Eng Trinidad Mar 1954 5 Eng 217/8d 188/3d Aus Nottingham Jun 1956 6 Eng 500/8d 184/5d Ind Mumbai(BS) Nov 1961 7 Ind 457/7d 152/9d Eng Chennai Jan 1964 8 Eng 216/8d 193/9d Aus Nottingham Jun 1964 9 SAF 390/6d 307/3d Eng Johannesburg Jan 1965 10 NZl 462/9d 191/9d Ind Kolkata Mar 1965 11 Pak 385/7d 191/9d NZl Lahore Apr 1965 12 Aus 650/6d 175/4d Win Bridgetown May 1965 13 Win 526/7d 92/2d Eng Trinidad Mar 1968 14 Aus 493/9d 169/4d Eng Melbourne Jan 1971 15 Win 501/5d 180/6d Ind Bridgetown Apr 1971 16 Win 508/4d 218/3d NZl Kingston Feb 1972 17 Aus 428/7d 260/2d Win Kingston Feb 1973 18 Aus 419/8d 218/7d Win Trinidad Apr 1973 19 Eng 328/9d 213/3d Ind Manchester Jun 1974 20 Win 604/6d 205/3d Ind Mumbai Jan 1975 21 Win 687/8d 182/0d Eng The Oval Aug 1976 22 Pak 565/9d 290/5d NZl Karachi Oct 1976 23 Ind 524/9d 208/2d NZl Kanpur Nov 1976 24 Aus 517/8d 315/8d Pak Melbourne Jan 1977 25 Pak 503/8d 264/4d Ind Faisalabad Oct 1978 26 Aus 385/5d 189/4d Eng Lord’s Aug 1980 27 Eng 476/9d 68/0d Ind Delhi Dec 1981 28 Ind 481/4d 160/3d Eng Chennai Jan 1982 29 Srl 491/7d 294/7d Eng Lord’s Aug 1984 30 Ind 553/8d 97/1d Eng Kanpur Jan 1985 31 Win 511/6d 268/6d NZl Georgetown Apr 1985 32 Aus 574/7d 170/5d Ind Chennai Sep 1986...

Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Hundred and a ninety in a test match : SR Watson joins the select band

SR Watson scored 93 and 120 not out at Melbourne against Pakistan in the ongoing first test providing the 42nd occasion of a batsman scoring a hundred and a ninety in the annals of test cricket. All the 42 occasions are listed below No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year 1 PA Gibb 93 106 Eng SAF Jo’burg Dec 1938 2 PGVvanderBijl 125 97 SAF Eng Durban Mar 1939 3 CG Borde 109 96 Ind Win Delhi Feb 1959 4 MC Cowdrey 114 97 Eng Win Kingston Feb 1960 5 KF Barrington 101 94 Eng Aus Sydney Feb 1963 6 HanifMohammad 104 93 Pak Aus Melbourne Dec 1964 7 RM Cowper 92 108 Aus Ind Adelaide Dec 1967 8 GS Sobers 152 95* Win Eng Georgetown Mar 1968 9 SM Nurse 95 168 Win NZl Auckland Feb 1969 10 APE Knott 101 96 Eng NZl Auckland Mar 1971 11 G Boycott 99 112 Eng Win Trinidad Mar 1974 12 CG Greenidge 93 107 Win Ind Bangalore Nov 1974 13 M Amarnath 90 100 Ind Aus Perth Dec 1977 14 PM Toohey 122 97 Aus Win Kingston Apr 1978 15 Zaheer Abbas 176 96 Pak Ind Faisalabad Oct 1978 16 Mohsin Khan 94 101* Pak Ind Lahore Dec 1982 17 AR Border 98* 100* Aus Win Trinidad Mar 1984 18 LRD Mendis 111 94 Srl Eng Lord’s Aug 1984 19 PA de Silva 96 123 Srl NZl Auckland Mar 1991 20 Saeed Anwar 94 136 Pak Srl Col-PSS Aug 1994 21 MA Atherton 94* 118 Eng NZl Christchurch Feb 1997 22 MA Taylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998 23 Younis Khan 91 149* Pak NZl Auckland Mar 2001 24 BC Lara 91 122 Win Aus Trinidad Apr 2003 25 JH Kallis 92 150* SAF NZl Hamilton Mar 2004 26 MH Richardson 93 101 NZl Eng Lord’s May...

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