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 India and played a few tournaments like the Moin-ud-Dowlah Tournament at Hyderabad. The great Sir Richard Hadlee is said to have helped him with his bowling during that time. At that time New Zealand were touring Australia, but were hit by injuries to key bowlers like Dion Nash which made New Zealand to go for Shane Bond as he could bowl quick was the very reason behind the selectors was plumping for Bond. It all did not go as per plan for Bond. In his first series in Australia he could capture only three wickets at 96.33.

But he impressed every one by his pace and the ability to swing it back sharply. I still remember him troubling the tenacious Steve Waugh with those huge inswingers at Hobart. Bond had Steve Waugh dismissed leg before wicket in this test. It was a series in which the New Zealand played well and they even came close to winning the series at Perth but only for a couple of close decisions not going their way. Nevertheless, Shane Bond showed in this series that he had lots of potential and announced his arrival on the International Cricket arena. He had a successful time against Bangladesh in 2001/02 and after winning that series against Bangladesh, New Zealand returned to Australia to complete the one day series of their tour. It was a tri-series played between South Africa, New Zealand and of course the hosts, Australia. It was in that series in which Bond really made his mark as he took 21 wickets at 16.38. In his first match itself at Melbourne he troubled the likes of Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Ponting and company. as he took 3 wickets to help New Zealand defeat Australia in a low scoring match. One could never forget his superb spell at Adelaide in which he took a five wicket haul. He bowled with fire and venom on a flat track and the inswinging yorker he bowled to Adam Gilchrist was a gem as it swung so late to uproot the stumps. All Australian batsmen were at sea against the quick and accurate Bond. Bond was instrumental in New Zealand win as they won the game by 77 runs. It can be said that Bond was the main factor behind New Zealand reaching the finals of that tournament. He could not repeat the magic in the finals against South Africa as he was hampered by a knee injury but there was no doubting the fact that the New Zealand had suddenly unearthed a fiery and pacy strike bowler they so desperately needed.

As I briefly said in my last paragraph that he was troubled by an knee problem in the tri-series in Australia and that prevented him from playing England at home and touring Pakistan in 2002 though after that bomb which exploded near the hotel in which the New Zealand were staying in Pakistan, Bond may have thought to himself that he was lucky to miss the tour of Pakistan and that tour as expected was immediately cancelled because of that bomb explosion.

Anyway he came back to play in the Caribbean as Fleming lead the New Zealand to their first ever series triumph over the West Indies in West Indies. Stephen Fleming surely has to thank his number one speedster, Shane Bond for that as he took seven wickets in the first test at Barbados to help New Zealand script a famous victory. The New Zealand were able to draw the second test and hence they were able to win the two test series 1-0. In this series Bond showed his class by troubling none other than the great man Brian Charle Lara.

As 2002 came to an end the New Zealand met India at home and on some spicy wickets, New Zealand were able to easily defeat India in both tests and onedayers. The pitches in that series may have offered too much sideways movement for the quicker bowlers but no one can take away the credit from Bond as he constantly troubled the likes of Tendulkar, Sehwag and Dravid with those huge inswingers and the odd delivery that straightened. I still remember the cracking inswinger he bowled to Dravid at Wellington in the first test as he found a little gap between Dravid’s bat and pad to send the stumps cart-wheeling. It has never been easy to find any flaw in Dravid’s tight technique but Bond with his sheer pace and swing undid Rahul Dravid

He had a great time in the 2003 world cup as he took 17 wickets at 17.94. His spell at Port Elizabeth against Australia was a top drawer for sure as he took a six wicket haul. Gilchrist, Hayden, Ponting, Martyn, Hogg, and Harvey were his six vicitms at the cost of 23 runs in 10 overs of which two were non overs. It was one of the sustained bowling spells ever seen in any World cup game. It looked like the New Zealand would crush the Aussies but again their brittle batting line up was a let down against the bowling of pace bowling of McGrath {3 for 29} and B Lee {5 for 42}. New Zealand were dismissed for 112 and Australia which had totaled 208 runs in their innings won the game convincingly by 96 runs. Shane Bond’s 6 for 23 ranks the second best bowling figures in a losing cause in the history of one day games, the best being Imran Khan’s 6 for 14 against India at Sharjah on 22.03.85.

Actually leaving the round robin match against South Africa, the New Zealand’s batting line up just flopped in that tournament as they were ousted at the super six stage itself by India at Centurion. It was match in which their brittle batting lineup couldn’t stand up to India’s disciplined bowling and though Bond made a few early breakthroughs, Dravid steadied the ship to help India defeat the New Zealand and with that the hopes of New Zealand progressing further in that tournament went up in smoke.

At that time it looked like the New Zealand had last found a bowler who could carry their bowling attack like Hadlee did in 1980’s but Shane Bond is a bowler who seems to put lots of pressure on his back and ankle. When he New Zealand toured Lanka in 2003 the disaster struck for Bond as he was diagnosed with a stress fracture on his back. He tried hard to make a successful come back and was in the squad that toured England in 2004. He was sent back home in the middle of this tour with the recurrence of back problem

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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 score 500 or more runs in a season. Pawan’s feat provides the 46th occasion of a Karnataka player performing such a feat. Pawan became the 20th player to aggregate 500 or more runs in this season

U Kaul of Punjab (582 in 8 matches) also completed 500 runs during this season when he scored four during his second innings knock of 86. He became the first Punjab player to accomplish this feat. U Kaul had also the distinction of crossing the milestone of 2000 runs in the Ranji Trophy career when he was on 56 during his second innings score of 86. He has now aggregated 2030 runs in his 30th match.

With his 68 and 86 in this match, Kaul became the 45th batsman to register half centuries in both innings of a match against Karnataka.

RV Uthappa who scored 91 of 118 balls, registered his second ninety in his Ranji career – the first occasion was against Maharashtra at Bangalore in 2005/06 when he scored 96.

Uthappa’s 91 in this game was his 21st fifty in his 40th match with a highest of 162 against MP at Bangalore in 2004/05.

Vinaykumar scored 51 not out in 94 balls which is his maiden half century in Ranji Trophy. He had scored 48 twice in earlier – against Haryana at Mysore in 2006/07 and against Saurashtra at Mumbai in 2008/09. This was his 42nd match.

Sunil Joshi by taking five wickets in this match became the third highest wicket taker in Ranji Trophy. At the end of this game he has an aggregate of 444 wickets in 107 matches. Only R Goel (637) and S Venkataraghavan (530) have taken more wickets than Sunil Joshi in Ranji Trophy

During the course of his first innings knock of 29, Pankaj Dharmani surpassed Ashok Malhotra’s run aggregate of 7274 runs to become the fifth highest run getter in Ranji Trophy. At the end of this game Pankaj Dharmani has an aggregate of 7298 runs.

Amol Muzumdar of Bombay (7929), Amarjit Kaypee of Haryana (7623), Ajay Sharma of Delhi (7438) and Jacob Martin of Baroda (7329) are the four batsmen who have scored more than Pankaj Dharmani.

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 Eng 124 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2003
22 HH Gibbs SAF 183 FI Eng The Oval 04.09.2003
23 VVS Laxman Ind 178 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2004
24 CH Gayle Win 317 FI SAF St John’s 29.04.2005
25 TM Dilshan Srl 162 FI Ban Chittagong 03.01.2009
TM Dilshan Srl 143 SI Ban Chittagong 03.01.2009
26 AB de Villiers SAF 104* FI Aus Johannesburg 02.03.2009
27 KP Pietersen Eng 102 SI Win Trinidad 10.03.2009
28 MJ Clarke Aus 103* SI Eng Birmingham 30.07.2009
29 AN Cook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

Alistair Cook became the ninth England batsman to register a hundred in his 50th test. He is the first England batsman to register a hundred in his debut test and 50th test. The nine occasions are listed below

No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date
1 JBHobbs Eng 159 FI Win The Oval 14.08.1928
2 TWGraveney Eng 153 FI Pak Lord’s 23.06.1962
3 KFBarrington Eng 256 FI Aus Manchester 23.07.1964
4 ITBotham Eng 128 FI Ind Manchester 24.06.1982
5 RASmith Eng 175 FI Win St John’s 16.04.1994
6 MAAtherton Eng 113 FI Win Nottingham 10.08.1995
7 MAButcher Eng 124 FI Aus Sydney 02.01.2003
8 KPPietersen Eng 102 SI Win Trinidad 10.03.2009
9 ANCook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

AN Cook is the third batsman after MA Taylor of Australia and CH Gayle of West Indies to score a hundred in 50th test

No Batsman Team Score Inns Opp Venue Date
1 MA Taylor Aus 170 FI SAF Melbourne 26.12.1993
2 CH Gayle Win 317 FI SAF St John’s 29.04.2005
3 AN Cook Eng 118 FI SAF Durban 26.12.2009

The following are the other statistical observations on the feat of batsmen scoring hundreds in their 50th test.

Javed Miandad scored hundreds in his debut test, 50th test and 100th test. He is the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to earn the distinction. Javed Miandad of Pakistan, GR Viswanath of India and AN Cook of England registered hundreds in his debut test and in his 50th test. TM Dilshan is the only batsman to register hundreds in both innings of his 50th test. He is the 25th batsman to earn the distinction of scoring hundred in 50th test. G Kirsten scored zero and 134 in his 50th test. CH Gayle {317} remains the only batsman to register 300 plus runs in his 50th test. KF Barrington {256} is credited with the distinction of becoming the first batsman to score a double hundred in his 50th test. GR Viswanath-SM Gavaskar {brother-in-laws} are the only related cricketers in this elite list.

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
33 Eng 592/8d 199/8d Aus Perth Nov 1986
34 Ind 384/9d 141/1d NZl Bangalore Nov 1988
35 Aus 601/7d 230/3d Eng Leeds Jun 1989
36 Eng 653/4d 272/4d Ind Lord’s Jul 1990
37 Pak 505/9d 239/5d Eng Manchester Jul 1992
38 NZl 325/3d 222/5d Zim Bulawayo Nov 1992
39 SAF 360/9d 130/6d Ind CapeTown Jan 1993
40 Pak 423/8d 131/3d Zim Karachi Dec 1993
41 Aus 469/7d 124/6d SAF Adelaide Jan 1994
42 Eng 477/9d 267/5d SAF Leeds Aug 1994
43 Ind 546/9d 208/7d Win Nagpur Dec 1994
44 NZl 230/8d 222/5d Zim Hamilton Jan 1996
45 Aus 502/9d 215/6d Srl Adelaide Jan 1996
46 SAF 529/7d 256/6d Ind Cape Town Jan 1997
47 SAF 406/8d 226/7d Win CapeTown Jan 1999
48 Ind 583/7d 148/5d NZl Ahmedabad Oct 1999
49 NZl 487/7d 153/4d Zim Wellington Dec 2000
50 Aus 486/9d 84/2d NZl Brisbane Nov 2001
51 Aus 576/4d 238/3d Win Trinidad Apr 2003
52 NZl 515/7d 161/5d Srl Col-PSS Apr 2003
53 SAF 594/5d 134/4d Eng Birmingham Jul 2003
54 Ind 500/5d 209/6d NZl Ahmedabad Oct 2003
55 Zim 507/9d 200/7d Win Harare Nov 2003
56 Ind 705/7d 211/2d Aus Sydney Jan 2004
57 Aus 575/8d 139/2d NZl Adelaide Nov 2004
58 Eng 411/8d 332/9d SAF Johannesburg Jan 2005
59 SAF 451/9d 194/6d Aus Sydney Jan 2006
60 Eng 528/9d 296/8d Pak Lord’s Jul 2006
61 Aus 602/9d 202/1d Eng Brisbane Nov 2006
62 Eng 553/5d 284/8d Win Lord’s May 2007
63 Ind 387/8d 100/6d Ban Chittagong May 2007
64 Aus 542/5d 210/2d Srl Hobart Nov 2007
65 Ind 616/5d 184/4d Pak Kolkata Nov 2007
66 Srl 476/8d 240/7d Win Providence Mar 2008
67 Aus 479/7d 244/6d Win NorthSound May 2008
68 NZl 262/6d 79/1d Ban Mirpur Oct 2008
69 Ind 613/7d 208/5d Aus Delhi Oct 2008
70 Eng 566/9d 221/8d Win StJohn’s Feb 2009
71 Eng 600/6d 279/2d Win Bridgetown Feb 2009
72 Eng 546/6d 237/6d Win Trinidad Mar 2009
73 Aus 454/5d 225/8d Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

Australia declared its innings in both innings at Melbourne against Pakistan in the ongoing test providing the 17th occasion of a Australia declaring its innings in both innings of a test match in the annals of test cricket. All the 17 occasions are listed below

No Team FI SI Opp Ground Mon/Yr
1 Aus 650/6d 175/4d Win Bridgetown May 1965
2 Aus 493/9d 169/4d Eng Melbourne Jan 1971
3 Aus 428/7d 260/2d Win Kingston Feb 1973
4 Aus 419/8d 218/7d Win Trinidad Apr 1973
5 Aus 517/8d 315/8d Pak Melbourne Jan 1977
6 Aus 385/5d 189/4d Eng Lord’s Aug 1980
7 Aus 574/7d 170/5d Ind Chennai Sep 1986
8 Aus 601/7d 230/3d Eng Leeds Jun 1989
9 Aus 469/7d 124/6d SAF Adelaide Jan 1994
10 Aus 502/9d 215/6d Srl Adelaide Jan 1996
11 Aus 486/9d 84/2d NZl Brisbane Nov 2001
12 Aus 576/4d 238/3d Win Trinidad Apr 2003
13 Aus 575/8d 139/2d NZl Adelaide Nov 2004
14 Aus 602/9d 202/1d Eng Brisbane Nov 2006
15 Aus 542/5d 210/2d Srl Hobart Nov 2007
16 Aus 479/7d 244/6d Win NorthSound May 2008
17 Aus 454/5d 225/8d Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

Australia declared its innings in both innings at Melbourne against Pakistan in the ongoing test providing the third occasion of a team declaring its innings in both innings of a test match against Pakistan. All the three occasions are listed below

No Team FI SI Opp Ground Mon/Yr
1 Eng 528/9d 296/8d Pak Lord’s Jul 2006
2 Ind 616/5d 184/4d Pak Kolkata Nov 2007
3 Aus 454/5d 225/8d Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

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 2004
27 S Chanderpaul 128* 97* Win Eng Lord’s Jul 2004
28 DR Martyn 114 97 Aus Ind Nagpur Oct 2004
29 JL Langer 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
30 AJ Strauss 126 94* Eng SAF P Elizabeth Dec 2004
31 HH Gibbs 161 98 SAF Eng Jo’burg Jan 2005
32 AB de Villiers 92 109 SAF Eng Centurion Jan 2005
33 S Chanderpaul 92 153* Win Pak Bridgetown May 2005
34 KC Sangakkara 92 152 Srl Eng Kandy Dec 2007
35 SC Ganguly 239 91 Ind Pak Bangalore Dec 2007
36 ND McKenzie 94 155* SAF Ind Chennai Mar 2008
37 G Gambhir 179 97 Ind Eng Mohali Dec 2008
38 RT Ponting 101 99 Aus SAF Melbourne Dec 2008
39 RR Sarwan 94 106 Win Eng St John’s Feb 2009
40 AN Cook 94 139* Eng Win Bridgetown Feb 2009
41 TM Dilshan 92 123* Srl NZl Galle Aug 2009
42 SR Watson 93 120* Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

SR Watson became the eighth Australian batsman to accomplish the feat of scoring a hundred and a ninety in a test match. All the eight occasions are furnished below

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 RMCowper 92 108 Aus Ind Adelaide Dec 1967
2 PMToohey 122 97 Aus Win Kingston Apr 1978
3 ARBorder 98* 100* Aus Win Trinidad Mar 1984
4 MATaylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
5 DRMartyn 114 97 Aus Ind Nagpur Oct 2004
6 JLLanger 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
7 RTPonting 101 99 Aus SAF Melbourne Dec 2008
8 SRWatson 93 120* Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

SR Watson became the sixth batsman to score a hundred and a ninety in a test match against Pakistan, after MA Taylor of Australia, JL Langer of Australia, S Chanderpaul of West Indies and SC Ganguly of India. The performance of these six batsmen are enumerated below

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 MA Taylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
2 JL Langer 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
3 SChanderpaul 92 153* Win Pak Bridgetown May 2005
4 SC Ganguly 239 91 Ind Pak Bangalore Dec 2007
5 SR Watson 93 120* Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

SR Watson with his 93 and 120* became the 19th opening batsman in the annals of test cricket to score a ninety and a hundred in a test match. All the 19 instances are detailed in the following table.

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 MC Cowdrey 114 97 Eng Win Kingston Feb 1960
4 G Boycott 99 112 Eng Win Trinidad Mar 1974
5 CG Greenidge 93 107 Win Ind Bangalore Nov 1974
6 Mohsin Khan 94 101* Pak Ind Lahore Dec 1982
7 Saeed Anwar 94 136 Pak Srl Col-PSS Aug 1994
8 MA Atherton 94* 118 Eng NZl Christchurch Feb 1997
9 MA Taylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
10 MHRichardson 93 101 NZl Eng Lord’s May 2004
11 JL Langer 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
12 AJ Strauss 126 94* Eng SAF P Elizabeth Dec 2004
13 HH Gibbs 161 98 SAF Eng Jo’burg Jan 2005
14 ABdeVilliers 92 109 SAF Eng Centurion Jan 2005
15 ND McKenzie 94 155* SAF Ind Chennai Mar 2008
16 G Gambhir 179 97 Ind Eng Mohali Dec 2008
17 AN Cook 94 139* Eng Win Bridgetown Feb 2009
18 TM Dilshan 92 123* Srl NZl Galle Aug 2009
19 SR Watson 93 120* Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

SR Watson is the third Aussie opening batsman to register a hundred and a ninety against Pakistan after MA Taylor and JL Langer. Interesting enough, these are the only three opening batsmen to have scored a hundred and a ninety in a test against Pakistan

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 MATaylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
2 JLLanger 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
3 SRWatson 93 120* Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 2009

S Chanderpaul of West Indies remains the only batsman in the annals of test cricket to have scored a ninety and a hundred on two occasions.

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 SChanderpaul 128* 97* Win Eng Lord’s Jul 2004
2 SChanderpaul 92 153* Win Pak Bridgetown May 2005

AR Border of Australia and S Chanderpaul of West Indies are the only two batsmen in the annals of test cricket to register unbeaten hundred and a unbeaten ninety in a test match

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 AR Border 98* 100* Aus Win Trinidad Mar 1984
2 SChanderpaul 128* 97* Win Eng Lord’s Jul 2004

MA Taylor of Australia and SC Ganguly of India are the only two batsmen in the annals of test cricket to have scored 200 plus runs and a ninety in a test match. Both these batsmen chose Pakistan as their opposition is another interesting fact

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 MATaylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
2 SCGanguly 239 91 Ind Pak Bangalore Dec 2007

The following is the list of batsmen who have scored 150 plus runs and and a ninety in a test match. The first batsman to achieve this feat was none other than Garfield Sobers who scored 152 and 95 not out against England at Georgetown in Mar 1968. MA Taylor of Australia remains the only batsman in this elite list to score a triple hundred and a ninety – 334* and 92 against Pakistan at Peshawar in Oct 98.

No Batsmen FI SI Team Opp Ground Mon/Year
1 GS Sobers 152 95* Win Eng Georgetown Mar 1968
2 SM Nurse 95 168 Win NZl Auckland Feb 1969
3 ZaheerAbbas 176 96 Pak Ind Faisalabad Oct 1978
4 MA Taylor 334* 92 Aus Pak Peshawar Oct 1998
5 JH Kallis 92 150* SAF NZl Hamilton Mar 2004
6 JL Langer 191 97 Aus Pak Perth Dec 2004
7 HH Gibbs 161 98 SAF Eng Jo’burg Jan 2005
8 SChanderpaul 92 153* Win Pak Bridgetown May 2005
9 SC Ganguly 239 91 Ind Pak Bangalore Dec 2007
10 KCSangakkara 92 152 Srl Eng Kandy Dec 2007
11 ND McKenzie 94 155* SAF Ind Chennai Mar 2008
12 G Gambhir 179 97 Ind Eng Mohali Dec 2008

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