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The rare art of bowling chinaman

The rare art of bowling chinaman

Bharat Raj in his exclusive article for crickick.com pens down the article on the rare art of bowling chinaman and fears that the breed of bowlers who bowled chinaman would be extinct in the near future. Read on ……….

If we look at the history of test cricket, it can be said that there have been some outstanding spin bowlers who have played for their respective teams in each era. Let it be off spin or slow left arm orthodox spin or even for that matter leg spin, but there haven’t been too many who have taken up the art of bowling left arm chinaman.

It is quite surprising that even bowling leg spin has been popular but not the left arm chinaman variety. It maybe due to the fact that one has use the wrist to bowl it but the same can be said about leg spin as one has to use to wrist to bowl it as well. Anyway whatever maybe the reason, the simple fact is there haven’t been many too many who have taken up the art of bowling left arm chinaman.

It is also interesting to see that subcontinent, which has seen many great spinners over the past haven’t produced even a decent left arm chinaman bowler at the test level, but on the other hand Aussies have produced some fine chinaman bowlers. It maybe due to the fact that, leaving Sydney which can help the spinners, the wickets in Australia are hard and bouncy. It encourages youngsters who aspire to become spinners to take up either leg spin or chinaman if he is a left arm spinner, as it is hard for a finger spinner to bowl on wickets which doesn’t turn much but a wrist spinner would likely get it to turn more and can use the bounce the Australian wickets can offer to good effect. So, in this article let us look at the rare art of bowling left arm unorthodox spin or left arm chinaman.

A left arm chinaman bowler uses his wrists to spin the ball from off to leg or he can also have a googly which turns away from the right-handed batsman. As expected the ball will turn sharply as a left arm chinaman bowler uses his wrists but it is not easy to control the flight and direction as bowling with an wrist action never can be easy.

If we think about left arm chinaman bowling, questions like who was the first to try this rare art and how did the word chinaman came into existence are bound to arise. To answer this simple question, one may have to go as far back as 1890’s when it is said that the South African all rounder, Llelyllen bowled left arm unorthodox spin. It can also said that he bowled a bit medium pace too but it looks like he was the first cricketer who bowled left arm unorthodox spin.

As far as the word, chinaman being used instead of unorthodox spin is concerned one can say that there is a very interesting story behind it. It is said the Ellis Achong or more popularly known as Puss Achong, the first cricketer of Chinese origin to play test cricket was bowling in a test match at Manchester in England in 1933 and was able to get Walter Robbins stumped by the wicketkeeper Barrow but as Robbins walked back to pavilion, Achong said to the umpire: “Fancy being done by a bloody chinaman” So one can say the art of bowling left arm unorthodox spin came to be known as chinaman thanks to Achong!

Now let us no look at some of the fine exponents of left arm chinaman bowling.

1) Fleetwood-Smith– He is popularly known as Chuck Fleetwood-Smith. He played for Australia during the mid 1930’s. He could bowl both the chinaman and the wrong’un. Fleetwood-Smith could only play 10 times for Australia and that was on expected lines as he had to battle for a test place with such legendary names like Bill O’Reilly and Charlie Grimmet, but he had his fair share of success especially in 1936/37 when he took 10 wickets for 239 runs at Melbourne against England to help Australia make a come back in a series in which they were 2-0 down. Actually he was dropped for the first two tests. He is unfairly known for giving away as many 298 runs in 73 overs against England at Oval when Hutton took England’s attack to the cleaners by scoring 364 which incidentally was the highest individual score by any batsman at that time. It was also the last time he played for Australia but his record of 597 first class wickets at 22.64 shows that if legendary names like O’Reilly and Grimmet hadn’t played during his time he could have been a fine bowler for Australia.

2) Johnny Wardle – During the 1950’s Wardle was a key member of the successful English side. He didn’t had it easy as the English side had a strong bowling attack what with the likes of, Statham, Tyson, Bailey and Trueman battling for the pace bowling slots and Laker,Lock and Wardle as the spinners. It was a bit unfortunate for Wardle that he had to battle with Surrey’s chief wicket taker Tony Lock for a place in the England’s side yet Wardle carved a niche for himself by taking 102 wickets at just 20.39. He mainly bowled slow left arm orthodox spin at home but used the chinaman variety when playing away from home and he could also bowl the wrong’un. His main success came against Pakistan in 1954 when he took 20 wickets at just 8.8 and was devastating in South Africa too in 1956/57 when he took 26 wickets at 13.8. He also played a key part in England’s successful tour of Australia in 1954/55 especially at Sydney when he took 8 wickets in the match. It as a tour in which England relied heavily on the fearsome pace of Tyson and the accuracy of Statham and Bailey but Wardle too played his part by taking 10 wickets at just 22.9. The Yorkshireman ended his career with no less than 1846 first class wickets and that is indeed a staggering achievement!

3) Sir Garfield Sobers– Sobers was more known for his exceptional batting and aggressive quick bowling but he also could bowl left arm orthodox spin and the chinaman variety and that is why he is rightly regarded as the greatest all rounder of all time as he was outstanding at so many aspects of the game. He started his career by bowling slow left arm orthodox but later became good at bowling even left arm chinaman and quickish medium pace. A true cricketing genius.

4) Lindsay Kline– He played for Australia in mid 50’s and early 60’s. Kline played only 13 tests for Australia and most of them when playing away from home. It was a time when they had Richie Benaund in the side so, as expected he got limited opportunities but he still made his mark by taking a hat-trick against South Africa in 57/58 and also occasionally was known for his resolute batting as he played for almost 100 minutes at Adelaide to help Australia to draw the match against the Calypso kings, the Caribbean team in 60/61.

5) Inshan Ali- The slightly built Trinidadian played for the Caribbean team in the 70’s. He didn’t had much success when he played test cricket though he did take a 5 wicket haul against New Zealand in 71/72. but was a useful bowler in first class cricket as he took 328 wickets for Trinidad.

6) Paul Adams– Adams was known for his unique action which came to known as a frog in a bender. He was first spotted by the former South African all rounder Barlow and he made his debut in test cricket at the tender age of just 18. As he had a very unique action, many batsmen just got flummoxed by it at the beginning of his career. It can be seen by the fact that he too 8 wickets in just 2 tests against England in 95/96 and played a key part in helping South Africa to defeat England at Cape town as South Africa won the series 1-0. He also was successful in India as he took a 6 wicket haul at Kanpur by flummoxing the Indian batsmen again with his unique action as even the likes of Azhar, Tendulkar and Dravid succumbed to his left arm chinaman bowling in the first innings but Azhar’s heroics with the bat in the second innings and a wearing pitch meant that his efforts went in vain as South Africa were crushed by 280 runs. As the years went by the batsmen started to get adjusted to his action as his mystery was unraveled. The critics thought that he didn’t had much variety as he lacked a googly. The Aussie played him easily in 97/98 and former great players like Bob Simpson also thought that the then captain of South Africa, Cronje set negative fields for Adams in that series. He slowly faded way from the international scene and retired from first class cricket in 2008. His record of 134 wickets at 32.87 though does show that he did reasonably well for South Africa.

7) Micheal Bevan– Micheal Bevan has always been known for his ability to win matches for Australia as a batsman from hopeless situations in one day cricket but people do forget that he was also a useful left arm chinaman bowler. He showed his class as a chinaman bowler in South Africa in 1996/97. Most knowledgeable fans that I have discussed with or former players like Bob Simpson, Ian Chappell. Shane Warne himself have said that South African batsmen are good against finger spin but do tend to struggle against wrist spin. It was proved right at least at Johannesburg in the first test in 1996/97 when both Bevan and Warne combined together to help Australia crush South Africa by an innings and 196 runs. In the second innings Shane Warne with his magical leg spin bowling bamboozled the top order and Bevan with his quickish left arm chinaman bowling ripped trough the South African lower order as South African batsmen fell like nine pins. It was a good series for Bevan as he took 9 wickets at just 19.55. He subsequently struggled in English conditions a a chinaman bowler and Bevan as a batsman was always suspect against sustained short pitch bowling because of which he only played in 18 tests. His record of 29 wickets at 24.24 though does show that he was a useful chinaman bowler.

8) Brad Hogg- He played for Australia in the late 90’s and the early part of the new millennium. Hogg couldn’t play many tests as Australia had the legendary Shane Warne and Macgill in the side. I would also like to add Bevan as Bevan was selected to play for Australia in tests as he could also bowl left arm chinaman but Hogg carved a niche for himself in the shorter version of the game. He took 156 one day wickets at jut 26.84 in one day cricket. He made his test debut way back in 96/97 at Delhi in India but he played that test only because Shane Warne was out with an finger injury but as soon as he came back and with Macgill coming into the reckoning he went into the wilderness but Hogg did well for is state team, Western Australia and finally came back into the Australia one day set up in 2002/03. I still remember the match at Hobart against England when Hogg was struggling to get wickets and was getting smashed around by both the innovative Knight and the power hitter Trescothick but once both were gone he took 3 important wickets as he bamboozled the English team with his googly to help Australia win by a narrow margin of just 7 runs. He also became the main one day spinner for the world cup in 2003 as it was found out that Shane Warne had failed a drug test. He surely had a great time in that tournament as he took 13 wickets at just 24.76 as he helped Australia to retain the world cup. Add to it with the subsequent retirement of Warne, he became the main one day spinner for Australia and even in 2007 world cup he took 8 wickets at 29.5 as again Australia were successful in retaining the world cup. I would always remember the deadly googly that he bowled to get Freddie Flintoff of England stumped in a crucial super 8’s match in that tournament. It also was the time when Warne retired from test cricket and Macgill too was on the decline as a test spinner which paved the way for Hogg to play test cricket but he was already 36 so, was able to appear in just 7 tests for Australia. He also was a useful lower order batsmen for Australia.

In recent times there haven’t been many chinaman bowlers though both Mahmood of West Indies and Casson of Australia have shown some promise but both at present are in the wilderness. Mahmood in the recently concluded champions league bowled some useful spells. He is not a big turner of the ball though seems to have good control and Casson too showed a bit of promise in the Caribbean in 2008 but at present he is battling to get into even his state side, the New South Wales. Other than those two there is Katich who was encouraged to take up the art of bowling left arm chinaman by none other the former Australian captain, Steve Waugh and he also has a 5 wicket haul againt Zimbabwe to his credit but it is fair to say that he is very much a part-time spin bowler.

Finally there haven’t been too many chinaman bowlers in the past but it looks with the advent of T20 cricket, bigger bats being used, the art of bowling left arm chinaman would be fully extinct in a few years time from now. I do hope that it doesn’t happen as watching a left arm chinaman bowler bamboozling the bets of batsmen with turn and bounce has always been a connoisseur’s delight.

Australia vs Pakistan test series : First five batsmen registering fifties in a test innings

Australia vs Pakistan test series : First five batsmen registering fifties in a test innings

SR Watson {93}, SM Katich {98}, RT Ponting {57}, MEK Hussey {82} and NM Hauritz {75} scored half centuries in Australia’s first innings in the ongoing test against Pakistan at Melbourne, providing the third instance of first five batsman scoring half centuries in a test innings in the annals of test cricket.

No Batsmen Score Inns Team Opp Ground Mon Yr
1 MTGElloit 69 1 Aus Eng Nottingham Aug 97
2 MATaylor 76 1 Aus Eng Nottingham Aug 97
3 GS Blewett 50 1 Aus Eng Nottingham Aug 97
4 MEWaugh 68 1 Aus Eng Nottingham Aug 97
5 SRWaugh 75 1 Aus Eng Nottingham Aug 97
1 ImranFarhat 61 2 Pak NZl Napier Dec 09
2 SalmanButt 66 2 Pak NZl Napier Dec 09
3 Faisal Iqbal 67 2 Pak NZl Napier Dec 09
4 MohdYousuf 89 2 Pak NZl Napier Dec 09
5 UmarAkmal 77 2 Pak NZl Napier Dec 09
1 SRWatson 93 1 Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 09
2 SMKatich 98 1 Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 09
3 RTPonting 57 1 Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 09
4 MEKHussey 82 1 Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 09
5 NMHauritz 75 1 Aus Pak Melbourne Dec 09

There are 17 occasions of first five or six batsman scoring fifties in a test innings which are furnished below.

No Team Inns Opp Ground Season C HC F
1 Eng 1 Win Kingston 1929/30 2 4 6
2 Pak 2 Ind Lahore 1989/90 3 3 6
3 Ind 2 Aus Kolkata 1997/98 1 5 6
4 Pak 3 Ind Karachi 2005/06 1 5 6
5 Eng 2 Aus Lord’s 1926 2 3 5
6 Eng 4 SAF Durban 1938/39 3 2 5
7 NZl 2 Pak Lahore 1964/65 1 4 5
8 Pak 2 Aus Melbourne 1972/73 2 3 5
9 Aus 1 Eng Lord’s 1993 3 2 5
10 Aus 1 Eng Nottingham 1997 0 5 5
11 Ind 3 NZl Mohali 1999/00 2 3 5
12 Aus 1 Eng The Oval 2001 3 2 5
13 Eng 3 Srl Lord’s 2002 2 3 5
14 Aus 2 Ind Delhi 2008/09 1 4 5
15 Ind 2 Srl Mum/BS 2009/10 1 4 5
16 Pak 3 NZl Napier 2009/10 0 5 5
17 Aus 1 Pak Melbourne 2009/10 0 5 5

South Africa vs England test series : Captain-cum-Opening batsmen run out in a test innings

South Africa vs England test series : Captain-cum-Opening batsmen run out in a test innings

GC Smith was run out for 75 in the first innings at Durban against England in the ongoing first test providing the eighth occasion of a captain-cum-opening batsman dismissed run out in a test innings in the annals of test cricket. The following table lists out all the eight occasions

No Captain/Opener Runs Team Opp Ground Mon/Yr
1 TL Goddard 60 SAF Eng Jo’burg Jan 1965
2 MA Taylor 59 Aus Eng Brisbane Nov 1994
3 MA Taylor 2 Aus Eng Perth Feb 1997
4 MA Taylor 45 Aus Ind Kolkata Mar 1998
5 STJayasuriya 3 Srl Ind Kandy Aug 2001
6 STJayasuriya 18 Srl Eng Lord’s May 2002
7 GC Smith 18 SAF Eng TheOval Sep 2003
8 GC Smith 75 SAF Eng Durban Dec 2009

GC Smith has been run out on two occasions in a test innings as a captain-cum-opener. He was dismissed run out for 18 against England at The Oval in Sep 2003 and for 75 against England at Durban in Dec 2009.

MA Taylor of Australia {three occasions}, ST Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka {two occasions} and GC Smith of South Africa {two occasions} are the three captain-cum-opening batsmen who have been dismissed run out on two or more occasions.

GC Smith {75}, TL Goddard {60} and MA Taylor {59} are the three captain-cum-opening batsmen who have registered a half century before they were dismissed run out. TL Goddard of South Africa scored 60 against England at Jo’burg in Jan 1965 before he was dismissed run out. MA Taylor of Australia scored 59 against England at Brisbane in Nov 94 before he was dismissed run out.

GC Smith’s 75 remains the highest individual score registered by a captain-cum-opening batsman who was dismissed run out in a test innings

Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Bowlers conceding 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne

Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Bowlers conceding 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne

Pakistan’s Mohammad Aamer became the 17th bowler to concede 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne. The following is the complete list of bowlers who have suffered such ignominy

No Bowler O M R W Team Opp Mon/Yr
1 A Cotter 37.0 5 125 0 Aus Eng Feb 1912
2 RKTyldesley 35.0 3 130 0 Eng Aus Jan 1925
3 JM Gregory 22.0 1 102 0 Aus Eng Feb 1925
4 MW Tate 62.0 26 108 0 Eng Aus Mar 1929
5 PI Philpott 30.0 2 133 0 Aus Eng Dec 1965
6 S Abid Ali 20.0 0 106 0 Ind Aus Dec 1967
7 JR Thomson 17.0 1 100 0 Aus Pak Dec 1972
8 RJ Hadlee 25.0 4 104 0 NZl Aus Dec 1973
9 B Andrews 19.0 2 100 0 NZl Aus Dec 1973
10 ImranKhan 22.0 0 115 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
11 SaleemAltaf 17.0 2 117 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
12 AA Mallett 35.0 9 104 0 Aus Eng Feb 1980
13 DK Lillee 36.3 9 104 0 Aus Pak Dec 1981
14 SJHarmison 36.0 7 108 0 Eng Aus Dec 2002
15 Z Khan 25.0 4 103 0 Ind Aus Dec 2003
16 Mohd Sami 23.0 2 102 0 Pak Aus Dec 2004
17 Mohd Aamer 27.0 7 101 0 Pak Aus Dec 2009

Mohammad Aamer is the fourth Pakistan bowler to concede 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne. The other three are – Imran Khan, Saleem Altaf and Mohammad Sami.

No Bowler O M R W Team Opp Mon/Yr
1 ImranKhan 22.0 0 115 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
2 SaleemAltaf 17.0 2 117 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
3 Mohd Sami 23.0 2 102 0 Pak Aus Dec 2004
4 Mohd Aamer 27.0 7 101 0 Pak Aus Dec 2009

Mohammad Aamer is the eleventh visiting bowler to concede 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne. The following table lists out the performance of these eleven bowlers.

No Bowler O M R W Team Opp Mon/Yr
1 RKTyldesley 35.0 3 130 0 Eng Aus Jan 1925
2 MW Tate 62.0 26 108 0 Eng Aus Mar 1929
3 S Abid Ali 20.0 0 106 0 Ind Aus Dec 1967
4 RJ Hadlee 25.0 4 104 0 NZl Aus Dec 1973
5 B Andrews 19.0 2 100 0 NZl Aus Dec 1973
6 ImranKhan 22.0 0 115 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
7 SaleemAltaf 17.0 2 117 0 Pak Aus Jan 1977
8 SJHarmison 36.0 7 108 0 Eng Aus Dec 2002
9 Z Khan 25.0 4 103 0 Ind Aus Dec 2003
10 Mohd Sami 23.0 2 102 0 Pak Aus Dec 2004
11 Mohd Aamer 27.0 7 101 0 Pak Aus Dec 2009

Zaheer Khan and Mohammad Aamer are the only two left arm pace bowlers among the seventeen bowlers who have conceded 100 plus runs without capturing a wicket in a test innings at Melbourne.

No Bowler O M R W Team Opp Mon/Yr
1 Z Khan 25.0 4 103 0 Ind Aus Dec 2003
2 Mohd Aamer 27.0 7 101 0 Pak Aus Dec 2009

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : India and Sri Lanka create a world record in team totals of 300 plus runs

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : India and Sri Lanka create a world record in team totals of 300 plus runs

India and Sri Lanka created a world record in team totals in 2009/10 one day series. Both the teams registered 300 plus runs in the same match on three occasions, a feat unparalleled in the one day history in a bilateral series. The summary and detailed performance of the teams in such occasions is furnished below.

Pakistan has scored 300 plus runs on four occasions against Zimbabwe in 2002-03 and holds the record for posting 300 plus runs on most occasions in a bilateral series.

No Team Opposition Series 300+
1 Pakistan Zimbabwe 2002/03 4
2 West Indies India 2002/03 3
3 Pakistan India 2004/05 3
4 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 2006 3
5 Asia XI Africa XI 2007 3
6 India England 2007 3
7 Australia India 2007/08 3
8 Pakistan Pakistan 2007/08 3
9 India India 2009/10 3
10 Sri Lanka India 2009/10 3

No No Team Score Overs Opp Ground Date
1 1 Pak 302/4 50.0 Zim Bulawayo 23.11.02
2 Pak 344/5 50.0 Zim Bulawayo 24.11.02
3 Pak 323/3 50.0 Zim Harare 27.11.02
4 Pak 300/7 50.0 Zim Harare 01.12.02
2 1 Win 300/5 50.0 Ind Rajkot 12.11.02
2 Win 324/4 50.0 Ind Ahmedabad 15.11.02
3 Win 315/6 50.0 Ind Vijayawada 24.11.02
3 1 Pak 319/9 50.0 Ind Jamshedpur 09.04.05
2 Pak 319/7 48.0 Ind Ahmedabad 12.04.05
3 Pak 303/8 50.0 Ind Delhi 17.04.05
4 1 Srl 319/6 50.0 Eng The Oval 20.06.06
2 Srl 318/7 50.0 Eng Manchester 28.06.06
3 Srl 324/2 37.3 Eng Leeds 01.07.06
5 1 Asia 317/9 50.0 Afr Bangalore 06.06.07
2 Asia 337/7 50.0 Afr Chennai 09.06.07
3 Asia 331/8 50.0 Afr Chennai 10.06.07
6 1 Ind 329/7 50.0 Eng Bristol 24.08.07
2 Ind 324/6 50.0 Eng Leeds 02.09.07
3 Ind 317/8 49.4 Eng The Oval 05.09.07
7 1 Aus 307/7 50.0 Ind Bangalore 29.09.07
2 Aus 306/6 50.0 Ind Kochi 02.10.07
3 Aus 317/8 50.0 Ind Nagpur 14.10.07
8 1 Pak 322/5 50.0 Ban Lahore 08.04.08
2 Pak 308/7 50.0 Ban Lahore 13.04.08
3 Pak 329/9 50.0 Ban Karachi 19.04.08
9 1 Ind 414/7 50.0 Srl Rajkot 15.12.09
2 Ind 301/7 50.0 Srl Nagpur 18.12.09
3 Ind 317/3 48.1 Srl Kolkata 24.12.09
10 1 Srl 411/8 50.0 Ind Rajkot 15.12.09
2 Srl 302/7 50.0 Ind Nagpur 18.12.09
3 Srl 315/6 48.1 Ind Kolkata 24.12.09

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Two batsmen scoring hundreds in an innings of which one is a score of 150 plus runs or both scores are 150 plus runs

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Two batsmen scoring hundreds in an innings of which one is a score of 150 plus runs or both scores are 150 plus runs

G Gambhir {150*} and V Kohli {107} scored hundreds in the fourth one day game at Kolkata against Sri Lanka on 24.12.09 providing the eleventh occasion of two batsmen scoring hundreds in an innings of which one is score of 150 plus runs or both scores are 150 plus runs. All the eleven occasions are listed below

No

Batsmen Score Team Opp Ground Date
1 DL Haynes 105
IVARichards 181 Win Srl Karachi 13.10.87
2 M Azharuddin 153*
AD Jadeja 116 Ind Zim Cuttack 09.04.98
3 SCChanderpaul 150
CLHooper 108 Win RSA ELondon 24.11.98
4 SC Ganguly 183*
R Dravid 145 Ind Srl Taunton 26.05.99
5 SR Tendulkar 186*
R Dravid 153 Ind NZl Hyd/LBS 08.11.99
6 SR Tendulkar 152
SC Ganguly 112* Ind Nam PMBurg 23.02.03
7 CHGayle 153*
BC Lara 113 Win Zim Bulawayo 22.11.03
8 AJStrauss 152
PDCollingwood 112* Eng Ban Manchester 21.06.05
9 STJayasuriya 152
WUTharanga 109 Srl Eng Leeds 01.07.06
10 JMMarshall 161
BBMcCullum 166 NZl Ire Aberdeen 01.07.08
11 G Gambhir 150*
V Kohli 107 Ind Srl Kolkata 24.12.09
India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Three or more batsmen scoring hundreds in a one day game

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Three or more batsmen scoring hundreds in a one day game

WU Tharanga {118}, G Gambhir {150*} and/Kohli {107} scored hundreds in the fourth one day game between India and Sri Lanka at Kolkota on 24.12.09 providing the 17th occasion of three or more batsman scoring hundreds in an one day game in the history of one day internationals. All the seventeen occasions are listed below

No Batsmen Score Team Match Ground Date
1 BM Wood 114* Aus Eng/Aus Lord’s 03.06.85
GAGooch 117* Eng Eng/Aus Lord’s 03.06.85
DIGower 102 Eng Eng/Aus Lord’s 03.06.85
2 GRMarsh 104 Aus Ind/Aus Jaipur 07.09.86
DC Boon 111 Aus Ind/Aus Jaipur 07.09.86
KSrikkanth 102 Ind Ind/Aus Jaipur 07.09.86
3 SaeedAnwar 115 Pak Pak/Srl Nairobi 04.10.96
SAfridi 102 Pak Pak/Srl Nairobi 04.10.96
PA de Silva 123 Srl Pak/Srl Nairobi 04.10.96
4 BC Lara 102 Win Aus/Win Brisbane 05.01.97
CL Hooper 110* Win Aus/Win Brisbane 05.01.97
ME Waugh 102 Aus Aus/Win Brisbane 05.01.97
5 M Azharuddin 111* Ind Srl/Ind Col-RPS 17.08.97
AD Jadeja 119 Ind Srl/Ind Col-RPS 17.08.97
MS Atapattu 118 Srl Srl/Ind Col-RPS 17.08.97
6 SaeedAnwar 140 Pak Pak/Ind Dhaka 18.01.98
IzazAhmed 117 Pak Pak/Ind Dhaka 18.01.98
SCGanguly 120 Ind Pak/Ind Dhaka 18.01.98
7 MAzaruddin 153* Ind Ind/Zim Cuttack 07.04.98
AD Jadeja 116 Ind Ind/Zim Cuttack 07.04.98
GWFlower 102 Zim Ind/Zim Cuttack 07.04.98
8 SRTendulkar 120 Ind Ind/Srl Col-RPS 07.07.98
SCGanguly 109 Ind Ind/Srl Col-RPS 07.07.98
PA deSilva 105 Srl Ind/Srl Col-RPS 07.07.98
9 IzazAhmed 111 Pak Pak/Aus Lahore 10.11.98
MohdYousuf 100 Pak Pak/Aus Lahore 10.11.98
ACGilchrist 103 Aus Pak/Aus Lahore 10.11.98
RTPonting 124* Aus Pak/Aus Lahore 10.11.98
10 SCGanguly 127 Ind RSA/Ind Jo’burg 05.10.01
SRTendulkar 101 Ind RSA/Ind Jo’burg 05.10.01
GKirsten 133* RSA RSA/Ind Jo’burg 05.10.01
11 JHKallis 107 RSA Eng/RSA The Oval 28.06.03
METrescothick 114* Eng Eng/RSA The Oval 28.06.03
V Solanki 106 Eng Eng/RSA The Oval 28.06.03
12 VVS Laxman 131 Ind Ind/Zim Adelaide 24.01.04
SErvine 100 Zim Ind/Zim Adelaide 24.01.04
SVCarlisle 109 Zim Ind/Zim Adelaide 24.01.04
13 A Flintoff 123 Eng Eng/Win Lord’s 06.07.04
AJStrauss 100 Eng Eng/Win Lord’s 06.07.04
CHGayle 132* Win Eng/Win Lord’s 06.07.04
14 METrescothick 123 Eng Eng/Srl Leeds 01.07.06
WUTharanga 109 Srl Eng/Srl Leeds 01.07.06
STJayasuriya 152 Srl Eng/Srl Leeds 01.07.06
15 MLHayden 117 Aus Aus/NZl Perth 28.01.07
RTPonting 111 Aus Aus/NZl Perth 28.01.07
JDPOram 101* NZl Aus/NZl Perth 28.01.07
16 GWHamilton 119 Sco Sco/Can Aberdeen 07.07.09
DFWatts 101 Sco Sco/Can Aberdeen 07.07.09
SJyoti 117 Can Sco/Can Aberdeen 07.07.09
17 WUTharanga 118 Srl Ind/Srl Kolkata 24.12.09
GGambhir 150* Ind Ind/Srl Kolkata 24.12.09
V Kohli 107 Ind Ind/Srl Kolkata 24.12.09
Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Both the openers registering nineties in a test innings

Australia vs Pakistan Test series : Both the openers registering nineties in a test innings

Australian openers SR Watson and SM Katich scored 93 and 98 respectively in the first innings of the first test against Pakistan at Melbourne providing the fourth occasion of both the openers registering nineties in an innings in the annals of test cricket.

The other three occasions are as under

First occasion – SM Gavaskar {97} and CPS Chauhan {93}Indian openers in the second innings of the test match between India and Pakistan at Lahore in 1978-79

Second occasion – VVS Laxman {95} and NS Sidhu {97}Indian openers in the first innings of the test match between India and Australia at Kolkata in 1997-98

Third occasion – Mohammad Hafeez {95} and Imran Farhat {91} – Pakistan openers in the first innings of the test match between England and Pakistan at Lord’s in 2006

Australia vs Pakistan test series : RT Ponting registers his 50th half century

Australia vs Pakistan test series : RT Ponting registers his 50th half century

RT Ponting of Australia registered his 50th test half century when he scored 57 in the first innings against Pakistan at Melbourne in the first test of 2009/10 test series.

Ponting became the seventh batsman in the world to register 50 fities in a test innings. Others are AR Border of Australia {63}, R Dravid of India {58}, SR Tendulkar of India {54}, S Chanderpual of West Indies {53}, JH Kallis of South Africa {52} and SR Waugh of Australia {50}.

Ponting is the third Australian batsman to achieve the feat of scoring 50 fifties in a test innings. Other two are AR Border {63} and SR Waugh {50}. AR Border with 63 fifties to his credit holds the record for most fifties. Ponting’s 50 fifties are listed below

No Runs Opposition Ground Mon/Year
1 96 v Sri Lanka Perth Dec 1995
2 71 v Sri Lanka Melbourne Dec 1995
3 88 v West Indies Brisbane Nov 1996
4 73* v New Zealand Brisbane Nov 1997
5 62 v South Africa Sydney Jan 1998
6 60 v India Kolkata Mar 1998
7 76* v Pakistan Peshawar Oct 1998
8 96 v Sri Lanka Kandy Sep 1999
9 51 v Sri Lanka Kandy Sep 1999
10 67 v India Melbourne Dec 1999
11 92 v West Indies Adelaide Dec 2000
12 51 v West Indies Sydney Jan 2001
13 72 v England Leeds Aug 2001
14 62 v England The Oval Aug 2001
15 54 v South Africa Adelaide Dec 2001
16 89 v South Africa Durban Mar 2002
17 68 v England Perth Nov 2002
18 59 v Bangladesh Cairns Jul 2003
19 53* v Zimbabwe Sydney Oct 2003
20 54 v India Brisbane Dec 2003
21 50 v India Brisbane Dec 2003
22 92 v Sri Lanka Col-SSC Mar 2004
23 51 v New Zealand Brisbane Nov 2004
24 68 v New Zealand Adelaide Nov 2004
25 98 v Pakistan Perth Dec 2004
26 62* v Pakistan Melbourne Dec 2004
27 86* v New Zealand Auckland Mar 2005
28 61 v England Birmingham Aug 2005
29 54 v ICC World XI Sydney Oct 2005
30 56 v West Indies Adelaide Nov 2005
31 71 v South Africa Perth Dec 2005
32 53 v South Africa Perth Dec 2005
33 74 v South Africa Cape Town Mar 2006
34 52 v Bangladesh Chittagong Apr 2006
35 60* v England Brisbane Nov 2006
36 75 v England Perth Dec 2006
37 56 v Sri Lanka Brisbane Nov 2007
38 53* v Sri Lanka Hobart Nov 2007
39 55 v India Sydney Jan 2008
40 65 v West Indies North Sound May 2008
41 87 v India Delhi Oct 2008
42 79 v New Zealand Adelaide Nov 2008
43 99 v South Africa Melbourne Dec 2008
44 53 v South Africa Sydney Jan 2009
45 83 v South Africa Jo’burg Feb 2009
46 81 v South Africa Durban Mar 2009
47 78 v England Leeds Aug 2009
48 66 v England The Oval Aug 2009
49 55 v West Indies Brisbane Nov 2009
50 57 v Pakistan Melbourne Dec 2009

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Delhi one dayer abandoned midway due to poor pitch

India vs Sri Lanka one day series : Delhi one dayer abandoned midway due to poor pitch

Fifth one day game at Delhi : Match abandoned due to the poor state of the pitch : India wins the series 3-1

WU Tharanga was dismissed by the first ball of the match providing the 54th occasion of a batsman dismissed by the first ball of the match in the history of one day games. It was the third occasion for Zaheer Khan to dismiss a batsman by the first ball of the match. The other two occasions are – MS Sinclair of New Zealand at Col-RPS in 2001 and ST Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka at Col-RPS in 2002-03

Zaheer Khan became the fifth bowler in the history of one day games to dimisss a batsman by the first ball of the match on three or more occasions. Others are WPUJC Vaas {05}, Wasim Akram {04}, CJ McDermott {03} and SM Pollock {03}

The match was abandoned after 23.3 over due to the poor state of the pitch when Sri Lanka’s score card read 83 for 5.

ST Jayasuriya hit five fours in this game and completed 1500 boundary fours in one day games. He became the second batsman to score 1500 boundary fours in one dayers after SR Tendulkar of India who has 1901 boundary fours to his credit.

TM Dilhan completed 1000 runs in calendar year 2009 when he was on 20 during his knock of 20 on this game. At the end of the game he has an aggregate of 1000 runs. He has already completed 1000 runs in tests in the calendar year 2009. His aggregate is tests is 1097 from 11 matches

It is interesting to note that out of these seven batsmen who have achieved the feat, four are Sri Lankans – PA de Silva, ST Jayasuriya, DPMD Jayawardene and TM Dilshan

TM Dilshan has to credit 1000 plus runs in 2009 in T20 games – 1086 from 37 mat hes. Thus TM Dilshan has an unique distinction of scoring 1000 runs in 2009 in Tests, ODIs and also T20 games, a feat which has no parallel.

TM Dilshan became the sixth batsman to aggregate 1000 runs in the calendar year 2009. Other five are – MS Dhoni {1198}, RT Ponting {1198}, MEK Hussey {1166}, H Masakadza {1087} and SR Watson {1013}.

India capped S Tyagi in this match. He is the 179th Indian cricketer to appear in one day games and 21st Indian cricketer to make his one day debut against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka capped M Pushpakumar for this game. He became the 142nd cricketer to appear for Sri Lanka in one day games and 27th Sri Lankan cricketer to make his one day debut against India.

WU Tharanga was dismissed by the first ball of the match providing the 54th occasion of a batsman dismissed by the first ball of the match in the history of one day games.

It was the third occasion for Zaheer Khan to dismiss a batsman by the first ball of the match. The other two occasions are – MS Sinclair of New Zealand at Col-RPS in 2001 and ST Jayasuriya of Sri Lanka at Col-RPS in 2002-03

Zaheer Khan became the fifth bowler in the history of one day games to dimisss a batsman by the first ball of the match on three or more occasions. Others are WPUJC Vaas {05}, Wasim Akram {04}, CJ McDermott {03} and SM Pollock {03}