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Captain openers scoring fifties in a Twenty20 international – Babar Azam of Pakistan joins the list

Babar Azam of Pakistan scored 59 not out against Australia at Sydney on 03.11.19 to provide the 60th occasion of a captain opener scoring fifty in a T20I. All such occasions are tabulated below. Babar Azam became the first Pakistan captain opener to score a fifty in a T20I.

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 GC Smith 61 1 RSA NZl Johannesburg 21 Oct 2005
2 GC Smith 89* 1 RSA Aus Johannesburg 24 Feb 2006
3 GC Smith 71* 2 RSA Pak Johannesburg 02 Feb 2007
4 CH Gayle 61 1 Win Eng The Oval 29 Jun 2007
5 RR Watson 54 2 Sco Ken Belfast 04 Aug 2008
6 CH Gayle 67 2 Win NZl Auckland 26 Dec 2008
7 TM Dilshan 61 1 Srl Ind Colombo (RPS) 10 Feb 2009
8 CH Gayle 88 2 Win Aus The Oval 06 Jun 2009
9 BB McCullum 57 2 NZl RSA Lord’s 09 Jun 2009
10 CH Gayle 63* 2 Win Srl The Oval 19 Jun 2009
11 GC Smith 88 1 RSA Eng Centurion 15 Nov 2009
12 CH Gayle 98 1 Win Ind Bridgetown 09 May 2010
13 TM Dilshan 104* 1 Srl Aus Pallekele 06 Aug 2011
14 WTS Porterfield 56* 2 Ire Ken Dubai (DSC) 14 Mar 2012
15 DPMD Jayawardene 65* 2 Srl Win Pallekele 29 Sep 2012
16 MR Swart 89 1 Net Ken Windhoek 19 Apr 2013
17 CO Obuya 60* 1 Ken Afg Sharjah 11 Oct 2013
18 KS Williamson 53 1 NZl Srl Mt Maunganui 07 Jan 2016
19 KS Williamson 70 2 NZl Pak Auckland 15 Jan 2016
20 KS Williamson 72* 2 NZl Pak Hamilton 17 Jan 2016
21 AJ Finch 74 2 Aus Ind Melbourne 29 Jan 2016
22 SR Watson 124* 1 Aus Ind Sydney 31 Jan 2016
23 WTS Porterfield 72 2 Ire UAE Abu Dhabi 16 Feb 2016
24 LD Chandimal 58 1 Srl Pak Dhaka 04 Mar 2016
25 Rohan Mustafa 58 2 UAE Afg ICCA Dubai 18 Dec 2016
26 KS Williamson 73* 2 NZl Ban Napier 03 Jan 2017
27 KS Williamson 60 1 NZl Ban Mt Maunganui 08 Jan 2017
28 AJ Finch 53 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 22 Feb 2017
29 RG Sharma 118 1 Ind Srl Indore 22 Dec 2017
30 DA Warner 59 2 Aus NZl Auckland 16 Feb 2018
31 RG Sharma 89 1 Ind Ban Colombo (RPS) 14 Mar 2018
32 RG Sharma 56 2 Ind Ban Colombo (RPS) 18 Mar 2018
33 KJ Coetzer 54 1 Sco Ire Deventer 17 Jun 2018
34 AJ Finch 84 2 Aus Eng Birmingham 27 Jun 2018
35 AJ Finch 68* 2 Aus Pak Harare 02 Jul 2018
36 AJ Finch 172 1 Aus Zim Harare 03 Jul 2018
37 RG Sharma 111* 1 Ind Win Lucknow 06 Nov 2018
38 Inam-ul-Haq 73* 2 Qat Mal Al Amerat 23 Jan 2019
39 RG Sharma 50 2 Ind NZl Auckland 08 Feb 2019
40 PR Stirling 71 1 Ire Oman Al Amerat 13 Feb 2019
41 PR Stirling 56 1 Ire Sco Al Amerat 15 Feb 2019
42 KJ Coetzer 74 2 Sco Ire Al Amerat 15 Feb 2019
43 PR Stirling 91 2 Ire Afg Dehradun 23 Feb 2019
44 SJ Baard 52* 2 Nam Ghan Kampala 20 May 2019
45 P Khadka 86* 2 Nep Mal Kuala Lumpur 13 Jul 2019
46 NG Collins 53 2 Fin Den Brondby 13 Jul 2019
47 G Malla 51 2 Nep Man Singapore 24 Jul 2019
48 P Khadka 68 2 Nep Kuw Singapore 27 Jul 2019
49 NG Collins 56 1 Fin Spa Kerava 18 Aug 2019
50 K Motlhanka 59 2 Bots Nam Windhoek 20 Aug 2019
51 KJ Coetzer 89 1 Sco Net Dublin (Malahide) 16 Sep 2019
52 Q de Kock 52 1 RSA Ind Mohali 18 Sep 2019
53 H Masakadza 71 2 Zim Afg Chattogram 20 Sep 2019
54 Q de Kock 79* 2 RSA Ind Bengaluru 22 Sep 2019
55 P Khadka 106* 2 Nep Sing Singapore 28 Sep 2019
56 A Vala 53* 2 PNG Ber ICCA Dubai 19 Oct 2019
57 KJ Coetzer 54 1 Sco PNG ICCA Dubai 21 Oct 2019
58 NS Dhaliwal 69 1 Can Ire Abu Dhabi 23 Oct 2019
59 AJ Finch 64 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
60 Babar Azam 59* 1 Pak Aus Sydney 03 Nov 2019

The following list tabulates the captain openers who have scored centuries in a T20I. There are six occasions. RG Sharma of India is the only captain opener to score century two occasions.

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 TM Dilshan 104* 1 Srl Aus Pallekele 06 Aug 2011
2 SR Watson 124* 1 Aus Ind Sydney 31 Jan 2016
3 RG Sharma 118 1 Ind Srl Indore 22 Dec 2017
4 AJ Finch 172 1 Aus Zim Harare 03 Jul 2018
5 RG Sharma 111* 1 Ind Win Lucknow 06 Nov 2018
6 P Khadka 106* 2 Nep Sing Singapore 28 Sep 2019

AJ Finch {06}, CH Gayle {05}, KS Williamson {05} and RG Sharma {05} are the four captain openers to score fifties on five or more occasions. The  following table lists the performance of these four captains

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch 74 2 Aus Ind Melbourne 29 Jan 2016
2 AJ Finch 53 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 22 Feb 2017
3 AJ Finch 84 2 Aus Eng Birmingham 27 Jun 2018
4 AJ Finch 68* 2 Aus Pak Harare 02 Jul 2018
5 AJ Finch 172 1 Aus Zim Harare 03 Jul 2018
6 AJ Finch 64 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
               
1 CH Gayle 61 1 Win Eng The Oval 29 Jun 2007
2 CH Gayle 67 2 Win NZl Auckland 26 Dec 2008
3 CH Gayle 88 2 Win Aus The Oval 06 Jun 2009
4 CH Gayle 63* 2 Win Srl The Oval 19 Jun 2009
5 CH Gayle 98 1 Win Ind Bridgetown 09 May 2010
               
1 KS Williamson 53 1 NZl Srl Mt Maunganui 07 Jan 2016
2 KS Williamson 70 2 NZl Pak Auckland 15 Jan 2016
3 KS Williamson 72* 2 NZl Pak Hamilton 17 Jan 2016
4 KS Williamson 73* 2 NZl Ban Napier 03 Jan 2017
5 KS Williamson 60 1 NZl Ban Mt Maunganui 08 Jan 2017
               
1 RG Sharma 118 1 Ind Srl Indore 22 Dec 2017
2 RG Sharma 89 1 Ind Ban Colombo (RPS) 14 Mar 2018
3 RG Sharma 56 2 Ind Ban Colombo (RPS) 18 Mar 2018
4 RG Sharma 111* 1 Ind Win Lucknow 06 Nov 2018
5 RG Sharma 50 2 Ind NZl Auckland 08 Feb 2019

Opening batsmen collecting the first-ball duck in an innings in T20Is. JM Bairstow of England and Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan join the list

JM Bairstow of England was dismissed for a first ball duck against New Zealand at Wellington on 03.11.19 to provide the 135th occasion of an opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in T20Is. It also provides the sixth occasion of an England opening batsman to suffer such an ignominy. All such occasions are tabulated below.

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 JL Denly 0 1 2 Eng Aus Manchester 30 Aug 2009
2 JL Denly 0 1 1 Eng RSA Johannesburg 13 Nov 2009
3 JJ Roy 0 1 1 Eng Pak Sharjah 30 Nov 2015
4 SW Billings 0 1 2 Eng Ind Bengaluru 01 Feb 2017
5 JJ Roy 0 1 2 Eng Win Chester-le-Street 16 Sep 2017
6 JM Bairstow 0 1 2 Eng NZl Wellington 03 Nov 2019

Fakhar Zaman was dismissed for a first ball duck against Australia at Sydney on 03.11.19 to provide the 136th occasion of an opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in T20Is. It also provides the tenth occasion of a Pakistan opening batsman to suffer such an ignominy. All such occasions are tabulated below.

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Kamran Akmal 0 1 1 Pak Srl Colombo (RPS) 12 Aug 2009
2 Kamran Akmal 0 1 2 Pak Aus Gros Islet 02 May 2010
3 Shahzaib Hasan 0 1 1 Pak Aus Birmingham 05 Jul 2010
4 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Eng Abu Dhabi 27 Feb 2012
5 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
6 Ahmed Shehzad 0 1 2 Pak Win Dhaka 01 Apr 2014
7 Rafatullah Mohmand 0 1 2 Pak Eng Sharjah 30 Nov 2015
8 Haris Sohail 0 1 1 Pak Aus Harare 05 Jul 2018
9 Fakhar Zaman 0 1 2 Pak Srl Lahore 09 Oct 2019
10 Fakhar Zaman 0 1 1 Pak Aus Sydney 03 Nov 2019

Fakhar  Zaman became the fourth Pakistan opening batsman to collect the first ball duck in a T20I innings against Australia. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Kamran Akmal 0 1 2 Pak Aus Gros Islet 02 May 2010
2 Shahzaib Hasan 0 1 1 Pak Aus Birmingham 05 Jul 2010
3 Haris Sohail 0 1 1 Pak Aus Harare 05 Jul 2018
4 Fakhar Zaman 0 1 1 Pak Aus Sydney 03 Nov 2019

Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Fakhar Zaman are the three Pakistan openers to collect the first ball duck on two occasions. All such occasions are tabulated below.

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Kamran Akmal 0 1 1 Pak Srl Colombo (RPS) 12 Aug 2009
2 Kamran Akmal 0 1 2 Pak Aus Gros Islet 02 May 2010
                 
1 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Eng Abu Dhabi 27 Feb 2012
2 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
                 
1 Fakhar Zaman 0 1 2 Pak Srl Lahore 09 Oct 2019
2 Fakhar Zaman 0 1 1 Pak Aus Sydney 03 Nov 2019

India and Bangladesh T20I at New Delhi scheduled for today, that is 03.11.19 will be numbered as the 1000th T20I game.

India and Bangladesh T20I at New Delhi scheduled for today, that is 03.11.19 will be numbered as the 1000th T20I game. As of 2nd November 2019, the total number of T20Is played across the world read 997. Today, that is on 3rd November 2019,  three T20Is are slated to be played – New Zealand vs England at  Wellington,  Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney, and India vs Bangladesh at Delhi.

The game between New Zealand vs England at Wellington is already in progress and has been numbered as 998th T20I. The game between Australia Vs Pakistan at Sydney is also under progress and has been numbered as 999th T20I.

Captin openers who have collected the first ball ducks in Twenty20 Internationals

AJ Finch of Australia was dismissed for a first ball duck against Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 30.10.19 to provide the 16th occasion of a captain opener collecting a first ball duck in the history of Twenty20 Internationals. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 RR Watson 0 1 2 Sco Ber Belfast 03 Aug 2008
2 WTS Porterfield 0 1 2 Ire Afg Dubai (DSC) 24 Mar 2012
3 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
4 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Aus Colombo (RPS) 19 Sep 2012
5 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Win Colombo (RPS) 24 Sep 2012
6 KS Williamson 0 1 1 NZl Pak Dubai (DSC) 04 Dec 2014
7 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
8 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nep UAE ICCA Dubai 01 Feb 2019
9 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Phil Port Moresby 24 Mar 2019
10 HS Alta 0 1 1 Tur Aut Ilfov County 31 Aug 2019
11 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van MAL Kuala Lumpur 04 Oct 2019
12 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Per Cortijo Polo Club Pitch B 04 Oct 2019
13 H Fennell 0 1 1 Arg Bra Cortijo Polo Club Pitch A 04 Oct 2019
14 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nap HKG Al Amerat 06 Oct 2019
15 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Mex Lima Cricket and Football 06 Oct 2019
16 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

It also provides the third occasion of an Australian captain opener collecting a first ball duck in T20Is. Both such occasions are listed below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
2 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

It also provides the second occasion of a captain opener collecting the first ball duck against Sri Lanka in T20Is. All such occasions are listed below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
2 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

H Fennel of Argentina {02}, WTS Porterfield of Ireland {03}, A Mansale of Vancouver (02}, AJ Finch of Australia  {02} and P Khadka  of Nepal are the five captain openers who have collected the first ball ducks on two or more occasions. AJ Finch joined the captioned list with his duck against Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 30.10.19

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Per Cortijo Polo Club Pitch B 04 Oct 2019
2 H Fennell 0 1 1 Arg Bra Cortijo Polo Club Pitch A 04 Oct 2019
3 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Mex Lima Cricket and Football 06 Oct 2019
                 
1 WTS Porterfield 0 1 2 Ire Afg Dubai (DSC) 24 Mar 2012
2 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Aus Colombo (RPS) 19 Sep 2012
3 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Win Colombo (RPS) 24 Sep 2012
                 
1 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Phil Port Moresby 24 Mar 2019
2 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van MAL Kuala Lumpur 04 Oct 2019
                 
1 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
2 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019
                 
1 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nep UAE ICCA Dubai 01 Feb 2019
2 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nap HKG Al Amerat 06 Oct 2019

Captain openers scoring ducks in Twenty20 Internationals

AJ Finch of Australia scored a duck against Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 30.10.19 to provide the 29th occasion of a captain opener scoring a duck in the history of Twenty20 Internationals. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 RR Watson 0 1 2 Sco Ber Belfast 03 Aug 2008
2 WTS Porterfield 0 7 2 Ire Ken Belfast 04 Aug 2008
3 CH Gayle 0 2 2 Win RSA North Sound 20 May 2010
4 WTS Porterfield 0 1 2 Ire Afg Dubai (DSC) 24 Mar 2012
5 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
6 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Aus Colombo (RPS) 19 Sep 2012
7 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Win Colombo (RPS) 24 Sep 2012
8 KS Williamson 0 1 1 NZl Pak Dubai (DSC) 04 Dec 2014
9 PW Borren 0 3 2 Net HKG Dubai (DSC) 18 Jan 2017
10 WU Tharanga 0 2 2 Srl Aus Melbourne 17 Feb 2017
11 RG Sharma 0 4 1 Ind Srl Colombo (RPS) 06 Mar 2018
12 AJ Finch 0 3 2 Aus Pak Abu Dhabi 24 Oct 2018
13 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
14 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nep UAE ICCA Dubai 01 Feb 2019
15 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Phil Port Moresby 24 Mar 2019
16 R Pillai 0 2 2 Ger Den Castel 19 Jun 2019
17 H Masakadza 0 4 2 Zim Ire Bready 14 Jul 2019
18 TS Fray 0 3 2 Ber Cayman Sandys Parish 21 Aug 2019
19 TS Fray 0 0 1 Ber Can Sandys Parish 24 Aug 2019
20 H Helva 0 4 2 Tur CZR Ilfov County 30 Aug 2019
21 HS Alta 0 1 1 Tur Aut Ilfov County 31 Aug 2019
22 A Mansale 0 4 1 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 01 Oct 2019
23 A Mansale 0 4 2 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 02 Oct 2019
24 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 04 Oct 2019
25 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Per Cortijo Polo Club Pitch B 04 Oct 2019
26 H Fennell 0 1 1 Arg Bra Cortijo Polo Club Pitch A 04 Oct 2019
27 P Khadka 0 1 2 Nap HKG Al Amerat 06 Oct 2019
28 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Mex Lima Cricket and Football 06 Oct 2019
29 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

It also provides the third occasion of an Australian captain opener scoring a duck in T20Is. All such occasions are listed below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch 0 3 2 Aus Pak Abu Dhabi 24 Oct 2018
2 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
3 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

It also provides the third occasion of a captain opener scoring a duck against Sri Lanka in T20Is. All such occasions are listed below

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 Mohammad Hafeez 0 1 2 Pak Srl Hambantota 01 Jun 2012
2 RG Sharma 0 4 1 Ind Srl Colombo (RPS) 06 Mar 2018
3 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019

A Mansale of Vancouver (04}, WTS Porterfield of  Ireland {04},  AJ Finch of Australia  {03} and H Fennel of Argentina {03} are the four captain openers to score ducks on three or more occasions. AJ Finch joined the captioned list with his duck against Sri Lanka at Brisbane on 30.10.19

No Player Runs BF Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Phil Port Moresby 24 Mar 2019
2 A Mansale 0 4 1 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 01 Oct 2019
3 A Mansale 0 4 2 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 02 Oct 2019
4 A Mansale 0 1 2 Van Mal Kuala Lumpur 04 Oct 2019
                 
1 WTS Porterfield 0 7 2 Ire Ken Belfast 04 Aug 2008
2 WTS Porterfield 0 1 2 Ire Afg Dubai (DSC) 24 Mar 2012
3 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Aus Colombo (RPS) 19 Sep 2012
4 WTS Porterfield 0 1 1 Ire Win Colombo (RPS) 24 Sep 2012
                 
1 AJ Finch 0 3 2 Aus Pak Abu Dhabi 24 Oct 2018
2 AJ Finch 0 1 1 Aus Ind Melbourne 23 Nov 2018
3 AJ Finch 0 1 2 Aus Srl Brisbane 30 Oct 2019
                 
1 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Per Cortijo Polo Club Pitch B 04 Oct 2019
2 H Fennell 0 1 1 Arg Bra Cortijo Polo Club Pitch A 04 Oct 2019
3 H Fennell 0 1 2 Arg Mex Lima Cricket and Football 06 Oct 2019

Batsmen posting two three-figure partnerships in an innings in a Twenty20 International

Australia and Sri Lanka Twenty20 International at Adelaide on 27.10.19 witnessed Australian batsmen posting two three figure partnerships in its innings to provide the third occasion of a team posting two three-figure partnerships in an innings in the history of Twenty20 Internationals. AJ Finch-DA Warner added 122 runs for the first wicket and DA Warner-GJ Maxwell added 107 for the second wicket. All such three occasions are tabulated below

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch, SE Marsh 2 114 1 Aus Eng Southampton 29 Aug 2013
2 AJ Finch, SR Watson 3 101 1 Aus Eng Southampton 29 Aug 2013
                 
1 N Davin, MG Erasmus 2 103 1 Nam Bots Windhoek 20 Aug 2019
2 JP Kotze, CG Williams 4 112* 1 Nam Bots Windhoek 20 Aug 2019
                 
1 AJ Finch, DA Warner 1 122 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 GJ Maxwell, DA Warner 2 107 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019

AJ Finch-DA Warner added 122 runs for the first wicket and DA Warner-GJ Maxwell added 107 for the second wicket in this game to provide the first occasion of batsmen posting three figure partnerships for the first two wickets in the history of Twenty20 Internationals

No Partners Wkt Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch, DA Warner 1 122 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 GJ Maxwell, DA Warner 2 107 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019

Australian batsmen scoring centuries in a Twenty-20 International – DA Warner joins the elite list

DA Warner of Australia scored 100 not out against Sri Lanka at Adelaide on 27.10.19 to provide the 52nd occasion of a batsman scoring a century in T20Is. It also provides the seventh occasion of an Australian batsman scoring a century in a T20I. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Runs Inns Team Oppn Ground Start Date
1 AJ Finch 156 1 Aus Eng Southampton 29 Aug 2013
2 SR Watson 124* 1 Aus Ind Sydney 31 Jan 2016
3 GJ Maxwell 145* 1 Aus Srl Pallekele 06 Sep 2016
4 GJ Maxwell 103* 2 Aus Eng Hobart 07 Feb 2018
5 AJ Finch 172 1 Aus Zim Harare 03 Jul 2018
6 GJ Maxwell 113* 2 Aus Ind Bengaluru 27 Feb 2019
7 DA Warner 100* 1 Aus Srl Adelaide 27 Oct 2019

CAK Rajitha of Sri Lanka earns a dubious record – becomes the most expensive bowler in terms of runs conceded in the history of Twenty20 Internationals

CAK Rajitha of Sri Lanka wrote himself into records as the most expensive bowler in terms of runs conceded in the history of Twenty20 Internationals when he leaked 75 runs in the first T20I against Australia at Adelaide on 27.10.19. The following table lists the bowlers who have conceded 60 plus runs in an innings in T20Is

No Player O M R W Inns Team Opp Ground Start Date
1 CAK Rajitha 4.0 0 75 0 1 Srl Aus Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 T Turan 4.0 0 70 1 1 Tur CZR Ilfov County 30 Aug 2019
3 BJ McCarthy 4.0 0 69 0 1 Ire Afg Greater Noida 12 Mar 2017
4 KJ Abbott 4.0 0 68 1 2 RSA Win Johannesburg 11 Jan 2015
5 JM Anderson 4.0 0 64 1 1 Eng Aus Sydney 09 Jan 2007
6 ST Jayasuriya 4.0 0 64 0 1 Srl Pak Johannesburg 17 Sep 2007
7 AJ Tye 4.0 0 64 2 1 Aus NZl Auckland 16 Feb 2018
8 BM Wheeler 3.1 0 64 0 2 NZl Aus Auckland 16 Feb 2018
9 YS Chahal 4.0 0 64 0 2 Ind RSA Centurion 21 Feb 2018
10 AB Dursak 4.0 0 64 0 1 Tur CZR Ilfov County 30 Aug 2019
11 Rubel Hossain 4.0 0 63 2 1 Ban Win Dhaka 10 Dec 2012
12 Mashrafe Mortaza 4.0 0 63 0 1 Ban Pak Dhaka 30 Mar 2014
13 Usman Shinwari 4.0 0 63 0 1 Pak RSA Johannesburg 03 Feb 2019
14 AC Kose 4.0 0 62 2 1 Tur Rom Ilfov County 29 Aug 2019
15 LN Onyango 4.0 0 61 0 1 Ken Srl Johannesburg 14 Sep 2007
16 SI Mahmood 4.0 0 61 1 1 Eng RSA Centurion 15 Nov 2009
17 N Pradeep 4.0 0 61 2 1 Srl Ind Indore 22 Dec 2017
18 D Kegasitswe 4.0 0 61 0 1 Bots Nam Windhoek 20 Aug 2019
19 SCJ Broad 4.0 0 60 0 1 Eng Ind Durban 19 Sep 2007
20 Shapoor Zadran 4.0 0 60 1 2 Afg Ire Greater Noida 12 Mar 2017

He also became the second bowler in the history of T20Is to concede 70 plus runs after T Kuran of Turkey. T Kuran had conceded 70 runs against Czech Republic at Ilfov County on 30.08.19

No Player O M R W Inns Team Opp Ground Start Date
1 CAK Rajitha 4.0 0 75 0 1 Srl Aus Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 T Turan 4.0 0 70 1 1 Tur CZR Ilfov County 30 Aug 2019

CAK Rajitha became the third Sri Lankan bowler to concede 60 plus runs in a T20I. All such occasions are  tabulated below

No Player O M R W Inns Team Opp Ground Start Date
1 CAK Rajitha 4.0 0 75 0 1 Srl Aus Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 ST Jayasuriya 4.0 0 64 0 1 Srl Pak Johannesburg 17 Sep 2007
3 N Pradeep 4.0 0 61 2 1 Srl Ind Indore 22 Dec 2017

CAK Rajitha of Sri Lanka wrote himself into records as the most expensive Sri Lankan bowler in terms of runs conceded in the history of Twenty20 Internationals when he leaked 75 runs in the first T20I against Australia at Adelaide on 27.10.19. The previous record in this category of  statistics was held by ST Jayasuriya who had conceded 64 runs against Pakistan at Johannesburg on 17.09.07. The following table lists the perforamce of these two bowlers

No Player O M R W Inns Team Opp Ground Start Date
1 CAK Rajitha 4.0 0 75 0 1 Srl Aus Adelaide 27 Oct 2019
2 ST Jayasuriya 4.0 0 64 0 1 Srl Pak Johannesburg 17 Sep 2007

Sunil Gavaskar: I would’ve been a doctor if not a cricketer – VIJAY LOKAPALLY

The all-time icon maintains a busy schedule, traversing different continents to watch and promote cricket, and creating awareness on social causes.The all-time icon maintains a busy schedule, traversing different continents to watch and promote cricket, and creating awareness on social causes.

“Though there is too much of cricket happening all over the world, I think teams are playing the right amount of cricket,” feels Sunil Gavaskar.   Sunil Gavaskar continues to command the respect of the cricket fraternity with his insightful views on the game.

He is much appreciative of the changing trends and the approach and skills of modern-day batsmen. He is a rare Indian cricketer who holds no rancour and bitterness and goes out of the way to recognise the contribution of the current generation. A stickler for traditions, he has sometimes taken a critical view of the behaviour of some cricketers but he often finds words of encouragement for those who display the spirit of the game.

The former India opener, captain and one of the all-time icons of cricket maintains a busy schedule, traversing across different continents to watch and promote cricket, and creating awareness on different social causes. Despite a hectic schedule, Gavaskar, 70, found time to speak to Sportstar in this wide-ranging interview.

Is cricket a side-on game..

Very much. The more side-on you are the better your chances of being in a position where you will be able to negotiate as a batsman.

The importance of having a proper stance? Tiger Pataudi once told me that it does not matter if you stand upside down as long as you meet the ball with a straight bat. He said stance was important but it can change.

Stance is clearly an individual thing. It generally has to be where your back eye is. If you are a right-hander, your right eye is the back eye, and if you are a left-hander, your left eye is able to see where your off-stump is. And therefore you take your guard accordingly. Whether you take leg-stump, two-legs and a middle-stump, the idea is to know where the off-stump is. That’s what you try and do. The stance becomes crucial because it is important to know where do you stand in relation to the off-stump. But today, of course, people stand with their bats raised up in the air. It’s a slightly different thing but then the guard also becomes important, whether you take a leg-stump guard or a middle-stump guard. If you are a taller person, you would take a leg-stump guard. If you are a shorter person you take two-legs. Depends.

This concept of bat speed, is it a modern phenomenon? Did you ever give a thought to this aspect?

It’s a modern concept because of the limited-overs format that you see. Therefore the bat speed has to be that much greater for you to be able to hit the ball into the stands. You can’t hit the ball into the stands with a gentle push. There is no speed. You want the bat to come down with great speed.

How important is having a still head?

Just see, if you are standing and shaking your head, you will never be able to see the ball. You won’t be able to judge the moment. If you have a still head, you know which way the ball is coming and what is the trajectory. You would still make a mistake, otherwise the bowlers won’t be playing this game. Everybody would be a batsman. The general thing is stiller the head, the more chances you have of being able to negotiate the ball well.

How do you develop the art of judging the length?

Straightaway. The moment the ball is released. It’s an instinct. It comes naturally. The instinct gets better over a period of time. The instinct and the ability to know what the pitch is going to do after the ball pitches in that length, becomes that much better.

Guard, stance, balance, grip, shot execution… How do you coordinate all these qualities?

Guard is to tell you where your off-stump is. Tells you which deliveries to play and which to leave. Once you get into a situation where you want to look to be playing shots and maybe you can change the guard too from leg-stump to off-stump. All those things can be done.

Did you tend your bat?

I did look after my bat. Cleaned it whenever I could. Whenever there were spots on the bat. Sure, you have to look after your bat. You definitely do. That’s the instrument with which you are going to score the runs.

How did you choose your bat and how many bats did you keep at one time in a season? One or two bats?

I was lucky. I generally had two bats. And very seldom did I need a third. So, the bat manufacturers were very good. I used to get a Duncan Fearnley bat. Outstanding equipment. For three years I played with another. I don’t want to take the name because the bats were not of a great quality. So I used to just put their sticker. Then came my last, second half of my career virtually. And Sanspareils Greenlands came in. They were even better than Duncan Fearnley in terms of the balance, everything.

We were told your bat did not have chipped edges because you always played straight and almost everything hit the middle of the bat?

No, no. There would be edges. Definitely. But the bats were so well made, the edges won’t generally chip away. The other bats earlier on, the wood would chip away.

Is it true that no one could touch your bat? Would you allow a colleague to play with your bat in a Test match? You also did not want to be disturbed before your turn to walk out to bat.

Of course, I would allow. Why not? Once I would put on my box, that’s when I would start thinking about the innings. Even as captain I would keep speaking about the batting order and all but put the box on only when the umpires’ bell would ring. Because it would be five minutes before the match started, or the innings started. It would take me two minutes to be ready. Box, thigh pad, leg guards, not more than two minutes.

When should you change from a high back lift to a low back lift? Or is it a habit?

No. It’s instinct. You have a low back lift and it’s a yorker coming at you so obviously you can’t have a high back lift. You see the yorker coming at you and your back lift becomes shorter immediately.

At which stage of your innings did you decide to play the cut or the cover drive? They were said to be avoidable shots. Can one play a cut off the first ball one faces?

Nothing wrong with playing a cut off the first ball. Nothing wrong. It’s a matter of your confidence. If it’s your best shot to score runs off, then why not. You have to play it. In my case, the cut was not my best shot. It was always the drive. The cut was something that I would be more comfortable playing after I felt I had got a sense of what the pitch was doing, how much bounce was there. I would not mind playing a cover drive off the first ball I faced.

How much of net practice would you recommend before a match?

It’s an individual thing. The problem with the nets is the pitches are not always good. Because they are not covered. So what happens is you could get injured. Not injured in a way that it would stop you from playing the match the next day, but injured in a way that would hamper your batting. For example, if you got bruised on your fingers, or you got hit on the thigh pad, or you got hit just between the leg guard and the thigh, that would definitely have an effect on your batting. So I avoided playing in the nets before a match in the later part of my career.

Did you practise your shots?

Of course, I did. In the nets.

Your favourite shots and one which you did not master…

Favourite shot was always the straight drive. Because you are presenting the straight bat. It was always a great shot to play. There was nothing like a difficult shot. Every batsman will have certain comfort levels playing certain shots. You are good at certain shots and you play them far more frequently. Other shots you don’t. But I think generally, for me, because of my height, the pull shot would have been difficult. Often the ball would be up in the air because the pull shot, if you are a little taller, it would be easier to get on top of the ball and play it better.

How did you approach fast bowlers without a helmet?

Never thought about it. If the equipment (helmet) was not there, what do you do? Never thought in terms of a helmet because we all started our careers without helmets. No question of thinking about the helmets.

Then, was it technique?

You don’t necessarily need good technique to succeed. You need good temperament. You need to be confident about yourself. You must be wanting to take on the challenge of playing fast bowling.

You were a brilliant judge of ‘leaving’ the ball and avoiding the bouncers. How did you master this technique?

I think it’s a bit of practising. Because of my height, I would be bullied by all the fast bowlers. They would try to bully me. For them the bouncer was the main weapon apart from the usual out-swing and all that. So you had to practise more at the school and club level. More at club level. And then translate the experience to succeed at the Test level.

What attracts you most in modern day batting?

What I like about the modern game is that 99 times out of 100 there is an electricity about it. So infectious. The electricity and the energy of modern cricket. I love that. There is, very seldom, even in Test cricket, a patch which is a dull one. It’s always very entertaining. I just love watching modern cricket.

Was Andy Roberts the best fast bowler you faced?

Fast bowlers with the new ball are expected to get you out. Because they have a hard, new ball, brand new ball. The pitch is something that you don’t know much about if you are batting first. So there is no big deal if they get you out.

But if a fast bowler can come back in the 55th or 60th over and still bowl the unplayable ball, because by that time you are well set and probably closer to your 100, if not a 100 at that stage, and he gets you out, that makes him special. The ball is not new, not hard. That’s what Andy was about. He would come in the 55th or 65th over and still bowl the unplayable ball that would get you out.

Can you recall the fastest spells you faced?

There were two. One was by John Price at Old Trafford. My first ever experience of a green pitch. It had drizzled slightly. Umpires don’t take you off the field for that kind of drizzle. The pitch was fresh. And the ball was flying around. John Price and Peter Lever were tough to tackle. It was very good fast bowling. And the second one I thought was Jeff Thomson in Perth. Jeff Thomson in Sydney. He really bowled like the wind. He was always quick. But these two innings he was exceptionally fast.

One fast ball which left you wondering what it was…

Yes, I do remember. It was in the second innings of the Kingston Test in 1976. Anshuman (Gaekwad) was injured and Dilip (Vengsarkar) opened the batting with me. It was Dilip’s first season, first tour actually. He had batted well in the first innings. So when we went out to bat in the second innings he mentioned to me that he wanted to take the strike. I said to him NO. I told him his time would come. Let me take the strike. I was taking strike anyways. And the second ball of that first over from Michael Holding just pitched on a good length, not short of a good length, and it just took off. I had no chance. It went over my head and missed it by four inches. I had no chance to move. Nothing. And I looked at the other end. Dilip had his tongue out because if it had been Dilip, 6ft tall, the ball could have hit him on the head.

Do you remember the first ball that you faced in Test cricket?

Of course, I remember it. It was a bouncer by Vanburn Holder.

What are your views on computer analyst training and coaching?

I have no idea about it but I am pretty certain it has its uses. Because if you are able to go back and quickly check what, in a particular over, how well you bowled, why you haven’t bowled, or why you have not played a particular delivery or shot well, you would get a quick analysis, which would be pretty useful. As long as it is not overdone, I think there’s a place for it.

Anything that today’s batsmen lack in general…

I think the only thing they lack is patience. I won’t say they lack it. You can say patience is in short supply. There are exceptions, of course, and they are in the top five or top 10 in the rankings. But otherwise, the quality of patience is not there.

Any misconceptions about you? You were arrogant and not approachable.

Honestly, nobody has ever told me. I don’t really know. But I guess the two things that you mentioned perhaps could be the misconceptions about me!

Your test of character? Was it the 221 at the Oval in 1979 or the 129 at Kotla (in 1983)?

I honestly really never reflected on such a thing. This is the first time you are making me think. I really wish I could tell you what it was.

One incident that has stayed with you.

There are many. The greatest incident was us winning the World Cup. Can’t call it an incident. Best memory.

Your idea of a perfect innings. Can there be a perfect innings?

No. But during the course of an innings, you can have a perfect hour, a perfect couple of hours. In the chase against the West Indies in 1976 (403 to win), at the end of the day we were (134/1) and I was (86 not out). That, to me, was the most perfect patch of an innings that I have played. Next day, I struggled to get those 14 runs to get to the 100. I just didn’t find the same rhythm that I found after the (West Indies declaration). The chase was an over-nighter. Sometimes you could be at the non-striker’s end, you may have been in good flow, you could be hitting the ball well, but you may be just getting one ball in an over because your partner would have been hitting the ball well and getting runs. That can upset the rhythm and the flow of your innings — not getting the strike for some time.

Why did you always caution against extending the drinks break?

Because in the process you are giving the tired opposition fast bowlers that extra bit of rest, the tired fast bowlers that extra breath. That’s the reason I would get upset if the non-striker — say, after the fast bowler would have bowled four balls — he would try and tie his shoe laces, or try and do something to his pads and give the bowler that extra resting time. I would get very angry.

What are the major challenges facing Test cricket today?

Major challenge is attracting crowds to the venues. They have got so used to the limited-overs version. The excitement and the big shot-making in these limited-overs formats is making them watch less of Test cricket.

One thing you are proud of…

The 1983 World Cup win. Not the 29th Test century or the 10,000th run. World Cup is the ultimate.

Anything you would like to do differently…

Maybe, if I had not asked Chetan (Chauhan) to walk off after being abused (by the Australians in Melbourne in 1981). The only regret, and I say that firmly with my tongue in my cheek, is not saying after performing, not saying that I did it for the team, or I did it for my country. Maybe I should have said it. But again I am saying it with my tongue firmly in my cheek.

For you what is grit? For us, you were grit, standing on the pitch against the best of fast bowlers.

What is grit is to be able to stand your ground. Be it against the opposition on the field. Be it against the opposition off the field. That’s grit. Taking them on is grit.

The batsman you admired the most?

More than one. Obviously Garry Sobers, Gundappa Viswanath, Rohan Kanhai. I admired these guys a lot. Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar. I admired these guys too. Viv Richards was sensational. These guys were so good. The guys I loved to watch were Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardena. They were very nice to watch. Great fun.

Are we playing too much cricket?

You get this feeling because there is too much of cricket happening all over the world. Not necessarily that one team is playing too much cricket. I think teams are playing the right amount of cricket.

Did you also play that much of cricket…

Not really. Maybe the last four or five years.

Do you think the West Indians and South Africans have declined?

West Indians, certainly. Their batting has got no consistency, no concentration.

Have the batsmen become better or bowlers have become poorer?

Actually, both have improved because there is a lot more variety. Look at the number of new shots. Look at the number of new deliveries. The back of the hand ball, the knuckle ball, the Dil-scoop. The ramp shot was there, the upper cut was always there, but some of these new shots like reverse sweep and switch hit have made cricket so attractive. Add to that the all-round athleticism. There is hardly a fielder you have to hide anywhere. That makes cricket so much more attractive now.

Does it pain you that there is little interest to play the Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Ranji Trophy or Irani Trophy?

It does pain me. But what can we do? It’s the same with Test cricket, the longer version of the game which people don’t seem to have time for. Today, with everything being taken care of because of the TV rights, whether international cricket or domestic cricket, I think they should be able to make the entry very nominal. Should bring down the ticket prices. Give children below 15 free entry.

Will T20 cricket gobble up Test cricket?

No. I don’t think so. Thanks to T20, more people are watching the game now. We must be thankful to T20 actually. The connoisseur might argue that cricket standard is not the same, but as far I am concerned the game has become more attractive.

How can you watch so much day in and day out?

Who says? Actually it gives me a wonderful opportunity to see how the game has evolved. How the modern player is adjusting and adapting his game to it. It is a terrific opportunity (to commentate). And then to get paid for it and then to be recognised for it is a bonus.

Can you analyse Steve Smith. Does he have a superior quality of technique?

That’s why I have always talked about temperament, and not just technique. To me, temperament separates the men from the boys. Technique is fine. You must have reasonable technique. Decent technique. But you are most likely to succeed if you have great temperament.

What would you have been if not a cricketer?

I think I would have been a doctor. It is the greatest profession in the world. You are easing people’s physical pain. You are curing people. You are waking people from death. Doctors revive them. You are Godlike if you are a doctor.

What is your association with the Heart to Heart Foundation?

I am very fortunate to be asked to be the chairman of the Governors of Heart to Heart Foundation. The H2H Foundation, in collaboration with the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals (in Raipur, Palwal and Khargar), performs free surgeries for children with congenital heart defects (CHD). CHD is almost like an epidemic. More than three hundred thousand Indian babies are born with this.

Ninety thousand might not survive to see their first birthday. And they all come generally from the poorest sections of our society. Unable to afford the cost of surgery, barely able to make two ends meet. That’s why the free surgeries. To see the joy on the parents’ faces when they know their child is going to lead a normal, healthy life. Seeing that expression is worth more than scoring a double hundred. At the Sai Sanjeevani Hospitals, there is only dil (heart), there’s no bill. No billing counters at all.

Article Courtesy – Sportstar Web

Bowlers who have captured four or more wickets in the finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy

A Mithun became the eighth bowler to capture four or more wickets in the finals of Vijay Hazare Trophy Finals when he returned with figures of five for 34 in the finals of 2019-20 season between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu played at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru on 25.10.19. All such occasions are tabulated below

No Player Overs M Runs W Team Opposition Ground Date
1 JA Odedra 10.0 1 16 4 Saurashtra v Bengal Visakhapatnam 10.04.08
2 S Nadeem 4.0 1 06 4 Jharkhand v Gujarat Indore 01.03.11
3 LR Shukla 9.2 1 38 4 Bengal v Mumbai Delhi 10.03.12
4 A Mithun 9.4 1 19 4 Karnataka v Railways Kolkata 16.03.14
5 RP Singh 10.0 2 42 4 Gujarat v Delhi Bengaluru 28.12.15
6 JJ Bumrah 9.3 1 28 5 Gujarat v Delhi Bengaluru 28.12.15
7 Mohammed Shami 8.2 1 26 4 Bengal v Tamil Nadu Delhi 20.03.17
8 A Mithun 9.5 0 34 5 Karnataka v Tamil Nadu Bengaluru 25.10.19
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