Sunday, May 31, 2009

Triple Hundreds in Tests - Some Trivias

  • Andy Sandham, an English cricketer, was the first batsman to score a triple hundred in a Test match. He scored 325 against the West Indies in April 1930.It had taken 53 years and 193 Test matches for cricket to witness a triple century at the highest level of the game. Remarkably, the second triple hundred was scored only three Test matches later.
  • Pakistani legend Hanif Mohammad's 16-hour effort of 337 against the Caribbeans is the only triple century scored in any team's second innings, in the history of test cricket. With this marathon effort, he saved the test for his team, after his team was skittled out for 106 in the first innings, conceding a 473-run lead to the West Indies.
  • Mark Taylor equalled Bradman’s highest score by an Australian in 1998 by scoring 334, but chose to declare the Australian innings closed rather than overtake ‘The Don’s’ score.
  • Brian Lara scored 375 against England to achieve the world record for the highest Individual score in a test match at the Antigua Recreation Ground in 1994. 10 years later, he reclaimed the world record against the same opposition at the same venue in the year 2004 by smashing an unbeaten 400.

ERIC HOLLIES - Greatest Spoiler in the History of the game!

William Eric Hollies was not an all-time-great England cricketer. He played for Warwickshire for almost twenty five years, played about 500 first-class matches for his team. But still, he earned the English cap for only thirteen times in his career. In such a long career, he has not taken a hat-trick even once. But still, his records are astonishing.. getting 2300+ wickets in his first-class career, and taking all ten wickets in a single innings without the help of even a single fielder, proves that he is a crafty master of his art. But the irony is that, he is simply not known for any of these mind-boggling records. Instead, he is remembered for what happened in the image given here. Yeah, he is the greatest spoiler in the history of the game who bowled the legendary Don for a duck in his last innings and spoiled His average to elude the magical mark of 100!

A trivia about the GOD of Cricket!!

The third umpire debuted in test cricket for the South Africa vs. India series in South Africa in the year 1992/93. Sachin Tendulkar was the first batsman to have been declared run out for 11 off 24 balls by a third umpire in 1992 against South Africa at Kingsmead, Durban.