Saturday, 3 January 2015

Ask Bharath #1

1. In Ranji Trophy which bowler has bowled the maximum number of maiden overs in an inning without conceding any run in that inning? - Asked by Dilip Singh, India on Twitter
It is Manish Majithia who bowled 20 overs, all maidens, in the 4th inning for Madhya Pradesh against Railways at Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground in Indore in 1999/00. His figures were 20-20-0-1. Not only in Ranji Trophy, but it is the record in the whole first class cricket history. Railways scored 86 for five in 109 overs in the fourth inning for a draw. Out of 86, they scored 83 runs from 104 overs on the last day which is a first class cricket record for the fewest number of runs in a full day’s play.

Manish Majithia
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2. Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan scored over 600 in two consecutive Test series he played (Against England and against WI, 2006), was this feat of his unique? How many times it has happened? Anyone who had 3 or more such consecutive series? - Asked by Muhammad Khalid, Karachi, Pakistan on Facebook

Mohammad Yousuf scored 631 runs in 4 matches at an average of 90.14 against England in England and 665 runs in 3 matches at 133.00 against West Indies in Pakistan in two consecutive test series in the year 2006 in which he aggregated a record 1788 runs as the highest number of runs in a calendar year in Tests. His tally of 600+ runs in two consecutive test series is the joint best. Others to have done this are Don Bradman (twice) and Clyde Walcott. The details are provided below.

Don Bradman (Australia) 
vs England in England, 1934 - 758 runs in 5 matches & 8 innings at 94.75
vs England in Australia, 1936/37 - 810 runs in 5 matches & 9 innings at 90.00

Don Bradman (Australia)
vs England in Australia, 1946/47 - 680 runs in 5 matches & 8 innings at 97.14 
vs India in Australia, 1947/48 - 715 runs in 5 matches & 6 innings at 178.75

Clyde Walcott (West Indies)
vs England in West Indies, 1953/54 - 698 runs in 5 matches & 10 innings at 87.25
vs Australia in West Indies, 1955 - 827 runs in 5 matches & 10 innings at 82.70

Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)
vs England in England, 2006 - 631 runs in 4 matches & 7 innings at 90.14
vs West Indies in Pakistan, 2006/07 - 665 runs in 3 matches & 5 innings at 133.00

3. Last year Broad took Hat trick and England lost that Test vs SL. How many times it happened in Tests and when? – Asked by Amit Kumar, Uttar Pradesh, India on Twitter

Stuart Broad’s hat-trick was the 41st hat-trick overall in Test cricket. His team lost the test to Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds by 100 runs. It was the 11th occasion of a bowler taking the hat-trick but ending up on the losing side. The table below has the details of all.

Test Hat-Tricks in losing cause
Bowler
For
Against
Venue
Year
Johnny Briggs
England
Australia
Sydney
1891/92
Geoff Griffin
South Africa
England
Lord's
1960
Peter Petherick
New Zealand
Pakistan
Lahore
1976/77
Merv Hughes
Australia
West Indies
Perth
1988/89
Darren Gough
England
Australia
Sydney
1998/99
Mohammad Sami
Pakistan
Sri Lanka
Lahore
2001/02
Jermaine Lawson
West Indies
Australia
Bridgetown
2003
Alok Kapali
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Peshawar
2003
Irfan Pathan
India
Pakistan
Karachi
2005/06
Ryan Sidebottom
England
New Zealand
Hamilton
2007/08
Stuart Broad
England
Sri Lanka
Leeds
2014


4. Most test runs by an Indian on the first day of test vs SA, Aus, Pak, SL, WI, NZ, Eng, Ban – Asked by Akhil VM, Palakkad, India on Facebook

It shouldn't be surprising that Virender Sehwag tops against four of them. It should be surprising that Rahul Dravid tops against two of them. The table below has the details.

Most runs on the first day of a test match by an Indian against various opponent teams
Opponent
Runs
Batsman
Venue
Year
Australia
195
Virender Sehwag (195)
Melbourne
2003/04
Bangladesh
145*
Rahul Dravid (160)
Chittagong
2004/05
England
170*
Budhi Kunderan (192)
Madras
1963/64
New Zealand
173
Virender Sehwag (173)
Ahmedabad
2010/11
Pakistan
228*
Virender Sehwag (309)
Multan
2003/04
South Africa
155
Sachin Tendulkar (155)
Bloemfontein
2001/02
Sri Lanka
177*
Rahul Dravid (177)
Ahmedabad
2009/10
West Indies
180
Virender Sehwag (180)
Gros Islet
2006
Zimbabwe
176*
Vinod Kambli (227)
Delhi
1992/93


5. How many Test caps has Delhi produced? And who all are above it with how many? – Asked by Siddharth Khandelwal, Nagpur, India on Facebook

Delhi has produced 16 test caps (based on players born in Delhi) so far out of 284 caps.  It is seventh in the list of Indian states with most test caps. It is well known that Maharashtra has produced the most test caps – 78. The table below has the list for all states and the other countries.

Number of test caps from each state in India (based on birth location)

State (or Country)
Caps
Maharashtra
78
Punjab
31
Gujarat
30
Tamil Nadu
25
Karnataka
22
Uttar Pradesh
22
Delhi
16
Andhra Pradesh
15
Bengal
11
Bihar
6
Sind
5
Kerala
4
Madhya Pradesh
4
Orissa
3
Rajasthan
3
Haryana
2
Afghanistan
1
Brazil
1
Daman
1
Goa
1
Jharkhand
1
Malaysia
1
Trinidad
1
Total
284
+ - Countries.

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