Which Test Captain is most often stopped by his opponent’s number? Is that Sunil Gavaskar by Imran Khan? asked Gyanendra Singh from India
Sunil Gavaskar dismissed five times by Imran Khan in the Test where both of them are captains. This is the same as the record for the couple: England Ted Dexter fall into Richie Benaud five times, all during Ash 1962-63 in Australia. Gavaskar was also dismissed twice by Bob Willis during the Indian series in England in 1982, making a total of seven. But the leader in this matter is Clive Lloyd, which was dismissed by his opponent’s number no less than nine times in the Test – four times by Kapil Dev, twice by Bishan Bedi and Tony Greig, and once by Ian Botham.
Benaud fired his rival captain on record 18 times; Imran next with 15. Jason Holder leading the way for players today – so far he has thrown away his opponent’s number 13 times.
Which Test Player is nicknamed “Big Dog” and “Small Dog”? asked Denis Collinson from Australia
This is a pair of famous brothers from South Africa – fast bowler Peter Pollock and great left hitter Graeme Pollock. Peter, whose son Shaun Pollock also has a sparkling Test career, explaining the derivation of these names to Gulf News a few years ago: “I played for the Eastern Province, and was 17. My voice hasn’t broken. I appealed, and it sounded like barking dogs. Atholl McKinnon give my name! When my brother came, I became a big dog and he was a little dog. “
A the latest question here mention of West India, Faoud Bacchus, whose 19th test came with a different reason. I noticed that when he made the highest score of 250, he came out of goal – was this the highest test score that ended like this? asked Dennis Johnson from Barbados
West Indies Faoud Bacchus crashing into the goal itself after making 250 – the only century Test – against India in Kanpur in 1979-80. This is actually the second highest score that ends like this: Australia’s opener Bill Ponsford hit his own goal after making 266 against England at The Oval in 1934, which turned out to be his last test. Have been there 12 other Test scores more than 100 ended in goal dismissal, including others by Ponsford, in the previous round – 181 against England at Headingley in 1934.
Who scored the most goals in an international match one day as the opening act? asked Rakesh Bhatia from India
What is clear here is a man who rarely opens in the Test, but adapts beautifully to the role in one day: Sachin Tendulkar making 151010 runs from the top in ODI. Sanath Jayasuriya comes next with 12,740, while Chris Gayle has 10,179. Adam Gilchrist and Sourav Ganguly also made more than 9,000 run when opened. For a complete list, Click here.
In Tests, Alastair Cook took the lead with 11,845 as the opening, ahead Sunil Gavaskar (9607) and Graeme Smith (9030). For that list, Click here. Gavaskar scored the most centuries as an opening, with 33 to 31 belonging to Cook.
What is the record for the most ducks in a test? And an ODI? asked Billy Linklater from Ireland
If you mean the highest number of ducks in innings, the Test record is six, which has happened five times now, most recently when five New Zealanders failed to score against Pakistan in Dubai in 2018-19. The record for ODI innings is also six, and also happened five times, most recently by Pakistan v Sri Lanka in Colombo in June 2012.
The record for both parties in the Test is 11 ducks, which has happened 12 times now. The most international in one day was eight, in the World Cup final between the West Indies (three ducks) and England (five) in the house of God in 1979.
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