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21st February, 2002

Name: Vinod Kumar
Question: Are there any centuries made by a 10th or 11th man? If yes, how many? Thanks & Regards, Vinod

Answer: In Test cricket no hundreds have been scored at number 11. However, three hundreds have been scored by batsmen while batting at number 10.

Name: Vidhu
Question: Who are the cricketers of Indian origin to represent Sri Lanka apart from Muralitharan, Russel Arnold and Vinodhan John?

Answer: No Test cricketers of Indian origin have represented Sri Lanka. All the players you have mentioned are Sri Lankans and are not Indians.

Name: Balaji Krish
Question: Dear Mohandas, I am looking to unravel an important statistics about India chasing. Whenever India chases above 250, it fails to win unless Tendulkar or Ganguly score a hundred.

Could you please illustrate how many times India have won while chasing 250+ in the last four years? How many of those have been becuase of a Sachin or a Sourav hundred? The statistics might bring up interesting results, showing India can seldom chase 250+ without one of these two firing.. Thanks Balaji

Answer: Highest winning totals for India while batting second since 1-1-1998. From the table below you will notice that out of the seven such wins, three have been achieved without a hundred either from Ganguly or Tendulkar.

 Total VS Score Date Venue 316-7 Pak 314-5 18/01/1998 Dhaka (Ganguly 124, Tendulkar 41) 302-7 SA 301-3 9/03/2000 Cochin (Ganguly 31,Tendulkar 26) 283-6 SA 282-5 17/03/2000 Baroda (Ganguly 87, Tendulkar 122) 275-4 Aus 272-9 24/04/1998 Sharjah (Ganguly 23, Tendulkar 134) 267-3 NZ 264-7 2/08/2001 Colombo (Ganguly 64,Tendulkar - did not play) 255-7 Zim 253-7 2/12/2000 Cuttack (Ganguly 44,Tendulkar 44) 252-2 Ban 249-6 30/05/2000 Dhaka (Ganguly 135*, Tendulkar 36)

Name: Rangs
Question: What are Kirti Azad's Test, One-day and Ranji centuries, wickets, catches and averages?

 Test One-day Ranji Matches 7 25 95 Runs 135 269 4869 Avg 11.25 14.16 47.27 100s 0 0 16 wkts 3 7 162 Avg 124.33 39.00 28.91 Cts 3 7 62

Name: Rajender Reddy
Question: Can you provide us with the list of best partnerships for each wicket in both one-dayers and Tests, and who were involved in those patnerships? What are the best patnerships in the Indian team for the same?

Answer: Best partnerships for each wicket in Tests

 Best partnerships for each wicket in Tests Wkt Runs For v.. Inn Tst Series Venue MH Mankad & Pankaj Roy 1st 413 Ind NZ 1st 5th 1955-56 Madras(Corp) ST Jayasuriya & RS Mahanama 2nd 576 SL Ind 1st 1st 1997-98 Colombo(RP) MD Crowe & AH Jones 3rd 467 NZ SL 2nd 1st 1990-91 Wellington MC Cowdrey & PBH May 4th 411 Eng WI 2nd 1st 1957 Birmingham SG Barnes & DG Bradman 5th 405 Aus Eng 1st 2nd 1946-47 Sydney DG Bradman & JHW Fingleton 6th 346 Aus Eng 2nd 3rd 1936-37 Melbourne DStE Atkinson & CC Depeiza 7th 347 WI Aus 1st 4th 1954-55 Bridgetown Saqlain Mushtaq & Wasim Akram 8th 313 Pak Zim 1st 1st 1996-97 Sheikhupura MV Boucher & PL Symcox 9th 195 SA Pak 1st 1st 1997-98 Joh'burg RO Collinge & BF Hastings 10th 151 NZ Pak 1st 3rd 1972-73 Auckland Azhar Mahmood & Mushtaq Ahmed 10th 151 Pak SA 1st 1st 1997-98 Rawalpindi

 Best partnerships for each wicket in ODIs Runs Wkt For v.. date venue SC Ganguly & SR Tendulkar 258 1st Ind Ken 24/10/2001 Paarl RS Dravid & SR Tendulkar 331 2nd Ind NZ 8/11/1999 Hyderabad RS Dravid & SR Tendulkar 237* 3rd Ind Ken 23/05/1999 Bristol M Azharuddin & AD Jadeja 275* 4th Ind Zim 9/04/1998 Cuttack M Azharuddin & AD Jadeja 223 5th Ind SL 17/08/1997 Colombo(RP) MO Odumbe & AV Vadher 161 6th Ken SL 30/05/1999 Southampton A Flower & HH Streak 130 7th Zim Eng 7/10/2001 Harare PR Reiffel & SK Warne 119 8th Aus SA 4/04/1994 Port Elizabeth N Kapil Dev & SMH Kirmani 126* 9th Ind Zim 18/06/1983 Tunbridge Wells MA Holding & IVA Richards 106* 10th WI Eng 31/05/1984 Manchester

 Best partnerships for each wicket in Tests for India Wkt Runs For v.. Inn Tst Series Venue MH Mankad & Pankaj Roy 1st 413 Ind NZ 1st 5th 1955-56 Madras (Corp) SM Gavaskar & DB Vengsarkar 2nd 344* Ind WI 2nd 3rd 1978-79 Calcutta GR Viswanath & Yashpal Sharma 3rd 316 Ind Eng 1st 5th 1981-82 Madras (MAC) SC Ganguly & SR Tendulkar 4th 281 Ind NZ 1st 3rd 1999-00 Ahmedabad RS Dravid & VVS Laxman 5th 376 Ind Aus 2nd 2nd 2000-01 Calcutta RJ Shastri & DB Vengsarkar 6th 298* Ind Aus 1st 3rd 1986-87 Bombay (WS) SMH Kirmani & RJ Shastri 7th 235 Ind Eng 1st 1st 1984-85 Bombay (WS) M Azharuddin & A Kumble 8th 161 Ind SA 1st 2nd 1996-97 Calcutta RB Desai & PG Joshi 9th 149 Ind Pak 1st 1st 1960-61 Bombay (BS) HR Adhikari & Ghulam Ahmed 10th 109 Ind Pak 1st 1st 1952-53 Delhi

 Best partnerships for each wicket in ODIs for India Runs Wkt For v.. date venue SC Ganguly & SR Tendulkar 258 1st Ind Ken 24/10/2001 Paarl RS Dravid & SR Tendulkar 331 2nd Ind NZ 8/11/1999 Hyderabad RS Dravid & SR Tendulkar 237* 3rd Ind Ken 23/05/1999 Bristol M Azharuddin & AD Jadeja 275* 4th Ind Zim 9/04/1998 Cuttack M Azharuddin & AD Jadeja 223 5th Ind SL 17/08/1997 Colombo(RP) M Azharuddin & AK Sharma 127 6th Ind NZ 17/12/1988 Baroda SC Ganguly & SB Joshi 100 7th Ind Aus 6/09/1996 Colombo(SSC) N Kapil Dev & KS More 82* 8th Ind NZ 14/10/1987 Bangalore N Kapil Dev & SMH Kirmani 126* 9th Ind Zim 18/06/1983 Tunbridge Wells AD Jadeja & J Srinath 62 10th Ind SA 22/03/2000 Sharjah

Question: Hello Menon, What is 'timed out' in cricket? What is the time duration for the batsmen to be given timed out?

Answer: Prior to 1980, if a batsman took longer than the statutory two minutes to come in, an appeal could be made by the fielding side, and the innings could be regarded as completed on the grounds that the side was refusing to play. However, the 1980 MCC Code (Law 31- see below) provided a new means of dismissal: the incoming batsman, whose delay (which must be 'wilful') is declared 'out' and it does not jeopardise the whole side.

Since 1980, no batsman has ever been dismissed 'timed-out' in first-class cricket until 20 December 1997, when Tripura's number eleven Hemulal Yadav was declared 'timed-out' in a Ranji Trophy match against Orissa.

LAW 31: Timed Out
1. Out Timed Out: An incoming batsman shall be Timed out if he wilfully takes more than two minutes to come in-the two minutes being timed from the moment a wicket falls until the new batsman steps on to the field of play. If this is not compiled with and if the Umpire is satisfied that the delay was wilful and if an appeal is made, the new batsman shall be given out by the Umpire at the bowlers end.

2. Time to be Added: The time taken by the Umpires to investigate the cause of the delay shall be added to the normal close of play. NOTES Entry in Score Book a) The correct entry in the score book when a Batsman is given out under this Law is 'timed out', and the Bowler does not get credit for the wicket. b) Batsmen Crossing on the Field of Play c) It is an essential duty of the Captains to ensure that the ingoing Batsman passes the out-going one before the latter leaves the field of play.

Name: rizwan
Question: 1) Who is known as the wonder boy of indian cricket? 2) Name the three players who played Test cricket for both India and Pakistan? 3) Who is the youngest batsman to score a double century in Tests?

1) I believe it is Sachin Tendulkar
2) Abdul Hafeez Kardar, Amir Elahi and Gul Mahomed
3) Pakistan's Javed Miandad was 19 years 140 days when he scored 206 against New Zealand at Karachi 1976-77

Name: Jay
Question: Which Indian bowler and batsman has the best average when playing overseas Test matches

 Best batting career averages by Indian batsmen overseas (Qualification: 250 runs or more) M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 VG Kambli 4 5 0 277 125 55.40 2 - SR Tendulkar 49 78 8 3785 177 54.07 14 16 RS Dravid 27 47 7 2128 190 53.20 5 12 SM Gavaskar 60 106 9 5055 221 52.11 18 22 M Amarnath 37 63 5 3008 138 51.86 9 17 ML Apte 5 10 1 460 163* 51.11 1 3

 Best bowling career averages by Indian bowlers overseas (Qualification: 15 or more wickets) M B Md R W Ave Best 5 10 SR ER SB Joshi 6 1102 41 500 19 26.32 5/142 1 - 58.00 2.72 Mahomed Nissar 4 768 23 478 18 26.56 5/93 2 - 42.67 3.73 Surendranath 5 1222 85 426 16 26.63 5/75 2 - 76.38 2.09 L Amarnath 8 1950 71 696 26 26.77 5/96 2 - 75.00 2.14 SP Gupte 15 4836 256 1854 65 28.52 7/162 6 - 74.40 2.30 Ghulam Ahmed 8 2112 98 706 24 29.42 5/100 2 - 88.00 2.01

Name: RACHNA SHETTY
Message: How many father-son duos have played together in a match simultaneously?

Although no father and son duo has played together in the same match, there are several instances of this happening in first-class cricket.

Name: K.Kumar
Message: Can you name all the wicket-keepers who have played Tests for India? How many of them have played ODIs as well?

The following players kept wickets for India in Tests. The number besides their name is the number of Test matches that they have appeared in. # indicates also appeared in ODIs

1. SMH Kirmani # 88
2. KS More # 49
3. NR Mongia # 44
4. FM Engineer # 46
5. NS Tamhane 21
6. P Sen 14
7. BK Kunderan 15
8. PG Joshi 12
10. SS Dighe # 6
11. CS Pandit # 3
12. B Reddy # 4
13. S Viswanath # 3
14. D Dasgupta # 5
15. KS Indrajitsinhji 4
16. P Krishnamurthy # 5
17. Dilawar Hussain 3
18. MK Mantri 3
19. V Dahiya # 2
20. Rajindernath 1
21. CT Patankar 1
22. DD Hindlekar 4
23. JK Irani 2
24. ES Maka 2
26. JG Navle 2
27. KR Meherhomji 1
28. VL Manjrekar 1
29. SS Karim # 1

Note: SC Khanna and A Ratra are now the only keepers not listed above who have kept in ODIs, but not in a Test match.

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