Tuesday, November 4, 2008

All the 11 players in the team bowls

Yesterday, when I was looking at the scorecard for the test match between India and West Indies at Antigua in 2002 where Kumble bowled with a broken jaw, I found an interesting stat. All the 11 indian players bowled in an innings in that match. It happened twice before this match.

Here are the other two matches.

All 11 England players bowlers bowled during Australia's score of 551 at the Oval, London on August 12, 1884. In fact in this Test match Australia became the first team in Test cricket to score over 500 runs. Interestingly WG Grace kept wickets for some time thus allowing regular keeper Alfred Lyttelton to bowl during Australia's innings. He went on to claim four wickets - his figures being 12-5-19-4 - which still remains the best bowling performance by a wicket-keeper in Test cricket.

Then nearly 95 years later, on March 11, 1980 all 11 Australians bowled in Pakistan's innings of 382-2 at Faisalabad. Australia batting upto the fourth afternoon while scoring 617 runs, hardly left any time for Pakistan to bat more than once. So on the last day the Australians made all their 11 players to bowl, including their keeper Rodney Marsh (skipper Greg Chappell kept wickets after tea on the final day). Not surprisingly both the above Tests were boring drawn matches.

Source: http://www.rediff.com/cricket/2001/apr/28answer.htm


scorpicity said...

Actually have seen this happen quite recently with India... even dhoni bowled or was it some other keeper.

When Azhar was the captain it happened too maybe it was that match with jumbo all cracked up.

Srinivasarao Vundavalli said...

Dhoni bowled in a test match against Pakistan but not all the indian players bowled in that match.

Koyya said...

yeah nenu aa match chusenu raa.. aa match lo rahul dravid wicket keeper anukunta or das gupta .. aa match lo both wicket keeper score 100 which also a unique record!!!

Srinivasarao Vundavalli said...

yeah...both the wickets keepers score 100...