A veteran's run

India's Ashish Nehra catches the ball as he prepares to bowl his final over in his last international cricket match.   -  AP

38

Ashish Nehra’s age when he played his final international match (against New Zealand) at his home ground, the Feroz Shah Kotla, in Delhi. At 38 years, 186 days he became the second oldest to appear in a T20 international for India. The table below has the details:

Oldest to play for India in T20Is

Age

Player

Against

Venue

Date

38y-232d

Rahul Dravid

England

Manchester

31 Aug 2011

38y-186d

Ashish Nehra

New Zealand

Delhi

1 Nov 2017

36y-120d*

M. S. Dhoni

New Zealand

Rajkot

4 Nov 2017

35y-244d

Harbhajan Singh

UAE

Mirpur

3 Mar 2016

35y-51d

Yuvraj Singh

England

Bangalore

1 Feb 2017

*career still in progress

18

The number of years Ashish Nehra played for India across all formats. At 18 years 250 days, he began his Test career in the Asian Test Championships against Sri Lanka at the SSC, Colombo, in February 1999. He now has the fourth longest career by an Indian player in international cricket. See the table below for details.

Longest international careers for India

Age

Player

From

to

Intl mts

Tests

ODIs

T20Is

24y-1d

Sachin Tendulkar

15 Nov 1989

16 Nov 2013

664

200

463

1

19y-310d

Mohinder Amarnath

24 Dec 1969

30 Oct 1989

154

69

85

-

19y-0d

Lala Amarnath

15 Dec 1933

15 Dec 1952

24

24

-

-

18y-250d

Ashish Nehra

24 Feb 1999

1 Nov 2017

164

17

120

27

18y-214d

S. Venkataraghavan

27 Feb 1965

29 Sep 1983

72

57

15

-

 

158

The opening partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the Delhi T20I match. During their record-breaking stand, they surpassed the following marks in T20I.

* When on 77, the highest opening stand against New Zealand for India (76: Gautam Gambhir & Virender Sehwag, vs. New Zealand in Johannesburg, 16-9-2007).

* On 78, the highest opening stand for India at home (77: Gautam Gambhir & Ajinkya Rahane, vs. Pakistan in Bangalore, 25-12-2012).

* On 137, the highest opening stand for India (136: Gautam Gambhir & Virender Sehwag, vs England in Durban, 19-9-2007).

* On 139, the highest stand for India for any wicket (138: 2nd wicket; Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli, vs. South Africa in Dharamsala, 2-10-2015).

* On 144, the highest stand against New Zealand for any wicket (143*: 1st wicket; Michael Lumb & Alex Hales for England in Wellington, 15-2-2013).

* Their partnership is the third highest for the opening wicket, and the sixth highest for any wicket in all T20 internationals. The table below has the details.

Highest partnerships for any wicket in T20 internationals

Runs

Wkt

Batsman1

Batsman2

For

Opp

Venue

Date

171*

1

M. Guptill

K. Williamson

NZ

Pak

Hamilton

17-Jan-2016

170

1

G. Smith

L. Bosman

SAf

Eng

Centurion

15-Nov-2009

166

2

M. Jayawardene

K. Sangakkara

SL

WI

Bridgetown

7-May-2010

161

4

D. Warner

G. Maxwell

Aus

SAf

Johannesburg

6-Mar-2016

159

2

A. Hales

R. Bopara

Eng

WI

Nottingham

24-June-2012

158

1

R. Sharma

S. Dhawan

Ind

NZ

Delhi

1-Nov-2017

 

4

The number of batsmen who have registered two T20I centuries during their career. The latest entrant is New Zealand’s Colin Munro, who made the mark in Rajkot (November 4, 2017) after having scored his maiden century (101) earlier this year against Bangladesh. The others are: Brendon McCullum (New Zealand; 116* in 2010 & 123 in 2012); Chris Gayle (West Indies; 117 in 2007 & 100* in 2016) and Evin Lewis (West Indies; 100 in 2016 & 125* in 2017). Incidentally, Munro is the first batsman to score two T20I centuries in the same calendar year!

THIS WEEK IN 1989 & 2013

November 15 (1989)

At 16 years 205 days, Sachin Tendulkar becomes the youngest Indian, and the third youngest to appear in a Test match, when he makes his debut against Pakistan in Karachi. Currently, he is the fifth youngest overall to appear in a Test match.

November 16 (2013)

At 40 years 206 days, Sachin Tendulkar becomes the fifth oldest player to appear in a Test match for India, when he plays his final Test (his record 200th) against West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Overall, his career spanned 24 years 1 day for India!

 

QUERIES CORNER

Was it the first time India lost an ODI match in which Virat Kohli had scored a hundred? This happened recently at the Wankhede Stadium.

— Rajesh Kamath, Chennai

In Virat Kohli’s 32 ODI centuries, India have won 27 times, but lost on five occasions. However, this is the first time that India have lost an ODI in the 14 centuries that he has made at home.

Walter Hammond, playing for Gloucestershire against Surrey, took 10 catches in the match (wicket-keepers excluded) in the year 1928. Is this a world record? If so, who held the earlier record?

B. K. Harinath, Mysuru

Walter Hammond, playing for Gloucestershire against Surrey in Cheltenham in August 1928, held 10 catches in the match (four in the first innings and six in the second), which still remains a world record — even after 89 years! — by a fielder with most catches in a first-class match. The previous record was eight catches, held by the following fielders:

Fielder

For

Opponents

Venue

Month, Year

William Burns

Worcestershire

Yorkshire

Bradford

August 1907

Francis Travers

Europeans

Parsees

Bombay Gymkhana

December 1923

Fred Bakewell

Northamptonshire

Essex

Leyton

July 1928

For the record, Rikki Clarke in August 2011 held 9 catches as a fielder for Warwickshire against Lancashire in Liverpool, the second best after Hammond.

Has it ever happened that a team, after putting the opposition in to bat in a Test, has lost the match by an innings?

— B. K. Harinath, Mysuru

This is a very common occurrence in Test cricket. Recently, Bangladesh, in Bloemfontein, provided the 33rd such instance in Test cricket — they lost the match by an innings and 254 runs after winning the toss and putting South Africa in to bat. This, incidentally, is the third biggest defeat under such circumstances in Test history. For the record, the biggest such defeat is the one suffered by Zimbabwe, who lost by an innings and 301 runs to New Zealand in Napier in January 2012. India, incidentally, are the only Test side without this dubious distinction. Rest of the nine sides have lost a Test by an innings after putting their opponents in to bat. England have lost the most in this manner: six times!

South Africa, in the East London ODI against Bangladesh, made 369-6 without a single batsman scoring a century. Faf du Plessis’ 91 was the highest. Is this the highest total in ODIs without a century?

— Ajay Kumar, Mumbai

South Africa’s 369 in East London is the second highest total in ODIs without a single century. The highest total without a century was also by South Africa — 392-6 in 50 overs against Pakistan in Centurion on February 4, 2007. The innings had four scores in the fifties, with Jacques Kallis registering the highest score of 88 not out.

Note: All figures above are updated as on Nov. 4, 2017.

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