Bhuvi’s feat!

Bhuvneshwar Kumar... first Indian to claim a five-wicket haul in all three international formats.   -  AP


The number of bowlers to claim five-wicket hauls in all three international formats. Bhuvneshwar Kumar who became the first Indian paceman to claim a five-wicket haul in T20Is, when he claimed 5/24 against South Africa at the Wanderers on February 18, 2018, also became the first Indian to claim a five-wicket haul in all three international formats. The table below has the details.

Bowlers with five wicket hauls in all three formats in international cricket

BowlerForTestsODIsT20IsTotal 5 wkt haulsAchieved onin
U. GulPak422813 Jun 2009T20I match
T. SoutheeNZ621922 Jan 2011ODI match
A. MendisSL43298 Aug 2011T20I match
Lasith MalingaSL371111 Oct 2012T20I match
I. TahirSA221517 Feb 2017T20I match
Bhuvneshwar KumarInd411618 Feb 2018T20I match



The number of bowlers whose maiden wicket in T20I cricket was Virat Kohli. Tabraiz Shamsi’s maiden T20I wicket of Kohli came in the first match at the Wanderers. The table below lists all the bowlers whose first T20I wicket was the Indian captain.

Bowlers' maiden T20I wicket being Virat Kohli

BowlerForhow outRunsvenueDateT20I#Result (Won by)
Brad HoggAusc David Warner22Sydney1-Feb-20123rdAus
Mitchell MarshAusc Matthew Wade+31Melbourne3-Feb-20123rdInd
Stuart MeakerEngbowled21Pune20-Dec-2012debutEng
Mohd IrfanPakc Kamran Akmal+9Bangalore25-Dec-2012debutPak
Tabraiz ShamsiSAlbw26Jo’burg18-Feb-20183Ind


+ keeper

Meaker appeared in only two T20Is and his only other wicket was also Kohli


The number of occasions when both the opposition wicketkeepers managed to register 50-plus scores in same T20I game. This occurred in the second game at Centurion and it was the first involving an Indian wicketkeeper. The table has all the details.

Both wicket-keepers registering 50+ scores in an T20I match.

Keeper 1 (runs)ForKeeper 2 (runs)ForvenueDateResult (Won by)
Brendon McCullum (74)+NZJos Buttler (54)EngHamilton12 Feb 2013NZ
Denesh Ramdin (55*)WILuke Ronchi (51*)NZWellington15 Jan 2014NZ
Jos Buttler (54)EngAB de Villiers (71)SAfJohannesburg21 Feb 2016SAf
Mohd Shahzad (72)AfgGary Wilson (59)IreGreater Noida12 Mar 2017Afg
MS Dhoni (52*)IndHeinrich Klaasen (69)SAfCenturion21 Feb 2018SAf

+McCullum was also the captain


The number of occasions India has lost a three-match T20I bilateral series. The recent 2-1 victory against South Africa is India’s seventh bilateral series victory involving three matches. The side is yet to lose a three-match T20I series.

OppositioninMonth/yearMtsWLSeries won by
AustraliaAusJan 2016330India
Sri LankaIndFeb 2016321India
ZimbabweZimJune 2016321India
EnglandIndJan-Feb 2017321India
New ZealandIndNov 2017321India
Sri LankaIndDec 2017330India
South AfricaSAfFeb 2018321India


This week in 1899

on April 3:

All-rounder Jimmy Sinclair (106) registered South Africa’s first ever Test hundred — against England at Cape Town. Two days earlier, he had claimed six English wickets (6/26) and thus became the first player in Test history to score a hundred and also claim a five-wicket haul in the same Test match!


Queries Corner

In the recent T20I match in Centurion, M. S. Dhoni managed to score only the second fifty of his T20I career. His maiden fifty had come just a year ago. What is MSD’s T20I record before and after his maiden fifty?

— Vikas Singh, Meerut

M. S. Dhoni’s maiden fifty (56) in T20I cricket came against England in Bangalore on Feb. 1, 2017. It came in his 76th match and 66th innings. His T20I record prior to this knock and since then is given below.

Before first fifty6533115336.03122.2748*0
Since first fifty13629141.57146.97562


Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan was 19 when he became the youngest captain. Who has been India’s youngest captain?

— Ashish Khakar, Baroda

Rashid Khan, at 19 years, 165 days, became the first teenager to captain in any international format. He did so in an ODI match against Scotland in Bulawayo on March 4, 2018. The youngest from India was the Nawab of Pataudi jr (Mansoor Ali Khan) who was 21 years, 77 days when he captained his side in a Test match against the West Indies in Bridgetown in March 1962. But the youngest Indian captain in an ODI match is Sachin Tendulkar who was 23 years, 126 days, against Sri Lanka in Colombo on August 28, 1996. In T20Is, Suresh Raina, at 23 years, 197 days is the youngest to lead India, against Zimbabwe in Harare on June 12, 2010.

Both the New Zealand openers (Martin Guptill and Colin Munro) were dismissed before they opened their accounts in the recent ODI in Dunedin against England. And yet New Zealand managed to reach the 300-plus target. Is this the first time a side managed a 300-plus score after losing its openers before they opened their accounts?

Navneet Ahuja, Delhi

Yes, this is now the highest ODI total by a side after both the openers were dismissed without opening their account. Interestingly the previous highest total was the 280/7 by India against Zimbabwe in Adelaide in January 2004, after Indian openers Sanjay Bangar and Parthiv Patel were dismissed before they had opened their accounts.

In the Johannesburg T20 match three South African batsmen were dismissed “c Raina b Bhuvneshwar”. Is this unique?

Ravi Shriyan, Mumbai

Such dismissals by the same fielder/bowler combination in the same innings are quite rare. However once before in T20Is, this has occurred when three Irish batsmen were dismissed by Papua New Guinea’s fielder/bowler combination ‘c S. L. Siaka b P. Raho” at Townsville in February 2016.

Note: All figures above are updated as on March 15, 2018

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