Mujeeb Zadran, youngest IPL debutant

Kings XI Punjab bowler Mujeeb Zadran (left) celebrates with his team-mates after he dismissed Delhi Daredevils batsman Rishabh Pant during the IPL match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali.   -  AFP

 17

The age of Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Zadran when he made his IPL debut for KXIP against DD in Mohali on April 8, 2018. He was then 17 years 11 days — the youngest to make his debut in the IPL. The table below has the details.

Youngest to appear in an IPL match

Age

Player

For

Agst

Venue

Date

Result

17y-11d

Mujeeb Zadran

KXIP

DD

Mohali

8-4-2018

Won

17y-177d

Sarfaraz Khan

RCB

CSK

Bengaluru

24-4-2015

Lost

17y-179d

Pradeep Sangwan

DD

CSK

Chennai

2-5-2008

Won

17y-199d

Washington Sundar

RPS

SRH

Pune

22-4-2017

Won

17y-247d

Rahul Chahar

RPS

KXIP

Indore

8-4-2017

Lost


112

The number of IPL matches played by R. Ashwin when he led a side (KXIP) for the first time in his IPL career. This is now an IPL record for the most matches taken by a player while captaining a side for the first time in the League. The table below has the details.

Captaining an IPL side for the first time while appearing in most matches as a player.

Match# as captain

Captain

For

Agst

Venue

Date

Result

112

R. Ashwin

KXIP

DD

Mohali

8-4-2018

Won

98

Ajinkya Rahane

RPS

DD

Pune

11-4-2017

Lost

93

M. Vijay

KXIP

GL

Rajkot

1-5-2016

Won

85

Rohit Sharma

MI

KKR

Kolkata

24-4-2013

Won

78

Zaheer Khan

DD

KKR

Kolkata

10-4-2016

Lost


14

The number of balls taken by Lokesh Rahul to register his half century for KXIP against DD in Mohali. This is now the fastest by a batsman in IPL history. For the record, Rahul is the 10th batsman in T20 cricket to reach an individual fifty in less than 15 balls. The record, however, is jointly held by Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle, who both did it in just 12 balls! The table below lists all the batmen who have done it in less than 17 balls in the IPL.

Fewest balls taken to reach an individual fifty in the IPL tournament

Balls For 50

Batsman

Runs

Balls

For

Agst

Venue

Date

Result

14

Lokesh Rahul

51

16

KXIP

DD

Mohali

8-4-2018

Won

15

Yusuf Pathan

72

22

KKR

SRH

Kolkata

24-5-2014

Won

15

Sunil Narine

54

17

KKR

RCB

Bangalore

7-5-2017

Won

16

Suresh Raina

87

25

CSK

KXIP

Mumbai WS

30-5-2014

Lost


88

The number of runs scored by Andre Russell while batting at No. 7 for KKR in Chennai. This is now the highest individual score by a batsman in batting positions from seven to 11. The table below has the details. 

Highest individual scores by batsmen from batting positions #7 to #11

Runs

Position

Batsman

For

Agst

Venue

Date

Result

88*

7

Andre Russell

KKR

CSK

Chennai

10-4-2018

Lost

68

7

Dwayne Bravo

CSK

MI

Mumbai WS

7-4-2018

Won

66

7

Andre Russell

KKR

KXIP

Pune

18-4-2015

Won

64

8

Harbhajan Singh

MI

KXIP

Mumbai WS

12-4-2015

Lost

63*

7

M. S. Dhoni

CSK

MI

Kolkata

26-5-2013

Lost

 

This week in 2008

May 4: 

Pakistan’s left-arm seamer Sohail Tanvir, playing in only his third IPL match for Rajasthan Royals, claimed 6-14 in his four overs against Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur. This remains the best bowling performance in IPL history. Incidentally, as on date, this is the joint seventh best performance by a bowler in all T20 cricket. Interestingly, this was the first five-wicket haul by a bowler in an IPL match!

 

Queries Corner

V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid were involved in two 300+ partnerships in Tests. Has any other Indian pair been involved in 300+ stands more than once?

— B. K. Harinath, Mysuru

V.V.S. Laxman and Rahul Dravid are the only pair to do so for India. However, in Test cricket, the South African pairs, Herschelle Gibbs & Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla & Jacques Kallis have been involved in 300+ stands on three occasions, while four other pairs — Don Bradman & Bill Ponsford, Mohd. Yousuf & Younis Khan, Mahela Jayawardene & Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting & Michael Clarke — have done it twice.

In the recent Test in Johannesburg against Australia, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, after being dismissed for a golden duck in the first innings, managed to register a century in the second. Has this been done before by any batsman?

— S. Rajan, Nagpur

This has occurred on quite a few occasions in Test cricket, du Plessis being the eighth. The first time it happened in November 1902 in Cape Town, when another South African Jimmy Sinclair, dismissed first ball in the first innings, went on to make 104 off 79 balls against Australia. The last batsman before du Plessis was India’s Mohammad Azharuddin (0 and 109) in Faisalabad in 1989.

I read somewhere that in the Cape Town Test against Australia in March, over 30 catches were held by fielders from both sides. Is this true?

— R. Bharath, Coimbatore

Yes, this is true. As many as 34 catches were held by the fielders and wicket-keepers from both sides out of the 40 wickets that fell in the Test. 29 catches were held by the fielders and five by the wicket-keepers! This, incidentally, is the most number of catches taken in a Test. The previous best was 33 catches in the Perth Test between Australia and India in February 1992.

How often has a batsman hit a six off the final ball of a T20I match to win the game?

— Aniket Shetty, Mumbai

Dinesh Karthik, in the final of the Nidahas Trophy recently, was the fifth batsman in T20I history to do so. Before Karthik’s dramatic six that enabled India to win the tournament against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedera, England’s Eoin Morgan, Pakistan’s Zulfiqar Babar and Zimbabwe’s Vusi Sibanda were the other four to hit a six off the last ball of the match (over number 19.6) and win the game for their respective sides.

Incidentally, Karthik is the only batsman in this list to hit the winning six when the runs required off the final ball was five or more!

Note: All figures are updated as on April 15, 2018.