Point to Cover
A somewhat serious cricket quiz
Avik Kumar Maitra
Chayan Sen Gupta
A lot of books, websites, and almanacs
We would like to set off by wishing the following
Test cricketers (and a lot of others beyond the
Test world) the warmest of birthday wishes:
Wilton St Hill
Sitter: who has the highest batting average in
Of course, this is among batsmen who have got
out at least once. Division by zero does not
Shikhar Dhawan, 187.00
You did not write Andy Ganteaume, did you?
There are three men in the next slide.
A and B have uniquely achieved something.
C is the only one to be believed to have witnessed both
A and B achieve their feat. Unfortunately, C – an
eminent name in the sport – had passed away a few
Identify A, B, C.
A: Malcolm Nash
B: Tilak Raj
C: Dicky Rutnagur
Rutnagur is believed to be the only person to have
witnessed both Garry Sobers and Ravi Shastri’s six
What is happening here (apologies for the
quality of the picture)?
Tony Greig is apologising for the
infamous ‘Grovel’ statement
Born in Philadelphia in 1862
John Borland Thayer had a
career spanning only seven
First-Class matches. He was
also a director of the
What did he become the
only First-Class cricketer to
do in 1912?
He was the only First-Class cricketer to
have died on board The Titanic.
Robin Waters was a wicket-
keeper who played for Bengal in
the 1960s. However, he is
usually remembered more in
Indian cricket for an off-field
incident on July 1, 1961. What
am I talking about?
He was driving the car
that had met with an
accident resulting in the
damage of one of Tiger
Cricket historians typically refer
to 1864 as the starting point of
modern cricket. What happened
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! is a reality
television game show series in which eight to twelve
celebrities live together in a jungle environment for a
few weeks. Why was it on news in 2003?
Phil Tufnell’s sudden retirement
Tufnell retired from all forms of cricket to take
part in the second season of the show. He even
ended up winning it.
The next slide contains the part of a family
tree of a certain dynasty that we have all
come across while studying history at
How is the family connected to Indian
BCCI was founded at Roshanara Club
The Roshanara Club was named after Shah Jahan’s fourth
child, who was buried at Roshanara Bagh, just outside the
club. It is here that BCCI was founded in December 1928. It
still hosts the occasional Ranji Trophy match.
Since The Don had arrived on the scenario, the
people of several countries have been referred to
as The Bradman of that country.
This man, possibly the greatest batsman his
country has produced, has been referred to as
the same despite playing only a handful of
Identify this player (career statistics on next
slide) who holds a First-Class world record.
Five bonus points if you can get the full name.
No, seriously, I mean it.
The ‘Fijian Bradman’ Ilikena Lasarusa Talebula-
he man with the longest surname among
He is typically referred to as IL Bula for the
benefit of scorers and statisticians all around
Which gold medalist’s name has been blacked out?
John William Henry Tyler
(JWHT) Douglas – often
referred to as “Johnny
Won’t Hit Today” by the
Australian crowd because
of his initials – the first
Test captain to win an
The Pollocks and the Cairns
The fathers and sons:
Peter and Shaun Pollock
Lance and Chris Cairns
Caribbean Netherlands, one of the Leeward
Islands, is a part of the West Indies, has a
unique distinction among all Test-playing
It is the only Test-playing nation where they drive
to the right of the road – the exact opposite of
what they do in England and almost all
Neville Cardus was a great friend of X, a champion
leg-spinner. Cardus once claimed in a London club
that he could read X’s googly from X’s leg-break.
A tennis ball was acquired. X, followed by a
substantial group from the club, bowled at Piccadilly
Circus while Cardus acted as the wicket-keeper.
Cardus misinterpreted the ball as a leg-break and
moved towards his left, but the googly went towards
VV Kumar watched Daag to see himself
VV Kumar picked up five wickets
in an innings and seven wickets in
a match on his debut Test.
Desperate to see himself bowling
he entered Wellington Cinema to
catch himself in action in the
newsreel preceding Dilip Kumar’s
Paul-Jean Bakker, Kevan
James, and Bhuvneshwar
Kumar are the only ones to
bowl Sachin Tendulkar for
a duck in a First-Class
match outside Tests.
Identify the following 12-a-side teams.
CBK Beachcroft (c)
Philip Tomalin (c)
The squads for the only cricket match
at Olympics between England and
France at Vincennes, August 2000
What do the red and blue lines represent?
Innings played and runs scored by
Chris Martin in his Test career.
Which cricket term was called a ‘tice’
till 1861 till the name was changed?
Fill in the blanks.
London, 1964. Neville Cardus and Jack Fingleton were
returning from a dinner in Soho on an evening during a
Test at The Oval. Their taxi got stopped in the theatre
crowd. When an impatient pedestrian patted the taxi with
his umbrella, the taxi-driver jumped out and punched the
To calm him down, Fingleton, somewhat circumspect of
the outcome, went on to praise the driver’s action. The
driver replied, “I’ve been watching that ____ _____ bat all
day at The Oval. I’m in no mood to put up with any more
India’s first ever Test win came in February 1952
at Madras. Though the fourth day (February 9)
was considered the rest day for the Test, it was
later decided to reschedule the rest day on the
second day (February 6).
King George VI passed away.
It was a double blow for England, unfortunately.
Fill in the blanks.
Sabina Park, 1972. West Indian Fast bowler Uton
Dowe was hit brutally by Keith Stackpole, and
Rohan Kanhai, the captain, took him off and sent
him to deep fine-leg for the rest of the day.
When nothing seemed to work Kanhai decided to
bring Dowe back. A voice in the crowd roared:
“Hey Kanhai, you not heard de eleventh
commandment: ____ ____ _____ ____.”
Abdul Qadir was dropped early in his career.
However, Imran Khan brought him back for
the 1982 series against England – on the
condition that Qadir would have to change his
appearance a bit.
Spot a goatee
Imran thought that the goatee would enhance
his image as a ‘mystery spinner’ in front of the
What was the title of the Wisden article that the
text below is a part of?
“Daryll Cullinan hit a six into a (omitted
intentionally). It was about ten minutes before
the ball was cool enough for the umpires to
remove the grease. Even then, the bowler
[Roger Telemachus] was unable to grip the ball
and it had to be replaced.”
Fill in the blanks (the same word will be used
The following knock-knock joke was in vogue after
India won the World Cup Twenty20 in 2007:
__________ five runs.
This rank tail-ender topped the batting charts for
Australia on their tour to England in 1953. He had
remained unbeaten in 16 innings out of 17, and
had scored 102 runs to give him the grand average
He later attributed it to “a lot of
application, concentration, and dedication”, and
added that “class always tells”.
In the 1982 Lord’s Test, the trio of David
Gower, Allan Lamb, and Robin Jackman did
something on the third night ignoring a
commonly followed superstition.
All three of them were struck by the (supposed
to) outcome of the superstition the next day.
What did they do?
They had duck for dinner.
All three scored ducks the next day.
Ashley Giles had ordered coffee
mugs and other memorabilia
with the words ‘King of Spin’ on
it to be printed during his
Warwickshire testimonial year.
However, a printing error made
Giles an unanimous target of
jokes and earned him a cruel
What exactly was printed on the
Best identical figures in each innings of
a Test – batting and bowling.
Duleep Mendis had scored 105 in each innings
against India at Madras in 1982-83 – the
highest identical score in a Test.
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar has taken 6 for 52 in
each innings against Australia at Melbourne in
1977-78 – the best identical figures in a Test.
This Queensland cricketer
caught Alec Stewart and
Angus Fraser in the Brisbane
Test of 1990-91 as a
substitute fielder. He later
went on to play for
Netherlands in the 1996
Identify the player.
Cantrell played all five matches Netherlands
had played in the 1996 World Cup and reached
double-figures in each of them. He also picked
up the wickets of Chris Cairns, Ijaz Ahmed, and
Hansie Cronje with his off-breaks.
This country defeated a touring MCC side containing the
likes of Pelham Warner and Gubby Allen in 1926-27. The
header of the match is provided here. A portion of the
scorecard is on the next slide. Name the country that
has been blacked out.
On the unofficial tour to
India in 1935-36 Ron
Oxenham topped the
Australian bowling averages
with 75 wickets at an absurd
average of 7.40. There was a
joke regarding why he was
so successful against the
Indians. What was the joke?
Oxen and ham
It was joked that since Hindus are not
supposed to eat beef and Muslims are not
supposed to eat pork Oxenham was found
‘distasteful’ by batsmen of both religions.
Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem Gunga Din inspired,
among a lot of other things, the following:
- a 1939 called Gunga Din directed by George
Stevens that was remade as Sergeants 3 in 1962 by
- a 1962 song by Sonny Gianotta
- a 1969 song by The Byrds
- a 1996 parody (Gunga Dot) in the television show
- a 1998 song Ian Gillian’s 1998 album Dreamcatcher
What did it inspire in the world of cricket?
The Heavy Roller of the Eden
Gardens is called Gunga Din
Added trivia: the Warwickshire leg-spinner Asif Din
was nicknamed Gunga.
The Uttar Pradesh fast-
medium bowler Ashish
Winston Zaidi had been
considered as a contender for
the national side, especially in
the 1990s. What unusual
nickname (in jest, of course)
did he earn as a result of his
The Oval Test of the 1902 Ashes – famous for Gilbert
Jessop’s fourth-innings 104 and George Hirst’s “we’ll
get ‘em in singles” – is considered as one of the
An author, present at the ground on the eventful
final day of the Test. He had to leave early for work
and ended up missing all the action.
He shortly decided to give up his bank job and
supposedly take up writing so that he could watch as
much cricket as he wanted to.
Who is this legendary author?
Sultan Zarawani was hit on the head
Sultan Zarawani, the UAE captain, dared to walk
out to bat against Allan Donald in a sun hat.
Pat Symcox heated up Donald with the words
“Al, this guy’s asking for it”.
The inevitable happened: Donald hit him on the
head, knocking the sunhat off.
Denis and Leslie Compton
Both brothers went on to play for Middlesex in
cricket and Arsenal in football. Denis, of
course, had played Tests for England as well.
Why is this Test significant?
Intikhab Alam removed Colin
McDonald with his first ball in
Test cricket in the Karachi Test
of 1958-59. However, this Test
is remembered by cricket fans
around the world as something
that had happened only once
in the history of Test cricket.
Dwight Eisenhower was present at the
Eisenhower remains the only USA President to
have watched a Test match at the ground.
Though he did not play international cricket, two of his
brothers did, and so did two of his sons. He, however,
is the most remembered in his family after an incident
in the 1980s. Identify the person.
His brothers Azmat and Shafaqat had played for
Pakistan as had his sons Mansoor and Maqsood.
Identify this boxer whose boxing career
numbers are given below:
X played against a touring Kenya side for in 1999-2000
and against touring Ireland and Canada sides in 2010-11.
Other than that X’s competitive cricket was mostly
restricted to Kanga League, Liverpool League, and the Dr
DY Patil T20 Cup.
X is yet to play First-Class cricket.
A couple of months back X created a record in the
history of Indian Premier League.
Who has the highest batting average in Tests for
Hint: Had this been Bradman we would not
have asked it, correct?
This gentleman averaged 102.50 with the
bat, and has been resting safely at the top for
quite some time now.
Trott had scored 38 not out, 72
not out, 85 not out, 10, and 0 –
giving him an average of 102.50.
However, he moved to England
thereafter and played two Tests
for them. He scored 23 from four
innings – which brought his
average down to 38.00.
11th bowlers used in a Test innings
Arthur Shrewsbury, 3-2-2-0 vs Australia, The Oval, 1884
Graham Yallop, 3-0-15-0 vs Pakistan, Faislabad, 1979-80
Ajay Ratra, 1-0-1-0 vs West Indies, St John’s, 2002
Herschelle Gibbs, 1-0-4-0 vs West Indies, St John’s, 2005
In the India-Pakistan ODI on January 3, 2013
at Kolkata about 850 seats were cordoned out
ensuring that no spectator was allowed to sit
Why were the seats cordoned??
Mohammad Irfan’s height
The sight-screen had to be
raised because of the 7’1”
Mohammad Irfan. As a
result several seats behind
the sight-screens became
Cricketers who have changed religion
during their careers
Kripal Singh became a Christian from a Sikh
Mohammad Yousuf became a Christian from a
Wayne Parnell became a Muslim from a Christian
In an interview given to The Daily News at
Perth, a touring Indian cricketer once said “In
Calcutta they call all babies ______. The name
just stuck to me. In fact, I am not 18 as some
seem to think; I am 20.”
Who was this cricketer?
Rapidfire: Identify these international
cricketers from their middle names.
Everton De Courcy Weekes
Heath Te-Ihi-O-Te-Rangi Davis
Glenn Maitland Turner
Frank Mortimer Maglinne Worrell
Motganhalli Laxmanarsu Jaisimha
Curtly Elconn Lynwall Ambrose
Hendrik Human ‘Boeta’ Dippenaar
Ajit Bhalchandra Agarkar
Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara
Xavier Melbourne Marshall
Michael Gwyl Bevan
Stuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill
Murphy Logo Su’A
Danish Prabha Shanker Kaneria
Dale Willem Steyn
Michael Edward Killeen Hussey
Steve Ogonji Tikolo
Marvan Samson Atapattu
Kenneth Charlie Griffith Benjamin
Darren Julius Garvey Sammy
The legendary Clarrie Grimmett is
usually credited with the invention
of the flipper. However, with time
the batsmen around the world
could decipher his flipper easily as
Grimmett’s fingers made an
audible flick while bowling.
How did Grimmett solve this
He flicked the fingers of his left-hand
audibly when he did not bowl the
As a foxed Jack Fingleton told his mate, “Why,
you old fox, Grum, I do believe you bowled a leg
break with your right hand and flicked the
fingers of your left!”
James Southerton of Surrey
retired out playing against
MCC at The Oval in 1970.
Why did he decide to retire? A
scorecard of the innings is on
the next slide.
He thought he was out
Southerton cut a ball to WG Grace. Grace
caught it on the bounce and did not
appeal, and neither did he try to celebrate.
Neither did any of the fielders.
Southerton thought he was out but nobody
(the fielding side or either umpire) agreed to
him. As a result he decided to retire out.
The famous Indian umpire
Madhav Gothoskar once went for
an umpiring training in Nairobi. He
found that the cricketers never
abused each other during
matches due to a specific reason.
He wanted this to be
implemented everywhere to stop
foul language being used on a
What was the remedy suggested
While working for BBC Test Match Special Brian
Johnston obviously received a lot of fan mail.
One day he was surprised to find out a letter from
Ken Barrington’s mother. She had complained to
‘Johnners’ on the grounds that he had accused her
of carelessness and ignoring her son on air.
What was the statement Johnston had made while
“Ken Barrington completes an excellent
century though he was dropped when he
For once Johnston was left speechless.
He had provided the background voice for Lagaan
and was on the judges’ panel with Fanie de Villiers at
the Miss World Contest of 1995.
Identify the cricketer whose business card reads
- Millennium 2000 No 3 Sportsman From All sports
(The Sunday Times England News Survey)
- Pride Of Performance
- Life Membership from MCC
- Ryder Medal From Australia
- Life Achievement Gold Medal Award
- Founder of Cricket Academy For Boys And Girls
Long question warning:
At Sabina Park in 1991 the rank tail-ender A, who had a zero
reputation of playing fast bowling, walked out as the
number 11 to prevent C from getting a hat-trick.
As C ran in to bowl A pulled out and walked towards square-
leg to annoy C. A furious C almost yorked A and then
bounced at A. A escaped as the ball lobbed in the air safely.
A scampered for a single to avoid C.
(continued on next slide)
Much to A's peril, the umpire said “Bad luck Mr A, it’s over.”
A was now up against the equally dangerous D at the other
end; he heaved at the first ball, somehow connected, and
managed a single.
B, who had scored a hundred and was well-set, blocked out
next five deliveries of D without attempting to take the
strike. At the end of the over B walked up and told A: "I just
want to have another look at how you play C, buddy!"
A fuming C removed A almost immediately.
Identify A, B, C, D.
A: Mike Whitney, B: David Boon,
C: Patrick Patterson, D: Courtney Walsh
Only bowlers to have dismissed Dravid,
Tendulkar, Laxman, and Ganguly in the
same Test innings
This cricketer had a decent First-Class career, picking
up 212 wickets at domestic level playing mostly for
Delhi and Railways. His detailed career records are
provided in the next slide.
Identify the player who is mostly remembered in
Indian cricket for doing nothing.
Monte Lynch was a somewhat
average First-Class cricketer who
was surprisingly selected to play
played three ODIs for England
against West Indies in 1988.
There runs a popular joke that Lynch
was selected because the England
captain, who was on the selection
committee, had read a slip of paper
What had happened?
Mike Gatting had read LYNCH for LUNCH
When a selector had passed Gatting a slip of paper
asking “Shall we have Lynch?” or something similar
the captain had apparently responded with a hearty
This cricketer was standing at short-leg on his Test
debut when his captain suddenly asked him to bowl.
He forgot to take off his shin-pad off before bowling
but took a wicket with his fourth ball in Test cricket.
Back home his legendary father was listening to radio
while driving. He got so emotional (or, as a few
skeptics say, so surprised) that he got distracted,
drove down a one-way street, and was stopped by
the police. On hearing his story and upon recognising
him the police let him go without a fine.
Identify the father and the son, both of whom went
on to captain their country.
All ten wickets falling to players with
the same first name.
Jim Laker and Anil Kumble were the only ones
on the list with their ten-wicket hauls till very
Against South Africa at WACA last season
Mitchell Johnson took four for 110 and Mitchell
Starc six for 154 to become the third entry on
At Headingley in 1984, Malcolm Marshall famously came
out to bat with a broken arm; he batted one-handed, hit
a four, and helped Larry Gomes reach a hundred – before
picking up 7 for 53.
In the next Test at Old Trafford, however, there was an
encore. A batsman’s arm was broken by Winston Davis,
but he emerged with his hand in a sling under his
sweater; he helped Allan Lamb to get a hundred.
Name this unsung Hampshire hero whose career ended
with that Test.
Why was Denis Compton’s name looked up in
the Walt Disney Studios employees’ list in 1995?
Tim Rice thanked him at the Oscars
When Tim Rice won the Academy Awards for
Can you feel the love tonight? From Lion King he
thanked Compton, his childhood hero, during
A confused Disney employee then looked up the
employee list and famously came up with the
words “We don’t know who Denis Compton is.
He doesn’t appear to be of Disney Studios or
have anything to do with them.”
In which format of the sport should you ideally
have a 20% probability of getting out every
Wisden Cricketers of the Year
2011. Amir was named one of
them but was stripped of the
award on being found guilty of
spot-fixing. Scyld Berry, then the
editor of Wisden, said before the
case that he was open to re-enter
Amir if he was found innocent.
Though never in the league of the
illustrious twins Dean Waugh was
good enough to play domestic
cricket for New South Wales and
He is, however, often referred
(rather jokingly) to as ‘Korea’. Why?
Why did Steve Waugh give Brett Lee the
Brett Lee was scheduled to bat just
below Shane Lee and Ian Harvey in the
There was something unusual about a certain
dismissal in the fifth Ashes Test of 1936-37 at
The scorecard and the particular dismissal are
highlighted in the next slide.
Why made this dismissal (at least as per as the
knowledge of the quizmasters) unique in the
history of Test cricket?
All three were killed in World War II
Pilot Officer Ken Farnes died in an accident
while flying over Oxfordshire in 1941.
Sergeant-Observer Ross Gregory was killed on
active service in Assam in 1942.
Captain Headly Verity died from wounds from a
battle in Sicily in 1943.
After his retirement X wrote the following in the
preface of his autobiography Sticky Wickets:
- he had been described by Hindustan Times as one
of the most disliked men in India
- he had been nominated as Public Enemy No.1 by
Sydney Morning Herald in 1999
- his effigy was burned on several occasions
- he was booed by a packed house in an ICC World
The following trophies in Indian domestic cricket used to
be very hard-contested till they were discontinued in
Why were they discontinued?
- Devraj Puri Trophy
- M D Sounderrajan Trophy
- Mona Mitter Memorial Challenge
- Talim Shield
- Mewar Trophy
The regional first round of Ranji Trophy
Prior to 2002 the Ranji Trophy first round was played on a
regional basis, one group per region. The top team from
each group was awarded the following prizes each
Devraj Puri Trophy: The North Zone champion
M D Sounderrajan Trophy: The South Zone champion
Mona Mitter Memorial Challenge: The East Zone
Talim Shield: The West Zone champion
Mewar Trophy: The Central Zone champion
Who said the following, and on what topic?
“In the 2007-08 summer I saw the Russell
Crowe film American Gangster where this
policeman character is hung out to dry by his
colleagues when he won't play by their code of
keeping the money they find. On _____, I felt
isolated in the same way – silently accused of
betraying the team.”
Piyush Chawla had played for Sussex in 2009.
He was affectionately given a nickname that
was similar to the nickname of a Sussex legend
who had retired some time back.
What was Chawla’s nickname, and who was he
… to rhyme with ‘Mushy’, the nickname of
When West Indies visited England in 1980 their tour
match against Essex was the first match to be played
under lights in England.
The officials wanted to change the laws so that the
boundaries hit square of the wicket would be counted as
two because of the short distance – but eventually
decided against it.
Essex lent their mobile score-box because the scoreboard
at the ground was not equipped to handle a cricket
Just name the venue.
Two days after this match Chelsea and Wrexham played
out a very dull 2-2 draw at the same ground. The bored
crowd kept shouting "We want cricket!" in the dying
moments of the match.
The all-rounder Shujauddin Butt played 19 Tests
including all five Tests in the 1954-55 series in India. His
career details are provided in the next slide.
Why did he spend some more time in India in the early
The annual SA Premiere Masters Invitation XI cricket
match between Australia XI and Rest of the World is held
every year in the vineyards of Chateau Tanunda in
Barossa Valley, Australia.
The 2007 match, played on November 23, witnessed six
sixes in an over by Vinod Kambli. More significantly the
match saw two gentlemen in action together after a long
The last time they had been on a cricket ground together
was in a historic Test played 21 years before this match.
Identify the two men.
X is a large town and Borough in West
Kent, England, South-East of Central London by road.
X came into being as a spa in Georgian times and
had its heyday as a tourist resort under Beau Nash
when the spring attracted visitors.
Though X's popularity waned with the advent of sea
bathing the town remains popular and derives about
30% of its income from the tourist industry.
Despite its general anonymity X holds a significant
place in the history of Indian cricket. Identify X.
A Twenty20 match was played in April 2009 en
route to A between two teams called B and C. The
match was to commemorate an achievement by B
and C on May 29, 1953 at A.
C won the toss, batted first, and scored 152 for 5.
David Kirtley top-scored with 45. B were bowled
out for 116. Charlie Campbell won the Man of the
Match award with 3 for 23.
B and C were both named among Time’s 100 most
influential people of the 20th century. Identify
A, B, C.
A: Mount Everest
B: Tenzing Norgay Sherpa
C: Sir Edmund Hillary
The match was played at the base camp of Mount Everest.
Identify this batsman whose career had a
strange bias towards the South African attack at
The career break-up is provided on the next
Hint: A close look at the oppositions may reveal
the nationality of the batsman.
X, one of the greatest English batsmen of all time, was
taking a cricket bat, signed by the England and Australian
teams, to a club near High Wycombe. On his way X left
the car to ask directions at a garage.
When he returned to his car X was faced by four muggers
who demanded money. “Sorry,” X apologised, “I haven't
any on me, but I have something for you in the car.”
“They fell for it”, X later recollected. X then got out the
bat and said: “I may not be able to take you all, but I will
certainly take the first one of you because you must know
that I know how to use this.” The muggers fled.
The champion England wicket-keeper Godrey Evans
took up another job elsewhere as a cricket expert
after his retirement.
However, a decision on Evans’ behalf in the early
1980s made his company lose £15,000, causing him
and the Director of his organisation, Ron Pollard, in a
lot of embarrassment.
The company had not encountered financial a loss of
this magnitude since 1894. What was Evans’ error?
Evans decided the 500:1 stakes for
Headingley 1981 as a cricket expert
In the anthology The Best Ever Australian Sports
Writing there is a section on articles about Victor
Trumper and Don Bradman. It is titled The D__
and the D___.
The second D-word is, of course, Don. What is
the first D-word – the one that had been used to
In 10 for 66 and All That Arthur Mailey had
famously lamented “I felt like a boy who had
killed a dove” after dismissing Trumper.
They were both kicked out of whites-
only compartments in South Africa
On the rebel tour to South Africa in 1982 Colin
Croft was kicked out of a whites-only
compartment from a train at Cape Town.
However, unlike Gandhi, Croft received a full
apology when he visited South Africa as a
journalist in 1998: a man called Willie van Zyl
approached Croft, identified himself, and
apologised for the incident.
Cricketers have had surnames of various lengths
and ethnicities. Only one man, though, has the
letters of the word CRICKET inside his surname.
This is probably for the first time that the lady on
the next slide is making an appearance in the
Kolkata cricket quiz fraternity.
She was the topic of a story that ran in the Wisden
almanac of 2004, which was also the first time that
an audio version of the Bible of Cricket had been
What was the story?
She was the subject of a cricket challenge.
Catherine Zeta-Jones owns a
property in Swansea where
she pays the occasional visit;
her residence is located next
to the Mumbles Cricket
Club, who has offered a hefty
amount to anyone who could
hit the ball into her compound
and then retrieved it.
Identify this gorgeous
lady who was closely
connected to Bengal
(Italy), and Sussex.
TC Longfield’s daughter Susan
Susan Longfield, a model and the daughter of
TC Longfield – the first captain to lead Bengal
to a Ranji Trophy victory.
Born in Milan, Italy, her husband went on to be
a Sussex legend, and played 62 Tests for
England, leading in 30 of them. He went by the
name of Ted Dexter.
This question dates back to the era where
personal collectible scorecards were in vogue
among spectators during matches.
In the 1950 match between MCC and Surrey
there was a sudden announcement: “For FJ
Titmus on your scorecard please read
Titmus was a professional
The amateurs were the
only ones who were
allowed to have their
initials before their
surnames. Titmus was
When EW Swanton was captured as a Prisoner of
War in 1939 by the Japanese he had a book on
him. The book became so popular with the other
Prisoner of War that it was used like a library book
and had to be booked days in advance.
The book was stamped ‘not subversive’ by the
guards; it became so battered that it had to be
rebound by rice glue. The book remains in the
Lord’s Museum since Swanton’s death in 2000.
What book was this?
Tom Cartwright was an English all-
rounder who played five Tests for
England and had a 25-year long First-
He was selected for a tour in the 1960s
from which he pulled out because of an
This withdrawal resulted in one of the
most significant incidents in the history
Cartwright was replaced by
Basil D’Oliveira. South Africa
had objected to his inclusion,
which resulted in their ban for
over two decades.
X should ideally have been elected the captain of
England in an Ashes.
To solve subsequent issues of this nature X took up
a job as the Director of Marsham Tyres and earned
a salary much higher than what cricket paid him.
This made X an amateur, as a result of which he
was allowed to lead England in the next series.
Aamer Sohail was bowling: he bowled one down the leg-
side, X edged it, but Moin Khan dropped X.
Nine runs later, with two balls to go, Sohail packed the
leg-side with fielders and started darting on the leg-
stump. X played the penultimate ball to Ijaz Ahmed at
mid-wicket but could not manage a run.
Desperate for a run X tried to hit the ball to Ijaz’s left, but
the fielder had already anticipated it and there was no
run. The batting side declared overnight.
The person is known in USA as the
author of The Black Jacobins which
focuses on the leadership of
Toussaint L'Ouverture, who was born
a slave but rose to prominence by
adopting the French Renaissance
The author also wrote one of the
most talked-about books in the world
What is the name of the ‘cricket
X, the captain of the side, and Bob Barber were
playing chess in the pavilion. When a wicket fell
Barber went out to bat.
After a while Barber asked for a change of gloves.
When the substitute fielder arrived Barber asked
him to tell the captain ‘Bb5’.
Identify X, who was a chess player and universally
accepted as one of the shrewdest minds to have
Tim Albone, former correspondent of Time, did an
extensive research for about three years on a
national cricket team. With a lot of effort he found
access to the lives and homes of the players as well
The book, Out if the Ashes, was in the news in
recent past, and is not only considered as one of
the best cricket books of recent times, but also as
an insight into life in the country.
The team of which country was Albone’s research
Why were the old-
timers present at
New Road turn
nostalgic on July
23, 2004 when they
witnessed these two
gentlemen put up
127 runs for the
second wicket for
Their grandfathers use to put on
century partnerships quite frequently
Len Hutton and Denis Compton had batted
together 29 times, adding 1,605 runs together
at 61.73 with six century stands.
The old-timers were, as expected, happy to see
the grandsons Ben and Nick put on a century
The West Indian X is generally remembered as the bowler
who picked up ten for 49 against Public Schools at Lord’s with
his leg-breaks at the age of 13.
When X lost his leg-breaks he turned to off-breaks, and when
even that did not work X took to batting and scored a few
hundreds for Somerset (including two hundreds in five days
against Kent and Sussex).
X played only two Tests in 1939, both as vice-captain. X’s
father (who had the same name as X) had toured England
with an early West Indies side of 1906. X’s brother Jimmy
played all five Tests on the India tour of 1948-49.
Identify X, who is considered as one of the greatest
underutilised talents in world cricket.
X was a champion batsman born at the wrong place in
the wrong time. X is generally remembered for his
innings at Johannesburg in 1953-54 and is usually
considered as one of the greatest batsmen his country
had ever produced.
X had suddenly vanished from the international scenario
at an age of almost 36 and everybody assumed that he
had retired. Then X suddenly made a comeback when X
was almost 42 and batted like there had been no gap in
his career and scored magnificent 151 – one of the
greatest innings Eden Gardens has ever seen – a few days
X was a Nobel Laureate who passed away in 2008. X was
a Chairman of the Gaieties Cricket Club; when X passed
away in 1997 a memorial cricket match was played
between Gaieties Cricket Club and Lord’s Taverners at
Lord’s on September 23, 2009.
X is most remembered in the world of cricket for his
iconic quote: “I tend to think that cricket is the greatest
thing that God created on earth: certainly greater than
sex, although sex isn't too bad either.”
The four men in the next slide were mentioned
in one of the most famous quotes in the history
of the sport.
Just identify the speaker of the quote and its
John Arlott’s last lines on BBC Test
The Master had signed off during the English
Centenary Test at Lord’s in 1980 with the words
“Nine runs off the over, 28 Boycott, 15
Gower, 69 for two and after Trevor Bailey it will
be Christopher Martin-Jenkins” in his usual
matter-of-fact nonchalant tone.
Play was stopped and players and spectators
applauded in unison when the announcement
was made at the ground.
On the first Test his debut tour, Sunil Gavaskar (he
missed the Test himself) saw Garry Sobers taking a
blinder in the slips to dismiss Kenia Jayantilal.
He got excited and told his neighbour Eknath
Solkar – “Wow! All I want to do now is to see
_____ ________ _______ _____ ____ and it
doesn’t matter if I play on this trip or not.”
Fill in the blanks.
The first ever Twenty20 Tournament involving
three or more international sides was held at
Kenya in 2007 – just before the inaugural World
The four teams participating in the tournament
were Pakistan, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda
playing each other in a round-robin format.
Who won the tournament?
There was no winner
It was decided beforehand that these matches
will be treated merely as ‘warm-ups’ for the
World Cup and hence there would not be a
Just for the sake of information Pakistan had
topped the table and Bangladesh won two;
Uganda, however, pulled off an upset by
defeating Kenya by two wickets.
Other than the usual awards the 2000-01 Frank
Worrell Trophy had four special awards for the
best batsman, bowler, and fielder of the series
as well as one for the outstanding individual
Who was the Best Fielder Trophy named after?
Some pictures are self-explanatory.
We all know of Garry Sobers’ six sixes in an over
against Malcolm Nash at Swansea in 1968.
When Lancashire toured Glamorgan in 1977 Frank
Hayes fell two short of Sobers’ target (he hit
6, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6) in an over, once again at Swansea.
At that time this was second on the list of
maximum runs scored off an over with six
Identify the bowler.
Malcolm Nash, again
He seemed to have a knack for this.
India had defeated all teams that
had won the World Cup before
(West Indies, Australia, Pakistan, Sri
Lanka) en route to their 2011
World Cup title.
Which team was the last one to
achieve this feat before 2011?
Do note that the West Indies sides
of 1975 and 1979 will not be
counted since they had no
champion to beat.
DB Deodhar had played 81 First-Class
matches from 1911 to 1948, mostly
for Maharashtra and Hindus, scoring
Bill Ashdown had played 487 First-
Class matches from 1914 to 1947,
mostly for Kent, scoring 22,589 runs
and picking up 602 wickets.
What have these two men uniquely
They played on either side of the wars
Deodhar and Ashdown are the only ones to
have played First-Class cricket before World War
I and after World War II.
The international record for this is four – held by
three sets of people. The Test record is also four –
held by one of these sets.
X was in the squad for the first Test in Pakistan at
Dacca in 1954-55. He was eventually named the
12th man. Had X played the Test the record of four
mentioned above would have stretched to five.
Identify both X and the record. The 22 players from
the Test are named on the next slide.
Abdul Hafeez Kardar
Raees Mohammad; had he played
here five brothers would have played
The eldest of the illustrious Mohammad brothers, Raees
never got to play a Test; the closest he got to a Test cap
was being 12th man in this Test.
The four Mohammad brothers (Hanif, Wazir, Mushtaq,
and Sadiq) had played Test cricket (two of them played in
this very Test), which is a record; they are also tied with
the Ranatungas and the Ngoches in all international
Had Raees played at Dacca the record for most brothers
playing international cricket would have extended to five.
Who was the bowler?
(Dwayne Leverock catch.mp4)
Everyone remembers this catch. The 17-year
old bowler, however, became only the second
person (after Ian Harvey) to take a wicket with
his first ball in World Cup cricket.