• August 23th 1971. Lunch , day 4. Bella, a three
year old elephant loaned from the
Chessington Zoo was trotting on the outfield
of the Oval.
• In the next hour and a half, the English side
folded for 101 with Chandrasekhar finishing
with six for 38.
• In the following day, the Indian side went on
to chase down the target of 174 with the
calmness of Abid Ali and Viswanath at the
crease to give India a historic series win.
• Now, on which day of the Hindu month of
Bhadrapada did this happen?
The fourth (Chaturti)
• It was Ganesh Chaturthi and hence the
• Ajit Wadekar claimed that seeing the elephant
on Ganesh Chaturthi gave the team a
• The worst batting average for anyone (more
than ten innings in Tests) is a shameful 2.00,
held by a Zimbabwean medium-pacer.
• He scored 34 runs in 25 innings all told, with a
highest of 8.
• There was an instance when he was promoted
up the order to No. 10, during which he
survived for over half an hour before getting
out for naught.
• Identify this cricketer, who for some reason
still appears during cricket matches.
• Fred made his Test debut alongside his
brother against Australia at The Oval in 1880.
• While his brother made 152, Fred bagged a
pair (a duck in both innings), although he did
take a famous catch.
• And Fred never got the chance to make
amends: a fortnight after the match he was
dead, not yet 30, from pneumonia thought to
have started when he slept on a damp
• His illustrious brother, on the other hand
became a legend.
• In fact, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
uses his image as “the face of God”.
• Identify him.
• When Sri Lanka was playing its first match at
the Lords in 1984, a bunch of people came
down and sat down on the pitch and unfurled
banners. One of them even tried to damage
the hallowed turf with the plastic spoon he
• What were these people protesting against?
• England fielded teams like these a couple of
Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott,
Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Eoin Morgan, Matt
Prior, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme
Swann, James Anderson.
• Monty Panesar, Graham Onions and Chris
Read also got a few games.
• What was special about the team, something
that hadn’t happened since 1958-59?
All the players were Wisden Cricketers
of the Year
• 5 cricketers are chosen every year based
primarily on their influence on the previous
• It’s a once-only award.
• Sachin got it in 1997 while
Kumble got it in 1996.
• This man became a journalist (crime-beat)
even before his test career finished. When it
did, he took up membership of the
commentary box and also wrote regularly for
a newspaper in an uncontroversial style,
something the tabloid was not all happy
• When the newspaper closed in 2011, he was
the longest serving employee with around 50
years of service.
• Identify the newspaper.
• The cricketer also perhaps holds the record for
watching the most number of test matches –
more than 500.
• Identify him for brownie points.
News of the World
• The cricketer-journalist is Richie Benaud.
• 1980 Olympics saw two unbelievable wins in
hockey – one by USA in ice hockey (which
included the Miracle on Ice) and one by the
Zimbabwean women’s team in field hockey.
• Upon a request by the government, the
Zimbabwean team was assembled less than a
week before the competition and Ann Grant
was made the captain.
• What was her maiden name?
• She is the sister of Duncan Fletcher
• This cricketer of Indian and Portuguese
ancestry left South Africa because the
Apartheid Regime’s policy of an all-white test
team. He went on to become one of England’s
greatest cricketers of the 60s and the 70s.
• There was a huge controversy in 1968 when
he was likely to be included in the English
team touring South Africa. The South African
prime minister B. J. Vorster put a lot of effort
to prevent this for his inclusion would have
outraged the whites in South Africa.
• His name figures in the top 10 South African
cricketers of the century even though he
never played for South Africa.
• Identify this cricketer.
• The trophy for the test series between
England and South Africa is named after him.
• After being bowled by Courtney Walsh in a
Test in Georgetown in 1990-91, Australia's
Dean Jones mournfully set off for the pavilion,
which was back behind the bowler. But it was
a no-ball, so he wasn't out.
• Carl Hooper darted up from slip and removed
the bails before Jones realised and could
regain his crease, and he was given out.
• The Australian coach, Bobby Simpson was
furious with the umpires and even brandished
a copy of the Wisden but to no avail.
• Why was the runout unlawful?
• The law specifically states that you can't be
run out off a no-ball unless you are attempting
a run, which Dean Jones obviously wasn't.
• When England went in at The Oval on August
29th, 1882, needing only 85 to win, the normal
order of things seemed likely to unfold. But
with the "Demon" Spofforth on top form - he
ended up with 7 for 44, making for match
figures of 14 for 90 - England, after being 66
for 4, were skittled for 77.
• During the tense climax one spectator died of
heart failure, and another apparently chewed
through the handle of his umbrella.
• What happened then?
• This is the first instance of a third umpire’s
assistance being sought.
• Sachin was the first to be given out by the
• In the first test between New Zealand and
South Africa in April 2006, played (rather
fittingly) at the Centurion, three players won
their 100th caps.
• One of them scored exactly 100 runs in the
match which South Africa won.
• Name any two of the three.
• Hint: All of them played the first season of the
IPL, but only one would play the upcoming
• Stephen Fleming, Jacques Kallis and Shaun
• Andy Lloyd, opening the batting against West
Indies on his home ground, at Edgbaston in
June 1984, and had weathered the first half
hour of the innings when he was hit on the
earpiece of his helmet by a short ball from
• Lloyd spent the next ten days in hospital,
suffering from blurred vision: although he
made a county comeback, his eyesight was
never quite the same again and he never
played another Test.
• What unique distinction does he hold?
• He remains the only opener not to be
dismissed during his Test career.
• In May 1965, Ken Barrington got a painstaking
137 in 437 minutes against New Zealand at
Edgbaston. But he was dropped next match.
• In a certain match against England in Delhi,
Kapil Dev hit the second ball for a six. He went
on to make about 67 runs in the match. But
was dropped for the next game that was to be
played at Calcutta – the only test Kapil didn’t
play for India between his debut and
• Why were each of these two dropped?
• Ken Barrington for scoring too slowly.
• Kapil Dev for scoring too quickly (he did play a
few irresponsible shots to be fair on the
• Former SAS officer Neil Laughton wanted to
do something “quintessentially British” to
commemorate the 100th anniversary of
something in 2012 and hence got Britain to
play a Rest of the World team at a place where
temperatures touched -35°C.
• Which unsuccessful expedition where Neil and
his team of adventurers commemorating?
Robert Scott’s attempt to be the first
human to set foot on Antarctica
• Not only did Roald Amundsen beat him to it,
he died on the way back.
• He was the son of a certain Clarence who played
Ranji Trophy for the United Provinces.
• At the age of 10 (circa 1958), his father (then
working in Pakistan) took him to a local match;
the match in which Hanif Mohammad scored
499, a record in first class cricket that stood till
1994. He went on to coach the Pakistan cricket
team in the future.
• He was also present when the record was broken
by Brian Lara when he hit 501 for Warwickshire
(whom he was coaching at that time).
• Identify the cricketer.
• Almost all cricket grounds in India are named
after administrators like MA Chidambaram,
Chinnaswamy, Wankhade, but none of the
major ones are named after sportsmen, let
• Perhaps the only test venue named after a
sportsman is this ground which is named after
the legendary hockey player who led India to a
gold in the Olympics in 1948 and 1952.
• Where is located? Who is it named after?
• Sachin Tendulkar scored 142 in the only test
that was played here.
• This is the KD Singh Babu stadium in Lucknow.
• The first documented instance of these date from
1868 when an Australian aboriginal team toured
• The team consisted among others,
Ballrinjarrimin (who was a specialist batsman),
Unarrimin (who hit 1698 runs at 23.65, and took
245 wickets in 45 matches) and
Murrumganarrimin (who once ran 9 off a ball).
• What, something that’s very common in all
cricketing sides, especially those in Australia, is
• The men had been given sobriquets because
their pastoral lords apparently could not
pronounce or correctly spell their tribal
• Ballrinjarrimin was called “Sundown”
• Murrumganarrimin got the nickname
• This sportsman, had to face a choice between
cricket and hockey. After, a lot of deliberation,
he chose cricket. He bowled the first ball in
the Ranji trophy. He ended up playing only
• The hockey team which he could have been
part of won an Olympic gold.
• The trophy awarded to the winner of the bi-
annual match between Tamil Nadu and
another team is named after him.
• Which team? Who is this cricketer?
M J Gopalan
• Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka/Ceylon play for the
M J Gopalan Trophy.
• Which 212 year old tradition did the MCC end
in 1999 with these 10 - Betty Archdale, Edna
Barker, Audrey Collins, Carole Cornthwaite,
Jackie Court, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Sheila Hill,
Norma Izard, Diana Rait Kerr, Netta
• All of them had to play 15 qualifying matches
over two years, and after qualifying, would
have to join the end of a 20 year waiting list.
• Jilani was an allrounder who played only one
test for India, the first test that India played, in
the Oval in 1936.
• He earned his place in the team because he
insulted a certain ‘rival’ of the team’s captain,
the Maharajkumar of Vizianagram, during
breakfast, a day before the first day of the
• Which Indian captain did he insult?
• The maharaja is the person on the right.
• He displeased several cricketers including the
two cricketers on the left.
• This is the great Indian bowler Bapu Nadkarni,
who in the first Test against England in Madras
in 1963-64, bowled 21 consecutive maiden
But he does not hold the record for the most
number of consecutive dot balls – it is held by
African offspinner Hugh Tayfield.
• How is this possible?
Cricketers who inspired rule changes
• Lumpy Stevens – the middle stump
• Mike Brearley – fielding circles
• Ray Lindwall – front foot planted behind the
• Harold Larwood - restriction of the number of
fielders behind square leg
• Dennis Lillee – bat must be made of wood
• You know the rest