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Cricket Story (Part 2)

In First part In this article, written a few months ago, I looked back on Sir Don Bradman’s famous final episode of the duck and Sir Everton Weekes’ unfortunate runout.

Now, let’s look back at the spoiler case a little more. Interestingly, all four of my cases here relate to batters with 90’s scores. I start with WACA in 2001, when Shane Warne was annoying the opposition. This time with a bat.

WACA 2001
Spoilers: Referee
Sir Don Bradman won the most famous duck in test history, and Warn probably produced the most famous 99 in history. And for this, we must thank the referee.

After 400 people turned Kiwi to 9-534, the homeside fell to 6-192 and Australia’s top order didn’t go well. But then they found a batting hero who was unlikely to be the champion’s leggie.

First he began the recovery of Australia with a local boy, Damian Martin. After Martin’s departure, he got valuable support from his tail to avoid it.

As Warn’s personal score approached 100, the WACA spectators stood behind him. He was 99 years old when he received a harmless delivery from Daniel Bettoli. All he had to do was gently push it to the leg side for the single, and his 100 would be complete.

But the great showman he was, he went to a loft shot and was deeply captured by Mark Richardson.

But the story wasn’t over. Later it became clear that it was a big no-ball, but somehow the referee missed it. Warne’s pain has doubled.

Of course, in the eyes of many, referees are the ultimate villain of the game. Although modern, the use of technology has certainly improved the situation.

Warn completed his test career more than 3000 times, 1250 times, but no tons.

(Greg Wood / AFP / Getty Images)

Bangalore 1987
Spoilers: Iqbal Kasim
Indian legend Sunil Gavaskull began his test career in 1971 with a victory note at the Port of Spain. He contributed 67 * in two innings in India as tourists reached the goal of 124 and lost only three wickets. Interestingly, Gavaskull seemed to produce something similar to Pakistan 16 years later in his final test inning.

Most of the first four tests were boring draws, but the safety-first approach dominated both minds. But in Bangalore, in the final test, it was an action from the beginning. It was a low-scoring case where spinners from both sides dominated.

India started four innings on the third afternoon and needed 221 to win. They ended the day with 4-99. So the match was balanced. The good thing for India was that Gavaskull was undefeated at 51 and was still there.

After the day off, a large audience gathered to watch the final drama. Gavaskull was the main hope of the Indians, but Pakistani captain Imran Khan relied on his two spinners, Tausifarmed and veteran Iqbal Qasim.

Pakistani spinners gained an early advantage by thoroughly executing Indian middleweight orders, but Gavaskull stood firmly. He then, along with the local boy Roger Vinnie, scored 7-180. Gava Skull was 96 *. The crowd was very excited. Their champion batter seemed to complete his hundred and also lead his side to a memorable victory.

However, Karachi’s left-handed spinner, Iqbal Qasim, had other ideas. He tricked Gavaskull in flight, and Liswan Uz Zaman caught by the side of his leg. There was complete silence on the ground. The man, who at the time held hundreds of records for most tests, became a nervous 90’s victim.

In addition, the flow of the game changed, India went all out with 204 and lost the game with 16 runs. Gava Skull was judged to be the best player, but it was just a prize of comfort.

Headingley 1975
Spoilers: Destroyer
In 1972, the Ash series headingley test ended in three days, with Derek Underwood rushing through Australia’s batting lineup. Of course, the curator was badly criticized for his unprepared pitch.

There were no such complaints in 1975 until the morning of the fifth day, but this time Groundman was not negligent. The match was well prepared with Australia making four fighting efforts. They were 3-220 chasing 445 with young Rick McCosker 95 * and experienced Doug Walters 25 *.

However, on the morning of the fifth day, everyone noticed that the pitch was severely damaged by several vandals overnight and protested the false conviction of a robber named George Davis.

So what happened? Well, we can only guess. Maybe McCosker took his time to save the match for the Australians and won a fine of 150? Or did Doug Walters play yet another great attack knock to complete a memorable comeback victory for Australians before and after teatime?

Of course, British fans will suggest something else. Derek Underwood played quite a few games until the fifth day. Maybe it was his day?

Derek Underwood

Derek Underwood. (Photo by S & G / PA Images via Getty Images)

These are all just speculations. However, I would like to mention here that it was expected to rain in the afternoon and, in fact, it rained later in the day. So while the draw was fair enough, the way the test match ended hurt all cricket enthusiasts.

For the record, McCosker recorded his first test century in his next match at Oval. Walters has never done his best in English conditions.

Edgbaston 1999
Spoilers: Graham Soap
It’s not always the opposition members and referees who ruin your day in a cricket match. Teammates can also be villains. That certainly was true on the third and final days of this test match.

The match itself was a topsy-filled event. Kiwi took 100 leads in the first inning, but on the second day the batting between Kiwi-born Andy Cadick and Australian-born Alan Mulally collapsed. Still, when England finished the second day 1-3 and chased 208 to win, they saw the card up close on the third day.

Still, it was a terrible one-sided incident, and it was the Watchman Alex Tudor who stole the show altogether. His bold counterattack shocked Kiwi, pushing the more established batter Mark Butcher and skipper Nasser Hussein to a supporting role. They didn’t seem to prepare for it.

The fourth ticket gate stand between Thorpe and Tudor led the homeside to victory, but it was this partnership that confused many. Thorpe-a solid and stunning left-handed type of Allan Border or Larry Gomes-had a featureless knock of 21 balls to 21 while Tudor remained undefeated at 99.

Therefore, Tudor was denied the opportunity to join the night watchman’s small list to win Testton. Instead, he joined the “undefeated 99 in the test” club.

In fact, Tudor had a very bad match with the ball. In seamer-friendly conditions, he finished with numbers 1-44 and 0-15, but with scores of 32 * and 99 * (119 balls only), he was considered the best player. However, the problem of persistent injuries meant that his next test wasn’t until the 2001 ashes. Overall, he played 10 tests and 3 ODIs against Poms.



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