• Imagine reading a 'Caution' sign board on a cricket ground saying - do not play fast bowlers in the nets, you could break either your fingers or toes. You'd be amused, right?


    Well, even though the sign board is a bit of an exaggeration, the state of this pitch isn't - the ball either keeps alarmingly low or flies over the batsman's head regularly. The best bet to remain match fit is to have a curtailed net-session and that too only against the spinners.


    On the morning of the match, the wicket-keeper pulls out his helmet from the first over (even for the fast bowlers) knowing well that a lot of balls would stay dangerously low and he may get hit because of bad bounce.


    If there's too much dew and fog (which delays the removal of covers), one must resign to the fate of playing with a bar of soap because there are only four grounds-men at the venue and it's unrealistic to expect them to get the ground ready in time. Yes, they have a super-sopper but unfortunately they don't have the

    Read More »from Ground Realities!
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    Rahul Dravid completed 13,000 Test runs by
    reaching 21 during his innings of 82 against West Indies in the
    Mumbai Test
    .

     

    He's just the second batsman in Test history to do
    this. Sachin Tendulkar, with 15,180, is the other.

     

    Dravid's opposition-wise break-up:

     

    Opposition

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    C

    HC

    Z

    4s

    6s

    Australia

    29

    54

    6

    1972

    233

    41.08

    2

    12

    4

    244

    4

    Bangladesh

    7

    10

    2

    560

    160

    70.00

    3

    1

    1

    76

    2

    England

    21

    37

    5

    1950

    217

    60.93

    7

    8

    1

    253

    0

    New Zealand

    15

    28

    2

    1659

    222

    63.80

    6

    6

    1

    223

    2

    Pakistan

    15

    26

    3

    1236

    270

    53.73

    5

    3

    1

    162

    3

    South Africa

    21

    40

    3

    1252

    148

    33.83

    2

    5

    0

    164

    0

    Sri Lanka

    20

    32

    1

    1508

    177

    48.64

    3

    9

    0

    176

    4

    West Indies

    23

    37

    7

    1945

    146

    64.83

    5

    13

    0

    204

    5

    Zimbabwe

    9

    13

    3

    979

    200*

    97.90

    3

    5

    0

    126

    1

    Total

    160

    277

    32

    13061

    270

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    Wednesday saw just the fifth time in Test cricket,
    the first six batsmen of a team passing the fifty-run mark in a single innings.

     

    In the Mumbai Test, West Indies openers Adrian Barath
    {62} and Kraigg Brathwhite {68}, No. 3 Kirk Edwards {86}, No. 4 Darren Bravo
    {166}, No. 5 Kieran Powell {81} No. 6 and Marlon Samuels {61) passed the mark.

     

    The other instances:

     

     

    No

    Team

    Inns

    Oppn

    Ground

    Mon/Year

    50+

    Cen

    HC

    1

    Eng

    1

    Win

    Kingston

    Apr 1930

    6

    2

    4

    2

    Pak

    2

    Ind

    Lahore

    Dec 1989

    6

    3

    3

    3

    Ind

    2

    Aus

    Kolkata

    Mar 1998

    6

    1

    5

    4

    Pak

    3

    Ind

    Karachi

    Jan 2006

    7

    1

    6

    5

    Win

    1

    Ind

    Mum-WS

    Nov 2011

    6

    1

    5

     

     

    Note that India have been at the receiving end of
    this achievement three times out of five. Interestingly, among the first four
    instances, only the Kolkata Test produced a result, in India's favour.

     

    The Karachi Test in January 2006 saw the only
    instance of the first seven batsmen passing

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