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Rossouw's agony, and most stumpings in international cricket

Also, the highest scores by wicketkeepers, and the most ODI fifties without a hundred

Steven Lynch

September 2, 2014

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Rilee Rossouw departed for a duck, Zimbabwe v South Africa, tri-series, Harare, August 29, 2014
Rilee Rossouw still waits for his first run in ODIs... © AFP
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Is Rilee Rossouw the first South African to be dismissed for ducks in his first two one-day international innings? asked Jamie Stewart from Canada
The unfortunate Rilee Rossouw started his international career last month with ducks against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo and in Harare. He is actually the third South African - and the 21st overall - to suffer this fate. The other two were basically bowlers, though - Charl Willoughby in 2000 and 2003, and Johan van der Wath in January 2006. Rossouw, however, was out first ball in both his innings: the only other person to have been dismissed by the first two balls he faced in his first two ODIs is New Zealand's Nathan McCullum, in 2009. Andrew Samson has kindly informed me that Namibia's Gerrie Snyman was dismissed first ball in each of his first two innings (in his second and third matches, having not batted in his first), while the New Zealand wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins was run out without facing in his first innings and out first ball in his second (in his fifth and sixth matches). Among the other batsmen whose first two one-day innings were ducks are New Zealand's Kane Williamson, and some other handy performers in Asif Mujtaba (Pakistan), Faoud Bacchus (West Indies), Mathew Sinclair (New Zealand), and, the one I suspect Rossouw would most like to emulate in the long run … Sachin Tendulkar.

Had Zimbabwe ever beaten Australia before they did so last weekend? asked Alexander Hammond from Scotland
That match in Harare on Sunday was the 30th one-day international between the two teams, and only the second time Zimbabwe have won. Their first victory was in the first meeting - Zimbabwe's first official one-day international, in fact - back in the 1983 World Cup. A team led by Duncan Fletcher, and strong enough to leave the 17-year-old Graeme Hick on the bench, defeated Australia by 13 runs at Trent Bridge. Fletcher himself scored 69 not out and took 4 for 42. In between Zimbabwe's two wins, the teams contested 28 ODIs, of which Australia won 27 and one (at Melbourne in January 2004) was a no-result after it rained. Zimbabwe also won their first Twenty20 international against Australia - at Cape Town in the inaugural World Twenty20 in September 2007 - and, since the teams haven't played another one since, still have a 100% record! It's a different story in Tests, though: Australia have recorded hefty wins in all three matches between the two countries.

Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella made 13 dismissals against Pakistan recently - is that a record for a two-match series? asked Tushar Mukherjee from the United States
Sri Lanka's new keeper Niroshan Dickwella took 12 catches and a stumping in those two Tests against Pakistan. It turns out that's not quite a record: for a start, in the series which immediately preceded the Pakistan one, South Africa's Quinton de Kock made 15 dismissals against Sri Lanka, while earlier this year BJ Watling took 15 catches in New Zealand's home two-match series against India. But even they just missed out on the record: in the short series in the West Indies in 2005, Kamran Akmal made seven dismissals in the first Test and nine in the second for a total of 16 (one of them a stumping). The overall record for any Test series was also set recently: Brad Haddin took 29 catches in the five Tests of the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Angelo Mathews goes on the attack, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Hambantota, August 23, 2014
... while Angelo Mathews still waits for his first ODI hundred © AFP

Angelo Mathews' 93 against Pakistan recently was his 22nd half-century in one-day internationals - but he's yet to score a hundred. Is this a record? asked Don Henadeera from Australia
Angelo Mathews' 93 at Hambantota last week was the highest of his 22 scores of 50-plus in one-day internationals - beating his previous-best of 89, set only three days before on the same ground. But the man who holds this particular record wasn't very far away while Mathews was doing his stuff - Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's captain, currently has 37 fifties but no hundreds in 149 one-day internationals. Misbah's highest score is 96 not out, against West Indies at The Oval during the 2013 Champions Trophy. New Zealand's Andrew Jones, with 25 fifties, is also currently in front of Mathews, whose latest near-miss put him ahead of Graham Thorpe's 21.

Was Denesh Ramdin's 169 in St Kitts the highest score by a keeper-captain in ODIs? asked Ian Hugo from Nigeria
Well, it would have been - except he wasn't captain (Dwayne Bravo currently captains West Indies in one-day internationals, Ramdin in Tests). There have only been 12 centuries by wicketkeeper-captains in ODIs, and the highest is by the man responsible for exactly half of them: MS Dhoni made 139 not out for India against Australia in Mohali in October 2013. AB de Villiers has scored three centuries as keeper-captain, Adam Gilchrist, Brendon McCullum and Kumar Sangakkara one each. Still, Ramdin's 169 against Bangladesh at Basseterre equalled the third-highest score by a wicketkeeper in ODIs, Sangakkara's 169 against South Africa in Colombo in July 2013. The only higher scores by people who kept wicket in the same match are Gilchrist's 172 against Zimbabwe in Hobart in January 2004, and Dhoni's astonishing unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in October 2005.

Does MS Dhoni hold the record for the most stumpings in international cricket? asked Seena John from Bahrain?
The two stumpings MS Dhoni made in the one-day international against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday took him clear of Kumar Sangakkara's 129 stumpings in all international cricket. Dhoni had 131 after that Nottingham game - 83 in ODIs, 37 in Tests, and 11 in Twenty20s. The only other wicketkeeper to have made 100 international stumpings is another Sri Lankan, Romesh Kaluwitharana, with 101. In ODIs only, Dhoni is still six behind Sangakkara (89). The only keepers with more stumpings in Tests are Bert Oldfield (52), Godfrey Evans (46) and Syed Kirmani (38); Adam Gilchrist also made 37. Kamran Akmal leads the way in T20 internationals with 32, well ahead of Sangakkara and Mushfiqur Rahim with 20.

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Posted by Ruchira on (September 7, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

I just noticed Aravinda DeSilva was not out after playing four games in a series and he have topped the table. I wonder how many times this has happened? "http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/records/batting/most_runs_career.html?id=728;type=tournament"

Posted by tharuka on (September 5, 2014, 9:39 GMT)

i guess kalu holds the record for most stumping in odi's,getting more than 100..is'nt it..what keeper was he..and kept to murali...very unlucky to loose him..

Posted by Ali on (September 3, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

@Omarrz, isn't it amazing after all those gazillion drops he still holds few records.

Posted by Mohammed on (September 3, 2014, 2:26 GMT)

Rilee Rossouw though started badly but I see him as a great future batsman in all formats of the game. Rilee take it easy you have all that great cricketers such as Vivian Richards, Don Bradman, Hashim Amla, ABD Villears, Steve Waugh, Greg Chappel, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara, Javed Miandad, Saed Anwar, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Dennis Amess, Zaheer Abbas, Inzamamulhaq, etc. etc. had. I am already your fan. Most of my predictions come true.

Posted by Dummy4 on (September 3, 2014, 1:45 GMT)

Dr_SyedErfan: In the drawn 3rd Test at Karachi between Pakistan & England, three batsmen were dismissed for 99. This is the first and only time three batsmen have been dismissed for 99 in the same Test.

Only twice have two batsmen been dismissed for 99 in the same Test. In the first Test of England's 1992 tour of New Zealand, Dipak Patel was run out for 99 in New Zealand's first innings, chasing the England total of 580. In the subsequent follow-on innings, John Wright was dismissed after a 400 minute stay at the crease. England won the match by an innings and 4 runs.

In the 2nd Ashes Test of Australia's 1993 England tour, Mark Waugh was bowled by Phil Tufnell for 99. This followed Mark Taylor's 111, Michael Slater's 152 and David Boon's 164. In reply to Australia's 4/632, England was all out for 205 in the first innings, with Mike Atherton making 80. In the follow-on innings, Atherton was run out for 99. Australia went on to win the match by an innings and 62 runs

Posted by Jonathan on (September 3, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

I am actually surprised that the world record holder for stumpings in first-class cricket, Les Ames (418), only stumped 23 batsmen and thus came nowhere near to matching Bertie Oldfield's 52.

However, most of his stumpings were made off Tich Freeman for Kent, and Ames and Freeman only played one Test together - Freeman's last, and Ames's first (Freeman took none for plenty, and Ames was out first ball). Thereafter Freeman was dropped, Hedley Verity was preferred, and when Verity wasn't available, England chose such lesser legspinners as Peebles and Wright.

It can also be pointed out that Freeman took as many 5-wicket innings hauls in 12 tests (5) and more 10-wicket match hauls (3 to 2) as Verity did in 40, and at a strike rate of 56 compared to Verity's 77 - although a worse average (25 to 21).

I think if Freeman had played more tests, he would have got a lot more wickets than Verity did, and many would have been stumped by Ames...

Posted by Bhaskar on (September 2, 2014, 11:52 GMT)

@shane oh i think its because of political issues between the two countries

Posted by Cricinfouser on (September 2, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

Dear Steven, I don't know how to and where to send my comments (or question in fact). Anyway, I am just putting them here, if you read and can answer in your next week's column. The question is: In 1973 the MCC toured Pakistan for a three test series. The test played in Karachi witnessed a unique incident. Three batsmen got out on 99. Majid Khan and Denis Ames in their first innings whereas Mushtaq Mohammad in the second inning (ironically, he got run out). Has this ever happened before or so far? Isn't this a unique record in test cricket?

Posted by sachit on (September 2, 2014, 7:45 GMT)

@Kausthub27 - as Sangakkara no longer keeps in tests and is closer to retirement than the Indian captain I'm pretty sure Dhoni would go on to hold both records.

Posted by Shane on (September 2, 2014, 6:29 GMT)

The most amazing this about this is the fact that. in over 20 years, Australia and Zimbabwe have only played 3 tests! Sad reflection of the governance of the game right there I'm afraid.

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