July 8, 2013

Now isn't that something?

A look at the more unlikely coincidences in cricket
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Sobers and Shastri
Garry Sobers hit six sixes in an over from Malcolm Nash in a County Championship match in Swansea in 1968. And, more than 16 years later, Ravi Shastri did likewise, off Baroda slow left-armer Tilak Raj in a Ranji Trophy game in Bombay. You'd get long odds against anyone being present at both matches... but someone was: the much-travelled Indian-born journalist Dicky Rutnagur. "I would rank Sobers' effort higher as his hits were cleaner, and also because the runs came off a front-line spinner, unlike Tilak Raj, who was a part-time bowler," said Dicky, who died recently: this article is in part a tribute to someone who was always friendly and helpful in the press box.

Hanif and Lara
When he was a ten-year-old showing an interest in cricket, Bob Woolmer was taken by his father - working in Pakistan at the time - to a local match. It happened to be the one in which Hanif Mohammad scored 499, a record for first-class cricket that stood until 1994, when Brian Lara hit 501 not out against Durham at Edgbaston... watched by Warwickshire's coach Bob Woolmer.

The two-ball specialist
There have been two official internationals in which the weather has limited play to just two balls. The first was in the 1992 World Cup, when the India-Sri Lanka match at Harrup Park in Mackay (the only international ever played there) was rained off after two deliveries. Javagal Srinath played for India in that match - and was the referee last month when England's Twenty20 international against New Zealand at The Oval had to be abandoned after just two deliveries.

Steele v Steele
In 1978 the former England batsman David Steele scored 1182 runs in 31 completed innings, to finish the season with a first-class batting average of 38.12. Bracketed alongside him was his younger brother John, who scored 1182 runs from 31 completed innings for an average of 38.12. A similar statistical coincidence occurred a few years later: going into the first match of Australia's series against India at Mohali in October 2010, Simon Katich had scored 3981 runs in 52 Tests - identical figures to those of his team-mate Mike Hussey.

Laker and Kumble
When he was ten, Richard Stokes was taken by his father to the 1956 Ashes Test at Old Trafford, and watched Jim Laker complete his ten-wicket haul. "I cannot recall all the dismissals," he said, "but I can tell you the crowd was really excited and there was a lot of noise." In 1998, while working in India, businessman Stokes strolled along to watch a Test match in Delhi - and endured an even noisier day as Anil Kumble took all ten against Pakistan.

The tie collector
Bob Simpson opened for Australia in what became the first tied Test, against West Indies in Brisbane in November 1960 - he scored 92 in the first innings, but made a duck in the second. Almost 26 years later he was Australia's coach at the second tied Test, against India in Madras (now Chennai) in 1986-87. "I have no doubt that watching a tense finish from the pavilion is more of a strain than being in the middle," said Simpson, who ought to know. "You can do nothing about what is happening out on the field."

Sharing a birthday
The two captains in the 1905 Ashes series, Australia's Joe Darling and the Honourable Stanley Jackson of England, were both born on the same day - November 21, 1870. Jackson had most of the luck in that particular series - he won all five tosses, and topped both the batting and bowling averages. Not surprisingly, England retained the Ashes.

The same result
Australia beat England by 45 runs in what is now recognised as the first-ever Test match, in Melbourne in March 1877. And 100 years later, in the special match at the MCG to celebrate Test cricket's centenary, Australia ended up winning again... by the same margin of 45 runs. It's sad to think that the cynics would have a field day if such a coincidence were to happen again now.

The Brentwood double
The first Championship match played at Brentwood in Essex was in 1934: Kent ran up 803 for 4 on a benign pitch (Bill Ashdown 332, Les Ames 202 not out) and ended up winning by an innings and 192 runs. The second match of that inaugural festival, against Surrey, started the next day - and, in what Wisden termed "the greatest possible contrast", Essex turned the tables by winning it... by an innings and 192 runs.

The 100-Test men
Three men - Stephen Fleming, Jacques Kallis and Shaun Pollock - all won their 100th caps in the same match, the first Test between South Africa and New Zealand in April 2006. Kallis was happiest, as South Africa won and he scored exactly 100 runs in the match - which, fittingly, was played in Centurion.

The same score, times four
Warwickshire and Essex met twice in low-scoring encounters in the 2010 County Championship. In the first match Warwickshire came out on top by seven wickets, their totals being 155 and 155 for 3; in the return, at Edgbaston three weeks later, Warwickshire again scored 155 and 155 for 3 and won by seven wickets. Both times they collected 19 points and Essex three. It was a vital double: Essex were relegated, but Warwickshire escaped - their six victories were all home-and-away doubles against the three teams that ended up below them in the table.

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013

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  • jay57870 on July 9, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Steven - Cricket history is full of strange twists & turns & bizarre coincidences! Surreal situations often allow statisticians to creatively "stretch numbers" with selective "degrees of freedom"! Here's a case of "outliers": Bradman, Tendulkar & Ponting - 3 of the best batsmen to ever play cricket!!! Look at their stats, frozen at the end of 2012 when Ricky retired & Sachin gave up ODIs. Tendulkar's international record (Tests + ODIs) of 34,071 runs & 100 tons is extraordinary, outstripping his closest rival Ponting's by 6,989 runs & 29 tons. Recognise this huge gap? Believe it or not, it's close or equal to what Bradman achieved - 6,996 runs & 29 tons - in his entire Test career! Now isn't that something? But the great Don has his magical 99.94 average that's unlikely to be matched. Except when you stretch with creative freedom: add Sachin's 54.32 (Tests) + 44.83 (ODIs) = 99.15! Even then it falls short of Don's 99.94! By any stretch of the imagination, isn't that something, Steven?

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I once read a book titled "Little Known Cricketing Facts". My favorite article in that book was "Mudassar Amarnath and Mohinder Nazar" and that's not a typo. The similarities between those two players are uncanny. Both were right hand top order batsman (a bit outshone by their more illustrious counterparts Gavaskar and Mohsin Khan) and similarly underrated right arm "dibbly-dobbly" medium pacers. They had similar careers - Mohinder with 4378 runs in 113 test innings with 11 hundreds and 47 catches while Mudassar made 4114 runs in 116 test innings with 10 hundreds and 48 catches. Both were born in Punjab to fathers who scored their countries' first ever test hundreds. Both also scored their own maiden test hundred in the exact same week and made their test debuts (7 years apart), before reaching the age of 21, on the same date - Dec 24 - against the same opposition - Australia. And this is just what I can remember and confirm quickly on Statsguru - there was a lot more in the article..

  • kirands on July 8, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Another well known coincidence in Test cricket is Kevin Pietersen's highest Test score on three different occasions --- 158, 158 and 158. KP always seemed to fall for 158 until he finally broke the hoodoo by getting past 158 and scoring 226 in a Test.

  • SOORYAPRAKASH on July 11, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    In the 1990 Lord's test between India & England, Captain & vice-captain of both teams scored Centuries in the first innings. Gooch & Lamb for England and Azharuddin & Shastri for India

  • on July 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Cricket is the only sport where you could have these little quirks and eccentric characters. I guess thats what makes it so enjoyable. One of my favourite characters - the bearded wonder- Bill Frindall

  • on July 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Really enjoyed this piece. @Kapil I remember that skinny book; it's full of wonderful fun facts and trivia.

  • on July 10, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Here's another one. India just played Sri Lanka in an ODI for the zillionth time, now isn't that something??

  • on July 10, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Peter Willey was part of the English team which beat Australia after following on at Leeds in '81. The next time a team followed on and won a test match was at Kolkata in 2001, and Peter Willey was one of the on-field umpires during that game. He is the only one who can claim to be at the ground on both historic occasions.

  • SOORYAPRAKASH on July 9, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    One another interesting coincidence is Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman are the only Cricketers to have scored a double Hundred in their 99th test.

  • rusheelnair on July 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    There was a ODI which India played in Sri Lanka not so long ago and it was a tri series and the opponents were Kiwis I think and in this particular match three seamers from India were giving their 46th appearance in the One dayers together in that match I'm not so sure it was 46 but still What are the odds !!!!!

  • jay57870 on July 9, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Steven - Cricket history is full of strange twists & turns & bizarre coincidences! Surreal situations often allow statisticians to creatively "stretch numbers" with selective "degrees of freedom"! Here's a case of "outliers": Bradman, Tendulkar & Ponting - 3 of the best batsmen to ever play cricket!!! Look at their stats, frozen at the end of 2012 when Ricky retired & Sachin gave up ODIs. Tendulkar's international record (Tests + ODIs) of 34,071 runs & 100 tons is extraordinary, outstripping his closest rival Ponting's by 6,989 runs & 29 tons. Recognise this huge gap? Believe it or not, it's close or equal to what Bradman achieved - 6,996 runs & 29 tons - in his entire Test career! Now isn't that something? But the great Don has his magical 99.94 average that's unlikely to be matched. Except when you stretch with creative freedom: add Sachin's 54.32 (Tests) + 44.83 (ODIs) = 99.15! Even then it falls short of Don's 99.94! By any stretch of the imagination, isn't that something, Steven?

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    I once read a book titled "Little Known Cricketing Facts". My favorite article in that book was "Mudassar Amarnath and Mohinder Nazar" and that's not a typo. The similarities between those two players are uncanny. Both were right hand top order batsman (a bit outshone by their more illustrious counterparts Gavaskar and Mohsin Khan) and similarly underrated right arm "dibbly-dobbly" medium pacers. They had similar careers - Mohinder with 4378 runs in 113 test innings with 11 hundreds and 47 catches while Mudassar made 4114 runs in 116 test innings with 10 hundreds and 48 catches. Both were born in Punjab to fathers who scored their countries' first ever test hundreds. Both also scored their own maiden test hundred in the exact same week and made their test debuts (7 years apart), before reaching the age of 21, on the same date - Dec 24 - against the same opposition - Australia. And this is just what I can remember and confirm quickly on Statsguru - there was a lot more in the article..

  • kirands on July 8, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    Another well known coincidence in Test cricket is Kevin Pietersen's highest Test score on three different occasions --- 158, 158 and 158. KP always seemed to fall for 158 until he finally broke the hoodoo by getting past 158 and scoring 226 in a Test.

  • SOORYAPRAKASH on July 11, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    In the 1990 Lord's test between India & England, Captain & vice-captain of both teams scored Centuries in the first innings. Gooch & Lamb for England and Azharuddin & Shastri for India

  • on July 10, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Cricket is the only sport where you could have these little quirks and eccentric characters. I guess thats what makes it so enjoyable. One of my favourite characters - the bearded wonder- Bill Frindall

  • on July 10, 2013, 16:18 GMT

    Really enjoyed this piece. @Kapil I remember that skinny book; it's full of wonderful fun facts and trivia.

  • on July 10, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Here's another one. India just played Sri Lanka in an ODI for the zillionth time, now isn't that something??

  • on July 10, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Peter Willey was part of the English team which beat Australia after following on at Leeds in '81. The next time a team followed on and won a test match was at Kolkata in 2001, and Peter Willey was one of the on-field umpires during that game. He is the only one who can claim to be at the ground on both historic occasions.

  • SOORYAPRAKASH on July 9, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    One another interesting coincidence is Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman are the only Cricketers to have scored a double Hundred in their 99th test.

  • rusheelnair on July 9, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    There was a ODI which India played in Sri Lanka not so long ago and it was a tri series and the opponents were Kiwis I think and in this particular match three seamers from India were giving their 46th appearance in the One dayers together in that match I'm not so sure it was 46 but still What are the odds !!!!!

  • on July 9, 2013, 4:16 GMT

    Khris Shrikanth having highest score of 123 in ODI, Test and First class games and also having the average 29 in all the three formats

  • cricketfan423 on July 9, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    What about the fact that the same number of runs -21,333- were scored in the 2007 and 2011 World Cups?

  • Sach1989 on July 8, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    One interesting piece which has always been on my mind .. Brian Lara scored 375 in April 1994 at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's , Antigua against England. Exactly 10 years later, he broke his own record by scoring 400 on the same ground and against the same opponent!!

  • on July 8, 2013, 16:40 GMT

    Another example of a crazy coincidence (India v/s Pak, Karachi, 1982-83 & India v/s WI, St Johns Antigua, 1982-83) 1-Last test of series (Karachi, St John's, Antigua) 2-Ravi Shastri scores centuries in both tests (120 and 102) 3-Opposing team opener scores 150+ in 1st innings (M.Nazar 152, G.Greenidge 154) in both tests 4-Both tests drawn 5-Mohinder Amarnath scored centuries in both tests (103 and 116)

  • rnarayan on July 8, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    Here's a unique one: Uncles and Nephews.. Ranjitsinghji scored a Hundred on debut.. against Australia Ranji's nephew Duleepsinghji scored a hundred on debut..against Australia Duleep's nephew (his sister's son) Hanumanth Singh scored a hundred on debut..for India against Australia!

  • on July 8, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    What's common to Headingley '81 and Kolkata '01 ? Ok, both games were won by the team which followed on. But what else ? Peter Willey was part of the English team in '81, and was one of the one-field umpires in '01. I don't know how many can claim to be in the stadium when these two tests happened but definitely only one can claim to have been on the field.

  • Jonathan_E on July 8, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    And, of course, there was Andrew Flintoff belting a six into the top row of the grandstand... where the man who failed to catch the ball was his father.

  • krishnamurthy25 on July 8, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    The Wisden Trophy - 5th Test

    West Indies v England

    West Indies won by 240 runs

    Test no. 1045 | 1985/86 season Played at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua 11,12,13,15,16 April 1986 (5-day match)

    England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR GA Gooch lbw b Holding 51 238 166 2 0 30.72

    England 2nd innings (target: 411 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR GA Gooch lbw b Holding 51 194 143 2 0 35.66

  • Sachismygod on July 8, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Remember this from two games played on 27th November 1997 - Aus v NZ in Hobart and Ind v SL in Nagpur. Greg Blewett and Saurav Ganguly both were dismissed for 99. I remember watching both the games simultaneously and both were dismissed at precisely the same moment (or within a minute of each other) ... felt very strange.

  • on July 8, 2013, 11:39 GMT

    MS Dhoni scored his 1st test century in his 5th test, scoring 148. He also scored his first ODI century in his 5th ODI, scoring 148! It was Mendis, not De Silva who scored twin 105s in a test.

  • DashingLeoFromPAK on July 8, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Something abt 1992 WC both Rameez Raja and David Boon scored 2 hundreds each their 1st hundreds ended in defeat and 2nd ones in victory both scored hundreds in their 1st and last priliminary matches Aus played first match against NZ at Auckland PAK played last match against same oppositoin at same ground PAK played 1st match against WI at MCG and AUS played last match at MCG against same opposition both batsmen are playing 2nd WC of their careers both were openers

  • on July 8, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Strauss and Wagner in same Test? And Bell. Did Merv Kitchen ever umpire with Cook playing? Contractor and Engineer in same side? In 2002/3 Ashes, there were 2 sets of brother in laws - Stewart/Butcher; White/Lehman. Kambli and Kumble in same side? Athey and Atherton did not play together. Amarnaths - father and son 100's on debuts. When Chris Broad got his HS and was out, Gower was batting with him, was Gower not commentating when Stuart Broad got out for his HS.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Marsh and Lillie both had 355 dismisalls. The Aussie team of yester year had so many beginning with "H"- Hayden, Hussey, Hussey, Hadin, Hazlewood, Hauritz, Hogg, Hodge, Harris, Hilfenhaus.

  • on July 8, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    what about

    Lillee c willy b dilly

    you don't see a scorecard like that everyday

  • johnnynield on July 8, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I did a screen-shot of the Pakistan-England match last year but can't post it, but the details went like this:

    3rd Test, day 4 lunch. Cook had an average of 48.93, Pietersen had an average of 48.93. The bowlers were Ajmal, average 26.98, and Rehman, average 26.98.

    Beat that!

  • DEDKIK on July 8, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Tony Greig and his brother Ian Greig both took 4-53 on debut-although the latter played in only one test after that. There were three Indian Test players named S. Banerjee (though the middle initials were different). All three were pace bowlers who did fairly well on debut, but never played another Test. In the 1959-60 India vs Australia Test at Kanpur, left-armer Alan Davidson took 12 wickets but Australia lost after taking a first-innings lead. In the corresponding Test at Kanpur in 1979-80, left-armer Geoff Dymock took 12 wickets-but Australia still lost after taking a first-innings lead.

  • on July 8, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Gangully, Dhoni and Kohli ODI captains of India have a HS of 183 in ODI. Dravid is just ahead at 186

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    When Lara scored 375 in 1994, the England scorer was the Warwickshire one. When Lara scored 501 a few weeks later, it was the same scorer, I forget his name. Peter Willey was involved in 81 "follow on with victory" match and was umpire for 2001 game. Kumble got his 10 wickets in 1999 not 1998 as per the article. Mark Waugh got 0 in both semi finals of WC in 96 and 99 before Aus getting into final. The Waughs hold the 5th wicket FC record.Gooch got 0,0 in his first match, letters in his name! ha ha! De Silva scored 2 105s in same Test. Did Lillie and Marsh start and finish in the same Test? Lillie C. Willey B.Dilley.

  • on July 8, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    In 1983 India win the WC 1984 England defeated India 2-1 in tests in India after losing 1st test 1985 India wins Benson and Hedges World Championship (comparable to Champions Trophy). 2011 India wins WC. 2012 England defeats India 2-1 in tests in India after losing 1st Test. 2013 India wins Champions trophy

  • 4test90 on July 8, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Bill Woodfull won back the Ashes in 1930 and 1934 (only Ray Illingworth in 1971 and Allan Border in 1989 have done it away since), and the coincidence ? Both times Australia won the Ashes on his birthday !!

  • 4test90 on July 8, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Just a bit more on the Madras tied Test - Aust set India 348 to win in the 4th inns and as we all know they made 347. 12 years later at the same venue (now Chennai !!) Australia were set in the 4th innings - you guessed it, 348 !!

  • on July 8, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Of the three times when a team won after following on (Australia on all 3 occasions), Peter Willey was part of the 1981 test team that defeated Australia...and he hwas one of the two on-field umpires in the famous Kolkata test in 2001 http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/529377.html

  • Just_Love_Cricket on July 8, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Virender Sewags highest scores in all forms of cricket. 319 in tests. 219 in ODIs & 119 in T20s (IPL).

  • on July 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    The first 6 WC winning captains were alternately right and left handed. Clive Lloyd followed by RH Kapil Dev followed by Southpaw Allan Border followed by RH Imran Khan followed by LH Arjuna Ranatunga followed by RH Steve Waugh. Now if only the Ozzies had Gilchrist instead of Ponting as captain, we would have continued this story till now.

  • Vikas_USIT on July 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    And how many times has Douglas Adam's fan Zaheer Khan taken 4/42? Also, his best figures in ODIs read 5/42.

  • MarkFozzle on July 8, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Two more to add. That chances of the 06/07 and the 10/11 World Cups both finishing with exactly 21333 each overall must be pretty slim.

    Also, enjoyed the symobolism that when Ricky Ponting was called out for the last time in 2012, Michael Clarke walked on the ground to replace him at the crease. Both their averages were exactly 51.85. Ricky's in decline, and Michael's on the way up.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    England came from behind to win the Ashes in 1981 which became popular as the "Botham's Ashes". In the same year Prince Charles got married and Liverpool won the European Cup. Fast forward to 2005, England lost the First Test again, and then came back superbly to defeat the Aussies with Flintoff, who was touted as the next Botham, actually playing the way Botham was known to play. Prince Charles got marries again the same year and Liverpool, looking down and out against AC Milan at half time at 0-3, made a superb comeback to level 3-3 and then win on penalties.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    how about MS dhoni's two 148s vs pakistan in test and odis.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Lillee caught Willey bowled Dilley has GOT to be in the list! And Mr. Flintoff Sr dropping Andrew's six in the stands..... If I remember correctly, in some ODI, the two Holliokes were bowling to the two Waughs......not sure if that is correct though

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    some are really interesting facts..

  • EngineerKhan on July 8, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    During the 2012's England test series vs Pakistan (in UAE), at Lunch (I don't remember the day and test match - I reckon it was 2nd test). Both bowlers had exactly same average and both batsmen had exactly same average. I don't think its a thing happening every now and then. Can Cricinfo kindly confirm which test and day it was?

  • EngineerKhan on July 8, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    During the 2012's England test series vs Pakistan (in UAE), at Lunch (I don't remember the day and test match - I reckon it was 2nd test). Both bowlers had exactly same average and both batsmen had exactly same average. I don't think its a thing happening every now and then. Can Cricinfo kindly confirm which test and day it was?

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    some are really interesting facts..

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Lillee caught Willey bowled Dilley has GOT to be in the list! And Mr. Flintoff Sr dropping Andrew's six in the stands..... If I remember correctly, in some ODI, the two Holliokes were bowling to the two Waughs......not sure if that is correct though

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    how about MS dhoni's two 148s vs pakistan in test and odis.

  • on July 8, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    England came from behind to win the Ashes in 1981 which became popular as the "Botham's Ashes". In the same year Prince Charles got married and Liverpool won the European Cup. Fast forward to 2005, England lost the First Test again, and then came back superbly to defeat the Aussies with Flintoff, who was touted as the next Botham, actually playing the way Botham was known to play. Prince Charles got marries again the same year and Liverpool, looking down and out against AC Milan at half time at 0-3, made a superb comeback to level 3-3 and then win on penalties.

  • MarkFozzle on July 8, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Two more to add. That chances of the 06/07 and the 10/11 World Cups both finishing with exactly 21333 each overall must be pretty slim.

    Also, enjoyed the symobolism that when Ricky Ponting was called out for the last time in 2012, Michael Clarke walked on the ground to replace him at the crease. Both their averages were exactly 51.85. Ricky's in decline, and Michael's on the way up.

  • Vikas_USIT on July 8, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    And how many times has Douglas Adam's fan Zaheer Khan taken 4/42? Also, his best figures in ODIs read 5/42.

  • on July 8, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    The first 6 WC winning captains were alternately right and left handed. Clive Lloyd followed by RH Kapil Dev followed by Southpaw Allan Border followed by RH Imran Khan followed by LH Arjuna Ranatunga followed by RH Steve Waugh. Now if only the Ozzies had Gilchrist instead of Ponting as captain, we would have continued this story till now.

  • Just_Love_Cricket on July 8, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Virender Sewags highest scores in all forms of cricket. 319 in tests. 219 in ODIs & 119 in T20s (IPL).

  • on July 8, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Of the three times when a team won after following on (Australia on all 3 occasions), Peter Willey was part of the 1981 test team that defeated Australia...and he hwas one of the two on-field umpires in the famous Kolkata test in 2001 http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/529377.html