In a recent IPL match Steven Smith was caught by Jhye Richardson off the bowling off Riley Meredith - all three Australians. How many such dismissals, involving three overseas players from the same country, have there been?asked P Sridhat from India
The wicket you're talking about came during the match between the Delhi Capitals and the Punjab Kings in Mumbai last week. Steven Smith, playing for Delhi, was caught at third man by Jhye Richardson off Riley Meredith, Australians all.
It sent Shiva Jayaraman, of ESPNcricinfo's stats team, delving into the darker recesses of his database, and he discovered 18 previous cases of an IPL dismissal involving three overseas players from the same country. Eleven of them also comprised three Aussies, including the first, when David Hussey was caught by Cameron White off Ashley Noffke while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders against the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bengaluru in the very first IPL match, back in 2008.
How many people played the last one-day international of their career in a World Cup final?asked Richard Jellicoe from England
At the moment there are 16 men who fit the bill here, including Liam Plunkett - he has been overlooked by England since the 2019 final, but has been linked with playing for the United States, where his wife is from.
Plunkett is one of nine men whose ODI careers were rounded off by a World Cup win, following Rohan Kanhai (1975), Imran Khan (1992), Paul Reiffel (1999), Glenn McGrath (2007), Sreesanth (2011), and the Australian trio of Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson in 2015. The other seven tasted defeat: Ross Edwards (1975), Faoud Bacchus (1983), Javagal Srinath (2003), Russel Arnold (2007), Muttiah Muralitharan and Thilan Samaraweera (2011), and Daniel Vettori (2015).
Since Kohli did it there has been one further occurrence: Brendan Taylor scored 110 and 106 not out for Zimbabwe in Mirpur in 2018-19, but Bangladesh won the match. Two other Indians have managed this bittersweet feat: Vijay Hazare, against Australia in Adelaide in 1947-48 (a match in which he also bowled Don Bradman, although not before he'd made 201), and Sunil Gavaskar, against Pakistan in Karachi in 1978-79.