As some of you would have gathered by now, I’m a bit of a cricket nut. [If you have no idea what the game is about, take a look at the Wikipedia entry that I’ve linked to, it’s a reasonably good place to start.]
Today was one of those frustrating days when I was sure Tendulkar would get his 38th hundred, but it was not to be. I make no comment whatsoever about at least four of today’s dismissals, other than to say I make no comment.
Moving on. By the time Taufel had upheld appeals for the dismissals of Tendulkar and Ganguly, I began to wonder whether an unusual record was in sight. The highest innings score by a team without any individual hundreds. So I decided to google it, found a route to a story in Cricinfo that listed the following entries:
- India 524/9 declared (1976, Kanpur, v New Zealand, drawn)
- South Africa 517 (1998, Adelaide, v Australia, drawn)
- Pakistan 500/8 declared (1981, v Australia, Melbourne, won)
- Bangladesh 488 (2005, v Zimbabwe, Chittagong, won)
- Australia 485 (1993, v New Zealand, Christchurch, won)
- India 485 (1997, v Sri Lanka, Nagpur, drawn)
- South Africa 479 (2000, v India, Bangalore, won)
- England 477/9 declared (1994, v South Africa, Leeds, drawn)
- Australia 476 (1912, v England, Adelaide, lost)
- West Indies 475 (1962, v India, Bridgetown, won)
Guess it’s time to make a new entry in 7th place. Interestingly, India now have 3 entries in the top 10. And they didn’t win on the other two occasions.