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Yes , De Mel was specially good. sadly was bit injury prone. did take a pasting from Viv at Karachi in 1987 wc, but then who didn’t? Interestingly I think he represented SL in duplicate bridge. Double internationals are not rare, but that’s a weird combination.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

Did the Aussies make any complain at Hobart? If I remember correctly, Aus won the test. Ravi and Ashoka De silva had a long 7th wicket stand. But I think they lost 4 wickets in the final hour.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

Often the question of suspect action comes when a short fella generates good pace. Englishmen made similar complains about Chetan sharma after he took 16 wickets in 2 tests in Eng in 1986.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

I first heard of Ravi when he was playing against India in the madras test of 1982. When Rumesh played in the 83 WC I thought they were brothers. Of course they are not related.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

Also, the Indians were not happy about his action after their defeat.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

Ravi Ratnayeke was tall and had a nice balanced action. Both of them were in Aus in 1989-90.

The combined Test team of match winners: Part II

of course he wasn’t ordinary. . But I don’t think he was quite the same bowler after returning from injury. And I think he hardly bowled in the series decider. Couple of other things: first there was no Lillee at the other end. And secondly, watching the videos of the 77-78 I get the impression that his mind was in WSC where he really belonged.
also it wasn’t easy for him to play under Simpson. certainly the combo didn’t work very well in WI.

Cricket’s debatable statistics: The flat track bully

The 80s saw the introduction of the rebel tours to SA. Eng, SL, WI and Aus all was affected; I think the Aussies was worst hit.
The Eng team in 1982 had the likes of Amiss, Underwood, Boycott, Lever,etc who were all really past their best. Gooch I think was the only one whose test career was really hampered.
SL was new in tests, and was building for the future anyway.
WI had plethora of talents at the time, and actually it saved the selectors some selection headache.
Aus case in 1985 was different. I think the problem was compounded by the fact that Lilee-Marsh-Chappell had retired in early 1984.
Also Kepler Wessels returning home didn’t help. I think the Aus team during the 1985-87 was one of the weakest in their history. In this situation performances against them need to be evaluated carefully.

Cricket’s debatable statistics: The flat track bully

During the 1977-79 period I followed the establishment cricket with keen interest. Ian Chappell never hid his feelings about this cricket. Sunil Gavaskar scored lots of runs against Aus at home and away and also against a depleted WI attack at home. Of course Sunny was a great batsman, but his record in this period was certainly helped by some ordinary bowling he faced.

Cricket’s debatable statistics: The flat track bully

Eid Mubarak to everyone.

The combined Test team of match winners

Jayantilal certainly was unlucky not to play more than one test. he was a solid but unspectacular opener. During the 1970s the Indian selectors were very fond of making unnecessary experiments with the opening slot, often trying middle order batters there. Lal certainly deserved a 2nd chance.
I watched Shukla here in Dhaka when he came in early 1982 with the Hyderabad Blues team. In the Madras test, both Dias and Mendis scored freely against him, and the skipper sunil wasn’t impressed.
Ankola made his test debut along with Sachin, Waqar and Md. Shaheed. Shaeed also played just one test.

India’s best ever one-Test players

Dehra Dun in northern India is used by Afg as their home venue for intl matches. The region has a historic connection with Afg.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dehradun

The combined Test team of match winners

yes a very interesting story of a West Indian settling in NZ. as for the selection from NZ here, I thought about John Reid who top scored in the first innings; but yes, it will be a bowler.

The combined Test team of match winners

Vinoo Mankad was an interesting case. he played 44 times for India, India won 5 matches and as I mentioned in the article, he featured prominently in all of these. But his most memorable all round show came for a losing cause at the Lords in 1952. It was immediately after the Madras success.
Opening the innings he top scored with 72 in India’s first innings. Then he bowled 73 overs to take 5-196. Then he opened again and scored 184.
Also bowled 24 overs (0-35) in the England 2nd innings as the Poms won by 8 wickets.

The combined Test team of match winners

There is a part 2. Eng, SA, NZ, SL and Ban yet to come. Ireland yet to win a test I believe although I will double check that.

The combined Test team of match winners

there were two factors. after the first 3 tests between the subcontinent rivals all produced results, (India 2-1) the safety first approach dominated both teams. so a string of draws. And also from early 1960s to 1978 there were no matches because of political problems.

The combined Test team of match winners

Yes there will be a 2nd part. sorry, I for got to mention that here.

The combined Test team of match winners

t think India had 2 Robin Singhs. each played one test each.

India’s best ever one-Test players

Bangladesh and Pakistan were part of British India before 1947. Sri Lanka was always separate. I think it was known as Ceylon at the time.

India’s best ever one-Test players

T20 is one night fun. Test cricket is long term committed relationship.

T20 hasn’t killed Test cricket – it’s proven why Tests are the pinnacle of the sport

I think Kane can try a career a diplomacy once his cricket career is over.

T20 hasn’t killed Test cricket – it’s proven why Tests are the pinnacle of the sport

As a Tiger fan I was a bit disappointed the way our boyz handled him. But surely this lad has got talents.

A few takeaways from cricket played in recent weeks

Bad luck was always associated with Moxon’s test career. He was supposed to make his test debut against WI in 1984, but a finger injury forced him out. Then he was selected as one of the three openers for the ‘Passage to India’. There was chances that he might bat at No. 3 as well. First, the tour was slightly delayed following the death of Indira Gandhi. Just as the tour started Moxon had to return home following the death of his father. By the time he returned, Fowler, Robinson and Gatting had secured the top 3 slots.
He made his test debut in the summer of 1986 but missed out on the ashes tour. He returned in the final test of the 1987 summer at the Oval only to see Abdul Qadir make the ball talk on the oval pitch.
Immediately after the Auckland match, he finished the 3rd day of the Basin reserve test 81 *; the next two days play was washed out.
He ended up playing 10 tests from England.

Spoilers: The cricketing saga (Part 2)

Martyn Moxon Auckland 1988 was unlucky as well. He was out for 99 but early on in his innings his 3 runs were wrongly given as leg byes. Moxon never scored a test ton.

Spoilers: The cricketing saga (Part 2)

Thanks for all the comments. Certainly, there is no lack of spoiler stories in cricket. A lot of the times the umpires or the skippers becomes the villain.
For me, I remember Tim Paine wasting a review during the Headingley drama in 2019 which ultimately proved very costly.

Spoilers: The cricketing saga (Part 2)