Sunday, May 06, 2007


Answer to WCQOD #01 of March 13th, 2007

The cricketers shown in the pictures in the question are

1. Martin Crowe of New Zealand at Auckland, 1992
2. Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa at Leeds in 1999
3. Ajay Jadeja of India at the Oval in 1999
4. Neil Johnson of Zimbabwe at Lord’s in 1999
5. Clive Lloyd of West Indies at Lord’s in 1975
6. Aravinda De Silva of Sri Lanka at Lahore in 1996

They all hit a century against Australia in World Cup. The only player missing in that list, Chris Harris of New Zealand, had also hit a century against Australia at Madras in 1996. Kevin Pietersen of England joined this exclusive band of cricketers during WC2007 by hitting the only hundred against the eventual champions Australia.

Answer to WCQOD #02 of March 14th, 2007

The non-cricketing personalities shown in the pictures in the question are

1. Sangeeta Bijlani, wife of Mohd Azharuddin
2. Masaba Richards, daughter of Vivian Richards and Bollywood actress Neena Gupta.
3. Russell Crowe, cousin of Martin & Jeff Crowe. Russell’ father Alex and Martin & Jeff’s father David are brothers.
4. Angad Bedi, son of Bishan Singh Bedi.

They all related to famous cricketers who led their countries in World Cup matches. I apologize for my oversight in mentioning that they have all captained their country’s teams in World Cup matches. Bishan Singh Bedi was not the captain of the India when he played in 1975 World Cup. Srinivasan Venkataraghavan took over the mantle of leading the country just for the World Cup for his experience in English conditions though Bedi was the captain for most of the test matches and other ODIs played from 1974-1978. He also led India during 1979 English tour taking over the captaincy from Sunil Gavaskar.

Answer to WCQOD #03 of March 15th, 2007

The first two photographs are from the closing stages of the two tied matches of World Cup at Edgbaston in WC1999 and at Durban in WC2003. Third photograph is that of Lance Klusener of South Africa. He was one of the not out batsmen when both those matches ended. Ireland and Zimbabwe produced the third tied match in 2007 World Cup making it a hat-trick.

Answer to WCQOD #04 of March 16th, 2007

Ridley Detamore Jacobs of West Indies carried his bat through for 49 runs against Australia in a Group B match in the ICC WC 1999

Answer to WCQOD #05 of March 17th, 2007

Darren Lehmann hit 28 runs against Namibia at Potchefstroom in WC2003. Rudi van Vuuren was the bowler. He holds the unique distinction of being the only person to have represented a country at both the Cricket World Cup and the Rugby World Cup.

Answer to WCQOD #06 of March 18th, 2007

Ireland's victory over Pakistan is the 10th instance of a non-test nation beating a test playing nation at the world cup if we do not consider the match that was granted to Kenya won by a walkover without a ball bowled as New Zealand chose not to play because of safety concerns. The other nine instances are Sri Lanka beat India by 47 runs in 1979, Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs in 1983, Zimbabwe beat England by 9 runs in 1992, Kenya beat West Indies by 73 runs in 1996, Bangladesh beat Pakistan by 62 runs in 1999, Kenya beat Zimbabwe by 7 wickets, Kenya beat Bangladesh by 32 runs, Kenya beat Sri Lanka by 53 runs and Canada beat Bangladesh by 60 runs in 2003.

Ireland's victory is notable in that they are only the second team to win after bowling first; the first was Kenya beating Zimbabwe in the 2003 World Cup.

Answer to WCQOD #07 of March 19th, 2007

1. Wesley Winfield Hall, the former West Indies fast bowler lost his son in a drowning incident.
2. Craig Wright, the Scotland Captain flew back home during WC2007 to attend the funeral of his aunt after hearing about her death.

Answer to WCQOD #08 of March 20th, 2007

Vivian Richards was the first person to reach 1000 world cup runs. He finished his World Cup career with 1013 runs from 23 matches in four outings (1975,1979,1983 & 1987). Sourav Ganguly was dismissed for 89 leaving him 1 run short of the 1000 run milestone. Brian Lara began the day on 993, and surpassed the 1000 mark finishing the day with 44 not out and a total of 1037 World Cup runs.

Sachin Tendulkar (1796), Ricky Ponting (1134), Javed Miandad (1083), Aravinda da Silva (1064) and Mark Waugh (1004) are the other five batsmen to have completed 1000 runs in World Cup history.

Ganguly did reach the milestone in his next match and finished the WC2007 with 1006 runs. By the time the WC2007 ended Ricky Ponting took his total to 1537 and Brian Lara to 1225. The 2007 WC proved out to be a happy hunting ground for four more cricketers namely Sanath Jayasuriya (1165), Adam Gilchrist (1085), Stephen Fleming(1075) and Herschelle Gibbs (1067) as they too have joined these cricketers after Brian Lara by completing 1000 runs in a World Cup Career. However the highest run-getter of WC2007 missed the milestone by 13 runs

Answer to WCQOD #09 of March 21st , 2007

Terry Blake, the ECB marketing director, came out with this novel method for the 1999 World cup.

Answer to WCQOD #10 of March 22nd , 2007

There were three instances of a batsman making 150+ and the opponents total could cross that score were Zimbabwe’s 235 against India in WC1983 with Kapil Dev hitting 175*, Netherlands’ 168 against South Africa in WC1996 with Andrew Hudson making 161 and Sri Lanka’s 216 against India in 1999 with Sourav Ganguly hitting 183. Later in WC2007 West Indies made 219 when Mathew Hayden hit 158 against them.

The four occasions in which the opponents completed innings totals were less than the highest run-scorers even though the scores were less than 150 were India’s 132 for 3 against England in 1975 with Dennis Amiss making 137, Namibia’s 45 against Australia in 2003 with Matthew Hayden (88), Andrew Symonds(59), Darren Lehmann (50) all making more runs than their opponent’s total, Kenya’s 104 against West Indies in 2003 with Chris Gayle making 119 and Bermuda’s 78 against Sri Lanka in WC2007 with Mahela Jayawardene making 85.

Answer to WCQOD #11 of March 23rd, 2007

Jacob Oram was at the receiving end when Canada’s John Davison hit fifty of just 25 balls against New Zealand in 2003 World Cup. But Davison’s achievement could not beat Brian Lara’s fifty of 23 deliveries and Wavell Hinds’ fifty of 24 that came ten days prior to his own team. Davison also holds the best bowling figures record in first class cricket since Jim Laker’s 19 wicket haul at Old Trafford against Australia in 1956.

Answer to WCQOD #12 of March 24th, 2007

The first World Cup match that had an upward revision of target because of Duckworth/Lewis method was played between Australia and Netherlands at Potchefstroom in WC2003. Australia batted first, then rain interrupted the play twice, resulting in the match being reduced to 36 overs per side. Australia made 170 for 2 after 36 overs and Netherlands were set a revised target of 198 from 26 overs using the Duckworth/Lewis Method. Netherlands however were all out for 122 of 30.2 overs leaving the Aussies as winners by 75 runs.

Answer to WCQOD #13 of March 25th, 2007

Glenn McGrath. He too acknowledged this fact while giving his acceptance speech after receiving the Player of the tournament award for WC2007. He did not get a chance to bat in WC 2007. In fact none of Australia’s 9,10,11 batsmen went to the crease in any of their 11 games of WC2007. McGrath just batted once in WC2003 when he made 3* against New Zealand.

Answer to WCQOD #14 of March 26th, 2007

David Robert Shepherd is the man in the picture. He holds the record for umpiring in most number of matches in World Cup history, a total 46. Steve Bucknor with 44 matches of officiating at the end of WC2007 still two matches short of Shepherd’s record. It will be intact for at least four more years.

Answer to WCQOD #15 of March 27th, 2007

1. Grange Cricket Club Ground , formerly known as Raeburn Place is located in Edinburgh, Scotland where Scotland played against Bangladesh and New Zealand during WC1999.
2. St Helen's Cricket Ground is located in Swansea, Wales hosted the WC1983 game between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
3. Sophia Gardens is located in Cardiff, Wales where Australia and New Zealand played a Group B game in WC1999.
4. Castle Avenue is the cricketing venue of Ireland’s capital city Dublin. Bangladesh and West Indies played here in WC1999.
5. Gymkhana Club Ground is in Nairobi, Kenya where Kenya beat Sri Lanka in WC2003. This ground would have hosted another match had New Zealand did not forfeit the match for safety concerns.
6. VRA Ground is located in Amstelveen, Netherlands where Kenya and South Africa played in WC1999.

The common factor for all the above grounds is that they are all in located in non-test playing nations, and hosted World Cup matches when the World Cup was hosted by a test-playing nation nearby.

Answer to WCQOD #16 of March 28th, 2007

The Match in question was WC1979 encounter between India and Sri Lanka. It was played at Manchester, on 16th and 18th June 1979. 17th June being a Sunday was a rest day during those times in England. Sri Lanka batted first and made 238 for 5 in their allotted quota of 60 overs on 16th June before weather stopped the play. India started their innings on 18th June and were all out for 191.

The player in the picture is SRD Wettimunty who top scored in the match with 67.

Answer to WCQOD #17 of March 29th, 2007

Pakistan and West Indies were the two teams that were involved in one wicket victories in WC1975 and WC1987. At Birmingham in WC1975 DL Murray (61*) and Andy Roberts (24*) shocked the Pakistanis by a stunning last wicket partnership of 64 runs and took West Indies past Pakistan’s total of 266/7 of 60 overs. Twelve years later Pakistan took the revenge by reversing the result with Abdul Qadir (16*) and Saleem Jaffar (1*) added 14 runs for the last wicket to take their side’s total to 216 for 7 of the last ball of the match. Javed Miandad of Pakistan and Sir IVA Richards of West Indies in the playing elevens of both those matches.

In the last game of the Super Eights of WC2007 West Indies for the third time took part in a one wicket result. England beat them by 1 wicket at Kensington Oval thus giving them a dubious distinction of being part of all three of the one wicket results in World Cup history.
Answer to WCQOD #18 of March 30th, 2007

The first two instances of three bowlers claiming three wickets each prior to West Indies and New Zealand encounter of WC2007 took place between New Zealand against Bangladesh at Chelmsford in WC1999 which the Kiwis won by 6 wickets. In bowling out Bangladesh for 116 Geoff Allot took 3/30, Chris Cairns took 3/19 and Gavin Larsen 3/19. Just two days later the second instance occurred with Pakistan bowling out Scotland for 167 at Chester-le-Street. Pakistan won by 94 runs in that match as Wasim Akram with 3/23, Shoaib Akhtar with 3/11 and Abdul Razzaq 3/38 claiming three wickets each.

Later in the WC2007 Australian bowlers provided the fourth and latest instance when they defeated England by seven wickets at North Sound with Nathan Bracken taking 3/33, Shaun Tait 3/41 and Glen McGrath 3 for 62.

Answer to WCQOD #19 of March 31st, 2007

The Two Bowlers shown in the pictures are Gary Gilmour of Australia and Asantha De Mel of Sri Lanka. They are the only bowlers in World Cup history to have taken 5 or more wickets in two consecutive innings. Gary Gilmour returned with figures of 6 for 14 against England in the semi-finals and 5 for 48 against West Indies in the finals of WC1975. Eight years later Sri Lanka’s Asantha De Mel :emulated the feat by taking 5 for 39 against Pakistan and 5 for 32 against New Zealand in WC1983.

Answer to WCQOD #20 of April 1st, 2007

The Incident was the failing of a drugs test by star Australian leg spinner Shane Warne and the ban on him which led to his departure from South Africa on the eve of their first match of WC2003 against Pakistan. The Match was Australia vs. Pakistan at Johannesburg, 11 February 2003. Australia posted a formidable total of 310/8 in 50 overs after reeling at 86/4 in the 16th over. Andrew Symonds making his World Cup debut scored a punishing 143* off just 125 balls. In reply Pakistan was bowled out for just 228 in the 45th over losing the match by 82 runs

Answer to WCQOD #21 of April 2nd , 2007

The first occasion stumping occurred in the second match of WC1975 between New Zealand and East Africa. Frasat Ali was stumped by KJ Wadsworth off the bowling of HJ Howarth for 45.
Mark Waugh of Australia holds the WC record for getting dismissed most number of times (3) by way of stumping against West Indies in WC1992 & in WC1996 and against Bangladesh in WC1999.

Bowlers with most number of stumping victims in World Cup are Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka and Saqlain Mushtaq of Pakistan with five times each.

Answer to WCQOD #22 of April 3rd, 2007

The player shown in the picture is Anderson Cummins. He played for the West Indies in WC1992. His last game before he went into oblivion was against Australia at Melbourne, 18 March 1992. Cummins then reappeared in WC2007 representing Canada in their first game of the tournament against Kenya at Gros Islet, 14 March 2007. His four days short of 15 years gap represents the most between two appearances in World Cup history.

Answer to WCQOD #23 of April 4th, 2007

The two cricketers who finished their World Cup career in excess of 100 runs average are L. Klusener of South Africa with 372 runs from 14 matches @124.00 and Andy Bichel of Australia with 117 runs from 8 matches @117.00. By the end of WC2007 Australia’s Andrew Symonds and Shane Watson too have taken their averages to 100+. Symonds now has 515 runs from 18 games @103.00 whereas Watson was dismissed just once having scored 145 runs in 8 matches to keep his average @145.00

Answer to WCQOD #24 of April 5th, 2007

Thomas Masson Moody (Tom Moody) of Australia is the cricketer in question. He made his WC as well as ODI debut in a Group A match against India in WC1987 which Australia won by 1 run. This match became famous for Kapil Dev agreeing to revise the Australian score by 2 runs after Dean Jones insisted that one of the strokes he hit during his 35 balls innings was a six and not a four. In the end those two runs proved out to be deciding factor of the match. Tom Moody was again the part of the Australian team when they beat the same team in WC1992 by same margin in a rain interrupted match. India’s target was revised to 236 off 47 overs after Australia batted first and made 237 for 9 of 50 overs.In WC2007 Tom Moody is the coach of Sri Lanka when they won their match against England by 2 runs.

Answer to WCQOD #25 of April 6th, 2007

The holder of this unusual distinction is the Scotland born Warwickshire all rounder Douglas Robert ‘Dougie’ Brown. He played for Scotland in just concluded WC2007. In WC2003 he was the coach of Namibia when they took part in the World Cup for the only time to date. Interestingly Dougie Brown, who's now 37 had also played nine one-day internationals for England in 1997-98 thus making his unique distinction even more elusive for others to emulate.

Answer to WCQOD #26 of April 7th, 2007

Six of my Fifteen Super Eight games predictions went wrong. Bangladesh defeated South Africa by 67 runs in the biggest upset of WC2007 , South Africa then came back in a big way and crushed West Indies by the same margin of 67 runs, New Zealand then again exposed South Africa’s inconsistency by easily defeating them by 5 wickets, South Africa then again bounced back and eliminated England from the tournament by a thumping 9 wicket victory. England then in the most thrilling encounter and the last game of the Super Eights defeated the hosts by 1 wicket.

All the participants of the ‘Quiztion of the Day’ contest are awarded with 12 points for this question alone in addition to two points each for each of their correct predictions.

Answer to WCQOD #27 of April 8th, 2007

Though none of the Bangladeshi cricketers were in the playing eleven of all of their victories in World Cup history, their ace left arm spinner Mohammad Rafique was part of the World Cup squad in WC1999 when they won against Scotland and played a key part in their win over Pakistan. Bangladesh went winless during WC2003. Rafique again played an important role in all of their three victories in WC2007 against India, Bermuda and South Africa.

Answer to WCQOD #28 of April 9th, 2007

The first instance where the catch was taken was in the WC1983 finals. Viv Richards was brilliantly caught by Kapil Dev off the bowling of Madan Lal's gentle medium pacers. Of course the rest is history. India went on to beat the Windies and win the trophy. The second instance took place in WC1999, when Herschelle Gibbs, one of the best fielders in World Cricket, second probably only to Jonty Rhodes caught Steve Waugh. The ball slipped out of his hand when he was about to throw it up in the air to celebrate. The 'celebrations' turned out to be premature and Steve Waugh supposed have those famous words “You have just dropped the World Cup, son” as he went to score a century and took Aussies to a five wicket win, which would take the Aussies through the tied semi-final on the basis of this victory. Eventually they beat Pakistan in a very one-sided final.

Answer to WCQOD #29 of April 10th, 2007

The Waugh twins. Steve Waugh played as guest player for Ireland in 1998 and played a first class match and five List A games against Australia A. Two seasons later in 2000 his twin brother Mark Waugh took the guest player role and played a couple of List A games for Ireland.

Answer to WCQOD #30 of April 11th, 2007

Sri Lanka suffered an embarrassing 53 runs defeat in the hands of Kenya at Nairobi in WC2003 before taking the better of their closely fought encounter against West Indies in pool B and emerging victors by 6 runs to advance to the Super Sixes stage.

Answer to WCQOD #31 of April 12th, 2007

The ground shown in the picture is Lavington Sports Oval, Albury where England suffered a spectacular collapse after being placed comfortably at 95 for 4 while chasing a meager 135 runs for a win against Zimbabwe in a first round match of WC1992 on March 18th, 1992. England may have resorted to a little bit of complacency in that match knowing very well that they had already advanced to the semi-final stage as Zimbabwe went on to win that match by 9 runs.

Answer to WCQOD #32 of April 13th, 2007

This happened in WC1996. After having lost to West Indies by 4 wickets in the Groups stages, Australia went on to beat them in the Semis by 5 runs.

Answer to WCQOD #33 of April 14th, 2007

The cricketer shown in the picture is none other than the flamboyant Aussie middle order batsman David Hookes, who died in a tragical circumstance. Just before the WC2007 kicked off, Hookes became a topic of a major controversy that was triggered with the exchange of words between one the World’s greatest opening batsmen Sunil Gavaskar and the Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. The match in question was played between India and Australia at Chelmsford in group stages. Australia lost the match by a huge margin of 118 runs while chasing 248 runs for a victory. This match provided the only occasion for David Hookes to lead Australia in an International match. Australia’s total of 129 still remains their lowest completed innings total ever in World Cup history.

Answer to WCQOD #34 of April 15th, 2007

The other three players to have registered three ducks in a single tournament are Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka in WC1983, Nicholas De Groot of Canada and Gary Snyman of Namibia in WC2003. Incidentally Ireland’s WK McCallan joined AB de Villiers of South Africa to become the second player to have registered four ducks in a single WC tournament when he was dismissed by Muralitharan for a duck in their last match of WC2007.

Answer to WCQOD #35 of April 16th, 2007

The record for most number of run-outs in a World Cup innings belongs to Australia. Their batsmen ran themselves out five times in an innings on two separate occasions. In WC1975 final five of their batsmen namely Alan Turner, Ian Chappell, Greg Chappell, Max Walker and Jeff Thomson were run out with come incredible fielding and throwing by an young bloke called Viv Richards whereas in WC1996 Indian fielders ran out Mark Waugh, Steve Waugh, Michael Bevan, Shane Lee and Damien Fleming. They lost the match by 17 runs in WC1975 and won by 16 runs in WC1996. The remarkable coincidence was that on both occasions, brothers playing for Australia, Chappell brothers in WC1975 and Waugh brothers in WC1996 were victims of run-out.

Answer to WCQOD #36 of April 17th, 2007

Greg Chappell supposed to have ordered Jeff Thomson not to bowl at what Thommo was capable of in a tour game against visiting English team during the Ashes campaign of 1974-75, just before the first test match played at Brisbane. England were surprised when Thomson was included in the Australian side for the opening Test at Brisbane, they in fact were thinking it was a different Thomson ... Froggy, who played for Victoria. However Greg Chappell’s ploy worked as Thomson terrorized the English camp returning with figures of 3 for 59 and 6 for 46 in the first test at Brisbane to beat England by 166 runs. Australia went on to win the series by 4-1 margin with Thomson taking 33 wickets at an astonishing average of 17.93 in the five tests he played in that series. Several of the English cricketers were injured during the series and some of them even feared to take guard against him. The only defeat Australia suffered in the series came in the sixth and final test when Thomson had to miss the game because of an injury.

Answer to WCQOD #37 of April 18th, 2007

Sultan Mohammed Zarawani of United Arab Emirates was the only native-born player of their squad in WC1996 and perhaps the richest ever to play in a World Cup game. He captained his team and is best remembered for his audacity and arrogance to face Alan Donald without wearing a helmet and receiving a direct hit on his head in UAE’s first match of the tournament against South Africa.

Answer to WCQOD #38 of April 19th, 2007

There are only four occasions in World cup history when a test playing nation was dismissed for a total fewer than hundred runs. In WC1975 England were all out for 93 against Australia. In WC1992 Pakistan registered their lowest World Cup total of 74 against England before beating the same team in the finals to emerge as the World cup champions. In WC1996 West provided the only instance of a test playing nation getting bundled out for less than 100 runs against a non-test playing nation Kenya. In WC2007 Zimbabwe though currently stripped off their test status fell one run short of 100 run mark against Pakistan.

Answer to WCQOD #39 of April 20th, 2007

At the time when this question was asked Ramnaresh Sarwan of West Indies was the only cricketer among those who have batted at least 10 or more innings in World cup history to have reached double figures in every WC innings that he came into bat . However by losing his wicket for just 3 runs in their last match of the tournament against England Sarwan now lost the possession of this unique batting record.

Answer to WCQOD #40 of April 21st, 2007

The highest margin of victory was achieved by India in their Group B match against Bermuda in the WC2007 tournament with India beating Bermuda by 257 runs and thus eclipsing the previous record of 256 runs margin held by Australia against Namibia in WC2003 by just one run

The two major World Cup records witnessed during this match are 1) India's 413 for 5 broke the record for the highest total in a World Cup match. The previous highest was Sri Lanka's 398 for 5 against Kenya at Kandy in 1996 In the same match Malachi Olin Jones of Bermuda became the first bowler to take a wicket with his first delivery in a World Cup when he had Robin Uthappa caught by Dwayne Leverock at slip.

Couple of other records that were equaled during the course of this match were the most number of sixes in an innings in a WC game, 18 by South Africa against Netherlands WC2007 and the five ducks in the Bermudan innings is the fourth such instance in WC history. The previous three instances were England against West Indies at Lord's in WC1979 final, Canada against Sri Lanka at Paarl and Sri Lanka against India at Johannesburg in WC2003.

Incidentally the match with previous highest margin of victory in number of runs too created two World Cup records which are yet to be surpassed. Glen McGrath’s figures of 7-4-15-7 and Adam Gilchrist’s six wicket keeping dismissals are still record in those categories.

Answer to WCQOD #41 of April 22nd, 2007

Donald James Pringle of East Africa who died in a car crash on 04 October 1975 within four months of representing his country at WC1975 is the first cricketer to have died after playing in a World Cup match.

Answer to WCQOD #42 of April 23rd, 2007

PG Nana of East Africa who played in the inaugural World Cup in 1975 is the answer I was looking for. Though there is no record of his exact date of birth, Cricinfo and several other cricket databases list his year of birth as 1933. This makes him at least 9 months older, even after considering Dec 31st as his date of birth, than the next oldest living WC cricketer, Lancelot Richard Gibbs of West Indies who was born on 29 September 1934 and played in just three ODIs which included one World Cup match in WC1975 in his entire career

Answer to WCQOD #43 of April 24th, 2007

The three batsmen prior to Mahela Jayawardene to have hit a century in a World Cup semi finals are Graham Gooch of England(115) against India in WC1987, Saeed Anwar of Pakistan (113*) against New Zealand in WC1999 and Sourav C Ganguly of India (111*) against Kenya in WC2003. The common factor of all these three innings that Jayawardene wanted to avoid and could not do so in WC2007 when his team played in the Final on the 28th April was DEFEAT by Australia

Answer to WCQOD #44 of April 25th, 2007

A superb 138 run partnership between an unlikely Australian pair of Stuart Law and Michael Bevan in WC1996 second Semi final match at Mohali on March 14th, 1996 rescued Australia from a precarious position of 15 for 4 to a reasonable total of 207 for 8 from 50 overs. Australia lost Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh with just four runs between them. Australia then restricted West Indies to 202 to win the match by five runs and advance to the finals. West Indies’ last 8 wickets could add just 37 runs and gave them their first ever defeat in a WC semi-final match.

Answer to WCQOD #45 of April 26th, 2007

All the four players mentioned in the question were selected for Man of the match awards in the matches played between Australia and Sri Lanka in World Cup. Tom Moody won it in WC1992 group game, Ricky Ponting in Super Sixes match & Andrew Symonds in the semi final in WC2003 and Nathan Bracken in Super Eights game in WC2007. Two players who were missing in the list are Alan Turner in a first round match of WC1975 and Aravinda De Silva in the final of WC1996. One group game in WC1996 was forfeited by Australia on the grounds of safety issues. Later Adam Gilchrist with his destructive innings of 149 in the WC2007 final joined this exclusive list.

Answer to WCQOD #46 of April 27th, 2007

The cricketers shown in the pictures are

1. CG Greenidge of West Indies (WC1975,WC1979,WC1983)
2. GA Gooch of England (WC1979,WC1987,WC1992)
3. IVA Richards of West Indies (WC1975, WC1979, WC1983)
4. RT Ponting of Australia (WC1996, WC1999, WC2003)
5. GD McGrath of Australia (WC1996, WC1999, WC2003)
6. SR Waugh of Australia (WC1987, WC1999, WC2003)
7. M Bevan of Australia (WC1996, WC1999, WC2003)
8. CH Llyod of West Indies (WC1975, WC1979, WC1983)

The common distinction they hold is that they have all appeared in three World Cup finals, the most by any cricketer in WC history. GA Gooch is the odd one out as his appearances are not consecutive. Ponting and McGrath now took the record to an unreachable territory of four with their 2007 appearance. Ponting has a chance to make the record his won and permanent in the annals of cricketing history if the awesome Aussies continue their dominance for next four years.

Answer to WCQOD #47 of April 28th, 2007

Australia’s lowest margin of victory in their unbeaten campaigns of WC2003 and WC2007 in terms of number of runs is against Sri Lanka by 48 runs in a rain interrupted semi-final match of WC2003 played at Port Elizabeth. Sri Lanka’s target was revised by D/L Method to 172 runs from 38.1 overs after Australia batted first and made 212/7 from 50 overs. Sri Lanka could make just 123 for the loss of 7 wickets in their allotted quota of overs and lost the match by 48 runs.

Australia’s lowest margin of victories in terms of wickets during their last two successful WC tournaments too occurred during the WC2003 . They beat England by 2 wickets at the same venue with Andy Bichel destroying their traditional rivals with figures of 7 for 20.

I thank one and all who have chosen to participate in this contest. Though some of you given up or did not hang till the end because of various reasons like the team you are following not putting up a good show are getting eliminated from the tournament etc., some of you hung on till the end with all the enthusiasm and may have spent lot of time on Cricinfo and Google web sites to answer my questions. I really appreciate each one of your efforts to make this contest a successful one and at the same time very exciting and challenging for me to devise the QUIZTIONS OF THE DAY.

In the end Supratim Sengupta who sent his answers to every one of the 47 questions and most of the times correctly walks away with the first prize as easily as the WC2007 winners Australia. ULMM Haniffa of Sri Lanka grabbed the second prize just like the team he supported in WC2007. Congratulations to both of you. will be contacting you shortly to disburse the prizes announced.

I will be taking a break from cricket writing and will resume my regular CRICKET RECORDS postings when TEST CRICKET resumes again at Cricket Headquarters on May 17th with England taking on West Indies for John Wisden Trophy.

Till then.. Cheers……

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