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Thatscricket - News - Kumbles ten rated 2nd best by Wisden

Published: Sunday, July 15, 2001, 21:33 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Anil Kumble's history-making 10 for 74 against Pakistan, in the 1998 Delhi Test has been rated by Wisden as the second best all-time bowling performance, while V V S Laxman's series turning 281 against a rampaging Australia as the fifth best all-time Test score.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Wisden, which has been bringing out statistical data on cricket since 1864, simultaneously released the best 100 knocks and 100 bowling performances since the birth of official cricket, on Thursday. On the top of the list in batting, invariably is Sir Don Bradman, who passed away early this year while South African Hugh Tayfield tops the bowlers list. Bradman's match-winning innings of 270 against England in 1936-37 at Melbourne came after his team was 95 for five and is seven points ahead of the second placed West Indian Brian Lara's 155 scored against Australia in 1998 at home.Other Indians to figure in the batting list are Dilip Vengsarkar (102 at Headigley in 1986) at 30, G R Viswanath (unbeaten 97 against West Indies at Madras in 1975) at 38, S M Gavaskar (221 against England in 1979 at Oval) at 74 and (236 not out against Windies at Madras in 1983) at 96, Kapil Dev (129 against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 1992) at 75, G R Viswanath (114 against Australia in 1980 at Melbourne) at 82 and M Azharuddin's 152 against Sri Lanka at Ahmedabad in 1993 at 88.The bowlers list, topped by South African off spinner Hugh Tayfield's nine for 113 against England at Johannesburg in 1956, Harbhajan Singh, the latest in the galaxy of spinners India has, produced the figures three times, all during the last series against Australia. His performances of eight for 84 in Chennai, seven for 123 and six for 73 are placed at 14, 71 and 85 respectively. The great Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev also figures twice with his seven for 56 against Pakistan at Chennai in 1979 as the 37th best and eight for 85 at Lahore against Pakistan in 1982 as the 38th best.Narendra Hirwani's only big hurrah of eight for 75 against West Indies in 1987 at Madras is placed at 39. Another great Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad's eight for 55 against England at Madras in 1951 is 56th best while juggle Subhash Gupte is placed at 66 for his nine for 102 at Kanpur against Windies in 1958.Researcher Ananth Narayan said while compiling the best shows he had considered, with the help of latest technology, 12 parameters including the quality of bowlers and batsman faced by the toppers, the pitch conditions and match situations and also the results. This probably is the reason why none of Sachin Tendulkar's knock in his 83 Tests figured among the top hundred. It will open a huge debate but Narayan's justification was that his best innings are either against weak attack mostly at home or have not given victory to his team. UNI

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