Latif 14th wicket-keeper to score 150 plus

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore: Rashid Latif became the third Pakistani after Imtiaz Ahmed and Taslim Arif to join the select band Of 13 other wicket-keepers, who have recorded scores of 150 plus in a Test innings, when he was dismissed exactly for 150 in the first innings on the second day of the first ever Test played in Sharjah against West Indies on February 1, 2002. By doing so he became the only player in this select category to perform the feat in a neutral venue. Incidentally Sharjah became the first neutral venue and the 15th venue in all to witness such a feat. This select list now comprises three wicket- keepers from Pakistan, two each from India/New Zealand and Australia, and one each from West Indies/ England/ Sri Lanka/ South Africa/ and Zimbabwe. In the elite list of the 14 wicket-keepers, who have accounted for 150 plus scores on 19 different occasions, four have scored double hundreds - incidentally two of them are Pakistanis - Imtiaz Ahmed and Taslim Arif. The other two are Sri Lanka's Brendon Kuruppu and Zimbabwe's Andy Flower. The very first one to perform the feat was Clyde Walcott of West Indies, which he did by scoring 152 against India at Delhi in 1948/49 during the first ever meeting between the West Indies and India in Tests. That Test witnessed four West Indians scoring centuries in an innings and Walcott's was one among them. Walcott remains to this day as the only player to be run out in this category. As if this was no fluke, Walcott repeated this feat against England in 1950 and his achievement came in a venue, which is nicknamed Mecca of Cricket - viz., Lord's. No wicket-keeper has emulated his performance at Lord's thereafter. He also became the first wicket-keeper to achieve it in the second innings of a Test. The next wicket-keeper, who accomplished this feat was Imtiaz Ahmed of Pakistan, who in fact recorded a double hundred against New Zealand at Lahore in 1955-56. Unfortunately he was out for a duck in the second innings. However to this day his 209 remains as the highest score by a No. 9 batsman and that too as a wicket-keeper. B K Kunderan, an attacking wicket-keeper batsman of India then took his turn to achieve this distinction by scoring 192 as an opener coming in at No. 2 position and narrowly missing the double hundred. His performance came against a spirited West Indian pace attack at Madras in 1963/64 and he had mauled the West Indies bowling for a thundering 170 not out on the first day of the Test. That Test is also remembered very much for a rare feat performed by another Indian - R G Nadkarni, who sent down 21 consecutive maidens which still remains as a world record for most number of consecutive maidens bowled in Test cricket. South African wicket-keeper Dennis Lindsay then emulated the feat of scoring 150 plus and that too in style - his feat coming against Australia in the second innings of the first Test at Johannesburg in 1966/67. He is the only wicket-keeper in this elite list to score a 50 and 100 plus score (69&182) in addition to effecting six dismissals in an innings - an extraordinary accomplishment by any standards in the same Test match. His counterpart - Taber on his debut in that Test incidentally effected five dismissals in an innings and eight in a match. New Zealand's Warren Lees enlisted himself among the elite wicket-keepers when he scored 152 against Pakistan at Karachi in 1976/77 viz., nearly a decade after Lindsay's feat. But much credit was given to Majid Khan in that Test as he smashed the New Zealand bowlers to all parts of the ground and hit up a century before lunch on the very first day. Imran Khan was pulled up by the two umpires and banned for bowling too many short pitched deliveries in the first innings. Taslim Arif of Pak then established a record, which no other wicket-keeper had dared to do when he scored 210 not out. He remains the only one to score a double century as a wicket-keeper coming in at No.1 position. This occurred in the Test against Australia at Faisalabad in 1979/80. That was a big scoring match and well remembered as a match in which captains on either side scored centuries - Javed Miandad for Pakistan scored 106 not out, while the opposing captain Greg Chappell did much better by hitting a double century (235). The Aussies were so frustrated that they used all 11 players for bowling. Sri Lanka's wicket-keeper batsman D S B P Kuruppu excelled all earlier wicket- keepers in this list when he scored 201 without getting out on his DEBUT - the only one to achieve it in this fashion. That also happened to be the slowest double century in a Test. Another Kiwi wicket-keeper I D S Smith joined the prestigious band when he lambasted the Indian bowling to all corners of the ground while scoring a swash buckling 173 in the Auckland Test in 1989/90 series. He rewrote records by becoming the highest scorer in Test cricket batting at No. 9 position. When he was finally given out LBW, he became the only player to be dismissed in such a manner in the list of 150 plus scorers. Andy Flower of Zimbabwe entered this 150 plus club with a majestic display in scoring his first 150 plus score (156) while he was the captain. Till then no captain/ wicket-keeper had accomplished such a feat. Added to this - wonder of wonders - his brother Grant Flower remained unbeaten with 201 in the same Test vs Pakistan at Harare in 1994/95 - the first such occasion when two brothers performed such a feat while one kept the wickets and also led the team. Nayan Mongia of India celebrated his feat of 150 plus as he scored 152 in the first innings, but was dismissed for a duck in the second innings against Australia in the Delhi Test in 1996/97. Later Ian Healy of Australia, who went on to break almost all records in wicket- keeping, created history of sorts when he scored 161 not out and 45 not out in the first Test at Brisbane against the West Indies in 1996/97. It remains as the only occasion when a wicket-keeper in remained unbeaten in both innings of the Test A J Stewart during his innings of 164 against South Africa at Manchester in 1998 became the second wicket-keeper after Andy Flower of Zimbabwe to accomplish the feat of 150 plus score as a captain. Only these two remain on record as the WICKET- KEEPER/ CAPTAINS to score 150 plus runs in a Test. Earlier in 1996/97 Stewart had scored 173 vs New Zealand at Auckland, although not as a captain, but by doing so had become only the second wicket keeper after Clyde Walcott of West Indies to perform such a feat TWICE in their careers. Later Andy Flower joined them in this distinction. Stewart also created a record as the only player in this category of 150 plus scorers to be dismissed caught and bowled when he had made 173. Adam C Gilchrist of Australia scored 152 against England in the first Test at Birmingham in 2001 to become the second Australian to join this elite list of 150 plus scores by wicket-keepers. He also became the second left-handed wicket-keeper after Andy Flower to perform such a feat. Among all these players, Andy Flower has a special place to cherish in that he has many records to his credit in this category. He is the only one to perform the feat of 150 plus score on FOUR different occasions. He holds the record for the highest individual score (232* vs India) by a wicket-keeper. He is the only wicket-keeper to record centuries (140 and 199 not vs South Africa) in both innings of a Test. Only on two occasions, Tests have been LOST out of 19 occasions and on all other occasions, the Tests have been either drawn or won when the wicket-keepers have made 150 plus scores. Unfortunately Andy Flower figures in both these LOST tests (vs India at Delhi in 2000/01 and vs South Africa at Harare in 2001/02). He is the only player in this category to figure in all types of results WON/ LOST/ DRAWN. He is the only player to score a 50 and a double hundred in the same Test. He is also the only wicket- keeper to score 150 plus score in the second innings of a Test on TWO different occasions. Venue wise Delhi has witnessed the feat of 150 plus scores on THREE occasions - most by any other venue. Harare and Auckland are the only other venues to have come across this feat on TWO occasions. Of the 19 occasions, as many as12 have come in the first Test, four in the second Test and three in the third Test of a series.
Sl NoScoresPlayerFor   Vs   Tst   VenueYearBat atHow OutResult
1152CL WalcottWIInd1stDelhi1948/494Run OutDrawn
214/168*CL WalcottWIEng2ndLords19505Not OutWI Won
3209/0Imtiaz AhmedPakNZ2ndLahore1955/568BowledPak Won
4192/38BK KunderanIndEng1stMadras1963/642BowledDrawn
569/182DT LindsaySAAus1stJohannesburg1966/677CaughtSA Won
6152/46WK LeesNZPak3rdKarachi1976/777BowledDrawn
7210*Taslim ArifPakAus2ndFaisalabad1979/801Not OutDrawn
8201*DSBP KuruppuSLNZ1stColombo1986/872Not OutDrawn
9173IDS SmithNZInd3rdAuckland1989/909LBWDrawn
10156A FlowerZimPak1stHarare1994/955CaughtZim Won
11152/0NR MongiaIndAus1stDelhi1996/972BowledInd Won
12161*/45*IA HealyAusWI1stBrisbane1996/977Not OutAus Won
13173AJ StewartEngNZ1stAuckland1996/973Ct&BdDrawn
1440/164AJ StewartEngSA3rdManchester19984CaughtDrawn
15183*/70A FlowerZimInd1stDelhi2000/015Not OutZim Lost
1655/232*A FlowerZimInd2ndNagpur2000/015Not OutDrawn
17152AC GilchristAusEng1stBirmingham20017CaughtAus Won
18142/199*A FlowerZimSA1stHarare2001/025Not OutZim Lost
19150/47*Rashid LatifPakWI1stSharjah2001/027BowledPak Won

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