Thatscricket - News - World record by wicket-keepers Ratra, Jacobs
Published: Thursday, May 16, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
Bangalore: Indias Ajay Ratra, who became the youngest wicket-keeper to score a century, and Ridley Jacobs of West Indies jointly created a world record which had not figured hitherto in the history of Tests spanning from 1877 covering 1,602 Tests, when they notched up century knocks for their respective teams in the 4th Test at Kingston which ended in a dull draw on May 14 (courtesy neither side showed any inclination to score faster from day 1 to day 5. [an error occurred while processing this directive]On the 5th day even the century maker and well set Shivnaraine Chanderpaul, who had nothing to lose after his century as he had taken West Indies beyond defeat and the Test had already headed for a draw, padded the balls or played defensively to the non regular bowlers of India - three of whom got wickets (probably this too may have gone as another record).Coming back to the world record, this was the first instance in which wicket-keepers of both sides scored a century Ajay Ratra (105*) his first and Ridley Jacobs (118) his second in Tests.In 1999-00 in the Test between South Africa and England at Durban, A J Stewart, England wicket-keeper had scored 95 and Mark Boucher his counterpart 108 and that was the nearest instance to have occurred when compared to the world record which took place at Kingston. In the recent New Zealand-Australia series at Perth, Adam Parore, New Zealand wicket-keeper had scored 110 and Adam Gilchrist his counter part had remained unbeaten on 83 when the Test ended in a tame draw.Just for the record it may be stated here that Ridley Jacobs of West Indies had failed to emulate this feat when faced with a similar situation in 1998-99 against South Africa in the Centurion Test. Mark Boucher, the South African wicket-keeper had scored exactly 100 in that Test and Ridley Jacobs had got out for 78 in the second innings of that Test.
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