Sachin scalp: Bracewell family's unique record

Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2012, 13:47 [IST]
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Sachin scalp: Bracewells' unique record

Bangalore, Sept 1: When Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed by Doug Bracewell in the second India-New Zealand Test on Saturday, it was a special moment for the Bracewell family.

The right-arm medium paceman joined his uncle John Bracewell, who too had got Tendulkar's wicket, way back in 1990 in New Zealand.

It is one of the rare occasions that uncle and nephew combination gets to claim the wicket of the same batsman. Not many have survived at the highest level for so long. But Tendulkar is different. The Master Blaster will complete 23 years in international cricket in November this year.

John Bracewell, an offspinner, had dismissed Tendulkar in the 1990 Test played in Christchurch in the month of February. It was in the second innings of that Test when Tendulkar was caught behind by wicketkeeper Ian Smith for 24 runs. In the first innings of that Test, he was out for zero, scalped by Danny Morrison. At the time, Tendulkar was new to international cricket, having made his debut a year before in Pakistan.

India were defeated by New Zealand in that Test by 10 wickets. John Bracewell took two wickets in the match, both in second innings.

When that Test happened in New Zealand, Doug Bracewell was not born. Doug Bracewell's date of birth is September 28, 1990.

Tendulkar has often fallen to newcomers and Doug Bracewell is the latest in the list. In Hyderabad, Tendulkar was bowled by Trent Boult. It was the first time that Boult had got the 39-year-old's wicket.

Doug Bracewell is also the 150th bowler to claim the prized scalp of Tendulkar.

Tendulkar is playing his 190th Test in Bangalore. The 21-year-old Doug Bracewell is in his 11th Test.

John Bracewell retired with 41 Tests claiming 102 wickets between 1980 and 1990.

"Doug Bracewell is the 150th bowler to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar in Tests," tweeted BCCI's statistician Mohandas Menon.

In another tweeted he mentioned: "Tendulkar has been dismissed by both uncle John Bracewell (at Ch'church, Feb 1990) and nephew Doug Bracewell (at Bangalore Sep2012)."


Story first published:  Saturday, September 1, 2012, 13:34 [IST]
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