Thursday, August 16, 2007

India-England One-Dayers: Cricket Quiz # 25

Q.1 On 13th July 1974, India made its One-Day International Debut. Who was India's captain in this match against England?
Q.2 When did India beat England for the first time in an ODI? In which city is the venue of this match - 'Burlton Park' located?
Q.3 In the 1983 World Cup Semi-Final against England, it is a well know fact that Jimmy Amarnath was the man-of-the-match. Who was the highest individual scorer for India?
Q.4 In the 1989 Nehru Cup match between the two teams, there was an unlikely hero. Promoted much up the order to no.4 by captain Krish Srikkanth, he won the match for India with a brilliant unbeaten century. Who?
Q.5 Tendulkar captained India against England in just one One-Day. His opposite captain in the match was the first captain in the world to win a 'Twenty20 Cup'. Who?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 24 ( Books & Authors)

Q.1 Identify this nobel laureate ( left pic ) who once famously said, "I tend to think that cricket is the greatest thing God ever created on earth, certainly greater than sex, although sex isn't too bad either."

Q.2 Which famous writer, also a fine sportsman, once claimed the wicket of the great W G Grace, a feat which inspired him to write a poem on the subject?

Q.3 "Silence of the Heart", a melancholy book about cricket deals with a very specific but sad suject. What was David Frith's book all about?

Q.4 "A bat, indeed, can look an entirely different instrument in different hands. With Grace it was a rod of correction, for to him bad bowling was a deviation from moral order; Ranjitsinhji turned a bat into a wand, passing it before the eyes of the foe till they followed him in a trance along his processional way....". This is an extract from which of Neville Cardus' masterpiece?

Q.5 Who authored "The Summer Game" ?

Monday, July 2, 2007

Cricket Quiz - General

It's been a long, long time now since i posted my last quiz. Though I did come here more than a couple of times to break the break, somehow the right questions refused to form. ( this being amongst the other mis-consequences of the last World Cup!!) So i finally decided to break the ice the easier way. Presenting 5 non-original (but good) questions to tickle your cricket-brain. Cheers!

Q.1 Chaminda Vaas just scored his first century in his 97th Test - is this a record? And who holds the record for ODIs ? ( posted by Manesh Rawal from Delhi on )
Q.2 This man of many accomplishments was also the first Jew to lead a team in International Cricket. Name him. ( Cricinfo magazine, Oct 2004)
Q.3 Who is the only man to have scored two centuries in his 100th test? ( Cricinfo magazine, Jan 2007)

Q.4 He is the only man to have taken a hat-trick at Lord's. Strangely enough, he is also the only man to have been no-balled for throwing at Lord's. Who? ( Re-worded, Cricinfo magazine, Feb 2007)

Q.5 At a function foCricketer, Quiz questionr World Series Cricket, media mogul Kerry Packer once suggested that he put on a tie. After he replied infamously "I don't wear ties," Packer told him "You'll put one on for me, son.". Who is the player in question here? All of us have heard him commentating.
( from the archives of this blog)

And this to leave you in good humour, just in case you didn't appreciate the bouncers!

"It is not true that the English invented cricket as a way of making all other human endeavours look interesting and lively; that was merely an unintended side effect. I don’t wish to denigrate a sport that is enjoyed by millions, some of them awake and facing the right way, but it is an odd game. "
- Bryson, humorist and travel writer

Friday, April 6, 2007

2003: World Cup in South Africa

question no.1
After scoring a very quick hundred in the 8th World Cup in South Africa, he went on to claim 17 wickets in a single first class match the next year। Who?
question no.2
Which two players were involved in the black arm-band protest against what they called the "death of democracy"?
question no.3
Which Namibian who took 5 wickets against England, played in the Rugby World Cup held in the same year?
question no.4
Who is Rickey Ponting shaking hands with? ( refer picture on top)
question no.5
Who took the highest number of wickets to set up a new World Cup Record? How many?

Thursday, March 29, 2007

England 99: The VIIth Cricket World Cup

commerorative stamp for 1999 Cricket World Cup
q.1 Identify the country which released this stamp to commerorate 'England 99"?

q.2 Fill up the blanks.

With Wasim Akram and ________ ________ acting out the role of the orchestra on the Titanic, playing on valiantly as the ship went down, Mark Waugh and Darren Lehmann began to pick off the remaining runs at will, with Lehmann driving pleasantly through the covers to leave Australia needing under ten for victory........ A ridiculous _______ ________ by some Pakistani _________ was fortunately dealt with quickly and Darren Lehmann thrashed ______ _______'s _______ ball of the 20th over to the point boundary to post the winning runs for Australia and a well deserved, if thoroughly anti-climactic victory.

q.3 His average of 140.50 was the highest of the World Cup? Whose? ( Can you recall who were the other 2 guys to average over 100? )
q.4 Which all countries co-hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999?

q.5 "Shane Warne was the highest wicket taker of the tournament." Is that statement completely true?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

The 1996 World Cup Quiz

( The comments/answers have now been released. The percentage of correct answers this time is very, very high! Guess i need to raise the toughness level in the next quiz)
what happened on leap year's day?
aravinda d'silva was the highest run aggregator for the eventual champions, Sri Lanka. Who was second best?
p,p,p,r,b & w. This series (of initials) ended with this World Cup in the Indian subcontinent. What are we talking about?
kumble ended up as the highest wicket taker but his best in an innings was just 3/29. Somone else with match figures of 5/21 took the honours there. Who?
which lankan batsman survived one run out chance and 3 dropped catches in the final?
Additonal question/s:
who was the 47 year old Dutch opener, the oldest player in the tournament, who had scored 159 for Barbados against Mike Denness' touring party 22 years ago?

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Benson & Hedges Cricket World Cup - 1992

1. Five players who played in the 1992 Cup can be seen in action in the current World Cup (2007, just in case someone reaches here through google 4 years or more later!). Tendulkar, Jayasuriya, Lara, Inzamam and _____ ?

2. "I have never ever seen more happening on a single delivery of a cricket match". The Oz captain, Allan Border made this statement overwhelmed by the happenings on the last ball of a very exciting match. What was he referring to?
( this are not his exact words, but rephrased from memory)

3. Which team finished fifth in the overall standings after the preliminary stage? (they missed out by a single point)

4. "Born Cape Town, 28 April 1968. LHB, occasional RSM or OB, WK. First-class career since 1986/87, 83 matches".
This is an extract from the description of a player who participated in the 1992 World Cup. Who could it be?

5. He gave no byes, took no catches, didn't effect any stumpings but was involved in the winning run-out and this was his first and only appearance in the World Cup as the wicket keeper. Who?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

"India vs Bangladesh" - A Cricket Quiz

q # 1
India first played Bangladesh in a One-day International in Chittagong, the next encounter between the two teams was in Chandigarh and the third one further west, in Sharjah. What was common between these 3 matches?

q # 2
The next match, which was the 4th Indo-Bangla ODI took place in a stadium which was used as an aerodrome by the Allied forces during the second world war. If i had included this match in my previous question, the answer to that question would still not change. Identify the venue.

q # 3
The photograph on the left is from a match that took place on 21st July 2004. You just need to tell me the name of the batsman.
q # 4
Both teams played a best of three series in 2004-05. India won the series 2-1. Who was the man of the series?

q # 5
What cricket norm will get flouted when India tour Bangladesh just after the 2007 World Cup? ( this may not be a pure-pure quiz question )

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cricket Quiz in Delhi - Noida : An Invitation

IMS Learning Centre, Noida has some great news for the quizzers in Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad and other nearby towns. Arindam Bhattacharya, the Centre Manager who is an avid quizzer and a good friend has often talked about the lack of a proper quizzing circuit in the capital - the quizzing scenario is that much more active in Kolkata and Chennai. Towards filling up that vacuum, Arindam and his team at IMS Noida have decided to launch a series of thematic quizzes - they plan to conduct them on a regular basis at intervals of 2-3 months. A couple of corporate sponsors have already shown keenness in the project, which is only very good news for everybody. Who minds a decent bounty after winning the show? Quizzers have been known to be fond of good cash prizes and we will have good ones here.

Not very surprisingly, the theme chosen for the first of the quizzes is "Cricket". With the World Cup on in full swing from tomorrow, the timing for that one seems perfect. Here are the details:

Date: 25th March 2007
Time: 10am onwards
Venue: Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sector-11, Noida

All those interested may contact Arindam at 9312600283 or call up IMS Noida at 0120-2532976. The quiz has been aptly titled HOWZATT.

The Reliance World Cup 1987 Quiz

Quiz No.17

1. Which 20 year old played his only 2 one-day internationals for Australia during the 1987 World Cup and retired from first class cricket before attaining the age of 23?

2. Two players made their debut in the same match - one finished the tournament with an average of 55 and the other at a mere 5. Who? ( In case that's turning out to be too vague, scroll down for a hint)

3. Prabhakar, Maninder, Shastri and Kapil did the bulk of India's bowling. Besides them there was another player who bowled pretty regulary for India through the tournament, taking in all 5 wickets. If we are not talking of either Laxman Siva Rama Krishnan or Chetan Sharma, who could that be?

4. One-day centuries were a rare commodity those days. Even for Australia, the winners of the 1987 World Cup just one batsman scored any century. Who? ( He did it twice)

5. Though there were 3 players from India who didn't score a single run, there was only one who never got a chance to bat. Who? He played two matches for India. ( This was an indication of India's bench strength for the 1987 Cup, everybody played, at least once)

Hint for Q.2
One of them is hugely involved with another team during the current World Cup in West Indies.

Friday, March 9, 2007

1983 World Cup Quiz

Quiz no.16
question no.1
194, 318, 237, 168, 148, 161, 98, 117, 126 & 71 - This series of numbers is related to a record/records for World Cup Cricket. Of these numbers, the last 2 are related to the 1983 World Cup. Can you throw some light on the importance of these numbers? Which players were involved with the last 2 records?

question no.2
What kind of grounds were employed for the first time to host World Cup matches?

question no.3
One team managed to reach the semis by the thinnest of margins - they had scored 0.08 runs per over more than another team which had an equal number of points. Which team? Which was the unlucky team?

question no.4
Who ended up with the maximum wickets for the winners, India?

question no.5
Who captained Zimbabwe?
Just in case you thought that the first one was not a pure 1983 World Cup question, there is a bonus question. It might either be very easy for you or very tough!!

Identify the person holding the Prudential World Cup 1983 and the lady on his right.


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Monday, March 5, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 15

masaba,cricket quizQ – His brother was a successful fast bowler and his nephew still plays for the South African team. This ex player has the highest average in Test cricket behind Don Bradman and Mike Hussey. Who?

Q – Who is “Masaba” ( the lady on the left) and how is she related to Bollywood and West Indian cricket?

Q - During the Second World War, for the Monte Cassino (Italy) attack against the Germans, his name was featured in the code to launch the attack. The coded message was "------------- is batting tomorrow".

Q – If you got the last one, this one should be easy. The General Manager of ABC was his friend and he made what number the PO box no. of ABC in every capital?

Q – Who was the fastest to reach the milestones of 100, 150, 200 and 250 wickets in ODI’s? He is the only spinner to have taken a hat trick in ODI’s and one of the only three bowlers to have taken two ODI hat tricks.
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Friday, March 2, 2007

5 Questions from the Prudential World Cup 1979

Quiz No.14
Often know as the "lost" World Cup because it's the least discussed of them all, quizzers generally tend to avoid choosing this one as a topic. Presenting 5 relatively simple googlies:

q#1 He was yet to captain Pakistan in a test match, yet he had captained them in the 1975 World Cup, and now yet again. Who?

q#2 England played West Indies in the final. Whom did each one beat in the semi-finals?

q#3 His 2 for 15 against Australia and another couple of wickets against Pakistan made the English captain change his mind and he decided to forego the 5th specialist bowler for a batsman in the later game. Who was this surprise bowler who also took a wicket in the semi-final?

q#4 Canada scored a record low 45 in their Group A match against England. How long did their innings last.
a) 15 overs or less b) More than 15 overs but less than 30 c) More than 30 but less than 40 d) More than 40 but less than 50 e) More than 50 overs

q#5 Canada didn't win a single match. Which other team?

Thursday, March 1, 2007

World Cup Cricket 1975 Quiz

Cricket Quiz # 13

q#1 As Clive Lloyd sped to a hundred in the final against Australia, one person remained completely sedate at the other end, remaining scoreless for 11 overs, though he did score a half-century. Who?
q#2 Glenn Turner averaged 166.5 in the first edition of the Cup, thanks to his record and very famous 171 against East Africa. Who averaged over a hundred for India?
q#3 East Africa, like the West Indies is not a political entity but a group of nations who came together and played cricket together under one banner. Which three countries comprised East Africa?
q#4 He hooked a Dennis Lilee bouncer for six, slipped and fell on his wickets, out hit wicket. Can you recollect who?
q#5 A simple one to end the quiz - Who captained the English team?

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

The Twelfth Cricket Quiz

Q.1 Which Sri Lankan cricketer is also an ace bridge player - he represented his country in the previous Commonwealth Games?

Q.2 "Boanaventure and the flashing blade" - a children's novel was authored by which West Indian great?

Q.3 Who is the only cricketer to have scored two centuries in his 100th test?

Q.4 "_____ Speaks Out." Fill in the blank to get the name of Ian Chappell's latest book, which includes his discussions with Ashley Mallett on various facets of the game.

Q.5 "The best way to get away from a crisis and yet hold on to the reins without performance is to find a godfather who will save you in crisis and fool the entire world...This is how it has worked for me." Can you guess which current cricketer could have said that?

Sunday, February 25, 2007

A Fun Cricket Quiz

makhaya ntini cricket quiz # 11
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Q.1 Identify the lady on your left. (yes, it's still a cricket quiz)

Q.2 This bowler, who was obviously more than ready for his 300th wicket - on achieving the milestone undid his shirt buttons to show an undershirt which read "Moingi Express 300, You little beauty!" Can you tell me who is this bowler?

Q.3 Which team has effected the maximum number of dismisals through the use of a substitute fielder? ( I don't know if this gentleman was aware of this bit of statistics, but when this team's (the answer) captain not too far back in history effected yet another substitute , this gentleman we are talking about blew his fuse off. I guess he was only too right.

Q.4 The deceased Indian cricket Raman Lamba once made it to the record books for a funny reason, by his mere presence on the field - during the course of an India-England test match in England. Can you tell us how?

Q.5 The longest cricket match took place between England and South Africa in Durban. Played from March 3rd to March 14th 1939, the match was finally called off because of a reason you will now find quite hilarious. Can you guess what?

( i hope you noticed the fact that the world's longest cricket match ended in a draw!! this question i have sourced from an interesting site called, which obviously claims to be the world's longest domain name. I don't know much about the veracity of the last question and this world record claim - do forgive if the information is not quite right.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Cricket Quiz no. 10

Q – Whose statue is this and it is outside which cricket ground?

Q - Who had the honour of facing the first ball ever bowled in test cricket? This guy also went on to score the first century in a test match and made 165 runs, which incidentally is the highest score by an Australian on test debut.

Q – Who was the first bowler in international cricket to take more than 400 wickets in both forms of the game?

Q – Who are the only two batsmen to score the winning runs in the world cup finals?

Q – The only batsman to have reached a score of 200 with a test career average of less than 20 is……
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ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 Trivia

In the Super Eight stage of the coming Cricket World Cup, as per the ICC schedule, on the 31st of March, team A1 will take on team B2. (the 16 teams have been divided into 4 groups - A, B, C and D). Group A comprises cricket teams from Australia, South Africa, Scotland & The Netherlands. In Group B are 3 teams from the Indian subcontinent alongwith Bermuda.

Say South Africa beats all the other 3 teams in its group in the first round and Australia defeat the Scots and the Dutch. In Group B, in every match the team that represents a larger piece of land beats the smaller one.
If Pakistan is not one of the teams which qualifies for the Super Eight match from Group B, which are the two teams that will compete in the Super Eight match that we mentioned at the very start of this problem?

Friday, February 16, 2007

Another mail from Kuala Lumpur..Cricket Quiz # 8

Q - Who scored four sixes off Harbhajan Singh to match Kapil’s record of four consecutive sixes in a Test match?

Q - At a function for World Series Cricket, media mogul Kerry Packer once suggested that he put on a tie. After he replied infamously "I don't wear ties," Packer told him "You'll put one on for me, son.". Who is the player in question here? All of us have heard him commentating. (Ref Pic on left)

Q – The only two Orissa players to have made it to the Indian Test team are……..

Q – The ad is for which brand? (Ref Pic below)

Q - On the 1974 tour to England, this Indian opener was accused of stealing a pair of socks from Marks & Spencers. Who? (Ref Pic below)

Q - His first six test innings were 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, and 0. Remarkably he forced his way back into the Sri Lankan team, and has now scored 6 test double centuries - a feat bettered only by Don Bradman, Wally Hammond and Brian Lara. Who?

Q – He has probably been the only player cum coach in world cricket. Who? (Ref Pic below)

Q – Who was the first Indian bowler to take a five wicket haul in ODI’s?

Q – “It involves the deliberate and systematic targeting of the opposing team's captain, in the hope that if the captain is given out or rendered ineffective, it would lead to diminished respect for the captain's authority and the rest of their team losing morale and the will to win”. What is the specific term for this strategy?

Q – He was the first player ever to wear a helmet. Who?

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 7

Q – Who holds the record for being the only cricketer to have scored more than 5000+ runs, taken 100+ wickets, 100+ catches and having received 100+ caps in both forms of the game?

Q - Who was the first Pakistani batsman to score a century against India on Indian soil in a one day international?

Q – Which are the only two cricket teams have been dismissed twice in the same day of a test match?

Q – The first ball of the first world cup was bowled by…….

Q – He was among the first of the genuinely fast, fast bowlers and he bowled the last over of the first ever tied test match. Who? (Ref Picture on left)
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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 6: World Cup & more

Q – He was the first East Indian to represent West Indies and was probably the first right arm off break bowler who could spin the ball both ways. This spinner’s shirt was always neatly buttoned at the wrists and that for a long time was considered a part of his overall neatness. He later however admitted that the buttoning was in part to hide a perceptible chuck that he had. Who?

Q – Who has the record for the most number of sixes in the World Cup?

Q – What do David Boon, Ricky Ponting and Viv Richards have in common apropos the Cricket World Cup?

Q – The brother in law of the Australian swing bowler Terry Alderman, this umpire is best known amongst cricket followers for calling Muralitharan repeatedly for chucking. Who?

Q – His career average of 38.81 in ODI’s is the highest for any New Zealand batsman who has scored more than 2000 runs. Who is he? (Ref picture on right)
(courtesy: Sankalp Mehrotra)
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Saturday, February 3, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 5

Q – Who are the only two Indian cricketers to have scored a century and taken five wickets in the same innings?

Q – An ex sheriff of Mumbai and a young Bangladeshi are the only two cricketers to be dismissed with the first delivery of a Test match on three occasions. Who?

Q – He has hit more sixes than Sir Gary Sobers, Graham Gooch, Martin Crowe and Sunil Gavaskar in test cricket. He has the record for the number of sixes for anyone with less than a 1000 test runs. He was one of the greatest bowlers ever. Who?

Q – On the grandest day, in the biggest competition of them all, he became the lord for a day. He made a blistering 86 from 66 balls. Never, for certain, has the great Sir Viv Richards, who was in royal form himself, been outshone quite so much. Identify this player. (Ref Pic on right)

Q - What is the common terminology used for running out the batsman when he is backing up at the non-strikers end?

Monday, January 29, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 4: Charities, Logos & Hat-tricks

Q – He took a wicket with his first ball in first class cricket. He made his debut for England in a one day international against Bangladesh in 2005, missing out on a hat-trick only by a freak occurrence: the hat-trick ball fell on to Mohammad Ashraful’s stumps, but did not dislodge a bail. He created a storm however, with this picture on the right, that appeared in Cosmo to promote the “Everyman Campaign” – a male cancer charity. Identify him.

Q – The guy in the centre (see pic on the left) was not a part of the Ashes winning England side but was on the open top bus that did the celebratory rounds post the win. Barmy Army planned to fly him out as a good luck charm for the 2006-07 Ashes series, but failed to find a sponsor for his ticket fare. Who is he and why was he on the bus?

Q – Who has the highest number of wickets not involving a fielder? And what is the form of dismissal (e.g. – lbw.kuruvilla)

Q – The BCCI logo is derived from the emblem of India’s highest order of chivalry (during the days of the British Raj) founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. What was the order called?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 3: Music, Royal Families & more

Cricket Quiz # 3
Q – When was the first one day international played and why? What were the number of overs per side and the balls per over?

Q – What is the name of the band Brett Lee plays in? Who are the other 2 cricketers in this band?

Q – Who is the only batsman in test history to have scored three centuries with a six?

Q - KS Ranjitsinhji, K S Duleepsinhji and Ajaysinhji Daulatsinhji all came from the royal family of Nawanagar, now known as Jamnagar. Who was the last member from this pedigree to have represented India ?
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

5 ouncers from a Cricket Fan in Kuala Lumpur

Cricket Quiz # 2
Q. What was burnt to create the Ashes? And what is the ashes urn made of?

Q. Which ex Indian cricket was nicknamed “Colonel”?

Q . This was one of the most hilarious things ever said by a commentator. “He is not playing today as he has a
problem with his testicles. The commentator was Ravi Shastri and it was the 1997 Sahara Cup at Toronto.
Can you recall the injured player's name?

Q. Who took the catch that prevented Sachin from becoming the youngest centurion in Test cricket?

Q. Name the spectator who Inzamam attacked for repeatedly being called aaloo (hindi for potato, an obvious reference to the rotundness of the great cricketer)
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Sunday, January 7, 2007

Cricket World Cup Quiz

Cricket Quiz # 1

Q.1 England has done it thrice, Australia twice, India, Pakistan & West Indies once each while Sri Lanka is the only team to have never done it. With respect to the Cricket World Cups, what are we talking about?

Q.2 In which World Cup did India play Pakistan for the first time?

Q.3 What happened when India played East Africa in the 1975 World Cup, something which had never happened before in the history of One-day Cricket?

Q.4 The bowler who sent down the maximum number of wides and no ball ( 60 in all) also ended up becoming the highest wicket taker in the 1992 Cricket World Cup. Who?

Q.5 Clive Lloyd captained West Indies in the first 2 World Cups? Who did the honours for the West Indies in the 1983 edition?

Q.6 Connect the 2 pairs of cricketers: Shaukat Dukanwala - Salim Raza ( UAE ) & Sunil Gavaskar - Chetan Sharma ( India )

Q.7 Who won the Cricket World Cup's first Man of the Series award?

Q.8 One Scot player scored more runs than any England player in the 1999 World Cup!! Can you recall his name?

Q. 9 P, P, P, R, B, W are the initials of something ( which was stopped after the 1996 World Cup) in the chronological order. What are we talking about?

Q.10 Which non-wicket keeper has taken the maximum number of catches in the Cricket World Cups?

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