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.
(courtesy: Sankalp)
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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?