Trescothick wins award
While it isn't (obviously) currently as prestigious as what Flintoff won
a few days ago, England's stand-in skipper
Marcus Trescothick has been awarded the inaugural "Cricket 24x7 Clanger" award. We will also nominate him for a place in the next edition of Classic Cricket Clangers
Just what did Marcus Trescothick do to gain this nomination? Well, he won the toss and perhaps banking on the advantage provided
, sent Pakistan in to bat at Karachi. All he ended up doing was watching helplessly as his bowlers got mauled for 356 runs
. A special mention for Younis Khan, who was out for a duck, after facing two balls.
Trescothick however isn't the first such captain and it is highly likely he won't be the last either. If ever we do institute a lifetime achievement award, India's then skipper
Sourav Ganguly will certainly be one of the nominees, for sending Australia in to bat at Johannesburg in a World Cup final
and staring at a target of 360. Special mentions for Zaheer Khan and Srinath for their combined blistering opening spell which set Australia up.
Interestingly enough, three other such clangers happened in World Cup games, two of them featuring [then] minnows. Sri Lanka's captain Duleep Mendis put West Indies in at Karachi in the 1987 Reliance World Cup and saw Viv Richards blast 181 off 125 balls as West Indies made 360
. Special mentions for Richie Richardson who was dismissed for a golden duck and Asantha de Mel who disappeared for 97 runs from 10 overs, but had the last laugh when he took Viv's wicket.
Maurice Odumbe's faith in his bowlers was proved unjusified as Sri Lanka piled up 398
at Kandy, the highest total in one-day history, in the 1996 World Cup. Aravinda de Silva made 145. A special mention for Hashan Tillakaratne, run out first ball for a duck.
Sri Lanka were at the receiving end in 1999 when Arjuna Ranatunga sent India in at Taunton, probably banking on India's batting faring poorly in swinging conditions. Sourav Ganguly (183) and Rahul Dravid (145) put on 318 in 45 overs as India scored 373
. Special mentions for
(thanks Minal) Sachin Tendulkar (2 in 3 balls), Ajay Jadeja (5 in 4 balls), Robin Singh (first ball duck) and Chaminda Vaas, who took a wicket with his fifth ball and saw his remaining 55 deliveries disappear for 78 runs with no hope of a wicket.
Tatenda Taibu played the perfect host and asked New Zealand to bat first at Bulawayo in the first match of the triangular series earlier this year, also involving India
. He hadn't reckoned with Lou Vincent adding Taibu to his Christmas cards list after scoring 172, with New Zealand making 397
, one short of Sri Lanka's record. But they only got to bat for 44 overs, so they could have actually scored more than 450. A special mention for Andy Blignaut, whose two wickets in 9 overs cost 48 runs each.
A few months after manhandling Kenya (above), Sri Lanka learnt a wonderfully valuable lesson: Sometimes you're the pigeon, sometimes you're the statue
. Ranatunga sent Pakistan in at the Nairobi Gymkhana and watched Shahid Afridi create a world record in his first innings, a century in 37 deliveries as Pakistan made 371
. A very special mention for Azhar Mahmood, out without facing. One for Jayasuriya as well, conceding 94 from his 10 overs.
So which one do you think has been the
worst clanger of them all? Let us restrict ourselves to one-dayers at this point in time!
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