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Cricket and April Fools Day – A statistical journey

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Sachin Tendulkar wizardry came with the ball on April 1 1998, where he took a 5 for 32 against Australia at Kochi © Getty Images

By Bharath Seervi

Happy April fool’s day! How many cricketers celebrated this day by playing on this day and how many had memorable outings on the occasion and how many ended up being “the one”? Here is a list of all the facts and figures you needed to know on April fool’s day.

Here is the list of matches, both Tests and One-Day Internationals (ODIs), top batting innings, bowling innings, birthdays and facts.

Test Matches began on APRIL 1

 

1.1899, April 1 — 4 (3 day match)
England vs South Africa at Capetown
England won by 210 runs

2.1971, April 1 — 6

India vs West Indies, Kensington Oval

Match Drawn

3.1977, April 1 — 6

Pakistan vs West Indies, Port of Spain

Pakistan won by 266 runs

4. 2004, April 1 — 3
West Indies vs England, Kensington Oval
England won by 8 wickets
Man of the Match — Graham Thorpe (England)

Test Matches ended on APRIL 1

1. 1948 March 27 — April 1 
West Indies vs England, Kingston
West Indies won by 10 wickets

2. 1965 March 26 — April 1 (6 Day match)
West Indies vs Australia, Port of Spain
Match Drawn

3. 1981 March 27 — April 1
West Indies vs England, St.John’s
Match Drawn

Man of the Match — Peter Willey (England)

4. 2004 March 28 — April 1 
India vs Pakistan, Multan
India won by an innings and 52 runs
Man of the Match — Virender Sehwag (India)

ODI Matches played on APRIL 1

 

1. 1984, April 1 (45 over match)
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Colombo
New Zealand won by 86 runs
Man of the match — Lance Cairns (New Zealand)

2. 1988, April 1
India vs New Zealand, Sharjah (Sharjah Cup Final)
India won by 52 runs
Man of the Match — Ravi Shastri (India)

3. 1995, April 1 
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Auckland
Sri Lanka won by 51 runs
Man of the Match – Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

4. 1996, April 1 
Pakistan vs Sri Lanka, The Pedang (Singapore)
No Result

5. 1998, April 1
India vs Australia, Kochi
India won by 41 runs
Man of the Match – Sachin Tendulkar (India)

6. 1999, April 1
India vs Pakistan, Mohali
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Man of the Match – Izaz Ahmed (Pakistan)

7. 2000, April 1

West Indies vs Zimbabwe, Kingston

West Indies won by 87 runs
Man of the Match – Sherwin Campbell (West Indies)

8. 2007, April 1 
West Indies vs Sri Lanka, Guyana (Super Eights, ICC WC 2007)
Sri Lanka won by 113 runs
Man of the Match — Sanath Jayasuriya (Sri Lanka)

9. 2009, April 1 
Ireland vs Scotland, Benoni (ICC World Qualifiers)
Ireland won by 7 wickets

10.2009, April 1
Netherlands vs Kenya, Potchefstroom (ICC World Qualifiers)
Netherlands won by 7 wickets
Man of the Match — Ryan Ten Deschate (Netherlands)

Other Test Matches involving APRIL 1

 

1. 1933, March 31 — April 3 (3 Day Match)
New Zealand vs England, Auckland
Match Drawn

2. 1953, March 28 — April 1-4 (6 Day Match)
West Indies vs India, Kingston
Match Drawn

3. 1954, March 30 — April 3 (6 Day Match)
West Indies vs England, Kingston
England won by 9 wickets

4. 1968, March 28 — April 3 (6 Day Match)
West Indies vs England, Georgetown
Match Drawn

5. 1978, March 31 — April 5
West Indies vs Australia, Georgetown
Australia won by 3 wickets

6. 1984, March 30 — April 4
West Indies vs Australia, Kensington Oval
West Indies won by 10 wickets
Man of the Match – Malcolm Marshall (West Indies)

7. 1995, March 31 — April 2
West Indies vs Australia, Kensington Oval
Australia won by 10 wickets
Man of the Match – Glenn McGrath (Australia)

8. 2000, March 31, April 1 — 3
New Zealand vs Australia, Hamilton
Australia won by 6 wickets
Man of the Match – Adam Gilchrist (Australia)

9. 2001, March 29 — April 2
West Indies vs South Africa, Kensington Oval
Match Drawn
Man of the Match – Daryll Cullinan (South Africa)

10.2002, March 30 — April 3

New Zealand vs England, Auckland

New Zealand won by 78 runs
Man of the Match – Daryll Tuffey (New Zealand)

11.2005, March 31, April 1-4
West Indies vs South Africa, Georgetown
Match Drawn
Man of the Match – Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies)

12.2006, March 31 — April 4

South Africa vs Australia, Johannesburg

Australia won by 2 wickets

Man of the Match – Brett Lee (Australia)

No T20I has been played on April 1 so far

Top Scores achieved by Batsmen in Tests on April 1
(100s)

336*- Wally Hammond, 1933

237 – Frank Worrell, 1953

213 – Wavell Hinds, 2005

205 – Len Hutton, 1954

203*- Shivnarine Chanderpaul, 2005

145 – Desmond Haynes, 1984

118 – Clyde Walcott, 1953

116 – Geoffrey Boycott, 1968

113*- Ridley Jacobs, 2001

104 – Geoff Boycott, 1981

107 – Winston Place, 1948

Top Scored achieved by Batsmen in ODIs on April 1
(100s)

121*- Neil McCallum, 2009

115 – Sanath Jayasuriya, 2007

108 – Asanka Gurusinha, 1995

105 – Ajay Jadeja, 1998

106 – Ryan Ten Doeschate, 2009

103 – Shervin Campbell, 2000

101 – William Potterfield, 2009

Top Bowling figures achieved by Bowlers in TESTS on April 1
(5 or more wickets)

6 for 26 – Jimmy Sinclair, 1899

6 for 34 – Bill Bowes, 1933

6 for 67 – Jacques Kallis, 2001

6 for 100- Makhaya Ntini, 2006

5 for 51 – Shane O’Connor, 2000

5 for 55 – Hines Johnson, 1948

5 for 58 – Andrew Flintoff, 2004

5 for 180- Subhash Gupte, 1953

5 for 228- Vinoo Mankad, 1953

Top Bowling Innings achieved by Bowlers in ODIs on APRIL 1

(4 or more wickets)

5 for 32 – Sachin Tendulkar, 1998

4 for 46 – Narendra Hirwani, 1988

International Cricketers born on April 1

 

1861 Teddy Wynyard (England)

1868 Walter Mead (England)

1902 Laxmidas Jai (India)

1935 John Murray (England)

1941 Ajit Wadekar (India)

1953 Aftab Baloch (Pakistan)

1954 Arnie Sidebottom (England)

1957 David Gower (England)

1964 John Morris (England)

1965 Bhupinder Singh Sr (India)

1973 Stephen Fleming (New Zealand)

1975 Aminul Islam Jr (Bangladesh)

1976 Vikram Solanki (England)

1981 Mluleki Nkala (Zimbabwe)

1984 Heino Kuhn (South Africa)
1984 Murali Vijay (India)

The instances when two players born on April 1 played together in a match

* David Gower and Arnie Sidebottom played 1 Test match together, both born on April 1

* David Gower and John Morris played 3 Test matches together, both born on April 1

* David Gower and John Morris played 2 ODI matches together, both born on April 1

SOME FACTS:

* There have been 20 Test matches related to April 1, 14 of them are played by West Indies on home soil.

* England has played in 9 Test matches related to April 1.

* Australia has played in 6 Test matches related to April 1.

* West Indies and England have faced each other in 5 Test Matches related to April 1.

* West Indies and Australia have faced each other in 4 Test Matches related to April 1

* Jimmy Sinclair grabbed his only 5 wicket haul in Test matches on April 1, 1899 and also scored a century in the match. Thus becoming the first player to score a century and take a 5 wicket haul in a test match.

* Wally Hammond scored his career best score of 336* on April 1, 1933.

* Winston Place scored his only Test century on April 1, 1948.

* Geoff Boycott scored 2 test centuries on April 1 (1968 and 1981)

* Shayne O’Connor took his only 5 wicket haul in Test career on April 1, 2000.

* Ridley Jacobs scored his maiden test century on April 1, 2001

* Wavell Hinds scored his career best Test score of 213 on April 1, 2005.

* Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored his career best score of 203* on April 1, 2005 and equaled it

again in 2012 (not on April 1).

* Wavell Hinds and Shivnarine Chanderpaul completed their maiden double centuries on April 1, 2005

* Bill Bowes took his maiden 5 wicket haul in Tests on April 1, 1933.

* Hines Johnson completed his only 10 wicket haul in Test Career on April 1, 1948.

* Vinoo Mankad’s figures of 5 for 228 were the 3rd instance of a bowler giving away 200 or more runs in a 5 wicket haul, on April 1, 1953. (Now there have been 8 such instances)

* Subhash Gupte conceeded 180 runs for his 5 wickets, most by him in his career, April 1, 1953

* Andrew Flintoff achieved his career best bowling figures in an innings on April 1, 2004

* Sachin Tendulkar grabbed his maiden 5 wicket haul in ODIs on April 1, 1998

* Sanath Jayasuriya received 2 Man of the Match Awards in ODIs on April 1 (1995 and 2007)

(Bharath Seervi is a cricket statistician who is obsessed with digging numbers, facts and records related to the game. An active member of Society of Cricket Statisticians of India, he blogs at www.cricketseervistats.blogspot.com. He can be followed on Twitter at www.twitter.com/SeerviBharath and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SeerviCricket)

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