Sohag Gazi: Statistical overview of his record-breaking performance against New Zealand in Chittagong Test

Sohag Gazi became the 29th cricketer to achieve the rare distinction of scoring a Test century and grabbing a five-wicket haul in the same game © AFP

Sohag Gazi’s all-round performance against New Zealand in the first Test at Chittagong stood out. He scored an unbeaten 101 and took a six-for in New Zealand’s second innings, which included a hat-trick. Sarang Bhalerao presents a statistical overview of Gazi’s stupendous feat.
On his Test debut, Sohag Gazi, the Bangladesh off-spinner, was famously hit by Chris Gayle for a six off the first ball of the match. The off-spinner eventually dismissed the aggressive southpaw, thus announcing himself at the international arena.

Gazi scored an unbeaten 101 in the first innings of the Test in the recently-concluded Test match against New Zealand. His century ensured that Bangladesh gained a slender lead of 32 in the first innings — the third time Bangladesh had achieved a first-innings lead batting second. He became the third Bangladesh Test player to score a century in a Test match.

Bangladesh batsmen to score centuries at No 8:

Player Opponent Venue Score Year
1 Khaled Mashud West Indies Gros Islet 103* 2004
2 Mahmudullah New Zealand Hamilton 115 2010
3 Sohag Gazi New Zealand Chittagong 101* 2013

Gazi became the 29th cricketer to achieve the rare distinction of scoring a Test century and grabbing a five-wicket haul in the same game.

List of cricketers who scored a ton and got five wickets in an innings:

Cricketer Score Bowling figures Opponents Venue Year
1 Jimmy Sinclair (South Africa) 106 6 for 26 England Cape Town 1899
2 Aubrey Faulkner (South Africa) 123 5 for 120 England Johannesburg 1910
3 Charles Kellaway (Australia) 114 5 for 33 South Africa Manchester 1912
4 Jack Gregory (Australia) 100 7 for 69 England Melbourne 1920
5 Vinoo Mankad (India) 184 5 for 196 England Lord’s 1952
6 Denis Atkinson (West Indies) 219 5 for 56 Australia Barbados 1955
7 Keith Miller (Australia) 109 6 for 107 West Indies Kingston 1955
8 Richie Benaud (Australia) 100 5 for 84 South Africa Johannesburg 1958
9 Collie Smith (West Indies) 100 5 for 90 India Delhi 1959
10 Polly Umrigar (India) 172* 5 for 107 West Indies Port-of-Spain 1962
11 Garry Sobers (West Indies) 104 5 for 63 India Kingston 1962
12 Bruce Taylor (New Zealand) 105 5 for 86 India Kolkata 1965
13 Garry Sobers (West Indies) 174 5 for 41 England Headingley 1966
14 Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan) 201 5 for 49 New Zealand Dunedin 1973
15 Tony Greig (England) 148 6 for 164 West Indies Barbados 1974
16 Mushtaq Mohammad (Pakistan) 121 5 for 28 West Indies Port-of-Spain 1977
17 Ian Botham (England) 103 5 for 73 New Zealand Christchurch 1978
18 Ian Botham (England) 108 8 for 34 Pakistan Lord’s 1978
19 Ian Botham (England) 114 6 for 58 and 7 for 48 India Mumbai 1980
20 Ian Botham (England) 149* 6 for 95 Australia Headingley 1981
21 Imran Khan (Pakistan) 117 6 for 98 and 5 for 82 India Faisalabad 1983
22 Ian Botham (England) 138 5 for 59 New Zealand Wellington 1984
23 Wasim Akram (Pakistan) 123 5 for 100 Australia Adelaide 1990
24 Paul Strang (Zimbabwe) 106* 5 for 212 Pakistan Sheikhupura 1996
25 Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 110 5 for 90 West Indies Cape Town 1999
26 Jacques Kallis (South Africa) 139* 5 for 21 Bangladesh Potchefstroom 2002
27 Ravichandran Ashwin (India) 103 5 for 156 West Indies Mumbai 2011
28 Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh) 144 6 for 82 Pakistan Dhaka 2011
29 Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh) 101* 6 for 77 New Zealand Chittagong 2013

 

Gazi hat-trick:

Gazi became the second Bangladeshi to pick up a hat-trick in a Test match after Alok Kapali. On the fifth day of the Test, Gazi had Corey Anderson leg-before, BJ Watling caught-behind and Doug Bracewell caught in the slips.

Gazi thus became the first cricketer since 1877 to hit a ton, grab a five-for and record a hat-trick.

He became the fourth cricketer to score a half-century, take a five-wicket haul and capture a hat-trick:

List of cricketers to score a half-century, take a five-wicket haul and capture a hat-trick:

Player Opponents Venue Year
1 Billy Bates (England) Australia Melbourne 1883
2 Dominic Cork (England) West Indies Old Trafford 1995
3 Stuart Broad (England) India Nottingham 2011
4 Sohag Gazi (Bangladesh) New Zealand Chittagong 2013

Bates was the first bowler to take a hat-trick for England. He scored a 55 in the first innings and grabbed Percy McDonnell, George Giffen and George Bonnor in Australia’s first innings.

Dominic Cork achieved the stupendous feat against West Indies at Manchester in 1994 while Stuart Broad was India’s pet-peeve in the Nottingham Test in 2011.

(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)