Sir Don Bradman brought up his hundredth First Class hundred against the Indians. @Twitter/Cricket.Com.Au

An IAS-aspirant Sanoj Singh became the first crorepati on the Kaun Banega Crorepati 11. Singh decided to opt out of the game when the host of the show Amitabh Bachchan asked him a question which could have earned Singh Rs 7 crore.

The question was “Who was the Indian bowler of whom Australian legend Don Bradman got a single to reach his 100th first-class century?” and the contestant had to choose from the four options – A) Baqa Jilani, B) Commandur Rangachari, C) Gogumal Kishenchand and D0 Kanwar Rai Singh.

While Singh chose not to risk whatever he had earned as he opted out of the game, before leaving, he picked option ‘B’ which was a wrong answer as it was Gogumal Kishenchand who had bowled to the Australian great. Bradman, who was then batting on 99, took a single to complete his 100th First Class hundred.

Here’s a story of that famous ton.

Lala Amarnath won the toss and India batted. Gul Mohammad led the way with 85, but they were in trouble as the afternoon wore on. The bowling was less than spectacular, but good enough to reduce them to 229 for 9. But Gogumal Kishenchand and wicketkeeper Jenny Irani stitched together a stubborn last wicket partnership, and saw through to the end of the first day.

Thirty two thousand spectators turned up on the second day, three times more than the first, in anticipation of Bradman’s 100th century. But, the last wicket partnership continued to frustrate them for another 38 minutes before Bruce Dooland trapped Irani leg before. Kishenchand remained unbeaten on 75. The last wicket had put on 97 and the total looked a respectable 326.

Bradman was in early when Ranga Sohoni dismissed Bill Brown, snicking to Vijay Hazare at first slip. And soon Keith Miller walked in at number four with the score on 31 for 2. Bradman went in to lunch, unbeaten on 11.

After the break, for a while Miller ran neck-and-neck with the great man, both racing into their thirties. But, after that Bradman broke ahead with some excellent strokes around the wicket. The bowling was not bad, though, with Sohoni getting some life and Vinoo Mankad as accurate as ever. On 80, there was a loud appeal for leg-before against Bradman, and the crowd heaved a sigh of relief when it was turned down.

Minutes before tea, Bradman stood on 99. And Amarnath, in a surprising manoeuvre, threw the ball to Kishenchand.

Bradman later called it a brilliant move. He had never faced Kishenchand before, and neither had he seen him bowl. A tower of strength with the bat in domestic cricket, Kishenchand sometimes bowled decent leg-breaks. And he was bubbling with confidence after his unbeaten 75.

Bradman played the first few balls with utmost respect before driving one to the right of mid-on and rushing across for his century. He raised his bat and the ground erupted.

While Bradman scored his 100th hundred, it was Indian side which defeated the Australian XI.

Brief scores:

Indians 326 (Gul Mohammad 85, Gogumal Kishenchand 75*, Jenni Irani 43; Sam Loxton 3 for 70) and 304 for 9 decl. (Chandu Sarwate 58, Hemu Adhikari 46, Gogumal Kishenchand 63*; Bill Johnston 4 for 71) beat Australian XI 380 (Don Bradman 172, Keith Miller 86; Ranga Sohoni 4 for 89) and 203 (Neil Harvey 56*; Vinoo Mankad 8 for 84) by 47 runs.