Thursday, April 19, 2007

Answers to the 2003 Cricket World Cup Quiz

question no.1
John Davison

question no.2
Andy Flower and Henry Olonga

question no.3
Rudi van Vuuren

question no.4
Dazzler, the mascot for the 2003 Cricket World Cup

question no.5
Chaminda Vaas, who took 23 wickets to set up a new World Cup record

Monday, April 2, 2007

Answers to the 1999 World Cup Cricket Quiz

My apologies for an error which crept in into one of the questions in this quiz. In question no.2, that should have been not the 20th but the 21st over. Actually i copied that extract directly from, and the error there got transferred here - I should have verified it further. Sorry guys. Here are the answers:

q.1 Yes, that’s a Bangladesh postage stamp. (there were 3 clues: the Green Flag, the Bengali script and a very small part of the tiger’s face visible on the ball)

q.2 Fill up the blanks.

With Wasim Akram and Azhar Mahmood 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 pitch invasion by some Pakistani fans was fortunately dealt with quickly and Darren Lehmann thrashed Saqlain Mushtaq's 1st 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 Lance Klusener ( Ridley Jacobs and Tom Moody were the other two)

q.4 England, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands

q.5 Shane Warne and Geoff Allott were the joint highest wicket takers in the 1999 World Cup. (20 apiece)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Wills World Cup Cricket 1996

q.1 Kenya upset the West Indies by no less than 73 runs on 29th February 1996 ( Venue: Nehru Stadium, Pune - Man of the match: Maurice Odumbe)

q.2 Asanka Gurusinha who scored 307 runs with an average of 51.16

q.3 Pudential, Prudential, Prudential, Reliance, Benson & Hedges and then finally the Wills World Cup in 1996. From the 1999 Word Cup in England, the International Cricket Committee stopped giving title rights to any sponsor and it has since been simply known as the ICC World Cup.

q.4 Paul Strang had the best figures in an innings: 5/21. This was against Kenya, at an irregular international cricket venue. Can you recall?

q. Asanka Gurusinha

( New batsman Asanka Gurusinha survives a first-ball shooter from Fleming which takes the edge and misses both the stumps and a diving Healy. In the fifth over, Gurusinha escaped being run out as Michael Bevan's throw just eludes the wickets at the non-striker's end. Gurusinha is dropped twice by Fleming and Stuart Law during his 125-run stand with De Silva for the third wicket. )

Additonal question/s:

q. 6 Nolan Clarke

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Answers: 1992 World Cup

1. Five players who played in the 1992 Cup can be seen in action in the current World Cup - Tendulkar, Jayasuriya, Lara, Inzamam and Anderson Cummins.
2. India needed 4 runs to win off the last ball in their rain-rule affected match against Australia. Tom Moody was the bowler and Srinath's mighty heave left no one in doubt that it was going to be a six - so much so that the batsmen didn't bother running, for a while at least. A strong wind blowing in the opposite direction was a possible reason why the ball's trajectory was shortened beyond expectation, and Steve Waugh had an easy catch to complete. Unfortunately he dropped the catch, but fired a throw from the boundary. Not the best directed throw, the keeper David Boon standing in place of the regular wicket keeper had to make an effort before he ran the batsman out(Venkatpathy Raju). Had the batsmen ran without bothering to admire the beauty of the shot, the 3rd run could well have been completed, but it was not to be and India, twice in two World Cups, lost to Australia by the narrowest margin of 1 run.
Can't blame Border for making that comment, can you?!
3. Australia
4. That's not a South African actually, but a Zimbabwean - Andy Flower
5. The answer to the second question includes this answer too: David Boon.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Answers to quiz # 18: India-Bangladesh Cricket

q # 1
All the three matches were a part of the Asia Cups.

q # 2
Sinhalese Sports Club Ground, Colombo

q # 3
Sachin Tendulkar (see full picture on left)

q # 4
Mohammad Kaif
q # 5
India will flout the norm of reciprocation of tours. This will be India's second consecutive series against Bangladesh, in Bangladesh.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

quiz 18: Reliance World Cup 87

1. Andrew Zesers - He played his first and last two international matches in the 1987 World Cup in India. His career was dogged with constant shoulder problems.

2. Siddhu and Tom Moody made their debut in the same match. (India vs Australia, Chennai, October 9th)

3. Mohammad Azharuddin

4. Geoff Marsh

5. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 16: World Cup 1983

question no.1
194, 318, 237, 168.....

These are the record partnerships for each wicket in World Cup matches. For the 9th wicket, the record of 126 was made by Kapil Dev and Syed Kirmani at Turnbridge Wells on 18.06.1983, while 71 is the record for the last wicket between Andy Roberts and Joel Garner. (WI vs India, Manchester, 09.06.1983)

question no.2
What kind of grounds were employed for the first time to host World Cup matches?

Non-test grounds

question no.3
One team managed to reach the semis by ....

Pakistan beat NZ to the semis by the thin margin of 0.08 runs per over

question no.4
Who ended up with the maximum wickets for the winners, India?

Roger Binny

question no.5
Who captained Zimbabwe?

Duncan Fletcher

Bonus Question:
Identify the person holding the Prudential World Cup Cricket 1983 and the lady on his right.


The then Indian President, Giani Zail Singh is holding the trophy. On his left is the then Prime Minister of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi

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Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Don, Love and More

Answers to Cricket Quiz # 15

1. Graeme Pollock

2. Masaba is the daughter of ex-West Indies captain Vivian Richards and Bollywood actress Neena Gupta

3. Don Bradman

4. 99.94 ( that's Don's average, just in case you are not aware)

5. Saqlain Mushtaq

Sunday, March 4, 2007

Quiz 14: World Cup 1979

q#1 He was yet to captain Pakistan....
a: Asif Iqbal

q#2 England played ...
a: Newzealand and Pakistan

q#3 His 2 for 15 against Australia ...
a: Geoffrey Boycott

q#4 Canada scored ...
a: (d) , this was a multiple choice question

q#5 Canada didn't win ...
a: India

Thursday, March 1, 2007

1975 World Cup

q#1 As Clive Lloyd sped to a hundred...
answer: Rohan Kanhai

q#2 Glenn Turner averaged 166.5...
answer: Sunil Gavaskar!! (yes, he of the dreadfully slow 36 fame)

q#3 East Africa, like the West Indies..
answer: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania

q#4 He hooked a Dennis..
answer: Roy Fredericks

q#5 A simple one...
answer: Mike Denness

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Cricket Quiz # 12: Answers

Q.1 Which Sri Lankan cricketer...
Answer: Asantha De Mel

Q.2 Who wrote Bonaventure...
Answer: Garfield Sobers

Q.3 Ponting is the only one to score two centuries in his 100th test

Q.4 Chappelli Speaks Out

Q.5 "The best way to get away from a crisis...
Answer: Saurav Ganguly

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Monday, February 26, 2007

Fun Cricket Quiz Answers

I am still waiting for Sankalp to post me with the answers to Quiz no. 10, meanwhile let me give you the answers for Quiz no. 11.

1. Roshni Chopra – the expert cricket beauty on Doordarshan.

2. Makhaya Ntini – actually I made a small typo there. It’s not Moingi but Mdingi Express. That’s the name of the village from which Ntini hails.

3.England – Ponting blew his fuse off during an Ashes match when Vaughan asked for yet another substitution.

4.Raman Lamba was the 12th fielder on the field !! He was substituting for Kris Srikanth but when Srikkanth returned, Lamba failed to go back, thus creating this pecualiar situation.

5.All of you got this right – yes, it’s the boat the English cricketers had to catch the next day that caused the world’s longest match to be finally called off.

Friday, February 23, 2007

ICC Cricket World Cup Trivia: Solution

The obvious answer is South Africa vs Sri Lanka, but that's obviously not the case else where was the point spending so much time creating this question.
Group A - South Africa wins all matches, tops the group. Australia finish second.
Group B - Larger countries beat small countries. So India & Pakistan shoould have qualified, because there are 3 countries from the Indian subcontinent and the 4th one Bermuda is anyways the smallest. But it's mentioned that Pakistan is not one of the teams to qualify so it implies Pakistan was not a part of Group B. Hence India and Sri Lanka qualify, with India on top and Lanka second.
The super eight match we are talking about is supposed to be between A1 and B2. So it should have been SA vs Lanka. But that's where the catch is:
The new rule for the Super Eight stage is more than a little weird - If Australia & SA both qualify, Australia will be treated as A1 and SA as A2 irrespective of who finishes first, because Australia is ranked higher in the ICC ratings.
By the logic of this new ICC rule for the Super Eight stage, the answer becomes India vs Australia
Though I have discussed about this weird super-eight rule in my main cricket blog as well, beyond a point even i have not understood it. The official ICC site goes on to say that if Scotland qualifies instead of Australia, then Scotland will be A1. I really don't know what they mean..hope the International Cricket Committee understands it.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Cricket Quiz..another mail: Answers

Q - Who scored four sixes off Harbhajan Singh... - Shahid Afridi

Q - At a function for World Series Cricket, media mogul Kerry Packer once suggested that he put on a tie. After he replied infamously "I don't wear ties.... - David Hookes

Q – The only two Orissa players to have made it to the Indian Test team are Debashish Mohanty and Shiv Sunder Das

Q – The ad is for J.Hampstead

Q - On the 1974 tour to England, this Indian opener was accused of stealing a pair of socks .....Sudhir Naik

Q - His first six test innings were 0, 0, 1, 0, 0, and 0..... - Marvan Attapattu

Q – Who was the first Indian bowler to take a five wicket haul in ODI’s... - Kapil Dev, in all likelihood, however i would like to admit that i am not 100% confident on that. My apologies..

Q – “It involves the deliberate and systematic targeting - Decapitation

Friday, February 16, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 7: Answers

Q. Who holds the record for being the only cricketer to have scored more than 5000+ runs, taken...
- Carl Hooper

Q. Who was the first Pakistani batsman to score a century.....
- Saeed Answar

Q. Which are the only two cricket teams have been dismissed....
- Zimbabwe (against New Zealand at Harare in 2005) and India (against England at Manchester in 1952)

Q The first ball of the first world cup was bowled by…….
- Madan Lal (India vs England)

Q He was among the first of the genuinely fast, fast...
- Wes Hall

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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 6: Answers

Q – He was the first East Indian to represent West Indies and was probably the first right arm off break bowler.....
Answer - Sonny Ramadhin
Q – Who has the record for the most number of sixes in the Cricket World Cup?
Answer - Saurav Ganguly
Q – What do David Boon, Ricky Ponting and Viv Richards have in common apropos the Cricket World Cup?
Answer - Man of the Match in the World Cup Finals
Q – The brother in law of the Australian swing bowler Terry Alderman, this umpire is best known amongst cricket....?
Answer - Ross Emerson
Q – His career average of 38.81 in ODI’s is the highest for any New Zealand batsman...
Answer - Roger Twose

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Answers to Cricket Quiz # 5

Q. Who are the only two Indian cricketers to have scored a century and taken five wickets in the same innings? - Vinoo Mankad & Polly Umrigar
Q – An ex sheriff of Mumbai and a young Bangladeshi are the only two cricketers to be dismissed with the first delivery of a Test match on three occasions. Who? - Sunil Gavaskar & Hannan Sarkar
Q – He has hit more sixes than Sir Gary Sobers, Graham Gooch, Martin Crowe and Sunil Gavaskar in test cricket. He has the record for the number of sixes for anyone with less than a 1000 test runs. He was one of the greatest bowlers ever. Who? - Michael Holding

Q – On the grandest day, in the biggest competition of them all, he became the lord for a day. He made a blistering 86 from 66 balls. Never, for certain, has the great Sir Viv Richards, who was in royal form himself, been outshone quite so much. Identify this player. - C L King
Q - What is the common terminology used for running out the batsman when he is backing up at the non-strikers end? - Mankading
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Friday, February 2, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 4: Answers

Cricket Quiz # 4: Answers

Q – He took a wicket with his first ball in first class cricket. He made his debut for England in a one day international against Bangladesh....
- Chris Tremlett

Q – The guy in the centre (see pic on the left) was not a part of the Ashes winning England side but was on the open top bus that did the celebratory rounds....
- Gary Pratt

Q – Who has the highest number of wickets not involving a fielder? And what is the form of dismissal (e.g. – lbw.kuruvilla)
- Muralitharan, the second best being lbw. W.Akram
Q – The BCCI logo is derived from the emblem of India’s highest order of chivalry (during the days of the British Raj) founded by Queen Victoria in 1861. What was the order called
- Star of India
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 3: Answers

Cricket Quiz # 3

Q – When was the first one day international played and why? What were the number of overs per side and the balls per over? – Jan 5, 1971 at the MCG. The first three days of the third Ashes test were washed out. It was 40 overs per side and eight balls per over match. Australia won by five wickets.

Q – What is the name of the band Brett Lee plays in? Who are the other 2 cricketers in this band? - Six and Out. The other 2 cricketers being Shane Lee and Gavin Robertson

Q – Who is the only batsman in test history to have scored three centuries with a six? - Sachin Tendulkar

Q - KS Ranjitsinhji, K S Duleepsinhji and Ajaysinhji Daulatsinhji all came from the royal family of Nawanagar, now known as Jamnagar. Who was the last member from this pedigree to have represented India ? - Ajay Jadeja

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Cricket Quiz # 2: Answers

Answers to Cricket Quiz # 2

Q. What was burnt to create the Ashes? And what is the ashes urn made of? - A set of bails. The urn is made of terracotta

Q. Which ex Indian cricket was nicknamed “Colonel”? - Dilip Vengsarkar
Q . This was one of the most hilarious things ever said by a commentator. “He is not playing today as he has a problem with his testicles. The commentator was Ravi Shastri and it was the 1997 Sahara Cup at Toronto. Can you recall the injured player's name? - Mohammad Akram
Q. Who took the catch that prevented Sachin from becoming the youngest centurion in Test cricket? - John Wright

Q. Name the spectator who Inzamam attacked for repeatedly being called aaloo (hindi for potato, an obvious reference to the rotundness of the great cricketer) - Shiv Singh

Sunday, January 7, 2007

World Cup Cricket Quiz

1. Lost the World Cup Cricket Final
2. India never played Pakistan until the 1992 World Cup in Australia. But since then, they have played each other once every World Cup with India winning all the 4 matches.
3. India won the match by 10 wickets, the highest possible margin of victory for a team batting second.
4. Wasim Akram
5. It was Clive Lloyd again, though this time he finished one short of the highest honours.
6. Chetan Sharma took the first hat-trick of the Cricket World Cup at Nagpur in the 1987 Reliance World Cup. Gavaskar scored a breath-taking century, his first, to ensure that India finish first in their pool. Both happened in the same match against Newzealand and they became the first joint winners of the Man of the match award in the World Cup. The UAE pair was the second joint winner of this award.
7. Martin Crowe in 1992, this was the first time that the man- of- the- series was awarded in the Cricket World Cup.
8. Gavin Hamiltion
9. The title sponsors of the Cricket World Cups - Prudential in the first three editions in England, Reliance in 1987 ( India), Benson & Hedges in 1992 (Australia/NZ) & Wills in 1996. Since then the ICC has stopped alloting title sponsorship rights to anyone. It's now simply known as the ICC World Cup.
10. Rickey Ponting