Bowler who took only 1 wicket in test, if someone stopped the batsman from scoring a century…

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. Many players played cricket at the international level as pure batsmen. He was rarely seen bowling in international matches. There are many players who never bowled in their entire Test career, these include Stephen Fleming, Ian Healy and Andrew Strauss. Similarly, players like Sunil Gavaskar, Zaheer Abbas, David Gower, Rahul Dravid, Mark Taylor, VVS Laxman and Alastair Cook bowled occasionally in international matches. The captain put the ball in his hands only when a match was heading towards a dull result or when a non-regular bowler had to be tested to break a long partnership.

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Let us look at those non-regular bowlers who took only one wicket in Test cricket but this wicket was 'priceless'. With his bowling, he either dismissed a veteran batsman before scoring a century or broke an important partnership by dismissing a batsman who had already scored a century.

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Gavaskar had dismissed Zaheer Abbas on 96 runs.
Players of India and Pakistan are tough rivals off the field and friends off the field. Pakistan's Zaheer Abbas and India's Sunil Gavaskar are also good friends, but 'Sunny' has deprived his Pakistani friend of making a big record by dismissing him for 96 runs in the Test. The interesting thing is that this is the only wicket registered in the name of Gavaskar in Test cricket. He had Zaheer Abbas caught by Chetan Chauhan for 96 runs in the second innings of the Test between India and Pakistan in Faisalabad in October 1978. Zaheer, popularly known as 'Asian Bradman' and 'Jade', had scored 176 runs in the first innings. He had a chance to join the special club of scoring centuries in both the innings of a Test by scoring a century in the second innings also, but Gavaskar broke this dream. The captain of the Indian team in this tour was Bishan Singh Bedi.

An interesting fact is that Gavaskar has taken only one wicket in One Day International and this wicket is also of Zaheer Abbas. In 1978 itself, in the Sialkot ODI, 'Sunny' had deprived Zaheer of a half-century by getting him caught by Kapil Dev at the score of 48 runs. Gavaskar used to bowl right arm medium pace as well as off spin bowling.

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Like Gavaskar, non-regular bowler Rahul Dravid has also taken only one wicket in the Test. In the first innings of the St. John's Test of the Indian team's 2002 West Indies tour, he had the host team's wicketkeeper Rindley Jacobs caught by VVS Laxman on a personal score of 118 runs. In this test which was full of runs, the captain of the Indian team was Sourav Ganguly and the captain of West Indies was Carl Hooper. In this match which was a draw, all 11 players of the Indian team including wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra bowled.

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Boucher bowled a total of 8 balls in the test, took an important wicket in this

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Former South African wicketkeeper batsman Mark Boucher bowled only eight balls (1.2 overs) in his entire international career and was successful in dismissing the batsman who scored a century. In the year 2005, in the match between South Africa and West Indies at St. John's A lot of runs were scored in the test. In response to South Africa's first innings score of 8/588 runs (declared innings), West Indies scored 747 runs in the first innings. When the leading bowlers were unable to take wickets, South African captain Graeme Smith handed the ball to wicketkeeper Boucher who dismissed Dwayne Bravo (107 runs). Boucher dismissed Bravo and ended West Indies' innings at 747 runs.

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McCullum also dismissed the wicketkeeper who scored a century.

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Former New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum has been recognized as an excellent wicketkeeper batsman but he has also taken one wicket in Tests. In 2014, against Pakistan in Dubai (neutral venue), he bowled two overs in the first innings and while keeping one over maiden, he gave away one run and dismissed the opposition team's wicketkeeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed (112). Despite being a wicketkeeper, McCullum has bowled 29.2 overs in Test cricket. Although he never bowled in ODI.

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Gower took the wicket of Kapil who scored an aggressive century.

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David Gower, one of the best batsmen of England, has also taken one wicket in Test cricket. Gower used to bat with his left hand and bowl with his right hand. Off-break bowler Gower had dismissed Kapil Dev, who scored 116 runs with the help of 16 fours and two sixes in just 98 balls in the first innings of the Kanpur Test against India in 1982. Kapil had made a partnership of 169 runs for the seventh wicket with Syed Kirmani in the match, but by breaking this partnership, Gower gave relief to England captain Keith Fletcher. As soon as Kapil was out, the Indian team declared the innings at the score of 377 for 7 wickets.

Apart from these part-time bowlers, Australia's Mark Taylor, England's Alastair Cook and Ian Bell and West Indies' Desmond Haynes have also taken one wicket each in their career of more than 100 Tests.

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