Two 0s in debut test, century after five years, a missed catch created a 'great record'

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi. Perhaps Graham Gooch was destined to make this 'grand record' of runs. He holds the world record for scoring most runs in a Test (including both innings). After Gooch, world cricket saw the playing skills of famous batsmen like Brian Lara, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson, but the record of this stylish England opener has not been broken yet. It does not seem that it will break even in the near future.

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This was the 'highest point' in the career of the batsman who scored a 'pair' (0 in both innings) in the debut Test. The special thing is that Lord's ground, which is called the 'Mecca of Cricket', became the witness of this record and in this match he was also the captain of the England cricket team. In this Test against India (India vs England) between 26 to 31 July, Gooch scored 333 runs (43 fours and three sixes) in the first innings and 123 runs (13 fours and 4 sixes) in the second innings. A total of 456 runs were scored from his bat in both innings of the Test, which is the highest number of runs scored by a batsman in a single Test.

Brian Lara of West Indies and Matthew Hayden of Australia have made a huge score of 380 runs in an innings of Test cricket, but they too could not break this record of Gooch. In terms of scoring the most runs in a Test match, Gooch is followed by Australia's left-handed opener Mark Taylor, who scored 426 runs (334 in the first innings) in the Peshawar Test against Pakistan in October 1998. * and 92) were made in the second innings. Not only this, in this match Gooch became the first batsman in the world to score a triple century and a century in a Test. So far only two batsmen have been able to achieve this feat in Test cricket. In February 2014, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara equaled Gooch's feat by scoring 319 runs in the first innings and 105 runs in the second innings in the Chittagong Test against Bangladesh.

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More's 'catch drop' proved costly
Talking about Gooch's innings of 333 runs, when this England opener was on 36 runs, wicketkeeper Kiran More gave him an easy catch. Sanjeev Sharma was an unfortunate bowler. This catch of Gooch was very costly for Team India. Thanks to his 333 runs, the England team was successful in scoring 653 runs (declared innings) for 4 wickets in the first innings and later was successful in winning this test also. After scoring a triple century in the first innings, Gooch, full of confidence, scored a century in the second innings of the Test and troubled the Indian team with his batting.

In the debut test, only 10 balls were played in both the innings.
Gooch, one of England's best batsmen, had a disappointing start to his career. 22-year-old Gooch started his Test career in July 1975 against Australia in Birmingham and was out for 0 in both the innings. He looked in all kinds of trouble against the fast bowling trio of Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Max Walker and could only bowl 3 balls in the first innings and 7 balls in the second innings. He was dropped from the team after poor performance in another match. There couldn't be a worse start to break the morale of a young batsman, but Gooch showed the ability to forget it and fight back. Returning to domestic cricket, he scored a lot of runs and again forced the selectors to select him in the team in 1978. His innings of 54 runs in the third Test of his career was encouraging but he had to wait for 5 years for his first Test. Test century.

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Ban on going to South Africa
He scored his first Test century after 21 Tests. In June 1980, he scored 123 runs with the help of 17 fours and one six against West Indies at Lord's. Six months later, during the England team's tour of the Indies, he was the team's leading run-scorer. After this he did not look back. He was chosen Wisden Cricketer of the Year for his excellent performance in batting. Gooch's career was gaining momentum but then in 1982, he took a decision which made him a 'villain' in the eyes of cricket fans. He led the team that toured South Africa, which was banned from world cricket due to apartheid. For this reason Gooch was banned for three years. Gooch later alleged in a documentary that he was forced to go on a tour of South Africa and that some influential people had threatened him with 'dire consequences' if he did not do so.

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Was the captain of the team in 34 Tests and 50 ODIs.
In 1985, Gooch again returned to the England team and later took over the captaincy of the team. During his 20-year international career divided into three parts, he played 118 Test and 125 ODI matches. In Test cricket, he scored 8900 runs (average 42.58) with the help of 20 centuries and in ODI he scored 4290 runs (average 36.98) with the help of eight centuries. He has one triple and one double century in his name in Tests. He was also the captain of the England team in 34 Test and 50 ODI matches. As a medium pace bowler, he took 246 wickets in first-class cricket and 310 wickets in List A matches. Not only this, while playing Test for England, he also opened the batting in the same match.

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scored 200 centuries in cricket

This six feet tall cricketer scored 44,846 runs in 581 matches in first-class cricket and 22,211 runs in 613 List A matches. Gooch, who played his last international match in a Test against Australia in February 1995, continued to play first-class cricket until 2000. Gooch has a total of 200 centuries in his name in cricket, which includes 20 in Tests and 8 in Tests. 128 in ODI, first class cricket and 44 in List A matches.

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