721-RUN PARTNERSHIP:Think of big partnerships in school cricket and our thoughts automatically turn to Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli’s 664 runs in the 1980s. That record was broken in 2006 when another set of thirteen-year-olds from Hyderabad added 721 runs—in just 40 overs! B Manoj Kumar (320, 127 balls, with 46 fours) and Mohamed Shaibaaz Tumbi (327, 116 balls, with 67 fours) of St. Peter’s High School destroyed St. Phillip’s High School in this school game in Hyderabad. As if that wasn’t enough, St. Phillips folded for 21 runs, losing by 700 runs. “The umpires were also telling us that you just declare and go because the opponents cannot outscore you. But we said we want to at least complete 300 runs and then more,” Shaibaaz said.
10 WICKETS FOR 10 RUNS: Yorkshire and England left-arm spinner Hedley Verity was a peerless bowler who took 1956 wickets in 378 First Class matches. He has taken all 10 wickets in an innings twice and holds the record for the best figures in an innings. Against Nottinghamshire in a home game in 1932, the wicket turned sticky and Verity rained hell on the visitors as they crashed for 44-0 to 67 all out. He took 10-10 in 19.4 overs, 16 of which were maidens.
MOST WICKETS IN A MATCH: There have been plenty of 17-fors in First Class cricket, but never an 18-for. Only one bowler has once managed 19. Jim Laker took an incredible 19-90 in the Manchester Test against Australia in 1956: 9-37 in the first innings (7-8 off his last 22 balls) and 10-53 in the second innings in 51.2 overs.No bowler has come within an earshot of this incredible feat, which suggests that the record will stay with Laker for long.
SACHIN TENDULKAR’S INTERNATIONAL MATCHES, RUNS AND HUNDREDS: Sachin Tendulkar has amassed a mountain of batting records. He has 15,921 Test runs with 51 hundreds in 200
matches, 18,426 ODI runs with 49 hundreds in 463 matches, and each of these numbers is unlikely to be topped.
MURALITHARAN’S INTERNATIONAL WICKETS: The Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan has 800 Test wickets and 534 ODI wickets. To fully fathom what Muralitharan has achieved in Tests, take the current 100m sprint record and halve it. When Murali started playing Test cricket, the record was a mere 431. With his ruthless efficiency for consuming wickets, he has pushed the record to heights that may not be touched again.
THE BIGGEST WIN: This may be the most one-sided game in First Class history. In 1964, Pakistan Railways chose to bat against Dera Ismail Khan in an Ayub Trophy game. They stacked up 910-6. So demoralised were Dera Ismail, they were bowled out for 32 in the first innings. In the second, they fared worse: they made just 27. The defeat by a margin of an innings and 851 runs remains the largest one in First Class cricket.
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