By Ashok Kumar
Sydney, 7 January, 2017
The Sydney Test, the third between Australia and Pakistan will be remembered for three centuries by Australian batsmen and one by Pakistan batsman on a perfect batting wicket.
But let’s spare a thought for those who returned from the doorsteps of the coveted and hard earned three figure mark. But Sydney Cricket Ground is saved of the dubious record of having someone getting out on 99.
David Warner, the local boy, scored a century before lunch on the first morning, a rare distinction of being first one to do so, his opening partner too reached the hard earned three figures before the close of play on the first day of the match. Peter Handscomb became the third centurion on the second day after lunch.
However, in the 140-year history of Test cricket, 93 batsmen have been out for 99, ten alone in Melbourne(MCG) but none at SCG.
Kersi Meher-Homji writes in the roar.com.au that MCG is followed by Lord’s, with six nervous 99ers, then Cape Town, Lahore and Perth (five each) and Adelaide (four).
Nottinghamshire, Auckland, Brisbane, Port-of-Spain, Karachi, Christchurch, Harare, and Nagpur have witnessed three batsmen dismissed for 99, while Bridgetown, Bangalore and Leeds have two each.
Twenty-eight venues have witnessed batsmen being dismissed for 99 on one occasion.
In all, 39 Test venues have witnessed 93 instances of batsmen being dismissed for 99 since the first time, in Melbourne on January 1, 1902. This was in an Ashes Test, when Australia’s Clem Hill was caught Arthur Jones bowled Sydney
Karachi is the only venue which has witnessed three batsmen being dismissed for 99 in a single Test. Pakistan played England in 1973, with the home side losing Majid Khan and Mushtaq Mohammad for 99, then England’s Dennis Amiss also fell one shy of triple digits – a unique record in Test history.
Ashok resumes: However, prominent among those who got out on 99 are Steve Waugh, Virat Kohli, Ian Chappel, Graham Gooch, MS Dhoni, Michael Atherton and Sanath Jayasuriya. Out of these Gooch, Dhoni and Virat Kohli (IPL) and Waugh faced the agonising moment of missing the coveted three figure mark while taking the hundredth run.