With Cricket being the flavour during this part of the year,Quiziebee presents a Cricket Quiz.
Q1.Of Western Samoan parents, left-arm fast-medium bowler career came alive after two medicocre seasons with Northern Districts when he moved to Auckland. In his first season (1990-91) he grabbed 28 wickets in nine matches, winning his Test call-up against England the following summer when he took eight wickets in two games. That was followed by successful tours to Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, and a Test-best 5 for 73 against Pakistan at Hamilton in January 1993. But thereafter he struggled, taking 5 for 434 in four Tests against Australia, and drifted out of the reckoning. His cause was not helped by mood swings and clashes with some senior members of the side.Who is he?
Ans: Murphy Su’a
Q2.His hero is Allan Donald, but it’s difficult not see at least a trace of Michael Holding in him, the Eastern Province Express, who made his Test debut against New Zealand as a 21-year-old in December 2000. After two impressive displays against Sri Lanka, everything seemed to be going swimmingly when, along with Makhaya Ntini, he became the first African player to be voted as a national cricketer of the year in 2001. However, a succession of stress fractures in his legs have since hindered his progress. He underwent a barrage of tests in an attempt to establish why his bones appear to be so brittle – it has been suggested that he may suffer from a genetic disorder or that the root cause lies in certain dietary deficiencies earlier in his life.Identify the cricketer?
Ans: Mfuneko Ngam
Q3.One of the earliest products of the MRF Pace foundation, he was included in the Indian team admist high expectations. He went on the tour of Australia in 1991-92, where it was thought he would succeed given the hard and bouncy tracks Down Under. He played in the third Test at Sydney as the fourth seamer when India took the field without a specialist spinner. He bowled only in the first innings picking up three wickets for 47, those of Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh. He then figured in the Benson & Hedges World Series that followed without any conspicuous success and was also selected for the tour of South Africa the next season but did not play a single Test and met with only modest success in the one dayers and the first-class games and was a forgotten man after that.Who is this unfortunate cricketer?
Ans: Subroto Banerjee
Q4.Coming into the national side on the back of a 1000-run domestic season,X was supposed to be Indian cricket’s next big thing – a cultured middle-order batsman who could bowl testing offspin. His debut series – the LG Cup at Nairobi in 1999-2000 – suggested that there was substance behind the hype, as he took 10 wickets at 12.2 and scored 65 runs without being dismissed. But he was a peripheral presence in the one-dayers and Tests against New Zealand, and a disappointing tour of Australia saw him become yesterday’s news. Even as Nairobi disappears in the rear-view mirror, consistent performances at the domestic level repeatedly pitchfork X onto the fringes of selection.Identify X?
Ans: Vijay Bhardwaj
Q5.A specialist wicket-keeper, he played in the first Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in March 1877 and the famous Ashes Test match of 1882. Such was his skill in the position that he revolutionised the art of wicket-keeping and was known as the “prince of wicket-keepers”. Late in his career, he captained the Australian team.Who is he?
Ans: John Blackham