Winning reasons also impart clear memories, but fading ones fall to the wayside. Here I provide all the performances that may have been in vain, even though they only occurred in Tests and one-matches or one-day contests. I want to point out that these are my mental bullet points. As far as I can tell, I have run some formulae and only glanced over shortlisting criteria to make a final decision. I’m sure I might have overlooked any notable performances in that particular, in addition to the obvious ones. Please draw my attention to something you think I’ve missed. I have not included T20 performances in my archive over the past couple of years as I don’t keep one for T20I any longer.
All series, Lara’s undoubtedly was a once-in-a-lifetime batting effort in Sri Lanka in 2001.
We shall examine the statistics (not that mere numbers could convey what Lara did). Three Tests, six innings, 688 runs, 178, 40, 74, and 221 go down in defeat as a painful conclusion to the potent assault headed by Muttiah Muralitharan disgraceful defeat. I saw no real failures. Blocking that will be harmful 56% Half of the team’s offence has scored 43% of their total runs. I’m not sure whether anything more has to be said. At the end of the match, Lara only managed to get 151 runs from the 570 balls she faced, and still, the West Indies fell short of victory. It is accurate that Clyde Walcott managed to score 800 runs in a negative series against Australia, but Terence Alderson was a rare exception to the rule.
Unit effort: I first have to draw attention to what I believe is the best rearguard for a team.
When preparing for the South African team’s tour of India in 2015, the BCCI set traps using low pitches. This seemed like a fake series triumph to many impartial observers.
This one match outshined the others. Having to bat for more than 150 overs in the last Test to save the game in Delhi, they were saved. We were on the verge of victory but lost on the previous ball with 143 runs scored (the only time in Test history that a 100-plus-over innings had a run rate below 1.0). They lost a lot of money but gained several Indian hearts. the indomitable quartetuosity of South Africa’s batters was Temba Bavuma with 117 bats, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers 25, Fritz Graeckiate and Malik Burger in a multiple of 43. (97). almost as much as de Vill, who hit sevens every other pitch. How long did it take Amla to get to reach a hundred? It can’t be argued that we have put in the best initiative towards a lost cause.
The first instance is in Adelaide in 2013, when Virat Kohli got his double hundreds against Australia by losing a tight match against the team by runs. He came within two runs of what should have been a sensational victory, and it hurt even worse because of that. Australia lost by seven runs in Hobart, despite David Warner’s 123 all-six-ball knocks. He went out of his way to contact 241, and nobody was along for the ride.
Lara’s batting line was not enough to rescue the West Indies from a crushing defeat on the first day in Adelaide in 2005-06. His (Pont’s) 242 in Adelaide against India in the 2003-04 Test Series was the lowest team total to beat an opposition side that year. The failure was also due to Ajit Agarak and the other Dravid-Agar alliance.
I believe this is, in my mind, the best baseball match ever seen. Nathan Ast found himself in the face of a Christchurch goal of 550 in 2001-02 as he walked in for 119 eleven times for 3. Exactly one-and-a-and-a-half hours later, he was shot for 223 bats. He was last seen at four and a half-1/2, a whopping 98 places back. His average was in the .300s, and he went 6-with-11 for four home runs. It was hard to overlook the sheer panic in the faces of the Pakistan players after each ball, particularly Nasser Hussain, who was facing no-balls for the first time in his life.
In reply to South Africa’s 600 in Harare in 2001, it was the (Shakibdenvir) Flower all the way: halfway. All 14 hours of the day. For Laxman, a taste of his impending doom came in the second Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground; he scored a beautiful unbeaten 167 in his only innings of that game there. Whatever happened to Hamish Blair?
VVS Laxman advanced the art in India in 2001 with his first Kolkata chapter. He showed his ability in one of his successful stints at the SCG the year before that. It made no difference to me that India lost by a considerable margin. Thanks to his 167 four-27-four doubles ratio, and plenty of extra-base hits, he demonstrated what he could do.
Can India, requiring 271 to score, failed to do so, at 82 for 5 in Chennai in January 1999. While suffering from back pain, Sachin Tendulkar played an outstanding inning of 136 to lead India to victory.
From 1995 to 1996, Pakistan set a challenging goal of 355 against Sri Lanka. Khan ambled in at an irritatingly slow rate. And though he’d already been unbeaten after five and a half hours of play, Pakistan was declared the victors.
When India was on 31 for 6 in the second innings of the first Test in Port Elizabeth in 1992-93, loss loomed high. Ravi Shastri added 180+ runs to Kapil Dev’s 129 in the last four overs. He set India a total, even though they only hit 153 runs. Who might miss one of the innings of the 1986-87 India-Pakistan series in Bangalore? The goal was set for India of 220 with ten balls to spare. Sunil played his utmost, and India fell short of an ideal opportunity. For many reasons, Gav’s batting score of 96 was worth even more than a double-century.
The margin of success in the first and second test matches of the Centenary Test in that year was equal-45 runs. England set a big goal of 462, and they more than halved it by whipping Randall’s masterclass score of 174. First use: It went on for eight hours and thirty minutes. Some cricket experts consider that Len H’s relative ineffectiveness in Brisbane, in the winter of the 1950-51 season, was the most crucial match of his career. It wasn’t long until England had virtually sealed the game with two unbelievably awesome declarations (they scored 100 runs for every 14 wickets in the match). That seems to be too far out of the question because it was just 3-0 at the end of the third inning. Hutton’s score of 63 was a clear demonstration of how to play “sticky wicket”. The baseball game went on for just three innings, but he worked hard the whole time he was on the mound.
It took an impressive 600 runs in the Melbourne Test in the 1924-25 Ashes series against England for Australia to record their first victory. Sutcliffe responded with his two-innings total of 176 for England, and England’s two-inning count was 127. In the first contest, Hobbs replaced the wagon wheels with 283 but lost. England was able to add just 486 runs for 20 wickets to its total. Stu Sutcliffe faced over 145 innings and held his eye on the ball for over 13 hours.