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15 Sep 2020 | 06:42 AM
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Who is the oldest from a member nation to register a T20I fifty?
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Did the recent fifty scores by Pakistan’s Mohd Hafeez at Old Trafford against England make him the oldest batsman in T20I cricket to register a fifty score? – Ajay Paul on Twitter

Several T20I batsmen have recorded individual fifties in this format after the age of 40 years. Therefore, Hafeez’s recent efforts at 39, don’t make him the oldest. Faran Afzal, while appearing for Spain currently holds the record at the age of 45 years, 160 days, when he registered an unbeaten 59 against Gibraltar at Cartagena on 26 October 2019. In all ten batsmen have made fifty scores on 11 occasions after the age of 40 years, with Qatar’s Faisal Javed being the only one to make two fifties after 40. However, all these ten batsmen represent the associate member countries for their T20I matches. Therefore, the record of being the oldest among full member nations is currently held by Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya who was 39 years, 345 days when he blasted 81 in 55 balls against the West Indies at Nottingham on 10 June 2009. Mohd Hafeez, however, is now the second-oldest at 39 years, 320 days when he reached his fifty during his recent unbeaten 86 against England in the Old Trafford T20I match. The list below provides the details.

How many Test players have made a double century and have also claimed a 10-wicket match haul during their career – Sreejit R on Facebook

Only six players have the distinction of achieving this during their Test career. India’s Vinoo Mankad was the first to do so way back in December 1955, when he made his maiden double century at the Brabourne Stadium against New Zealand having already picked up two 10-wicket hauls three years earlier. Mankad incidentally is the only player in Test history to do this on two occasions, ie the only player with two ten-wicket hauls and two double centuries during a Test career. The table below has all the details of these elite six players.

How many players have scored a century and also taken a five-wicket haul in same ODI match? Has anyone done it more than once? – Ajit Surinder on Twitter

So far, only three players have managed to hit a century and also taken a five-wicket haul in the same ODI match. And no-one has done it more than once. However, if we widen the qualifying mark to 50 runs and four wickets in the same ODI match, then three players have done the allrounder’s double on three separate occasions. They being Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Chris Gayle (West Indies) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh). 

Is there any bowler with over 100 Test wickets and hasn’t claimed any of his victims for a duck? S Jayshankar on Twitter

So far, all the 192 Test bowlers with 100 or more wickets have been able to claim at least one of their victims for a duck. Amongst these bowlers, the fewest number of duck victims is three - by Bangladeshi Mohd Rafique and South African Nicky Boje. They both have an exact 100 wickets and also have the same number of duck victims, which is three each. Therefore, the record for the most Test wickets without a duck victim goes to Indian Ghulam Ahmed, with 68 wickets. 

The tables below have the details:

Who are the batsmen to first reach the landmarks of 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 runs in IPL cricket? – RS Singh on Facebook

The following batsmen were the first to reach the following landmarks in IPL cricket

All records mentioned above are correct and updated as on 13 September 2020

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