Imam-ul-Haq just completed 1000 runs in ODIs, with five centuries. Is this a record for a player’s first thousand? asked Krishna Gunugunuri from the United States
That’s a good spot, because Imam-ul-Haq is only the third player whose first 1000 runs in ODIs have included five centuries, and he needed only 19 innings – fewer than the other two. South Africa’s Quinton de Kock had five centuries in his first 1000 runs, which took 21 innings, while Upul Tharanga of Sri Lanka needed 28 innings. Imam was the second-fastest from anywhere to reach 1000 ODI runs, in terms of innings: his opening partner, Fakhar Zaman, got there one quicker last year. De Kock, Babar Azam, Kevin Pietersen, Viv Richards and Jonathan Trott all took 21 innings.
In the recent Test at Canberra, Dimuth Karunaratne, who had previously retired hurt, resumed his innings when someone else retired hurt. Has this ever happened before in a Test? asked Sam Packman from Australia
This incident in the first ever Test at Canberra’s Manuka Oval was certainly very unusual. Dimuth Karunaratne, who had earlier been hit by a bouncer, resumed his innings when Kusal Perera suffered the same fate. As far as I can see there have been only two previous instances of this (and I’m grateful to Charles Davis for confirming my memory). One reason there have been so few is that, until a law change in the 1980s, a retired batsman was supposed only to resume his innings at the fall of a wicket. However, in Sydney in 1975-76, Michael Holding retired hurt after being hit in the face by Greg Chappell from what turned out to be the last ball of the first day: he tried to resume first thing next morning but was told he couldn’t, and in came Bernard Julien, who had retired himself the previous day after having his thumb broken by Jeff Thomson. “Apparently the permissiveness of modern society extended as far as the laws of cricket,” wrote Frank Tyson. “Neither umpire raised any objection to Julien’s unlawful climb back on the batting bandwagon.”
The second case also involved West Indies in 1990-91, by which time the rather illogical law had been changed. Against Australia in Kingston, Desmond Haynes retired hurt after being hit on the toe by Craig McDermott, but resumed when McDermott hit Gus Logie near the eye – he needed nine stitches – and was also forced to retire.
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