Test Cricket 2000
year 2000 will be remembered for……..
By Kavita Sehgal
year 2000 will be remembered for the phenomenal winning sequence of the
unstoppable Aussies. The Aussies didn’t lose a single Test; neither did
they draw a Test. This was the year, when Steve Waugh’s team re-wrote
the record books after they broke the record of the most consecutive Test
win, held by formidable West Indian side of mid-eighties. Much has been
made out of Australia’s convincing wins and they were compared to
Bradman’s “Invincible Aussies”, Benaud’s tied-test bunch and Ian
Chappell’s redoubtable team of 70’s. The year also saw the menacing
McGrath taking 10-27 in Melbourne Test.
also created some sort of history, when it defeated the West Indies in a
series, for the first time since 1969. The pace trio of Cork-Gough-Caddick
were the heroes of this victory. But, more significant and equally
historical was their first series victory in Pakistan in 38 years. Naseer
Hussain’s team turned the table in Pakistan with superb team-effort.
England won the third test at Karachi by six wickets in darkness. The
stoic Graham Thorpe played the best half-century of the year with an
The year will also be remembered for Sri Lanka’s triumph over Pakistan
in Pakistan, due to Murlitharan’s outstanding performance. Later, in the
home series against Pakistan, the former captain and the only player to
have participated in country’s first and 100th Test, Arjuna
Flower’s excellent performance and Chris Cairn’s continued success
with bat and ball were the highlight of the year. In between, Sachin
Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid’s batting were a noticeable event of the
The year will be also remembered for some record-breaking performance by
some great players of the game. Courtney Walsh, become the highest wicket
taker in the world, when he broke the record of Kapil Dev, during the
series against Zimbabwe. The two ‘Ws’ of Pakistani cricket also
entered in the record books. The Sultan of Swings-Wasim Akram became the
only 4th bowler in the history of game to have 400 victims. In
the same test match, his long-time partner Waqar Younis also took the 300th
two other giant fast bowler of the game, Alan Donald and Glen McGrath
achieved their 300th wickets, as well.
The year also saw, the South African captain Shaun Pollock got his
200-mark in the last test of the year.
But, the bowler of the year was the mesmerizing Murali, who took 64
wickets in just 9 Test matches, at an average of 20.34. Murali come on the
verge of taking 300 wickets. With one Test still to finish in the year,
Murli may achieve that too!
The year will also remembered for the retirement of one of the most lethal
bowler’s in Test cricket, Curtly Ambrose. Despite the repeated request
to continue till the Aussies tour, Ambrose stood firm to his decision.
Notwithstanding, the biggest scandal of the game in 2000, the year still
produced some brilliant cricket by the teams and the individuals to keep
the game alive in coming years.