Monday, January 22, 2007

Run-out on 98 or 99

Sourav Ganguly made a grand comeback into Indian ODI side in the Nagpur one-dayer against West Indies. Playing his first game in more than 16 months Ganguly was all set to score a sparkling century when Dwayne Smith's direct hit found him short of his crease at non-striker end.

Ganguly thus joined the select band of cricketers who have suffered the ignominy of getting run-out on 98 or 99. It is obvious that most of the players don't take sharp singles when so close to the three-figures mark. Surprisingly barring Ganguly and Morgan (about whom not much is known), all others are known to be excellent runner in between the wickets. Morgan was making his ODI debut and created a scene on the ground after getting run-out for which he was severely reprimanded later.

Runs Batsman Teams Venue Season
99 ST Jayasuriya SL v Eng Adelaide 2002-03
99 GC Smith SA v SL Centurion 2002-03
99 AC Gilchrist Aus v SL Centurion 2002-03
99 EJG Morgan Ire v Sco Ayr 2006
98 RS Mahanama SL v Ind Mumbai 1986-87
98 SC Ganguly Ind v WI Nagpur 2006-07