QUIZ: ON SPINNERS IN TESTS

On this day, a magician in cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan was born in 1972. A cricketer who’s known for his simplicity, his sheer gentleman spirit and not to mention, a record breaker. Here is a quiz on spinners to celebrate his 48th birthday.

Did you know? Jimmy Matthews, a leg-spinner from Australia has a hat-trick in both innings of a Test match. In 1912 against South Africa in Manchester, he achieved this feat.

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Muttiah Muralitharan went past Shane Warne’s 708 wicket mark against England in Kandy in 2007. Who was his record 709th Test wicket?
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Paul Collingwood was bowled in England’s 1st innings in the 1st Test in Kandy.

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Which of these spinners has the best bowling figures in a Test match?
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Jim Laker’s match figures of 19/90 against Australia in 1956 is the best by a spinner in Tests. In fact, those are the best irrespective of bowling classification.

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Ravichandran Ashwin became the quickest Indian to 100 Test wickets against West Indies in Mumbai. This match is renowned for what?
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Darren Sammy was his 100th scalp in Tests and this match marked the farewell of an absolute legend of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar.
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Which of these spinners has the best match figures on debut in Tests?
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Narendra Hirwani finished with match figures of 16 for 136 against West Indies in 1988 in Chennai.
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Anil Kumble has bagged 100 or more wickets against only one team in Tests, which is that team?
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Anil Kumble has 111 wickets against Australia with best match figures of 13/181 against them.
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Is Ravi Shastri the youngest Indian bowler to bag a 5-wicket haul in an innings in Tests?
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He claimed a 5-wicket haul against New Zealand on the 1981 tour of New Zealand, which was his debut series.
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On his Test debut in 1992 Shane Warne conceded 150 runs for a solitary wicket. Which opposition batsman scored a double hundred in the match?
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Ravi Shastri became the first Asian to score a double hundred in Australia.

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Who among these batsmen has been Harbhajan Singh’s bunny in Tests?
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Ricky Ponting has been dismissed by Harbhajan Singh on 10 occasions, which is the most for Ponting against a bowler in Tests.
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Which of these Pakistan spinners has the most wickets in Tests?
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Danish Kaneria leads the pack with 261 wickets for Pakistan in Tests.
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Which of these spinners has the most wickets through LBW in Tests?
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Anil Kumble has dismissed a batsman LBW on 156 occasions in Tests, his 25% of wickets have been through that mode of dismissal.
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