Every team in world cricket wants to have the best all-rounder. It balances the team and overcomes weaknesses. Now every team has all rounders. New Zealander Richard Hadley is a role model for all of them.
On This Day In Cricket Richard Hadlee
Every team in world cricket wants to have the best all-rounder. It balances the team and overcomes weaknesses. Now every team has all rounders. New Zealander Richard Hadley is a role model for all of them. Everyone wants Hadley to develop into an all-rounder of his ability. Today the great New Zealander made his international debut. Hadley played his first Test match against Pakistan in Wellington on 2 February.
Hadley could not do anything special in his debut match. But, Hadley became a nickname for many sensations in international cricket. He joined the greats when he retired from international cricket.
Start with just two wickets..
The match started on February 2 and continued till February 5. It is a four-day match. Pakistan batted first in this match. New Zealand captain Bevan Congdon presents Hadley with the new ball. But, he failed to give the team the first victory. However, he got the wicket of the Pakistan century batsman. Hadley made Asif Iqbal his first victim in international cricket. Hadley caught off his own ball. Asif’s wicket fell at 271 runs. He was dismissed as the fourth wicket in the team. After that, Hadley struck Pakistan’s fifth wicket at a total score of 308. This time, opener Shakib Mohammad fell victim to him. Shakib played an innings of 166 runs in this match. He had 19 fours with his bat in this innings.
The downfall of the Pakistan team started from here. Pakistan scored 357 runs in the first innings. New Zealand team could only manage 325 runs in their first innings. Hadley scored an important 46 runs with the bat in this innings. Pakistan then declared their second innings at 290 for six, giving New Zealand a target of 323 runs. Hadley bowled seven overs in the second innings and did not get a single wicket. In the first innings, he scored 84 runs in 18 overs and took two wickets. In front of the huge target set by Pakistan, the New Zealand team lost three wickets on the fourth and final day and managed only 73 runs.
The record as the player who took the most wickets in Tests..
Hadley’s career may not have started well. But, today he is known as the greatest player in world cricket. He played his last Test match against England from 5 to 10 July 1990. When he retired, he held the record for most wickets in Tests. In Tests, this player took 431 wickets in 86 matches. His record was broken by India’s world-winning captain, the great all-rounder Kapil Dev. Hadley became the first bowler to take 400 wickets in Test cricket.
Hadley scored 3124 runs in Tests with two centuries and 15 fifties. His average during this time was 27.16. In ODIs, Hadley played 115 matches for New Zealand and took 158 wickets. Apart from that, he scored 1751 runs in ODIs at an average of 21.61. Four centuries came from his bat in ODIs.
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