When Samarjit Nath Made A World Record On Debut

When Samarjit Nath Made A World Record On Debut

Like everything in life, even sports throw moments at times which is no less dramatic than a movie script. The story of Samarjit Nath, who made a world record on 10th January 2002 can be classified in that category.

It was a low key Ranji Trophy match in 2001-02 season between two east zone teams Assam and Tripura to be played at North-East Frontier Railway Stadium. Assam’s regular wicket-keeper was Syed Zakaria Zuffri who served Assam for around 12 years with a brief spell for Railways in between. However, he was unavailable for that match and Samarjit Nath was included in the team to manage the duties behind the stumps. Nath played age-group cricket for Assam successfully and was an expected replacement for Zuffri.

Samarjit Nath (Image: Espn Cricinfo)

Tripura batted first and by the end of the first day of the match which was the first day of First-class cricket for Nath, he had 7 victims, six catches and a stumping and was involved 7 out of 8 dismissals for Tripura. Next day Tripura folded for 216. Although Nath had no contribution in the 9th dismissal, he got his 8th victim when he caught Rasudeb Dutta of Gautam Dutta to end the innings.

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Assam was a much stronger team than Tripura and despite some early hiccup they finished at 411 and got a lead of 195 runs. Nath batted at number 10 scoring 12 runs with two boundaries.

Tripura finished the third day at 80 for 1 but Nath was involved in that dismissal to take his tally to 9th. On 10th January, the last day of the four-day match Tripura, fought hard to reach 288 for the loss of six wickets and the match was ended as a draw. However, Nath was involved in two more dismissals when he caught the nicks from two more Tripura batsmen to reach 11 dismissals in the match. With that, he achieved the world record for getting the maximum number of dismissals in the debut First-class match. There were more instances of players involved in 11 dismissals in a match but except Nath, no one achieved that on their debut match and that’s how this record was unique.

However, the twist in the tale is that, for Samarjit Nath, his debut first-class match was his only first-class match as surprisingly he was never called back by Assam selectors once the regular keeper Zuffri was back. Nath kept playing age group cricket before moving away from the cricketing scenes slowly.

This was one of those rare cricketing moment, where the main protagonist made such a dramatic entry to the scene but without any follow-up act and we would never know whether he had it in him to replicate the accomplishment he displayed in his first and only outing.


‘I made enemies, but I slept in peace’, says Gautam Gambhir



  • Gautam Gambhir has recently announced his retirement from all form of cricket on 3rd December 2018, ahead of his final match for the Delhi against the Andhra in the Ranji Trophy on 6 December 2018.

  • Gautam Gambhir scored a steady hundred in his farewell Ranji Trophy match against Andhra.

  • His contribution in India’s triumph in 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup can never be unnoticeable. 

The unsung hero of Indian cricket, Gautam Gambhir has recently announced his retirement from all form of cricket which came all of a sudden that no one even thought of it. Though he didn’t get that attention ever what he should get, he has no regret on that even if it meant an “unfulfilled career” and “lot of enemies”, he got “sleep peacefully at night”.

Recently in an interview with PTI, he shared that he can’t tolerate any wrong-doings.

“It’s not only about cricketing system, in general our society doesn’t like to be shown the mirror. We like to maintain the status quo and not look at the reality. I get suffocated by all this,” Gambhir added. “I can’t tolerate wrong things and artificiality. A lot of people around me say that I could have been diplomatic but that is simply not me. Yes, I made many enemies but I slept in peace.”

In his 15-year long cricketing career, he scored 4,154 runs in 58 Tests, 5,238 in 147 ODIs and 932 in 37 T20I matches for India. Along with these, he played 198 First-class matches, 299 List-A matches and 251 T20 matches where he scored 15153 runs, 10077 runs, and 6402 runs respectively.

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Last year, Gambhir had an ugly fight with KP Bhaskar, when he told that the former coach was trying to destroy the career of junior players. He had arguments with Chetan Chauhan over Navdeep Saini, a rookie bowler, who he thought has the ability to go long.

But he never gets frightened to say the right thing to the people.

“It did affect me. I am human after all but then like I said, I could not have let the unfair (practices) prevail. Look, I am not being holier than thou but some of the things that go on in our system are absolutely ridiculous. I was vocal about them and I paid the price by having an unfulfilled career,” Gambhir expressed with a sad note.

While talking about the misunderstanding and how that affected his career, he said,

“Misunderstood a lot of times. For example, if I said, a captain is as good as his team, media and critics thought I was taking a dig at M.S. Dhoni. These critics would conveniently ignore when I repeated the statement when I was leading KKR or Delhi Ranji team. All these misunderstandings played a negative part in my career,” he admitted.

Though he is a son of a wealthy businessman, to create his own identity urged him to push the limits as he didn’t get anything easily and had to fight for everything.

“A lot of people would say that I didn’t need to play the game as I came from an affluent background. But I wanted to have an identity of my own, I wanted my dad should be known through me rather than the other way round. Besides, I didn’t get anything on a platter, as I had to fight at each and every step. Therefore I am up for a scrap each time someone throws a challenge at me,” he said.

With 8.63 million followers on Twitter, sometimes Gambhir’s views on many political issues have got mixed reactions from the people. Recently he has criticized the Delhi government for air pollution in the national capital. While asking about his take on prominent politicians or a political party, he replied that he does nothing with any prior “planning”.

“I am not taking anyone (on) or I am not doing it with any planning. It just comes naturally to me. I want to raise issues rather than get personal. I think it is my right to question if things are not falling in place. I would urge each Indian to do it, otherwise we will be steamrolled by the system,” Gambhir replied.

He decided to take the retirement in the middle of the season despite scoring a ton in his final appearance.

“Well, there is never a right time or a wrong time for decisions such as retirement. I have been thinking about it for some time but enthusiasm and eagerness to win got the better of retirement thoughts.”

His shoulder niggle was also the other reason for his retirement. Moreover, he thinks there are so many new talents are coming up and they will experience the game as well.

“I wanted to captain and play for the entire season but due to my shoulder niggles, I thought I should re-look at that plan. I discussed with my family and they were also of the opinion that I should move on. In fact, it is good as so many youngsters are also coming through. At least they will get a look in now to play for Delhi,” said Gambhir.

While talking about himself, he expressed that he was never destiny’s favorite child and could have played a lot more for the country.

“Well, destiny has been mixed to me. I think I was good enough to play a lot more but variables were not in favour. But then I also had the honour of winning not one but two World Cup titles. So, the hundred in my last game is one more day when destiny has been kind to me.”

All you need to know about Mumbai’s Shivam Dubey

Shivam Dubey

Former Indian cricketer and Cricket expert Sunil Gavaskar has been all praises for a certain Shivam Dubey. As the IPL auctions are around the corner, Gavaskar has set his eyes on a local favorite. 

Sunil Gavaskar deems Shivam Dubey to be an asset and that the franchises should have a lookout for him. The left-handed batsman has scored 364 runs in five innings at an average of 91.00 and has also claimed 12 wickets at an average of 16.75. Although Mumbai’s performance in this Ranji Trophy hasn’t been so well, Dubey has been a silver lining.

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The Mumbai born 25-year-old Shivam Dubey has evolved as a prolific all-rounder through various stages of his cricketing career right since his Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) days. Toiling his way through the hard grind of the Harris Shield, Dubey has himself well shaped up for First-Class Cricket. Considered as the best platform for any aspiring youngster from Mumbai, the Harris Shield is more of a litmus test which either rises one to fame or breaks confidence all the day. The likes of Prithvi Shaw have their name etched on the record books of this league.  

“One player who will definitely be on the radar of the scouts of the franchises, as well as the national selectors, is Shivam Dubey. Not since Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly has a left-hander hit the ball so cleanly and powerfully in Indian cricket,” Gavaskar wrote.

“That he is also a medium pacer is a huge plus and more than the franchises, the national selectors should be sitting and taking notice of this talent. He has scored two Ranji hundreds and also picked a fifer which is more than some who are considered indispensable to the Indian team have done. Besides being a left-hander, he also brings a variation that the team can do with,” he added.

A batting all-rounder, Shivam Dubey considers both elements of his role to be equally important. Playing in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai he has proven himself each time to date, even in lost matches. Batting left-handed and bowling right-arm medium, he staged a dream debut as an all-rounder in the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season. In a crucial knockout against Karnataka last year, he a fleet-footed 71 and also bagged a five-wicket haul. Thus, enhancing his reputation as an efficient all-rounder. Although Mumbai were knocked out of that game, Dubey started off afresh in this Ranji season scoring a mature 139-ball 114 against the Railways. In Mumbai’s latest match, against Karnataka, he claimed 7 wickets in one inning. He has also represented Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare trophies. He showcased a brisk all-rounder performance as Mumbai rose as champions in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this year. 

Shivam Dubey remained unsold in the previous IPL auctions but gained a significant reputation in the Mumbai T20 league this year. He was recruited for a whopping 5 crores by Shivaji Park Lions as their most expensive player. His ability to hit sixes with insane ease which “comes natural” to him, is derived from a religious knocking practice during childhood. With all of these events unfolded, there’s a fair chance that one of the IPL teams looking for a reliable all-rounder will lay hands on this Mumbaikar.