The batsman who landed at number 9 spoiled India's condition and direction, hitting 173 runs in 136 balls, made a world record

The batsman who landed at number 9 spoiled India's condition and direction, hitting 173 runs in 136 balls, made a world record

On this day, a ninth number batsman in the world of cricket created panic. The team struggled after losing seven wickets for 131 runs. But that batsman came and the game was reversed. He scored runs in a stormy manner and spoiled the bowlers' record. When this player was out, his score was 173 runs in 136 balls. 23 fours and three sixes. Also the team's score was 391 runs. The team that had to face the stormy batting of this player was Team India. And the name of this player is Ian Smith. The 173-run innings of this New Zealand superstar is the highest score by any number nine batsman. He did this feat in February 1990. This match played in Auckland was a draw due to Smith's innings. Let's know how this match went.

India's captain Mohammad Azharuddin won the toss and called New Zealand for the first batting. Kapil Dev and young fast bowler Atul Vasan destroyed the Kiwi batting. Kapil Dev defeated New Zealand captain John Wright (3), while Vasan drove Trevor Franklin (4), Martin Crowe (24), Mark Greatback (4) and Ken Rutherford (2). In such a situation, the team's score was 131 for seven wickets. Now Richard Hadley and wicketkeeper batsman Ian Smith were in the field. The pace trio of Kapil Dev, Manoj Prabhakar and Atul Vasan were playing uphill. Ian Smith hit back and scored fast. Gave him full support from Headley. There was a 103-run partnership for the eighth wicket between the two. Manoj Prabhakar broke the pair by dismissing Headley on a score of 87.

Smith's killer batting after a century

Ian Smith completed his century in 95 balls. But after this, he made feeding the Indian bowlers. He hit 50 runs in the next 23 balls. With this, Ian Smith went for 150 runs in 118 balls. New Zealand finished the first day's game with 387 runs for nine wickets. Ian Smith was out for four on the second day. With this, he took the biggest score as the number nine batsman. He took special target of Atul Vasan. He scored 17 runs in his one over and 24 in one. Due to this, the record of the highest runs in an over in Test cricket has been equaled.

This is how the match was

After this, captain Mohammad Azharuddin scored 192, Atul Vasan scored 53 and Kiran More scored 50 runs from India. With this, India scored 482 runs in the first innings. He got a lead of 91 runs. Danny Morrison took five wickets for New Zealand. New Zealand then declared the innings by scoring 483 runs for five wickets in the second innings. This time Andrew Jones scored 170 and Martin Crowe scored 113 for him. India got a target of 393 runs to win. But there was not much time left in the match. In such a situation, for India, W Raman (72) and Manoj Prabhakar (63) scored half-centuries and a partnership of 149. After this the match was drawn.

At the same time, Ian Smith played 63 Tests, 98 ODIs in his career. His highest score was 173 runs in international cricket. He scored 1815 in Tests and 1055 runs in ODIs.

Board disrespected the veteran who played 218 ODIs, kicked the contract

Board disrespected the veteran who played 218 ODIs, kicked the contract

In the cricket world, some boards are always in the headlines due to their behavior towards the players. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is also one of those boards. In the recent case, he treated one of his legendary players in such a way that the player turned down the contract given by the board. Although this player has been without contract since 2019, but as soon as this year the board included this player in the contract, he felt insulted.

Mohammad Hafeez has not been given a contract by the board since 2019. For every match he played in 2020, the board gave him the match fee for A-category players. The board had taken this decision in view of Hafiz's seniority. But suddenly the board put him in the category where his seniors got hurt and Hafiz became angry.

There is unhappiness over getting contract for C category

According to the website ESPNcricinfo's report, PCB had awarded Hafeez a C category contract. Hafeez does not like this and he rejects this contract. He has cited the low grade contract as the reason for Hafeez's rejection of this contract. Hafeez has been performing consistently for Pakistan in T20. He has scored 331 runs in this format in the last 12 months and is behind England's David Malan in scoring the most runs in T20 in a year. Malan has scored 386 runs during this period.

Rizwan gets a category

Hafeez may have been disappointed with the contract, but there are some players who must have been very happy to see the contract list. Mohammed Rizwan, who is running in superb form at the moment, has been brought into the top category. He has come from B category to A. Fawad Alam has been kept in C category. Alam has got the prize for good performance in recent times.

PCB chief executive Wasim Khan said, "Mohammad Hafeez has refused to accept the contract. I am disappointed in this but I respect his decision. He wants to wait for the 2021-22 contract list of the PCB. To which they are fully entitled. Hafeez has been our great performer this season. We hope that he will keep this rhythm in Africa. "

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