Cricket is a team sport. I know you must have heard this cliche for the longest period of time and perhaps continue to do so but the fact of the matter is, the lines between it being a team sport or a sport built on individual feats often gets blurred, every time we see a batsman denied of a personal milestone due to declaration of the innings.
And, then, it gives rise to a raging social media debate, with people presenting strong arguments on both sides. We saw it to the hilt when Tim Paine decided to pull the trigger on the Australian innings, leaving David Warner not-out on 335.
Here’s a look at instances where a declaration denied batsman a personal milestone:
Darryl Cullinan- 275* vs New Zealand, Auckland 1999
Daryll Cullinan was one of the mainstays of the South African batting line-up throughout the 1990s.
The right-handed middle-order batsman was at the height of his powers during the 1999 Test series against New Zealand. In the first Test at Eden Park, Auckland, Cullinan stroked his way to a career-best 275.
Cullinan could have become the first-ever South African to score a triple-hundred but with his team having already batted for over 200 overs and time being a crucial factor, skipper Hansie Cronje decided to declare the innings, and rightfully so!
However, despite bowling out New Zealand cheaply in the first innings, South Africa couldn’t repeat the same in their second attempt and the game eventually ended in a draw.