Ever since its inception, Test cricket has evolved from defensive knocks to more of the aggressive batting display. The longer format of the game is considered as more of batsmen friendly version of Cricket. Scoring runs or taking wickets in the five-day-long game is exhausting for both the batsmen and the bowlers alike.
However, both the bowlers and the batsmen have accumulated several records in the five-day-long game. From the very beginning of cricket, Test has been the primary and the important version of the game.
With the numerous records set and broken in the prime game, there is a rare record of entire getting dismissed twice within a day. In Test cricket, there are no runs limits but each team has the limit of picking maximum 20 wickets in the five days.
In the few interesting games, the teams have been successful to pick complete 20 wickets in the two innings. But, there also have rare incidences when the target is achieved within a day. It is a rare occasion when the audience had witnessed a team picking complete 20 wickets within a day.
Let us take a brief look at the four recorded rare feats of the Test cricket.
Four historic Tests when a team was dismissed twice in a day
4 Afghanistan v India (2018)
In June 2018, Afghanistan visited India for the only Test cricket. The visiting Afghanistan National Cricket team were playing their debut Test against India. However, the supposedly interesting debut Test turned out to be a nightmare for the visitors.
Batting first, the Indian openers – Murali Vijay and Shikhar Dhawan gave an exquisite performance. With both of them securing a hundred each, the two rain-stormed the Afghani bowlers with non-stop boundaries.
Vijay scored 105 runs with 15 fours and a six, while Dhawan perfected a 96-ball 107 studded with 19 fours and three sixes. After the stunning beginning, KL Rahul (54) and Hardik Pandya (71) carried on the rest of the work. India asserted a total of 475 runs target before the day ended.
After India’s batting display on the first day, it was a totally different view on the following day. None of the Afghanistani batters were able to stand against the Indian defence squad. Apart from Mohammad Nabi’s struggling 24, none of the Afghanistan players were able to stand against the bamboozling bowling by Ravichandran Ashwin.
Within 28 overs of the game, India had entire Afghanistan back in the stands for mere 109 runs. The same fate repeated in the as the Indian bowlers had maintained their hold over the visiting batsmen.
With Jadeja’s spell of 4/17 and Umesh Yadav’s 3/26, Afghanistan was again out of the game within 39 overs for mere 103 runs. Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah and skipper Asghar Afghan were the only run-getters, scoring 36 runs and 25 runs respectively.
While the visiting Afghanistan gave their best in the game, they failed to survive one full day against the Indian bowlers. It was the only fourth time when a team was dismissed twice within a day.