Adam Gilchrist poked fun at James Anderson after the England player was dismissed for zero on the very first delivery of both innings against India in Visakhapatnam. Thus Anderson achieved an unwanted feat called a ‘Kings Pair’ where a player is dismissed on zero on the first ball in both innings of the Test or a first-class match. A pair, on the other hand, is somewhat less embarrassing when a player is dismissed for zero in both innings.
The former Australian wicketkeeper batsman was dismissed for a kings pair in March, 2001 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Then Gilchrist was dismissed leg before in both the innings with Harbhajan Singh getting him in the first innings before Sachin Tendulkar did the job in the second. However, that Test is most remembered for VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid’s heroic batting that brought the hosts from the brink of defeat to win by a massive 171 runs.
For England, and for Anderson, the feat was also brought about by the Indian spin. In the first innings, R Ashwin got the wicket to have the England seamer walking back and wrap up the inning for 255.
In the second innings too, Anderson was the last man to be dismissed with Jayant Yadav getting the tailender leg before to give India the win by a whooping 246 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the five match series.
Commenting on the stat, Gilchrist wrote on Twitter, “Welcome to the club Jimmy Anderson. I was first Aussie back in ’01 in Calcutta. #indiadoesthattoyou”
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— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) 21 November 2016
There have been 18 previous instances of Kings Pair in Test cricket with first of them coming to England batsman William Attewell against Australia in 1892. For those keen on stats, the three Indians who have been dismissed to a Kings Pair are Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (vs Australia in 1977/78), Ajit Agarkar (vs Australia in 1999) and Virender Sehwag (vs England in 2011).