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Ask the Spider: Ask The Spider #116
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Q: And has anyone ever made a stumping as a stand-in?

A :As many as 12 people have done this, and 3 even did it twice. The first, Bob Christiani, was like Sangakkara in that he was a recognised wicketkeeper who simply played several Tests as a batsman. Christiani, however, stumped the last two Indian batsmen in their first-innings of the Third Test of the 1948/49 series when Clyde Walcott was suffering from fever and not able to keep (remarkably, Christiani had even bowled a couple of overs earlier in the innings; and Walcott recovered to make a second-innings century). Pakistan's Mohammad Wasim took one each in Tests within a couple of months of each other early in 1997/98. And Hashan Tillakaratne, who like Sangakkara later was a left-handed batsman more than capable of keeping and wore the gloves on several occasions for Sri Lanka, took the gloves from Romesh Kaluwitharana in the final of the 1998/99 Asian Test Championship when he like Walcott was suffering from fever and stumped two Pakistan batsmen. The other 9 include the aforementioned Aamer Malik, and also father and son Vijay and Sanjay Manjrekar.
Q: What are the figures for ODIs?

A: 6 stumpings have been made by stand-ins in the shorter international game, a couple of which came from Javed Miandad (who, by the way, is included in the 9 mentioned above with a single Test stumping as a stand-in). Rather surprisingly, this is over half the figure for catches by stand-ins; just 11 have been taken in ODIs by such 'keepers, and the only stand-in 'keeper to take a couple is another Lankan, Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Q: In India and Sri Lanka, how many away teams have won the toss, fielded and gone on to win the match?

A: In 322 Tests in the two subcontinental nations, the touring side has won the toss on 153 occasions. They have chosen to field first on just 21 of these 153, and 5 out of those 21 led to victory (while 11 led to draws and 5 to defeat).
Q: And what are the figures for the home team?

A: In the 168 Tests so far completed (there is one still in progress, between Sri Lanka and India, as of this column; the Lankans batted upon winning the toss) where the home side won the toss, they have fielded first 26 times, winning 9 (and drawing 11 and losing 6).
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