Trivia track: Record for most 1s in Test innings

When six Indian batsmen were dismissed for just one run each against West Indies at Ahmedabad in 1983-84, it became a record for the most 1s in a single Test innings.

Sunil Gavaskar was the first Indian batsman to depart for a single. Sandeep Patil, Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Ravi Shastri and Balwinder Sandhu also managed just one run each. When so many of your batsmen get out for just one run, it is obvious for the team to find itself in a spot of bother.

Chasing 242, India were all out for 103. But they had one saving grace – there was no one out for 0 in the innings. Michael Holding picked up three wickets, and pushed India on the back foot.

While West Indies made scores of 281 and 201 in their two innings, India, as mentioned, were bowled out for 103 in their second dig after conceding a lead of 40 runs in the first innings when they were bowled out for 241. The embarrassing record meant that West Indies won the match by 138 runs.

Four batsmen scoring 1 in the same Test innings has happened 10 times.

Likewise, Australia hold the record for batsmen scoring most 2s in a single Test innings. The strange record came in a match against South Africa in Durban in 1949-50 when Australia were bowled out for 75.

When counting the not-out batsman Bill Johnston as well, there were six 2s in their batting line-up. There have been five occasions in Tests when six ducks, and six more with five ducks and one 0 not out have been recorded in a single innings.

The corresponding record in one-day international cricket belongs to Zimbabwe. In an encounter against Bangladesh in Dhaka in 2005, five of their batsmen made just one run each. While four of them were dismissed, Chris Mpofu remained unbeaten on 1. In all, four scores of 1 in an ODI innings have been registered on 20 instances.

In women’s cricket, Bangladesh hold the embarrassing record of having seven scores of 1 in a single innings. It came in a match between Bangladesh women and India women as the former were bowled out for 54 in the opening match of the T20 Asia Cup in 2016.

The seven scores of 1 included the last five successive dismissals. One of them, Khadija Tul Kubra, remained not out on 1.

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