His name is like his record – Durjoy. The length of time the record stands will tell why it is difficult to win. It took 24 years to break the record set by Naimur Rahman Durjoy in Bangladesh’s Test debut.
Durjoy’s feat as a captain in Test debut for two centuries was above all.
The November 2000 Test against India was Bangladesh’s first Test. Skipper Durjoy took 6 wickets for 145 runs that day. The Bangladesh offspinner’s feat is being discussed after a long time due to South Africa captain Neil Brandt against New Zealand at Mt Manganui.
Durjoy broke the record and set a new record, Brand got the captaincy of South Africa on debut. He also got 6 wickets, but gave 119 runs. That’s why Durjoy made a ‘brand new’ record!
Captaining a team like South Africa on brand debut means it is not difficult to understand the broken team that South Africa have brought into this series. This group of vandals is washing up on Mt Manganui. Despite Brand’s feat on the second day of the Test, New Zealand scored 511 in the first innings. At the end of the day, South Africa were 80 for 4.
There is talk of Bangladesh joining Brand’s feat, otherwise another New Zealand innings record has been broken. That too is a 25-year-old record. Kiwi batsman Rachin Ravindra, who got his first century in Tests on the first day yesterday, has picked up a double century today. That’s the record. Matthew Sinclair scored the highest number of runs (214) in his maiden Test century among New Zealand batsmen. Ravindra has pushed Sinclair’s record against West Indies in 1999 to two today. He scored 240 runs before getting out.
BPL in Bangladesh, ILT20 in Emirates, PSL to start in Pakistan – Tests are losing importance in this T20 frenzy all around. The proof of which is the South African team in New Zealand. South Africa went there with a formal ‘B’ team as players left for the franchise leagues.
7 of the 14-member team had no previous Test experience, including Neil Brand! Such is the situation that Australia’s legendary captain Steve Waugh said, South Africa has disrespected Test cricket, New Zealand should not play against them!
The first test of the series started yesterday leaving behind all the criticism. However, South Africa had a better start. They sent back the two openers for 39 runs, but then Kane Williamson and Rachin Ravindra took the lead with a third-wicket partnership. As such, New Zealand did not lose wickets all day yesterday!
Two centuries were scored on the first day yesterday, with New Zealand ending the day with 258 for 2. Earlier today, however, Kane Williamson’s brilliant innings of 118 runs came to an end. After that, Brand started taking wickets on one side, while young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra created a storm by keeping one end. Only in the sixth wicket that Glenn Phillips (39) was able to accompany him, the two put on a partnership of 82 runs.
Ravindra, who put himself on the cricket map with the ODI World Cup, is playing the fourth Test of his career. The 24-year-old left-handed all-rounder didn’t stop there after scoring a century yesterday. Turned the century into a double century today (340 balls, 21 fours and 1 six). In the end he was bowled by Brand with 240 runs. Before that, the 25-year-old record has been broken!
What was left after that was the flash of the brand. New Zealand were 474/7 when Ravindra was dismissed as his third victim, Brand taking the remaining three wickets of the Kiwis in his next two overs. He has also created a new record by defeating Durjoy.