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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Pattinson sets up a victory - the siblings in Cricket

If you are a keen follower of Cricket, that too Indian domestic cricket, sure you would know V Ramnarayan (who  also writes so nicely – balanced views and great oration). 

At Brisbane, Australia beat New Zealand quite comfortably.  If you have observed that more Tests are producing results now a days and draws are becoming rarer, which is good for the game itself.  This morning when I saw, suddenly NZ had nosedived for a defeat.  In their first innings, NZ scored 295; Aussies replied with 427.  NZ were 10 for 1 yesterday at draw of stumps.  Brendon Mc Cullum had been out to Pattinson – Who ?   The Aussie attack looked raw and new – Siddle is known, Nathan Lyon recently played in Sri Lanka – the other two Pattinson and Starc are unheard of. 

When I saw, Kiwis were reeling at 71 for 6 and one bowler had done all the damage – Pattinson whose figures read – :  9-5-16-5 - accounting for Guptill, Mccullum, Bracewwell, Williamson & Taylor – dream spell indeed.

It is  James Lee Pattinson, just 21 years of age, plays for Victoria, was part of Kolkata Knight Riders but perhaps did not play in any match.   He made his ODI debut earlier this year at Bangladesh and in this Test, he was part of the three – Pattinson, Warner and Starc – who debuted for Australia.  He is touted to be a player to be watched in future.  The other bowler  Mitchell Aaron Starc is also 21 and an exciting left arm fast bowler. 

Eventually James Pattinson finished with 27-5 helping Australia to win by 9 wickets.  He has become the  32nd Australia bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul on Test debut. He is also the third Australia bowler after Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins to achieve the feat in 2011.  His  haul of 5 for 27 is the second-best bowling performance by an Australia bowler against New Zealand in Tests in Brisbane after Dennis Lillee's 6 for 53 in 1980.

Now here is something interesting for the cricket lover.   There have been siblings, father & son and relatives who have played cricket.  We know Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan and earlier Mohinder Amarnath, Surinder Amarnath & Rajinder Amarnath (the last played in Ranjis) and their father Lala Amarnath.  There have been many notable brothers and to name a few :   Ian, Greg and Trevor Chappells;  Michael & David Hussey;  Brett Lee and Shane Lee;  Shaun & Mitchell Marsh (and their father Geoff Marsh); Twins -  Mark Waugh & Steve Waugh;   Adam & Ben Holliaoke;  Wazir Ali & Nazir Ali, Kevin O'Brien &       Niall O'Brien;  Jeff & Martin Crowe,  Dayle and Richard Hadlee,; Twins – Hamish and James Marshall;  Kamran & Umar Akmal; Wasim Raja & Rameez Raja;  Arjuna & Dammika Ranatunga;  Mithra, Sidath and Sunil Wettimuny;  Gary & Peter Kirsten; Morne & Albie Morkel, Peter & Greame Pollock; Grant & Andy Flower -  to name a few. 
V Ramnarayan  a good off spinner who played for many years with distinction for Hyderabad in the Ranji, being an integral part of the Ranji team and played league in Chennai.  He was among the probables for the Australian tour in 1977-78.   He is rated as an excellent thinking bowler of those days.  His brother V Sivaramakrishnan opened for Tamilnadu, scored 11 centuries in Ranji.  They played for different states in Ranjis

Darren & James Pattinson

James Pattinson would fall in the above list also as his elder brother Darren Pattinson is also a Test Cricketer -  siblings with a difference.  Darren played for England in 2008.    James reportedly holds only an Australian passport having been born in Victoria after his parents migrated.  Darren John Pattinson played in a single test and plays for Nottinghamshire and Victoria and is a right arm fast bowler.  He shot to limelight with injury to Ryan Sidebottom.  He took 2 for 95; England got a drubbing and was perhaps forgotten thereafter.   Dominic Joyce and Ed Joyce would match Pattison brothers as Dominic made his debut for Ireland when Ed made his for England.

Regards – S. Sampathkumar.

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