Antigua and Barbuda - West
Indies tailender Miguel Cummins booked an unwanted place in cricket's
record books on Saturday when he faced 45 deliveries and spent 95
minutes at the crease without scoring a run before he was dismissed on
the third day of the first Test against India.
It was the second longest innings in Test cricket for someone being dismissed without scoring.
That dubious record is still held by New Zealander Geoff Allott, who
survived for 101 minutes before falling for nought against South Africa
in Auckland in 1999.
India's bowlers spent most of the morning session at the Sir Vivian
Richards Stadium labouring to claim the final two wickets of the home
side's first innings as West Indies captain Jason Holder found sturdy
support from Cummins in putting on 41 for the ninth wicket before they
were eventually dismissed for 222.
Having slipped from 174 for five to 179 for eight late on day two
courtesy of the persistent Ishant Sharma, India would have been
expecting to finish the job swiftly at the start of play.
However, they did not count on the defiance of Cummins, who hung
around with Holder for an hour-and-a-half without getting off the mark.
When the partnership was finally broken - Holder caught behind off
Mohammed Shami for 39 - Cummins saw last man Shannon Gabriel pick up
two singles immediately.
Attempting to get his first runs though, the fast-medium bowler, who
bats left-handed, was bowled having a swing at Ravindra Jadeja to give
the left-arm spinner his second wicket of the innings.
Seeking to work their team into a dominant position by the end of the
day, the Indian opening pair of K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal will
resume in the afternoon session on 14 without loss in their second
innings, an overall lead of 89 runs.