Brothers in arms: When two sets of brothers clashed in ODIs

NEW DELHI: When Krunal Pandya was handed his ODI cap in India’s series opener against England in Pune on Tuesday, it became only the fourth instance of two pairs of brothers playing in the same ODI on opposite sides.
Krunal (30 years old) had his younger brother Hardik (27) batting at No. 6 for India. England meanwhile fielded the Curran brothers – Tom (26) and Sam (22) taking the field.
Though Hardik was dismissed for 1, Krunal had a memorable ODI debut as he smashed an unbeaten 31-ball 58. His 26 ball fifty also broke the record for the fastest ODI fifty ever scored. He also now holds the record for the best strike rate on ODI debut of 187.09 (for a minimum of 50 runs scored).
The Curran brothers went wicketless in the India innings.
In the England run chase, Krunal took one wicket while Hardik wasn’t bowled. Sam Curran scored 12 and Tom hit 11 runs, as England were bowled out for 251 runs losing the match by 66 runs.
Over the years, many sets of brothers have played and are still playing international cricket. Some of those pairs are – the Amarnaths, the Pathans, the Pandyas from India…The Chappells, the Waughs, the Husseys and the Marshs from Australia…The Flower brothers from Zimbabwe….The Mohammad brothers and the Akmal brothers from Pakistan. The Currans from England etc…

Here we look at the other instances when two pairs of brothers played against each other in an ODI:
Surinder Amarnath & Mohinder Amarnath vs Sadiq Mohammad & Mushtaq Mohammad:
Surinder Amarnath and Mohinder Amarnath, sons of the great Lala Amarnath faced off against Sadiq Mohammad and Mushtaq Mohammad of Pakistan in Sialkot on October 13, 1978 in the second ODI of India’s tour to Pakistan.

Surinder Amarnath and Mohinder Amarnath. (Getty Images)
Mushtaq was leading the side and after winning the toss asked India to bat first. Surinder was run out after scoring 1 as India were bundled out for just 79 runs in 34.2 overs. Batting at No. 5, Mohinder top scored for India with an unbeaten 34.
Opening the batting, Sadiq was dismissed by Kapil Dev for 1. Mushtaq wasn’t required to bat as Pakistan chased down the paltry victory target in just 16.5 overs.
Mark Waugh & Steve Waugh vs Andy Flower & Grant Flower:
The Waugh twins were amongst the most famous pairs of brothers who played international cricket and both played pivotal roles in making Australia a cricketing superpower through the 1990s and 2000s. Older brother Steve began his career as a medium pacer but went on to become a gutsy middle order batsman who made up for his technical deficiencies with grit and gutsy batting and emerged as one of the most successful batsmen of his generation. He led Australia to the title in the 1999 ODI World Cup.

Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh during the 1999 World Cup match against Zimbabwe at Lord’s. (Getty Images)
Mark was a stylish top order batsman known for his timing who later flourished as an opener in ODI cricket. He also used to bowl occasional off-spin. He was also a great slip fielder and is remembered for taking some stunning catches in the slips and in the outfield.
The Waugh twins played against the Flower brothers of Zimbabwe in 10 ODIs. Andy Flower was a wicket-keeper and a good batsman.
His younger brother Grant was a top-order batsman who used to bowl occasional left-arm spin.
Kamran Akmal & Umar Akmal vs Michael Hussey & David Hussey:
The Hussey brothers of Australia squared off against the Akmal brothers of Pakistan in two consecutive ODIs that the two sides played in the UAE.
In the first match in Sharjah on August 28, 2012, Australia won by 4 wickets after bowling out Pakistan for 198 runs. Umar hit 52, while Kamran scored 4 in that game. Michael and David were dismissed for 5 and 3 respectively.

Michael Hussey and David Hussey. (Getty Images)
In the second match in Abu Dhabi on August 31, 2012, Pakistan beat Australia by 7 wickets. Michael scored 61 while David was dismissed for a duck, as Australia managed to put up 248/9 in their 50 overs.
The Akmal brothers were not required to bat, as Pakistan chased down the target in 43.4 overs.
On Tuesday, the Pandya and the Curran brothers joined this list when they clashed in the first of three ODIs in Pune, which India won convincingly.

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