As you would have read, Svante Paabo of Sweden was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2022.
There are numerous examples of related Nobel laureates (spouses, children and siblings). But his case is a little peculiar.
It has been mentioned that his father Sune Bergstrom was also awarded the same Nobel Prize along with two others in 1982. However, Svante was born out of wedlock and was brought up by his mother, an Estonian chemist named Karin Paabo.
Sune Bergstrom also had a son named Rurik with his wife. Both sons were born in 1955. Apparently Rurik did not know of Svante’s existence until around 2004.
Sune died in 2004, so he did not see his “other” son winning the award.
England won the current series series 4-3. This was the first 7-match T20I series between full members, although there has also been one between Malawi and Mozambique earlier this year. These were the first T20Is played by England in Pakistan.
A summary of all T20Is between England and Pakistan:
England leads overall, as well as at home, away and at neutral venues.
Most runs (200 and above):
Led by the opening pair of Babar Azam (560) and M Rizwan (522).
Highest innings (70 and above):
The only two centuries are by Babar Azam and LS Livingstone.
The most 50+ scores are 6 by M Rizwan and 5 by Babar Azam.
PD Salt’s 88* is the best for England in Pakistan.
There is not enough data for meaningful calculation of averages.
Best strike rates (Minimum 250 balls faced, all instances):
Headed by Babar Azam and EJG Morgan.
Most wickets (8 and above):
AU Rashid and GP Swann have 17 wickets each, while Haris Rauf (14) has the best for Pakistan.
There are two instances of 4wi, by Saeed Ajmal (4-21) and AU Rashid (4-35).
Innings bowling (3wi and above):
MA Wood’s 3-20 is the best for England in Pakistan.
Wahab Riaz’s 3-18 is the best for Pakistan in England.
Most dismissals (6 and above):
Morgan has the most catches by a fielder (12). Buttler has the most dismissals by a keeper (7 including 5 stumpings).
Most innings dismissals (3 and above):
No England player has made 3 dismissals in a match in Pakistan.
This list includes a number of keepers and fielders.
Buttler is the only one with 2 stumpings in an innings.
Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match:
The best performances here would be by MM Ali (36 and 2-32) and Shahid Afridi (24 and 3-15).
Pakistan scored 203 for no loss against England in the 2nd T20I at Karachi on 22 Sep. Actually, the T20I record is 213/0 by Gibraltar v Bulgaria earlier this year, though Pakistan’s 203 is the best for matches between full members. The batsman were M Rizwan (88*) and Babar Azam (110*).
Here we see all instances of a winning chase of 100 or more runs for no loss in T20Is:
The best by India is 103/0 against Zimbabwe in 2016 (KL Rahul 47*, Mandeep Singh 52*).
Now we look at the corresponding figures for ODIs:
All instances of a winning chase of 150 or more runs for no loss in ODIs:
South Africa holds the record with 282/0 against Bangladesh in 2017 (de Kock 168*, Amla 110*).
India’s record is 201/0 against New Zealand in 2009 (Gambhir 63*, Sehwag 125*).
Finally, we look at 10-wicket victories in Tests with 75 or more in the 4th innings:
The record is 173/0 by Australia against England in 2017 (Bancroft 82*, Warner 87*).
The first 4 partnerships are all by Australia.
The best for India is 78/0 against Pakistan in 1980 (Gavaskar 29*, Chauhan 46*).
Today (Sep 20) England begins a 7-match T-20I series against Pakistan. Is this the longest ever bilateral T20I series ?
Not quite. It is the first 7-match between ICC full members. However, there has been one earlier 7-match T20I series between Malawi and Mozambique in 2019, which was won 5-1 by Malawi with one no-result.
This was drawn 4-4. The 3-match Test series was also drawn 1-1
A “fake” 8-match ODI series was played in 1987-88 when the West Indies toured India in 1987-88 after the World Cup. This was actually a 7-match series but somehow the BCCI inserted an “extra” ODI at Ahmedabad between the 4th and 5th ODIs:
WI won this by 2 runs. It is considered an official ODI but not part of the series. The regular ODI series was won by the West Indies 6-1, although the 4-Test series was drawn 1-1 with the Hirwani and More show.
And Test series ?
There have been 21 6-Test bilateral series between 1970-71 and 1997-98. There was also the 9-Test triangular series between Eng, Aus and SA in 1912 but we are not counting that.
The 1970-71 Ashes was scheduled to be the first ever bilateral Test series with 6 Tests. This is what happened;
A “seventh” Test was tagged on after the scheduled 6th Test. However, most statisticians consider this to be a 6-Test series which was won by England 2-0, regaining the Ashes which they had lost in 1958-59.
We have covered various long metre gauge journeys which were possible in 1976, such as Delhi-Madras, Madras-Bangalore, Delhi-Bangalore etc. There was also East-West route from Okha (or Varvala) to Lekhapani. These were the furthest west and east points of IR at that time.
Now we come to the route connecting the northern extreme and southern extreme points of metre gauge.
At that time the northern extreme of IR was Jammu Tawi on BG. On MG it was Kot Kapura:
For a short time in the 19th century MG extended from Kot Kapura to Ferozepur (Cantt?) making it the northern extreme of MG at that time.
In the south, there was Tiruchendur, on a branch line from Tirunelveli was the southern extreme of metre gauge. Earlier Trivandrum Central had this honour, although it was converted to BG by 1975.
This North-South MG route was touched upon here:
Anyway, the full route including important stations and distances is given below. Spellings of place names are those given in timetables of 1976. The distances between Khandwa and Hingoli had a separate “chargeable distance”, although we have used actual distances here.
As of 2022, a large proportion of this route is now broad gauge, while the remaining metre gauge counts off its last days.
This route passes through NR, WR,CR, SCR and SR as they were at that time.
It passes through the states of PB, HR, RJ, MP, MH, AP, TN (besides the future TG).
From the Bradshaw of June 1944, long before today’s Maitri Express or even the East Bengal Mail of the early 1960s, though it followed the same route as the latter.
At that time the route was on the short-lived Bengal & Assam Railway.
As you may know, it crossed the future Radcliffe Line between Banpur and Darsana and terminated at Goalundo Ghat, which was a terminus from Pordaha on the main line to Siliguri. The passengers than got on to a ferry to Narayanganj, and then got onto a local train for the short journey to Dacca. The present main station in Dhaka called Kamalapur is at a different location from the old station, which closed in the 1960s.
Summary of the overall journey:
Here the Dacca Mail (No 7) leaves Sealdah at 21.10, reaches Goalundo Ghat at 05.05. The ferry left at 05.50 and reached Narayanganj at 13.00. A local train left there at 13.12 and reached Dacca at 14.10. Note that some passenger trains ran beyond Dacca to destinations such as Mymensingh.
At the bottom of the page you can see the 8 Mail leaving Dacca at 11.30, reaching Narayanganj at 12.04. The ferry left at 12.45 and reached Goalundo Ghat at 21.30. The train left there at 23.00, reaching Sealdah at 06.20.
Here you can see the full timetable between Sealdah and Goalundo in both directions:
The above timetable does not show timings between Sealdah and Ranaghat. These can be seen below:
You can also see the timings of the Darjeeling Mail of 1944 (from the same source) here: