World Cup 2015: The Name Is 111, Nelson 111

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We have all heard about the Nelson right? The commentators always tend to remind the viewers when the score reaches 111 about its presence. Many say it is not lucky. But what exactly is the Nelson?

Nelson is named after an 18th century British flag officer in the Royal Navy. His full name was Horatio Nelson. He was believed to have lost one eye, one hand and one leg and hence the 111.
There arose another superstition in cricket where 111 was considered unlucky when a New Zealand first class cricket team by the name of Nelson (1874-1891) were dismissed in both their first and last first-class innings for 111.

Here we look at how the Nelson has played its part in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Unlucky for one, unlucky for another!

Game 1 – New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Brendon McCullum’s fate was decided by the Nelson as the Kiwi captain was dismissed when the scoreboard read 111.

Game 2 – Australia vs England: Australia defeated England by 111 runs.

Game 3 – South Africa vs Zimbabwe: 111 runs was the contribution by J.P Duminy in his 250 run partnership with David Miller for the 5th wicket.

Game 4- India vs Pakistan: 111 balls were the number of deliveries faced by the Delhi duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli as they put on a crucial 100 run partnership for the 2nd wicket. Also Pakistan’s first wicket (Younis Khan) fell when the score was 11, it therefore read : 11-1

Game 5- Ireland vs West Indies: 111 balls faced by Ed Joyce for his match winning knock of 84.


“Nelson ko pakadna mushkil he nahin, namunik hain.”

By Ashirbad Hazarika

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