Not every batsman craves to bat long enough for the cause of his team and achieve personal milestones as well, some also put their cravings for food ahead of everything and one such bizarre incident took place with former England and Nottinghamshire batsman George Gunn who made his debut in 1907.
During his days, play usually started at 11.30 and the players stopped for lunch at 1.30. But the odd match began 30 minutes later than the scheduled timing and consequently, the lunch was to be taken at 2. And during one of those games, Gunn made it clear that when it comes to food nothing is more important than it. The odd game was going on as usual before Gunn left everyone shocked by getting out deliberately, tucking his bat under the arm and announcing:“George Gunn lunches at 1.30.”
Gunn also had a peculiar career with England which began when he scored a century in his first Test, in Sydney in 1907-08. He was not a part of the original squad and was spending time in Australia for health issues before the illness of A. O. Jones led to Gunn getting a call. The opening batsman fully capitalized on it, making 119 and 74 in the first of the five Test matches, 122 not out in the fifth and finished the series with an impressive average of 51.
Another bizarre incident took place when he missed a third Ashes tour because he never opened the invitation letter.
Gunn, nevertheless, is considered one of the best if not the best player to play for Nottinghamshire. Before the first World War, he made over 13,000 runs in the course of twelve full seasons for the county outfit with his best performance coming in 1913 when he hit a staggering 1,697, averaged nearly 50. After the war ended, he made five separate centuries in 1919, gaining an average of 65. For twelve consecutive seasons, he accumulated over 1,000 runs, scoring nearly 1,800 in 1927 and again in 1928.
He played on for so long that he appeared in county cricket alongside his son – also George – and they once scored centuries in the same innings. Gunn ended his career with over 35,000 runs, 62 centuries and 194 half-centuries in 643 first-class games. For England, he scored 1120 runs in 15 Tests.
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