Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took only Dr WG Grace's wicket
London, Mar. 23 : The only wicket that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle took in his entire first-class career was of the "great" Dr WG Grace.
He was so elated about dismissing Grace that he penned a poem about the incident, which happened while he was playing for the MCC at Crystal Palace in 1900.
"Once in my heyday of cricket/ One day I shall ever recall! I captured that glorious wicket/ The greatest, the grandest of all," the Independent quoted Doyle as writing in his poem.
Grace, it seems, had mistimed a whack at a bad ball, and gave a catch to the wicket-keeper.
The whole event of how Grace lost his wicket has been captured by Doyle's teammate Shacklock, after whom Doyle named his famous detective Sherlock.
"Up, up like a towering game bird/ Up, up to a speck in the blue/ And then coming down like the same bird/ Dead straight on the line that it flew," Shacklock wrote in a poem.
Of all his achievements, however, the one that seemed to give Doyle the most satisfaction was taking Grace's wicket, although he was modest about that in rhyme.
"The capture of such might elate one/ But it seemed like one horrible jest/ That I should serve tosh to the great one, Who had broken the hearts of the best," he penned in his poem.