We conclude this series with a look at those who put in a good all-round performance in their only opportunity in international cricket. We will look at batting + bowling as well as batting + fielding in the three formats of the game.
We start with Tests:
30-plus runs and 3-plus wickets in their only Test:
Heading the list is MF Malone, one of the Packermen who was given a chance in the final Test of a series which Australia had already lost. It would clearly be the best all-round performance for someone who played only one Test. Next would come that of JP Faulkner. He is a key member of Australia’s current limited-overs teams and will probably play a few more Tests.
30-plus runs and 3-plus dismissals in their only Test:
Again, some relatively lesser-known players. Ronchi and Ojha can be expected to play again. L Ronchi’s performance, for the moment, is the best for any keeper who played in only one test. NV Ojha would be next.
Passailaigue is the only non-keeper here. He put on 487* for the 6th wicket with George Headley in 1931-32 which is still the world first-class record for this wicket.
Now for ODIs:
10 or more runs and 1 or more wicket in their only ODI:
After scraping the bottom of the barrel, we have these 8 ODI players. India’s leading spinner of the 70s is there along with a few other Test players such as AV Mankad, ADG Roberts and JR Hammond. Fittingly Chandrashekhar has the best bowling here, while AV Mankad has the highest score.
10 or more runs and 1 or more dismissal in their only ODI:
ADG Roberts appears in both of these lists. Other famous names are Bill Lawry and the now-familiar Phil Emery.
Finally we move to T20Is:
10 or more runs and 1 or more wicket in their only T20I:
Famous names include Tendulkar (in India’s first T20I), Rafique (Bangladesh’s first genuine all-rounder) and Gillespie. The list is headed by Scott Borthwick who also played one Test and two ODIs.
Gillespie scored the most runs (!) while Hitchcock is the only one to take 2 wickets.
10 or more runs and 1 or more dismissal in their only T20I:
12 in this list, and some of them like Tendulkar, Borthwick and Fayyaz appear again.
Dinesh Mongia, like Tendulkar, made his only T20I appearance in India’s first ODI. He has the highest score here,while no one has more than one dismissal. Nixon is the only one to make a stumping.
There are a number of Test players here including Read, Nafees, Tendulkar, Key, Reifer and Kieran Powell.
This concludes our series on those who did well in their only opportunity in international cricket.