They only saw draws in Tests-updated

So far we have covered the cases of those who only saw victories and those who only saw defeats in Test careers of at least 5 matches. Today we take on the less interesting cases of those who saw only draws, as on May 15, 2016.

There are only 5 players who meet this criterion, and most would be unknown to the average cricket follower. The top two positions go to CV Gadkari (Ind) and Shafiq Ahmed (Pak).

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There is nothing special about the careers of these players including the chart-toppers:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/28751.html

CV Gadkari had the misfortune of playing 3 Tests of the 1954-55 India tour of Pakistan, a strong contender for the dullest Test series in history. He did score one fifty. The 1960-61 series between these countries also ended in 5 draws, but had some likelihood of results.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/42636.html

Shafiq Ahmed had a totally undistinguished Test career, with a top score of 27* as a specialist batsman.

And PH Punjabi played all his Tests in that same 1954-55 series.

Even if you modify the criteria for at least 85 % draws in a career, we get only 9 players of whom Donnelly is the best known.

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A Kuruvilla played his 10 Tests within 9 months in 1997, at a time when India’s strong batting and weak bowling contributed to many draws. India’s one loss at Bridgetown was quite narrow (38 runs) and has been considered a possible fixed match.

Mills scored a century on debut but started his Test career practically along with New Zealand, which had a rather long learning curve.

Donnelly had scored a double century against England. Like Ajit Agarkar, he made sure that his only Test century came at Lord’s.

The highlight of Goddard’s career was a hat trick against New Zealand.

More oddities follow where we look into those who never saw victories in their career. As we will see, these include some leading players.

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