Batting records of Test captains-August 2020

There are unlikely to be any Test matches for a few months. So it is time to catch up with statistical details which are not readily available to to the average cricket follower.

We start with batting records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

Most Runs-2500 and above:

Also: the most centuries by a captain is 25 by GC Smith followed by 20 by V Kohli.

The most scores of 50+ are 61 by GC Smith followed by 53 by RT Ponting.

Among Indian players, Kohli is 6th with 5142. Others are Dhoni and Gavaskar above 3000, followed by Azharuddin and Ganguly above 2500.

Among current or recent players, there are Kohli, SPD Smith and Root.

Next we look at the

Highest scores by captains-225 and above:

Lara’s 400* is followed by several triple hundreds. From India, only Kohli appears with 3 double centuries. In recent years there are only Kohli, SPD Smith and Root. The 311 by RB Simpson was his maiden Test century. We also see that Bradman’s highest scores (starting with 334) were made when he was not captain.

Then we move to

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 50.00):

Bradman leads here with a three-figure average, followed by SPD Smith and Sangakkara at a distance.

Kohli is in 4th place. From India we also have Tendulkar and Gavaskar.

Current players here are SPD Smith, Kohli, Williamson, Misbah-ul-Haq and Mathews (!)

To be continued with bowling, fielding and all-round performances.