Mike Hendrick’s Test record

Mike Hendrick, who had played 30 Tests for England in 1974-81, passed away on July 27 at the age of 72.

He first played in the Lord’s Test against India in 1974. He took Solkar’s wicket with this third ball, and India lost with Gavaskar top-scoring in each innings with 101 and 58.

By the time his Test career ended, he had 87 wickets but without a single five-for. This remains a record.

Here is the list of all who took over 50 Test wickets without a five-for:

No current player is likely to surpass this record. The best for India is 47 by RK Chauhan.

Note that NJ Astle has the most wickets without a 4-for. Let us have a look at the corresponding table:

(Those who took over 40 wickets without a 4-for):

Tendulkar is in third position here.

Captains who never won, never lost and never drew their Tests

The last of our survey of performances of Test captains.

Those who never won any Test:

This applies to 4 or more Tests.

The first two are predictably from the earlier Bangladeshi teams, although the number 3 is more surprising. He is followed by a Zimbabwean and a South African. The highest by India is surprisingly Vinoo Mankad with 6. Also note DK Gaekwad (lost all 4) and K Srikkanth (drew all 4).

The highest by a Test player is 42 Tests (23 losses, 19 draws) by B Sutcliffe, who was among the best batsmen from NZ for most of his career. He had captained his team in 4 Tests.

Those who never lost any Test:

This list is for 2 or more Tests.

W Armstrong heads this list with 10 Tests (8 wins and 2 draws) and DB Close and FG Mann both with 7. Current player AM Rahane has the best for India with 5 (4 wins and a draw). He is followed by Srikkanth with 4 draws.

The highest for any player is 21 (12 wins and 9 draws) by India’s RK Chauhan.

Those who never drew any Test:

These are for 4 or more Tests.

Headed by Waqar Younis with 17 (10 wins and 7 losses) and current Zimbabwean captain Brendan Taylor with 16 (a less impressive 3 wins and 13 losses). India’s best (?) is DK Gaekwad with 4 losses. Current South African Q de Kock also has 4. The trio of those with 4 wins out of 4 are also here: Bacher, Babar Azam and Lord Hawke.

The record for all Test players is held by current SA player AK Markram with 24 (14 wins and 10 losses) followed by GA Lohmann with 18 (15 wins and 3 losses).

The Sri Lankan cricketer with the shortest name

We are familiar with Sri Lankan international cricketers with long names, such as Chaminda Vaas and Chanaka Welegedara .

These two have played together in various national teams several times.

The Sri Lankan player with the shortest name is less obvious. It would appear to be Isiru Udana who has played in a number of ODIs and T20Is over the decade.

A more likely choice would be Roy Dias of the early Test sides. However, his full name was Roy Luke Dias and the scorecards usually put him down as R.L. Dias.

You can see that the other player’s full name is Isuru Udana Tillakaratna. However, this name does not appear in scorecards or media reports.

Summary of India-Sri Lanka ODI matches

With this 2-1 victory, India continued its dominance of bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka. The last such series in Sri Lanka in Aug 2017 was a 5-0 win by India (with similar results in Tests and T20Is).

Sri Lanka has never won an ODI bilateral series in India.

Overall summary of results:

Trivia note: the first ODI between these teams was won by Sri Lanka in the 1979 World Cup.

Batting:

1000 and more runs:

Also see that the most centuries are 8 each by Kohli and Tendulkar, and the most 50+ scores are 25 by Tendulkar and 24 by Sangakkara.

The highest total by those who played in this series is 1111 by Dhawan, although Kohli has the most by current players.

Highest innings (120 and more):

While the world record of 264 remains with RG Sharma, there is no other century in this series.

Batting averages (Min 20 innings and 25.00):

Kohli is second here followed by other current players such as Mathews and RG Sharma. But no one who played in this series is here.

Strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00):

S Dhawan is second on this list, and is the only one here who played in the current series. RG Sharma and Kohli follow him.

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

The only one with two five-fors is RR Singh. The only only one with 4 four-fors is BAW Mendis. I. Sharma is among those with 3.

The only one on this list who played in the current series is B Kumar at the bottom.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):

No such instance from this series, although Bumrah and B Kumar are there from earlier series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled, all instances):

Among current and near-current players, there are Mathews, T Perera and R Jadeja.

The best averages are by Agarkar and BAW Mendis.

The best economy rates are by Kapil and Harbhajan.

The best strike rates are by Agarkar and I Sharma.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dhoni has the most catches and stumpings. The most catches by a non-keeper are by M Jayawardene.

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Dhoni is the only one with 5 dismissals, while M Kaif is the only non-keeper with 4 catches. Saha is the only other keeper from recent times.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400)

Dhoni again leads here, while Kohli has the best among current players.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Somewhat unexpectedly, Mathews and IK Pathan turn out to be the best all-rounders here.

Match (30 runs and 3 wickets):

The best performances here are by Ganguly, RR Singh, Thushara and Prabhakar.

Test captains with only wins, only losses and only draws

Those who won all the Tests in which they captained:

The record is 4, shared by A Bacher, current player Babar Azam and Lord Hawke of long ago. Three more have two, and the rest were lucky in their only opportunity (e.g. Ravi Shastri and Mashrafe Mortaza). In the latter case Shakib Al Hasan captained for most of the match.

For players who saw victory in all their Tests, the record is 10 by Eldine Baptiste.

Those who lost all the Tests in which they captained:

This is incomplete, but does include all those who captained in 2 or more Tests.

It is perhaps not surprising that the first two positions are by earlier captains of Bangladesh. The 3rd place goes to an Indian captain, who is currently the oldest living Indian Test player. There is also WTS Porterfield who has captained Ireland in all their three Tests. From recent times there is Mohammad Rizwan.

Some well-known players are here, such as AJ Lamb, AR Morris and RS Madugalle.

Players who lost all their Tests are led by Alok Kapali (17).

Those who drew all the Tests in which they captained:

The record is held by the unlikely K Srikkanth. He and Majid Khan were known to be aggressive batsmen.

There are a number of well-known players here including DL Murray, G Kirsten, GA Headley, IDS Smith, RR Lindwall and TW Graveney. India’s HR Adhikari gets credit here as he drew the Test after 3 successive heavy losses. He was the 4th Indian captain in that 5-Test series.

Players who drew all their Tests are CV Gadkari and Shafiq Ahmed (6 each).

Test captains with the most wins, losses and draws

Most wins (15 and above):

GC Smith has the most Tests, so it is not surprising that he has the most wins (53) Next are Ponting (47) and S Waugh (41). One can see (from the last column) that S Waugh, Bradman and Ponting have the highest win percentage.

The most wins by Indian captains are 36 (Kohli, 5th overall), 27 by Dhoni (10th ) and 21 by Ganguly (19th).

Current captains here are Kohli (36), Root (26), and Williamson (22).

Most losses (13 and above):

GC Smith again heads this list, closely followed by SP Fleming and Lara who led relatively weak teams.

The highest by Indian captains are 19 by Pataudi (11th overall), 18 by Dhoni (12th) and 15 by Kohli (19th). Also 14 by Azharuddin and 13 by Ganguly.

Current captains here are Root (19), Kohli (15) and BRM Taylor (13).

Most draws (13 and above):

Headed by Border (39), Gavaskar (30) and GC Smith (27).

For India the highest are 30 by Gavaskar (2nd overall), 23 by Kapil (8th) and 19 by Azharuddin (11th). Also 15 by Ganguly.

No current captains here. The most recent is AN Cook (13) who finished his term of captaincy in 2016.

Test captains with the best win-loss ratios

Here we have the raw data for all Test captains. Naturally the W/L ration is undefined for those with no losses:

Here we have everyone who captained in 2 or more Tests without a loss.

This list is headed by WW Armstrong of a century ago with 10 Tests including 8 wins and 2 draws, followed by DB Close (7 Tests, 6 wins and a draw).

Those with an all-win record are A Bacher, today’s Babar Azam and Lord Hawke who all captained in 4 Tests.

Also note AM Rahane with 5 Tests, 4 wins and a draw.

However, this list would be more meaningful if it was restricted to those who captained in 10 or more Tests.

Here we get:

As mentioned earlier, WW Armstrong is the only one here with no losses. Next come Jardine, Bradman and Steve Waugh. Waugh has the highest ration for those who captained in 25 or more Tests.

From India, V Kohli is the only one.

Stations in the news-Jul 2021

The section from Mahesana to Varetha has been converted to broad gauge and electrified. The last station on the MG route Taranga Hill is now off the railway map.

The route includes Vadnagar and its famous tea stall. Read this:

The new look of Vadnagar station:

The new terminus at Varetha as it earlier was:

Presumably it has been improved now.

And the now abandoned station of Taranga Hill:

Until recently these DMUs were the only trains running between Mahesana and Taranga Hill. In the 1970s there was also a passenger train from Ahmedabad.

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe Test records

The only Test of July was played at Harare on the 7th to 11th.

Bangladesh won by 220 runs. This was their highest victory margin away from home, surpassing the 143-run victory also at Harare in 2013. Their highest victory margin was 226 runs against Zimbabwe in 2004-05.

A total of 18 Tests have been played between these countries. Bangladesh lead 8-7 with 3 draws.

In Zimbabwe, 8 Tests have been played. Zimbabwe lead 5-2 with 1 draw. However Bangladesh have won the last two Tests there.

The 9th-wicket partnership between Mahmudullah and Taskin was the 2nd highest in all Tests and the highest for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah was also involved in the previous record.

Until now no Bangladesh batter had scored a century in Zimbabwe. The previous best was 98 by M Ashraful in 2003-04. In this Test, Mahmudullah’s 150* was followed by two other centuries by Shadman and NH Shanto.

BRM Taylor continues to hold the record of 1239 runs in Tests between these countries. Next are H Masakadza (883) and Mushfiqur Rahim (857).

MH Miraz’s 9-148 is the best for Bangladesh in Zimbabwe and indeed their best away from home. These records were earlier held by Robiul Islam in 2013.

Also note: Bangladesh is the only Test team which has never played in at a neutral venue, after India played its first such Test in June.

Slowest scoring rates in Tests

The ongoing Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh could be considered as a contest for No 9 in the Test rankings, but has had moments of statistical interest. First there was a 191-run stand for the 9th wicket which is the second highest in all Tests. Now there was another weird score by Zimbabwe’s debutant opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano  . We may need to remember his first name in the years to come.

He started off with 87 off 311 balls, which had a scoring rate of 27.97.

In the second innings he opened again, with Zimbabwe needing to make 477 in over 4 sessions. This time he scored 7 off 102 balls, and was out at 132/3.

What are the slowest scoring rates for innings over 100 balls?

Kaitano’s 6.86 is the third slowest here, with only JT Murray and today’s N Wagner ahead of him. India’s Yashpal Sharma did a little better with a scoring rate of 8.28.

Let us also look at the real batting marathons for innings over 500 balls:

These are all the scores above 500 balls where the number of balls were recorded. They were not recorded in some triple centuries such as Sobers’s 365*, Hanif’s 337 and Hammond’s 336*. It would be particularly interesting to see Hanif’s scoring rate.

Chanderpaul, Hammond and the lesser known Radley have the first three places here. Pujara has the slowest for India.

Finally, we look at the slowest scoring rates for careers exceeding 1000 balls faced. Again, full data is missing for many of them.

The slowest undisputed career scoring rates are for tailenders Morrison, Hoggard and JK Lever.

NS Yadav has the lowest (estimated) rate for India. His batting did help in saving at least a couple of Tests.

Jardine has the slowest scoring rate for frontline batsmen, unless you want to include TE Bailey in this category.

Highest batting averages at each batting position-Tests (Part 3, No 1-11):

Here we look at overall batting averages:

While everyone knows the No 1, the next few positions have some surprises. Nos 2 and 4 (besides No 20) had the advantage of playing relatively fewer Tests, as well as the current player No 6.

No 3 is also going to be around for some time. Perhaps he can move to No 2.