Continuing the study of how Test captains have performed in the bowling field.
There are relatively few bowlers who have been long-term captains. And several of them could better be classified as all-rounders.
Most wickets-25 and above:
A significant number have taken more than 100 wickets as captain. And most have been all-rounders. The highest number of wickets by a “pure” bowler is 106 by Bedi followed by 85 by Walsh. Kapil did only slightly better with 111.
Holder and Shakib lead among current players.
Most 5wi (2 and above):
As in the first table, Imran leads. Bedi has the most for India (8). Holder (7) and Shakib (4) lead among current players.
Most 10wm (all instances):
Imran and Intikhab are the only ones with more than one 10-for. Bedi and Kapil represent India, with Holder and newcomer Rashid Khan among current players.
Now for Bowling Averages (minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Fazal Mahmood, who captained in relatively few Tests has the best average followed by Imran.
The best by India is by Bedi and Kapil, with Holder and Shakib again leading among current players.
At the bottom we have some like Hooper and Richards who did not bowl in many of their Tests.
For Economy Rates, the best are 1.68 by TL Goddard and 1.86 by HB Cave.
For Strike Rates, the best are 40.3 by Waqar Younis and 45.6 by Bob Willis