Note: Data as on 25th March 2017:
Having covered batting, bowling and fielding fails in the three formats of cricket, we finally turn our attention to all-round fails in ODIs. (T20Is have already been covered.) For all-round performance we take the cases of (batting + bowling) as well as (batting + bowling + fielding).
No runs and no wickets in ODIs (2 or more matches):
There are, in fact, as many as 58 players who did not score a run or take a wicket in their ODI career. Here we have listed only the 13 who played 2 or more matches.
These include a few Test players such as T Bosch, RG Hart and KV Sharma.
No runs, no wickets and no dismissals in ODIs (complete list):
A few more Test players here, of whom the best known among current players may be PHT (Tharindu) Kaushal and Zafar Ansari. The most well-known may be the Australian pace bowler of the 60s Alan Connolly who played one ODI at the end of his career which included 29 Tests. We have already met Anwar Hussain Monir as one of the most unsuccessful Test bowlers. M Watkinson had scored 80+ in a Test against the West Indies.
Note something odd about the career of A Dananjaya? We will soon return to him.
No batting and bowling in ODIs (complete list):
Note the newcomer Zafar Ansari (3 Tests) and the forgotten Roger Tolchard (4 Tests against India in 1976-77; he was Alan Knott’s reserve but was considered a good enough batsman to displace a specialist batsman). Apart from our now familiar A Dananjaya, all of them did get to field (but not to bat or bowl).
No batting, bowling and fielding in ODIs (complete list):
We need to know more about him and his ODI career.
He has a nice smile.
He has played 5 T20Is and even a side 50-over match against Bangladesh a few days ago, so he may yet play more ODIs.
This explains what happened in his one ODI so far:
In this rain-affected match, his team did bat and got to 123/8. He was the No 10 or 11 batsman and never got to bat. And he could not bowl or field as rain prevented New Zealand’s innings from starting. Let us hope he plays at least one more ODI so that he loses this record.