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 October 15, 2017.
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).
There is nothing special about the careers of these players including the chart-toppers:
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.
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.
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. In his case, 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.