Here is a brief listing of those who passed away in the calendar year 2021.
There are two separate tables-for Test players and for others. The others include prominent FC and ODI players, female cricketers, journalists, administrators and umpires. The choice here is more subjective, depending on how well they appeared to be known,
It is interesting to see a number of players who lived to be 100 or more, including Eileen Ash who crossed 110.
After India’s first innings in the 2nd Test against New Zealand, a number of records have to be rewritten. Here we look at the best innings bowling against India by all teams in Tests.
(This covers all instances of 7 or more wickets in an innings):
Bombay-born Ajaz Patel now has:
Best figures by any team against India. The previous record was 9-95 by JM Noreiga of WI, in what was India’s first Test victory against WI.
Best figures by NZ against India. The previous record was 7-23 by Sir Richard Hadlee at Wellington in 1976. In India, the previous record was 7-64 by Patel’s teammate TG Southee at Bengaluru in 2012.
Best figures by any team against India in India. The previous record was 8-50 by NM Lyon (Aus) at Bengaluru in 2017.
We now look at the best bowling figures by New Zealand against all teams in Tests.
Ajaz Patel’s 10-119 was the best by any NZ bowler, surpassing the 9-52 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985. This also makes Patel’s haul the best for NZ away from home.
The best figures for NZ at home remain with Sir Richard, with his 7-23 against India at Wellington in 1976.
After the Test is over, we will have a look at match bowling records.
For the moment, we note that the best match figures against India are 13-106 by IT Botham (also at Wankhede) in 1980. And the best match figures by New Zealand are 15-123 by Sir Richard Hadlee against Australia at Brisbane in 1985.
It was interesting to see New Zealand saving a Test against India with the last-wicket pair being of Indian origin. While AY Patel was born in Bombay in 1988, R Ravindra was born in New Zealand in 1999. There are a few others with Indian-sounding names who were born in New Zealand.
Here we attempt to enumerate the members of 2 categories
1. Born in India (including pre-partition India):
FT Badcock (Abbottabad, 1897)-presumably British-7 Tests
AY Patel (Bombay, 1988)-10
N Puna (Surat, 1929)-3
JA Raval (Gujarat, 1988)-24
IS Sodhi (Ludhiana, 1992)-17
2. Indian-sounding name, not born in India:
DN Patel (Kenya, 1958)-37
JS Patel (New Zealand, 1980)-24
R Ravindra (New Zealand, 1999)-1
Those of Gujarati origin just outnumber the others. Badcock, Sodhi and Ravindra are the exceptions.
Among these players, it was Nairobi-born Dipak Patel who played the most Tests for New Zealand. He was a member of the 99 Club, and finished with 1200 runs and 75 wickets. Next are JA Raval and JS Patel who played 24 Tests each.
The Test season gets under way with Sri Lanka hosting the West Indies at Galle from Nov 21. There are also series between India/New Zealand and Bangladesh/Pakistan coming up, not to forget the Ashes starting in December.
Here we look at a summary of the centuries made by the highest century-makers, with a breakup across innings:
Note that this does not include the ICC XI vs Aus Test in 2005, which means that ML Hayden’s century in that Test is not counted.
As we will see, a closer look at the centuries in the different innings reveal some odd facts. From the sample above we can see that Steve Waugh and Steve Smith have the most centuries without ever making one in the fourth innings. And can you guess which current player has the distinction of making all his 6 centuries in the first innings? More to come in the next few days.
His bowling average against India was his best against all Test countries. He only played one series against India, in 1969-70. He took 28 wickets including his only 10-for in the last Test at Madras, which gave Australia a 3-1 win. Indian fans of that period remember it more for Viswanath’s debut and numerous crowd disturbances.
Davidson is better-known for being the first to score over a 100 runs and take a 10-for in the same Test. This was at the Tied Test at Brisbane:
South Africa’s 3-day rout of West Indies included an obscure record for captain Dean Elgar.
He is one of the few captains who won a Test without scoring a run, taking a wicket or a fielding dismissal. Here is the complete list of captains who achieved this:
Note that Babar Azam did the same earlier this year.
There are some famous names here (including Bradman in his last Test in 1948).
No Indian captain here, although Clive Lloyd did this against India in 1976. That was the Test famous for the bouncer barrage and India being 97 all out with 5 batsmen unable to bat due to various injuries.
Meanwhile, here is the short list of Indian players whose side won a Test without any contribution by them:
Ishant Sharma achieved this earlier in the year. There is also Pujara with one of his rare ducks.
Also note 3 separate players in the test against NZ at Chennai in 1955-56, which is remembered for the long-standing opening record of 413 by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy.
TAIL PIECE: If you have any connection with Maharashtra, you can create memes about the Elgar Parishad.
There are as many as 45 Test captains who were captain in exactly one Test:
From this we come to
Captains who won their only Test:
Only 10 of the 40, the most recent being Mashrafe Mortaza. Even in his case, he was injured soon after the match started and Shakib Al Hasan was the effective captain. This was Bangladesh’s first Test win abroad, though it was against what was virtually a 3rd XI of the West Indies.
Shastri is the only such captain from India. Perhaps India’s performance in the late 80s may have been better if he had captained.
CA Smith was playing in his only Test. Later he was better known as a Hollywood actor.
Captains who lost their only Test:
Not surprisingly, the 19 members here are almost twice the number of those who won their only Test. The latest was Ben Stokes, who was substituting for Joe Root.
India has two prominent players in Borde and Pankaj Roy.
DB Carr played only in 2 Tests overall. This loss was India’s first win in any Test, which oddly enough coincided with the death of King George VI. The captain appointed for that series was the equally undistinguished ND Howard who played his only 4 Tests in that series.
AR Richards, JH Anderson and N Betancourt were playing in their only Tests.
Captains who drew their only Test:
The most recent was BA Murphy in 2001. From India there is HR Adhikari. Prominent players here include DL Murray, G Kirsten, RR Lindwall and TW Graveney.