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 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:
The 4th and 5th Tests are scheduled for the Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14). India does not have a particularly good record at these venues, having won only one Test at the Oval and none at Manchester.
Results of all England-India Tests at the Oval:
England lead 5-1 with 7 draws. India’s only victory was the historic first victory in England in 1971.
Note the 5 successive draws from 1979 to 2007 and 3 successive losses from 2011 to 2018. It appears that the Oval is not as much of a batting paradise it was in the 70s until recent years.
Most runs (250 and above) at the Oval:
Root is the only current player here. Will be become the first to score centuries in 4 successive matches in a series?
Highest scores (all centuries) at the Oval:
The last Test in 2018 saw centuries from Root, Rahul, Pant and the now-retired Cook. And Gavaskar’s 221 came close to bringing an improbable win for India.
Most wickets (8 and above) at the Oval:
Anderson, Broad and even Ishant Sharma have done well here. Chandrasekhar played only one Test here.
Best innings bowling at the Oval (including all 5wi):
No current player here (as Jordan does not play Tests now).
Best match bowling at the Oval (including all 8wm):
Again, nothing from current players. It is interesting that Jordan was making his debut.
Most dismissals at the Oval:
Bairstow and Pant among current players. Bairstow and Cook have the most dismissals. Remember that Cook was a non-keeper.
India’s record at Lord’s is not as good as it is at Nottingham.
Of the 18 Tests played there since 1932, England lead 12-2 with 4 draws.
India won only in 1986 and 2014. In 2014, that was the only Test which they won.
Record of all the results:
This also includes freakish results such as India ‘s 42 all out in 1974, which was their lowest Test score until recently.
India’s performance in their very first Test in 1932 was better than in several of the subsequent Tests at Lord’s.
Highest innings (including all centuries) at this venue:
Here we have the highest score for England against India, as well as the first instance in first-class cricket of a triple century and century in the same test (see Gooch’s 123 in the middle of the above list). Mankad’s 184 remains the highest for India here almost 70 years later.
DB Vengsarkar is the only visiting batsman to score three successive centuries at Lord’s. SC Ganguly’s century was the highest score by anyone making his Test debut here until 2021, when D Conway made 200 for NZ.
Agarkar made his only Test century here. His next highest score was 41. Even so, he succeeded in scoring a century at Lord’s which neither Gavaskar nor Tendulkar could achieve. In fact, Tendulkar did not cross 50 either.
Best innings bowling at this venue (Minimum 5wi):
Bedser’s 7-49 came on his debut. Soon he became the only one to take two successive 11-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. Ishant Sharma recorded India’s best figures in 2014. Further down there is Mankad’s 5-196 to accompany his 184 and 72. CM Old’s 5-21 in 1974 contributed to India’s 42 all out. M Nissar’s 5-93 came on his (and India’s) first Test.
Best match bowling at this venue (Minimum 8wm):
Bedser and Allen lead here, while Kapil Dev has the best for India.
Best innings fielding at this venue (Minimum 4 dismissals):
JT Murray’s 6 dismissals were then a share in the world record for an innings.
Best match fielding at this venue (Minimum 6 dismissals):
However, no one has taken more than 6 dismissals in a match.
All-round performances (50+ and 5wi):
The best performances here are Mankad’s (1952) and and Kapil (1982).
Mankad and Botham are the only players from any country to score 100/5wi at Lord’s.
Note the unheralded B Kumar’s feat in 2014.
After this Test we will look at the additions (if any) to the Indian players on the various Honours Boards at Lord’s. There were no entries in 2018.
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.