and then for others (including prominent limited-overs players, female players, domestic players and others connected with the game):
The most well-known Test players here include ED Weekes, JH Edrich, JR Reid, DM Jones and CPS Chauhan.
Some of the deaths were clearly linked to Covid, notably that of CPS Chauhan.
A point of interest is that JE Manners was the longest-lived first-class player at the time of his death at 105. Another centenarian Vasant Raiji passed away at 100. For a few months he was the longest living first-class player.
Rajinder Goel was one of the leading wicket-takers in Indian domestic cricket but was unfortunate to play at a time when there were too many established spinners competing for Test places.
“Chuni” Goswami had a good record in domestic cricket but he was better known for his soccer skills. He captained India to a rare gold medal in the Asian Games besides playing in the Rome Olympics.
Note that he has a younger brother, also a first-class cricketer, who is living at 87.
Now there is nothing remarkable about his cricket career (except perhaps that he played along with DB Deodhar and Vasant Raiji, the only other Indian f-c cricketers to cross 100).
In June 2020, he became India’s longest-living first class cricketer following the death of Vasant Raiji. Later in 2020 he celebrated his 100th birthday. Following the death of NZ player Alan Burgess in early 2021, Raghunath became the world’s oldest living first-class player.
This article seems to have the most recent picture of him:
If he is still living a little more than a year from now he will become India’s longest-living f-c player (after Deodhar). By July 2026, he would have become the oldest such player from all countries, (after John Manners). On the way he would pass the record of N Gordon, the only Test player here who lived to be a little over 103.
He may not be fully aware of his and other’s records, as he has been a patient of Dr Alzheimer for some time. He lives in an old-age home in Mumbai.
Pathum Nissanka became the fourth Sri Lankan player to score a century on debut.
Here is a list of all Sri Lankan players to have scored a 50 or more on Test debut.
Note that several members of the current Sri Lankan team are in this list. Chandimal and Kusal (MDKJ) Perera had scored two fifties on debut, along with Hasuranga (PWH) de Silva, Karunaratne, Dickwella and Dilruwan (MDK) Perera.
ODI debuts by Indian players were highlighted in the first match, both in batting and bowling.
ODI debuts by India (minimum 40 runs):
KL Rahul is the only player from India to score a century on ODI debut. Before that, RV Uthappa’s record of 86 stood for several years.
This table also gives the strike rate for the innings. Indeed, the highest rate is 187 by KH Pandya, far ahead of the previous record of 127 by Azharuddin back in 1984-85.
This list includes several who served India well, and others who vanished quickly. For instance, Khurasiya scored 57 on debut and played in only a few ODIs after that.
Now we look at those who scored 40 or more on their ODI debut which was against India:
The highest is 90 by SP Fleming, who also scored 90+ on his Test debut. Some other famous names here include Wade, du Plessis, RB Richardson and YJ Bairstow. Others such as CS Cowdrey and Moxon did not last long.
Now we look at ODI debuts by Indian players, with a minimum of 3 wickets in an innings:
We see that MP Krishna’s 4-54 is the best by an Indian player on ODI debut, surpassing the long-forgotten NA David’s 3-21 in 1997.
David’s 2.62 is also the best economy rate here, followed by ST Banerjee’s 3.00. The worst is 6.66 by C Sharma, just ahead of Krishna’s 6.61.
Prominent names here include Pandya junior, DR Doshi and even BS Chandrasekhar.
Finally, we look at those who took 3wi on their Test debut which was against India.
The best here is 5-28 by BD’s Taskin Ahmed, just ahead of AA Donald’s 5-29. Donald and maybe Henry and Styris are the only others who lasted long enough.
The best economy rates are 2.50 by FA Rose and 3.16 by SA Thomson. The worst is 6.30 by SB Styris.
Afghanistan has now played 6 Tests, neatly divided into 3 losses and 3 wins.
Here we compare the performances in the first 5 Tests for all teams (except Ireland who have played only 3 Tests).
(1 point for a win, 0.5 for a draw)
We see that Australia and England have the best performance in their first 5 Tests, followed by Afghanistan, New Zealand and Pakistan.
Australia is the only team to win their first Test, and Zimbabwe the only one to draw their first Test. Zimbabwe in fact drew their first 2 Tests.
Bangladesh and South Africa lost their first 5 Tests in a row.
We now look at individual performances by Afghan players in the 6 Tests played so far.
Most runs (100 and more):
Note the consistency of Asghar Afghan and Rahmat Shah who each made four 50+ scores.
Highest scores (75 and above):
While H Shahidi has the only double century here, others have been more consistent.
Bowling (5 or more wickets overall):
Rashid Khan has more than twice the next (Amir Hamza)
Innings bowling (4 or more wickets):
Note the dominance of Rashid Khan here. He and Amir Hamza are the only ones to have taken 4wi. Hamza’s 5-74 against WI was on debut.
Match bowling (5 or more wickets):
The top three places are by Rashid Khan, and the next two by Amir Hamza. He took 6-79 on debut.
Most dismissals (4 or more):
While wicketkeeper A Zazai has 10 dismissals, I Zadran has the most (6) by a non-keeper.
Rashid Khan is the only one who can be called an all-rounder.
All-round match (fifty and 5wi):
Here, too, the only standout performer is Rashid Khan. He was captaining his side, and scored a fifty and took over 10 wickets. The only other Test captains who did this are Imran Khan (v Ind 1982-83) and AR Border (v WI 1988-89).
We now proceed to individual perfomances in bowling.
Most wickets (35 and above):
Current player JM Anderson leads by a large margin, while his partner SCJ Broad is also close to the top. Ashwin and I Sharma are also in the top half.
The most 5wis are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Ashwin and Botham.
Innings bowling (all instances of 7wi and above):
This includes 7-46 by JK Lever on debut, while Jadeja’s 7-48 in 2016 is the best in recent years.
Match bowling (all instances of 10wm and above):
The only one with 2 10wms is AV Bedser, who achieved this in his first two Tests in 1946.
Botham’s 13-114 marked the first instance of a century and 10+ wickets in the same match.
JK Lever’s 10-70 along with 50 on debut remains the only instance of 10wm plus fifty on debut.
AR Patel’s 11-70 is the only one in the a current series, although Ashwin has better figures from 2016.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):
The averages are topped by the unexpected Illingworth and JK Lever. Anderson has the best average among current players.
The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni.
The best strike rates are by JK Lever and Willis.
Best fielding performances:
Most dismissals (20 and above):
Dhoni has the most dismissals, although Kirmani has the most stumpings and AN Cook the most catches by a non-keeper.
Innings fielding performances (5 and above):
The most dismissals in an innings is 7 by RW Taylor, in the same Test of Botham’s century plus 13w. Yajurvindra Singh has the most by a non-keeper (5) which he made on debut. This remains a share in the world record of 5 catches in an innings, which is now held by several other players including AM Rahane.
Match fielding performances (6 and above):
This record is also held by RW Taylor’s 10 in Botham’s match.
Yajurvidra Singh and KL Rahul have 7 catches by non-keepers, Yajurvindra doing so on debut.