Better late than never. Here is a summary of all Tests between these countries including the recently concluded series in the UAE. A point of interest was that the West Indies recorded their first victory over Pakistan in neutral Tests, having lost 2-0 in 2002 and now 2-1. We see that they had lost all 4 neutral Tests against Pakistan till then.
49 Tests have been played between these countries. Pakistan now lead 18-16 with 15 draws. A summary:
Pak WI Draw Total
In Pak 9 4 8 21
In WI 5 11 7 23
Neutral 4 1 0 5
Total 18 16 15 49
We now look at batting:
Most runs (500 and more):
M. Yousuf has the most centuries (7) followed by Inzamam and Lara with 4 apiece
M. Yousuf also has the most 50+ scores with 10, while four others have made 9.
And M. Yousuf has scored the most runs in this series though he played in a relatively small number of Tests.
Highest innings (150 and above):
The top score here was the world record Test score for almost 40 years and strangely enough, Gary Sobers’s maiden Test hundred. In the same series, Pakistan recorded their highest score of this series which was one of the longest in all first-class cricket. It is still Pakistan’s highest Test score and the longest innings in all Tests (though no longer the first-class record).
Azhar Ali is the only current player here.
Highest batting averages (20 or more innings, all instances):
Wasim Raja tops this rather surprisingly. But heavy scorers such as M. Yousuf (101.16 in 14 innings), Sobers (89.45 in 13 innings) and Hanif (73.60 in 11 innings) did not play enough to feature here. See the first table above for their averages.
Mention must also be made of Kraigg Brathwaite’s batting feat (which deserves a post to itself): https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/kraigg-brathwaites-unique-feat/
Now for bowling:
Most wickets (20 and more):
The top few names are as expected, while newcomers such as Bishoo and Yasir Shah are climbing rapidly.
Imran has the most fivers (6), followed by 4 each by Akram and Walsh. No one has taken more than one tenner.
Best innings bowling (6 or more wickets):
Bishoo’s 8-49 was the second best in this series, though his team did not win that match. The only other current player here is Yasir Shah at the bottom, though at least his team did win.
Best match bowling (9 or more wickets):
Bishoo and Yasir Shah also appear here.
Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):
Current players will take a while to reach here.
It can be seen that the best economy rates are 2.05 by Gibbs and 2.36 by Fazal. The best strike rates are 39.6 by Younis and 41.7 by Croft.
To be continued.