There are unlikely to be any Test matches for a few months. So it is time to catch up with statistical details which are not readily available to to the average cricket follower.
Today we have all-round records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.
Overall all-round records (see criteria in table):
These 17 players are generally considered to be among the better all-rounders of their times, although Jayasuriya and Border are among those who were predominantly batsmen.
It is not surprising that Imran, Sobers and Pollock are among the top 3. The relatively lower position of Benaud is surprising. Botham is not here as his performance fell sharply once he became captain – fittingly, his side did not win any of the 12 Tests he captained in.
Current and recent players here are Shakib and JO Holder. Kapil and L Amarnath are the only ones from India.
We now look at match performances: at least a fifty and a five -for:
These 22 occasions include 2 by Atkinson, Benaud, JO Holder and Shakib besides 3 by Imran.
The feat of a century and 5wi was performed by Atkinson, Sobers, Mushtaq and Imran (who actually made it a century and 10wm).
The feat of a fifty and 10wm was performed by Imran (as given above), Border (!) and Rashid Khan.
The best match performance would probably be Imran’s 117 and 11-180, although Atkinson is the only one with a double century. Mushtaq and Vettori crossed 50 in both innings.
This concludes our study of individual performances by Test captains.