King Pairs in Test match cricket

England’s JM Anderson became the 19th player to get a king pair (or golden pair), having been dismissed in the first ball of each innings.

This is one of those statistics which cannot directly be pulled out of Statsguru. One can ask it to list all those who scored 0 runs in a match with 2 dismissals and 2 balls, but even this will be misleading as not all innings have the balls-faced recorded. There are a few who were dismissed 2nd ball in one innings and dismissed with an unknown number of balls in the other innings.

Anyway, after checking all the concerned scorecards we arrive at the following list of 19 instances of undisputed king pairs in all Tests.

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No captain has faced this indignity, though some wicketkeepers have. The debutant TA Ward was unfortunate to become part of both of TJ Mathews’s hat tricks, while a better known keeper Adam Gilchrist was part of India’s first hat-trick in the first innings.

BS Chandrasekhar was the only one to supplant his king pair with a 10-wicket haul (6 wickets in each innings) while the Sri Lankan pair of Herath and Prasad are the only others to take 5-fors.

Another point of interest is the NZ keeper Colquhoun who was part of the record 26 all out which has stood since 1955 despite several determined attempts to breach it in recent years.

Most of the players on the list are not recognized batsmen, but prominent exceptions include Gilchrist, Richardson and Sehwag. Others such as Agarkar have scored at least one Test century.

Queen pairs or silver pairs were covered in another article less than a year ago:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/abd-and-the-record-books-again/

It has been checked that as on 23 Nov 2016 there have been no additions to the 16 queen pairs listed there.

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They only saw defeats in Tests-updated to Oct 2017

After covering those Test players who only saw victories in their careers of over 5 Tests, we move to the other extreme of those who only saw defeats. There are 22 such players who are listed below as on October 15, 2017. The record is held by Alok Kapali of Bangladesh.

All losses

As you may guess, Bangladesh has the most representatives here but there are some from other major cricketing countries (but not India). An interesting case is that of JG Dewes who scored 1 and 10 on his debut which was a heavy loss for England. But this match is remembered more for a duck by another player in his last Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62689.html

Coming back to Alok Kapali and runner-up Mohammad Sharif, they were unlucky to miss Bangladesh’s first Test victory against Zimbabwe in 2004-05. The former was a batting all-rounder who was the first Bangladeshi (and only Hindu, if that matters) to take a Test hat-trick. That hat-trick (with innings figures of 3 for 3) accounted for half of his Test wickets. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/56251.html

Several Zimbabweans on this list may play again, notably RW Chakabva (10), SC Williams and Sikandar Raza (7 Tests each).

If we list all those who witnessed defeat in more than 90 percent of their Tests, we get this list of 29:

Over 90 percent loss

6 of the 7 players added are all from Bangladesh. The other is CR Ervine of Zimbabwe who is likely to play again.

It looks as if Kapali’s record will stand for a long time, even though he was probably a better player than some others who appear here. Contrast this with Eldine Baptiste and his friends from the earlier post.