Batting fails in ODI cricket

After covering batting fails in T20I cricket, we proceed to ODI cricket.

Data is up to 3 Feb 2017. Matches involving the ICC XI, Asia XI and Africa XI are not counted.

We start with those who never scored a run in ODI cricket.

Most matches (4 and more):

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Jaspreet Bumrah, the T20I leader, leads here again followed by D. Mohammed and JD Unadkat. Unadkat is one of several who never got an opportunity to bat.

Next we take up those who played in the most innings without scoring a run.

Most innings (2 and more):

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Here we have 3 cases of players who got to bat in 3 innings and did not score from the balls they faced. Radford and Kabir had brief Test careers. Bumrah faced the least balls here (1) and was dismissed by that ball.

We now look closer at those who never got to face a ball in ODIs.

Most matches (3 and more):

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Unadkat has played in the most matches (7) without ever going to bat. He is followed by a more recent Indian player BB Sran with 6. This list included Lance Gibbs and two lesser-known Test players who played one innings but did not face a ball.

Finally we look at those who played the most innings without facing a ball:

The record is one innings, achieved by these:

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Of these, AGR Loudon was run out as a non-striker and was dismissed without facing a ball. And Aminul Islam (jnr) scored one run off zero balls. Presumably he scored off a no ball, though it is difficult to check this as the commentary of 1999 is not available.

Batting fails in T20I matches

You may think that this is about England losing 8 wickets for 8 runs in the third match. That has been covered enough elsewhere. Here we note some remarkable figures about players who have played the most matches and innings without scoring a single run, and others who have gone a step better and did not get to face a single ball while batting. These figures are as on 2 Feb 2017.

The unlikely hero here is India’s new-found death bowler Jasprit Bumrah, apparently a Sikh who was born and brought up in Ahmedabad. We know about his bowling. Now see the records he has set while batting.

Most matches played without scoring a run (5 or more):

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Bumrah stands at the peak with 24 T20Is played without scoring a single run, twice that of his nearest competitors Santokie and Sodhi. He did bat in 4 innings, faced 2 balls and was dismissed once. As you can see, there are others who have played up to 9 matches without being called on the bat. The Australian Test player Stuart Clark played 9 matches without going in to bat.Then come Fareed Ahmed and the better known Josh Hazlewood in 7 matches. The latest hero YS Chahal has not had to bat in his 6 matches.

Now we look at

Most innings played without scoring a run (2 or more):

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Bumrah leads here as well, but interestingly a prominent Test batsman MS Sinclair also appears here. The end of his career seemed to coincide with the increase in the frequency of T20Is which began in 2005.Ruchira Perera also played a few Tests as an all-rounder. Note that he played 2 innings without facing a ball.

Next, we look at those who never got to face a ball in T20Is.

Most matches played without facing a ball (5 or more):

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Santokie and Sodhi head this list. Next comes A. Mishra who did get dismissed without facing a ball, with the dreaded diamond duck which usually strikes non-strikers who are run out. Then we note that Stuart Clark heads the list of those who never went out to bat.

The first four in this list have Indian connections-even Stuart Clark, whose parents were Anglo-Indians.

Finally, we look at the most innings played without facing a ball. It is a short list.

Most innings played without facing a ball (1 or more):

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The aforementioned Ruchira Perera heads this list, playing two innings without facing a ball. Note that AA Noffke, like Amit Misra, also got a diamond duck.

ODIs and Test matches deserve separate posts.