Captains who drew everything and never drew anything

We have seen the Test captains who won all their Tests, did not win any of their Tests, lost all their Tests and did not lose any Test.

Finally we look at the last categories of those who drew all their Tests and did not draw any Test.

Captains who drew all their Tests:

All draws

An unlikely leader who drew all 4 Tests in India’s 1989-90 tour of Pakistan. That was generally a dull series, though it did see the debuts of Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis.

Then there are Majid Khan and Saeed Ahmed who drew all their 3 Tests. Strange when we we remember that Srikkanth and Majid were among the more aggressive batsmen of their time.

There are many others (mainly stand-ins) who drew the 1 or 2 Tests they captained in. The better-known are Bardsley, Murray, Kirsten, Headley, Lindwall and Graveney. Headley should have captained the West Indies earlier but for the earlier policy of having one captains of European descent.

And finally:

Captains who never drew any of their Tests:

Never drew

There are a total of 85 captains in this category. We are listing the 27 who captained in 4 or more Tests.

There are those who won all (Bacher and Hawke) and those who lost all (the two Khaleds of Bangladesh, today’s KC Brathwaite and DK Gaekwad of earlier times).

And there are those who won some and lost some but never drew-such as the leaders Waqar Younis (10 wins, 7 losses) and Shakib al Hasan (3 wins, 11 losses).

Perhaps they deserve credit for their determination to get results rather than draws.

Captains who lost everything and never lost anything

Here we look at other aspects of the performances of Test captains. We had started with those who won all their Tests and those who never lost any. Now we look at their converses:

Captains who lost all their Tests:

All losses

As one may guess, the first two (both with the first name Khaled) were from Bangladesh and lost all their 12 and 9 Tests respectively. Next is WI’s KC Brathwaite who lost all his 5 Tests and India’s DK Gaekwad (4)

There are a total of 38 captains who lost all their Tests, but the above includes only the 21 who lost all their Tests from 2 onward.  Recent additions are Mominul Haque with 2 and WTS Porterfield with 3.

Then there were the

Captains who never lost any Test:

Never lost

There are actually 50 such cases, but we consider only the 24 cases for 2 or more Tests shown above.

At the top is Warwick Armstrong (8 wins and 2 draws)  Brian Close (6 wins and 1 draw) and FG Mann (2 wins and 5 draws). From India there is Srikkanth (4 draws in a single series). In recent years there is AM Rahane (2 wins).

The worst Test batsmen

At first glance, it seems to be simple enough. Take a cutoff of 20 innings and find who has the lowest average in Tests.

This data is correct as on 5 Oct 2017. As usual, the match with the ICC World XI is not counted.

Lowest Test batting averages (raw): Min 20 innings, batting average < 5.00

Worst batsmen-raw

Not CS Martin, though he is third on this list. No 2 is long forgotten and No 1 had a rather short career but became a commentator of some note.

Now these players are all those who were not in the team for their batting. If we want to isolate the specialist batsmen, we should tweak the conditions to:

Batting order 1 to 8, 20 innings. You could consider 1-7 or 1-6 as well.

Not more than two scores above 50.

Let us also eliminate the good bowlers by deleting anyone who bowled more than the standard cutoff of 2000 balls.

With these conditions we get these batsmen with an average below 20.00:

Worst batsman-stage 2

That looks a little more like it. Maybe we should also remove those who were wicket keepers for more than 20 innings, to remove those who were in the team as a keeper rather than a batsman:

Worst batsmen-final

Having removed the specialist keepers, we now have a final list of those who were the worst specialist batsmen, who batted from 1 to 8 and were not in the team for their bowling or keeping abilities. Only 23 here, with averages ranging from 12+ to 30+. There are some from recent years, headed by Jehan Mubarak (SL), MR Marsh (Aus) and HD Rutherford (NZ). Their “Gurus” were the old timers like Stricker of SA and the better known Midwinter who played for Aus and Eng.

One further adjustment would be to segregate the left-hand and right-hand batsmen from the above set:

Left-hand:

Left hand

Only 5 here.

Right-hand:

Right Hand

20 here. Saleem Elahi and Maqsood Ahmed (both RH) have entered here to make the total 25.

If LA Stricker was indeed the worst specialist batsman of all time, we should know more about him:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/47251.html 

And his left-handed counterpart, LSM Miller:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/37719.html

And the worst of the current batch, Jehan Mubarak:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/49633.html

A point of interest is that he is one of the few Test players to have been born in the US.

In the same vein, we can identify the worst specialist bowlers and wicketkeepers and alleged all-rounders, before we finally devise a “Worst-ever Test XI”