They only saw wins in Tests

Updated on May 15, 2021

Here we look at the small number of Test players who saw only victories in their Test careers. As you may guess, this is a short list with only 5 names (who played 5 or more Tests).

Only wins:

The only new entrant here is KA Jamieson with 6 wins out of 6. Other recent players who were briefly on this list after 5 or more Tests include Imran Khan (Jr) and Sam Curran.

It goes without saying that a record like this is more due to being in the right place at the right time rather than the player’s merit.

Above 75% wins:

This is the full list of 36 players who had a win percentage of over 75% after a minimum of 5 Tests.

The highest from India is 5/6 by KK Nair, followed by newcomer Mohammed Siraj with 4/5.

Jamieson, Blundell and Siraj are the only current players here, since KK Nair seems to be unlikely to play for India again. Perhaps TD Astle will add to his 5 Tests for New Zealand.

AC Gilchrist is the only one with over 30 Tests. And the only others with over 20 Tests are Australians from around the same period.

Analyzing Test captaincies – 6

Finally we look at captains with the most wins, most losses and most draws.

Most wins (14 and more):

Here, and in the rest of the post, we will see that the toppers will generally be those who captained in the most Tests. GC Smith with 53 wins had captained in the most Tests (108). RT Ponting is next with 47 wins.

Among current players, V Kohli has the most wins (33). That is also the most by an Indian captain.

Most losses (12 and more):

Unsurprisingly, it is also headed by GC Smith with 28 losses. Next is SP Fleming with 27.

Among current captains, JO Holder has the most losses (19). For India, MAK Pataudi leads with 19.

Most draws (12 and more):

For a change, this is headed by another captain AR Border with 39 draws (including 1 tie). Next is SM Gavaskar with 30. He was well known for his defensive captaincy. Like Border, he had a weak Test team most of the time. GC Smith is third with 27.

Among recent captains, AN Cook leads with 13 draws.