Continuing our review of all Tests between these teams, after the conclusion of the recent series.
Bowling-20 or more wickets:
Imran and Akram top the list, with Walsh having the most wickets for the West Indies. Among current players there are Yasir Shah (46), Bishoo (36) and Gabriel (25). The most 5wi are 6 by Imran and 5 by Yasir Shah. No one has taken 10wm more than once.
Best innings bowling-all cases of 6wi and above:
While Croft and Imran have the best innings figures for their teams, Yasir Shah’s 7-94 and 6-63, Mohammad Amir’s 6-44 and Gabriel’s 5-11 are from the just-concluded series. The second best figures of 8-49 were by Bishoo in the series in the UAE last year.
Best match bowling-all cases of 9wm and above:
Gabriel and Yasir Shah recorded 9-wicket hauls in this series, although the overall record of 12-100 was set by Fazal Mahmood long ago. Bishoo and Yasir Shah had 10-wicket hauls last year in the UAE.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls)-all instances:
Croft has the best bowling average with Marshall and Wasim Akram close behind.
Of current players, Yasir Shah and Bishoo can be seen here.
The best economy rates are 2.05 by Gibbs and 2.36 by Fazal Mahmood.
The best strike rates are 39.6 by Waqar Younis and 41.7 by Croft.
Fielding: 12 or more dismissals:
The record of 29 dismissals was set by Alexander long ago, though Kamran Akmal and Moin Khan are second with 25. The most stumpings is by Imtiaz Ahmed (8) and most by non-keepers 23 by Viv Richards and Younis Khan. Dowrich and Sarfraz Ahmed are slowly moving up.
Best innings fielding: 4 or more dismissals:
The record of 5 is shared by DL Murray, Moin Khan and Kamran Akmal (twice). The most by non-keepers is 4 by Mathias, Logie and Taufeeq Umar.
Best match fielding: 5 or more dismissals:
The much-maligned Kamran Akmal has the record of 9 dismissals, while Imtiaz Ahmed holds the record of 3 stumpings. The most catches by non-keepers is 5 by Logie, Taufeeq Umar and Younis Khan. Younis achieved this in the 2nd Test of this series.
Best dismissal rate (20 or more innings):
No wicket-keepers figure in this list as none of them played enough. The best dismissal rate is by Younis Khan followed by Viv Richards.
All-round performance (see criteria in table):
Even with these modest criteria, only Imran Khan qualifies with a respectable total of 775 runs and 80 wickets.
All-round match performance (fifty and 5wi in match):
Oddly enough, Imran did not achieve this but the then captain Mushtaq Mohammad’s all-round performance is one of the finest for Pakistan. And we are reminded of Gayle’s lesser-known bowling capability.