Data as of 15 May 2016
Last time we looked at those Test players who never saw victories in their careers-a long list of over 150 players including some fairly prominent names. Now we look at those who never saw defeat. Here too the topper is a relatively unknown player.
There are no less than 71 players with 5 or more Tests who never saw defeat.
Those who played in 8 or more Tests are listed below:
The list is headed by an Indian RK Chauhan, who, like Eldine Baptiste, acquired this distinction mainly by being in the right place at the right time, when he was the third spinner after Kumble and Raju at a time when the fading Kapil and upcoming Srinath opened the bowling. Cricinfo did not even bother with a picture of him:
He was probably lucky to play 21 Tests with limited batting and a best of 4-48 with no other four-for.
Another article with a picture:
He is said to have recovered now.
Much the same could be said about the next few on the list, notably McCool, Toshack and Loxton who were fringe players of Bradman’s Invincibles of 1948. They had their moments, like when Toshack took 5 wickets for 2 runs against India in 1947-48.
EA McDonald opened the bowling for Australia with Jack Gregory in the early 1920s and created havoc against England, although he ended with only 11 Tests. He may have been the first prominent Test player to be killed in a road accident, which was some years later in 1937: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/6555.html
Eldine Baptiste naturally finds his place here, having never seen either defeat or a draw.
Current players moving up this chart include JA Burns (Aus) with 10 Tests and SA’s Q de Kock with 8. Further down there are Imran Khan (7) and J Bird (5).
Of course, the all-draw men CV Gadkari and Shafiq Ahmed who saw only draws in their 6 Tests are also there.