After the WTC Final

This is what the final table of the WTC looked like. Note that the recent WI-SA series was also part of the WTC. Clearly these teams were not anywhere near the top 2:

We also look at the ICC ranking tables on June 24:

Here NZ is just ahead of India. There are some differences in the lower rankings.

It may happen that Zimbabwe (or even Afghanistan) will take Bangladesh’s place in the next cycle.

A quick look at the main statistical highlights of the WTC Tests (Remember that they started in 2019):

Most runs (750 or more):

Strangely the first few positions are from those whose teams did not reach the final. Rahane and R Sharma are in 5th and 6th place.

Highest scores (150 or more):

Kohli and Williamson are in 3rd and 4th place.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 25.00):

Again, the best from India and NZ is in 6th place (Rahane), followed by MA Agarwal and Kohli. Pujara’s decline is clear.

Williamson is not here is he batted in less than 20 innings.

Most wickets (20 or more):

Ashwin has the most wickets, followed closely by Australia’s Cummins and England’s Broad. Southee and Jamieson have the most from NZ.

We can also see that Ashwin, Lyon and AR Patel each took 4 five-fors, and that Broad, Lyon, Jamieson, Embuldeniya and AR Patel each took a ten-for.

Best innings bowling (includes all 6wi or more):

Along with the lesser-known Embuldeniya, Ashwin also took a 7-for. There are startling figures of 5-7 by Bumrah, 5-8 by Hazlewood and Root (!) which were both against India.

Best match bowling (includes all 9wm or more):

AR Patel has the best figures here followed by Jamieson and the newcomer Jayawickrama. Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are also here.

Bowling average (Min 2000 balls, all instances):

Broad and Ashwin have the first two places here.

For economy rate, it is Hazlewood and Ashwin.

For strike rate, it is Broad and Southee.

Jamieson does not appear here as he has not bowled enough in the WTC matches.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Watling bowed out in 4th place. Pant has the next highest. He also took the most stumpings (6). Root has the most catches by a fielder (34).

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

de Kock is the only one with 6 catches, and Stokes and Thirimanne the only fielders with 5.

Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):

Paine and de Kock dominate here. No fielder has taken more than 6 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.65):

Paine and Watling lead. SPD Smith and Root have the most by fielders.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria in table):

Jadeja and Stokes (with Holder a distant third) did the best here. But there is no one from NZ.

Match all-round performances (fifty plus 5wi):

The best performances here are by Ashwin (100/5wi) and Broad (50/10wm).

Player of the series? Perhaps Williamson. He did not make the most runs, but how he made them was more important (notably in the final):

Summary of England-New Zealand Tests-2021-Pt 2

Hope that you have read Pt 1

Bowling figures:

40 or more wickets:

Sir Richard leads by a large margin, while current players Broad and Anderson are 2nd and 4th. The current trio of Southee, Boult and Wagner are also here.

Most 5wi: 8 by Hadlee, 6 each by Botham and Underwood.

Most 10wm: 3 by Underwood, 2 by Hadlee and Lock.

Best innings bowling, including all cases of 7wi and better:

None from recent years, although Anderson and Broad are here.

Best match bowling, including all cases of 10wm and better:

Again, none from recent years. Southee appears once.

Best bowling average, minimum 2000 balls and below 30.00

We can see that the best bowling average is 12.20 by Underwood. Next is Willis.

The best economy rate is 1.66 by Underwood. Next is Illingworth.

And the best strike rate is 49.3 by Underwood yet again. Next is Caddick.

The best average among current players is by Boult, followed by Broad, Anderson and Wagner.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Parore and Bob Taylor have the highest number of dismissals. Watling is in 4th place. The most dismissals by a non-keeper is 33 by Fleming. The most stumpings is 6 by Evans.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):

The most recent 5-for is by Bairstow in 2018. Some non-keepers have taken 4 catches.

Most dismissals in a match (6 and above):

Here we have TA Blundell sharing the top position with 8 catches during this series. The last instance of a 6-for was by Bairstow in 2018. Lamb and Cook have taken 6 catches as non-keepers.

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.750):

IDS Smith leads with 1.826, while the best for England is Bob Taylor’s 1.666.

Watling has the best rate among current players. Ross Taylor has the best rate among current non-keepers.

All-round overall performances (see criteria in table):

50 and 5wi in match:

Southee (in 2008) was one of the few to do this double on debut.

There are a number of 100/5wi as well as 50/10wm.

Botham appears here 3 times, with 2 instances of 100/5wi.

The unheralded DJ Mash was the first to score a fifty and take 10 wickets in a Test at Lord’s. The only other to do so was MM Ali against SA in 2017.

Elgar’s unusual record

South Africa’s 3-day rout of West Indies included an obscure record for captain Dean Elgar.

He is one of the few captains who won a Test without scoring a run, taking a wicket or a fielding dismissal. Here is the complete list of captains who achieved this:

Note that Babar Azam did the same earlier this year.

There are some famous names here (including Bradman in his last Test in 1948).

No Indian captain here, although Clive Lloyd did this against India in 1976. That was the Test famous for the bouncer barrage and India being 97 all out with 5 batsmen unable to bat due to various injuries.

Meanwhile, here is the short list of Indian players whose side won a Test without any contribution by them:

Ishant Sharma achieved this earlier in the year. There is also Pujara with one of his rare ducks.

Also note 3 separate players in the test against NZ at Chennai in 1955-56, which is remembered for the long-standing opening record of 413 by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy.

TAIL PIECE: If you have any connection with Maharashtra, you can create memes about the Elgar Parishad.

Captains in one Test-May 2021

There are as many as 45 Test captains who were captain in exactly one Test:

From this we come to

Captains who won their only Test:

Only 10 of the 40, the most recent being Mashrafe Mortaza. Even in his case, he was injured soon after the match started and Shakib Al Hasan was the effective captain. This was Bangladesh’s first Test win abroad, though it was against what was virtually a 3rd XI of the West Indies.

Shastri is the only such captain from India. Perhaps India’s performance in the late 80s may have been better if he had captained.

CA Smith was playing in his only Test. Later he was better known as a Hollywood actor.

Captains who lost their only Test:

Not surprisingly, the 19 members here are almost twice the number of those who won their only Test. The latest was Ben Stokes, who was substituting for Joe Root.

India has two prominent players in Borde and Pankaj Roy.

DB Carr played only in 2 Tests overall. This loss was India’s first win in any Test, which oddly enough coincided with the death of King George VI. The captain appointed for that series was the equally undistinguished ND Howard who played his only 4 Tests in that series.

AR Richards, JH Anderson and N Betancourt were playing in their only Tests.

Captains who drew their only Test:

The most recent was BA Murphy in 2001. From India there is HR Adhikari. Prominent players here include DL Murray, G Kirsten, RR Lindwall and TW Graveney.

Taberer was playing his only Test.

Test captains compared-fielding

We now look at the fielding figures for Test captains. This includes both keepers and non-keepers.

Most dismissals (35 and above):

Led by Dhoni (211) followed by non-keepers GC Smith (152) and Fleming (132) and current keeper Paine (101)

Fine-tuning:

A Flower and AJ Stewart had captained both as keepers and as non-keepers. Sangakkara and AB de Villiers never captained as a keeper.

Most catches by WK: 187 by Dhoni, almost double the next (97 by Paine).

Most stumpings: 24 by Dhoni, followed by Sherwell (16 from long ago)

Most catches by non-keeper: 152 by GC Smith, 132 by Fleming. The highest for India is 59 by Kohli

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):

Rashid Latif and Dhoni have the most dismissals (6).

Among non-keepers, the highest is 5 by VY Richardson, Fleming, GC Smith, Sammy and SPD Smith.

5 is still the world record for catches by a fielder in an innings. It is shared by several others. VY Richardson was the first to achieve this. He is better known as the (maternal) grandfather of the Chappells.

Most dismissals in a match (7 and above):

Here the record is 10 by Sarfaraz Ahmed, who had a relatively short spell as captain.

For non-keepers, it is 7 by Fleming. This was a share in the world record until AM Rahane took 8 catches.

And the most stumpings appear to be 3 by Dhoni in 2010.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, and 0.65):

Here the results are a little surprising: Paine (2.244) followed by Sarfaraz (2.200) and Alexander. Dhoni is next.

Among fielders, the leader is SPD Smith(1.187) followed by DJG Sammy (1.075). Dravid (0.702) has the most for India.

You may also like to see this, which has the same dateline in May 2021.

They never saw draws in Tests

As many as 118 Test players played in 5 or more matches and never saw a draw. These are the top few:

This list is headed by a current player Aiden Markram:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/aiden-markram-600498

Next is the 19th-century player GA Lohmann (18), England’s leading pace bowler of that time.

Then there is the near-current player KK Jennings (17) who has some chance of playing again, along with Alok Kapali with his record 17 losses. Baptiste with his 10 wins is further down.

From India there is a current player HH Pandya (11).

Other current players include SO Hetmyer (16), Hasan Ali (13), KM Jarvis (13) and TA Blundell (10).

Of course, Markram will lose his status once he plays in a drawn Test, which means that the record will go back to the venerable George Lohmann.

South Africa last had a draw in March 2017. This was followed by 34 Tests with results. Thus a number of junior Test players from there have 5 or more Tests without a draw. This applies to most of the current team.

They only saw draws in Tests

Continuing the series……

There is a very short list of those who played in at least 5 Tests, all of which were drawn.

None of these players are particularly well-known.

Shafiq Ahmed was supposed to be a specialist batsman but had a top score of 27. But the other players were not much better.

Vivian made his debut in the same Test where his team-mate BR Taylor scored a century and a five-for.

Jarvis made his debut in Zimbabwe’s first Test. His son KM Jarvis also played Tests for Zimbabwe.

Spare a thought for PH Punjabi (who was actually from Sind). His only Tests were in the horribly boring Pakistan-India series of 1954-55. Gadkari also played in this series.

Among these players, Gadkari was the only one to score a Test fifty (which came at No 9). None of them took more than 3 wickets in an innings.

Here we see those who saw draws in 80% or more in Tests:

From India, there are also Gopal Sharma and P Krishnamurthy (4 draws out of 5). There is no current player.

Also note GA Greenidge, who was not related to the two other Greenidges who played for the West Indies a little later. And MJC Allom, who took 4 wickets in 5 balls on his debut.

They never saw losses in Tests

After those who saw only losses, we move to those who never saw losses.

There are 70 players who played 5 or more Tests and never saw a loss. Here are the top few:

This starts with Rajesh Chauhan, an off-spinner who played for India in the mid-90s.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/rajesh-chauhan-27622

Again, this feat of longevity is more due to being in the right place in the right time. At that time India needed to play 3 spinners in most Tests (Chauhan along with Kumble and Raju) as the pace attack was in transition (Kapil’s final days and Srinath just starting off).

Next there are McCool, Loxton and Toshack who were fringe members of Bradman’s invincibles of the late 1940s.

From India there are also KK Nair and CV Gadkari (whom we will meet later). They played 6 Tests without seeing a loss.

Among current players there are KA Jamieson (6 wins out of 6) and Mohammad Siraj (4 wins and one draw out of 5).

They only saw losses in Tests

Continuing the series.

Next we come to those who played in 5 or more Tests and saw losses in all of them:

The first 6 places all go to Bangladesh players, who are not particularly well known. Alok Kapali was a bits-and-pieces all-rounder whose main claim to fame is being the first Bangladeshi (and first Hindu) to take a Test hat-trick.

There are a sprinkling from other countries. The most recent is SW Ambris of the West Indies.

We now look at those who experienced losses in 90% of their Tests:

Only 6 names are added, all from Bangladesh. Interestingly there is no one from Zimbabwe here.

They never saw wins in Tests

We have already seen a very short list of players who played in 5 or more Tests and saw wins in all of them.

As you may guess, the number of players who never saw wins is somewhat larger.

There are, in fact, 164 players who played in at least 5 Tests and never saw a victory. The leaders are listed below.

The list is headed by Bert Sutcliffe who could be described as one of the best batsmen of NZ in his time. He was a little unlucky to miss the 3 Tests which NZ did win during his career, including the first one against New Zealand in 1955-56 and two in South Africa in 1961-62.

Next is Bryan Strang, who was a key player for Zimbabwe in its earlier years. He was also unlucky to miss the first few Test victories of his team.

Then we have Shahriar Nafees and several others from Bangladesh.

The most Tests by an Indian player in this category is 18 by BK Kunderan.

Among current players, there are Taskin Ahmed of Bangladesh (7) and MD Shanaka of Sri Lanka (6).

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.

Century on debut and never again (May 2021)

Scoring a century on Test debut is not as difficult as one may think. As many as 108 players have scored 110 centuries on their Test debut, including LG Rowe and Yasir Hameed who scored centuries in both innings.

There are several who failed to score a century after their debut. The full list (up to 15/05/2021) is given below.

Players can drop off this list (as Fawad Alam did after over 11 years). Some current players (from PP Shaw downwards) can be reasonably expected to score another century sooner or later.

The most Tests played here are 25 by Yasir Hameed and 24 by L Amarnath. The latter was an useful bowler and a relatively better captain (by Indian standards of those days).

The most 50s scored after debut are 8 by Yasir Hameed and 7 by SK Raina. The latter was more successful in limited-overs matches, and was one of the first to score a century in a T20I.

Now we look at those who never crossed 50 after their debut.

Ganteaume played in only one innings. RE Redmond is not here as he scored a century and a fifty in his only Test.

The most Tests played among these players are 12 by van Zyl and 10 by DR Smith.

Fawad Alam (again!) got off this list after over 11 years.

There do not seem to be any current players here.