Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests-2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 or more):

Pak v SL wkts

The top three wicket-takers are spinners, which is uncommon in modern times. Only Herath has two 10-fors. He also has the most (8) 5-fors.

Best innings bowling (6wi or more):

Pak v SL inngs bowl

Muralitharan does not seem to have done that well against Pakistan, although Herath has. The two Ws are hardly seen here, though spinner Yasir Shah is more prominent here.

Best match bowling (including all 9wm and above):

Pak v SL match bowling

Again dominated by spin.

Best bowling average (min 2000 balls, all instances):

Pak v SL bowl avg

The two Ws have the best bowling averages. Akram and Abdur Rehman have the best economy and Younis  and Yasir Shah the best strike rate. Imran Khan did not play enough.

Now to Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Pak v SL dism

Moin Khan leads here. However, Sarfaraz Ahmed has the most stumpings. M Jayawardene has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (5 and more):

Pak v SL inngs field

Chandimal leads here. No non-keeper has 4 catches.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

Pak v SL match fielding

The lesser known Jayawardene leads here, while the better known namesake is the only non-keeper with 6 catches.

Dismissal rate (min 20 innings, 0.50):

Pak v SL dis rate

Moin Khan has a much higher dismissal rate than the next-in-line Chandimal. Note that several players from Chandimal downwards have played both as keepers and non-keepers. Moin Khan appears to be the only one who has played exclusively as a keeper.

All-round performance (see criteria below):

Pak v SL AR overall

This is on expected lines, as Imran Khan did not play enough against SL. So Akram emerges as the best all-rounder.

All-round match performance (fifty and 5wi):

Pak v SL AR match

It is difficult to choose among these.

 

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.

1000 runs in Tests without a century

The 2019 Ashes ended in a 2-2 draw, like the 1972 edition. That was the last drawn Ashes series until now.

The “1000 and no century” club got its 52nd member in GOAT NM Lyon. He does not have a monopoly on this title as it was first used for Mohammed Ali (ex Cassius Clay) long ago.

1000 without century

Heading this list is Shane Warne, fittingly with a top score of 99 and over 3000 runs. Next is India’s opener (and later politician) CPS Chauhan with a top score of 97 and over 2000. No one else got up to 2000, though DL Murray got close.

Waqar Younis (top score 45) and now Lyon (top score 47) are the only ones who never crossed 50. As we can see above everyone else made at least one 50. Chauhan with 16 is followed by Dickwella and Mackay with 15.

The highest batting averages are 35+ by opener Laird, followed by Mackay (33+) and Chauhan (31+).

Warne, Starc, Surti, and DN Patel finished with a top score of 99.

At the other end of the scale are the 10/11 batsmen such as JM Anderson (9.68) who is the only one with a single-figure average. Waqar Younis and Muralitharan are next, with Zaheer Khan, Lyon, and Ambrose following.

Even Anderson did get up to 81 once. He, Ambrose and Muralitharan made precisely one fifty in their long careers.

Current players here include Dickwella, Southee, Philander, Starc and Steyn besides newcomer Lyon.

There were a few such as Kumble and Vaas who made one century towards the end of their careers. Otherwise they would be near the top of this list.