Analyzing Test captaincies – 4

Here we look at captains with no wins, no losses and no draws.

No Wins:

These are captains in 4 or more Tests with no wins.

Headed by M Ashraful of Bangladesh with 13 (12 losses and 1 draw). The next (IT Botham) is more surprising. Another Bangladeshi Khaled Mashud also has 12.

In recent years there are AG Cremer (8) and KC Brathwaite (5).

From India there are MH Mankad (6), S Venkataraghavan (5) and others with 4.

No losses:

These are captains in 2 or more Tests with no losses.

WW Armstrong with 10 heads this list, with 8 wins and 2 draws.

Next are DB Close and FG Mann with 7.

In recent years there is only AM Rahane with 2; both of these wins were when he was standing in for Kohli.

From India we also have Srikkanth with 4 (all draws).

No draws:

These are captains in 3 or more Tests with no draws.

Headed by Waqar Younis (17, 10 wins and 7 losses). The next is Shakib with 14 (3 wins and 11 losses).

Others from recent times (other than Shakib) include R Herath, KC Brathwaite and RAS Lakmal with 5.

Brathwaite has 5 losses out of 5.

From India there is DK Gaekwad with 4 (all losses). He is presently India’s oldest living Test player.

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.

 

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.