Data up to 15 October 2017
We come to the end of this series with the Test players who never saw draws in their careers. Taking a cutoff of 5 Tests, there are no less than 107 players in this category. Here are all those with 8 Tests or more.
The list is headed by George Lohmann with 18 Tests including 15 wins, 3 losses and no draws. He was England’s leading fast bowler of his time, and took 112 Test wickets at the incredible average of 10.75. This is by far the best bowling average for anyone with over 100 Test wickets. Next is the better-known SF Barnes with 189 wickets at 16.43.
There are, of course, the all-loss men headed by Alok Kapali (17) as well as the all-win men headed by Eldine Baptiste (10). There are some like H Ironmonger (8 wins, 6 losses) and R Abel (7 wins, 6 losses) with almost the same number of wins and losses.
Among current players, there are several from the present Zimbabwe team (Ervine, Waller, Chakabva and others) who have already increased their tally of losses in the first Test. Chakabva now has 11 losses in 11 Tests and is now in second place in “All defeats” after Kapali. SL’s Kumara has 4 wins and 4 losses. From India there are only two representatives, SS Dighe (6) and PH Sharma (5). Dighe has a nicely symmetrical record of 3 wins and 3 losses, all in 2001.
An update to this series of 6 articles will come out every year when there is a break from Tests, probably at IPL time. If you missed the earlier 5, scroll backwards for the past month or so.