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.

Aiden Markram is back (Updated to Jan 15, 2022)

Refresh your memory here:

As readers of this column know, Aiden Markram has the longest palindromic name among international cricketers, with the competition coming from Rangy Nanan and Arun Lal.

Apart from that, he had a good run at the start, with 97 on debut and centuries in his second and third Tests. (It helps if you are playing at home in South Africa against Bangladesh for two Tests followed by Zimbabwe).

Anyway, he was a sort of lucky charm for South Africa as they won in each of his first 5 Tests. India broke this spell when they won the 3rd Test of the 2017-18 series.

He had a bad tour of India in 2019, making a second-ball pair (or silver pair) in the second Test before being dropped for the third.

Anyway he holds another peculiar record in all Tests. He has played the most Tests (29) without ever seeing a draw, up to Jan 15, 2022. 18 of these matches were won by South Africa and 11 were lost.

The record was earlier held by England’s George Lohmann (18 Tests) of long ago, who saw 15 wins and 3 losses. Next is a recent player KK Jennings (Eng) with 17 (12 wins and 5 losses). Alok Kapali (BD) shares this tally of 17 (0 wins and 17 losses). Once Markram encounters a drawn Test, the record goes back to Lohmann.

I wonder if anyone has told Markram of this record. At least it sounds more impressive than being the 21st batsman to make a silver pair.

They never saw draws in Tests-updated to October 2017

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.

No draws

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.