There are unlikely to be any Test matches for a few months. So it is time to catch up with statistical details which are not readily available to to the average cricket follower.
Today we have bowling records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.
The number of captains here are somewhat less than in the previous study on batting records, as there have been relatively few “pure” bowlers who have been captains. It can be seen that a significant proportion of captains here are batting all-rounders or even batsmen who did not get to bowl frequently.
We start with
Most wickets (25 or more):
Note that only 10 captains have taken more than 100 wickets. Of these, all except Bedi would be considered all-rounders. The only other pure bowlers here are Walsh, Willis and Waqar Younis since even Sammy, Streak and Kumble made at least one century in their Test career. Going still further down below 50 wickets, the pure bowlers are Fazal Mahmood, IWG Johnson, Herath and maybe a couple of others.
The highest number of wickets by an Indian player in this table is 111 by Kapil, followed by Bedi, Kumble and L Amarnath.
Current and recent players include JO Holder, Shakib Al Hasan, Herath and Cremer.
The most 5-fors are 12 by Imran and 9 by Benaud.
The most 10-fors are 4 by Imran and 2 by Intikhab.
Next we come to
Innings Bowling (including all instances of 7wi and above):
Kapil is the only one with a 9-wicket haul. This came in a Test which his team lost. Imran, Herath and Kapil again have 8-wicket hauls. Note the freakish 6 for 7 by Gilligan. Walsh had a 7-for and a 6-for in the same Test. That takes pride of place in the next table of
Match Bowling (including all instances of 9wm and above):
We see that Walsh’s 13-55 is clearly the best here, while Younis and Herath have more expensive 13-fors. Other good match bowling figures came from Imran, Gilligan and Border; the last rarely bowled and recorded the only 10-for in his career besides making 75. Also note Giffen’s 8-40.
Now we look at
Bowling Averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):
Fazal (19.14) and Imran have the best bowling averages. The best for India is by Bedi.
It can also be seen that TL Goddard (1.68) and HB Cave have the best bowling averages. The best for India is by Amarnath.
The best strike rates here are by Waqar Younis (40.3) and Willis. The best for India is by Kapil.
This list of 43 bowler-captains includes current and recent players in Holder, Shakib, Mathews and Creme.
The bottom position is held by Vivian Richards, who rarely bowled. Above him is Hooper who was more of a batting all-rounder. Simpson and Dexter were also among those who did not bowl regularly.
Next we will take up fielding performances by captains.