Analyzing Test captaincies-1

With the summer season of 2020 out of the way, we review Test captaincies up to Aug 31, 2020:

Most Tests

Headed by Tendulkar with 200. Anderson (156) and Broad (143) are unlikely to come near, although they may challenge Cook for the England record of 161.

Most Tests as captain:

GC Smith leads with 108. Kohli (55) will probably overtake Dhoni (60) but is unlikely to come near GC Smith. Root (44) is probably the only other captain who will move up a bit-but may not pass Cook’s England record of 59.

Most Tests not as captain:

Tendulkar again, with Anderson and Broad some distance behind.

The next logical question is to find who has played the

Most Tests without ever being captain:

The record was held by Warne for a long time. He has now been overtaken by Anderson with Broad just behind him. Other potential candidates like Ishant Sharma and Lyon are unlikely to come near. VVS Laxman has the India record of 134.

And finally

Those who were captains in all their Tests:

Many of them were from the glorious days of amateurs ruling the roost, although that does not apply to the first few names here. Germon and Poterfield are the only ones from recent times.

Also note the 5 who captained their sides in their only Tests. CA Smith was the only to have won their Test, and ultimately settled in Hollywood.

Also note the father-son duo of FT Mann and FG Mann.

Vizianagram or Vizzy joins his amateur English friends here.

99s in ODI cricket

Inspired by Misbah-ul-Haq’s affinity for 99s, we had a few posts on Test 99s. We now turn our attention to 99s in ODIs.

Following my normal practice, the ODIs involving the ICC XI, Asia XI and Africa XI are not counted.

We start with the complete list of 99s in ODIs:

ODI 99 full

Sachin Tendulkar is the only one with three 99s

Sanath Jayasuriya is the only one with two 99s.

No one else has more than one.

Those who made 99 on ODI debut:

ODI 99 debut

A rather short list. So we may as well list all those who made 90 to 99 on debut:

ODI 90 plus debut

Note that no one other than Morgan and Patil crossed 95 on debut. Stephen Fleming also made 92 on Test debut.

Captains who made 99:

ODI 99 capt

Jayasuriya’s two 99s came when he was captain, while Tendulkar’s relatively short spells of captaincy did not see any of his three 99s.

Next we take up the subset of unbeaten 99s:

ODI 99 NO

While there was only one instance of an unbeaten 99 while chasing a target in Tests (Alec Tudor), there are a few in ODIs. This is the full list of unbeaten 99s in the second innings of an ODI:

ODI 99 NO in 2nd innings

Only Patil ended on the losing side when his team was bowled out (and it was his ODI debut too). The other 6 instances were while chasing a target. In at least one case (that of Sehwag) it was alleged that the bowler deliberately bowled a no-ball to deny the batsman his century. Read more about it here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/456663.html

But disciplinary action was taken:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/sl-tri2010/content/story/473077.html

Apart from the bowler Suraj Randiv, another player (Dilshan) was penalized for encouraging him to bowl a no-ball.

These unbeaten 99s do not include any by a captain.

So we extend this list to captains who have made 95 to 99:

ODI 95plus Capt

Both Sohail and Attapattu made 97 not out in successful chases.