Summary of Test matches in 2021: Debutants : Part 6

Here we cover the better performances by those who made their debut in the calendar year 2021.

Batting:

40 or more runs in an innings:

Note the double centuries by KR Mayers and DP Conway. Only 7 players have made a double century on debut.

Mayers and Bonner combined to enable the West Indies to chase down 395 in the last innings:

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SS Iyer and Abdullah Shafique scored 50+ in both innings.

80 or more runs in a match:

Bowling:

4 or more wickets in an innings:

Headed by SM Boland’s 6-7 at the end of the year. There are others who have made 7wi and 8wi on debut, but this would probably be the most influential bowling performance by a debutant-as it reduced England to 68 all out and secured the Ashes for Australia.

7 or more wickets in a match:

P Jayawickrama took 11 wickets on debut, while Boland had the best figures of those who took 7 wickets.

Fielding:

2 or more dismissals in an innings:

Note AT Carey’s 5 and 3 in the same match.

3 or more dismissals in a match.

AT Carey took 8 dismissals, equalling the record by HB Taber and CMW Read.

However, Carey is the only one to take 8 catches on debut, as the others had 7 catches and a stumping.

Several fielders (including Boland again!) took 3 catches in a match.

All-round performance:

50 runs and 4 wickets in match:

Only one instance, and he has not played for the past few months.

50 and 3 dismissals in match:

Note that Abdullah Shafique made two fifties in the match, besides taking 3 catches.

Summary of Test matches in 2021: Batting records : Part 2

We now look at individual Batting performances in 2021:

Most runs (500 or more):

Root leads by a large margin with 1708 runs.

Next are RG Sharma (906) and FDM Karunaratne (902).

Pant (748) and Pujara (702) are next. Kohli (536) is further down.

The most centuries were 6 by Root and 4 by Karunaratne.

Similarly, the most 50+ scores were 10 by Root and 7 by Karunaratne.

Back to Root: His 1708 is the 3rd highest in all years until now, and the best for England.

1500 or more runs in a calendar year:

The previous record for England was 1481 by MP Vaughan in 2002.

Highest innings scores (125 or more):

Several double centuries, including two by debutants (210* by KR Mayers and 200 by DP Conway). And two by Root, along with two 180s as well.

Conway’s 200 is the highest by anyone making his debut, that match being at Lord’s. The previous record was 136 by SC Ganguly in 1996.

The best for India is 161 by RG Sharma, followed by 150 by MA Agarwal.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Led by Root (61.00). Next are RG Sharma (47.68) and RR Pant (39.36). Pujara and Rahane are further down, and JM Anderson with an average of 4.10 is at the bottom.

Finally, Strike Rates: (Minimum 1000 balls faced, SR 40 or more):

Led by Pant (67.44) and followed by newcomer KR Mayers (61.98).

Other Indian players here include RG Sharma, V Kohli, KL Rahul and AM Rahane.

Root is in 4th place here, after Pant, Mayers and Liton Das.

To be continued with bowling statistics in Part 3.