Low Test scores against India-and India’s bowlers

While much has been said about 36 all out in recent days, it should not be forgotten that Indian bowlers have also now become capable of dismissing Test teams for two-digit scores. This did not happen before 1981, and the lowest by anyone against India is 79.

Here we list all Test scores by teams which are 100 or less, and 8 to 10 wickets down.

Note the 80/8 was not an all-out score, but probably would have ended under 100.

We give below details of the Indian bowlers involved, plus other features of interest.

Starting from the top:

SA 79 in 2015-16; I Sharma 0-4, Ashwin 5-32, Jadeja 4-33, A Mishra 1-9

NZ 80/8 in 1964-65; Desai 1-18, Jaisimha 1-4, Chandrasekhar 3-25, Durani 2-16, Venkataraghavan 1-10.

(NZ narrowly escaped defeat after they had dismissed India for 88 and made them follow on. But Sardesai had other ideas and made his maiden century of 200*)

SL 82 in 1989-90; Kapil 1-14, Prabhakar 1-27, V Raju 6-12, G Sharma 1-26.

(The only Test played at Chandigarh).

Aus 83 in 1980-81; Ghavri 2-10, S Patil 0-5, Doshi 2-53, Kapil 5-28)

(The first time an Indian team dismissed the opposition in a Test for under 100, and they squared the series with this unexpected win. India’s next win in Australia came in 2003-04.)

SA 84 in 2006-07; Zaheer 2-32, Sreesanth 5-40, VRV Singh 1-8, Kumble 2-2

(Probably the high point of Sreesanth’s Test career. This was India’s first win in SA).

BD 91 in 2000-01; Srinath 3-19, Zaheer 1-20, Agarkar 2-16, S Joshi 3-27, M Kartik 1-1

(Bangladesh’s first Test. However, they had made 400 in the first innings).

Aus 93 in 2004-05; Zaheer 1-14, harbhajan 5-29, M Kartik 3-32, Kumble 1-5

(Australia failed to chase 107, though India won a dead Test and lost the series 2-1.)

NZ 94 in 2002-03; Zaheer 5-29,Yohannan 0-16, Nehra 2-20, Bangar 0-4, Harbhajan 2-20

(India still lost this Test. They had made 99 in the first innings.)

NZ 100 in 1980-81; Kapil 4-34, R Binny 2-26, Shastri 3-9, S Patil 1-12, K Azad 0-5

(India lost this Test. Shastri took 3-9 on debut, which included 3 wickets in 4 balls.)

WI 100 in 2019; I Sharma 3-31, Bumrah 5-7, Jadeja 0-42, Shami 2-13.

(India reduced WI to 50/9 before Roach (38) and M Cummins (19*) doubled the score.)

Yasir Shah the batsman

It is not often that one scores a century at No 8 (or below) against Australia. Yasir Shah is now one of them:

no 8+ vs Aus

Of these 7, Parore was at no 9 and Read at no 10. Yasir has the second highest score IN Australia, after Prior’s 118. India is represented by current player Saha.

Those who have scored a century at No 8 (or below) for Pakistan:

Centuries by Pak No 8 and above

Asif Iqbal’s 146 was at No 9 and the remaining 12 were at no 8. And Yasir has the highest against and in Australia.

Another interesting point is found when we look at the career batting averages of all who scored at least one century:

Lowest average by century maker

(This was before Pakistan’s second innings). The lowest is by the recent West Indian bowler JE Taylor at 12.96, while Yasir Shah is second lowest at 14.06.

Going further down. Harbhajan Singh has the lowest average of 18.22 by those who made at least 2 centuries. And Wasim Akram (22.64) has the lowest by those who made at least 3 centuries.

And Yasir also joins the somewhat longer list of those who scored one or more centuries but no other scores above 50. Here is an earlier list:



India’s best tailenders

Ishant Sharma’s heroics and his maiden Test fifty reminded us of the importance of having tailenders who can score some runs. Or, failing that, at least stay around long enough for other batsmen to score some more runs. Ishant was perhaps more of the second type.

We have a quick look at the best performers at 8-11 in the three formats.

For Tests and ODIs  a cutoff of 20 innings is used. For T20Is it is 10 innings.

Test batting averages at 8-11:

Indian tailenders

RA Jadeja’s average is now above Kapil Dev’s. Remember that both of them and a few others like Nadkarni scored centuries up to No 7 as well.

Kapil, Ashwin and Harbhajan have two centuries here. Others with centuries are Kirmani, IK Pathan, Kumble and Agarkar.

Here Agarkar has the lowest average by a century-maker and Ishant the lowest by a fifty-maker.

The lowest average here is by Maninder Singh, followed by Chandrashekhar and Doshi which most would have guessed.

In ODIs, we have:

Indian Tailenders (ODI)

The highest averages are by Pathan and Chetan Sharma. Sharma has scored a century batting lower.

Pathan and Agarkar are the only ones here with 2 fifties. The lowest average by a fifty-scorer is by Praveen Kumar.

The lowest average is by Sreesanth, followed by Ishant Sharma and Nehra.

For T20Is, no one has 20 innings so we take the cutoff of 10 innings instead.

Indian tailenders - T20I

Ashwin and Harbhajan are the only ones who qualify here. Neither has scored a fifty.


Review of Australia-India Tests-2

Hope you have read Part 1.

We now move on to Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

most wkts-25

Lyon leads among current players, followed by Ashwin, I Sharma, Jadeja (all above 50),  U Yadav, Hazlewood, Shami and Starc. Lyon has the most for Australia. Kumble has the most fivers (10) and Harbhajan the most tenners (3).

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 7wm and above):

innings bowling

The only instance from the current series is Cummins’ 6-27, though Lyon has done well in the last few years. JM Patel’s 1959 effort was the best for India in all Tests for many years).

Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm and above):

match bowling

Bumrah’s 9-86 is the only instance from the current series. O’Keefe had the best figures for Aus v Ind in 2017, although he is not part of the current team. Lyon also took 12 wickets on India’s last tour. Patel’s 14-wicket haul was a record for India for many years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

bowling averages

While Benaud of the 1950s has the best average, Jadeja and Hazlewood have the best averages among current players. Benaud also has the best economy rate of 1.94, while McGrath has the best strike rate of 50.1.

Now for fielding:

India’s RR Pant equalled a world record of dismissals in a match:

pant wk record

However, his predecessor WP Saha is close behind.

Most dismissals (20 and above):


Gilchrist and Dhoni have the most dismissals, with Dhoni having the most stumpings. Gilchrist has the most catches by a wicketkeeper, with Dhoni and Haddin in second place. Dravid has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Best innings figures (5 or more dismissals):

innings dismissals-5

Led by Haddin and Pant. The most by a non-keeper is 5 by Srikkanth which is a share in the world record.

Best match figures (6 or more dismissals):

match dismissals-6

RR Pant now leads with a share in the world record, followed by Haddin and Dhoni. The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Whatmore and Mark Waugh.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

dismissal rate

Haddin leads here, followed by Gilchrist and Dhoni. The best by a non-keeper is by Mark Waugh.

 All-round overall performance (see criteria):

ar overall

Kapil Dev is the only genuine all-rounder here, and MG Johnson the best for Australia.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi):

ar match

This includes Cummins from this series and Jadeja from the previous series. The best performances seem to be by Surti, Jadeja and Cummins.