They only saw wins in Tests

Updated on May 15, 2021

Here we look at the small number of Test players who saw only victories in their Test careers. As you may guess, this is a short list with only 5 names (who played 5 or more Tests).

Only wins:

The only new entrant here is KA Jamieson with 6 wins out of 6. Other recent players who were briefly on this list after 5 or more Tests include Imran Khan (Jr) and Sam Curran.

It goes without saying that a record like this is more due to being in the right place at the right time rather than the player’s merit.

Above 75% wins:

This is the full list of 36 players who had a win percentage of over 75% after a minimum of 5 Tests.

The highest from India is 5/6 by KK Nair, followed by newcomer Mohammed Siraj with 4/5.

Jamieson, Blundell and Siraj are the only current players here, since KK Nair seems to be unlikely to play for India again. Perhaps TD Astle will add to his 5 Tests for New Zealand.

AC Gilchrist is the only one with over 30 Tests. And the only others with over 20 Tests are Australians from around the same period.

Review of Tests between England and India, 1932-2021: (Part 1):

The complete summary:

England leads overall 48-29, although in England the lead is 34-7 but in India they trail by 22-14

Looking at individual performances in batting:

Most runs (1000 and over):

We also see that the most centuries are 7 each by Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid. For 50+ scores, the most are 20 each by Tendulkar and Gavaskar followed by 16 each by Cook and Viswanath.

Root and Kohli have the most runs by current players.

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

During this series, JE Root made 218 at Chennai. This is now the highest for England in India, surpassing Gatting’s 207 at the same venue in 1984-85.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 40.00):

Barrington surprisingly has the highest average, followed by Dravid and Pietersen. Among current players, the highest average of 54+ is by Root and 45+ by Kohli.

To conclude batting, we look at highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00)

Kapil has the highest here, predictably followed by Sehwag and Botham. Among current players we have Buttler (62), Ashwin (57) and Bairstow (53).

To be continued.

More snippets from the 3rd Test at Ahmedabad:

England’s lowest Test total against India:

You can see that England’s 81 is their lowest total against India. The previous record was 101 in 1971 where Chandrashekhar took 6-38 to set up India’s first Test win in England.

And their previous lowest total in India was 102 in 1981-82, when Kapil and Madan Lal took fivers in the 4th innings.

Most economical 5-for by a spinner in a Test innings: Root’s 5-8 is in second place after Australia’s Ironmonger if you take the criteria of the least runs conceded in a 5-for:

Only Ironmonger’s 5-6 in 1931-32 has less runs conceded.

Let us also look at the same figure for all captains (regardless of bowling styles):

Here, Root’s innings bowling is second to AER Gilligan’s 6-7. But Gilligan was clearly a medium pacer. The previous record by a captain who was a spin bowler was 5-27 by BS Bedi v NZ in 1976-77. Next is Mushtaq Mohammad with 5-28.

And finally, the Devil makes a comeback here with a score of 66/6:

Though England has also faced 666/6 against India not long ago at Chennai in 2016-17, in KK Nair’s match.

Winning all their Tests

Almost 2400 Tests have been played up to the end of August 2020, and over 3000 players have played in one or more Tests.

(Note: These records do not include the Aus v ICC XI Test of 2005-06)

How many do you think played at least 5 Tests and saw their team winning all of them?

You may think it is a large number. No, it is only 4:

The forgotten Eldine Baptiste has seen his team win in all the 10 Tests he played between 1983 and 1990. He could bat a bit, and was usually the fourth pace bowler in a strong West Indies attack. See this:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/player/51211.html

10 Tests, one fifty and an innings best of 3-31. Useful, but not particularly distinguished. He was lucky to be constantly picked for a good team.

The cases of recent player GJ Bailey and KA Archer from the 1950s are similar.

Bailey was more successful in limited-over cricket, where he captained Australia: https://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/4451.html

All his 5 Tests came in one home Ashes series in 2013-14

KA Archer was the elder brother of RG Archer. Both were contemporaries of Lindwall and Miller.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/3978.html

Lord Hawke was from the era of less talented amateurs, as you will see here:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/14101.html

5 Tests as a specialist batsman, and a batting average in single figures. He also captained England in 4 Tests (which, naturally, were all won).

Now that was a rather incomplete list. So we look at those who played at least 5 Tests and saw their team win in at least 75% of them:

33 names here. The most recent name is TD Astle (son of Nathan) of New Zealand who played in 2020. Others from 2017 include KK Nair, WD Parnell and JM Bird. KK Nair is the only one from India, and he is probably not going to play a Test again.

Afterthoughts:

But there were others who had even longer winning streaks at the start of their careers.

Adam Gilchrist played 95 Tests, of which his team won 72, lost 11 and drew 12 (75.79% as above). They won all of his first 15 Tests from 5 Nov 1999 to 27 Feb 2001, until Harbhajan, VVS and Dravid spoilt Australia’s party at Kolkata.

Records of this type are not well documented, but the next in line seem to be Stuart Clark and Tim Bresnan with victories in each of their first 13 Tests.

Clark’s winning streak was from 16 Mar 2006 to 2 Jan 2008, and his career figures were 18 wins, 2 losses and 4 draws (75.00 as above).

He appears to have some Indian connection as his parents were Anglo-Indians who had migrated to Australia. As in Gilchrist’s case, his successful run ended when India won against Australia. This time it was at Perth.

Bresnan’s winning streak was from 6 May 2009 to 25 May 2012. He finished with 15 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws (65.22%).

More recently, SM Curran saw victory in his first 7 Tests. He now has 19 Tests with 13 wins, 4 losses and 2 draws (68.42%).

AK Markram saw victory in his first 5 Tests. He now has 20 Tests with 12 victories, 8 losses and no draws (60.00%).

Highest maiden Test centuries by Indians

Mayank Agarwal became the 4th Indian Test player whose maiden Test century was a double. Shikhar Dhawan’s 187 is the highest by an Indian on debut, followed by RG Sharma’s 177.

More on this topic:

Indian batsmen maiden century above 150

Note the tragic case of Karun Nair. Perhaps he will soon get a chance to redress matters.

Also see this link for all Test players whose maiden century was 200 or more:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/230132.html

 

Test centuries but no fifties (Aug 2019)

There seems to be a lot of interest in this older post about Karun Nair:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/karun-nairs-test-records/

Particularly as he has now made a couple of good scores in domestic matches.

So we update an older post about those who scored Test centuries and no fifties.

One century and no fifties, arranged in order of highest score:

1 century and no fifty.JPG

Karun Nair tops this list, being the only one with a triple century and no fifty.

Then we have David Lloyd and Brendon Kuruppu. Lloyd’s double came in his second Test (against India’s ill-fated team of 1974), while Kuruppu scored his double on Test debut.

We then have a long list going down to TB de Bruyn, who is probably going to play again. Others who may play again would be Nair, KR Patterson, TA Blundell, GJ Maxwell and AG Cremer.

There are many who scored a century on debut, including Kuruppu, Fawad Alam, Khalid Ibadulla, Bannerman (in the very first Test), Griffith, Mills, Hartigan, Ali Naqvi, Abul Hasan, Ganteaume (only Test), Shodhan, Blundell, Hayes, Baichan, DR Smith, Milton, Wellham, Pataudi Sr and van Zyl. Of these club members, only Blundell is likely to leave.

If you were thinking of RE Redmond, he scored a century and a fifty in his only Test.

Now for those who scored two centuries and no fifties:

2 century and no fifty

Graham scored a century on debut. And W Wasti scored both his centuries in the same Test.

And only one has scored three centuries and no fifties:

3 century and no fifty

While Bopara continued to play limited-overs matches for England, he did not get a chance to score a fifty after his three centuries.

For a short time KL Rahul shared this record, as he scored three centuries before making his first fifty.

 

 

Karun Nair’s Test records

You will remember the fuss about Karun Nair when he scored his triple century in his third Test at Chennai. We now look at his oddly skewed Test career after he has completed 6 Tests. This should be apparent from this sequence of scores:

KK Nair innings seq

He has a respectable average of 62.33. But he scored 303 of his 374 runs in one innings (81.0 %) and never made another score above 50. To be precise, his next highest score is only 26.

It is hoped that he will play at least a few more Tests and score more centuries. Until then, he holds a couple of records in all Tests. This does NOT include the highest maiden century, as Gary Sobers (365*) and Bob Simpson (311) are ahead.

Highest score by someone who scored only one century ( 150 and above):

Highest score with one century

KK Nair heads this list, ahead of England’s RE Foster who held the record for about 113 years. His 287 (on debut) was the world Test record until early 1930 when Andy Sandham made 325 (in his last Test), though Bradman crossed it with 334 later the same year.

Foster, Kuruppu, Fawad Alam, K Ibadulla, C Bannerman and A JacksonĀ  were making their Test debuts. Gillespie made his only century in his last Test while batting as nightwatchman. There are several other current players here led by MT Renshaw with 184.

Another quirky record is the highest Test score made by someone who never made a fifty (i.e. a score between 50 and 99). This gets a bit messy due to Statsguru’s limitations, but we get these figures:

Highest score by those who scored one century and no fifty (110 and above):

1 century no fifty

Highest score by those who scored two centuries and no fifties (all cases):

Two century, no fifty

And finally:

Highest score by those who scored three centuries and no fifties (all cases):

Three century no fifty

No one has scored more than three centuries without a fifty. For a short time KL Rahul shared the record with Bopara. But Rahul scored his first fifty soon after he scored his third century.

As we can see, KK Nair is the only one to score a triple century but no fifty. David Lloyd and Brendon Kuruppu are the only ones to score a double century but no fifty. And Ravi Bopara’s Test career may be over, but he also holds a record which may not be broken for a long time.

KK Nair is also the only current player with one or more centuries and no fifties.

 

 

 

 

 

Test batting performances of 2016

These tables cover all Test matches in the calendar year 2016.

This post concentrates on batting.

Most runs (500 and above):

tests2016-most-runs

As many as 7 with over 1000 runs (including 4 from England). Root just edged out Bairstow.

4 centuries each by V Kohli, S Smith and MM Ali.

The most scores of 50+ are 13 by JE Root and 11 by JM Bairstow. Three others have 9.

Highest innings scores (140 and above):

tests2016-highest-scores

Headed by a newcomer KK Nair and a relative veteran in Azhar Ali. This was Nair’s maiden Test century. V Kohli had three scores of 200 and above. BA Stokes’s 258 was the highest by any No 6 batsman in Tests, surpassing KD Walters’s 250 in 1976-77.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, 20.00 and above):

tests2016-bat-avg

Also note the highest strike rates for a minimum of 15 innings: Warner (86.87), Sarfraz (70.33) and Stokes (66.76).

To be continued

Jadeja and Nair’s record feats

It was clear that deciding the Man of the Match for this Test would be somewhat difficult. Finally the Crown Prince won at the expense of the Knight. We look at their records in this Test.

Highest innings by Asian batsmen against England (200 and more):

200-plus-by-asians-vs-eng

KK Nair’s 303* is the highest by any Asian batsman against England, surpassing the 274 by Zaheer Abbas in 1971. That remains the record for the highest by an Asian batsman in England. For India, the record is 221 by Gavaskar in 1979.

Nair’s 303* is also the highest for India vs England, surpassing the 235 by Virat Kohli earlier in this series and the 224 by VG Kambli in 1992-93.

Nair also became the third to make a triple century as his maiden century.

These are the highest maiden centuries (250 and above):

highest-maiden-hundred

A dynamic link for all such scores of 200 and above:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/230132.html

More detailed accounts of the innings of Sobers and Simpson can be seen here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/05/05/make-mine-a-double-no-a-triple/

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/make-mine-a-double-no-a-triple-part-2/

We now move on to Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round feat.

Here we have a complete list of those who scored a fifty and took 10 wickets in a Test:

50-plus-5wi

This has been achieved on 26 occasions by 24 players. Jadeja is the only one to take 3 or more catches as well. The only other Indian to have scored a fifty and taken 10 wickets in a match is Kapil Dev. Only Botham, Imran and Shakib have scored a century and taken 10 wickets in a match. Earlier Davidson scored over 100 runs and took 10 wickets, but did not score a century.

The other main all-round feat is a century and five wickets in an innings, which is slightly more common. It has been achieved on 32 occasions by 25 players, including Mankad, Umrigar and Ashwin (twice).

century-plus-5wi

On only three occasions have these players taken 3 catches as well: Mushtaq (1973), Botham (Feb 1978) and Kallis (2002).

Now for a few other contrived all-round records. Jadeja took 10 wickets in the match and 4 catches (of which one was a c & b). He is one of only 5 to achieve this:

10 wickets and 4 catches in a match:

10-wickets-plus-4-catches

And he is also part of a small group of 15 players who had an innings tally of 10 or more wickets and catches put together. 5 players have 11.

They are GA Lohmann, JM Noreiga, HJ Tayfield, AE Trott and LC Braund. 10 others including Jadeja have 10.

In Jadeja’s case, the one c & b meant he had a hand in 9 of the 10 wickets which fell. Only Dawson (b Mishra) evaded him.

Tail piece: While Karun Nair is nominally from Kerala, he was born in Jodhpur and has lived mainly in Bangalore.

They never saw defeat in Tests-updated to October 2017

Data as of 15 Oct 2017

Last time we looked at those Test players who never saw victories in their careers-a long list of over 150 players including some fairly prominent names. Now we look at those who never saw defeat. Here too the topper is a relatively unknown player.

There are no less than 68 players with 5 or more Tests who never saw defeat.

Those who played in 7 or more Tests are listed below:

No loss

The list is headed by an Indian RK Chauhan, who, like Eldine Baptiste, acquired this distinction mainly by being in the right place at the right time, when he was the third spinner after Kumble and Raju at a time when the fading Kapil and upcoming Srinath opened the bowling. Cricinfo did not even bother with a picture of him:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/27622.html

He was probably lucky to play 21 Tests with limited batting and a best of 4-48 with no other four-for.

Another article with a picture:

http://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/indian-off-spinner-rajesh-chauhan-suffers-heart-attack

He is said to have recovered now.

Much the same could be said about the next few on the list, notably McCool, Toshack and Loxton who were fringe players of Bradman’s Invincibles of 1948. They had their moments, like when Toshack took 5 wickets for 2 runs against India in 1947-48.

EA McDonald opened the bowling for Australia with Jack Gregory in the early 1920s and created havoc against England, although he ended with only 11 Tests. He may have been the first prominent Test player to be killed in a road accident, which was some years later in 1937: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/6555.html

Eldine Baptiste naturally finds his place here, having never seen either defeat or a draw.

There are no current players visible above. For those with 5 or more Tests, there is only KK Nair (6 Tests with 5 victories and a draw) and he has not played in India’s past few Tests.

Of course, the all-draw men CV Gadkari and Shafiq Ahmed who saw only draws in their 6 Tests are also there.