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 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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Review of Tests between India and England-1

This 4-0 margin (with 1 draw) was the best by India against England, surpassing the 3-0 clean sweep in 1992-93. England had won 5-0 in 1959 and 4-0 in 2011, though the same teams also played an all-drawn 5-Test series in 1963-64.

At the end of this series, 117 Tests had been played between the two countries. England has won 43, India 25 and 49 were drawn. In India, England has won 13, India leads with 19 and 28 were drawn. In England, England has won 30, India 6 and 21 were drawn.

And India’s first-ever Test victory was against England at Madras in February 1952. On that occasion Mankad took 12 wickets, Hazare was India’s captain, and DB Carr was England’s stand-in captain playing the second and last Test of his career.

We now look at Batting: Most runs (1000 and above):

e-v-i-runs

We can see that the most centuries were scored by Dravid and Tendulkar (7), followed by Azharuddin, Cook and Pietersen with 6.

The most 50-plus scores were scored by Gavaskar and Tendulkar (20), followed by Viswanath (16), Dravid (15) and Cook (14).

Next, we look at Highest Individual Scores (180 and above):

e-v-i-innings

First Kohli (235) and then Nair (303*) made the highest scores for India vs England, surpassing Kambli’s 224 in 1992-93. Only Gooch’s 333 is larger. More about Nair’s achievements in my previous post.

KL Rahul’s 199 in this series was also noteworthy. There seem to be quite a number of 190s here.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00 and above):

e-v-i-highest-avg

The first name on the list may appear surprising, though he was very consistent against India. It is surprising that Barrington’s average is much higher than that of second-placed Dravid. Note the relatively low positions of Gavaskar and Viswanath. Dravid and Azharuddin did considerably better compared to other Indian batsmen.

Now we move to Bowling.

Most wickets (30 and above):

e-v-i-wkts

It is not very likely that Anderson will cross the tallies of Chandrasekhar and Kumble. Broad and Ashwin are next among current players.

The most fivers were by Chandrasekhar (8) and Botham (6) followed by several others with 4. Only Bedser took two tenners; in fact he started his Test career with two 11-wicket hauls.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7 wickets in an innings):

e-v-i-innings-bowling

Only Jadeja from the current series. Note that the top two performances were over 60 years ago.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10 wickets in a match):

e-v-i-match-bowling

Ashwin and Jadeja reached their marks in this series, Ashwin making the third best performance. Here we can see how Bedser did in his first two Tests. There are also the one-off performances by L Siva and JK Lever who did not fulfill their early promise.

Looking at the Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, 35.00 and below):

e-v-i-bowling-avg

There are somewhat unexpected names at the top 2 places.

Illingworth, Lever and Mankad have the best averages.

For economy rates, the best figures are by Illingworth (1.65), Nadkarni (1.67) and Mankad (1.82). Nadkarni’s famous 32-27-5-0 was against England in 1963-64.

For strike rates, the best figures are by Lever (47.0), Willis (47.4) and Broad (54.6).

Broad, Anderson and Jadeja are the current players in this list. Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have bowling averages higher than the 35.00 mark mentioned here.

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.