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.

Kings of the fourth-innings chase (Revised-Sep 2021)-Pt 1

The fourth-innings chase is often regarded as the ultimate challenge for a batter. Let us see who have done the best in successful chases.

Most runs: (400+):

GC Smith is the clear leader here. He also has the most centuries (4) and most 50+ scores (10, followed by contemporaries Hayden, Ponting and JL Langer with 7). Also note CG Greenidge’s 214*.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag have the most runs for India.

Williamson and Karunaratne are the only current players here, with Amla, Cook and Younis from recent years.

Bradman is not here (but when he batted, a fourth innings chase was often not needed by Australia).

Highest scores in these cases (115 and above):

A total of 76 centuries have been scored here.

Only two double centuries, with KR Mayers scoring his on debut. The next highest in recent years was 153* by K Perera in 2019. There are Morris and Bradman in the same Test at Leeds in 1948, which was the only successful 400+ chase until India followed in 1976. (Years later, MA Butcher emulated Bradman’s 173* at Leeds).

The highest from India are not in the above list.

Viswanath (112) and Gavaskar (102) made their centuries in the same match in 1976, while Tendulkar and Laxman have made 103*.

Highest averages (Minimum 15 innings):

These 21 entries are the only ones with 15 or more innings. GC Smith leads here as well, with Ponting close behind.

From the recent past there are Cook and Amla. Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag represent India.

Kisrsten and Dravid are among those who did not score a century, although Hutton has a 98*.

We will take up bowling in 4th-innings wins in the next part.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued