Review of Pakistan-New Zealand Tests after 2022-23 series (Part 2)

Hope you have read Part 1.

We now proceed to Bowling records for Tests between these teams.

Most wickets (25 or more):

It is not surprising to see Waqar and Wasim at the top, and that Sir Richard has the most for New Zealand.

The most 5wis are 6 by Wasim followed by 5 by Waqar. Several players have two 10wms.

Southee has the most by current players.

Best innings bowling (including all 7wi or better):

The best figures are the most recent here, 8-41 by Yasir Shah who is not currently in the team. Also note Mohammad Zahid’s 7-for on debut in 1996. The best by NZ was by the lesser-known C Pringle

Best match bowling (including all 10wm or better):

Yasir Shah’s 2018 performance also tops this list. KA Jamieson has the next best performance in recent years. Mohammad Zahid took 11 wickets on debut.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

The two Ws again. Note the unusually poor average of Vettori.

The best economy rates are Pervez Sajjad and HJ Howarth.

The best strike rates are by Wasim and Waqar.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

The most dismissals are by recent player BJ Watling, followed by current player Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz also has the most stumpings (6) and recent player R Taylor has the most catches as a fielder (29).

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

Headed by Wasim Bari (7), followed by Adnan Akmal with 6.

Bari’s 7 was then a world record for innings dismissals.

Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):

Headed by Rashid Latif and BB McCullum with 9.

Best dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings and 0.600):

Headed by BJ Watling. The best by a fielder is by another recent player R Taylor.

All-round performances(Minimum 20 innings and 2000 balls):

Only Intikhab Alam makes the cut.

All-round match performances (Minimum 50 runs and 5wi):

The best performances are by Mushtaq Mohammad and MD Craig.

Mushtaq and DS Atkinson are the only ones to score a double century and take a 5wi in a match.

MD Craig’s 50/10wm was the highlight of a short career. Also note Sodhi’s performance in the latest series.

Debut bowling records by and in Pakistan

Best bowling figures in an innings by Pakistani players on Test debut:

We see that Abrar Ahmed is in 3rd position here, after Mohammad Zahid (1996) and Mohammad Nazir (1969). Most of these bowlers had short Test careers. Perhaps Abrar will fare better. Bilal Asif’s 6-36 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away (rather, neutral) Test. Arif Butt’s 6-89 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away Test.

We also see the best innings figures by any bowler on Test debut in Pakistan:

Abrar Ahmed is third on this list as well. Also note England’s WG Jacks in the first Test of this series.

After England’s second innings, we look at the revised records for match bowling.

Best match bowling on debut for Pakistan:

Abrar Ahmed’s 11-234 is the second-best for Pakistan, after Mohammad Zahid’s 11-130. We also see that Aizaz Cheema’s 8-103 is the best for a Pakistani debutant in an away Test.

Best match bowling on debut in Pakistan:

Here, too, Abrar comes second after M Zahid. The best performance by a visiting bowler on debut was 6-85 by RMH Cottam in 1969.