They never saw draws in Tests

As many as 118 Test players played in 5 or more matches and never saw a draw. These are the top few:

This list is headed by a current player Aiden Markram:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/aiden-markram-600498

Next is the 19th-century player GA Lohmann (18), England’s leading pace bowler of that time.

Then there is the near-current player KK Jennings (17) who has some chance of playing again, along with Alok Kapali with his record 17 losses. Baptiste with his 10 wins is further down.

From India there is a current player HH Pandya (11).

Other current players include SO Hetmyer (16), Hasan Ali (13), KM Jarvis (13) and TA Blundell (10).

Of course, Markram will lose his status once he plays in a drawn Test, which means that the record will go back to the venerable George Lohmann.

South Africa last had a draw in March 2017. This was followed by 34 Tests with results. Thus a number of junior Test players from there have 5 or more Tests without a draw. This applies to most of the current team.

Analyzing Test captaincies – 4

Here we look at captains with no wins, no losses and no draws.

No Wins:

These are captains in 4 or more Tests with no wins.

Headed by M Ashraful of Bangladesh with 13 (12 losses and 1 draw). The next (IT Botham) is more surprising. Another Bangladeshi Khaled Mashud also has 12.

In recent years there are AG Cremer (8) and KC Brathwaite (5).

From India there are MH Mankad (6), S Venkataraghavan (5) and others with 4.

No losses:

These are captains in 2 or more Tests with no losses.

WW Armstrong with 10 heads this list, with 8 wins and 2 draws.

Next are DB Close and FG Mann with 7.

In recent years there is only AM Rahane with 2; both of these wins were when he was standing in for Kohli.

From India we also have Srikkanth with 4 (all draws).

No draws:

These are captains in 3 or more Tests with no draws.

Headed by Waqar Younis (17, 10 wins and 7 losses). The next is Shakib with 14 (3 wins and 11 losses).

Others from recent times (other than Shakib) include R Herath, KC Brathwaite and RAS Lakmal with 5.

Brathwaite has 5 losses out of 5.

From India there is DK Gaekwad with 4 (all losses). He is presently India’s oldest living Test player.

They never saw draws in Tests-updated to October 2017

Data up to 15 October 2017

We come to the end of this series with the Test players who never saw draws in their careers. Taking a cutoff of 5 Tests, there are no less than 107 players in this category. Here are all those with 8 Tests or more.

No draws

The list is headed by George Lohmann with 18 Tests including 15 wins, 3 losses and no draws. He was England’s leading fast bowler of his time, and took 112 Test wickets at the incredible average of 10.75. This is by far the best bowling average for anyone with over 100 Test wickets. Next is the better-known SF Barnes with 189 wickets at 16.43.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/16337.html

There are, of course, the all-loss men headed by Alok Kapali (17) as well as the all-win men headed by Eldine Baptiste (10). There are some like H Ironmonger (8 wins, 6 losses) and R Abel (7 wins, 6 losses) with almost the same number of wins and losses.

Among current players, there are several from the present Zimbabwe team (Ervine, Waller, Chakabva and others) who have already increased their tally of losses in the first Test. Chakabva now has 11 losses in 11 Tests and is now in second place in “All defeats” after Kapali.  SL’s Kumara has 4 wins and 4 losses. From India there are only two representatives, SS Dighe (6) and PH Sharma (5). Dighe has a nicely symmetrical record of 3 wins and 3 losses, all in 2001.

An update to this series of 6 articles will come out every year when there is a break from Tests, probably at IPL time. If you missed the earlier 5, scroll backwards for the past month or so.