They only saw draws in Tests

Continuing the series……

There is a very short list of those who played in at least 5 Tests, all of which were drawn.

None of these players are particularly well-known.

Shafiq Ahmed was supposed to be a specialist batsman but had a top score of 27. But the other players were not much better.

Vivian made his debut in the same Test where his team-mate BR Taylor scored a century and a five-for.

Jarvis made his debut in Zimbabwe’s first Test. His son KM Jarvis also played Tests for Zimbabwe.

Spare a thought for PH Punjabi (who was actually from Sind). His only Tests were in the horribly boring Pakistan-India series of 1954-55. Gadkari also played in this series.

Among these players, Gadkari was the only one to score a Test fifty (which came at No 9). None of them took more than 3 wickets in an innings.

Here we see those who saw draws in 80% or more in Tests:

From India, there are also Gopal Sharma and P Krishnamurthy (4 draws out of 5). There is no current player.

Also note GA Greenidge, who was not related to the two other Greenidges who played for the West Indies a little later. And MJC Allom, who took 4 wickets in 5 balls on his debut.

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.