Test captains with only wins, only losses and only draws

Those who won all the Tests in which they captained:

The record is 4, shared by A Bacher, current player Babar Azam and Lord Hawke of long ago. Three more have two, and the rest were lucky in their only opportunity (e.g. Ravi Shastri and Mashrafe Mortaza). In the latter case Shakib Al Hasan captained for most of the match.

For players who saw victory in all their Tests, the record is 10 by Eldine Baptiste.

Those who lost all the Tests in which they captained:

This is incomplete, but does include all those who captained in 2 or more Tests.

It is perhaps not surprising that the first two positions are by earlier captains of Bangladesh. The 3rd place goes to an Indian captain, who is currently the oldest living Indian Test player. There is also WTS Porterfield who has captained Ireland in all their three Tests. From recent times there is Mohammad Rizwan.

Some well-known players are here, such as AJ Lamb, AR Morris and RS Madugalle.

Players who lost all their Tests are led by Alok Kapali (17).

Those who drew all the Tests in which they captained:

The record is held by the unlikely K Srikkanth. He and Majid Khan were known to be aggressive batsmen.

There are a number of well-known players here including DL Murray, G Kirsten, GA Headley, IDS Smith, RR Lindwall and TW Graveney. India’s HR Adhikari gets credit here as he drew the Test after 3 successive heavy losses. He was the 4th Indian captain in that 5-Test series.

Players who drew all their Tests are CV Gadkari and Shafiq Ahmed (6 each).

Bangladesh v Zimbabwe Test records

The only Test of July was played at Harare on the 7th to 11th.

Bangladesh won by 220 runs. This was their highest victory margin away from home, surpassing the 143-run victory also at Harare in 2013. Their highest victory margin was 226 runs against Zimbabwe in 2004-05.

A total of 18 Tests have been played between these countries. Bangladesh lead 8-7 with 3 draws.

In Zimbabwe, 8 Tests have been played. Zimbabwe lead 5-2 with 1 draw. However Bangladesh have won the last two Tests there.

The 9th-wicket partnership between Mahmudullah and Taskin was the 2nd highest in all Tests and the highest for Bangladesh. Mahmudullah was also involved in the previous record.

Until now no Bangladesh batter had scored a century in Zimbabwe. The previous best was 98 by M Ashraful in 2003-04. In this Test, Mahmudullah’s 150* was followed by two other centuries by Shadman and NH Shanto.

BRM Taylor continues to hold the record of 1239 runs in Tests between these countries. Next are H Masakadza (883) and Mushfiqur Rahim (857).

MH Miraz’s 9-148 is the best for Bangladesh in Zimbabwe and indeed their best away from home. These records were earlier held by Robiul Islam in 2013.

Also note: Bangladesh is the only Test team which has never played in at a neutral venue, after India played its first such Test in June.

Slowest scoring rates in Tests

The ongoing Test between Zimbabwe and Bangladesh could be considered as a contest for No 9 in the Test rankings, but has had moments of statistical interest. First there was a 191-run stand for the 9th wicket which is the second highest in all Tests. Now there was another weird score by Zimbabwe’s debutant opener Takudzwanashe Kaitano  . We may need to remember his first name in the years to come.

He started off with 87 off 311 balls, which had a scoring rate of 27.97.

In the second innings he opened again, with Zimbabwe needing to make 477 in over 4 sessions. This time he scored 7 off 102 balls, and was out at 132/3.

What are the slowest scoring rates for innings over 100 balls?

Kaitano’s 6.86 is the third slowest here, with only JT Murray and today’s N Wagner ahead of him. India’s Yashpal Sharma did a little better with a scoring rate of 8.28.

Let us also look at the real batting marathons for innings over 500 balls:

These are all the scores above 500 balls where the number of balls were recorded. They were not recorded in some triple centuries such as Sobers’s 365*, Hanif’s 337 and Hammond’s 336*. It would be particularly interesting to see Hanif’s scoring rate.

Chanderpaul, Hammond and the lesser known Radley have the first three places here. Pujara has the slowest for India.

Finally, we look at the slowest scoring rates for careers exceeding 1000 balls faced. Again, full data is missing for many of them.

The slowest undisputed career scoring rates are for tailenders Morrison, Hoggard and JK Lever.

NS Yadav has the lowest (estimated) rate for India. His batting did help in saving at least a couple of Tests.

Jardine has the slowest scoring rate for frontline batsmen, unless you want to include TE Bailey in this category.

Highest batting averages at each batting position-Tests (Part 3, No 1-11):

Here we look at overall batting averages:

While everyone knows the No 1, the next few positions have some surprises. Nos 2 and 4 (besides No 20) had the advantage of playing relatively fewer Tests, as well as the current player No 6.

No 3 is also going to be around for some time. Perhaps he can move to No 2.

Highest scores (on debut) at each batting position in Tests

Previously we looked at the highest scores at each batting position in Tests.

Here we look at the corresponding figures where the player is making his Test debut.

Again, there are several famous names and others who played in a small number of Tests.

No 9 is more of an outlier because Sandhu was considered to be a specialist bowler. Both No 10 and 11 in that table have scored more than him.

Agar has played in less than 5 Tests and has not come close to his 98 on debut.

Ganguly and Dravid were playing in the same Test innings. Until 2021, Ganguly had the highest score on debut while doing so at Lord’s. New Zealand’s Conway has followed him with 200.

And India has the best efforts here at No 6 and No 9.

After the WTC Final

This is what the final table of the WTC looked like. Note that the recent WI-SA series was also part of the WTC. Clearly these teams were not anywhere near the top 2:

We also look at the ICC ranking tables on June 24:

Here NZ is just ahead of India. There are some differences in the lower rankings.

It may happen that Zimbabwe (or even Afghanistan) will take Bangladesh’s place in the next cycle.

A quick look at the main statistical highlights of the WTC Tests (Remember that they started in 2019):

Most runs (750 or more):

Strangely the first few positions are from those whose teams did not reach the final. Rahane and R Sharma are in 5th and 6th place.

Highest scores (150 or more):

Kohli and Williamson are in 3rd and 4th place.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 25.00):

Again, the best from India and NZ is in 6th place (Rahane), followed by MA Agarwal and Kohli. Pujara’s decline is clear.

Williamson is not here is he batted in less than 20 innings.

Most wickets (20 or more):

Ashwin has the most wickets, followed closely by Australia’s Cummins and England’s Broad. Southee and Jamieson have the most from NZ.

We can also see that Ashwin, Lyon and AR Patel each took 4 five-fors, and that Broad, Lyon, Jamieson, Embuldeniya and AR Patel each took a ten-for.

Best innings bowling (includes all 6wi or more):

Along with the lesser-known Embuldeniya, Ashwin also took a 7-for. There are startling figures of 5-7 by Bumrah, 5-8 by Hazlewood and Root (!) which were both against India.

Best match bowling (includes all 9wm or more):

AR Patel has the best figures here followed by Jamieson and the newcomer Jayawickrama. Ishant Sharma and Ashwin are also here.

Bowling average (Min 2000 balls, all instances):

Broad and Ashwin have the first two places here.

For economy rate, it is Hazlewood and Ashwin.

For strike rate, it is Broad and Southee.

Jamieson does not appear here as he has not bowled enough in the WTC matches.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Watling bowed out in 4th place. Pant has the next highest. He also took the most stumpings (6). Root has the most catches by a fielder (34).

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

de Kock is the only one with 6 catches, and Stokes and Thirimanne the only fielders with 5.

Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):

Paine and de Kock dominate here. No fielder has taken more than 6 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.65):

Paine and Watling lead. SPD Smith and Root have the most by fielders.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria in table):

Jadeja and Stokes (with Holder a distant third) did the best here. But there is no one from NZ.

Match all-round performances (fifty plus 5wi):

The best performances here are by Ashwin (100/5wi) and Broad (50/10wm).

Player of the series? Perhaps Williamson. He did not make the most runs, but how he made them was more important (notably in the final):

Tests between South Africa and the West Indies (2021)-1

South Africa defeated the West Indies 2-0. Ironically this series was part of the World Test Championship, even though the final between India and New Zealand was happening at the same time. This is the final WTC points table:

Finally South Africa finished 5th and the West Indies 8th (just below Sri Lanka).

A total of 30 Tests have been played between these teams, evenly divided into 15 in each country.

Overall, South Africa lead 20-3 with 7 draws.

In South Africa, they lead 12-1 with 2 draws.

In West Indies, they lead 8-2 with 5 draws.

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

It will be seen that hardly any of the leading performances in batting and other departments are from current players.

Most runs (750 and more):

Highest innings (150 and above):

Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Highest strike rate (Min 1000 balls faced, 40.00):

So far we have not come across any current players. Let us see if bowling is any better.

To be continued.

The best 3-wicket hauls in Tests

The lesser-known South African bowler Wiaan Mulder took 3 wickets for 1 run against the West Indies.

Is this the record for the best 3-wicket haul in Tests? No, but it comes close.

The best is 3-0 by Benaud against India in 1959-60.

Mulder is one of three to take 3-1.

Here you can also see Alok Kapali’s hat-trick innings.

The best for India is 3-8 by RK Chauhan against SL in 1993-94. Three others have taken 3-9: Ravi Shastri (on debut), Maninder Singh and Umesh Yadav

Elgar’s unusual record

South Africa’s 3-day rout of West Indies included an obscure record for captain Dean Elgar.

He is one of the few captains who won a Test without scoring a run, taking a wicket or a fielding dismissal. Here is the complete list of captains who achieved this:

Note that Babar Azam did the same earlier this year.

There are some famous names here (including Bradman in his last Test in 1948).

No Indian captain here, although Clive Lloyd did this against India in 1976. That was the Test famous for the bouncer barrage and India being 97 all out with 5 batsmen unable to bat due to various injuries.

Meanwhile, here is the short list of Indian players whose side won a Test without any contribution by them:

Ishant Sharma achieved this earlier in the year. There is also Pujara with one of his rare ducks.

Also note 3 separate players in the test against NZ at Chennai in 1955-56, which is remembered for the long-standing opening record of 413 by Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy.

TAIL PIECE: If you have any connection with Maharashtra, you can create memes about the Elgar Parishad.