Centuries in both innings of a Test-Part 2

Hope you have seen Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2022/11/21/centuries-in-both-innings-of-a-test-part-1/

Going into more depth, we find there are 6 instances of players making their only two Test centuries in the same match :

  1. J Moroney (Aus), 118 and 101* v SA, Johannesburg, 1950
  2. Wajahatullah Wasti (Pak), 133 and 121* v SL, Lahore, 1999
  3. Yasir Hameed (Pak), 170 and 105 v BD. Karachi, 2003 (on debut)
  4. PG Fulton (NZ), 136 and 110 v Eng, Auckland, 2013
  5. SD Hope (WI), 147 and 118* v Eng, Leeds, 2017
  6. Imam-ul-Haq (Pak), 157 and 111* v Aus, Rawalpindi , 2022

Points to note:

Wasti was playing in his 2nd Test.

Hope was the first to make centuries in both innings of a first-class match at Leeds, the home ground of several prolific batsmen such as Herb Sutcliffe, Len Hutton and Geoff Boycott.

Yasir Hameed made his only two Test centuries on his debut.

Imam-ul-Haq is at the start of his career, and is likely to score a few more centuries and thus move off this list.

Apart from those listed above, here are those who made their first two Test centuries in the same match :

  1. W Bardsley (Aus), 136 and 130 v Eng, Oval, 1909
  2. VS Hazare (Ind), 116 and 145 v Aus, Adelaide, 1948
  3. LG Rowe (WI), 214 and 100* v NZ, Kingston, 1972 (on debut)
  4. GP Howarth (NZ), 122 and 102 v Eng, Auckland, 1978
  5. LRD Mendis (SL), 105 and 105 v Ind, Chennai, 1982
  6. PJ Hughes (Aus), 115 and 160 v SA, Durban, 2009

Notes:

LRD Mendis was the first to make identical scores above 100 in both innings.

LG Rowe is the only one to score a century and double century on debut.

With luck, Imam-ul-Haq will move from the first list to the second list.

Summary of odd cricket records

Summing up of my last few blogposts on this topic:

MOST TESTS WON

RT Ponting (Aus): 107

Current players: JM Anderson (Eng): 78

Indian players: SR Tendulkar: 72

WINNING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

EAE Baptiste (WI): 10

Current: None

Indian: None

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A WIN IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

B Sutcliffe (NZ): 42

Current: Nurul Hasan (BD): 7

Indian: BK Kunderan: 18

MOST TESTS LOST

S Chanderpaul (WI) 77

Current: JM Anderson (Eng): 61

Indian: SR Tendulkar: 56

LOSING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

Alok Kapali (BD): 17

Current: None

Indian: None

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A LOSS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

RK Chauhan (Ind): 22

Current: AR Patel (Ind) : 6

Indian: RK Chauhan as above

MOST TESTS DRAWN

Kapil Dev (Ind): 76

Current: None of 40 or above

Indian: Kapil Dev as above

DRAWING ALL TESTS IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

CV Gadkari (Ind): 6 &

Shafiq Ahmed (Pak): 6

Current: None

Indian: CV Gadkari as above

MOST TESTS WITHOUT A DRAW IN CAREER of 5 or more Tests

AK Markram (SA): 33

Current: AK Markram as above

Indian: HH Pandya: 11

(Special note: Markram also holds the record for the longest palindromic surname among Test players)

Review of Tests between India and South Africa-2

Hope you have read part 1:

Continuing with individual performances in

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 or more):

Boucher leads by a large margin (60) followed by de Villiers (40).

de Villiers has the most catches by a fielder (25) besides 15 catches as a keeper. Next among fielders is Kallis with 23. Note that K Verreyne has 14 in just 2 Tests.

Current players here include Saha, de Kock, Pujara and Rahane.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 or more):

Saha (twice), de Kock and newcomer Verreyne represent the current players.

Most dismissals in a match (7 or more):

Saha has the most, with 5 catches in each innings. Other current players are de Kock, Pant and Verreyne.

Most dismissals per innings (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60 or more):

Boucher leads by a large margin over Dhoni.

Apart from the “hybrid” de Villiers who played both as a keeper and fielder, GC Smith has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.

Rahane is the only current player here.

Finally: All-round performance:

Overall performance (see criteria in table):

Only SM Pollock can be called a genuine all-rounder. Kallis is not here as he bowled less than 2000 balls against India.

Match performance (at least 50+ and 5wi+):

The best of these match performances seems to be by N Boje.

Tail piece:

AK Markram has now played 29 Tests. 18 of them were won by SA and 11 were lost. None were drawn. He thus continues to hold the record for playing in the most Tests without a draw. Next is England’s GA Lohmann of long ago who played in 18 Tests (15 wins, 3 losses).