We now resume regular programming. Australia won at Brisbane, and England lost the first Test of an Ashes series. And “Goat” Lyon crossed 400 wickets. But it was the debutant wicket-keeper Alex Carey who wrote his name into the record books.
Here are the best innings fielding figures for those making their Test debut:
Carey was one of the few to make 5 dismissals in an innings on debut. Yajurvindra Singh is the only one to do so as a non-keeper. Also note Rishabh Pant’s 5 dismissals in an innings.
Now for match fielding figures on Test debut:
Here, Carey equaled the record of 8 dismissals in an match on debut, earlier held by HB Taber (Aus) and CMW Read (Eng). However, Carey is the only one with 8 catches, as the other two had 7 catches and 1 stumping.
Yajurvindra Singh also holds the record for the most catches (7) by a non-keeper on debut. Rishabh Pant is one of the keepers with 7 catches on debut.
We now proceed to individual perfomances in bowling.
Most wickets (35 and above):
Current player JM Anderson leads by a large margin, while his partner SCJ Broad is also close to the top. Ashwin and I Sharma are also in the top half.
The most 5wis are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Ashwin and Botham.
Innings bowling (all instances of 7wi and above):
This includes 7-46 by JK Lever on debut, while Jadeja’s 7-48 in 2016 is the best in recent years.
Match bowling (all instances of 10wm and above):
The only one with 2 10 wms is AV Bedser, who achieved this in his first two Tests in 1946.
Botham’s 13-114 marked the first instance of a century and 10+ wickets in the same match.
JK Lever’s 10-70 along with 50 on debut remains the only instance of 10wm plus fifty on debut.
AR Patel’s 11-70 is the only one in the a current series, although Ashwin has better figures from 2016.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):
The averages are topped by the unexpected Illingworth and JK Lever. Anderson has the best average among current players.
The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni.
The best strike rates are by JK Lever and Willis.
Best fielding performances:
Most dismissals (20 and above):
Dhoni has the most dismissals, although Kirmani has the most stumpings and AN Cook the most catches by a non-keeper.
Innings fielding performances (5 and above):
The most dismissals in an innings is 7 by RW Taylor, in the same Test of Botham’s century plus 13w. Yajurvindra Singh has the most by a non-keeper (5) which he made on debut. This remains a share in the world record of 5 catches in an innings, which is now held by several other players including AM Rahane.
Match fielding performances (6 and above):
This record is also held by RW Taylor’s 10 in Botham’s match.
Yajurvidra Singh and KL Rahul have 7 catches by non-keepers, Yajurvindra doing so on debut.
While batting and bowling records are well covered in most sources of cricket statistics, fielding receives lesser attention (as the data points are only for catches and stumpings). Here we take a closer look at this neglected field.
Most dismissals in an innings (6 and above):
The first keeper to take 6 catches/dismissals in an innings was Wally Grout in 1957-58.
The record was then shared by DT Lindsay, JT Murray and SMH Kirmani, the last instance being in 1975-76.
Wasim Bari then became the first to take 7 dismissals in an innings in 1978-79. He was followed by Bob Taylor (though that was overshadowed by Botham’s 13 wickets + century as well as a total eclipse) in 1979-80. Later Ian Smith and Ridley Jacobs joined the 7-catch club.
Most catches in an innings by a non-keeper (5 and above):
The first non-keeper to take 5 catches in an innings was Victor Richardson, who is nowadays better-known as the maternal grandfather of the Chappells. Some resemblance can be seen:
Subsequently several others have taken 10 dismissals (a total of 4 including WP Saha and Sarfaraz Ahmed) and 11 dismissals in a match (a total of 3 including AB de Villiers and Rishabh Pant).
Most dismissals in a match by a non-keeper (7 and above):
The first to take 7 catches in a match was Greg Chappell in 1974-75. Unfortunately his grandfather did not see this as he had passed away a few years earlier, although he had lived long enough to see Ian Chappell make a good start in Tests.
He continues to have that record to himself, although you will see ABD with 8 catches as a fielder. However, he took these 8 catches as a keeper substituting for the injured Q de Kock. He is listed as a non-keeper here as he was not the nominated keeper for this Test.
de Villiers was also the captain in this Test. This was a day-night Test against Zimbabwe which got over in 2 days.
While Virat Kohli was Man of the Match, the twin fielding feats of Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul played a large part in India’s victory at Nottingham.
First we look at fielding performances on debut, with reference to Rishabh:
Innings fielding on debut:
Rishabh’s 5 dismissals is the best for India on debut by a wicketkeeper, though Yajurvindra had taken 5 as a non-keeper. A few Indian keepers had earlier taken 4 catches in an innings on their debut.
Match fielding on debut:
Here, both Rishabh and Yajurvindra made 7 dismissals on debut. Rishabh’s 7 is the best by any Indian keeper on debut. Some Indian keepers had made 5 dismissals on debut.
Note that Yajurvindra’s 5 in the innings and 7 in the match remain the best by any debutant non-keeper.
We look at fielding performances by non-keepers.
(This is for all matches, not merely on debut).
The world record is 5, shared by the fielders listed above. The first to achieve this was VY Richardson, maternal grandfather of the Chappell brothers. Several current and recent players can be seen. KL Rahul is one of many who took 4 catches (in the 4th innings, to add to the 3 he took in the first innings).
While current player Rahane is the only one to take 8 catches in a match (which, by the way, India lost), KL Rahul is one of several to take 7 catches. Note that no one had taken 7 catches in a match until Greg Chappell in 1974.
Note: This was written in August 2015 and has not been updated.
Fielding statistics do not get as much prominence as batting and bowling statistics. Even then, usually the wicketkeeper’s figures are usually given more prominence than that of ordinary fielders.
The present record for catches in the field in an innings is 5 (shared by several, starting with VY Richardson) and in a match it is 8 (where AM Rahane stands alone, followed by several with 7).
Here is a chronological list of all those who have taken 5 catches in an innings:
And a chronological list of all those who have taken 7 or more catches in a match:
VY Richardson had reasonable success at a batsman for Australia in the 1920s and 1930s, including the Bodyline series. He became the first of several to take 5 catches in an innings in his final Test at Durban. He took one catch in the first innings and 5 in the second.
Later generations would know him better as the maternal grandfather of the Chappell brothers. One can see some family resemblance.
When he passed away in 1969, he had seen Ian well set in the Australian team although Greg and Trevor were yet to play for their country.
In 1974, Greg Chappell became the first to take 7 catches in a match. This came in the series which some called “Reverse Bodyline” where Lillee and Thomson swept all before them in a 4-1 win. He took 3 catches in the first innings and 4 in the second.
Thus both the records remained within the family until early 1977, when Yajuvendra Singh made his debut.
It had been a traumatic series for India with England winning three Tests in a row, thus sealing the fate of the series before the 4th Test started. India batted first, but YS did not do much, scoring 8 and 15 in the match. He equalled the innings record in the first innings with 5 catches, and added 2 more in the second to equal the record. India won this Test and the final result was an England win at 3-1.
After this, the feat of taking 5 in an innings and 7 in a match became common. But Yajurvindra Singh remains the only one to achieve these on his debut, a small consolation for a disappointing 4-Test career though he did well enough in first-class cricket. He was distantly related to Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji.
We finally move on to the anti-climactic Test at Galle in 2015 where India failed to chase 176-but this was on a ground where the highest winning fourth-innings chase was 99. AM Rahane took 3 catches in the first innings an 5 in the second, thus getting a share in the innings record and becoming the only one to take 8 catches as a fielder in Tests.