Tests - bowling December 2, 2010

Outstanding third innings bowling performances: 15 gems

A look at fifteen of the finest third innings bowling performances in Tests
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Kapil Dev:one of the best third innings bowling performances
Kapil Dev:one of the best third innings bowling performances © Getty Images

This completes the quartet of anecdotal articles on the "second" innings batting and bowling performances. The "first" innings does not offer this level of variations and I will refrain from looking at the first/second innings performances.

The third innings bowling performances broadly fall into three categories.

1. In this case the third bowling team is bowling with a substantial deficit and only a truly great performance can help them win. About 4 such performances find their place in this list.

2. The second category is one in which the teams have finished within about 10% of each other's score and a powerful bowling performance helps the team to win. About 7 bowling performances belong to this category. There are obviously many more such performances but only the outstanding ones are selected.

3. Matches in which the third bowling team enjoys a huge first innings lead and the bowlers bowl with this cushion. It is immaterial whether this is a follow-on innings or not. The bowlers would have to come in with once-in-a-lifetime performances to get selected in this tough list. Only two bowler efforts in this category have been selected.

It is a fact that there could be truly great batting performances which help teams save tests (Hanif, Amiss et al). However normally great bowling performances help their teams win tests. Indeed it is almost impossible to win a test without capturing 20 wickets. However I have managed to locate two wonderful bowling efforts which ended in a draw and loss respectively.

I have the usual second XV. And this time I have earmarked the empty table containing Readers' selections and would fill as comments come in.

These match summaries are presented in the order of the type of matches already outlined. Within the type, the matches are presented in a random order. Do not draw any conclusions from the order of presentation.

First the matches in which the teams came back from a huge deficit in the first innings.

MtId: 1876 Year: 2008 Test# 2 of 3 (0-0) England won by 6 wickets

Nzl 381 all out.
Eng 202 all out.
Nzl 114 all out     (Panesar M.S: 17.0-5-37-6).
Eng 294 for 4 wkts.

England just about avoided the follow-on but were 179 runs in arrears. Anderson dismissed Redmond early but New Zealand recovered to 50 for 1. Then Panesar produced, inarguably, his finest spell for England. He captured the next six wickets and reduced New Zealand to 106 for 7. Sidebottom cleaned up the tail and New Zealand were dismissed for 114, leaving England to get a formidable 294 to win, which they did in style, winning by 6 wickets. One of the best come-back wins ever. Panesar, who has not done much otherwise, engineered this remarkable win.

MtId: 1677 Year: 2003 Test# 2 of 2 (0-0) Pakistan won by 7 wickets

Nzl 366 all out.
Pak 196 all out.
Nzl 103 all out     (Shoaib Akhtar: 18.0-3-30-6).
Pak 277 for 3 wkts.

This match is almost a replica of the first one. Pakistan just about avoided the follow-on but were 170 runs in arrears. Then Shoaib Akhtar produced, almost certainly, his finest spell for Pakistan. He captured six wickets for 30 runs and dismissed New Zealand for 103, leaving Pakistan to get a huge score of 274 to win, which they did in style, winning by 7 wickets. Shoaib Akhtar has done this on other occasions but this was amongst the best ever by this devastating bowler.

MtId: 1503 Year: 2000 Test# 2 of 5 (0-1) England won by 2 wickets

Win 267 all out.
Eng 134 all out.
Win  54 all out     (Caddick A.R: 13.0-8-16-5).
Eng 191 for 8 wkts.

The English bowlers seem to have specialized in these third innings bowling efforts. This time England trailed by 133 runs against an excellent West Indian bowling attack.then Caddick produced a dream spell, capturing 5 for 16, the only 5-wicket spell in this elite collection. West Indies, with Lara, Chanderpaul and Adams were a fair batting side. England struggled to make the 188 needed to win and lost eight wickets. Only Cork's brave 33 carried them to an unlikely win.

MtId: 0692 Year: 1971 Test# 3 of 3 (0-0) India won by 4 wickets

Eng 355 all out.
Ind 284 all out.
Eng 101 all out     (Chandrasekhar B.S: 18.1-3-38-6).
Ind 174 for 6 wkts.

Next the matches in which the teams were more or less equal in the first innings.

England were 71 runs ahead in the first innings and were expected to stream-roller India in this deciding Test match. However, Chandrasekhar produced what is, arguably, the best bowling performance by an Indian spinner abroad. He broke the back of English batting with three top order wickets and then cleaned up the late order, to finish with 6 for 38. England were dismissed for 101, leaving India to score 173 to win. This was not easy, but was achieved by contributions from all batsmen. India had won their first test series in England.

MtId: 1687 Year: 2004 Test# 1 of 4 (0-0) England won by 10 wickets

Win 311 all out.
Eng 339 all out.
Win  47 all out     (Harmison S.J: 12.3-8-12-7).
Eng  20 for 0 wkts.

After two matching first innings, England had a lead of only 28 runs. It was expected that West Indies would wipe out this lead quickly and go for a win. Instead Harmison produced a vintage fast bowling performance, capturing 7 for 12 in 12 overs of devastation. West Indies lost half their side wiping the deficit and were finally dismissed for 47, their lowest total in Test cricket. One of the great modern day bowling efforts.

MtId: 1673 Year: 2003 Test# 2 of 4 (0-0) India won by 4 wickets

Aus 556 all out.
Ind 523 all out.
Aus 196 all out     (Agarkar A.B: 16.2-2-41-6).
Ind 233 for 6 wkts.

This was probably the only moment of greatness in Agarkar's otherwise journeyman Test career for India, forgetting the throwing-the-bat 100. Two huge first innings of 500+ left Australia with a lead of 33 runs. Then Agarkar had his few hours in the sun, capturing 6 for 41, including three top order wickets. India managed the chase of 233 reasonably well and India had won a historic test after conceding 556 in the first innings. Agarkar more than made up for his sequence of zeroes.

MtId: 1266 Year: 1994 Test# 3 of 3 (0-1) England won by 8 wickets

Saf 332 all out.
Eng 304 all out.
Saf 175 all out     (Malcolm D.E: 16.3-2-57-9).
Eng 205 for 2 wkts.

Another English bowler !!! After two middling first innings England finished 28 short. Then Malcolm produced one of the greatest ever bowling performances by an English fast bowler, capturing 9 wickets for 57 runs. He captured the first three wickets for no run in 2 overs. Gough captured the other wicket. Malcolm's bowling performance has been bettered by two fast bowlers only, Hadlee and Lohmann.

MtId: 1159 Year: 1990 Test# 2 of 5 (1-0) Australia won by 8 wickets

Eng 352 all out.
Aus 306 all out.
Eng 150 all out     (Reid B.A: 22.0-12-51-7).
Aus 197 for 2 wkts.

After two 300+ scores Australia were 52 runs adrift. England were sitting pretty at 103 for 1. Then Bruce Reid destroyed England capturing 7 for 51 and got them all out for 150, that too on a good MCG batting track. Australia chased the target comfortably by 8 wickets. Bruce Reid was an under-rated left arm pace bowler. His is the only Australian performance featured here, ahead of greats like Warne, Lillee, Spofforth, McGrath et al.

MtId: 1477 Year: 1999 Test# 1 of 2 (0-0) New Zealand won by 9 wickets 1477 1999 Cairns C.L New Zealand Win 28 22.5 10 27 7

Win 365 all out.
Nzl 393 all out.
Win  97 all out     (Cairns C.L   : 22.5-10-27-7).
Nzl   70 for 1 wkt.

New Zealand led by 28 runs. West Indies were nowhere the dominating side they were during the 80s or early 90s. However they were also not the pathetic side of the 2000s. Cairns produce a devastating spell of 7 for 27 which included 4 top wickets. West Indies were blown off for 97 and New Zealand won comfortably. Let us not forget that Cairns also captured 3 wickets in the first innings and scored 72. One of the truly great all-round performances ever.

Finally the matches in which the teams had a huge lead in the first innings.

MtId: 1423 Year: 1998 Test# 1 of 1 (0-0) Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets

Eng 445 all out.
Slk 591 all out.
Eng 181 all out     (Muralitharan M: 54.2-27-65-9).
Slk  37 for 0 wkts.

This time Sri Lanka had a huge first innings lead over England of 146 runs. Then Muralitharan wove his magic and captured 9 wickets for 65 runs in 54 overs. If Stewart had not been run out, Murali might very well have captured all ten wickets. All this, at Oval, London. And on a pitch on which over 1000 runs had been scored in the first two innings. The fact that Murali conjured 9 wickets on a batsman-friendly pitch has made this performance a stand-out contender.

MtId: 0128 Year: 1912 Test# 8 of 9 (0-0) England won by 10 wickets

Saf  95 all out.
Eng 176 all out.
Saf  93 all out     (Barnes S.F: 16.4-4-29-8).
Eng  14 for 0 wkts.

Two low scores meant England were ahead by 81 runs. Then S.F.Barnes, certainly in the top group of all-time best fast medium bowlers, bowled unchanged. He bowled 16 overs and captured 8 for 29. South Africa were dismissed for 93 and England won in a canter. Barnes had another equally great third innings spell of 9 for 103 a few months later in a match where England had a big lead.

MtId: 0428 Year: 1956 Test# 4 of 5 (1-1) England won by an innings and 170 runs

Eng 459 all out.
Aus  84 all out.
Aus 205 all out     (Laker J.C: 51.2-23-53-10).

And the matches which were drawn or lost.

This is the only performance in this collection by a team leading by million runs in the first innings. There is a reason. The first 10-wicket haul by a bowler. Laker bowled 51 overs and captured 10 wickets for 53. What is amazing is that the other bowlers, Statham and Lock, no mean bowlers themselves, bowled 71 overs and did not pick up a wicket. This was the bowling performance of multiple life-times. Not to forget the small matter of 9 wickets in the first innings.

MtId: 0436 Year: 1957 Test# 3 of 5 (0-2) Match drawn

Eng 218 all out.
Saf 283 all out.
Eng 254 all out     (Tayfield H.J: 37.7-14-69-8).
Saf 142 for 6 wkts.

This is the only drawn Test match performance in this collection. South Africa led by 65 runs. Then Tayfield produced an excellent spell of classical off-spin bowling, capturing 8 for 69 runs. South Africa had about 4 hours to score 190 runs and, readers note, England bowled the equivalent of 77 overs. Today, the Dhoni-led India, with two spinners, bowls 26 overs in two hours. South Africa struggled and finished 48 short to earn a good draw. In the course of Tayfield's spell, he bowled 119 consecutive score-less balls, and 19 in the second innings, a world record.

MtId: 0967 Year: 1983 Test# 3 of 6 (0-1) West Indies won by 138 runs

Win 281 all out.
Ind 241 all out.
Win 201 all out     (Kapil Dev N: 30.3-6-83-9).
Ind 103 all out.

The only losing performance in the third innings is featured here. Again it is the turn of Kapil Dev. This was a forgettable match for India, barring a fighting 90 by Gavaskar and this bowling performance by Kapil Dev. India were only 40 runs behind in the first innings. Then Kapil Dev captured 9 for 83 in what is, undoubtedly, the greatest display of pace bowling by an Indian and the most memorable on Indian grounds. Haynes was dismissed by Sandhu. West Indies were dismissed for 241 leaving India to get a reasonable target of 242. However West Indies, still smarting under the World Cup loss a few months before, blasted India out of the park for 103. But Kapil Dev cannot be blamed for the batting failures.

In this selection, bowlers like Panesar, Cairns, Agarkar, Reid, Harmison and Caddick would not rank amongst the great bowlers. The bowlers in this group other than Cairns would not figure amongst the top-10 of their teams. However when there was a need they produced once-in-lifetime performances and find their well-deserved place in this list.

The second XV of third innings bowling performances

MtId Year Bowler          For          Vs   Deficit   Analysis

1812 2006 Muralitharan M Sri Lanka Saf -40 46.5 12 97 7 1796 2006 Mohammad Asif Pakistan Slk -109 12.0 6 27 5 1747 2005 Ntini M South Africa Win 51 19.5 7 37 7 1539 2001 Harbhajan Singh India Aus 110 41.5 20 84 8 1248 1994 Wasim Akram Pakistan Nzl -27 16.1 4 43 6 1206 1992 Donald A.A South Africa Ind 63 28.0 4 84 7 1040 1986 Bracewell J.G New Zealand Aus -56 22.0 8 32 6 0874 1980 Botham I.T England Ind 54 26.0 7 48 7 0699 1972 Massie R.A.L Australia Eng 36 27.2 9 53 8 0527 1962 Gibbs L.R West Indies Ind 217 53.3 37 38 8 0372 1953 Bedser A.V England Aus -105 17.2 7 44 7 (Match drawn) 0320 1950 Johnson I.W Australia Saf -236 17.0 2 34 5 0234 1934 Verity H England Aus 156 22.3 8 43 8 0138 1921 Mailey A.A Australia Eng 105 47.0 8 121 9 0128 1912 Barnes S.F England Saf 81 16.4 4 29 8

This is my selection, 75% objective and 25% subjective. Readers will have their own favourite third innings bowling performance and are welcome to send in their comments referring to these innings. The only requirement is that you have to take the trouble of looking up the concerned scorecard and give some details. Rather than posting comments such as "What about Imran's 8-wkt spell", the comments which are likely to get published are the ones where a better insight into the concerned innings are provided. Do not get upset that one specific performance is not in this list or in the nearly-made-it list. Put up your cases in a nice and emphatic manner, without resorting to abusive language, unfortunately used in a few mails recently.

The Readers' selection third innings bowling performances, in order of comment acceptance.

1906 2009 J.E.Taylor  Win (Eng) 9-4-11-5 (Balaraman)
0991 1984 M.D.Marshall  Win (Eng) 26-9-53-7 (Alex)
0765 1975 AME Roberts  Win (Aus) 14-3-54-7 (Alex)
1110 1988 Hughes M.G  Aus (Win) 37-9-87-8 (Shane) loss
1554 2001 Warne S.K.  Aus (Eng) 18-5-33-6 (Karthik)
0032 1889 Briggs J  Eng (Saf) 14-5-11-8 (Alex)
1444 1999 Srinath J  Ind (Pak) 27-6-86-8 (Adil) loss
1377 1997 Kasprowicz  Aus (Eng) 16-5-36-7 (Karthik) loss
1654 2003 Pollock S  Saf (Eng) 18-4-39-6 (Venkat) loss
1615 2002 Shoaib Akhtar  Pak (Aus) 8-2-21-5 (Yasir) loss
0172 1928 G.F.Bisset  Saf (Eng) 19-5-29-7 (Ad)
0677 1969 Bedi 23-11-37-5 & Prasanna 24-10-42-5 Ind (Aus) (Arjun)
1719 2004 Kaneria  Pak (Slk) 60-20-118-7 (Arjun)
1356 1997 Warne Aus (Saf) 28-15-43-4
0443 1957 Lock GAR Eng (Win) 16-7-20-6 (Abhishek)
1630 2002 Lawson JJC WIn (Bng) 6.5-4-3-6 (Arjun)
0876 1980 Iqbal Qasim Pak (Aus) 42-22-49-7 (Ad)
0427 1957 DS Atkinson 40-21-53-7 WI (Nzl) (Ad)
1747 2005 M Ntini  Saf (Win) 20-7-37-7 (Mayank)

I have really enjoyed doing these series of four anecdotal articles. My editor probably more. As many a reader has pointed out this has opened the door on wonderful efforts of the past. I myself have learnt a lot. The readers' response has been terrific.

Anantha Narayanan has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket and worked with a number of companies on their cricket performance ratings-related systems

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • nc on January 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    I remember the late 70's and 80's. Barring Kapil Dev, Indian cricket was a joke. If you take Kapil Dev out and then look at India stats - we were worse than non test playing nations.

    I remember Kapil once said in an interview, he had to switch to medium pace because he to ball long spells since no one was there to help him or carry the burden on the other end. Because, Indian team had such poor batting performances and bowling a strike bowler was reduced to a stock bowler.

  • Alex on December 11, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Abhi - I don't think I came across the article you keep referring to. "Ask Steve" did say that SRT has run the most on the pitch in tests ... it beats me how he computed the exact numbers.

    At any rate, I hope SRT has 5 more excellent years left in him. If so, quite a few memorable moments must unfold before you doubtless compose a "Shri Sachin Sahastranam".

  • vipin garg on December 11, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Ananth..not related to this article but when i think of anderson n freddy, thing which comes in my brain is Freddy the better, intimidating bowler but not quiet the match winner with the ball, anderson lesser bowler but match winner on his day, can destroy strongest of d batting line ups in a spell...thing is, he is either very poor or excellent... i think his bowling avg would be pathetic if we take out the innings he took 4 or 5 wickets while flintoff didn't take too many 5 fors... i don't know how to put it but i think anderson would be among d worst bowlers(50tests or more)if we remove those innings..... if any analysis possible on such bowlers or btamen like marcus north( deals in centuries or single digit score).... nice article, btw, thanks [[ Interesting idea. An alternate definition of consistency. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 10, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Ananth - I request you to do an article on # run outs and their frequency (per runs scored by him or per runs scored while he was at the crease) caused by a batsman ... in tests, ODIs, and T20s. This obviously depends on the quality of the fielding side too. [[ No clear data aveilable for a number of matches. As I have aleays mentioned I know certainly when a batsman started his innings but not when he got out, barring the last third of the matches. Ananth: ]]

    BTW, I have spent many pleasant minutes on YouTube watching fielding mistakes and run out mix-ups. The weirdest clip of all though, IMO, is that of Greg Chappell extending his arm to a streaker as if to shake him by hand and, having secured a grip on the hand of the gullible streaker, proceeding to whack him with his bat as the crowd cheered on! [[ All readers: Did you know that Trott tops the list of batting averages, ahead of Sutcliffe by the second decimal point, for English batsmen (1000 runs) !!! Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on December 10, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Alex, Well, there WAS an entire analysis on this! I remember the pic there too- Tendulkar chasing leather in all whites.

    The point is not of "records". The point is that a poor bowling line up will place pressures on the top batsmen as much if not more than a poor batting line up will.

    As we saw in Adelaide spending 2 days running around the park in some serious heat while the opposition pile it on can be demoralising.

    Then on top of that you have the huge "scoreboard pressure". Best chance for Ponting/Aus seems to be to bat first and make SURE to get some serious runs on the board.

    So, the point of these "on field time" stats is just to get a feel of things as they "Really" transpired ... A peek "beyond" the surface stats. [[ Abhi I admire Steven Lynch's wonderful column but stay away from reading the same since I do not want to be influenced by something there. I think I will do my own version of time spent on the field and distance/runs. It is worth the effort. Ananth: ]]

  • Ad on December 9, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Hi Ananth,

    No issues. The fact that you reply personally to each comment is great in itself.

    Interestingly, Atkinson holds the record for the highest 7th wicket partnership (347) in tests with Clairmonte Depeiaza.

    Btw, I've been going through some of your older posts. Enjoyed the one on all time worst eleven :) Maybe, you can do something the other way round. An article on the best tail end batsmen and the best part time bowlers. Could be done for both tests and ODIs with slightly different parameters. Some of these part timers might turn out to be better than the specialists in the worst eleven. [[ Ad In fact I had forgotten the articles on the "worst" theme. I went back and re-read the same. Very interesting, I must say. Also I should re-do the same now to see qwhether Chris Martin would overhaul Pommie Mbangwa. There is an earlier article in the best tail-end batsmen. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 9, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Abhi - I don't think your question can be answered accurately because no info is available on what time player A left the field and was substituted for by player B. You may recall Ponting's sly comment on SRT on SRT's 400th ODI: "of course, it is easier for him when does not field for half the matches". I think a genuine wkt keeper batsman toils the most. For India, Dhoni and Dravid (for a 2-3 year period in ODIs) have had that unenviable honor.

    I think these types of records are not very important since after a while you cannot even breathe without breaking one record or another.

  • Abhi on December 9, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Alex, There is an "Ask Steve" article on Mar 2nd 2010- One of the questions is how much has Tendulkar has run "between wickets"?. Not total time spent on field- i recall that was an entire analysis on just this topic. But thanks anyway.

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Bad memories of this one...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e1WPNDQdzE&playnext=1&list=PL534E2D2F648E9664&index=21

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Or Harmy running amok? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODk97UjWnzs&feature=related (Hope I`m not breaking the rules here)

  • nc on January 14, 2011, 7:05 GMT

    I remember the late 70's and 80's. Barring Kapil Dev, Indian cricket was a joke. If you take Kapil Dev out and then look at India stats - we were worse than non test playing nations.

    I remember Kapil once said in an interview, he had to switch to medium pace because he to ball long spells since no one was there to help him or carry the burden on the other end. Because, Indian team had such poor batting performances and bowling a strike bowler was reduced to a stock bowler.

  • Alex on December 11, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    Abhi - I don't think I came across the article you keep referring to. "Ask Steve" did say that SRT has run the most on the pitch in tests ... it beats me how he computed the exact numbers.

    At any rate, I hope SRT has 5 more excellent years left in him. If so, quite a few memorable moments must unfold before you doubtless compose a "Shri Sachin Sahastranam".

  • vipin garg on December 11, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Ananth..not related to this article but when i think of anderson n freddy, thing which comes in my brain is Freddy the better, intimidating bowler but not quiet the match winner with the ball, anderson lesser bowler but match winner on his day, can destroy strongest of d batting line ups in a spell...thing is, he is either very poor or excellent... i think his bowling avg would be pathetic if we take out the innings he took 4 or 5 wickets while flintoff didn't take too many 5 fors... i don't know how to put it but i think anderson would be among d worst bowlers(50tests or more)if we remove those innings..... if any analysis possible on such bowlers or btamen like marcus north( deals in centuries or single digit score).... nice article, btw, thanks [[ Interesting idea. An alternate definition of consistency. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 10, 2010, 4:25 GMT

    Ananth - I request you to do an article on # run outs and their frequency (per runs scored by him or per runs scored while he was at the crease) caused by a batsman ... in tests, ODIs, and T20s. This obviously depends on the quality of the fielding side too. [[ No clear data aveilable for a number of matches. As I have aleays mentioned I know certainly when a batsman started his innings but not when he got out, barring the last third of the matches. Ananth: ]]

    BTW, I have spent many pleasant minutes on YouTube watching fielding mistakes and run out mix-ups. The weirdest clip of all though, IMO, is that of Greg Chappell extending his arm to a streaker as if to shake him by hand and, having secured a grip on the hand of the gullible streaker, proceeding to whack him with his bat as the crowd cheered on! [[ All readers: Did you know that Trott tops the list of batting averages, ahead of Sutcliffe by the second decimal point, for English batsmen (1000 runs) !!! Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on December 10, 2010, 3:49 GMT

    Alex, Well, there WAS an entire analysis on this! I remember the pic there too- Tendulkar chasing leather in all whites.

    The point is not of "records". The point is that a poor bowling line up will place pressures on the top batsmen as much if not more than a poor batting line up will.

    As we saw in Adelaide spending 2 days running around the park in some serious heat while the opposition pile it on can be demoralising.

    Then on top of that you have the huge "scoreboard pressure". Best chance for Ponting/Aus seems to be to bat first and make SURE to get some serious runs on the board.

    So, the point of these "on field time" stats is just to get a feel of things as they "Really" transpired ... A peek "beyond" the surface stats. [[ Abhi I admire Steven Lynch's wonderful column but stay away from reading the same since I do not want to be influenced by something there. I think I will do my own version of time spent on the field and distance/runs. It is worth the effort. Ananth: ]]

  • Ad on December 9, 2010, 16:45 GMT

    Hi Ananth,

    No issues. The fact that you reply personally to each comment is great in itself.

    Interestingly, Atkinson holds the record for the highest 7th wicket partnership (347) in tests with Clairmonte Depeiaza.

    Btw, I've been going through some of your older posts. Enjoyed the one on all time worst eleven :) Maybe, you can do something the other way round. An article on the best tail end batsmen and the best part time bowlers. Could be done for both tests and ODIs with slightly different parameters. Some of these part timers might turn out to be better than the specialists in the worst eleven. [[ Ad In fact I had forgotten the articles on the "worst" theme. I went back and re-read the same. Very interesting, I must say. Also I should re-do the same now to see qwhether Chris Martin would overhaul Pommie Mbangwa. There is an earlier article in the best tail-end batsmen. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 9, 2010, 16:37 GMT

    Abhi - I don't think your question can be answered accurately because no info is available on what time player A left the field and was substituted for by player B. You may recall Ponting's sly comment on SRT on SRT's 400th ODI: "of course, it is easier for him when does not field for half the matches". I think a genuine wkt keeper batsman toils the most. For India, Dhoni and Dravid (for a 2-3 year period in ODIs) have had that unenviable honor.

    I think these types of records are not very important since after a while you cannot even breathe without breaking one record or another.

  • Abhi on December 9, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    Alex, There is an "Ask Steve" article on Mar 2nd 2010- One of the questions is how much has Tendulkar has run "between wickets"?. Not total time spent on field- i recall that was an entire analysis on just this topic. But thanks anyway.

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Bad memories of this one...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e1WPNDQdzE&playnext=1&list=PL534E2D2F648E9664&index=21

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Or Harmy running amok? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODk97UjWnzs&feature=related (Hope I`m not breaking the rules here)

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    I will publish this straight and depend on by friend Boll's good sense !!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wd-HU7dSYeQ or this one of the mighty Caddick? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RKjFZRgB44 - like this one, for the Pakistani fans

  • Bollo on December 8, 2010, 12:46 GMT

    So many great performances that I`ve only read about - you tend to forget(pre-sites such as cricinfo and live streams) how difficult it used to be to watch cricket live. It was hard enough when your team was playing away, almost impossible if it involved two other teams. We were lucky to get an abbreviated scorecard in the paper a day or two later. Don`t suppose there`s any chance of you providing a 5minute youtube clip of each of these performances is there Ananth? - just joking. But on a more serious note, if people can find clips of these performances is it OK to post them here. [[ Boll I am travelling and am not able to check out the videos. As a matter of principle I do not provide links without checking these and my wi-fi in the hotel is taking ages to load. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 8, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Ananth - "Ask Steven" gave SRT as the answer to a question on which batsman has run the most on cricket field in tests. I have no idea how he worked out the numbers. In tests, Kallis and Dravid might have spent more time at the crease, given their much lower SR.

    I think Abhi should note that SRT is entering the toughest phase of his career. Very few have done well past age 38. The 2007-10 phase was wonderful but is he past it now for good?

  • Mayank on December 8, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Match ID 1523: Miller's 5-32 against WI [[ CR and not the great KR, but not a great performance. Ananth: ]]

  • Mayank on December 8, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Ntini's 7-37 against WI. lara scored 196 in first innings. Match ID - 1747 [[ Mayank This is an excellent performance and probably deserves to be included. Will do on my return since I am travelling. Ananth: ]]

  • Mayank Rustagi on December 8, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Shane Warne's 6-80 against WI after Lara scored 226 in the first innings. The match was in balance at the end of first innings. Match ID - 1773 [[ Again a great performance but I already have two of Warne's spells. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on December 8, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    Ananth,

    Thanks. Bugs me that I can't find it. I recall seeing it right here on cricinfo not too long back. (This year if I'm not mistaken)

    Perhaps you can do a version of such an analysis too? i.e How much time ( or overs- or whatever data you have on your databases)...a player has spent while : 1)Fielding 2)Batting

    Another reason in addition to why just sheer time spent on the field will wear down Ponting (or Tendulkar) more than other batsmen is that they are rarely in the slips and are in the outfield for the most part. [[ Will attempt this peculiar but valid attempt. Pl see Alex's comment. Ananth: ]]

  • Kamran Wasti on December 7, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    No issues Ananth.

    My query was mainly triggered by the absence of 4-fers. Roberts' spell, mentioned by another reader, is of course there. I was too young to know of an India-West Indies series but I did read it in detail in April 1983 issue of "The Cricketer" (Pakistan) that I bought from an old bookseller.

    1. I watched the Wasim Akram spell live. It was one of those weird things that only he could do - he was just ambling in off a short run and bowled those balls.. He took two in two and then Imran at mid-on dropped the kind of catch (Ian Bishop's) that Abdur Razzaq dropped (again of Wasim in his last international match) during Tendulkar's WC2003 98 against Pakistan.

    2. A note on Richardson's knock - if I remember (I am not checking the archives btw), Salim Malik scored two really quick 70s in both knocks. Richardson was basically very efficient rathe than dominant in that knock. I remember Carlisle Best hooked Waqar for 6 and was knocked over by Wasim in the next over.

    Kamran [[ Many thanks, Kamran. You are a good raconteur and are adding a lot of good value to the blog especially in the anecdotal ones. Ananth: ]]

  • Kumar on December 7, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    A well analysed data and lot of great information on the old legendary bowlers who has ruled their roost in their times.. would like to see more of this kind of analysis in coming time where you concentrate on the best batting performances.. i think thats what most of us are waiting to see ..... Thanks again for this informative analysis... [[ I think you seem to have missed out the third and fourth innings batting performances. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on December 7, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Ananth, Yup. I recall there was an analysis (i forget by whom) on cricinfo on players who have spent maximum time on the field. Tendulkar was on top by a wide margin. I can't seem to find this article. [[ Can some reader help Abhi in locating this article. Ananth: ]]

  • Ananth on December 6, 2010, 17:26 GMT

    I owe a big apology to Ad. I had mentioned that I would look at the performances mentioned by him later and clean forgot. And his collection is one of the best. Many thanks to Ad and also to Alex for reminding me. 1. I am going to include Atkinson's performance. Totally unique one. He bowled 40 overs from one end non-stop, captured the top-six and another wkt. Although New Zealand won big, this performance deserves getting in. 2. Iqbal Qasim also has to be included. That too against a top Australian team. Look at the accuracy. Poor May. After a wonderful closing spell of 5 for 9, to lose by 1 run. Finally I will concede. If I re-do the list I will have to replace quite a few spells in the main list with readers' suggestions. My thanks to all of you.

  • Arjun on December 6, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Meckiff (38/6) test no.462 good collection of top order wkts. [[ Top five wickets against a strong English line-up deserves a serious look. Will do so. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 6, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Ananth - I am not too sure if Marshall's 4 for 24 merits a place in Top 30: (i) WI had a slight 1st innings lead and (ii) he picked up only the bottom order (granted that he got only 5 overs to bowl). By that token, Roberts' 5 for 39 should rate better. Or Akram's 5 for 28 in Test #1158 - this test immediately followed the one that featured Marshall's cameo burst (Test #1158) ... yet another tail polishing act but in more dire circumstances.

    Ad's suggestion of Qasim's 7 for 49 is excellent, IMO. Going by Wisden Almanac, quite a few of the pre-WW1 figures suggested by me are valid (esp., Armstrong's 6 wkts). [[ Alex I forgot about Marshall's much better performance already included. So I am going to replace Marshall's 4-wkt burst (Kamran, my sincere apologies) by two of Ad's suggestions (many thanks for reminding me on Ad's comments), Iqbal Qasim and Atkinson. Match with Akram's burst was drawn (Lara's debut). May's burst was a heart-rending 1-run loss. I am lost on pre-ww1 performances. Armstrong's 6 wkt spell deserves serious consideration although the quality of wickets could have been better. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on December 6, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Nice to see some more bowler centric articles. I feel only Pakistan truly loves and glorifies their bowlers (and Aus to a lesser extent) With most other countries the batsmen hog all the glory (including incredibly the Windies in their heyday)

    Bowlers(and pitches) are perhaps the most crucial element to a result as Australia are finding out now.

    Never mind the batting support from the late '90s onwards ,I would have loved to see Tendulkar have some quality bowlers in the side...instead of toiling away for days on the field watching the opposition piling it on and then coming on to bat trying to save the game yet again.

    Ponting is getting a taste of what is felt to be Tendulkar in the '90s. [[ I missed you, my dear friend. Your observations are quite astute on the load the weaker bowling attacks place on top batsmen. Lara had it for almost half his career, Tendulkar himself had for quite time and now Ponting is struggling with a bowling attack which, it seems, would find it difficult to take 20 wickets against any team. My next article is also on bowlers. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 6, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Test no.1902 Steyn's series winning (67/5) ag AUS at MCG. Katich, Hayden, Clarke, Symonds [[ No more than very good. Ananth: ]]

    also reconsider Lawson's one of its kind spell ag. BD (3/6). This freakish spell deserves to be in top-50 3rd inn. efforts. [[ You would not let it go, I can see. The more I see the scorecard I think this freakish spell deserves to be in the Readers' list. 41 balls, 38 score-less balls, 3 singles and 6 wickets desrves its place. So here we go. This will get in within 5 minutes. In that case I am going also to include Kamran Wasti's excellent Marshall spell which abruptly ended Pakistan's innings and a 30 over chase for West Indies. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhishek Mukherjee on December 6, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    This is unfair. I am late to comment just once, and all the goodies have been taken. The only one I can remember is Lock's 6/20 vs West Indies to bowl them out for 86 (he had taken 5/28 to bowl them out for 89 in the first innings). The wickets included Sobers, Worrell, Weekes, Collie Smith, and well, Asgharali, who was at least an opener. [[ The reason for my not considering this bowling performance polaced below-40 in the rating table was the 333 run first innings lead. However the quality of wickets means that I should include this in the Readers' list. For once Lock out-bowled Laker. Ananth: ]] You'd possibly dismiss Gerry Hazlitt's valiant 7/25 because you'd accommodate only one performance in a defeat. [[ Not now since I have included many a losing performance. However Hazlitt missed the top three wickets and the match RpW value was a mere 14.9 with a wicket every 41 balls lowers this performance considerably. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 6, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    I think Harbhajan's series winning(87/7) ag. SA in test no.1724 and Kaneria's series levelling(118/8) ag. Srilanka in test no.1719 are both similar performances since they ensured that their teams had to chase reasonable targets. Infact both teams had less than 2 sessions to chase the target. without their bowling both the tests would have ended in stalemate. [[ Dead-heated performances. I will go with Kaneria's one since Harbhajan already has an entry in both my own lists (along with Murali and Barnes). The much-maligned Kaneria would be a welcome addition to the Readers' list. The other reason is that I get the feeling the Karachi pitch was a batting one and Sri Lanka scored 400+ runs. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 6, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Where does Zaheer khan's 4-wkt haul stands in Test no.1557 giving india rare victory in srilanka after india were behind by 42 in 1st innings. victims were jayasurya, sanga, jayawardane, arnold. Sri-274 Ind-242 Sri-221 Ind-264/3

    Infact venkatesh prasad took 72/5 but Zak took all the main batsmen. [[ A performance which helped India win the match and is ahead of Prasad's in Rating points. It is in the top-200 of third innings bowling performances, ahead of quite a few 5/6 wicket performances. However I don't think it is that good to get into this list which probably lists the top-50. Ananth: ]]

  • Stuart on December 4, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    This somewhat reminds me of this match: http://www.espncricinfo.com/engvnz/engine/match/296901.html

    NZ lead by 179 in the first innings, then were all out for 114 thanks to Monty's 6-37 and England chased the 294 down.

    Did not enjoy the ending of that match heh.

  • Kamran Wasti on December 4, 2010, 19:52 GMT

    Apparently, you are going for 5-fers or better but you could consider Malcolm Marshall's 4 for 24 against Pakistan. The spell only had 4 wickets it in but in a low-scoring test (West Indies only had a lead of 24), he took those wickets within 2 overs to change the tide of the match. I remember the impact it had. Salim Malik was playing absolutely brilliantly when he bowled him out of nowhere, got Imran caught behind for nought and a shell-shocked Pakistan collapsed, losing 7 for 25 or something. I was 12 at the time and still wonder why he didn't get the man of the match award! Pakistanis, Indians and Sri Lankans had an obsession with giving it to the top-scorers. [[ Kamran I can see the impact of this performance. From 145 for 4 Pak went to 154 all out. Marshall got rid of Malik, Imran, Raza and Younis. Faisalabad, which was a bowlers' delight !!! Richardson got MOM. However pl note Rich scored 114 runs on a difficult pitch. This match had some of the greatest pacemen of all time putting in their best. Bishop (6), Akram (6), Younis (5), Ambrose (4), Marshall (4) and Walsh (3). And this was one of the tests played by Imran as a batsman. I will agree that I have worked only with 5-wkt hauls. With nearly 500 5+ wkt performances I had to set the limit somewhere there. The highest 4-wkt haul in my list is Warne's 4 for 43 against South Africa in 1997 at Jo'Burg. Kirsten, Kallis, Cullinan and Rhodes. Many thanks for a wonderful evocative comment. Let me see whether I want to introduce a 4-wkt haul in which case yours will be a leading contender. I can see Alex shaprening his keyboard skills !!! He loves Marshall.! Ananth: ]]

  • bilal on December 4, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    cheers!!! i like the surpises thought there would have been quite a lot of the west indies or pakistanis of the bygone era in the list but i guess stronger bowling line ups hunt in packs and that probably gives a little less chance for a single bit of genius but then again most of the names up there were excellent bowlers i wish there was proper video footage of these performances most of the time wickets can be seen but the intimidation and the trap laid by the bowler to get that wicket is where the beauty lays!

  • Ad on December 4, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Hi,

    Thanks for recognizing the efforts in lost matches!

    Arjun's comment on twin performances was really interesting. Here's another one: Aus vs Eng (Match 903) DK Lillee 16.4-2-46-5 TM Alderman 19-3-62-5 Only issue could be the bowler friendly conditions. It was a low scoring match with none of the sides crossing 200. [[ Very interesting but a very low scoring match with RpW of 17.2 and BpW of below 40. Probably slightly dowvalues the bowling efforts. Hogg bowled 3 overs and Lawson did not get a bowl. Great readers you lot are. How do you get across such gems. Ananth: ]]

    I wanted to put up something interesting from the minnows. I think this might be the closest: AM Blignaut 31.5-14-74-5 Zim vs Ind (Match 1549) However, it did include the wickets of Nehra, Harbhajan and Dighe (who for some reason opened the innings!). [[ This was an otherwise average performance. However it assumes significance because this is Zimbabwe's one of two wins over India. Ananth: ]]

    Streak's effort against WI was already mentioned I think.

  • Arjun on December 4, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Arrival of kumble. Jo'burg 1992. 44-22-53-6 All Top order wkts. India 65 behind. SA-292 Ind-227 SA-252 Ind-141/4. Match drawn [[ If I have to include a drawn test performance I will probably consider Underwood's 8 for 51 against Pakistan in 1974. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 4, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Eng 198 WI 173 ENg 252 WI 162 WI 25 behind, Ambrose took 52/6 in same innings gooch made 154*. Atherton, Hick, Lamb, Ramprakash, R Smith, Russel. Top 6 out of 7 except Gooch. [[ Absolutely top order wickets although the collection of Hick, Ramprakash, Lamb, Smith and Russell are not necessarily top quality. However I have added quite a few losing team performances and will keep this pending. When one sees this bowling performance and then see Patetrson, Marshall and Walsh as the other three bowlers, one can truly appreciate Gooch's innings. I place it just, only just, below Lara's 153. Ananth: ]]

  • Steve Howe on December 4, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Am I the only person to notice that, having promised us a top fifteen, you only include fourteen matches? [[ Ah! the eagle eye has spotted something that has eluded me and quite a few readers. Yes, looks like I have only 14. Anyhow let that be the individual readers' choice. He can complete the XV. Many thanks for spotting the shortfall. Ananth: ]]

  • Madappa Prakash on December 4, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    Dear Ananth, Seeing Chandrasekhar's name in your list brought back fond memories. I distinctly recall the commentator urging all nearby to come and watch Chandra's bowling as he thought it was devastatingly beautiful. Thanks for jogging that memory back into my mind. On another note, I appreciate that you respond in detail to reader's comments. Keep up the good work.

    Prakash

  • Arjun on December 4, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Bruce Reid (51/7) ag. England Test no.1159. after 46 behind

    Eng-352 Aus-306 Eng-150 (Reid-51/7, gooch, atherton, stewart, R Smith, Larkins 5 out of Top 6) Aus-197/2

    infact he took 6 wkts in 1st inns i.e total of 13 wkts in match. [[ Arjun You have missed something. This is the only Australian performance in the main list itself, the one sandwiched between Malcolm and Cairns. Ananth: ]]

  • William on December 4, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    I believe Michael Holding's effort for the WI vs England in the 1976 test at the Oval where he took 14 wickets on a dead pitch deserves mention. [[ William Holding's was one of the greatest pace bowling efforts on a totally dead wicket. However England were trailing only by 252. Lloyd correctly decided not to enforce the follow-on, scored 182 and declared. So Holding's second effort was in the fourth innings and, if I am not wrong, has been recognized there. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 4, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    What about twin bowling efforts of Bedi (37/5) and Prasanna(42/5) against full strength Aus. side in 1969. Test no. 667. after 73 behind in 1st inn. Aus-296 Ind-223 Aus-107 Ind-181/3 [[ Ha! finally I had to get it. One performance feeding off (or taking away from) the other. Almost mirror-images. Top six wickets shared. Then Bedi, Prasanna, Bedii and Prasanna. India behind by a significant 67 and then winning the test. If one had taken 6 and the other 4 the first one would have got in. So why not both. I have decided to put in both the entries together. Thanks, Arjun. Ananth: ]]

  • Ad on December 4, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    A few others: 1. JR Thomson 15-4-50-6 Aus vs WI (Match 767) Aus had a lead of 50 but this effort helped to skittle out WI for 128 leaving Aus with a small target to chase. [[ An excellent effort against a strong West indian line-up. Ananth: ]]

    2. GF Bissett 19-5-29-7 SA vs Eng (Match 172) Since this is a rather old match, I'm not sure how much the pitch helped. However, this effort did help SA to square the series. [[ This is quite highly placed in the table. I would probably include this since this is not the bowler-friendly pre-ww1 days. Ananth: ]] 3. DL Vettori 35-11-87-7 NZ vs Aus (Match 1488) Generally losing performances would deserve more credit if they set up the match really well and left the batsmen with a reasonable target to chase. In this case NZ were left with a somewhat stiff 280 to chase. Vettori's effort did come against a strong Australian side though. [[ A very commendable effort against a strong Australian side. Will keep it pending because I have already added quite a few losing performances. Ananth: ]]

  • kannan on December 3, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Nice list but.....What about Srinath's 8 wickets against pakisthan in calcutta? [[ will be added soon. Ananth: ]]

  • Ad on December 3, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Hi Anantha,

    Nice list. I have recently started reading your column and have enjoyed your posts.

    Some other noteworthy performances: 1. CD Collymore 16-2-57-7 WI vs SL (Match1649) Ensured that WI had a reasonable target to chase after conceding a small 1st innings lead.

    2. DS Atkinson 40-21-53-7 WI vs NZ (Match 424) WI lost but a good bowling effort which included the top 6 batsmen.

    3. TBA May 6.5-3-9-5 Aus vs WI (Match 1210) Another losing performance though this time only by 1 run. Although May took the last 5 wickets, he triggered a dramatic collapse leaving Aus a gettable 186. The fact that he remained 42* at the end would have been all the more heartbreaking.

    4. Iqbal Qasim 42-22-49-7 Pak vs Aus (Match 876) Although Pak lead by around 70 runs, this spell ensured that they didn't have too many to chase in the end.

    Btw, I do feel that losing performances should also deserve equal consideration - this is a look at individual performances and winning is a team effort! [[ I think your point is very valid. I seem to have over-emphasized the winning part of it. I am correct in valuing the performances lower in cases where the bowling team has a huge lead. However the teams losing matches where the bowler did wonderfully and more must be considered in better light. So much so I have immediately put into the Readers' list the four performances by Kasprowicz, Shoaib Akhtar, Pollock and Srinath, all in valiant losing causes. Many thanks. I will currently publish your comment and will later on add my response to your performance list. Ananth: ]]

  • karthik on December 3, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Walsh's five for at Barbados where Lara finished with a brilliant 153. [[ Yes, quite important. West Indies, 161 in arrears, dismissed Australia for 146 leaving Lara to produce his magic. The top wickets were shared by Walsh, Ambrose and Collins. Then Walsh finished off. I will keep this in reserve. Ananth: ]]

  • Deepak on December 3, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Hi i wanted to say i would like to see top 10-15 indiviaual heartbreaking pereformances example in batting tendulkar 1999 chennai in bowling 9 wicket performance of kapil that u mention it will be great least as these r mostly rare performances. [[ Will do later. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 3, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Ananth - I am posting on the fly while going through the score-cards. Hence too many posts and my apologies for those.

    I refrained from Underwood's 7 or 8 wkt hauls on wet wickets. But on those wickets, if we go back to pre-WW1 era then Messrs. Trumble, Lohmann, and Peel have got numbers that fully justify their splendid mustaches!

    1. Trumble: 44,18,74,6 vs Eng '02. Test #67. (Won). 2. Trumble: 25,9,30,6 vs Eng 1896. Test #52. (Lost). 3. Armstrong: 24.5,11,35,6 vs Eng '09. Test #102. (Won). 4. Turner: 38,23,43,7 vs Eng 1888. Test #27. (Lost). 5. Briggs: 14.2,5,11,8 vs SA 1889. Test #32. (Won). - SA cubs were following on after conceding a 230+ run lead. - Briggs' figures over this match beggar description: 33.3,16,28,15. 6. Ferris: 61,30,76,5 vs Eng 1887. Test #25. (Won by 13 runs). 7. W Barnes: 38.3,26,31,6 vs Aus 1885. Test #18. (Won). 8. Peel: 40.1,15,51,5 vs Aus 1884. Test #17. (Won). [[ Alex I am not going to do a comment on these since these are all pre-ww1 performances. A 6 for 3x at that time is probabably equal to a 5 for 5x today. I will look only at Briggs's one. Probably worthy of consideration despite South Africa scoring 47 and 43. If for nothing else but the fact that all 8 were clean bowled !!! In fact Briggs captured 15 wickets on that single day, all bowled. Go slow on these postings. Take your time and post only if these are truly outstanding ones. Ananth: ]]

  • Ravindra Marathe on December 3, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    Ananth, A very good performance by Maninder Singh v Slk in 1986. He took 51-7 in 17 overs which included all of Slk's best at the time- Mendis, R Dias, Ranatunga, de Silva, Ravi Ratnayeke et al. Of course Slk test cricket was very young back then. [[ Ravi Same problem with many suggestions. India with a first innings lead of 250 runs or so. Ananth: ]]

  • Drack on December 3, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Its nice to read your article and can understand the efforts you put into this...I would be delighted to see an article on the legendary Sachin and his records, which have been requested by someother user before..I just second it, mate..expecting your next one and thanks to the time you spend for replying to readers' comments.... [[ Will be done at the appropriate time. Not now when he has more worlds to conquer. Ananth: ]]

  • karthik on December 3, 2010, 12:50 GMT

    warne 6/33 at Nottingham against Eng [[ This looks like a serious contender to get into the Readers' list. Two low first innings and then Warne's magical spell let Australia win. Everything is working for this spell. Ananth: ]]

    Streak 5/27 against WI at Port of Spain( WI defended 98 as they defended 120 against India couple of years back, Kuruvilla got 5 for there) [[ Good spell. However Zimbabwe collapsed and lost, no fault of Streak though. Ananth: ]]

  • Agni on December 3, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Dear Ananth, Just an addition wrt to the following match...

    MtId: 1477 Year: 1999 Test# 1 of 2 (0-0) New Zealand won by 9 wickets 1477 1999 Cairns C.L New Zealand Win 28 22.5 10 27 7

    Win 365 all out. Nzl 393 all out. Win 97 all out (Cairns C.L : 22.5-10-27-7). Nzl 70 for 1 wkt.

    ... WI was 276 without loss nearing close on 1st day and then lost next 20 wickets for 89+97 =196 runs!! Sherwin Campbell who scored 170 in 1st innings scored in 3 runs in next 3 innings for a total of 173 in the series and WI lost both the tests... [[ Yes I distinctly remember that. I was sick to see West Indies squandering a great opening and go completely down. I could not immediately connect the two events. Ananth: ]]

  • Deepak on December 3, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Thnx ananth i saw agarkar taking 4 for 12 today against gujrat & remembered that match & again felt what a waste of talent. [[ But we must accept and I have given him credit for winning a test for India. How many people can claim that distinction. Ananth: ]]

    About extraordinary spells what about austrelias spell of 152-27-517-1-3.40 (that one wicket also not taken but given to part timer) against eng. in 3 inn. Of 1st ashes test 2010. Jokes apart nice work want to see top 10 or 15 heart breaking performances by both batsman & bowler i mean great performance in loosing cause i think they r better in quality. [[ You are referring to the team effort like of which there are many. Here we are talking about individuals. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 3, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Ananth - I just noticed J E Taylor's inclusion and its rationale. Nothing against it but then the following merits a consideration (if not an inclusion):

    AME Roberts: 24.3,9,39,5 vs Ind '82. Test #949.

    Roberts took only bottom 5. However, one full day was lost and India entered the last day 83/3 (effectively, 80/3). On the 5th, they used 50 more overs to reach a seemingly safe 168/6 and then Roberts took 4 for 3 to leave India 174 all out; I think bowled the last 14 overs unchanged to take the final 5. WI now needed 172 to win off 26 overs which they managed thanks to a 36-ball 61 of Viv Richards. Roberts won the MoM award. [[ I can see the rationale in nominating this effort. A dead drawn test transformed by a single streak of brilliance (well, make it two, including Richards's own effort). Have to keep this pending since I already have two Alex/WestIndies combination and someone is going to say that A favours A !!! Ananth: ]]

  • shane on December 3, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    I will nominate one even though it came in a match where his team was well beaten. Merv Hughes 8 against WI in Perth in 88 where he took the hat trick. Against a strong team and forced to carry attack weakened by injury to Lawson. He just bowled and bowled and bowled - from memory he bowled throughout the final session. I was not a fan of him (and I am Australian) but his effort and agression was impressive. The quality of the performance could be determined by the fact that the Windies played him cautiously whereas they dominated the bowlers at the other end as they built a huge lead [[ Shane Hughes's 8-wkt haul is just a couple of places behind Kapil Dev in my rating points list. I selected Kapil only because it was a 9-wkt haul. The fact is that Hughes captured the top-7 plus Ambrose. Well it goes into the pot, with an edge, with a couple of other great efforts in losing cause. Ananth: ]]

  • Karthik on December 3, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Kasprowicz 7/36 against Eng?, his 5 wicket haul against India at Bangalore? [[ Australia 40 ahead, Kasprow takes 7 for 36, dismissing England for 163 and then Tuffnell and Caddick winning the same for England by 19 runs. Again will keep it open since the match was lost. The Bangalore performance was fairly straightforward afterh comparable first innings. Also Harvinder/Raju and Harbhajan (not vintage 2010 !!!) out of the 5. Ananth: ]]

  • Ashish Keshri on December 3, 2010, 9:20 GMT

    Hi This series of four anecdotal articles were really excellent and I am sure everyone would have enjoyed it. I have a humble suggestion about a topic in any of your upcoming blogs..Please accept if you consider it meaningful and interesting. My suggestion is, there are a lot of analysis which has gone for the specific records like batting, bowling, wins etc. An analysis of 'record of records' can be very interesting for example : Sachin Tendulkar when took over the record of number of centuries in ODI, it stood at 17. Since then he has held it continuously and bettered it by a factor of almost 3 (48). Has any other record been bettered by such huge margin by a single player? Or highest number of runs in a series is held by Sir Don since 1930's which is alsmost 80 years. Which records have stood for such a long time? Or Which player has held highest number of records simultaneously? There can be various parameters like that. This knid of analysis could be intersting. [[ An intriguing idea. The blueprint for this analysis should be well thought out. It is not a straight-forward one since I would have to do an iterative analysis at various points in time. Will keep it in mind. Also both are factors, time and the extent of betterment of one's own mark. Many thanks. Ananth: ]]

  • venkat on December 3, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    HI ANANTH... S.POLLOCK's 6/39 vs ENG in 2003 at NOTTINGHAM is worth mention in this list. ENG got an lead of 83 and pollock managed to bowl them out for 118 and yes SA lost that match. but he managed to restrict them... match no#1684... pollock's wickets were trescothick, vaughan, hussain, flintoff, giles & anderson. only two tail enders there... wat do u think abt this performance? [[ Venkat Certainly an excellent bowling performance in a losing cause. Will keep this in the shortlist for a couple of days before including. And ironically bettered by Kirtley who took 6 for 34 to give England an unexpected win. Ananth: ]]

  • Ravindra Marathe on December 3, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Ananth, Courtney Walsh's 2 spells come to mind. First v India in 1989- Walsh took 6 wickets in the 1st inn. and 4 (Sidhu, Manjarekar, Azhar, More) in the 3rd. Was supported by Bishop with 4. Another was the 13-wkm vs NZL in 1995. NZL were following on with -450 runs. Walsh took 6. Admittedly the NZL batting was weak but that 6 followed the 7 he Walsh took in the 1st innings. -Ravi [[ Ravi The first was a fairly routine performance. The second was a far more poitent one. However the first innings scores of 660 and 216 puts paid to the chances of this performance coming through. Also S'ua, Doull and Morrison form half the collection. You can see that many of Alex's entries are similar. Ananth: ]]

  • Yasir Hasan on December 3, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    One performance that is Shaoib Akhter's 5/21 that forced Australia to be bowled out from 74/1 to 126 all out. Aussies were at peak during that era and Shoaib's performance all but won the match for his side. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64001.html [[ Yasir I can see clearly the impact of that performance. Pakistan, 188 behind in the first innings and Australia 74 for 1 to 127 all out. If Pakistan failed by 27 runs, it was clear Shoaib did his best. Only reason why I have not put it in immedialtely is since Pakistan lost. Let me see for a couple of days for other responses. Don't worry, it is right there at the top of performances to be put in. Ananth: ]]

  • Saurav on December 3, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    Hi Ananth,

    Another wonderful list. I am really happy to see Andrew Caddick in the list. He was a fantastic bowler in his prime. I guess Caddick has an excellent 2nd innings bowling average, even better than Hadlee's? Correct me if I am mistaken.

    Again, a fantastic write up.

    Saurav [[ I will look up at Caddick's second innings bowling figures and let you know. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 3, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I found a few more:

    1. Fazal Mahmood: 48,17,80,7 vs Aus '56. Test #430. - Fazal earlier took 7 for 42 vs Ind in a more lop-sided match. 2. Davidson: 24.6,4,87,6 vs WI '60. A famous performance from the Tied Test. 3. Lindwall: 16.5,4,38,7 vs Ind '48. Test #294. 4. Lindwall: 22.5,9,43,7 vs Ind '56. Test #431. Lop-sided win. 5. Trueman: 15.5,5,30,6 vs Aus '61. Test #509. Broke open the match. 6. Andy Roberts: 14,3,54,7 vs Aus '75. Test #765. Won the match on a batting paradise at Perth that featured Fredericks' 169. 7. Prasanna: 23,5,76,8 vs NZ '76. Test #769. 8.Toshack (17,6,29,6 vs Ind '46, Test #290) should be mentioned if only for his more improbable 1st innings spell of 2.3,1,2,5 on the Indian rabbits who will leave today's Afganistan and Holland dropping their jaws in disbelief. [[ 1. Pakistan led Australia by 119 runs in a low scoring match. 2. Yes, Davidson's is worth of consideration. 4 top order wickets. 3/4. Bothe Linwall spells were with leads of nearly 300 runs and over 150 runs. 5. England had a healthy lead of 62 and top order wickets were shared betwen three bowlers. This was the seeming Leeds. 6. West Indies had a lead of 256. However Roberts's spell deserves inclusion in Readers' list if for nothing other than the fact that he captured the top 7 wickets of a strong Australian attack. Will do so. 7. Looks like this also deserves consideration even though India had a lead of 146. Will keep this in reserves. 8. 5 for 2 was probably a fore-runner to the second innings spell. However the forgettable line-up of Sarwate, Gul Mohd, Adhikari, Kishenchand, Rangnekar spoil the part for Toshack. And the elad of 324 runs. Ananth: ]]

  • P.Satish on December 3, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    I think the reason Warne and McGrath did not figure in this list was because the Aussie team was so strong in those days that games rarely went into the third innings undecided or even in balance. Most of the damage was already done.

    Also, just checked Prasad's six wicket haul at Chennai in 1999. It looks impressive with Anwar, Afridi, Akram and Moin Khan amongst the victims. It did not alter the result but helped Pakistan go from 275/4 to 286 all out. [[ Prasad's 6 for 33 has to compete with Kapil's 9-wkts against west indies since India lost the match. Only two top order wickets, though. Ananth: ]]

  • dad on December 3, 2010, 7:36 GMT

    Good list.However I remember Muralitharan bowled really well the last time he played in England and SL won that match to square the series. Any thoughts about that performance? [[ That 8 for 70 was in the last innings and if my memory serves me right was in one of the fourth innings bowling lists. Ananth: ]]

  • sumanth on December 3, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    what about Kumble's performance vs Newzealand in October 1999 where he took 6-67 in 3rd Innings. also he took 7-59 against Srilanka in 1994 January where all top order wickets claimed by him. [[ The first is nothing great. India leading by 74. Very average New Zealand line-up. Kumble took only three top wickets. India had a lead of 293 runs. 5 top order wickets. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on December 3, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    Not sure it is a gem, but lawson's 6 wkts for 3 runs against Bangladesh or Clarke's 9/6 ag India deserve a mention. [[ Both are similar unbelievable perfoirmances. Lawson took the last six Bangladeshi woickets. Hence the rating points are below par. Also West Indies had a lead of 397. Clarke ??? Australia lost on that Dadar-Wadala road which passed off as a pitch. Probably his more important contribution was at Sydney. Ananth: ]]

  • Alex on December 3, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Ananth - Off the top of my head, the following deserve a consideration:

    1. Imran: 20.1,4,60,8 vs Ind '82. Test #942. 2. Imran: 19.1,5,40,7 vs Eng '87. Test #1077. 3. Marshall's one handed 7 for 53 vs Eng '84. 4. Donald: 28,4,84,7 vs Ind '92. Test #1206 distinguished by Kapil's 129. 5. Hadlee: 8.3,8,23,7 vs Ind '76. Test #772. [[ 1. Imran bowled with a lead of 283. 2. Imran bowled with a lead of 217. 3. Marshall's spell is worth inclusion in the lists. Will include in the Readers' list. 4. Donald's spell is in my second list. It lost out to Tayfield's drawn-test spell. 5. Hadlee bowled with a elad of 114, and still won by an innings. Indian batting line-up depleted since Gavaskar did not bat. Will keep this under consideration for the Readers' list. Ananth: ]]

    It would help narrow down the field if you pl add stats on # of times it happened that a bowler took 6 wkts in 3rd, 7 wkts in 3rd, etc. [[ Possibly too late. I should probably do a separate article on this sort of distribution across innings. Ananth: ]]

    I feel folks who dispute/bemoan SRT's lack of a Top 100 (or whatever) innings should take comfort in Lillee's lack of a Top 100 bowling performance. By a wide consensus, Lillee is still arguably one of the 3 best fast bowlers of all time. At #1, I have Marshall who, strangely, does not make even the 3rd team of Benaud!

  • Gaurav Gupta on December 3, 2010, 2:43 GMT

    Overall, I agree with the list with the exception of Panesar. I would put him in my second list, with Asif in the first list. I look forward to seeing what the other readers think. Keep up the good work, Ananth. [[ Yes, Gaurav, I would have no problems with this switch. Asif also took five top-order wickets. Ananth: ]]

  • Joshua on December 3, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Good article, just a typo - you've obviously copied the sentence from the first article about Monty Panesar in the second one about Shoaib Akhtar, which has ended up in you saying Shoaib's performance led to 'England' winning in style, rather than Pakistan [[ Will correct. Apologies. Ananth: ]]

  • Adil on December 2, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    I didnt see Kapil Dev's performance against West Indies, but Srinath's performance in the test match against Pakistan at Kolkata would surely rank pretty high. He was good in the first innings and reduced Pakistan to 26/6 before Moin fought back to end up at 185. India then scored 223 to lead by 38 runs. Saeed Anwar century took Pakistan to 262/3 before Srinath orchestrated a collapse and finished with 8 wickets (and 6 of the final 7) to take his match tally to 13 wickets. India then lost their way batting (Of course, depending on which side you were, Shoaib was the villain/hero here). [[ Yes, this probably ranks behind Kapil's 9 wkt haul. Like Kapil, Srinath could not be blamed for India's loss. I will wait on this analysis since it is from a losing match. Ananth: ]]

  • Balaraman on December 2, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Mt Id - 1906, Year - 2009 (0-0) Eng - 318 WI - 392 Eng - 51 (JE Taylor 9-4-11-5)

    The match seemed to be heading for a draw after WI got the lead. Out of nowhere Taylor produced a dream spell to root England and give WI an innings win (Day 4). They somehow managed to survive in the second (one wicket) and fifth tests (2 wickets) and thus took the series. England were hitting their peak at that moment and WI were digging deep. So, this performance was just out of the blue! [[ Yes, I agree. Even though West Indies were 74 ahead, Taylor just blew off the England top order. He could easily have picked up a couple of English late order wickets and finished with 7 for 15 a la Harmison. He bowled only 9 overs. Benn picked up the late order wickets. This will go into the Readers' list. Thanks for an excellent selection. Ananth: ]]

  • Prashant Kondi on December 2, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    1. Mohd Zahid Test # 1342 vs NZ, on debut, where he blew away the kiwis in the 2nd inns with raw pace capturing 7 (5 LbW, 1 bowled) i havent seen this only read abt it.. [[ Yes, Prashant. However he falls into the third category and he has to compete with Laker's 10 and Murali's 9. Ananth: ]]

    2. Chaminda Vaas taking 14 wickets vs WI in 01. on a pitch where Lara scored 200+ & 130+ and Tillakratne scored 200+ in a score of 600 and with Murali in his side, Vaas got 7 wickets in the 3rd inns including Gayle in 1st over and cleaning up the last 4 wickets. saw it on tv. [[ Same answer as above. Slk leading by 237. Also Vaas' 7 included the last 4 wickets. Ananth: ]]

    3. Rangana Herath vs Pak in 09 (test 1924). on the 3rd day while Pak seemed to be cruising after a poor 1st inns.. Sanga's masterstroke as a captaincy to give Herath the 2nd new ball and he immediately struck to remove Mohd Yousuf with a beautiful straighter one/carrom ball. then he got rid of the well-set centurion Fawad Alam on 168 and then Shoaib Malik ultimately ending up with a 5er. Pak went from 285-1 to 320 a/o. and SL chased the target @ 5 rpo. Saw this on TV. [[ Almost the same. Slk ahead by 150. Also this was not anywhere near the other efforts we have talked about. 5 for 99 is probably as good as Kulasekara's 4 for 37. Ananth: ]]

  • gary sobers on December 2, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Interesting stuff again, but is there a mistake in the Cairns match scorecard? [[ Apologies and will be corrected. Ananth: ]]

    I think that's a bit of an unfair comment about Monty's career. 8 five fors in a 39 match career is not bad going[[ There has been no negative comment on Panesar. I only said that this was his best effort. Also see my response to Anand. Panesar would fiund it difficult to get into a list of top-25 English bowlers of all time., Ananth: ]]

  • Prashant Kondi on December 2, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    MtId: 1819 Year: 2006 Test# 2 of 5 (1-0) Aus won by 6 wickets Eng 551/6d. Aus 513 all out. Eng 129 all out (Warne: 32-12-49-4). Aus 168/4. [[ Prashant This effort was a match winning onet but probably does not deserve to get into an esclusive list. Two of Warne's victims were Giles and Hoggard. It was a collective team effort, spear-headed by Warne. Ananth: ]]

    How abt SK Warne's effort in the Adelaide test of Ashes'06-07? the match went on the same lines as the Ind-Aus Adelaide test match of 03-04. 2 1st inns scores of 500+ and the team batting 2nd conceeded a very slight lead (38 runs).. then on the final day with England stumble from 59-1 to 129 all out.. with Warnie picking up 4 including 1st inns centurion KP round the legs.. quite remarkable bcoz they came from behind and won a game which for 4 days Eng were on top..

  • srinivas subramanyam on December 2, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    [[ If you want your comments to be published, I suggest you use acceptable language. If gutter-level language is used, that is where the comment will go. You respect me and my article, I will respect you and your comment. You have referred to Abhi's comments. He has probably sent in 100+ comments. Almost every one has been published. He understands what this blog is about and makes his points in a forceful but acceptable manner. We may differ often but respect each other. Ananth: ]]

  • Anand on December 2, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Ananth: Thanks for this list. It does bring back some fond memories. Like you pointed out it beings some less known bowlers. But is there any reason why you included Harmison and Chris Cairns in the list of bowlers who are not the top 10 in their own teams? I always thought Steve Harmison is a class act. Atleast in Engaldn's all time great bowlers there were some big names that can cause Harmison to be ignored. I durely cant think of 10 boqlers in NZL who were better than Chris Cairns! Again, I am not objecting to your comment, just shared my view point and wanted to know if there was some reason behind your rating which I missed. [[ Anand, you are 100% correct. My statement was a composite statement (will be corrected). Certainly Harmison is nowhere in the top-10 English bowlers. Think of Barnes, Tyson, Laker, Trueman, Verity, Willis, Underwood, Tate, Snow, Larwood and still growing list. However Cairns does not have many peers, Bond, Hadlee and then virtually no one. My apologies to Cairns and the Kiwi-readers.

    Ananth: ]]

  • Srsport on December 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    nice analysis of bowling efforts, probably some more data could be added to download separately. However it's a good rating of bowling performances which are, unfortunately, neglect at several occasions. [[ I do not know what more I need to provide in the form of a table. Ananth: ]]

  • ab on December 2, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Almost none (barring Kapil Dev and Agarkar and maybe Laker) have come against a good batting line up. A disappointing list. [[ Somaraju, You probably have not looked in depth at the teams. Probably just gone by looking at New Zealand, England (the names). They are all fairly good batting sides. Also if a team is behind by 150 runs against even a not-so-great batting side, some bowler better rise to the occasion. Otherwise they would lose. Ananth: ]]

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  • ab on December 2, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    Almost none (barring Kapil Dev and Agarkar and maybe Laker) have come against a good batting line up. A disappointing list. [[ Somaraju, You probably have not looked in depth at the teams. Probably just gone by looking at New Zealand, England (the names). They are all fairly good batting sides. Also if a team is behind by 150 runs against even a not-so-great batting side, some bowler better rise to the occasion. Otherwise they would lose. Ananth: ]]

  • Srsport on December 2, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    nice analysis of bowling efforts, probably some more data could be added to download separately. However it's a good rating of bowling performances which are, unfortunately, neglect at several occasions. [[ I do not know what more I need to provide in the form of a table. Ananth: ]]

  • Anand on December 2, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Ananth: Thanks for this list. It does bring back some fond memories. Like you pointed out it beings some less known bowlers. But is there any reason why you included Harmison and Chris Cairns in the list of bowlers who are not the top 10 in their own teams? I always thought Steve Harmison is a class act. Atleast in Engaldn's all time great bowlers there were some big names that can cause Harmison to be ignored. I durely cant think of 10 boqlers in NZL who were better than Chris Cairns! Again, I am not objecting to your comment, just shared my view point and wanted to know if there was some reason behind your rating which I missed. [[ Anand, you are 100% correct. My statement was a composite statement (will be corrected). Certainly Harmison is nowhere in the top-10 English bowlers. Think of Barnes, Tyson, Laker, Trueman, Verity, Willis, Underwood, Tate, Snow, Larwood and still growing list. However Cairns does not have many peers, Bond, Hadlee and then virtually no one. My apologies to Cairns and the Kiwi-readers.

    Ananth: ]]

  • srinivas subramanyam on December 2, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    [[ If you want your comments to be published, I suggest you use acceptable language. If gutter-level language is used, that is where the comment will go. You respect me and my article, I will respect you and your comment. You have referred to Abhi's comments. He has probably sent in 100+ comments. Almost every one has been published. He understands what this blog is about and makes his points in a forceful but acceptable manner. We may differ often but respect each other. Ananth: ]]

  • Prashant Kondi on December 2, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    MtId: 1819 Year: 2006 Test# 2 of 5 (1-0) Aus won by 6 wickets Eng 551/6d. Aus 513 all out. Eng 129 all out (Warne: 32-12-49-4). Aus 168/4. [[ Prashant This effort was a match winning onet but probably does not deserve to get into an esclusive list. Two of Warne's victims were Giles and Hoggard. It was a collective team effort, spear-headed by Warne. Ananth: ]]

    How abt SK Warne's effort in the Adelaide test of Ashes'06-07? the match went on the same lines as the Ind-Aus Adelaide test match of 03-04. 2 1st inns scores of 500+ and the team batting 2nd conceeded a very slight lead (38 runs).. then on the final day with England stumble from 59-1 to 129 all out.. with Warnie picking up 4 including 1st inns centurion KP round the legs.. quite remarkable bcoz they came from behind and won a game which for 4 days Eng were on top..

  • gary sobers on December 2, 2010, 20:49 GMT

    Interesting stuff again, but is there a mistake in the Cairns match scorecard? [[ Apologies and will be corrected. Ananth: ]]

    I think that's a bit of an unfair comment about Monty's career. 8 five fors in a 39 match career is not bad going[[ There has been no negative comment on Panesar. I only said that this was his best effort. Also see my response to Anand. Panesar would fiund it difficult to get into a list of top-25 English bowlers of all time., Ananth: ]]

  • Prashant Kondi on December 2, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    1. Mohd Zahid Test # 1342 vs NZ, on debut, where he blew away the kiwis in the 2nd inns with raw pace capturing 7 (5 LbW, 1 bowled) i havent seen this only read abt it.. [[ Yes, Prashant. However he falls into the third category and he has to compete with Laker's 10 and Murali's 9. Ananth: ]]

    2. Chaminda Vaas taking 14 wickets vs WI in 01. on a pitch where Lara scored 200+ & 130+ and Tillakratne scored 200+ in a score of 600 and with Murali in his side, Vaas got 7 wickets in the 3rd inns including Gayle in 1st over and cleaning up the last 4 wickets. saw it on tv. [[ Same answer as above. Slk leading by 237. Also Vaas' 7 included the last 4 wickets. Ananth: ]]

    3. Rangana Herath vs Pak in 09 (test 1924). on the 3rd day while Pak seemed to be cruising after a poor 1st inns.. Sanga's masterstroke as a captaincy to give Herath the 2nd new ball and he immediately struck to remove Mohd Yousuf with a beautiful straighter one/carrom ball. then he got rid of the well-set centurion Fawad Alam on 168 and then Shoaib Malik ultimately ending up with a 5er. Pak went from 285-1 to 320 a/o. and SL chased the target @ 5 rpo. Saw this on TV. [[ Almost the same. Slk ahead by 150. Also this was not anywhere near the other efforts we have talked about. 5 for 99 is probably as good as Kulasekara's 4 for 37. Ananth: ]]

  • Balaraman on December 2, 2010, 21:41 GMT

    Mt Id - 1906, Year - 2009 (0-0) Eng - 318 WI - 392 Eng - 51 (JE Taylor 9-4-11-5)

    The match seemed to be heading for a draw after WI got the lead. Out of nowhere Taylor produced a dream spell to root England and give WI an innings win (Day 4). They somehow managed to survive in the second (one wicket) and fifth tests (2 wickets) and thus took the series. England were hitting their peak at that moment and WI were digging deep. So, this performance was just out of the blue! [[ Yes, I agree. Even though West Indies were 74 ahead, Taylor just blew off the England top order. He could easily have picked up a couple of English late order wickets and finished with 7 for 15 a la Harmison. He bowled only 9 overs. Benn picked up the late order wickets. This will go into the Readers' list. Thanks for an excellent selection. Ananth: ]]

  • Adil on December 2, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    I didnt see Kapil Dev's performance against West Indies, but Srinath's performance in the test match against Pakistan at Kolkata would surely rank pretty high. He was good in the first innings and reduced Pakistan to 26/6 before Moin fought back to end up at 185. India then scored 223 to lead by 38 runs. Saeed Anwar century took Pakistan to 262/3 before Srinath orchestrated a collapse and finished with 8 wickets (and 6 of the final 7) to take his match tally to 13 wickets. India then lost their way batting (Of course, depending on which side you were, Shoaib was the villain/hero here). [[ Yes, this probably ranks behind Kapil's 9 wkt haul. Like Kapil, Srinath could not be blamed for India's loss. I will wait on this analysis since it is from a losing match. Ananth: ]]

  • Joshua on December 3, 2010, 2:07 GMT

    Good article, just a typo - you've obviously copied the sentence from the first article about Monty Panesar in the second one about Shoaib Akhtar, which has ended up in you saying Shoaib's performance led to 'England' winning in style, rather than Pakistan [[ Will correct. Apologies. Ananth: ]]