July 4, 2017

Let's all have a bowl

How many times have all 11 players bowled in a Test innings?

Shikhar Dhawan, an 83-ODI titan © Getty Images

Was Zimbabwe's amazing run-chase against Sri Lanka the other day a national record? asked Phillip Strydom… from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe's stirring 322 for 4 to win the first one-day international in Galle last week wasn't quite a national record, as they had managed 329 for 9 to beat New Zealand in Bulawayo in October 2011. It was, however, the highest successful run chase - and the first over 300 - in an ODI in Sri Lanka, beating the home side's 289 for 4 against Pakistan in Dambulla in August 2009. Overall, it was the 74th occasion that a team had successfully chased 300 or more to win an ODI, but only the third time Zimbabwe had done it. Apart from the two instances already mentioned, they also hit 304 for 3 to beat New Zealand in Harare in August 2015.

Dawid Malan scored 78 on his debut for England. What's the best score by anyone in their first T20 international? asked Nair Ottappalam from India
Dawid Malan's vigorous 78 against South Africa in Cardiff last week was easily the highest score on debut for England in a T20 international, beating 46 by Paul Collingwood in England's first one, against Australia in Southampton in June 2005. The highest score by anyone on T20 international debut came in the first such game, in Auckland in February 2005, when Australia's captain Ricky Ponting made 98 not out against New Zealand. Next comes another Australian, David Warner, who clobbered 89 from 43 balls against South Africa in Melbourne in January 2009. (Warner was almost completely unknown at the time, as he had not then played a single first-class match.) In all, 15 men (four of them New Zealanders) have made a half-century in their first T20 international.

Shikhar Dhawan had 3578 runs after 83 one-day internationals. Had anyone scored more runs at that stage of a career? asked Amit Kumar from India
That's a remarkably precise question, dating to the end of the second one-day international against West Indies in Port-of-Spain last week. Anyway, the answer is that the only batsman with more runs than Shikhar Dhawan after 83 ODIs is Hashim Amla, with 3941: Viv Richards was two behind, with 3576. Even though Dhawan managed only 2 in his 84th match, in Antigua, he went two further ahead of Antigua's most famous son, as Viv didn't bat in his 84th match. Amla stretched his lead though, and had 4041 after 84. Looking ahead, Amla has easily the most runs after 100 ODIs, with 4808, ahead of Gordon Greenidge (4177), Viv Richards (4146) and Virat Kohli (4107). Next comes Brian Lara, with 3994 runs from 100 games, although David Warner already has 4025, after only 96 matches. Joe Root currently has 3802 from 92.

Mark Boucher took a wicket with his eighth (and last) ball in Test cricket for a career bowling average of 6.00. Wasted behind the stumps, perhaps? © Getty Images

I noticed that all 11 Indian players bowled during a Test in Antigua in 2002. Was this unique? asked Amol Naik from the United States
The match you're talking about was the fourth Test in St John's in May 2002, when all the Indian players - including wicketkeeper Ajay Ratra - had a bowl as a high-scoring match meandered to a draw. That was actually the third time this had happened, and there has been one more case since - also in Antigua, three years later, when all 11 South Africans bowled in another run-fest. Mark Boucher, the wicketkeeper, had his only trundle in 147 Test appearances… and took a wicket with his eighth (and last) ball. The first such occasion was back in 1884, when all 11 Englishmen had a go as Australia ran up 551 at The Oval. This time the keeper had the best figures: Alfred Lyttelton, bowling lobs, claimed 4 for 19. The next instance was over 95 years later, in Faisalabad in 1979-80, when all 11 Australians bowled in another snoozy draw against Pakistan. There have also been several instances of ten players having a bowl in a Test innings.

Samit Patel scored 504 first-class runs without being dismissed last month. What's the record? asked David Parker from England
Samit Patel scored 247 not out for Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire in Bristol on June 10-11, and followed that with 257 in his next Championship match, against Leicestershire at Trent Bridge. The overall record is 709 runs between dismissals, by the prolific Bombay batsman KC Ibrahim in 1947-58, a season he started with innings of 218 not out and 36 not out for his own XI against MN Raiji's side. He added 234 not out and 77 not out against MK Mantri's XI, then made 144 for Bombay against Sind in the Ranji Trophy. All the runs came at the Brabourne Stadium; the first two matches were part of the Bombay Festival. Ibrahim played four Tests against West Indies the following season. The English record is 645 runs between dismissals, by Graeme Hick in July 1990, when he had successive innings of 171, 69, 252, 100 (all not out) and 53 for Worcestershire.

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  • Sameer on July 11, 2017, 12:48 GMT

    Hi Steven,

    What is the record for total number of different players played in a test match series for a single team? (For example in 5 match series total 15 distinct players played ) And when did that happen and against which team?

  • Parashu on July 10, 2017, 20:14 GMT

    @BUSYBEE on July 10, 2017, 12:00 GMT:

    During almost all of 2002--2003 period, Kallis was among top 10 in Test batting & bowling rankings.

    Flintoff[2004] and Shakib Al Hasan [2012] appeared in ODI top 10 batting and bowliing rankings.

    Symonds [2005-2007] and Collingwood[2006-2007] were in T20I top 10 batting and bowling rankings.

  • Zuhaib on July 10, 2017, 12:00 GMT

    In Test, ODI and T20, which player has showed up in both the batting and bowling top 10 lists simultaneously. I remember Kallis being the No. 1 test batsmen at the same time as being the number 8th test bowler. I might be wrong.

  • Parashu on July 10, 2017, 8:31 GMT

    @ HARSHIT SHAH on July 10, 2017, 4:22 GMT:

    From 15 Nov 1989 to 16 Nov 2013, Sachin's Test career of 24y2d would indeed be something to mimic for all present and future generations of Cricketers, especially with ever increasing activity per month across international formats. If I may paraphrase your question slightly, i.e. which Cricketer, with any overlap with Sachin's career, has lasted longest so far, then the answer is Imran Khan, who played international Cricket for nearly 21 yrs between June 1971 and March 1992.

    If you consider all Cricketers from previous generations, then only four Test careers spanned longer than those of Sachin: George Headley, 9 days longer than Sachin's; Frank Woolley, 25y14d; Brian Close, 26y364d; and Wilfred Rhodes, 29y316d.

  • Parashu on July 10, 2017, 4:40 GMT

    @AKRAM1612 on July 9, 2017, 17:44 GMT:

    If you include "no fours" hit in an innings and only sixes, then men's ranking is: Afridi[22] and Yuvraj[15]. But, if you put a qualification with at least 1 boundary-four, the ranking changes to: Yuvraj[10]; Afridi, Buttler, Gayle [8-each].

    Likewise, in women's T20Is, Deandra Dottin[14] comes as winner, with Asmavia Iqbal[8] as runner-up with "no-fours" inns included. But with at least 1 four scored in an inns, Dottin[8] is followed by Sophie Devine[3].

  •   Harshit Shah on July 10, 2017, 4:22 GMT

    Sachin Tendulkar had a really long international career in terms of years from 1989 to 2014 which is rare in the modern era. Who is the last cricketer to retire who started before him and when did he retire?

  • Martin on July 9, 2017, 21:56 GMT

    @SHADEDWHITE - You must be joking!....Zimbabwe and Bangladesh are at the bottom of the list for opponents to make their debuts against (with 55 and 69), and by some distance, primarily because they have only been playing Test cricket for 25 and 17 years respectively. England top the list with 815 debutants against, a long way in front of Australia with 507. In ODIs, Pakistan lead the way with 269 and in T20Is, Australia with 93...

  • Parashu on July 9, 2017, 18:41 GMT

    @MARTINBRIGGS on July 7, 2017, 22:22 GMT; CRICKETINGZOZO on July 7, 2017, 3:37 GMT:

    It would indeed be hard to find a bowler who can "beat" Morne Morkel in "non-victims due to no-balls" in Test Cricket.

    In Morkel's debut test [v IND in 2006-Boxing Day at Durban], he opened his spell [as 1st change bowler] to Wasim Jaffer with a no-ball.

    Morkel's first non-victim was Shakib Al Hasan in BAN first inns in Chittagong Test [Feb. 2008].

    ...Ben Stokes' non-wicket at Lord's on Thursday was 13th occasion--as revealed by commentary at Cricinfo portal[all Morkel's career has spanned the post-June 2001 era when detailed ball-by-ball commentary of matches became a commonplace.

    During these 9+ years', Morkel's Test match "reprives" include tail-enders such as Sreesanth, Siddle, Ishant Sharma, Junaid Khan and Herath; and batsmen like Samaraweera, Prior, Cowan, Clarke, Root, Stokes and Strauss.

    His THREE non-wickets in ODIs; and FIVE in T20Is may perhaps have more worthy opposition out there!

  • Akram1612 on July 9, 2017, 17:44 GMT

    Till the start of his 13th T20I(against India), Evin Lewis has hit more number of 6s than 4s.What's the most number of matches for a batsman that his/her 6s have outnumbered his/her 4s ?

  • Parashu on July 9, 2017, 8:30 GMT

    @PAKFAN69 on July 9, 2017, 6:55 GMT:

    16 out of Virat Kohli's 18; and 14 out of Sachin Tendulkar's 17--a total of 30 out of 35--have been "chase-busters" for opposition sides.

    Kohli's two hundreds batting second, in lost matches, are: v NZ at Napier ODI in Jan. 2014; and v AUS at Canberra ODI in Jan. 2016.

    Sachin's three hundreds in a failed run chase are:(i) v AUS at Sharjah in Apr. 1998; (ii) v PAK at Rawalpindi in March 2004; and (iii) v AUS at Hyderabad in Nov. 20009.

    Kohli is now not only the biggest "ODI-hundred-grocer" while batting second; he has the highest batting average [66.26], with "20+ inns played" qualification, batting second in ODIs.

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