The List February 21, 2006

Part-time pests

The List focuses on part-time bowlers in both forms of the game

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Sachin Tendulkar has two five-wicket hauls from three games at Kochi © AFP

How often do you see a batsman drop his guard against a dibby-dobbly bowler after seeing off the more `real' threats only to rue his carelessness? This week the List focuses on part-time bowlers in both forms of the game. In order to define a part-timer, we've taken players who, on average, do not bowl more than five overs in an ODI and 15 overs in a Test.

Inzamam-ul-Haq fell twice to Sachin Tendulkar in the recent one-day series in Pakistan, moving Tendulkar up to third place, with seven dismissals, among bowlers who've claimed his wicket on most occasions. Incidentally, Sanath Jayasuriya, certainly not Sri Lanka's most potent weapon, has dismissed Inzamam eight times and Nathan Astle has taken his wicket on six occasions with gentle slow-medium pace. Inzamam, currently the second highest run-scorer in ODIs, has a dismissal percentage of 16.37 by part-timers - the fourth highest.

Having started off as an allrounder, persistent back problems stopped Steve Waugh from bowling regularly but not before he became Carl Hooper's scourge. Waugh snared Hooper 13 times and said he would bring himself on whenever Hooper came in to bat. Waugh's six Test dismissals of Hooper is joint highest with Merv Hughes, and in ODIs, Waugh accounts for seven of the 26 times that Hooper has fallen to a part-timer.

Bunnies of part-time bowlers - ODIs (qualification: career maximum of 30 balls bowled per match)
Batsman Bowler Dis
CL Hooper (WI) SR Waugh (Aust) 7
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) SR Tendulkar (India) 7
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) NJ Astle (NZ) 6
MV Boucher (Afr/SAf) V Sehwag (Asia/ICC/India) 5
A Ranatunga (SL) Saleem Malik (Pak) 5

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    Bunnies of part-time bowlers - Tests (qualification: career maximum of 90 balls bowled per match)
    Batsman Bowler Dis
    D Denton (Eng) SJ Snooke (SAf) 6
    CL Hooper (WI) SR Waugh (Aust) 6
    MA Noble (Aust) Hon.FS Jackson (Eng) 5
    SR Tendulkar (India) WJ Cronje (SAf) 5
    BF Butcher (WI) ER Dexter (Eng) 4

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    Largest percentage of dismissals by part-time bowlers - ODIs (qualification: 50 innings, average of 30; career maximum of 30 balls bowled per match)
    Player Span Mat Inns Runs Ave Dis PT Dis %
    DJ Cullinan (SAf) 1993-2000 138 133 3860 32.99 117 21 17.94
    N Hussain (Eng) 1989-2003 88 87 2332 30.28 77 13 16.88
    AH Jones (NZ) 1987-1995 87 87 2784 35.69 78 13 16.66
    Inzamam-ul-Haq (Asia/Pak) 1991-2006 355 330 11230 39.96 281 46 16.37
    CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 227 206 5761 35.34 163 26 15.95

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    Among part-timers, Tendulkar currently has 142 one-day wickets and is behind Waugh who has 195. The first glimpse of Tendulkar's bowling ability was on show in the Hero Cup semi-final against South Africa in 1992. South Africa needed six off the last over and Tendulkar, bowling his first over of the game, conceded just three. Used primarily as a partnership breaker, he's had his moments with five-wicket hauls against Australia and Pakistan at Kochi. Tendulkar hasn't bowled as much in Tests, averaging less than five overs per match. Few will remember his three-wicket burst adding to Harbhajan Singh's mayhem as Waugh's final frontier held its ground at Kolkata.

    Best average for part-time bowlers - Tests (qualification: 1000 balls bowled; career maximum of 90 balls bowled per match)
    Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5
    SJ Snooke (SAf) 1906-1923 26 1620 702 35 8/70 20.05 1
    MG Bevan (Aust) 1994-1998 18 1285 703 29 6/82 24.24 1
    AJY Hopkins (Aust) 1902-1909 20 1327 696 26 4/81 26.76 0
    Asif Iqbal (Pak) 1964-1980 58 3864 1502 53 5/48 28.33 2
    KD Walters (Aust) 1965-1981 74 3295 1425 49 5/66 29.08 1

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    While Michael Bevan will be remembered for being awesome with the bat in the one-day game and ordinary in Tests, he was a handy fill-in bowler during his 18-Test career. He bowled just over 214 overs for his 29 wickets at a startling average of 24.24. He even picked up a ten-wicket haul against West Indies at Adelaide in 1997.

    Two West Indian spinners, Larry Gomes and Keith Arthurton, are first and third on the list of best ODI averages by a part-timer. Gomes's offspin came as a relief to the batsmen after a battering at the hands of Michael Holding and Co. but a lowering of the guard enabled Gomes to take wickets. He averages just 25.48, less than Shane Warne, at a better strike rate than Wasim Akram.

    Best average for part-time bowlers - ODIs (qualification: 500 balls bowled; career maximum of 30 balls bowled per match)
    Player Span Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5
    HA Gomes (WI) 1978-1987 83 1345 1045 41 4/31 25.48 0
    K Srikkanth (India) 1981-1992 146 712 641 25 5/27 25.64 2
    KLT Arthurton (WI) 1988-1999 105 1384 1159 42 4/31 27.59 0
    WW Hinds (WI) 1999-2005 98 801 693 25 3/24 27.71 0
    DS Lehmann (Aust) 1996-2005 117 1793 1445 52 4/7 27.78 0

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    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo