Best visiting performers in India March 14, 2006

Subcontinent stalwarts

The List features the best overseas batsmen and bowlers in India

Some statistics, like Bradman's average and the number of centuries Tendulkar has made are known to pretty much every cricket buff. But The List will bring you facts and figures that aren't so obvious, adding fuel to those fiery debates about the most valuable middle-order bat, and the most useless tailender. If there's a particular List that you would like to see, e-mail us with your comments and suggestions.



Andy Flower on his way to 232 not out in Nagpur in 2000. © Getty Images

Touring India poses myriad challenges for visiting players. The weather is hot and humid, the food spicy, the pitches spinner-friendly, and the crowds vociferously cheer the home side. The List features overseas players who rose to the occasion and starred in India.

For those who watched Andy Flower's tours of India, it's no surprise that he tops the batting averages with a staggering 117.14. In fact his average was halved by ordinary scores in his last two Tests. After his first three Tests, Flower had one double-century, two centuries, and three fifties at an average of 239.

Clive Lloyd and Gordon Greenidge are the only two batsmen to aggregate over 1000 Test runs in India. Lloyd's 1359 runs came at an average of 75.50 whereas Greenidge's 1042 at 45.30.

Best batting average in India against India - Tests (qualification: 6 innings, 2 series)
Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
A Flower (Zimb) 1993-2002 5 10 820 232* 117.14 3
GS Sobers (WI) 1958-1967 8 13 899 198 99.88 3
KF Barrington (Eng) 1961-1964 6 10 674 172 96.28 3
CH Lloyd (WI) 1966-1983 14 22 1359 242* 75.50 4
JH Kallis (SAf) 2000-2004 4 7 377 121 75.40 1
CD McMillan (NZ) 1999-2003 4 7 342 100* 68.40 1
B Sutcliffe (NZ) 1955-1965 9 16 885 230* 68.07 3
RB Kanhai (WI) 1958-1967 8 12 765 256 63.75 1
IT Botham (Eng) 1980-1982 7 9 554 142 61.55 2
ML Hayden (Aust) 2001-2004 7 14 793 203 61.00 2
AI Kallicharran (WI) 1974-1979 11 19 992 187 58.35 2

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    Given how good Indian batsmen are at playing spin and their susceptibility against pace, visiting fast bowlers have fared far better than spinners on Indian pitches. Richie Benaud is the only spinner in the top ten bowling averages and Saqlain Mushtaq, who began his Indian experience with four consecutive five-fors in 1999, is at No.11. However, two spinners, Benaud and Derek Underwood , are the only visiting bowlers to have taken over 50 wickets in India.

    Best bowling average in India against India - Tests (qualification: 300 balls, 2 series)
    Player Span Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5
    AK Davidson (Aust) 1956-1960 6 473 30 7/93 15.76 2
    AA Donald (SAf) 1996-2000 4 274 17 4/37 16.11 0
    BR Taylor (NZ) 1965-1969 5 381 21 5/26 18.14 2
    R Benaud (Aust) 1956-1960 8 956 52 7/72 18.38 5
    CA Walsh (WI) 1987-1994 7 798 43 6/79 18.55 3
    GD McKenzie (Aust) 1964-1969 8 655 34 6/58 19.26 3
    JK Lever (Eng) 1976-1981 8 731 37 7/46 19.75 3
    AME Roberts (WI) 1974-1983 7 733 37 7/64 19.81 3
    WJ Cronje (SAf) 1996-2000 5 166 8 3/23 20.75 0
    WW Hall (WI) 1958-1967 8 796 38 6/50 20.94 2

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    Carl Hooper, with 806 runs at 53.73, tops the ODI runs aggregate for matches against India in India. Jacques Kallis, Matthew Hayden and Inzamam-ul-Haq average over 50 in both Tests and ODIs in India.

    Best batting average in India against India - ODIs (qualification: 6 innings, 2 series)
    Player Span Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100
    JH Kallis (SAf) 2000-2005 8 7 307 91 76.75 0
    CG Greenidge (WI) 1983-1988 9 8 517 115 73.85 1
    AJ Lamb (Eng) 1984-1989 7 7 276 91 69.00 0
    Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 1996-2005 12 12 551 91 68.87 0
    GM Ritchie (Aust) 1984-1986 7 7 261 75 65.25 0
    MG Bevan (Aust) 1996-2003 15 14 556 87* 61.77 0
    Salman Butt (Pak) 2004-2005 7 7 343 108* 57.16 2
    CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2002 24 22 806 113* 53.73 1
    KC Wessels (Aust/SAf) 1984-1993 10 9 413 107 51.62 1
    ML Hayden (Aust) 2001-2003 8 8 413 111 51.62 1

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    Best bowling average in India against India - ODIs (qualification: 300 balls, 2 series)
    Player Span Mat Runs Wkts BBI Ave 5
    BP Patterson (WI) 1987-1988 7 223 20 6/29 11.15 1
    PS de Villiers (SAf) 1993-1996 7 176 11 3/19 16.00 0
    NW Bracken (Aust) 2001-2003 6 209 13 4/29 16.07 0
    Naved-ul-Hasan (Pak) 2004-2005 7 313 16 6/27 19.56 1
    AA Donald (SAf) 1991-1996 9 362 18 5/29 20.11 1
    IVA Richards (WI) 1983-1989 15 417 20 6/41 20.85 1
    CA Walsh (WI) 1987-1996 17 490 23 4/16 21.30 0
    SM Pollock (SAf) 2000-2005 8 295 13 3/25 22.69 0
    DW Fleming (Aust) 1996-2001 9 413 17 5/36 24.29 1
    SR Waugh (Aust) 1986-2001 20 482 19 3/29 25.36 0

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    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo

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