Batsmen outperforming their team-mates July 11, 2007

Solitary partnerships, and Lara's one-man shows

During the second Test defeat in Colombo, Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim achieved a rare feat, one that had been performed only three times in Test history



Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim during their 191-run stand in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo © AFP

Bangladesh received another drubbing in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo but during the course of their defeat by an innings and 90 runs, Mohammad Ashraful and Mushfiqur Rahim achieved a rare feat, one that had been performed only three times in Test history. Ashraful and Mushfiqur's partnership of 191 for the sixth wicket in the second innings produced more runs than all of Bangladesh's other 19 wickets added together in the match. This week we look at instances of batsmen outperforming their team-mates in Tests.

Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan added 363 for the third wicket in Pakistan's total of 538 in the first innings against England at Leeds in 2006. The rest of the partnerships amounted to only 330 and Yousuf and Younis's second innings stand yielded only 16 runs. Pakistan were defeated by 167 runs and the partnership of 363 became the highest in Tests in a losing cause.

One partnership outscoring all other 19 partnerships for a team in a Test (Qualification: completed team innings only)
Partners Runs Others Diff Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
SL Campbell, AFG Griffith (WI) 276 186 90 v New Zealand Hamilton 1999/00 Test 1477
SE Gregory, GHS Trott (Aus) 221 179 42 v England Lord's 1896 Test 50
Mohammad Yousuf, Younis Khan (Pak) 363 330 33 v England Leeds 2006 Test 1813
Mohammad Ashraful, Mushfiqur Rahim (Ban) 191 170 21 v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS) 2007 Test 1838

The Hamilton Test between New Zealand and West Indies in 1999 provides a bizarre instance of one West Indian stand scoring more than the total of all the other partnerships. The openers, Adrian Griffth and Sherwin Campbell, gave West Indies a superb start by batting for nearly the whole of the first day, adding 276 for the first wicket. They began to implode after that and lost ten wickets for 89 runs in the first innings and were dismissed for 97 in the second.

There have been only five Tests where a single batsman scored more than the combined efforts of his team-mates in the entire match. Brian Lara's and Andy Flower's efforts against Sri Lanka and South Africa respectively in 2001 are the Test records for the most runs scored by a player in a losing cause. Before those two matches, the last time a player scored more than all his team-mates put together was when Jack Russell scored 251 (both innings) and the rest of England managed only 240 against South Africa at Durban in 1923.

One batsman outscoring the sum of his team-mates's innings in a Test (Qualification: completed team innings only)
Player Score1 Score2 Others Diff Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
BC Lara (WI) 221 130 267 84 v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 2001/02 Test 1572
A Flower (Zim) 142 199* 301 40 v South Africa Harare 2001/02 Test 1562
JH Sinclair (SA) 106 4 91 19 v England Cape Town 1898/99 Test 59
CAG Russell (Eng) 140 111 240 11 v South Africa Durban 1922/23 Test 152
C Bannerman (Aus) 165* 4 164 5 v England Melbourne 1876/77 Test 1

Don Bradman has outscored his team-mates by the highest amount in a single innings of a Test. He scored 334 against England at Leeds while the rest of Australia put together scored only 218, a difference of 116 runs.

When Lara scored 400 against England at Antigua, the other West Indians made 335 with 16 extras which is why that entry does not figure in the table below. However, four of his other innings - 221 against Sri Lanka in 2001, 196and 176 against South Africa in 2005, and 226 at Adelaide in 2006 appear among our top 20, an indication of how West Indies' batting has often been a one-man show.

Outscoring all nine team-mates in an innings by the greatest amount in Tests (Qualification: completed team innings only)
Player Score Others Diff Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
DG Bradman (Aus) 334 218 116 v England Leeds 1930 Test 196
SM Nurse (WI) 258 145 113 v New Zealand Christchurch 1968/69 Test 652
DG Bradman (Aus) 299* 191 108 v South Africa Adelaide 1931/32 Test 215
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 253 148 105 v Pakistan Faisalabad 2004/05 Test 1716
VVS Laxman (India) 167 73 94 v Australia Sydney 1999/00 Test 1481
C Bannerman (Aus) 165* 72 93 v England Melbourne 1876/77 Test 1
BC Lara (WI) 221 143 78 v Sri Lanka Colombo (SSC) 2001/02 Test 1572
GA Gooch (Eng) 154* 77 77 v West Indies Leeds 1991 Test 1171
SJ McCabe (Aus) 232 158 74 v England Nottingham 1938 Test 263
GM Turner (NZ) 223* 149 74 v West Indies Kingston 1971/72 Test 693
DN Sardesai (India) 212 140 72 v West Indies Kingston 1970/71 Test 680
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 188* 116 72 v India Kolkata 1998/99 Test 1444
L Hutton (Eng) 202* 131 71 v West Indies The Oval 1950 Test 326
RG Pollock (SA) 209 140 69 v Australia Cape Town 1966/67 Test 613
BC Lara (WI) 196 127 69 v South Africa Port of Spain 2004/05 Test 1747
CG Greenidge (WI) 134 66 68 v England Manchester 1976 Test 779
MJ Slater (Aus) 123 57 66 v England Sydney 1998/99 Test 1439
BC Lara (WI) 176 110 66 v South Africa Bridgetown 2004/05 Test 1749
BC Lara (WI) 226 162 64 v Australia Adelaide 2005/06 Test 1773
L Hutton (Eng) 156* 95 61 v Australia Adelaide 1950/51 Test 330
CL Walcott (WI) 220 159 61 v England Bridgetown 1953/54 Test 383

In one-day internationals, it's harder to outscore all your team-mates combined because of the over-restriction and the margin is often narrow but Herschelle Gibbs and Andrew Jones managed it when they scored only 59 and 47 against Pakistan at Sharjah in 2000 and 1990 respectively. Shoaib Akhtar took 3 for 9 and helped dismiss South Africa for 101; and Waqar Younis took 5 for 20 as New Zealand collapsed for 74 during the semi-final of the Austral-Asia Cup.

Outscoring all nine team-mates in an innings by the greatest amount in ODIs (Qualification: completed team innings only)
Player Score Others Diff Opposition Ground Season Scorecard
SB Styris (NZ) 141 69 72 v Sri Lanka Bloemfontein 2002/03 ODI 1944
DL Houghton (Zim) 142 88 54 v New Zealand Hyderabad (Decc) 1987/88 ODI 454
DR Martyn (Aus) 116* 66 50 v New Zealand Auckland 1999/00 ODI 1571
ME Trescothick (Eng) 137 87 50 v Pakistan Lord's 2001 ODI 1722
HH Gibbs (SA) 118 79 39 v England Durban 2004/05 ODI 2225
GS Chappell (Aus) 108 71 37 v New Zealand Auckland 1981/82 ODI 144
JM Davison (Can) 111 79 32 v West Indies Centurion 2002/03 ODI 1963
RA Smith (Eng) 129 98 31 v India Gwalior 1992/93 ODI 813
HH Gibbs (SA) 59* 29 30 v Pakistan Sharjah 1999/00 ODI 1582
AH Jones (NZ) 47 19 28 v Pakistan Sharjah 1989/90 ODI 629
AJ Stewart (Eng) 100* 72 28 v West Indies Nottingham 2000 ODI 1618
NV Knight (Eng) 125* 98 27 v Pakistan Nottingham 1996 ODI 1111
AJ Lamb (Eng) 81 55 26 v Pakistan Melbourne 1984/85 ODI 314
KO Otieno (Kenya) 69 43 26 v Zimbabwe Harare 2005/06 ODI 2344
RL Powell (WI) 76 51 25 v India Toronto 1999 ODI 1499
RB Richardson (WI) 122 98 24 v Pakistan Sharjah 1991/92 ODI 682
DL Hemp (Ber) 76* 53 23 v India Port of Spain 2006/07 ODI 2542
GW Flower (Zim) 77 55 22 v Pakistan Peshawar 1996/97 ODI 1136
GM Hamilton (Scot) 76 54 22 v Pakistan Chester-le-Street 1999 ODI 1453
RP Arnold (SL) 103 81 22 v Zimbabwe Bulawayo 1999/00 ODI 1528
GW Flower (Zim) 105* 84 21 v Pakistan Harare 2002/03 ODI 1906

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Travis Basevi is the man who built Statsguru. George Binoy is an editorial assistant on Cricinfo

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