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Most runs and wickets in two consecutive innings

Sangakkara's rare double, and Waqar's hot streaks

During Sri Lanka's recent 3-0 victory against Bangladesh, Kumar Sangakkara scored 200 and 222 in successive innings

Travis Basevi and George Binoy

July 18, 2007

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Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his second consecutive double hundred in the third Test against Bangladesh at Kandy © AFP
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Graham Gooch's 456 (333 and 123) against India at Lord's in 1990 is the record for the most runs scored by a batsman in a match. But what about most runs in two consecutive innings, even if they include different matches? During Sri Lanka's recent 3-0 victory against Bangladesh, Kumar Sangakkara scored 200 and 222 in successive innings. It was only the fifth instance of a batsman scoring double-hundreds in consecutive innings, as opposed to consecutive matches.

Walter Hammond was the first to score double-hundreds in successive innings: 251 and 200 against Australia at Sydney and Melbourne to lead England to a 3-0 lead in the 1928-29 Ashes. A pair of centuries from Hammond at Adelaide extended the lead to 4-0 before Australia pulled one back in the last Test at Melbourne.

Before anyone else could score consecutive doubles, Hammond repeated the feat again, this time on the tour of New Zealand in 1932-33. Both Tests were affected by rain but Hammond got stuck in, scoring 227 in his only innings at Christchurch and rattling up 336 at Auckland, breaking Bradman's record for the highest individual Test score. Those two innings add up to the most runs scored by a batsman in consecutive knocks.

Most runs in two consecutive innings - Tests
Player Total Score Match Date Scorecard Score Match Date Scorecard
WR Hammond (Eng) 563 227 24 Mar 1933 Test 225 336* 31 Mar 1933 Test 226
DG Bradman (Aus) 548 304 20 Jul 1934 Test 236 244 18 Aug 1934 Test 237
GS Sobers (WI) 490 365* 26 Feb 1958 Test 450 125 13 Mar 1958 Test 452
DG Bradman (Aus) 466 167 31 Dec 1931 Test 214 299* 29 Jan 1932 Test 215
GA Gooch (Eng) 456 333 26 Jul 1990 Test 1148 123 26 Jul 1990 Test 1148
BC Lara (WI) 453 400* 10 Apr 2004 Test 1696 53 28 May 2004 Test 1701
WR Hammond (Eng) 451 251 14 Dec 1928 Test 177 200 29 Dec 1928 Test 178
VG Kambli (India) 451 224 19 Feb 1993 Test 1214 227 13 Mar 1993 Test 1218
WH Ponsford (Aus) 447 181 20 Jul 1934 Test 236 266 18 Aug 1934 Test 237
GS Sobers (WI) 445 80 5 Feb 1958 Test 448 365* 26 Feb 1958 Test 450
BC Lara (WI) 439 64 8 Apr 1994 Test 1258 375 16 Apr 1994 Test 1259
BC Lara (WI) 433 33 1 Apr 2004 Test 1694 400* 10 Apr 2004 Test 1696
ML Hayden (Aus) 430 50 25 Jul 2003 Test 1652 380 9 Oct 2003 Test 1661
Inzamam-ul-Haq (Pak) 428 99 6 Mar 2002 Test 1592 329 1 May 2002 Test 1600
DJ Cullinan (SA) 427 275* 27 Feb 1999 Test 1446 152 18 Mar 1999 Test 1452

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All but one of the batsmen in the table above have had long and illustrious international careers. The exception is Vinod Kambli, who arrived with a bang, scoring 224 and 227 against England and Zimbabwe in only his fourth and fifth innings. After two more hundreds in his next three Tests against Sri Lanka, Kambli began to slip and faded from the Test circuit before he turned 24. He is the only Indian batsman in the table; none of the modern heavyweights - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid or VVS Laxman have scored enough in consecutive innings to make the cut.

Sanath Jayasuriya is the only batsman to score two consecutive 150s in one-day internationals. He ravaged England for 152 off 99 balls at Leeds in 2006 and then bullied Netherlands for 157 off 104 balls at Amstelveen as Sri Lanka piled up 443 for 9 - the highest totals in ODIs.

Most runs in two consecutive innings - ODIs
Player Total Score Match Date Scorecard Score Match Date Scorecard
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 309 152 1 Jul 2006 ODI 2389 157 4 Jul 2006 ODI 2390
DI Gower (Eng) 280 122 13 Jan 1983 ODI 167 158 15 Jan 1983 ODI 168
SR Tendulkar (India) 277 143 22 Apr 1998 ODI 1325 134 24 Apr 1998 ODI 1327
HH Gibbs (SA) 269 116* 25 Sep 2002 ODI 1886 153 3 Oct 2002 ODI 1890
ML Hayden (Aus) 259 101 24 Mar 2007 ODI 2552 158 27 Mar 2007 ODI 2555
SC Ganguly (India) 258 141* 13 Oct 2000 ODI 1638 117 15 Oct 2000 ODI 1639
IVA Richards (WI) 256 67 14 Mar 1984 ODI 255 189* 31 May 1984 ODI 264
ME Waugh (Aus) 256 130 23 Feb 1996 ODI 1058 126 27 Feb 1996 ODI 1065
Mohammad Yousuf (Pak) 254 129 17 Apr 2002 ODI 1832 125 21 Apr 2002 ODI 1833
HH Gibbs (SA) 250 153 3 Oct 2002 ODI 1890 97* 6 Oct 2002 ODI 1891
S Chanderpaul (WI) 250 101 16 Dec 2006 ODI 2466 149* 21 Jan 2007 ODI 2480
R Dravid (India) 249 104* 23 May 1999 ODI 1457 145 26 May 1999 ODI 1463
AR Border (Aus) 245 118* 28 Jan 1985 ODI 299 127* 6 Feb 1985 ODI 303
Saeed Anwar (Pak) 242 131 1 Nov 1993 ODI 842 111 2 Nov 1993 ODI 843
CH Gayle (WI) 241 140 15 Nov 2002 ODI 1896 101 18 Nov 2002 ODI 1897

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The table of most Test wickets in consecutive innings is similar to the records for the highest wickets tally in a Test match with Jim Laker and the other usual suspects leading the way.

Waqar Younis, however, dominates the one-day international table for most wickets in consecutive games with seven entries [Bradman had three in the Test table for most runs]. Waqar has taken two consecutive five-fors on four occasions while no other bowler has managed more than one. Waqar also has three five-fors in a row: 5 for 11 and 5 for 16 against New Zealand at Peshawar and Sialkot, and 5 for 52 against West Indies at Karachi in 1990.

Most wickets in two consecutive innings - ODIs
Player Total Bowl Match Date Scorecard Bowl Match Date Scorecard
Waqar Younis (Pak) 13 7/36 17 Jun 2001 ODI 1724 6/59 19 Jun 2001 ODI 1725
GJ Gilmour (Aus) 11 6/14 18 Jun 1975 ODI 31 5/48 21 Jun 1975 ODI 33
Waqar Younis (Pak) 11 6/26 29 Apr 1990 ODI 627 5/20 1 May 1990 ODI 629
Azhar Mahmood (Pak) 11 6/18 19 Oct 1999 ODI 1517 5/28 22 Oct 1999 ODI 1519
ALF de Mel (SL) 10 5/39 16 Jun 1983 ODI 211 5/32 18 Jun 1983 ODI 214
Waqar Younis (Pak) 10 4/42 27 Apr 1990 ODI 625 6/26 29 Apr 1990 ODI 627
Waqar Younis (Pak) 10 5/11 4 Nov 1990 ODI 637 5/16 6 Nov 1990 ODI 638
Waqar Younis (Pak) 10 5/16 6 Nov 1990 ODI 638 5/52 9 Nov 1990 ODI 639
Aaqib Javed (Pak) 10 5/35 12 May 1997 ODI 1205 5/61 21 May 1997 ODI 1209
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 10 5/38 16 Jul 1997 ODI 1217 5/45 13 Sep 1997 ODI 1227
M Muralitharan (SL) 10 7/30 27 Oct 2000 ODI 1650 3/6 29 Oct 2000 ODI 1652
SE Bond (NZ) 10 6/19 26 Aug 2005 ODI 2273 4/17 31 Aug 2005 ODI 2276
CEH Croft (WI) 9 6/15 4 Feb 1981 ODI 115 3/9 26 Feb 1981 ODI 118
BP Patterson (WI) 9 3/34 30 Oct 1987 ODI 473 6/29 8 Dec 1987 ODI 481
A Kumble (India) 9 6/12 27 Nov 1993 ODI 858 3/41 15 Feb 1994 ODI 879

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

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