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Ian Botham top-scored and took most wickets in three Tests © Getty Images

Harbhajan Singh decimated England with 5 for 31 as India successfully defended 203 in the first one-dayer at Delhi. Before he ran amok with the ball, Harbhajan had top-scored with 37 and propelled India, floundering at 146 for 7, past 200. This week, the List looks at the bigger picture and focuses on players who have top-scored and taken most wickets in the same match.

Ian Botham is the only player to have achieved this feat in more than one Test - against New Zealand at Christchurch, Pakistan at Lord's, and India at Mumbai. Considering that only 13 players have achieved this, Botham's is a remarkable feat.

You would expect other quality allrounders like Imran Khan and Kapil Dev to appear in the list but they don't. Mark Butcher is perhaps the most surprising name on the list for his Man-of-the-Match winning performance against Zimbabwe at Lord's in 2003.

Having the highest score and the best bowling in a match - Tests
Player Runs Figures Opposition Ground Date Scorecard
AG Steel (Eng) 135* 6/83 v Aus Sydney Feb 1883 Test 13
WJ Edrich (Eng) 191 8/172 v SA Manchester Jul 1947 Test 287
DS Atkinson (WI) 219 7/164 v Aus Bridgetown May 1955 Test 406
R Benaud (Aus) 100 9/154 v SA Johannesburg Feb 1958 Test 449
GS Sobers (WI) 174 8/80 v Eng Leeds Aug 1966 Test 608
Mushtaq Mohammad (Pak) 121 8/97 v WI Port of Spain Apr 1977 Test 802
IT Botham (Eng) 103 8/111 v NZ Christchurch Feb 1978 Test 818
IT Botham (Eng) 108 8/51 v Pak Lord's Jun 1978 Test 826
IT Botham (Eng) 114 13/106 v Ind Mumbai Feb 1980 Test 874
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 99 8/44 v Eng Christchurch Feb 1984 Test 976
RJ Shastri (Ind) 206 4/82 v Aus Sydney Jan 1992 Test 1181
ST Jayasuriya (SL) 340 3/45 v Ind Colombo (RPS) Aug 1997 Test 1374
CL Cairns (NZ) 80 6/81 v Eng The Oval Aug 1999 Test 1458
MA Butcher (Eng) 137 5/68 v Zim Lord's May 2003 Test 1646
DL Vettori (NZ) 127 6/29 v Zim Harare Aug 2005 Test 1759

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  • The only occasion when the top-scorer and highest wicket-taker ended up losing the Test was when Allan Steel took 6 for 83 and scored 135 not out against Australia at Sydney in 1883. Australia won by four wickets.

    The number of times players have performed this feat in ODIs outnumbers Tests 3 to 1. The first instance was in the 1975 World Cup semi-final. Australia had shot out England for 93, with Gary Gilmour starring with 6 for 14 from 12 overs. In reply, Australia were reduced to 39 for 6 before Gilmour biffed a run-a-ball 28 to seal the victory.

    Several players have top-scored and taken most wickets more than once in ODIs but only two, and unlikely names as well, have done it thrice. Sourav Ganguly did it against Pakistan in Toronto, Sri Lanka at Nagpur , and Zimbabwe at Kanpur while Chris Gayle did it against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo and Harare , and England at Lord's .

    Ravi Shastri , at Indore, and Aamer Sohail , at Manchester, were the only ones overlooked for the Man-of-the-Match award for their performances while Aravinda de Silva chose the biggest stage to turn in his effort - the 1996 World Cup final .

    The following table lists the instances since 2000. No player has top-scored and taken the most wickets in the last 18 months. Click here for the full ODI tables.

    Having the highest score and the best bowling in a match - ODIs since 2000
    Player Runs Figures Opposition Ground Date Scorecard
    GA Hick (Eng) 80 5/33 v Zim Harare Feb 2000 ODI 1567
    SC Ganguly (India) 71* 5/34 v Zim Kanpur Dec 2000 ODI 1659
    HH Streak (Zim) 45 4/8 v WI Sydney Jan 2001 ODI 1675
    IJ Harvey (Aus) 47* 2/5 v WI Sydney Feb 2001 ODI 1685
    Shoaib Malik (Pak) 115 3/37 v NZ Lahore Apr 2002 ODI 1835
    RC Irani (Eng) 53 5/26 v Ind The Oval Jul 2002 ODI 1854
    ST Jayasuriya (SL) 122 4/39 v Aus Sydney Jan 2003 ODI 1931
    MO Odumbe (Ken) 52* 4/38 v Bang Johannesburg Mar 2003 ODI 1974
    A Flintoff (Eng) 55* 4/14 v Bang Chittagong (MAA) Nov 2003 ODI 2057
    CH Gayle (WI) 153* 2/21 v Zim Bulawayo Nov 2003 ODI 2065
    CH Gayle (WI) 112* 4/24 v Zim Harare Nov 2003 ODI 2070
    SB Styris (NZ) 101* 3/34 v Pak Auckland Jan 2004 ODI 2075
    V Sehwag (Ind) 90 2/40 v Zim Hobart Jan 2004 ODI 2080
    DNT Zoysa (SL) 47* 3/34 v Aus Colombo (SSC) Feb 2004 ODI 2108
    CH Gayle (WI) 132* 3/57 v Eng Lord's Jul 2004 ODI 2140
    A Flintoff (Eng) 104 2/21 v SL Southampton Sep 2004 ODI 2177

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    George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo