Doing the business with bat and ball
The List looks focuses on players who have top-scored and taken most wickets in the same match
Some statistics, like Bradman's average, 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.
Ian Botham top-scored and took most wickets in three Tests
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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.
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
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.
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.
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George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo