How many batsmen have scored more than 3000 ODI runs in two or more different batting positions?

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15 Jun 2020 | 10:14 AM
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How many batsmen have scored more than 3000 ODI runs in two or more different batting positions?

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How many batsmen have scored more than 3000 ODI runs in two or more different batting positions? - Ranjan Chakraborty on Twitter

In all ten players have achieved this rare feat in ODI cricket of aggregating 3000+ runs in two different batting positions during their career. Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya is the only one to aggregate over 5000 runs at #1 and #2 positions, while Desmond Haynes has over 4000 runs each at #1 and #2 respectively. The details are given below:  

How many players have top-scored in each innings of their debut Test match, like Tony Greig? – Anshuman Parasar Jha on twitter 

Tony Greig in 1972 was the then the eighth batsman in Test cricket history to top-score in each innings on his debut Test match. Since then six more have achieved this feat in Test cricket. The first to do so was English wicket-keeper Edmund Tylecote who on debut made scores of 33 and 38 against Australia in Melbourne in 1882/83. The last batsman to achieve this is Kevin O’Brien during Ireland’s inaugural Test match in Dublin in 2018. He made 40 & 118. The two Indians who have also done this are Lala Amarnath (38 & 118) and Dilawar Hussain (59 & 57) in successive Test matches in Bombay and Calcutta respectively against England in 1933/34.  

Has any Indian batsman ever scored a century in both innings of a Test match against England? - Vijayshhekhar Niyogi on Twitter

In all 14 batsmen have managed to score a century in each innings of a Test match against England on 15 occasions, with West Indian George Headley doing so twice, nine years apart in 1930 and 1939 respectively. Australians (5/5), West Indians (3/4), South Africans (2/2), Pakistanis (2/2) and New Zealander (2/2) have achieved this feat against England. However, no Indians have been able to do this. The nearest any Indian batsman has come close in doing so are Gautam Gambhir (179 & 97) at Mohali in December 2008 and Virat Kohli (97 and 103) at Trent Bridge in August 2018.

Pat Cummins registered his highest Test score, his best bowling figures in an innings and in a match in the same game. Does this feat have any parallels in the history of the game? - Pushpal Ganguly on Facebook

Pat Cummins against India in Melbourne in the Boxing day Test match claimed his best figures of 6/27 and then scored 63, his highest Test score. However, a month later, he bettered his Melbourne figures with 6/23 in Brisbane against Sri Lanka. Several players have achieved their highest score and best bowling in the same Test match, but not many have completed a lengthy career by doing so in the same Test match. Among players who appeared in at least 30 or more Test matches, the following players have done this during their career – Michael Vaughan (82 Tests), Majid Khan (63), Wasim Raja (57), Yuvraj Singh (40), Nuwan Zoysa (30) and Lasith Malinga (30).

How many runs have been scored & how many wickets have fallen in all international cricket since March 1877? Also, how many players played international cricket so far? - Eshwar on twitter

Since 15 March 1877 when the first-ever cricket Test match in Melbourne was played and until the last international match (an ODI) on 13 March 2020 between Australia and New Zealand was played in Sydney before cricket came to a standstill because of the dreaded virus, a total of 7726 matches have been played. The summary of the runs scored and wickets claimed are as follows:

What is the highest opening partnership in Test cricket which surpassed the opposition’s first innings total? Nagesh Deshpande on twitter

The highest opening partnership in Test cricket which surpassed the opposition’s first-innings total came in Georgetown in April 1972, when the New Zealand openers Glenn Turner and Terry Jarvis put on 387 for the opening wicket, which surpassed West Indies’ first innings total of 365/7d. 

The next best came in the Ashes Test match in February 1912 in Melbourne when England openers Jack Hobbs and Wilfred Rhodes put on a world record opening stand of 323, thus comfortably bettering Australia’s paltry first innings total of 191. 

Third in the list is the 298 run opening stand between West Indian openers Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge against England at St John’s in Antigua in April 1990 after England were dismissed for 260 runs. 

Another identical stand of 298 runs came between Pakistani openers Aamer Sohail and Ijaz Ahmed in Karachi in December 1997 after West Indies was dismissed for 216 while batting first in the match.

Sri Lankan openers Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya put on 281 for the opening wicket in Harare in May 2004 after Zimbabwe was dismissed for 199.

The table below lists all the above instances at a glance.

All records mentioned above are updated until 15 June 2020

If you have any cricket-related questions, then ask them using the #AskMohan and #StatsBurst hashtags on our social media channels. Reputed statistician, Mohandas Menon will be answering the selected questions.

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