How many bowlers have not conceded a six in international cricket?

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29 Jun 2020 | 08:40 AM
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How many bowlers have not conceded a six in international cricket?

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I'm curious. Can you name the bowlers who have not been hit for a six in international cricket? - Wookeri Raman on twitter

As of today, 278 Test bowlers have delivered 5000 or more balls (i.e approximately 833 overs). Among these bowlers, I could locate only five bowlers who have not conceded any sixes during their Test career. Australian Keith Miller stands tall in this list having delivered the maximum number of balls - 10461! The full list of bowlers not conceding a six in their Test career after sending down over 5000 balls:

PS: It’s worth a mention here, that Miller’s team-mate Ray Lindwall had conceded just one six in the 13650 balls he delivered in his Test career. Incidentally, that was hit by England’s Cyril Washbrook who managed one against Lindwall, for the latter to concede his only six of his career in Melbourne during the 1946/47 Ashes series. This also means that these two Aussie bowlers combined conceded just one six in 24111 balls in their career. Amazing! 

In Test cricket how many players have made a century and also claimed a five-wicket haul during their Test career. How many have done it for India? - Nihal Gopinathan on Facebook

So far, 131 players have this distinction of registering a century and also claim a five-wicket haul during their Test career. Englishman George Ulyett became the first player to achieve this double in Test cricket. After scoring his only Test century (149) at Melbourne in March 1882, he achieved his only five-wicket haul (7/36) at Lord's two years later, in July 1884.

As on date, 19 Indians have achieved this distinction. Lala Amarnath was the first to do so. After having scored a century in his debut Test match in December 1933, he had to wait for nearly 12 and half years before he could claim his maiden five-wicket haul at Lord’s in June 1946. The second Indian was Vinoo Mankad, who unlike Amarnath, first claimed a five-wicket haul (5/101 at Old Trafford in July 1946) and then scored his maiden Test century (116 at Melbourne in January 1948).

Note: + also has at least one 10-wicket match haul

Has any team played with two sets of brothers together in a Test match? - Bhavya Anjaria on twitter

It is not often this has occurred in Test cricket.  However, in a Test match at Harare against New Zealand in September 1997, for the first time in Test cricket history, three pairs of brothers appeared for one Test team - Zimbabwe - Andy & Grant Flower, Paul & Bryan Strang, and John & Gavin Rennie. Moreover, one of the players in the Zimbabwean playing XI Guy Whittall had for a company his cousin Andy Whittall who was then the 12th man! 

- The first time when two pairs of brothers played for the same Test side occurred when South Africa played two sets of brothers Taylor (Dan & Herbie) and Hands (Reginald & Philip) against England in Port Elizabeth in 1913/14. 

- India played the Nayudu brothers (CK & CS) along with brother’s S Wazir Ali and S Nazir Ali in the Madras Test against England in 1933/34.

- Then once again, the South Africans played the Pithey brothers (Tony & David) with the Pollock brothers (Peter and Graeme) in three Tests in 1963/64.

- New Zealand played two sets of brothers when Dayle and Richard Hadlee played with Geoff and Hedley Howarth against Australia in Christchurch in 1976/77.    

- Zimbabwean brothers Andy & Grant Flower and Paul & Bryan Strang played in the same side for a record 14 Test matches Feb 1995 to Nov 2000. However, unfortunately for this pair during these 14 Tests, they lost 8, drew 6 and won none!

As a follow-up to last week’s question could you please compare the ODI centuries by Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, GR Viswanath, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman & Sourav Ganguly.  And also, how many such century knocks have resulted in victories, losses and draws for India?  And overall, worldwide which batsman has the highest win% while making a century? - Sultan Sattani on Twitter

Among these six players you have mentioned, Tendulkar obviously has the maximum winning centuries, however Ganguly’s win% is by far the highest. The table below has the details:

Virat Kohli (not mentioned above) holds the record for being in the most match-winning centuries in ODI cricket than any other batsman, ahead of Tendulkar (33) and Ricky Ponting (25).

Overall, the batsman with best win% is Australian Adam Gilchrist. All his 16 ODI centuries have resulted in a win for his side. He is followed by West Indian Viv Richards with all his 11 ODI centuries coming in a winning cause. 

Among current players, England’s Jason Roy also has a 100% record with all his nine ODI centuries coming in won games! 

Adam Gilchrist, therefore, tops both the Test and ODI charts for a batsman with the highest win% while scoring a century! 

All records mentioned above are updated until 29 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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