Which batsman has been dismissed by the same bowler on most occasions in Test cricket?

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08 Jun 2020 | 08:57 AM
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Which batsman has been dismissed by the same bowler on most occasions in Test cricket?

In this series, your cricket-related queries will be answered by our expert statistician

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Which bowler has the distinction of dismissing batsmen on 200-plus scores most times in Test cricket? - V Ravi on Facebook

That distinction goes to two bowlers – both leg-spinners from the subcontinent – India’s Anil Kumble and Pakistan’s Danish Kaneria. They each have dismissed five such batsmen during their Test career as per the details given below:

Note: Four other bowlers, namely, Dilip Doshi (India), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Zaheer Khan (India) and James Anderson (England) have managed to claim three batsmen on 200+ scores.

Which batsman has been dismissed by the same bowler on most occasions in Test cricket? – Kiran Shetty – on Twitter

This bowler-batsman combination belongs to Australian Glenn McGrath and Englishman Mike Atherton. McGrath has dismissed Atherton on 19 occasions in 17 matches they have played against each other from 1994 to 2001. The modes of dismissals have been as follows: caught by the keeper - 10, caught by a fielder - 8, and LBW - one. Atherton has been caught by keeper Ian Healy on eight occasions off the bowling of McGrath, while Adam Gilchrist has caught him twice. Among fielders: Mark Waugh has taken three catches off McGrath, followed by Shane Warne – twice and Damien Fleming, Mark Taylor and Jason Gillespie – one each! McGrath has also got him out on a duck on three occasions and in single-digit scores (from 1 to 9) 12 times. The highest score Atherton has managed in the 19 innings before his eventual dismissal by McGrath is the 41, he made in Leeds in July 1997. 

Analysing the dismissals, a little further, McGrath has been able to claim Atherton twice in the same Test match on four occasions: in Perth (Feb 1995), Leeds (July 1997), Brisbane (Nov 1998), and again in Leeds (in Aug 2001). In only two Tests they have played together McGrath was not able to claim Atherton’s wicket – in Brisbane in Nov 1994 – the first-ever Test they played against each other and the next was the Adelaide Test in Dec 1998. However, Australia won both these Test matches by huge margins – by 184 runs and 205 runs respectively. Just for the record, in the 17 matches they have appeared together Australia won 11 Tests, England 4 and two were drawn!

Any player scoring a century in both the Test innings and still ending up on a losing side? - Bhavya Anjaria on Twitter

In Test cricket 69 players have the distinction of registering centuries in each innings of a Test match on 86 occasions. Australia opener Warren Bardsley was the first to do so in the Ashes Test match at the Oval in August 1909. The match was drawn! On 38 occasions the sides were able to win the Test match, while on 11 occasions the sides lost. Remaining 37 matches were drawn! Australians Ricky Ponting and David Warner have achieved this feat thrice and all three times their sides won! The other batsman to achieve this on three occasions is Sunil Gavaskar – his side lost once and drew twice!

England opener Herbert Sutcliffe, third Test batsman to achieve the feat of scoring centuries in each innings, became the first to do so in a losing cause at Melbourne in January 1925. Since then 10 others have had the misfortune to doing so in a lost cause. The full list is here:

Note: Kohli is the only captain in the above list. He did so at Adelaide, which was his first Test as captain!

Walcott and Flower are the only ones to do it at home!

What are the highest individual scores in Test and ODI cricket where the second-highest scorer are the extras? - Harikrishnan U on Twitter

In Test matches, England opener Dennis Amiss’ unbeaten 262 in the second innings against the West Indies at Kingston in February 1974 is the highest such individual score. The 41 extras in that innings was the second highest scorer, followed by Jimmy Jameson’s 38 while batting at number 3. Amiss, in fact, almost carried his bat throughout the England innings, as his side had lost nine wickets when the match was drawn. Amiss, with Bob Willis had put on an unbeaten 40 runs stand for the last wicket.  

In ODI matches, India’s Sachin Tendulkar’s 141 against Pakistan at Rawalpindi on 16 March 2004 is the highest individual score. In that innings, extras 37 was the second highest scorer, just ahead of Rahul Dravid’s 36, pushing him to the third spot. 

All records mentioned above are updated until 8 June 2020

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