Which international match has witnessed the most number of Knighted cricketers?

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07 Jul 2020 | 06:37 AM
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Which international match has witnessed the most number of Knighted cricketers?

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Sir Everton Weeks, part of the famous three Ws (the other two are Sir Clyde Walcott & Sir Frank Worrell), passed away last Wednesday. All of them made their international debut in 1948 in the same series and later all of them were knighted. Which international match has witnessed the most number of Knighted cricketers? – Dillip Mohanty on Twitter

In the Port of Spain Test in March 1960, six knighted players appeared for the West Indies – the most by a Test side and with one from England also playing in this match makes it a record seven in all - the most such players that played in a single Test match! The details are:

Which playing XI was the least experienced side in terms of first-class games played by them before the Test match? - Amit Bansal on Twitter

That distinction goes to the first-ever South African Test side that played England at Port Elizabeth from 12-13 March 1889. All the 11 South African players were making their first-class debut and also Test debut, in this match.

This by far is the least experienced playing XI to appear in a Test match in cricket history! And not surprisingly, they lost the Test match in two days by eight wickets!

The playing XI is listed below. One of the players Gus Kempis died 14 months later in May 1890. He died without knowing he played a Test cricket match.  The Test status for this match was given much later.

In the second Test match that followed 12 days later, at Newlands in Cape Town from 25-26 March 1889, South Africa made three changes by bringing on Dick Richards, Nicholas Theunissen and Gobo Ashley (all without any first-class experience) for Robert Stewart, Charlie Finlason and Gus Kempis. The total first-class matches played by this side was just eight, therefore it is the second least experienced side to take the field in Test cricket.

The South Africa Test playing XI at Port Elizabeth, with their total career FC matches played by them later in their career is given below: 

+ Never played any other FC match

During the 2010/11 tour of South Africa, Sachin Tendulkar became then only batsman to have 40+ batting average in all the ten Test playing Nations. Have any other batsmen achieved this feat other than him? - Harikrishnan U on Twitter

Since then Sachin Tendulkar has maintained this 40+ average in all the ten Test playing countries until his retirement in Nov 2013.  As on today, he still remains the only one to do so. Interestingly, other than Tendulkar no one else have even managed an average of 35 or more in all ten Test playing nations. However, the closest we have seen are the following two – fellow Indian VVS Laxman and Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara who managed batting averages of 34 or more in all ten Test nations.

Incidentally, Tendulkar was also the first to average 40+ against all ten Test-playing nations. However, two other batsmen have also achieved this during their Test career. They are Ricky Ponting and Kumar Sangakkara. The table below has Tendulkar’s details:

Note: Tendulkar thus remains the only Test batsman to have both a batting average of 40-plus in all ten Test playing countries and also against the nine Test playing countries!      

Saw this comparison of Sachin vs Kohli after 240 odd innings. But given that Sachin scored his first century only after 78 innings, how do they compare if you exclude the first 78 innings? - Monish Menon on Twitter

The comparison you must have seen is perhaps after Kohli’s 239 ODI innings, which at present is the number of times that Virat Kohli has batted in this format. To put this record in perspective, the most ODI runs for India after 239 innings is listed below

If we consider Tendulkar’s ODI career in two phases, i.e. one from 1989 to 1994 before his maiden ODI century and then the other since his century in 1994 until his retirement in 2012. See details below:

Therefore, Tendulkar’s ODI record since his maiden ODI 100 to his next 239 inns vis-à-vis Virat Kohli will be as follows:


      

Postscript:

With reference to my previous column (on 29 June 2020) on bowlers not conceding any six during their Test careers, Charles Davis from Australia, informs me that: 

- Mudassar Nazar was hit for six twice in consecutive balls by Allan Border at Lahore 1979-80

- Mahmood Hussain was hit for six by Fred Trueman at Lord' in 1962.

- Derek Pringle was hit for six by Malcolm Marshall at Trent Bridge in 1988.

- England’s Maurice Tate has never been hit for a six in his Test career after sending down 12523 balls.

Therefore, Tate, Miller and Hawke are the only bowlers with over 5,000 balls who were never hit for a six.

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From Mohan: Reg: Tate there are some versions that mention he was hit for a six by West Indian Learie Constantine in the 2nd innings during the Oval Test in 1928.  

All records mentioned above are updated until 6 July 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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