Captain’s knock!

Super show: Virat Kohli acknowledges the cheers after reaching his century in Centurion.   -  AFP


The number of Test centuries made by Virat Kohli as captain in away Test matches, including his 153 in Centurion. Only eight other captains have made seven or more centuries in away Tests. But Kohli is by far the quickest to reach this landmark. He did so in just 22 innings and in 15 Tests. The previous quickest was Australian Steve Waugh who did it in 28 innings in August 2001. Check table below for details.

Fewest innings/Tests to reach seventh Test 100 as captain in away Tests

                                                                                         AWAY CAREER AS CAPTAIN
InnsTestsCaptainForAchieved on50s InnsTests100s
2215V. KohliInd15 January 20181 23157
2818S. WaughAus24 August 20011 41289
3217A. CookEng1 May 20155 60319
3821R. PontingAus9 October 20086 69388
4826G. SmithSA11 October 20077 1025617
5030A. BorderAus8 September 199211 69428
5936C. LloydWI2 November 198311 79509
7041Misbah-ul-HaqPak22 October 201526 99568
7241S. FlemingNZ27 Apr 200618 74427



The number of 150-plus scores made by Virat Kohli as Test captain including the Centurion Test match. His effort equals the Test record held by Don Bradman. The table below has the details.

Most 150+ scores in Tests as captain

                                                                  Career as captain
8D. BradmanAus243814
8V. KohliInd345514
7B. LaraWI478514
7M. JayawardeneSL386614
7G. SmithSA/World XI10919325
7M. ClarkeAus478614



The number of Test centuries registered by Virat Kohli as a Test captain. His current conversion rate of 50s to 100s while captaining the side, is now the second best among Test captains with five or more Test centuries. The table below has the details:

High ratio of 100s to 50s by captains in Tests

83.3315J. McGlewSA1427
73.68514V. KohliInd3455
66.67714D. BradmanAus2438
66.67714M. ClarkeAus4786
63.6447K. SangakkaraSL1526
60.001015S. WaughAus5783



The number of bowlers who have claimed a six or more wickets haul in an innings against India on their Test debut. For the record, in all 13 bowlers have claimed a five-wicket haul against India on their Test debut, with Lungi Ngidi being the latest entrant in Centurion.

Six or more wickets in an innings by bowlers on their Test debut against India

WktsRunsBowlerForVenueMonth, YearInnsResult
864L. KlusenerSAKolkataNov 19964Won
8215J. KrejzaAusNagpurNov 20081Lost
746J. LeverEngDelhiDec 19762Won
749A. BedserEngLord'sJun 19461Won
639L. NgidiSACenturionJan 20184Won
6100F. RoseWIKingstonMar 19972Drawn
6132N. RahmanBanDhakaNov 20002Lost


This week in 1999

on February 7:

Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble captured all 10 Pakistani wickets for 74 runs in the second innings in the Feroz Shah Kotla Test match in Delhi. He thus emulated the feat of England off-spinner Jim Laker (10/53 against Australia in Manchester in July 1956) to become the second bowler in Test history to claim all 10 wickets in the same innings of a Test match!


Queries Corner

In the recent Ashes series four Australian bowlers claimed 20+ wickets in the series. Is this the first time in Tests?

— Rajendra Raja, Belgaum

This, in fact, is only the third time in Test history, when four bowlers from the same side have managed to claim 20 or more wickets in a Test series. The list below has the details:

* West Indies (Ian Bishop 27 wkts, Courtney Walsh 26, Kenneth Benjamin 23, Curtly Ambrose 21) in 1995 (in England).

* Australia (Stuart Clark 26, Shane Warne 23, Glenn McGrath 21, Brett Lee 20) vs England in 2006/07 (in Australia).

* Australia (Pat Cummins 23, Mitchell Starc 22, Josh Hazlewood 21, Nathan Lyon 21) vs England in 2017/18 (in Australia)+

+ the last and recent instance in the above list, all the four bowlers were the only ones to claim at least a wicket in the entire series!

What is the percentage of drawn Tests this decade from 2010, compared to the previous decade (2000 to 2009)

– Ajit Bhave, Pune

From 2000 to 2009, in 464 Test matches, we have had 350 Tests that had results and the remaining 114 matches were drawn, which is 24.57%.

Since 2010, in 349 Tests, there have been 274 Tests that had results, which means the remaining 75 matches were drawn, i.e. 21.49%.

How many Tests have both Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad played together and how many wickets have they claimed in those Tests? What has been the team results in those?

– Ashish Khakar, Baroda

Since March 2008 in Wellington when James Anderson and Stuart Broad played together for the first time in a Test match for England, they have so far appeared together in 102 Tests. During this period they have managed to claim an aggregate of 776 wickets (Anderson 416 & Broad 360). Test results when they have played together: 44 won, 32 lost, 26 drawn (%win 43.14).

Cheteshwar Pujara, in the Centurion Test match, was run out twice. How often has this happened in Tests and how many Indians have this dubious distinction?

– Ajay Kumar, Mumbai

Cheteshwar Pujara, in Centurion, became the 23rd batsman to be run out in both innings of a Test match. This has now happened on 25 occasions, with Australian Mark Taylor and Ian Healy being dismissed so twice! Pujara, incidentally, is the first Indian to have this dubious record. The first occasion this happened in Test cricket was way back in January 1908 when Aussie Percy McAlister, in the Ashes Test in Melbourne, was run out in both innings!

Note: All figures above are updated as on January 20, 2018

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