Kohli tops elite list

Going great guns: India's captain Virat Kohli is the quickest to reach the 18,000-run mark in international cricket.   -  AFP

 15

The number of times a batsman has managed to cross the 18,000-run mark in international cricket. Virat Kohli, in the Oval Test, became the latest entrant to this elite list. By achieving this landmark in just 382 innings, he is the quickest to do so — in terms of innings. He played 29 innings less than the previous quickest — Brian Lara.

Fewest innings to reach 18000 international runs

Inns

Mts

Batsman

For

Runs

Ave

100s

50s

Format

Against

Month, year

382

344

Virat Kohli

Ind

18028

55.64

58

85

Test

England

Sept 2018

411

335

Brian Lara

WI

18190

47.74

43

96

Test

England

Apr 2004

412

367

Sachin Tendulkar

Ind

18003

48.39

57

82

Test

England

Dec 2001

422

358

Ricky Ponting

Aus

18062

49.08

51

86

Test

Bangladesh

Apr 2006

434

375

AB de Villiers

SAf

18033

48.08

45

95

T20I

Afghanistan

Mar 2016

435

372

Jacques Kallis

SAf

18030

50.36

42

108

Test

Pakistan

Oct 2007

436

388

Rahul Dravid

Ind

18037

47.34

34

113

ODI

West Indies

May 2006

454

411

Kumar Sangakkara

SL

18083

44.32

35

101

ODI

New Zealand

Mar 2011

 

5

The number of occasions in Test cricket when a batsman has managed to register a century on his Test debut and also in his final Test match. Alastair Cook, in the recent Oval Test, became the latest entrant to this list.

Batsmen registering centuries in their debut and final Test matches

Batsman

For

1

2

Opp

Venue

Month, Year

Result

Batsman’s Test number

Reggie Duff

Aus

32

104

Eng

Melbourne

January 1902

Won

Debut Test

 

 

146

 

Eng

The Oval

August 1905

Drawn

22 Test match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Ponsford

Aus

110

27

Eng

Sydney

December 1924

Won

Debut Test

 

 

266

22

Eng

The Oval

August 1934

Won

29 Test match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greg Chappell

Aus

108

 

Eng

Perth

December 1970

Drawn

Debut Test

 

 

182

 

Pak

Sydney

January 1984

Won

87 Test match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mohd Azharuddin

Ind

110

 

Eng

Kolkata

January 1985

Drawn

Debut Test

 

 

9

102

SAf

Bangalore

March 2000

Lost

99 Test match

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alastair Cook

Eng

60

104*

Ind

Nagpur

March 2006

Drawn

Debut Test

 

 

71

147

Ind

The Oval

September 2018

Won

161 Test match

 

Notes:

** Chappell and Azharuddin are the only players to register centuries in their first and last Test innings.

** Ponsford is the only player in the above list to do so in winning causes in both his debut and final Test matches.

** Cook is the only player in the above list to register four scores of fifty-plus in his first and final Test matches, which included a century. Another batsman who had achieved this in Test cricket history was South African Bruce Mitchell on his Test debut against England at Birmingham in June 1929 when he made 88 and 61 not out, and then, 20 years later, in March 1949, he finished his Test career at Port Elizabeth also against England with scores of 99 and 56.

** West Indian Andy Ganteaume (112), in February 1948, made a century in his only Test innings and match against England at Port of Spain.

** New Zealander Rodney Redmond, against Pakistan, at Auckland in February 1973, in his only Test match, made 107 and 56. 

14

The number catches taken by K. L. Rahul in the series is the joint second-most claimed by any fielder in a series in Test cricket history. For the record, Rahul had earlier become the first fielder to claim 13 or more catches in any Test series on English soil.

Most catches in a Test series by a fieldsman                  Test catches in series

Cts

Tests

Inns

Fielder

For

Opp

In

Season

1

2

3

4

5

6

Series Result

15

5

10

Jack Gregory +

Aus

Eng

Aus

1920/21

3

1

2

3

6

-

WON

14

6

11

Greg Chappell

Aus

Eng

Aus

1974/75

1

7

2

3

1

0

WON

14

5

9

KL Rahul

Ind

Eng

Eng

2018

2

0

7

2

3

-

Lost

13

5

9

Bob Simpson +

Aus

SAf

SAf

1957/58

3

3

1

3

3

-

WON

13

5

10

Bob Simpson

Aus

WI

Aus

1960/61

1

4

5

2

1

-

WON

13

6

11

Brian Lara

WI

Eng

WI

1997/98

0

4

0

4

3

2

WON

13

4

8

Rahul Dravid

Ind

Aus

Ind

2004/05

4

4

2

3

-

-

Lost

13

4

7

Brian Lara

WI

Ind

WI

2006

3

1

4

5

-

-

Lost

13

5

10

Alastair Cook #

Eng

Ind

Eng

2018

1

1

4

5

2

-

WON

 

 

+ debut series

# final series

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queries Corner

Hanuma Vihari, in his debut Test at The Oval, scored a fifty and also claimed three wickets in the second innings. Has any other Indian achieved this all-round feat on debut? 

K Sampath, Hyderabad.

Hanuma Vihari, with his 56 and 3/37 at the Oval, became the second Indian after Dattu Phadkar, who also achieved a similar feat of 51 runs and 3/14 on his Test debut in Sydney in December 1947.

On how many occasions have teams successfully chased targets between 200 and 300 in Test cricket? 

Sameer Naik, Vancouver, Canada.

Please refer to my last column on the subject. 

For the record, targets of 200 or more have been set on 987 occasions in Test cricket, the summary of which is given below for the Tests won, lost, tied and drawn.

Targets of…

Total

Won

Lost

Tie

Drawn

400+

301

4

240

0

57

300 to 399

358

26

182

1

149

200 to 299

328

85

105

1

137

Total

987

115

527

2

343

 

 

Indian wicketkeepers in the recent series have conceded over 100 byes. Is this the most ever conceded by Indian wicketkeepers in a Test series?

— Alok Jain, Mumbai.

In the recent five-match Test series, Indian wicketkeepers Dinesh Karthik (30 byes in two Tests) and Risabh Pant (76 byes in the last three Tests) had, in all, conceded 106 byes. This is the first time an Indian bowling side had conceding over 100 byes in a Test series. The previous, dubious record came during the historic Test series in the West Indies in 1971, when debutant wicketkeeper P. Krishnamurthy had conceded 84 byes.

Hanuma Vihari’s first two Test victims — Joe Root and Alastair Cook — had made 100+ scores. How often has this happened in Test cricket? 

V. George, Kottayam.

There are quite a few such instances in Test cricket history. Bangladesh’s Aftab Ahmed has the unique distinction of claiming his first three Test victims, who all had made 100+ scores. Interestingly, his fourth victim was dismissed for 94. The only other Indian, apart from Vihari to achieve this was Karn Sharma, whose first two Test victims had made centuries. In Sharma’s case, his fourth victim had also made a century. 

Note: All figures above are updated as on September 14 2018.