Captain's double hundreds in Tests

Captain's double hundreds in Tests

Annals of test cricket witnessed a unique instance of rival captains registering double hundreds in Pakistan and Sri Lanka test series of 2008/09 at Karachi. Sri Lanka’s captain Mahela Jayawardene scored 240 while Pakistan captain Younis Khan came up with a triple hundred – 313

West Indian skipper Brian Lara scored a double hundred – 216 in the second test between Pakistan and West Indies at Multan in the second test of the 2006/07 series. This double hundred has a special significance in Test Cricket as it would become the fiftieth instance of a skipper registering a double hundred in a test innings.

After Lara’s double hundred at Multan, four more occasions of captains scoring double hundreds were witnessed in tests, which has taken the number of double hundreds to 54. The following is the list of 54 instances of a skippers registering double hundreds arranged in the descending order of runs scored.

No Runs Batsmen Team Opp Venue Season
1 400* BC Lara Win Eng St John’s 2003/04
2 374 MJayawardene Srl SAF Col/SSC 2006/07
3 334* MA Taylor Aus Pak Peshawar 1998/99
4 313 Younis Khan Pak Srl Karachi 2008/09
5 333 GA Gooch Eng Ind Lord’s 1990
6 311 RB Simpson Aus Eng Manchester 1964
7 299 MD Crowe NZl Srl Wellington 1990/91
8 285* PBH May Eng Win Birmingham 1957
9 277 GC Smith SAF Eng Birmingham 2003
10 274* SP Fleming NZl Srl Col/PSS 2003
11 262 SP Fleming NZl SAF Cape Town 2005/06
12 270 DG Bradman Aus Eng Melbourne 1936/37
13 259 GC Smith SAF Eng Lord’s 2003
14 257* Wasim Akram Pak Zim Sheikhupura 1996/97
15 249 MS Atapattu Srl Zim Bulawayo 2004
16 242* CH Lloyd Win Ind Mumbai 1974/75
17 240 WR Hammond Eng Aus Lord’s 1938
18 240 MJayawardene Srl Pak Karachi 2008/09
19 239 GT Dowling NZl Ind Christchurch 1967/68
20 237 Saleem Malik Pak Aus Rawalpindi 1994/95
21 235 GS Chappell Aus Pak Faisalabad 1979/80
22 234 DG Bradman Aus Eng Sydney 1946/47
23 233 CL Hooper Win Ind Georgetown 2001/02
24 232 GC Smith SAF Ban Chittagong 2007/08
25 225 RB Simpson Aus Eng Adelaide 1965/66
26 219 DS Atkinson Win Aus Bridgetown 1954/55
27 217 SR Tendulkar Ind NZl Ahmedabad 1999/00
28 216 BC Lara Win Pak Multan 2006/07
29 215 DI Gower Eng Aus Birmingham 1985
30 203* SCChanderpaul Win SAF Georgetown 2004/05
31 213 MJayawardene Srl Eng Galle 2007/08
32 213 BC Lara Win Aus Kingston 1998/99
33 212 DG Bradman Aus Eng Adelaide 1936/37
34 211 WL Murdoch Aus Eng The Oval 1884
35 211 Javed Miandad Pak Aus Karachi 1988/89
36 209 BC Lara Win Srl Gros Islet 2003
37 208 AD Nourse SAF Eng Nottingham 1951
38 207 RT Ponting Aus Pak Sydney 2004/05
39 205 L Hutton Eng Win Kingston 1953/54
40 205 ER Dexter Eng Pak Karachi 1961/62
41 205 WM Lawry Aus Win Melbourne 1968/69
42 205 SM Gavaskar Ind Win Mumbai 1978/79
43 205 AR Border Aus NZl Adelaide 1987/88
44 204 GS Chappell Aus Ind Sydney 1980/81
45 203 HL Collins Aus SAF Johannesburg 1921/22
46 203* MAK Pataudi Ind Eng Delhi 1963/64
47 203* Hanif Mohd Pak NZl Lahore 1964/65
48 203* Javed Miandad Pak Srl Faisalabad 1985/86
49 202 BC Lara Win SAF Johannesburg 2003/04
50 202 SP Fleming NZl Ban Chittagong 2004/05
51 201 DG Bradman Aus Ind Adelaide 1947/48
52 201 RB Simpson Aus Win Bridgetown 1964/65
53 201 GS Chappell Aus Pak Brisbane 1981/82
54 200* AR Border Aus Eng Leeds 1993

The country wise break up of 54 double hundreds are as under

Australian Batsmen 17 Instances
England Batsmen 06 Instances
Indian Batsmen 03 Instances
New Zealand Batsmen 05 Instances
Pakistan Batsmen 06 Instances
SouthAfrican Batsmen 04 Instances
Sri Lankan Batsmen 04 Instances
WestIndian Batsmen 09 Instances
Total Batsmen 54 Instances

Prior to the Multan Test where Lara came up with a double hundred Don Bradman and Brian Lara shared the record for most double hundreds for a test captains in a test innings – four each. With his 216 at Multan, Lara obliterated Don Bradman’s record for the most double hundreds by a captain in a test innings, as Lara registered his fifth double hundred as a captain.

1 270 Bradman Aus Eng Melbourne 1936/37
2 234 Bradman Aus Eng Sydney 1946/47
3 212 Bradman Aus Eng Adelaide 1936/37
4 201 Bradman Aus Ind Adelaide 1947/48
1 400* Lara Win Eng St John’s 2003/04
2 216 Lara Win Pak Multan 2006/07
3 213 Lara Win Aus Kingston 1998/99
4 209 Lara Win Srl Gros Islet 2003
5 202 Lara Win SAF Johannesburg 2003/04

Lara becomes the first West Indian captain to register a double hundred against Pakistan. The following is the list of five instances of a captain registering double hundred. It is noted that all the four were Australian captains and Lara with his 216 at Multan becomes the first captain other than Aussie captain to register a double hundred against Pakistan. Greg Chappell remains the only captain to register two double hundreds against Pakistan – 235 at Faisalabad in 1979/80 and 201 at Brisbane in 1981/82

1 334* MATaylor Aus Pak Peshawar 1998/99
2 235 GSChappell Aus Pak Faisalabad 1979/80
3 216 BCLara Win Pak Multan 2006/07
4 207 RTPonting Aus Pak Sydney 2004/05
5 201 GSChappell Aus Pak Brisbane 1981/82

The following list shows the captains who have scored three or more double hundreds in their test career.

No Runs Batsmen Team Opp Venue Season
1 400* BC Lara Win Eng St John’s 2003/04
2 216 BC Lara Win Pak Multan 2006/07
3 213 BC Lara Win Aus Kingston 1998/99
4 209 BC Lara Win Srl Gros Islet 2003
5 202 BC Lara Win SAF Johannesburg 2003/04
1 270 DG Bradman Aus Eng Melbourne 1936/37
2 234 DG Bradman Aus Eng Sydney 1946/47
3 212 DG Bradman Aus Eng Adelaide 1936/37
4 201 DG Bradman Aus Ind Adelaide 1947/48
1 277 GC Smith SAF Eng Birmingham 2003
2 259 GC Smith SAF Eng Lord’s 2003
3 232 GC Smith SAF Ban Chittagong 2007/08
1 235 GS Chappell Aus Pak Faisalabad 1979/80
2 204 GS Chappell Aus Ind Sydney 1980/81
3 201 GS Chappell Aus Pak Brisbane 1981/82
1 374 MJayawardene Srl SAF Col/SSC 2006/07
2 240 MJayawardene Srl Pak Karachi 2008/09
3 213 MJayawardene Srl Eng Galle 2007/08
1 311 RB Simpson Aus Eng Manchester 1964
2 225 RB Simpson Aus Eng Adelaide 1965/66
3 201 RB Simpson Aus Win Bridgetown 1964/65
1 274* SP Fleming NZl Srl Col/PSS 2003
2 262 SP Fleming NZl SAF Cape Town 2005/06
3 202 SP Fleming NZl Ban Chittagong 2004/05

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