Lucky Test cricket charms with which their captains have never lost a match - Part II

Published:20 July 2020


Javed Miandad and Tauseef Ahmed

Javed Miandad and Tauseef Ahmed

During his Test career, which spanned from 1980 to 1993, Tauseef Ahmed featured in just 34 matches. At a time when Abdul Qadir was the chosen spinner, the off-spinner had to play. In those 13 years, Iqbal Qasim and Mushtaq Ahmed also had a portion of their career. Only 22 of Tauseef 's 34 tests were at home, with just six coming outside Asia.

Tauseef's best performances came under the captaincy of Javed Miandad, picking up 46 wickets in 14 Tests at an average of 25.56. Interestingly, in those 14 Test matches, Pakistan has never lost since they won eight of those while another six ended in a draw. However, all those 14 tests were only played at home, as Pakistan usually fielded at least two spinners in the XI.In general, Miandad had a pretty good home captaincy record as Pakistan won ten out of 22 home test matches under Javed and only lost once. Tauseef, who made his Test debut under Miandad in 1980, struggled to beat West Indies by 0-1 in their home series. Pakistan lost 156 runs to the Caribbean team during the Faisalabad Test that was Miandad's only home Test loss as skipper.

Ricky Ponting and Stuart MacGill

Ricky Ponting and Stuart MacGill

Stuart MacGill is also regarded as an unfortunate prospect because his career coincided with that of Shane Warne. The latter ended his career as the most prolific wrist spinner in Test history. MacGill was brilliant during the few matches he got to play as he bagged 208 wickets in just 44 Tests at an average of 29. After only 41 games, the leg-spinner got to 200 Test wickets, one less than Warne required. Ricky Ponting took over at home in the 2003-04 as the Aussie skipper after Steve Waugh 's retirement.

For nearly three and a half years, MacGill could only play 14 Test matches under Ricky Ponting. At the beginning of 2007, after Warne 's exit, MacGill featured in just four tests until he retired in mid-2008. Thanks to an injury, the leg-spinner missed the 4-match home test series against India and later declared his fielding commitments dissatisfied with retirement. In the 14 Tests under Ponting, MacGill bagged 61 wickets at almost 30 average, including three 5-wicket hauls.

Australia has currently lost none of those 14 Tests and won as many as 13 games. In 2008, MacGill 's farewell test was the only time Captain Ponting failed to win a Test when the leggie was in the XI as it ended in a draw. Ponting led Australia in 43 Test matches before leg-spinner retirement but only lost four Tests. MacGill was not part of the squad during their losses to India in Mumbai (2004) and Perth (2008). The leggie wasn't even able to play a test in the 2005 Ashes that Australia lost 1-2.

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