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

Published:20 July 2020


Sir Donald Bradman and Keith Miller

Sir Donald Bradman and Keith Miller

Sir Donald Bradman played a total of 15 Test matches until his retirement post World War II, all as a captain only (1946-1948). Throughout those 15 tests, Australia remained unbeaten by winning 11 while another four ended in a draw. One of the string's key factors was Bradman 's consistent performance, as he accumulated runs in 1903 at an average of 105.72 with the help of eight centuries. In all those 15 Test matches, only one player except Bradman himself featured – Keith Miller.
During this period alone, the all-rounder made his Test debut. Coincidentally, this 15-match streak has been Miller's first 15 games of 55-match Test career. With the aid of a century, Miller scored 753 runs at an average of 44.29 in those 15 Tests and also took 38 wickets with a 5-wicket haul at 22.57 level. Naming Miller as a lucky charm in the case of Bradman as Lindsay Hassett, Ray Lindwall, Arthur Morris, and Don Tallon played 14 Tests performance in that unbeaten streak of 15 matches could be a bit too much.
With the help of seven tons, Morris almost matched Bradman with the bat scoring 1408 runs in 74.1. In those 15 games where he amassed 974 runs with three hundred, Hassett also averaged 57.29. At an average of under 20, Lindwall bagged 63 wickets alongside scoring 421 runs at 26.31, including one century. In those 14 tests going along with the 335 series, Wicketkeeper Tallon affected 46 dismissals (39 catches and 7 stumpings)

Mohammad Azharuddin and Rajesh Chauhan

Mohammad Azharuddin and Rajesh Chauhan

A total of 21 test matches between 1993 and 1998 featured Rajesh Chauhan, a period when Anil Kumble 's rise was witnessed. As a result, Rajesh never got to play as a primary spinner, and because of his below-average performances, the chances he got were minimal. During his 21-match Test career, the off-spinner managed to pick up 47 wickets at a low strike rate of 101. In those 21 Tests, Anil Kumble accounted for 103 wickets on average below 25.
Even Venkatapathy Raju, in the 14 Tests he played alongside Rajesh, took 61 wickets. The Ranchi-born seemed to have introduced the luck factor to the Indian side irrespective of his failures with the ball as the team never lost a test with Chauhan in playing XI. India managed to win just one Test away from – the 1993 Colombo Test vs. Sri Lanka during the 1990s. Rajesh was part of the Sri Lanka series of all three matches in 1993, which was the only away series he played in full.
Under Mohammad Azharuddin, Rajesh Chauhan played 17 Tests from which India won 12 and drew five games. Most of every player's Tests are featured under a captain without being part of the losing side. When Rajesh played under Azhar, the Indian team won 11 out of 13 Tests at home while another two ended in a draw. Chauhan's remaining four Tests were under Sachin Tendulkar, all against Sri Lanka, and all four ended in a draw.

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