After my post about the best #11 batsman of all time, which is featured on Dennis Does Cricket, which I can now contribute too!!! Anyway, after that post, and spurred on thanks to the helpful people in the comments, I now thought to calculate the worst opening batsman ever.
Worst batting average of opening batsmen to have batted at least 30 innings
|Hannan Sarkar (Ban)||2002-2004||17||32||0||661||76||20.65||0||5||5|
|AC Bannerman (Aus)||1880-1893||26||46||1||965||94||21.44||0||6||3|
|Javed Omar (Ban)||2001-2007||40||78||2||1678||119||22.07||1||8||5|
|TR Gripper (Zim)||1999-2004||19||35||1||761||112||22.38||1||5||5|
|TJ Franklin (NZ)||1983-1991||21||37||1||828||101||23.00||1||4||2|
|JM Brearley (Eng)||1976-1981||25||41||1||921||91||23.02||0||4||4|
|DD Ebrahim (Zim)||2001-2005||19||35||0||813||71||23.22||0||7||6|
|JM How (NZ)||2006-2008||18||34||1||771||92||23.36||0||4||4|
|PV Simmons (WI)||1988-1994||22||41||2||919||110||23.56||1||3||2|
|DS Smith (WI)||2003-2015||34||59||1||1383||108||23.84||1||6||6|
|GJ Rennie (Zim)||1997-2000||17||33||1||777||93||24.28||0||6||4|
|D Ganga (WI)||1999-2008||36||66||2||1587||135||24.79||1||7||7|
|MD Bell (NZ)||1998-2008||18||31||2||723||107||24.93||2||3||7|
According to ESPN Cricinfo, there have been 150 opening batsman to bat 30 innings. The highest average is Herbert Sutcliffe (England)’s 61.10 Out of those 150, only 14 have an average of less than 25. Two of them are currently playing: Devon Smith (West Indies) and Imrul Kayes (Bangladesh).
Next, we look at them by the frequency of ducks (innings batted/ducks scored). Those in italics move on to the next round.
- Bell: 4.42
- Ganga: 9.43
- Ebrahim: 5.83
- Smith: 9.83
- Gripper: 7
- Hannan Sarka: 6.4
- Javed Omar: 15.6
- Brearley: 10.25
- How: 8.5
- Rennie: 8.25
- Bannerman: 15.33
- Franklin: 18.5
- Simmons: 20.5
- Kayes: 38
Nowadays, scoring quickly is an important part of the game. So, here are the strike rates:
- Ebrahim: 41.47
- Gripper: 34.9
- Hannan Sarkar: 47.07
- How: 50.75
- Rennie: 33.65
- Bell: 38.35
We’re down to our last three. To choose, we will base it on how many big scores they’ve achieved, using this formula:
(high score)+(number of 100s*100)+(number of 50s*50)
Lowest score wins.
- Trevor Gripper: HS 112, 1 100s, 5 50s = 462
- Gavin Rennie: HS 93, 0 100s, 6 50s = 393
- Jamie How: HS 107, 2 100s, 3 50s = 457
Gavin Rennie is the worst opener of all time. But, in Dennis Freedman’s worst XI since 2000, he had CD Cumming (NZ) and Grant Flower (ZIM) as his worst. I guess we don’t have to agree on everything.
But anyway, thanks for all of the comments. And speaking of the comments, this was one of my favourites:
Impressive stuff. Hope you put as much effort in to your school work which is also important. You’ll be on Channel 9 in no time! MayOliver
May, I assure you that I do.