The Worst Opening Batsman Of All Time

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 investigate this query
AC Bannerman (Aus) 1880-1893 26 46 1 965 94 21.44 0 6 3 investigate this query
Javed Omar (Ban) 2001-2007 40 78 2 1678 119 22.07 1 8 5 investigate this query
TR Gripper (Zim) 1999-2004 19 35 1 761 112 22.38 1 5 5 investigate this query
TJ Franklin (NZ) 1983-1991 21 37 1 828 101 23.00 1 4 2 investigate this query
JM Brearley (Eng) 1976-1981 25 41 1 921 91 23.02 0 4 4 investigate this query
DD Ebrahim (Zim) 2001-2005 19 35 0 813 71 23.22 0 7 6 investigate this query
JM How (NZ) 2006-2008 18 34 1 771 92 23.36 0 4 4 investigate this query
PV Simmons (WI) 1988-1994 22 41 2 919 110 23.56 1 3 2 investigate this query
DS Smith (WI) 2003-2015 34 59 1 1383 108 23.84 1 6 6 investigate this query
GJ Rennie (Zim) 1997-2000 17 33 1 777 93 24.28 0 6 4 investigate this query
D Ganga (WI) 1999-2008 36 66 2 1587 135 24.79 1 7 7 investigate this query
MD Bell (NZ) 1998-2008 18 31 2 723 107 24.93 2 3 7 investigate this query

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.

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