Batsmen who have scored centuries in Tests, whenever the team has either lost a match or…

New Delhi. There are many batsmen in Test cricket who have scored centuries but the team has not lost. Gundappa Vishwanath is the most popular name from the Indian point of view. The stylish batsman of India scored 14 centuries in his Test career, all of which the Indian team either won or drew the match. In this case, South Africa’s Graeme Smith’s name is at the top. Left-handed batsman and captain of South Africa in many Tests, Smith has 27 centuries to his name. The team did not lose any of the Tests in which he scored a century. Veteran England batsmen Geoff Boycott, Wally Hammond and Ian Bell also have 22 Test centuries each. Whenever this ‘trio’ of batsmen scored a Test century, their team did not lose a match. Either the England team won the match or the match was a draw.

On the contrary, there are some unlucky batsmen who scored a century in Test cricket whenever the team either lost or drew the match. In the match in which he scored a century, the team did not win. This includes India’s Vijay Manjrekar. Sanjay Manjrekar’s father Vijay Manjrekar, who played for India in the 1980s and 1990s, scored 7 centuries in 55 Tests between 1951 and 1965, but the Indian team did not win a single one of them.

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Those famous unlucky batsmen who scored a century in a Test where the team either lost or the match was drawn.

Asanka Gurusinghe scored 7 test centuries

Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Asanka Gurusingha played 41 Tests and 147 ODIs from 1985 to 1996. Gurusingh was a key member of the 1996 World Cup champion Sri Lanka team. He scored 307 runs at an average of 51.16 in 6 matches of the tournament. Gurusingh scored 7 centuries in Tests and his highest score was 143 runs, which he scored in Melbourne Test against Australia in 1995. He also scored a century in both innings of the Test. He scored 119 in the first innings of the Hamilton Test against New Zealand in February 1991 and 102 in the second innings. However, none of the Tests in which Gurusingha has scored a century have won Sri Lanka. In the six Tests in which he scored 7 centuries (centuries in both innings of a Test), Sri Lanka lost two and drew four.

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Vijay Manjrekar excelled against the fast bowling.

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Vijay Manjrekar, an excellent right-handed batsman, played 55 Tests for India and scored 3208 runs at an average of 39.12, including 7 Test centuries. His highest score in Test cricket was 189 not out, which he scored against England in Delhi in December 1961. Unlike most batsmen of his era, Vijay Manjrekar excelled against fast bowling. In the seven Tests in which he scored a century, the Indian team faced defeat in one and six were drawn without a win or a loss.

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Lawrence Rowe scored a century in both innings of the debut Test.

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West Indies’ Lawrence Rowe has made an explosive start to his Test career. On his Test debut in 1972, he scored a double century in the first innings and an unbeaten century in the second innings. However, he could not maintain the brilliance of the initial phase for long. His cricket career was also marred by an allergy to grass. Because of this, Rowe could only play 30 Tests and 11 ODIs. Roy scored 30 Tests in 2017 at an average of 43.55, including 7 centuries. Rowe also scored a triple and a double century in Test cricket, but the Indies never won during his seven centuries. Of the six Test centuries that Rowe scored (centuries in both innings of a Test), four were drawn and two were lost to the Indies.

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Bevan Congdon was incomparable both in batting and bowling.

New Zealander Bevan Congdon played 61 Tests and 11 ODIs as an all-rounder between 1965 and 1975. Congdon, a right-arm batsman and medium pace bowler, opened batting and bowling for the Kiwis in some Tests. Congdon, who scored 3448 runs (7 centuries) in Test cricket at an average of 32.22, also took 59 wickets at an average of 36.50. His highest score in Test cricket was 176 runs. In ODIs, he also took 7 wickets besides scoring 338 runs (one century, highest 101) at an average of 56.33. Of the seven Tests in which he scored a century, the Kiwis lost one and six were drawn.

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Andrew Jones scored a century in both innings of the Test

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Andrew Jones is considered one of New Zealand’s most reliable batsmen of his era, playing 39 Tests and 87 ODIs between 1987 and 1995. In Test cricket, Jones scored 2922 runs at an average of 44.27, including 7 centuries. During this period, Andrew Jones’ highest score was the highest score in Test cricket. The wicket record is also in his name. Jones added 467 runs with Martin Crowe in the 1991 Wellington Test, the second-highest third-wicket partnership. The same year, in the Hamilton Test against Sri Lanka, he scored 122 not out in the first innings and 100 not out in the second innings. In ODIs, Jones scored 2784 runs with a top score of 93 and an average of 35.69, including 25 fifties.Unfortunately, he could not convert any of his fifties into centuries. Jones was unfortunate in that the team did not win the six Tests he scored (centuries in both innings of a Test). All these six Tests have been drawn.

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