Pankaj Singh

MANCHESTER, August 8: Pankaj Singh found himself eyeing one of Test cricket’s most unwanted records after a return of none for 79 in 17 overs on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Friday. The tall paceman’s return of none for 179 in England’s 266-run victory in the third Test at Southampton, a result that levelled the five-match series at 1-1, saw him record the most expensive figures by a Test match debutant without a wicket.

Added to his Friday figures that left the 6ft 6in Pankaj Singh with an overall Test record of none for 258. Only Bangladesh medium-pacer Anwar Hossain Monir, with none for 307 in three matches from 2003-2005, has conceded more runs without taking a Test wicket.

Worryingly for Singh, who might have had several wickets at Southampton but for dropped catches and questionable umpiring decisions, he appeared to bowl less well on Friday. Not everyone in this ‘ladder of shame’ was primarily a bowler.

For example West Indies’ George Headley, one of the greatest batsmen cricket has known, bowled his leg-breaks in 14 Test innings without taking a wicket.

Worst wicketless Test careers (player, country, span, matches, innings, balls, runs, economy rate):

Anwar Hossain Monir (BAN) 2003-2005 3 3 348 307 5.29

Pankaj Singh (IND) 2014- 2 3 384 258 4.03

George Headley (WIS) 1930-1954 22 14 398 230 3.46

Alamgir Kabir (BAN) 2002-2004 3 4 261 221 5.08

Habibul Bashar (BAN) 2000-2008 50 9 282 217 4.61