Posted - 28/07/2010 : 14:04:49
| Putting this in the Aussie section as Bradman came out tops for runs, and it's one of the more active areas for traffic.
Very interesting table of batsmen and bowlers who have contributed the most, percentage-wise, for their teams over the course of their career.
Snippet - Murali's taken 795 out of the 2065 wickets Sri Lanka managed to take in his 132 Tests. That's 38.50%. (His other five wickets, making it 800 in 133 matches, were for the ICC World XI against Australia in 2005). Sri Lanka used 59 other bowlers (part-timers included) in Murali's Tests and they took only 1270 wickets between them; 58 bowlers combined for 956 wickets, if you exclude Chaminda Vaas' 309.
Three bowlers - Jack Cowie, JJ Ferris and Ranji Hordern - have taken a higher percentage of their team's wickets than Murali has, but they all played fewer than 10 Tests. Cowie, the New Zealand medium-pacer whose nine Tests were either side of the Second World War, took 43.68% of his team's wickets: 45 out of 103. He also took the first ten-wicket haul by a New Zealander, against England at Old Trafford, and had figures of 6 for 40, out of a total of eight wickets, in his only Test against Australia.
Murali, however, is the only bowler to have sustained such a dominating performance over more than 100 Tests. Richard Hadlee, with 34% of New Zealand's wickets in his 86 Tests, and Alec Bedser, with 30% of England's wickets in his 51, are the only other bowlers with more than 50 matches in the table below. Among currently active players, only Mohammad Asif and Dale Steyn have taken more than 30% of their team's wickets......
Among batsmen, Don Bradman scored 24.28% of the runs made by Australia in his 52 Tests (6996 out of 28,810). Brian Lara and Sunil Gavaskar are the only batsmen to have made more than 16% of their team's runs after playing more than 100 Tests.
New Zealand's Jesse Ryder and Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal are the only currently active players in the table below, scoring more than 16% of their team's runs. Modern greats such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis don't feature because they've been part of strong batting line-ups.