Brian Lara's record in defeats for West Indies is quite impressive which goes on to prove that he seldom fails to perform under pressure. Their loss to Pakistan in the recently concluded test is their 62nd test defeat that Lara involved in. His tally now in all those test matches that West Indies lost since his test debut on the same ground 15 years back is 5267 runs @42.47 with 14 hundreds and 22 fifties. He extends his record of most runs and centuries scored by a batsman in a losing cause. Sachin Tendulkar of India is a distant second in the number of hundreds in a defeats, 8 in 37 tests whereas England’s Alec Stewart stands second in the list of most runs scored in defeats, 2993 runs. But remarkably none of his 15 hundreds was scored in those 54 defeats England suffered. Though he may try his very best to avoid, very soon Lara’s teammate Shivnarine Chanderpaul may push Alec Stewart from that position as he is just 40 runs short of overtaking Stewart’s aggregate. Chanderpaul’s 2954 runs in 48 West Indian defeats includes 3 hundreds and 18 fifties.
Here are some of the statistical highlights of this test match:
With his twin scores of 61 & 122, Brian Lara provides the 30tht occasion of a captain top scoring in both completed innings of a test match for his side. Following is the list of all those instances.
When Chris Gayle took the wicket of Kamran Akmal in Pakistan’s first innings he reached the milestone of 50 wickets. Since he has already scored more than 1000 runs and took 50+ catches in his test career, he becomes the 20th all rounder in test history to have scored 1000+ runs and taken 50+ wickets & 50+ catches. He now has 4124 runs @ 38.54 , 51 wkts @ 36.25 and 65 catches @ 1.05 from 62 tests. Twelve of the 20 all rounders who achieved this record made 4000+ runs.
With the absence of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif from the Pakistani bowling line up Umar Gul took the responsibility of spearheading their attack and played a major part in their 9 wicket victory. His third 5wkt haul in an innings also brought him 50 test wickets. He now has 54 wickets in 12 Tests @ 29.70.