Stats: List of top 5 batsmen who were trapped lbw the highest number of time in Test
Test cricket challenges the class of a batsman. It tests a batsmen’s patience and technique. A batsman, who does not many resources in his armoury, can’t get much success in the longest and classic from of the game.
The Indian team, who recently turned their Test fortune in Sri Lanka, are all set to take on Hashim Amla lead formidable South Africa. So before that we should have a look in one interesting stats which shows the top 5 batsmen in the history of Test cricket, who have more than 40 plus batting average, have trapped lbw highest number of times in the history of Test cricket.
In Test cricket, confronting spinner is one of the most difficult jobs. Many batsmen often use their leg to block the spin. Sometimes they try to play the ball across the line. Great batsmen often foxed by the spin that miss the bat and hit the pad. Bowlers appeal for leg before wicket, if an umpire gets convinced by the appeal raise the index finger in the process.
So, here is the list of top 5 batsmen who trapped lbw the highest number of time in the history of Test cricket. (minimum qualification 40 plus batting average)
1)Shivnarine Chanderpaul (West Indies), 55 times
The classic left-handed batsman from Guyana, West Indies has scored 11867 Test runs at an average of 51.37. Chanderpaul played 280 innings in his career. The 41 year recently ignored for the home series against Australia as his lean patch continued against home series England. He was asked to announce retirement by the WICB selectors. However, Chanderpaul is the highest career run scorer and the second highest for West Indies after Brian Lara.
He was naturally gifted and technically sound batsman. Though he never followed the coaching manual as his stance at the popping crease was never like the usual v shape. But his off the front foot stance looked elegant that allow him to play prolific pull shot.
But, this great batsmen trapped lbw the highest number of time in the history. The reason is he uses to shuffle his legs very often. He trapped lbw 55 times in his 21-year-old career.
2)Graham Gooch (England), 50 times
One of finest English batsmen who played for 20 years of international cricket for England. He scored 8900 at an average of 42.58 in 215 innings. He has 20 centuries and 46 half century in his name. Statistician Robert Brooke after jotting down all Gooch’s record put him ahead of Jack Hobbs. But, this quality batsman has also a knack of shuffling too much against swing bowler and spinners. So he was trapped 50 times, the second highest in the list.
3) Younis Khan (Pakistan) 40 times
The right-handed Pakistan batsmen have been growing younger in his heart by the day. He is just 25 days away to celebrate his 38 birthday, but he is going through one of the best phases of his career. In 2015, so far he scored 789 runs in 14 innings at an average of 60.69. He hit three centuries and one-half century.
During the first Test match at Abu Dhabi against England Younis Khan surpassed Javed Miandad and become highest Test run scorer for Pakistan. Including the final Test of the three-match series against England at Sharjah Younis Khan has scored 9116 runs at an average of 53.94 in 186 innings. He has 31 centuries in this format as well. His batting is full of Houdini acts. When Pakistan batsmen struggle, he can soak up the pressure and can do magic for Pakistan with the bat in hand. But, a classical batsman like Younis Khan also trapped lbw 40 times in his career.
4) Ross Taylor (New Zealand) 25 times
He was trapped lbw 25 times in his career. This prolific run scorer from New Zealand has played so far 117 innings. He is now 31. He scored 4769 runs at an average of 44.99. He has been the foundation of New Zealand middle order for the last couple of years. His pull over of the mid on boundary is one of the fascinating things to watch.
5) Gautam Gambhir (India) 23 times
He is a controversial cricketer for his verbal banter on the field. But, during his heydays in international cricketer the opener was an aggressive left-handed batsman. He played 100 innings in 56 Tests, but he has trapped lbw for 23 times in his career. Gambhir has very quick feet, but sometimes his knack of shuffling made him vulnerable against the pacers as well as quality spinners. He scored 4046 runs for India at an average of 42.58.