2017 as a whole saw some extremely fascinating Test matches. While some of the games were dominated primarily by the batting might of a few teams, the bowlers too came to the fore for a few teams. The year as a whole belonged mainly to the batsmen though, as top sides such as India, Australia and South Africa piled up a few mind-boggling batting feats.
Be it Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s hunger for double centuries or Steven Smith incredibly unparalleled spree of run-making; the batsmen made merry hands down. Smith at the moment, in particular, is way beyond his contemporaries in Tests, like a batting average of nearly 63 as of this moment, is just an indication of his appetite for making it big in whites.
Glories often bring about a sense of uneasiness for a few, and in this case where the batsmen are dominating the game, the unfortunate few remain the bowlers. While the teams with better batting achieved the desirable records, a few bowlers toiled extremely hard in the middle, only to return with highly inflated figures.
Below, we have a look at the five spells, which conceded the maximum number of runs in a Test innings.
- Yasir Shah – 40 – 167 -1
Pakistan had an extremely forgettable outing Down Under in January as the Kangaroos feasted on a toothless Pakistani outfit. Yasir Shah was on the receiving end of Australia’s might at Sydney as he was clobbered on an unresponsive deck. The leg-spinner was taken for 167 runs in the 40 overs he bowled in the New Year’s Test, and he returned with a solitary wicket.
- Mehidy Hasan – 56 – 178 -0
Like Pakistan’s tour of Australia, Bangladesh’s visit to South Africa had disaster written all over it. That was evident during the Test series, when skipper Mushfiqur Rahim not once, but twice opted to bowl first on batting decks that were a paradise for true stroke players. That toll had to be borne by the Bangladeshi bowlers as the Proteas were glad to improve their batting credentials. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan, who struck fame in the side’s first Test win over England in late 2016, went on to concede 178 runs in 56 overs, making it a terrible outing for him.
- Yasir Shah – 55.5 – 184 – 6:
Featuring yet again on this unwanted list is Yasir Shah. The post-Misbah Ul Haq era for Pakistan commenced with the two-match Test series in UAE against Sri Lanka, where Sri Lanka astonishingly humbled the side. In the Test at Dubai, Shah was taken to the cleaners by the Sri Lankan batsmen, as despite picking up six wickets, he went on to concede 184 runs.
- Steven O’ Keefe – 77 – 199 – 3
The four-match Test series in India was a see-saw ride for Australian left-arm spinner Steven O’ Keefe. After being named the Man of the Match at Pune, O’Keefe was decimated at Ranchi, as the good old days of Test cricket were revived, thanks mainly due to the grit of Cheteshwar Pujara. In the third Test of the series, O’ Keefe went on to concede 199 runs in India’s first innings, as Pujara’s patience wore him out completely.
- Dilruwan Perera – 45 – 202 – 3
The Nagpur Test saw India’s biggest win in the format as Sri Lanka stood helpless against the world’s number one ranked Test side. Thanks mainly to a stellar double ton from Virat Kohli and later a flawless century by Rohit Sharma, India raged into Sri Lanka, and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera was one casualty. The classical spinner went on to concede 202 runs in the overs he bowled, making it the most number of runs conceded by a bowler in a Test innings this year.
Below, we have a look at the ten bowlers who concede the most number of runs in a Test innings:
|Dilruwan Perera||Sri Lanka||202||45||3|
|Lakshan Sandakan||Sri Lanka||167||33.5||4|
|Rangana Herath||Sri Lanka||159||40||1|