Stats: Captains dismissing their counterparts twice in a Test match

At the moment, only Windies and Zimbabwe have a captain who bowls regularly in Jason Holder and Graeme Cremer respectively.

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Zimbabwe cricket captain Graeme Cremer. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

A captain taking out his opposite number isn’t a common feat in the recent times with the team managements preferring batsmen or the wicketkeepers to man the biggest responsibility in the team. In Test cricket, it is among the rarest instances where a captain has been dismissed by his counterpart in both the innings.

At the moment, only Windies and Zimbabwe have a captain who bowls regularly in Jason Holder and Graeme Cremer respectively. While Holder has had a tough time in the longer format, Cremer achieved the feat of taking down his opposition captain both times in the one-off Test match against Sri Lanka.


Dinesh Chandimal, who was making his captaincy debut in the game fell to his opposite number in both the innings for 55 and 15 runs respectively. This was the only 15th instance where a captain dismissed his counter part in both the innings and the first such instance since 2010. Thus, Chandimal became the 2nd Sri Lankan captain to be dismissed twice in a Test to his opposite number as Mahela Jayawardene got out to Andrew Flintoff in 2006 Lord’s Test in both the innings.

Among the 15 such instances, Sir Gary Sobers and Richie Benaud are the only ones to dismiss their opposition team skippers twice in a Test on two different occasions. Lord’s Cricket Ground witnessed four of those 15 instances.

Captains dismissing their opposition number twice in a Test match:

Batsman Team Opposition Bowler 1st innings 2nd innings Venue Date
Dismissal Score Dismissal Score
Archie MacLaren England Australia Monty Noble c Warwick Armstrong 7 Bowled 24 Lord’s 14-Jun-1909
Herbie Taylor South Africa England Arthur Gilligan c George Wood (wk) 4 Bowled 8 Lord’s 28-Jun-1924
Curly Page New Zealand England Walter Robins c Eddie Paynter 19 c & b 13 Lord’s 26-Jun-1937
Gulabrai Ramchand India Australia Richie Benaud c Neil Harvey 13 st Wally Grout (wk) 22 Madras 13-Jan-1960
Sir Frank Worrell West Indies Australia Richie Benaud c Alan Davidson 22 c Wally Grout (wk) 82 Sydney 13-Jan-1961
Bob Simpson South Africa Australia Peter van der Merwe c Brian Taber (wk) 19 c Ian Chappell 76 Johannesburg 23-Dec-1966
Bill Lawry Australia West Indies Sir Gary Sobers c Basil Butcher 62 c Sub 89 Adelaide 24-Jan-1969
Graham Dowling New Zealand Pakistan Intikhab Alam c Asif Iqbal 15 c Wasim Bari (wk) 2 Dhaka 8-Nov-1969
Ajit Wadekar India West Indies Sir Gary Sobers c Desmond Lewis (wk) 88 c Clive Lloyd 17 Barbados 1-Apr-1971
Glenn Turner New Zealand India Bishan Bedi c Gundappa Vishwanath 113 c S Venkataraghavan 35 Kanpur 18-Nov-1976
Sachin Tendulkar India South Africa Hansie Cronje c Brian McMillan 35 c David Richardson (wk) 9 Johannesburg 16-Jan-1997
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka England Andrew Flintoff c Geraint Jones (wk) 61 c Geraint Jones (wk) 119 Lord’s 11-May-2006
Mohammad Ashraful Bangladesh New Zealand Daniel Vettori LBW 2 Aaron Redmond 0 Chittagong 17-Oct-2008
Virender Sehwag India Bangladesh Shakib Al Hasan c Tamim Iqbal 52 c Raqibul Hasan 45 Chittagong 17-Jan-2010
Dinesh Chandimal Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Graeme Cremer c Regis Chakabva (wk) 55 c Hamilton Masakadza 15 Colombo (RPS) 14-Jul-2017


(Stats as on July 19, 2017)