Stats: Pakistan batsmen who have bagged a pair in Test cricket

Stats: Pakistan batsmen who have bagged a pair in Test cricket

Young batsman Babar Azam recorded a pair and became the 48th Pakistani batsman to hold the dubious record.

Babar Azam
Pakistan’s batsman Babar Azam plays a shot. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Led by Roston Chase’s 131 in the first innings, Shai Hope’s crucial 90 in the second innings and Shanon Gabriel’s match haul of 9 wickets; West Indies accounted their second win against Pakistan in the last 3 Test matches. A target of 188 seemed a walk in the park for Pakistan’s experienced batting line-up till they fell apart like a pack of cards to lose the Barbados Test by 106 runs.

As many as six ducks were scored by Pakistani batsmen during the course of the Test match. Retiring legends Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq scored one each in the first innings and the second innings respectively. A lot has been spoken about the 22-year-old Babar Azam ever since he made his ODI debut in 2015. The elegant right-hander has an impressive record in the format averaging 55.08 after 26 games.

Having seen his progress in the ODIs, Pakistan handed Azam a Test debut in 2016. His Test career hasn’t followed the same path his ODI made, though he showed that he belongs to this level with a patient 72-run knock in the 1st Test. In the 2nd Test though, he bagged a pair which again opened debates about his ability in the longest form of the game.

He faced two balls each in both innings before he was snapped by Gabriel and Joseph respectively. Babar became the 48th batsman from Pakistan to register a pair in Test cricket. The list includes big names like Mudassar Nazar, Wasim Akram, Saeed Anwar, Saleem Malik and Aamer Sohail. This was the second instance of a Pakistani batsman registering a pair in 2017 with Imran Khan being the other one who did it against Australia at Sydney in January this year.

Here is the list of Pakistan batsmen who have bagged a pair in Test cricket:

No Player FI SI Opposition Ground
1 MEZ Ghazali 0 0 v England Manchester
2 Nasim-ul-Ghani 0 0 v West Indies Port of Spain
3 Wazir Mohammad 0 0 v West Indies Port of Spain
4 Imtiaz Ahmed 0 0 v England Dhaka
5 Javed Burki 0 0 v New Zealand Wellington
6 Saleem Altaf 0 0 v Australia Melbourne
7 Iqbal Qasim 0 0 v England Lord’s
8 Majid Khan 0 0 v Australia Perth
9 Sikander Bakht 0 0 v Australia Perth
10 Wasim Bari 0 0 v Australia Perth
11 Mudassar Nazar 0 0 v England Birmingham
12 Wasim Akram 0 0 v Sri Lanka Colombo (CCC)
13 Aaqib Javed 0 0 v Australia Melbourne
14 Waqar Younis 0 0 v New Zealand Faisalabad
15 Saeed Anwar 0 0 v West Indies Faisalabad
16 Aaqib Javed 0 0 v England Leeds
17 Aamer Sohail 0 0 v New Zealand Hamilton
18 Mushtaq Ahmed 0 0 v Australia Rawalpindi
19 Manzoor Elahi 0 0 v Zimbabwe Harare
20 Rashid Latif 0 0 v South Africa Port Elizabeth
21 Saleem Malik 0 0 v Australia Karachi
22 Mushtaq Ahmed 0 0 v Zimbabwe Peshawar
23 Azhar Mahmood 0 0 v India Kolkata
24 Saleem Elahi 0 0 v England Lord’s
25 Taufeeq Umar 0 0 v Australia Sharjah
26 Waqar Younis 0 0 v Australia Sharjah
27 Mohammad Zahid 0 0 v South Africa Cape Town
28 Shoaib Akhtar 0 0 v Australia Sydney
29 Shabbir Ahmed 0 0 v West Indies Kingston
30 Shabbir Ahmed 0 0 v England Multan
31 Danish Kaneria 0 0 v India Faisalabad
32 Danish Kaneria 0 0 v India Delhi
33 Abdur Rauf 0 0 v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS)
34 Saeed Ajmal 0 0 v Sri Lanka Colombo (PSS)
35 Mohammad Asif 0 0 v New Zealand Napier
36 Kamran Akmal 0 0 v England Nottingham
37 Mohammad Asif 0 0 v England Nottingham
38 Mohammad Amir 0 0 v England Lord’s
39 Junaid Khan 0 0 v England Abu Dhabi
40 Umar Gul 0 0 v South Africa Cape Town
41 Khurram Manzoor 0 0 v South Africa Dubai (DSC)
42 Junaid Khan 0 0 v Sri Lanka Galle
43 Wahab Riaz 0 0 v England Lord’s
44 Asad Shafiq 0 0 v England Birmingham
45 Asad Shafiq 0 0 v West Indies Sharjah
46 Wahab Riaz 0 0 v New Zealand Hamilton
47 Imran Khan 0 0 v Australia Sydney
48 Babar Azam 0 0 v West Indies Bridgetown

Azam was the sixth batsman from the country to bag a pair against West Indies. Asad Shafiq was the previous one who got out for double ducks in the home Test series in October 2016. The list includes Shabbir Ahmed (2005), Saeed Anwar (1990) and the duo of Wazir Mohammad and Nasim-ul-Ghani who did it in the same Test in 1958 at Port of Spain.

Here is the list of Stats: Pakistan batsmen who have bagged a pair against West Indies in Test cricket:

No Player FI SI Opposition Ground
1 Nasim-ul-Ghani 0 0 v West Indies Port of Spain
2 Wazir Mohammad 0 0 v West Indies Port of Spain
3 Saeed Anwar 0 0 v West Indies Faisalabad
4 Shabbir Ahmed 0 0 v West Indies Kingston
5 Asad Shafiq 0 0 v West Indies Sharjah
6 Babar Azam 0 0 v West Indies Bridgetown

(All stats updated till May 5, 2017)

Stats by HR Gopal Krishna