Stats: Players with 5-wicket haul in both Tests and ODIs as captain

By taking a 5-wicket haul as captain in both Tests and ODIs, Cremer joined the elite list of captains who have taken 5-fers in two different formats.

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka Graeme Cremer
Zimbabwe’s captain Graeme Cremer. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer led his side from the front to play a key role in restricting the home side Sri Lanka to 346 and helped them gain 10-run first innings lead. In this process, Cremer bowled 39.3 overs out of the 102.3 overs that comprised of Sri Lanka’s innings and returned with a 5-wicket haul. Thus the leg-spinner became the first Zimbabwe player to take a 5-wicket haul as captain in Test cricket.

Heath Streak picked up 4-wicket hauls on 4 occasions in his captaincy career while Cremer picked up two 4-fers during the Sri Lanka series at home last year but none from Zimbabwe managed to pick 5-wickets in an innings in Tests while captaining the team before this game. During their ODI series tour in Scotland earlier this year, Cremer bagged a 5-wicket haul against the hosts and became the first player from Zimbabwe to take a 5-wicket haul as a captain in ODI cricket.

By taking a 5-wicket haul as captain in both Tests and ODIs, Cremer joined the elite list of captains who have taken 5-fers in two different formats. So far, no player has taken a five-wicket haul in T20I cricket while leading the team. He is now a part of the list of captains with 5-fers in both Tests and ODIs which comprised of 7 players before him.

The recent entry to the list before Cremer was the Windies captain, Jason Holder. Holder picked up a 5-wicket haul in his side’s 10-run win against India in the recently concluded ODI series when they were defending a low total of 189 runs. Earlier in 2016, Holder had bagged a 5-fer in the Test match against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi.

List of captains with a 5-wicket haul in both Tests and ODIs:

Player Team Tests ODIs
Matches Innings Best figures 5-fers Matches Innings Best figures 5-fers
N Kapil Dev India 34 58 9/83 4 74 73 5/43 1
Wasim Akram Pakistan 25 46 6/48 3 109 108 5/15 2
Waqar Younis  Pakistan 17 28 7/91 3 62 60 7/36 3
ST Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 38 52 5/43 1 118 106 5/28 1
SM Pollock  South Africa 26 50 6/30 4 97 96 5/37 1
DL Vettori New Zealand 32 54 6/56 6 82 77 5/7 1
JO Holder  Windies 15 23 5/30 1 42 41 5/27 1
AG Cremer  Zimbabwe 5 8 5/125 1 20 19 5/29 1

 

(Stats as on July 16, 2017)


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