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Most ruthless declarations

Rajneesh Gupta | March 31, 2004 14:13 IST

Rahul Dravid got his name inscribed in the list of most ruthless captains in Test history when he declared India's first innings closed at 675 for 5 in Multan on Monday with Sachin Tendulkar just six runs away from what would have been his second double hundred in successive Tests and fourth overall.

Not many captains have shown the courage to declare their team's innings closed with one of their batsmen nearing a major personal milestone.

Interestingly, at least on three occasions the batsman to suffer could not complain of injustice because he was himself the captain making the decision. Peter May in 1957, Sunil Gavaskar in 1978-79, and Imran Khan in 1991-92 were the victims of their own decisions.

Who was the most ruthless captain of all? This honour should go to either the West Indian Gerry Alexander (1959-60) or Englishman Mike Atherton (1994-95). But Imran Khan (1982-83) and Rahul Dravid are not very far behind either.

The following table lists all such instances.

Missed a triple hundred:
ScoreBatsmanForVsVenueSeriesCaptainTeam totalResult
285*P B H MayEngWI Birmingham1957PBH May583-4Draw
280*Javed MiandadPakIndHyderabad1982-83Imran Khan581-3Won

Missed a double hundred:
ScoreBatsmanForVsVenueSeriesCaptainTeam totalResult
197*F M M WorrellWIEngBridgetown1959-60F C M Alexander563-8Drawn
194*S R TendulkarIndPakMultan2003-04

R S Dravid

675-5In Progress
189*J H KallisSAZimBulawayo2001-02S M Pollock519-8Drawn
183*A FlowerZimIndDelhi2000-01H H Streak422-9Lost
182*C P MeadEngAusThe Oval1921L H Tennyson403-8Drawn
182*S M GavaskarIndWICalcutta1978-79S M Gavaskar361-1Drawn
182*I V A RichardsWIEngBridgetown1980-81C H Lloyd379-7Won

Missed a hundred:
ScoreBatsmanForVsVenueSeriesCaptainTeam totalResult
98*G A HickEngAusSydney1994-95M A Atherton255-2Drawn
93*Imran KhanPakSLSialkot1991-92Imran Khan423-5Drawn
92*R W MarshAusEngMelbourne1970-71W M Lawry493-9Drawn
91*R S DravidIndAusSydney 2003-04S C Ganguly211-2Drawn
90*E de C WeekesWIEngKingston1953-54J B Stollmeyer209-6Won



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Sub: Wise Decision

Decision was wise indeed as POWAR, as 12th man had brought a message a couple of times to Sahin indicating about Declaring the Innings.. inspite ...


Posted by Mohan





Sub: Ruthless declarations

Ideally Rahul could have waited for sachin to complete a double ton, but it's not a big deal if he has not done so...after all ...


Posted by Siddharth Bhattacharya





Sub: ruthless declarations

a reading of your table on declarations by "ruthless" captains clearly seems to make a case for encouraging attainment of personal milestones. almost, in all ...


Posted by s radhakrishnan





Sub: the other face of Indian Cricket

Rahul Dravid has shown that he is a cricketer and not a sportsman by denyng an opportunity to India's premier batsman Tendulkar who was just ...


Posted by S.S.ANGADI





Sub: Decision not taken against sachin

I don't think that the decision was taken to declare the innings to stop schin from making his double century. He will have more chances ...


Posted by Sameer Joshi




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