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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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