A format that demands persistence of the highest order, Test cricket has proved to be a bondage for bowlers at times when respective batsmen were on song. Beating the bat at times, witnessing the lemon cut and relentlessly bending the back with marathon spells only to head towards the pavilion wicket-less.
At times, the strip doesn’t offer variable bounce while on occasions, the batter puts a heavy price on his wicket. Test cricket has celebrated some phenomenal scenes where the ball did all the talking; wrecking the timber and putting the opposition off the comfort zone but it hasn’t always been so hunky-dory.
Today, we chart out five instances that proved to be a nightmare for bowlers. Instances that doesn’t come along very often but begs to vanish, leaving a memory that will go down to the grey pages of the history
Here we look at five bowlers who have conceded the most number of runs in a Test innings without picking up a wicket:
5. Raymond Price (Zimbabwe) 0/187 v Australia
A fine left-arm spinner, Raymond William Price had his days in a comparatively short Test career that spanned over 14 years but reads just 22 Test matches. A shrewd customer, who could easily tangle the batsman with his flight and guile, Price faced a daunting task against the Australians and Matthew Hayden in particular during the year 2003 at Perth.
Australia piled up 735/6 in the first innings with Hayden scoring a record best 380. In his quota of 36 overs, Price conceded 187 runs at an economy of 5.19 without picking a single wicket. The hosts hovered around the spineless turn with all force, finding the gaps at will and switching gears as per requirement.
Price didn’t get to bowl in the second innings, as Australia clinched up a massive innings victory and went on to win the series without much of a hiccup.