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Batsmen who picked just one wicket in more than a hundred Tests

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These two Indian legends picked a wicket a piece in their Test career

Unlike limited overs cricket, Test cricket is a game for specialists and not bits and pieces players. Every team aims at fielding an eleven that has it’s roles well defined. Every player makes his position in the team based on his expertise in one of the departments- bowling or batting.

Only a genuine all-rounder- one who can contribute both with bat and ball and walks into the team even if he was good at either- is considered fit to play a Test match.

This makes it rare for us to witness batsmen just rolling their arms over like they would do in limited overs cricket unless the captain is in dire need of wickets or lack of efficient bowling resources.

Let us have a look at prolific batsmen who went on to feature in more than a hundred Tests owing to their batting skills- an achievement in itself- but ended their careers with just one wicket against their names.


Rahul Dravid

Dravid accounted for Ridley Jacobs in 2002
Dravid accounted for Ridley Jacobs in 2002

The ultimate team man that he always was, Rahul Dravid never backed off from doing anything that could help the team's cause. From batting at various positions to wicketkeeping, Dravid was one name the country always banked upon.

When, in the 4th Test at Antigua versus the Windies in 2002, Sourav Ganguly called upon his deputy to roll his arm over, Dravid obliged. He broke a 166 run stand between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Ridley Jacobs (118) that had lasted for 63 overs as he accounted for the latter, having him caught by VVS Laxman.

In fact, the lifeless wicket at St. John's forced Ganguly to call upon all eleven members of the Indian team to pick opposition wickets as the Windies ended up batting for 248 overs before the match ended in a tame draw.

The most experienced cricketer on this list, Dravid also has to his credit 4 wickets in ODI's.

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