Lefties against Indian bowling – when Southpaw becomes Jaguar-paw


Left-handed batsmen from across the globe have been hugely successful against Indian bowlers. Have a look at the long list of the southpaw batters with terrific record against us:


The pioneers:

Allan Border: Perhaps one of the first southpaws to set up this trend. The former Aussie skipper scored 1567 runs at 52.23 an innings with 4 tons and 9 fifties in 20 tests. Border made his debut ODI ton against India with a score of 105* while chasing at the SCG in 1980.

Gary Kirsten: The South African opener has phenomenal success against India in ODIs with an astounding average of 76.62 with 4 hundreds and 9 fifties, scoring 1377 runs in 26 innings. In Tests too, he has slammed 3 centuries against India with his twin centuries in a winning cause coming at the Eden Gardens in 1996. Kirsten later became the coach of India, leading them to the number one in Test and winning the 2011 World Cup at home.


The wreckers-in-chief:

Sanath Jayasuriya: This dashing opener from Sri Lanka was almost a terror for our opening seamers, especially Javagal Srinath and Manoj Prabhakar. His tally against India includes a total of 10 centuries, 7 of those in ODIs with his career best 189, amassing 2899 runs in 85 innings. In Tests too, his career best of 340 came against India and averaging 67.19 in 10 matches.

Mathew Hayden: The devastating Aussie opener has an outstanding record against India. In Tests, he averages 59 with 6 tons and 8 fifties and a scintillating innings of 203. He complemented it with another 3 centuries and 10 half-centuries in ODIs aggregating 53.70 per innings.

Kumara Sangakkara: The top order Sri Lankan batsman accumulated 2700 runs in ODIs with 6 centuries and 18 fifties. In Tests too, he has slammed 5 tons, averaging 52 with a special innings of 219.

Andy Flower: The talismanic Zimbabwean wicket-keeper, batsman and captain averages an astounding 94.83 against India in Tests with 3 top-quality centuries and 7 fifties, including an unbeaten match-saving 232. In ODIs too, he scored 1298 runs at an average of 40.56 with 11 fifties and a top-class innings of 145.

Alistair Cook: England’s opener and captain made his Test debut in India back in 2006 with a fighting 60. Since then he has dominated over our bowlers with 5 centuries and 7 fifties from 20 tests with his personal best of 293. His knock of 190 in the second innings at the Eden Gardens in 2012 played a significant role in England’s first series victory in India in almost three decades. His first ODI hundred is also made against India.

Shivnaraine Chanderpaul: This middle-order Caribbean giant with a peculiar batting stance has devastated India with an average of 63.85 with 7 hundreds and 10 fifties. In ODIs too, he has scored 2 tons and 10 fifties with a heroic 149*.


The arch-rivals:

Saeed Anwar: Another opener and this time from cross-border rivals Pakistan has also been a nightmare for India. In all the 3 tests that he featured against India, he had played an epic carry-the-bat-through innings of 188. In ODIs, he has scored 2002 runs at an average of 43.52 and strike rate of 91. Out of his 4 centuries that he scored against India, that record-breaking 194 will forever remain special.

Salman Butt: The former Pakistan opener and captain is infamous for his involvement in match-fixing in England tour 2010 which made ICC slap a lifetime ban on him. Before that scandal, Butt made 992 runs at 52.21 including 5 centuries and 2 fifties in 21 ODIs.

Aamer Sohail: The Pakistan opening batsmen too boast of an ODI average of almost 42 against India and a knock of 105 off 96 balls at Sharjah in 1996.


Possible future tormentors:

Quinton de Kock: Another wicket-keeper and this time from South Africa scored three successive centuries against India in a bilateral series in India’s tour to the South Africa in 2013-14. In all he has 5 centuries so far in nine meetings with India with a healthy average of 74.11. And yes, he is just 22 years old. Looks like he will break all records against India if he keeps on tormenting the way he has done so far.

Nasir Jamshed: All three of this Pakistan opener’s international (ODI) hundreds came against India with his successive hundreds in first two games of a three-match series (first bilateral series since Mumbai attacks, 2008) in 2012 helped Pakistan seal the series with a match in their kitty. He averages an astronomical 102 against India in 6 games.


Special mentions:

Mike Hussey: A consistent Australian middle-order batsman, Hussey, like Langer, too has 3 centuries and 4 fifties against India in 14 tests, averaging almost 50. Also known as Mr. Cricket.

Justin Langer: The Australian Test opener’s innings of 223 against India at the SCG in January 2000 paved the way for inflicting an innings-defeat and subsequent white-wash of India. In all, he made 3 tons and 4 fifties in 14 tests, averaging around 41.

Simon Katich: The Aussie batsman scored 1088 runs at 47.30 per innings with 2 centuries and 6 half-centuries.

Marcus Trescothick: The English opener scored at an average of 59.16 with 4 fifties in 4 test matches. In ODIs, he boasts of a superior record with 2 hundreds and an equal number of fifties at 40.93 runs per innings.

Tamim Iqbal: The Bangladesh opening batsman averaged 53.80 from 3 Tests with highest score of 151 against India. In ODIs, he has also slammed 5 fifties in 13 attempts.

Shakib Al Hasan: Though this Bangladesh all-rounder still has no hundreds against India, the middle-order batsman has notched up 7 half-centuries in 15 matches against India with a decent average of 37.92.


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