Lance Gibbs, Maximum Balls Without A Single Wide Or No-Ball In Test Cricket, 27,115 Deliveries
Lance Gibbs, Maximum Balls Without A Single Wide Or No-Ball In Test Cricket, 27,115 Deliveries

The West Indian offspinner Lance Gibbs bowled 27,115 balls in 79 matches, without a single wide or no-ball. This is a world record of Maximum Balls without a single WIDE or NO-BALL in Test Cricket.

Richard Hadlee sent down 21,918 deliveries without conceding a wide, but did have 22 no-balls, while Derek Underwood (21,862 balls in 86 Tests) and Garry Sobers (21,599 in 93) never bowled a wide or a no-ball.


About Lance Gibbs (from Wikipedia Page)

Lancelot Richard Gibbs is a former West Indies cricketer, one of the most successful spin bowlers in Test cricket history. He took 309 Test wickets, only the second player (after Fred Trueman) to pass 300, the first spinner to pass that milestone, and had an exceptional economy rate of under two runs per over.

In 2009, Gibbs was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

The early 1960s were Gibbs’ most productive period in Test cricket, and his greatest achievements came in the 1961–62 home series against India. Over the course of five Tests he picked up 24 wickets at just 20.41 apiece, including one of the game’s greatest spells of bowling at Bridgetown, where he single-handedly reduced the Indians from 149/2 to 187 all out with eight wickets in 15.3 overs at a total cost of just six runs; Gibbs’ final innings return of 8/38 was his best in a Test match.

In 1963, West Indies toured England, and Gibbs had another highly successful series, taking 26 wickets at 21.30 including 5/59 and 6/98 in a ten-wicket triumph at Manchester. Further successful series followed: indeed, in eight successive series topped and tailed by the 1960–61 and 1968–69 tours to Australia, Gibbs never took fewer than 18 Test wickets and took five or more wickets in an innings on 12 occasions.


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