> Sami is obviously aiming at the Most Comebacks record. I can't work
> out the current Test record-holder, although one assumes Mark
> Ramprakash is in with a shout, but I'm pretty sure that the
> first-class record is held by one FA Sinatra.
Mohinder Amarnath rates a mention here; he has scored centuries in
three comeback Tests, a 64 in a fourth, and was hit-wicket for 2 trying
to hook a bouncer in a 5th (as a bonus on that last Test, while wearing
a ridiculous piece of headgear, what is called a "sola topi" in India).
He's also been dropped for a Test or two in the midst of a series here
and there, but I don't rate that as a real drop; he was a fringe player
at that point, and fringe players often do miss the odd Test. And he
was in the touring party or the four*** for a home Test in most of
He began his Test career with one Test against Australia at home in
1969-70, and didn't return to the playing XI until the series in New
Zealand in 1976. He then played the next few series until being dropped
from the side.
After being dropped for four Tests against the West Indies in 1978-79,
he returned for the 6th Test at Kanpur, and contributed to the dullness
of an extremely boring Test with a laborious 101*, which was the 3rd
century of the Indian innings. The Test is mostly remembered for Faoud
Bacchus breaking down in tears when he was out hit wicket for 250; he
was sure he was going to go on to break Sobers' record of 365.
After playing a couple of Tests in England in 1979, Mohinder was
recalled for the last Test against Australia at home in 1979-80, made
his brief fashion statement, and left the Test arena once more.
Returning for the first Test in Pakistan in 1982-83, he top-scored with
109, and added centuries in each of the last two Tests as well, easily
being India's highest rungetter for a series in which India went down
3-0 to Imran. He continued his good form in the West Indies in 1983,
and was again India's leading run-scorer, and then went on to win the
Man of the Match award in the World Cup semi-final and final.
>From the heights of Everest to the depths of the Indian Ocean: when the
West Indies toured India in 1983-84, Amarnath couldn't buy a Test run,
or more precisely, couldn't buy a second Test run. Scores of
0,0,1,0,0,0 led to another dropping (or two). He played the first and
second Tests, was dropped for the next two, returned for the 5th, and
dropped again for the 6th.
Returning for the series against Pakistan in 1984, he scored 101* in
the second innings, and was then pretty much a regular until he was
dropped for the final time in 1987. Technically, we can perhaps argue
about whether that was a real comeback; he only missed one Test that
India played in the meantime (the 6th Test against the West Indies in
1983-84). But philosophically, it certainly felt like a real drop and