Summary of World Cup performances

Finally we summarize all performances in the World Cup. All 205 players who played at least one match for any of the 14 teams are included.


Guptill (547) moved just ahead of Sangakkara (541) during the final. Dhawan is 5th with 412, after de Villiers and B. Taylor


Boult and Starc both took 22 wickets, though the latter had a better average, economy rate and strike rate. Umesh Yadav was third with 18, while Shami along with Morkel and J. Taylor had 17.


Haddin leads with 16 dismissals followed by Dhoni with 15. Stumpings were rare with Sangakkara taking the most with 3. Among non-keepers, Roussow led with 9 followed by Yadav with 8.


This lists aggregates in order of the difference between batting and bowling averages. The question of defining an all-rounder now comes in. If we take an arbitrary figure of 200 runs and 10 wickets then only C. Anderson and A. Russell qualify.


Gayle and Samuels lead with 372 for the 2nd wicket

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Gayle (215) and then Guptill (237*) made the highest scores in World Cup matches.

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Southee and Starc have the best figures of 7-33 and 6-28 respectively.

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Sarfraz Ahmed took 6 dismissals in the first match he played here, while Umar Akmal was the only one to take 5. Sarfraz equalled the record of 6 held by Gilchrist. Among non-keepers, Umar Akmal and S.Sarkar had 4 catches which equalled the World Cup record held by Mohammed Kaif.

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These players scored at least 30 runs and took at least 3 wickets in a match. Wahab Riaz (54* and 4-45) and Sean Williams (96 and 3-72) can be said to have done best.

Now for the finals (continued)

By now you would be quite familiar with the finalists’ national anthems-so you can hear them once more from well-known artistes:


New Zealand:

As mentioned earlier, even if you look back for ODIs in the past 5 years you will find one win apiece-Australia in the 2011 WC and New Zealand more recently. And they have not met in Australia in this period.

In my earlier post on March 26, I had summed up the overall performances for players from the four semi-final teams. Today we take a look at the best individual performances.

Batting-scores of 90 and above:


The most fours is by Guptill (24). He also has the most sixes (11).

We now take a closer look at the strike rate:

Bowling-strike rate of 110 and above, for scores 50 and above:

Batting-strike rate

McCullum tops this list, while de Villiers has the best strike rate for scores above 100.

Now for the best innings bowling:

Bowling-4 or more wickets in an innings:


Southee and Starc have the best individual hauls of 7 and 6 respectively.

The best economy rates are by Vettori (1.80) followed by Ashwin (2.50). Also note that Yadav is at the bottom with 8.00.

Looking at strike rates:

Strike rates for 4 or more wickets in an innings:

bowling-strike rate

The best strike rates are by Starc (in first and third position) and Southee. Ashwin (but not Yadav) is one of those at the bottom.

Best innings fielding:

3 or more dismissals (keepers and non-keepers):


Dhoni has the most with 4, while several keepers and non-keepers have 3.

All-round performances in a match:

At least 30 runs and 3 wickets:


Only one instance-and Anderson may well be considered as the secret weapon of New Zealand.

And finally the best partnerships:

Partnerships above 100:


Nothing beyond the 5th wicket. The best opening partnership is by India’s Dhawan and Sharma.

May the best team win!

Past air crashes linked to pilot’s actions

Much is being said about the crash of Germanwings’ flight 4U9525, including the fact that the co-pilot was somehow responsible for this. It is not always possible to exactly identify the cause in accidents of this sort, but there is fairly strong evidence in several instances which have not been highlighted in the press so far. This list appears to be more exhaustive:

This seems to draw mainly from the site:  One can also see the Wikipedia articles for more details of the respective incidents.

There is even one from India which did not get much publicity as it was not a commercial flight:

And of course, something of this sort might have happened in the case of MH 370 although there are several other theories which can explain its disappearance.

Now for the finals

Data for past ODI encounters between Australia and New Zealand is quite sparse. In the past 5 years there have been only 2 such finished matches which are shared 1-1. Australia won in the 2011 world cup, and New Zealand won the recent league match. And in the past 5 years there has been no ODI between these teams played in Australia.

Anyway, we now look back to the individual performances of players from the four teams which made the semi-finals (including all matches up to and including the match on Mar 26):

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A quick look at batting from these teams:

All those who scored 100 or more runs:


While Guptill has the most runs (532) and highest individual score (237*), de Villiers has the highest average (96.40) and McCullum has the highest strike rate (191.81). Now de Villiers will not be there in the final, and the next in line for highest average is Guptill with 76.00.

Now for bowling:

All those who took at least 5 wickets:


Boult has the most wickets at 21 with Starc close behind with 20. The best innings bowling is 7-33 by Southee followed by Starc with 6-28. The best average here is 10.20 by Starc, best economy rate 3.65 also by Starc and the best strike rate 15.0 by C. Anderson.

Now for fielding:

All keepers and non-keepers who made 5 or more dismissals:


Most dismissals by a keeper is 15 by Dhoni and 9 by Roussow for non-keepers.

The best ratio of dismissals per innings is 2.00 by Haddin for keepers and 1.50 by Roussow for non-keepers.

And finally all-round performances:

Minimum 100 runs and 5 wickets:

AR 100 and 5

Only three make the cutoff. We can say that Maxwell is the best batsman among them and Anderson the best bowler.

Some more numbers will appear before the finals.

Bob Appleyard R.I.P.

In the midst of the heat and dust of the World Cup, it is easy to miss the passing of a relatively little-known English player of the 1950s. He had a rather traumatic childhood, but went on to be one of Yorkshire’s leading bowlers of his time. He played relatively few Tests, but played a major role in one of the major “negative” world records which his team inflicted on another.

Here is his writeup from Cricinfo:

This gives a good general idea of the difficulties he overcame, though it does not go much into his Test career. You can see that here:


He made his debut in the second test between England and Pakistan in 1954, in which he took his best figures of 5-51 which helped England to win by an innings. He missed the rest of the series but then played in 4 Ashes tests that winter, taking 11 wickets with Tyson wreaking havoc at the other end. His finest moment may have been the debacle of 26 all out in the tour of New Zealand that followed, where he was the main wicket taker with 4 for 7:

Take a closer look at the innings:

26 all out

Also note the even more startling bowling figures of his Yorkshire colleague Johnny Wardle. Other odd things you will see are that one batsman did cross double figures, though there was another instance of 30 all out in a Test when no batsman got into double figures.

(Not long ago Australia were 21/9 against Philander and Steyn and the long-standing record of 26 all out looked to be in danger. They finally staggered to 47).

After this Test his career petered out, but he remained a well known figure in Yorkshire cricket until his recent death at 90. R.I.P.

An odd train accident in the desert

Although the safety record of the Indian Railways has generally improved over the years, unexpected mishaps do occur-like this one in Rajasthan when a runaway coach ran 12 km over a light slope until it was switched into a dead end:

Fortunately there were no casualties (mainly because no one was in the errant coach). And this is a low-traffic route, but level-crossing mishaps could well have happened.

The official information sheet by the railways does hold the shunting staff at Barmer at fault, though they are yet to be punished. The link for this is not available now.

Yet another theorem for the World Cup


Statement of the theorem:

1) No host can win a World Cup

2) If a country is one of the hosts, it can win only if the final is in one of the other co-host countries.

As we will see, this had a 100 percent success rate until 2007. Dhoni and Co spoiled it in 2011, so some other theorem will have to be created.

Going over the results;

1975: WI won in Eng

1979: WI won in Eng

1983: Ind won in Eng

1987: Aus won in Ind

1992: Pak won in Aus

1996: SL (host) won in the final held in Pak

1999: Aus won in Eng

2003: Aus won in SA

2007: Aus won in WI

(9 out of 9 so far)

2011: Ind won in Ind (though if SL had won the theorem would still be valid)

Anyway, we still have a 90 percent success rate. So we can be quite confident that Australia will not win the final.

World Cup: a method for predicting the winner.


  I first came across this “theorem” in the runup to the 1992 World Cup. Its statement is:

If the World Cup tournament is held in a white-majority country, it will be won by a “non-white” team.

If it is held in a non-white country, it will be won by a “white” team.

Consider the instances before then:

1975  in Eng, won by WI   True

1979  in Eng, won by WI   True

1983 in Eng, won by Ind    True

1987 in Ind/Pak, won by Aus    True

Now we see how this theorem worked after someone had deduced it:

1992 in Aus/NZ, won by Pak    True (5 out of 5 so far)

1996 in Ind/Pak/SL, won by SL  False (for the first time)

1999 in Eng/Neth, won by Aus  False

2003 in SA/Ken/Zim, won by Aus True (we consider SA to be a non-white country)

2007 in WI, won by Aus                  True

2011 in Ind/BD/SL, won by Ind        False

Thus this theorem has worked in 7 out of 10 cases or 70%

Now figure out which of the following contenders will win in 2015: Ind, Pak, SL, BD, WI

Odds and ends from the World Cup

We know that Kumar Sangakkara now holds the record for the most consecutive centuries in all ODI cricket (not just in the World Cup):

As you can see, the previous record was 3 by various people. No one scored more than two in a row in the World Cup. R. Dravid was one of them.

We now look at the records for dismissals in World Cup matches as on Mar 11:

Sangakkara:      54 dis, 41 ct, 13 st

Gilchrist             52 dis, 45 ct,   7 st

McCullum          33 dis, 30 ctw, 2 st, 1 ctf

Boucher             31 dis, 31 ct, 0 ct

Moin Khan         30 dis, 23 ct, 7 st

Ponting              28 dis, 28 ctf

Dhoni                 26 dis, 21 ct, 5 st

Ramdin              25 dis, 25 ct, 0 st

We can expect Sangakkara and Dhoni to add a few more in the course of the tournament, besides McCullum (now not keeping), Dhoni and Ramdin. But Sangakkara’s total of 54 dismissals and 13 stumpings are likely to stand for a long time,while he may also cross Gilchrist’s total of 45 catches.

Ponting’s 28 catches as a fielder may also be a record for a long time. The next in line is Jayasuriya with 18. No current fielder is even close.

Guess which fielder has taken the most catches as a fielder in this World Cup? Umesh Yadav with 7.

Soumya Sarkar from Bangladesh took 4 catches in an innings (vs Scotland) to equal the World Cup record of 4 by Mohammed Kaif against Sri Lanka in 2003.

There is a strange symmetry here as the record is shared by a Hindu from Bangladesh and a Muslim from India. Also remember the only Hindu to score a hat-trick in Tests is Alok Kapali from Bangladesh. India does have Harbhajan Singh as the only Sikh to take a hat-trick, besides Irfan Pathan.

MH 370-the Indian angle

As the anniversary of the disappearance of MH 370 draws around, we look back at some news reports from last March considering what India may have been able to do at that time and why they did not do anything.

While the transponder on MH 370 ceased to function while approaching the Vietnamese coast, it was still trackable by primary radar until it went out of range. This is the last definitive information we have about its path:


Note that at the last point it is heading towards the Nicobar islands.

We first look at this report discussing possible landing sites in the Andamans and the nearby Coco islands (which are Myanmarese territory). This was written before the Inmarsat pings and the Southern Indian Ocean trajectory became common knowledge.

Of course, landing at the Indian airports at Campbell Bay, Car Nicobar, Port Blair and Shibpur could not have happened without the knowledge (or connivance) of the Indian armed forces. And the path to the Coco Islands should have been detected by Port Blair’s radar if it was working.

As this is the most remote part of India, a few maps may be helpful for orientation:Andamans-A 001

Note that the Andamans and the Nicobars are distinct island groups. They are grouped together as a single territory called “The Andaman and Nicobar Islands”, as in the map above.

Most of the population is in the Andamans, and the Nicobars have little population outside the Indian military bases. The forests of both island groups are largely inhabited by tribes who have little contact with the outside world. (You may recall the poison dart man from “The Sign of Four”).Very few Indian civilians (other than those employed by the government) are allowed to travel to the Nicobars.

Another point of interest is that the islands are considerably closer to Myanmar and Indonesia than they are to India. In turboprop days the Indian Airlines Viscount flights from Calcutta to Port Blair used to refuel at Rangoon. Direct flights started only with the 737s.

The islands had been occupied by the Japanese for a long period during WW2.

A closer look at the Andamans (and the Coco Islands):

Andamans-B 001

Here you see the main town of Port Blair, its airport (which is run by the military, who allow civilian flights for part of the day), the little-used airstrip at Shibpur and the Coco islands.

And finally the Nicobars:

Andamans-C 001

Here we see Car Nicobar with its 8900-ft airfield which was wrecked in the 2004 tsunami and promptly rebuilt, and the smaller base at Campbell Bay which handles smaller aircraft and probably has little or no radar. Car Nicobar does handle 737s and A320s on military charters, besides Il-76s and the smaller military transports such as AN-32s.

Note the proximity to Banda Aceh which would have been circumnavigated by MH 370 as many believe.

Now a couple of articles by an Indian aviation expert. This newspaper and the writer are generally considered to be reliable. Of course, these articles are based on what was known at the time of writing.

From the Hindu of 18/03/2014:

and from the same paper of 26/03/2014:

These two articles reflect what was known at that time. I am not sure whether the writer’s comments about the state of affairs at the radar facilities at Car Nicobar and Port Blair are fully reliable. But if the Car Nicobar radar was functioning, it would certainly have caught some part of the track of MH 370 before if it disappeared towards the South Pole (or to the Maldives or Diego Garcia if you believe those theories).

However, even if you stick to the northern path to Baikonur or nearby, it would be difficult for it to get through the radars of Kolkata international airport and several large air force bases in eastern India where the radar would be better monitored than in the sleepy outposts in the islands.

Footnote: A total of 239 persons were aboard the missing aircraft, being 12 crew and 227 passengers. 5 passengers were listed as Indian citizens. There may have been a few crew members and passengers from Malaysia with Indian-sounding names.

MH 370-miscellaneous notes

What India and Pakistan had to say about the “Northern Route” last March:

What the Maldivians said they saw on March 8:

And if they did see something, could it be from this airline which has cargo flights between Sri Lanka and the Maldives:

FitsAir Wiki

The colour scheme of the DC-8 is not too different from that of MAS. Here is a closer look:

Their current website is below. Perhaps someone in Colombo could take a closer look at them: