Summary of T20Is between Australia and India

With India’s 3-0 sweep of the T20I series, India has made its first clean sweep in a bilateral series in Australia in any format of cricket. It has been pointed that no other visiting team has clean-swept Australia* in any format since international cricket began in 1877. Savour the moment.

*Mayukh Ghosh points out that this is true for all series with 3 or more matches, although England did win both Tests of 1886-87.

At the end of this series, this is the record of all T20Is between the two countries:

Overall record

India had led 5-4 at the start of the series and extended their lead to 8-4.

Most runs (100 and more):

Total runs

Note that Watson has scored the only century here. Kohli, Watson, Yuvraj and Rohit each have three scores of 50+.

Rohit and Dhoni are the only ones to have played in all T20Is between the two countries.

Highest individual scores (50 and more):

Best innings scores

Both Watson and Kohli made the record scores for their teams in this series.

Highest batting averages (for all those who batted in at least 5 innings):

Batting avg and SR

You can also see that Yuvraj (166.87) and Watson (162.28) have the highest strike rates.

Most wickets (4 and more):

Total wkts

Best innings bowling (3wi or more)

Best innings bowling

Ashwin is the only one to take 4 wickets in an innings. Young Bumrah recorded the best for India vs Aus in Aus at Adelaide during this series.

Best bowling averages (15 overs or more):

Bowling average etc

Watson has the best average, Harbhajan the best economy and Watson again has the best strike rate.

Most dismissals (4 and more):

Total dismissals

Note that Jadeja has the most catches by a fielder.

The most dismissals in an innings is 3 by Dhoni on two occasions. Several fielders have taken 2 catches in an innings.

Best dismissal rate (for 5 or more innings fielded):

Dismissal rate

Here too Jadeja has the highest dismissal rate for non-keepers.

Best overall all-round performances:

All-round overall

Here Yuvraj comes out on top, admittedly with less bowling but a good bowling average.

Best all-round match performances (Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

All-round match

Watson’s feat is clearly the better one.

When Sardar Patel walked out from a plane crash (Revised)

A little known fact about Sardar Patel: he had a little adventure when his plane force-landed near Shahpura about 65 km north of Jaipur on March 29, 1949 where he was going to attend the inauguration of the new state of Rajasthan. He and the other occupants of the  aircraft were unhurt, but his whereabouts were not known for a few hours until he reappeared in Jaipur. The other passengers included his daughter Maniben and the Maharaja of Patiala.

Today Shahpura is a small and bustling town on the Delhi-Jaipur highway.

Here is a link to the Indian Express of March 31, 1949. It can be magnified to suit the reader’s convenience:

The Indian Express – Google News Archive Search

It is not clear from these reports whether it was an aircraft of the Air Force or some other government agency, and it is wrongly mentioned to be a Dove (see the link below):

This link from veteran aviation writer PVS Jagan: http://jaganpvs.tripod.com/trivia05.htm

tells us that it was an RIAF Devon piloted by Flt Lt KG Bhimrao. Although the aircraft was written off, no one was injured.

The confusion arose because the de Havilland Dove and Devon were essentially the same aircraft, although the military version was called the Devon. Some information and pictures here:

http://defenceforumindia.com/forum/threads/historical-fighter-planes-of-india.48691/page-8

The biographical film “Sardar” (1993) with Paresh Rawal in the title role briefly shows this incident near the close of the film, though one would not expect the technical details to be accurate in a popular film like this.

The Sardar’s  colleague Jagjivan Ram had not been so fortunate. He was seriously injured in a BOAC airliner’s crash in Iran shortly before Independence in which several people were killed. So he was the only cabinet minister who was unable to attend the Independence celebrations on August 15, 1947. A brief account of the crash is here (though it does not mention his name):

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19470716-0

There are, of course, several prominent Indians in politics who have been killed in aviation accidents, ranging from senior ministers such as Mohan Kumaramangalam and Madhavrao Scindia to other powerful persons such as Sanjay Gandhi and Dhirendra Brahmachari.

Footnote: The Maharaja of Patiala was one of the passengers on the Sardar’s aircraft. Earlier, as Yuvraj of Patiala, he had played one Test match for India in 1933-34 scoring a fifty. He would have played more Tests for India if he was not actively involved in politics. His son Captain Amarinder Singh, continues to be an important force in Punjab’s politics.

 

 

Review of all ODIs between Australia and India

With India’s consolation win, Australia won the series 4-1 to make a total of 123 ODIs between the two countries. The results are summarized below. Although these teams have played a tied Test, there are no tied ODIs between them.

Summary of ODIs

Australia maintain a lead in all categories of venue.

First we look at the top run scorers (750 and above):

Batting-overall

Several current Indian players can be seen above. The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar and 6 by Ponting. The most 50-plus scores are 24 by Tendulkar and 15 by Ponting.

And the highest individual scores (125 and above):

Batting-indiv score

RG Sharma recorded India’s highest individual score (171*) against Australia in Australia during this series at Perth. And SPD Smith returned the compliment (Australia vs India in Australia) with 149 in the same match.

The highest batting averages (35 and above) for those who batted in a minimum of 20 innings:

Batting average

The highest strike rates are 99.66 by Harbhajan (though he scored only 296 runs), 99.26 by Gilchrist and 97.66 by Kohli (both in the table above).

Now for bowling: highest wicket takers (20 and above)

Bowling-overall

Brett Lee is far ahead of the rest. He has the most 5-fors (4) while no one else has more than one. He also has the most 4+ wicket hauls with 4, followed by Agarkar and Johnson with 3.

Best innings bowling (5wi and above):

Bowling-best innings

Only one from the current series, KW Richardson at the bottom. And the table is headed by two lesser-known players.

Best bowling averages (for those who bowled in a minimum of 20 innings):

Bowling averages

Brett Lee again leads by a large margin.

The best economy rate is 3.67 by Kapil, followed by 3.80 by Shastri and 4.12 by McDermott.

The best strike rate is 28.0 by Brett Lee, followed by 29.1 by Agarkar and 30.7 by Johnson.

Fielding: Most dismissals (12 and above):

Most dismissals

No surprises as to the top places. The most stumpings is 12 by Dhoni, and most catches by non-keepers 31 by Tendulkar. Note the dual role of Dravid.

The most dismissals in an innings is 6 by Gilchrist on two occasions. The record for catches by a non-keeper is 4 by Clarke.

Highest dismissal rate (for those who fielded in 20 or more innings):

Best fielding average

Note that DM Jones and Kohli have the highest averages for non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (based on somewhat arbitrary criteria):

Overall all-round

Probably one can tighten the criteria and get something more meaningful.

All-round match performances: minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets:

All-round match

Tendulkar’s feat would probably be the best, followed by those of Watson (Hyderabad), GS Chappell and Kapil. Note the rare example of bowling by Azharuddin.

 

 

ABD and the record books (again)

AB de Villiers is no stranger to the record books for batting in ODIs. See

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/02/27/abd-does-it-again/

However, his luck ran out soon after he became South Africa’s captain in the ongoing Test series. He started with 36 and 0 (off 5 balls) in the 3rd test and then a second-ball duck in each innings of the 4th. This might be called a silver pair or queen pair, since the first-ball counterpart is called a golden pair or king pair.

There are relatively few captains who have scored pairs:

Captain with pair

This list includes some famous names like VS Hazare, FMM Worrell and R Benaud amongst others. AB de Villiers is 21st on this list (besides being the second South African after LJ Tancred in the 1912 tri-series).

The above table could be easily pulled out of Statsguru. Getting a list of those who have made a “queen pair” is not so straightforward, but you can see the results below. I have made sure that everyone on this list was dismissed second ball for zero in both innings, according to the Cricinfo records. This may not be a complete list as a number of matches before 2000 do not have full records of balls faced in an innings. Anyway:

Queen Pair

AB de Villiers is not the first captain on this list as tailender BS Bedi suffered this indignity in 1976-77. GD McGrath is the only one to appear here twice, and that too in successive Tests. Other points of interest are mentioned in the “Remarks” column.

Although most of the players listed above were tailenders, the exceptions include OG Smith, Mudassar Nazar and de Villiers.

Update: As on 23 Nov 2016 there were no additions to the above list of 16 queen pairs.

More on the topic of zeroes and pairs can be seen in this earlier post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/02/07/cricketing-ducks-of-various-kinds/

The strange case of Hardus Viljoen

The South African cricketer had a good Test debut, hitting his first ball for a four and then taking a wicket (of the opposing captain AN Cook) off his first ball. He ended up with a relatively modest return, as you can see from the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/800465.html

Apparently he is only the second achieve this double on debut. The first was M Henderson of New Zealand, in his county’s first ever Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62572.html

That match is more remembered for MJC Allom’s hat-trick (and 4 in 5) on debut. And Henderson never played in a Test again.

Coming back to Hardus Viljoen, he may well avoid Henderson’s fate and play in more Tests. But there is something odd about him.

Those who compile cricketing records like everything to be black and white, with every run scored and ball bowled being accounted for. But what if even a person’s name is uncertain? That happens often enough in parts of South Asia where a person may have a given name, a middle name, a surname and perhaps several other names. Now we have a mystery from South Africa.

Starting with this Wikipedia article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hardus_Viljoen

His name is listed as Gerhardus C Viljoen, with Hardus apparently being a contraction or nickname. But what does the C stand for?

The Wikipedia article has links to two of the major databases:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/player/375126.html

which gives his full name as GC Viljoen

and:

http://www.cricketarchive.com/Archive/Players/373/373892/373892.html

which states that “GC is his name, not his initials”

Of course, there are a number of people who have initials which do not mean anything-including an US president, no less.

This is the relevant bit about Harry S Truman’s middle name:

“Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Lamar, Missouri, the oldest child of John Anderson Truman (1851–1914) and Martha Ellen Young Truman (1852–1947). His parents chose the name Harry after his mother’s brother, Harrison “Harry” Young (1846–1916). They chose “S” as his middle initial to please both of his grandfathers, Anderson Shipp Truman and Solomon Young. The “S” did not stand for anything, a common practice among the Scots-Irish.

This is perhaps the most famous picture of President Truman, after the 1948 elections:

 

Here are a few more people who have initials which do not stand for anything:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/26920/quick-10-people-fake-middle-initials

Even the fans of MAD magazine would not know Alfred E. Neuman’s middle name.

 

Big and small currency units

As we have seen earlier in https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/14/the-ding-and-the-dong/   ,the Vietnamese dong was the world’s least valuable currency but it was recently “superseded” by the Iranian rial.

There are numerous articles on the net about the most valuable and least valuable currencies. These are typical:

http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/the-10-most-expensive-currency-in-the-world-337022/

http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/the-14-least-valuable-currencies-in-the-world-346598/

As we see, the Kuwaiti Dinar (KWD) is undoubtedly the most valuable currency unit, while the Vietnamese Dong (VND) and Iranian Rial (IRR) bring up the rear.

Let us see what one KWD can get you (based on Yahoo Finance quotes on 19th Jan)

https://in.finance.yahoo.com/

2.31 British Pounds

3.00 Euros

3.28 US Dollars

3.28 Swiss Francs

4.71 Singapore Dollars

222 Indian Rupees

385 Japanese Yen

3,957 South Korean Won

(now into the stratosphere…..)

45,360 Indonesian Rupiah

73,508 Vietnamese Dong

98,954 Iranian Rial

(Full records are not available so it is difficult to say if a KWD has ever been above 100,000 IRR, but in the last few days it has traded above 99,500)

Anyway, if you want to feel like a millionaire or billionaire, you now know where to go. Mourn the passing of the Italian Lira which was had the lowest value among the major European currencies

 

 

 

The ding and the dong

You would probably not think much of dings and dongs except in the context of bells (and American slang). However, the disambiguation feature of Wikipedia tells us about several other dings and dongs:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ding

There are a couple of examples from India which Wikipedia did not catch-such as the small railway station of Ding in Haryana:

https://www.google.co.in/maps/@29.4609337,75.2582959,15z

It is served by a number of trains (mainly slow passenger trains) between Hisar and Bathinda.

You may also have heard of Ding as a derogatory term for Anglo-Indians. The internet has an explanation for this, apparently from a blogger from Tamil Nadu:

http://www.samosapedia.com/e/dingo

Not sure if that was to be taken seriously. However there is a traditional Anglo-Indian dish called ding ding, which is called jerky in other countries:

http://bridgetwhite-angloindianrecipes.blogspot.in/2014/08/ding-ding-savoury-sundried-meat-crispies.html

The dong has many more meanings including names and places, and even a large company based in Scandinavia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dong

Dong is a common name in China and Vietnam, where Pham van Dong was one of the architects of their victory over the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ph%E1%BA%A1m_V%C4%83n_%C4%90%E1%BB%93ng

Then there is the Vietnamese dong, which until recently was the least valuable world currency unit. More recently the thinly traded Iranian rial has taken this position.

At the moment the US dollar will get you over 22,400 VND (Vietnamese dong). while the Indian rupee will get you over 330. Even the Indonesian rupiah will get you 1.6 VND. The most valuable currency unit is the Kuwaiti dinar, which will get you 3.29 US dollars, 221 Indian rupees or…73,800 Vietnamese dong.

And Dong is the easternmost village in India. Its population fits into three huts. You still have to travel about 20 km further east to reach the tri-junction of India, China and Myanmar.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dong,_Arunachal_Pradesh

This map shows its location more clearly:

https://www.google.co.in/maps/@28.0680455,96.7613483,10z

There is no railway line anywhere in that area, though there are stations such as Dongargaon and Dongargarh:

This station used to have a large steam shed earlier. It lies in Chhattisgarh on the main line from Mumbai to Kolkata.

Then there is the more common American usage for the dong, which needs no explanation.