Fruit on rails

A collection of picture of stations of the Indian Railways whose names involve fruit:

There is Mango, a suburb of Jamshedpur, which does not have a station. As someone said, there is no space for the mango man in a banana republic.

Take a closer look at the sign for Sitafal Mandi in Hyderabad. It appears to be one of the old signs from the time of the Nizam’s State Railway, with the Hindi inscription added later.

One wonders how the citizens of Nagpur allowed a much smaller town to grab the title of Orange City.

And Amla may not be named after the fruit but is supposedly an acronym for “Ammunition Land”, where a large military storage facility exists.

Afterthought-Prior to partition, Afghanistan used to export fruits to different parts of India by train. These fruit trains usually started at Chaman (a railhead to the north of Quetta), travelled down the Bolan Pass and made their way to faraway places.

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-2

Completing our review of the recent Test series between Australia and South Africa.

Fielding (15 or more dismissals):

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Only Wade, Haddin and de Villiers from current players.

Oldfield of ancient times has the most stumpings (14), Boucher the most catches by a keeper (64) and Ponting the most catches by a non-keeper (35) followed by Kallis and GC Smith with 33. Also note de Villiers with a total of 40 dismissals in two roles.

Innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

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Note that V Richardson and GC Smith are among the several (including AM Rahane) who share the Test record for 5 catches by a non-keeper in an innings. Richardson was the first to achieve this, and no one equalled it until Yajuvendra Singh did so in 1977.

Match fielding (7 or more dismissals):

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The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Mitchell, V. Richardson and GC Smith. We can also see the consistency by DT Lindsay and HB Taber in the 1960s.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60):

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Lindsay and Haddin lead, followed by de Villiers. The highest by a “pure” fielder is by RB Simpson.

All-round performance (overall):

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Only 4 had a sufficiently good career performance, led by MG Johnson and followed by the recently deceased TL Goddard.

All-round performance in match (Minimum one fifty and one five-for):

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Kelleway, Benaud and Steyn appear to have the best performances. Even O’Reilly appears here. Kelleway featured in one of the neutral Tests of 1912, when he also scored a century at Lord’s.

 

Review of Australia-South Africa Tests-1

South Africa won the recent series 2-1, thus completing a hat-trick of successive Test series victories in Australia. They had earlier won 2-1 in 2008-09 an 1-0 in 2012-13. However, Australia was doing better in South Africa, winning 2-1 in 2008-09, drawing 1-1 in 2011-12 and winning 2-1 in 2013-14.

It may or may not be significant that Australia won the last Test which was a pink-ball Test, the second to be played in Australia.

Here we see the summary of all Tests between these teams:

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Australia still has a healthy lead across all venues. The long-forgotten neutral Tests were part of the Tri-Series in 1912, the only Test series of its kind. It was given up as a bad idea (appropriate as it was the year of the “Titanic”).

However these were the first neutral Tests ever played. Kelleway and Bardsley scored centuries at Lord’s, and their names finally went up on the “neutral” batting board there in 2010 when another Test between Australia and Pakistan was played there. Marcus North and Shane Watson got on the bowling board then. It was the only Test where Shahid Afridi led Pakistan, and was followed by the short and ill-starred reign of Salman Butt.

Coming back to the usual numbers:

Batting:

Most runs (800 and above):

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Amla and Warner are the only current players here. Note Bradman’s meteoric series, in which he became the only Test player to be left on 299 not out. No one has scored 199* in a Test, though there have been a few 99*s.

Harvey and Ponting scored 8 centuries each, followed by Hayden with 6.

The most scores of 50+ were made by Ponting (19), Kallis (15), de Villiers (14) and Harvey (13)

Highest innings (175 and above):

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Nothing from this low-scoring series, though there are some from 2012.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, average 30 and above):

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Amla and Duminy represent the current players. Harvey has an average much higher than that of Graeme Pollock, the next in line.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

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Warne has by far the highest tally. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon represent the current players.

Best innings bowling:

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Nothing from the current players. Note the havoc which Grimmett used to cause.

Best match bowling:

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Again, nothing from the current players though there is one by the recently-retired MG Johnson in 2014. Grimmett dominates here as well.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

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Grimmett and other old-timers occupy the top 3 places followed by Warne. Steyn, Siddle and Lyon are also there.

It can be seen that the best economy rate is by Goddard (1.72) and the best strike rate is by Whitty (41.1) followed by Steyn with 46.2

To be continued

Pairs with 4,5 and 6 balls in each innings

After covering the King, Queen and Jack pairs (alternatively golden, silver and bronze pairs) we also take up the cases of pairs with 4 or 5 or 6 balls in each innings. They are somewhat less numerous. For instance, there is only one clear case of a pair with 5 balls in each innings.

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You can look back to my earlier posts for the other types of pairs mentioned above.

The Jack Pair (or Bronze Pair) in Test matches

We have already covered King Pairs and Queen Pairs (also called Golden Pairs and Silver Pairs) in Test cricket. There are 19 cases of King Pairs and 16 cases of Queen Pairs as on 23 Nov 2016.

The Jack Pair, as you should have guessed, involves being dismissed for a 3-ball duck in both innings. There are only 6 cases in Tests:

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Bronze ducks in Tests are relatively rare. These players made the most:

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Interestingly, the Bracewell family has a strong affinity for bronze ducks:

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JG Bracewell was a bowling all-rounder who scored a Test century.

I am not sure what you would call pairs involving 4,5 and 6 ball ducks. But they are known to exist in Tests. More about them later.

Demonetization meets cricket

Here we have a list of players with the highest batting averages (with a minimum of 20 innings batted). This is as on 23 Nov 2016.hs-averages-nov-2016

We all know who is No 1, but the No 2 position has changed hands now. Perhaps the No 2 will not play too many Tests in future, so he may maintain his position.

Now see this chart of the rupee-dollar exchange rate:

https://in.finance.yahoo.com/echarts?s=USDINR%3DX#symbol=USDINR=X;range=1y

A snapshot of the 6-month graph on the evening of 24 Nov 2016, when it was hitting new highs:

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As you can see, this rate has gone well beyond the averages of Pollock and Voges. Let us hope it is not trying to reach Bradman’s average.

 

King Pairs in Test match cricket

England’s JM Anderson became the 19th player to get a king pair (or golden pair), having been dismissed in the first ball of each innings.

This is one of those statistics which cannot directly be pulled out of Statsguru. One can ask it to list all those who scored 0 runs in a match with 2 dismissals and 2 balls, but even this will be misleading as not all innings have the balls-faced recorded. There are a few who were dismissed 2nd ball in one innings and dismissed with an unknown number of balls in the other innings.

Anyway, after checking all the concerned scorecards we arrive at the following list of 19 instances of undisputed king pairs in all Tests.

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No captain has faced this indignity, though some wicketkeepers have. The debutant TA Ward was unfortunate to become part of both of TJ Mathews’s hat tricks, while a better known keeper Adam Gilchrist was part of India’s first hat-trick in the first innings.

BS Chandrasekhar was the only one to supplant his king pair with a 10-wicket haul (6 wickets in each innings) while the Sri Lankan pair of Herath and Prasad are the only others to take 5-fors.

Another point of interest is the NZ keeper Colquhoun who was part of the record 26 all out which has stood since 1955 despite several determined attempts to breach it in recent years.

Most of the players on the list are not recognized batsmen, but prominent exceptions include Gilchrist, Richardson and Sehwag. Others such as Agarkar have scored at least one Test century.

Queen pairs or silver pairs were covered in another article less than a year ago:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/abd-and-the-record-books-again/

It has been checked that as on 23 Nov 2016 there have been no additions to the 16 queen pairs listed there.