The ODIs of 2017

With the conclusion of ODIs on Dec 26, these were the ICC rankings for this date:

ICC Ranking on 26 Dec

We see that South Africa leads with India just a point behind. As they are to play a 6-match ODI series in January 2018, the top position may well change hands.

We now survey ODI performances in 2017, starting with overall win-loss rations for all ODIs from starting between Jan 1 and Dec 31. All later tables are also in this time frame.

Win-Loss ratios:

Win-loss ratio

This cannot be expected to tally exactly with the ICC rankings since the latter takes into account a longer time span. And this table cannot be taken too seriously as it has Hong Kong in 2nd position, as it mainly plays with the lower-ranked teams. Among the regulars, we have England followed by India, South Africa and Pakistan. And the West Indies is at the very bottom, with its fellow wooden – spooners Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

We now move on to individual performances, starting with batting.

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs

Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Tharanga scored the most runs. The two Indians also have the most centuries (6 apiece) and most 50+ scores (13 and 11 respectively).

Among those who batted for 20 innings and above, the highest averages are for Kohli (76.84) followed by Rohit Sharma.

Among those who faced at least 500 balls, the highest strike rates are by de Villiers (116.94) followed by KM Jadhav (!) and Ben Stokes.

Now for the highest innings (115 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma has the only double century (208*) while du Plessis and Guptill are some distance behind.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wkts

The table is led by rising stars Hasan Ali and Rashid Khan, with Bumrah and Plunkett a little behind. Hasan Ali is the only one with three fivers, while Rashid Khan and Plunkett each have four 4+s.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wis):

Innings bowling

Rashid Khan and TA Boult were the only ones with 7-wicket hauls. An interesting feature here is A Dananjaya (SL) with a 6-wicket haul besides 18 wickets overall. A year ago, he was an interesting oddity as his ODI career of 1 match saw him neither batting, bowling nor fielding.

To save space, there is no table for bowling averages. Taking a minimum of 1000 balls bowled, we see:

JJ Bumrah has the best bowling average of 26.25, followed distantly by B Kumar.

B Kumar has the best economy rate of 5.05, followed closely by JJ Bumrah.

And JJ Bumrah has the best strike rate (30.6) followed by HH Pandya .

An Indian monopoly-as Indian players are practically the only ones who have bowled enough overs. JO Holder is the only other one to have crossed 1000 balls.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Dhoni is far ahead of the second-placed Buttler. They do have the same number of catches though Dhoni has more stumpings. Several non-keepers have 12 catches.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

Latham is the only one with 5 dismissals. GJ Maxwell is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Dismissals per innings (minimum 20 innings):

Dhoni (1.392) is followed closely by SD Hope with 1.238.

Among non-keepers Kusal Mendis has the highest with 0.571.

All-round performance (overall, see criteria in table):

AR overall

Ironically, only Rashid Khan has respectable figures here- as he can bat a bit to go along his excellent bowling average.

All-round match performance (minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR match

Dominated by players from the lesser-ranked teams, with Stirling and Mustafa having the best performances.

 

 

Alistair Cook’s record score.

As you can see from here, Alistair Cook’s 244* at Melbourne is not his highest Test score.

That is 294.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/11728.html

However, it set a number of records. He became the first Test player to make 244*, while Bradman is the only one to be dismissed on 244 (vs England, who else?) in 1934.

Cook’s 244* is also the highest score by anyone carrying his bat through a Test:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283149.html

The previous record was 223* by GM Turner vs WI in 1971-72; this series had all 5 Tests drawn and is the only such series not involving India.

The previous record for England was 202* by L Hutton vs WI in 1950-this was not enough to prevent an innings defeat against Ramadhin, Valentine and Goddard.

And the previous record in Australia was 169* by MA Taylor vs SA at Adelaide in 1998.

There was also a near-miss in 1974 when DL Amiss made 262* against WI in a total of 432/9.

 

Review of South Africa-Zimbabwe Tests

A summary of all Tests between these countries:

Teams

SA has won 8 out of 9 Tests, including all 4 played at home and 4 out of 5 played away. Zimbabwe’s best performance can thus be said to be the Test at Bulawayo starting on 14 Sep 2001 (just after 9/11!) which was drawn.

We quickly go through the main individual performances:

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Andy Flower’s performance in a weak team is particularly creditable. He and Kallis are the only ones with more than one century.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest scores

Andy Flower again, highlighting his lone battle with 142 and 199* in a losing cause.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wkts

The first three names are no surprise. Zimbabwe bowlers hardly figure here, particularly since their team sustained several innings defeats.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and above):

Innings bowling

Donald’s performance in the first Test between these teams remains unsurpassed. And Bryan Strang’s performance in the same Test is still a record for Zimbabwe.

Best match bowling (6wm and above):

Match bowling

As above, Donald’s record stands since 1995. And no Zimbabwe bowler appears here (again, because of the numerous innings defeats).

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Most dismissals

As one would expect. Interestingly four non-keepers share the record of 5 catches.

Best innings fielding (3 or more dismissals):

innings fielding

As expected, though Sibanda’s presence as the lone Zimbabwe player is strange.

Best match fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Match fielding

Note the absence of any Zimbabwe players here, and GC Smith’s record among non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria below):

AR overall

The best all-rounder on both sides, while Pollock and Streak did not play enough in these matches.

All-round match performance (50+ runs and 5+ wickets):

AR match

There is no instance of 50+5wi in these matches, so the criterion is reduced to 50 runs and 5 wickets in the match. Here again it is Kallis all the way with Pollock playing a minor role.

 

 

Rail Quiz No 5

The earlier quizzes can be found in the archives of this blog.

Like the earlier ones, the questions relate to a set of station signs. Copyrights for the pictures rest with the original photographers.

A) What do these stations have in common?

DarjeelingMatheranSheopur Kalan

If you have got the answer to A), that will help you to get the answers to the subsequent questions:

B1):

AmtaBilara

 

B2):

BhindKishanganjShivpuri

What do the stations in B1) and B2) have in common with those in A) ?

What is the difference between the stations in set B1) and B2) ?

This is somewhat more complicated as some changes to stations in B1) and B2) occurred over 60 years ago.

THE ANSWERS: Darjeeling, Matheran and Sheopur Kalan are (the only) terminuses of branch lines on 2’0″ gauge. Amta and Bilara WERE terminuses of branch lines of 2″0″ gauge and are now BG terminuses. Shivpuri, Bhind and Kishanganj WERE terminuses of branch lines of 2″0″ gauge and are now BG wayside stations.

The first (mostly) correct answers were from Anuj Budhkar and Samit Roychoudhury.

Afterthought: In the picture of Sheopur Kalan you can see what may the last goods wagons on the 2’0″ gauge on IR. There may be some on the Darjeeling line but they are not in regular use either.

The infamous station of Seroni Road (why?) also lies on the line to Sheopur Kalan.

Seroni Road

Review of India v Sri Lanka T20Is-Dec 2017

After India won this series 3-0, the T20I results between these teams stood as follows:

Teams

India lead 10-4. It is interesting that SL have never won a T20I against India at home, though they have won in India and in neutral venues.

Looking at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Total runs

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 14 matches between these teams. He captained in the first 10. Next is RG Sharma (13) and T Perera (11)

Kohli has scored the most runs despite missing this series and playing in only 4 matches. He is closely followed by RG Sharma. Sharma is the only one to score a century, while Kohli has the most (4) scores of 50+.

Highest innings scores (50 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma and Rahul both broke the record of 82 made by Kohli in the previous match in Sri Lanka in September. Kusal Perera came close to surpassing Sangakkara’s SL v Ind record of 78.

Highest averages (minimum 5 innings, avg 20.00)

Bat avg (20+)

Dhoni has the highest average, though Kohli and Rahul will likely overtake him once they have played 5 innings. RG Sharma’s average is surprisingly low. Oddly Gambhir has the highest strike rate of 151.11 followed by Sharma.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

Total wkts

Ashwin leads though he did not play in the last two series. Chahal will soon catch up. He is the only one to take two four-fors.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Innings bowling

India has the first 5 places here, with Shanaka’s 3-16 being the best for SL.

Best bowling averages (minimum 5 innings, all instances):

Bowl avg

Ashwin has by far the best average, followed by newcomer Pandya. Ashwin also has the best economy and strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (3 and above):

Dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as stumpings. However non-keeper Pandya has the same number of catches as Dhoni.

Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

Innings dismissals

Dhoni is the only one to make 3 or more dismissals in an innings. Some non-keepers have taken 2 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 5 innings, 0.500 and above):

Dismissal rate

Dhoni again at the top, though non-keeper Pandya has the same rate. Chameera has the best for SL, ahead of keeper Dickwella.

Now for all-round performances:

Overall all-round performances (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Raina (!) and Yuvraj have a respectable performance here.

All-round match performance (20 and 2 wickets):

AR-Match

Shanaka achieved this during this series, though Yuvraj’s performance is clearly the best.

Thus ended India’s international cricket engagements for 2017.

 

 

Rail Quiz No 4

(You can see the earlier rail quizzes by searching the archives of this blog).

What property do these stations have in common (although the last two will lose this property in the near future?)

Note: pictures here are the copyright of the respective photographers.

kalkaMettupalayam-BGBalgonaUdaipur City

And this station had the same property until the 1990s:

Parli Vaijnath

THE ANSWER: These are not junctions in the true sense, but places where a line on one gauge terminates and a line on another gauge starts.

Kalka :BG/NG

Mettupalaiyam: BG/MG 

Udaipur City: BG/MG for the last 10 years, soon to become full BG.

Balgona: BG/NG for the last few years, soon to become full BG.

Parli Vaijnath: BG/MG until about 1990, then full BG.

These are not to be confused with NJP, Siliguri, Pathankot, Neral and other junctions where trains leave in 3 or more directions. In the above examples trains leave in only 2 directions.

Return to Karnataka (Revised December 2018)

If you are returning to Karnataka after a few years, you may find many railway stations with unfamiliar names. Here are all of the recently renamed stations for which pictures are readily available. Copyrights of the pictures rest with the respective photographers.

The only non-obvious one is Saidapur, formerly Narayanpeth Road.  As the station now named Chikkamagalur was opened as recently as 2013, I am not sure if it ever had the original name of Chikmagalur. The sign at Kalaburagi is the most recent one to be changed.

Then there are a few stations which are supposed to be renamed, although no pictures of the new signboards could be seen on the net until mid-December 2018. These existing stations are:

Shimoga

While Shimoga Town and two nearby stations have been renamed in railway databases, no picture of the new station signs have turned up so far.

Here is a notification issued by the South Western Railway:

SWR Karnataka renaming

A few places such as MNGT and UBLS are not passenger stations. While SUBL looks like a passenger station, it does not seem to have passenger services at present.

This does not include Mangaluru Central and Mangaluru Jn which are on the Southern Railway. They have indeed been renamed and the signboards have been changed. Then there is Gulbarga/Kalaburgi which is on the Central Railway. While the new name can be seen on signs in the city, the name has NOT been changed in the databases and the signs remain unchanged.

And there are several which were renamed in the last 70 years or so, including Bowringpet, Sagara, Yedatore, Seringapatnam, Closepet and French Rocks. I may have missed out a few.

Mysore state was itself renamed to Karnataka in 1973. This was justified as the former princely state of Mysore was not the only constituent of the Kannada-speaking state, which also included Coorg (Kudagu) state and parts of the Bombay Presidency, Madras Presidency and Hyderabad state.

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-2

Continued.

Fielding

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

The only current player is Ross Taylor, who has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Innings dismissals (4 and more):

Innings field

Only Dowrich from the current series. Fleming and the Crowe brothers each took 4 catches as non-keepers.

Match dismissals (6 and more):

Match field

None from the current series. Fleming has the most dismissals for a non-keeper.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate

Ramdin heads the list, though many keepers did not play enough Tests. Hence this table is dominated by non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

AR overall

The modest criteria are met by two of the all-time greats.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Interestingly, the relatively rare feat of a fifty and 10 wickets in a match has been recorded three times here.

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-1

After New Zealand’s 2-0 victory, results of Tests between these teams are summarized below:

Team summary

New Zealand has now moved into the lead with 15 victories against 13 by the West Indies.

The last victory of WI against NZ was at Port of Spain in Jan 2014. The last victory of WI in NZ was a generation ago, at Wellington in Feb 1995. That is remembered for Walsh’s 13-55.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Runs scored (750 and above):

Runs

The most centuries are 4 by Taylor, and the most scores of 50+ are 10 by Chanderpaul and Gayle. Taylor is the only current player here.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Innings

None from the recent series, although Ross Taylor had a 200+ score earlier.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Bat Avg

Only Taylor from the current players. Relatively few names here because of the relative infrequency of Tests between these teams over the years.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

Wkts

Several current players led by Boult and Southee.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7wi and above):

Innings bowl

Wagner’s feat in the current series is here.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10wm and above):

Match bowl

Note Walsh’s extraordinary figures. But there are no instances from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Nobody among current players as they have not played enough.

To be continued.

 

 

 

Review of India-Sri Lanka Tests (Dec 2017)-2

After team performance, batting and bowling we come to fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

The topper is a bit of a surprise, but then he played more Tests in the series than most other prominent players. Among keepers, the most dismissals are by Dhoni, Saha and SAR Silva (22). Silva played only in 3 Tests between these teams. Note that Sangakkara played both as keeper and non-keeper.

Innings dismissals (4 and above):

innings dismissals

SAR Silva again. Saha has 4 catches during the current series. Rahane’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share of the world Test record

Match dismissals (6 and above):

match fielding

Note Silva’s performance in successive Tests, and Rahane’s world Test record.

Dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400 and above):

dismissal rate

These results are unsurprising, as Dhoni and some other prominent players did not play enough Tests between these teams.

Finally we take up all-round performances:

Overall (see the criteria from the table):

AR-overall

Even with these relaxed criteria, the only genuine all-rounder here is found to be Kapil. Murali scored his only Test 50 against India. Similarly two of Herath’s three fifties were against India.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

Note Malinga’s only Test fifty, as well as Ashwin and Jadeja both achieving this in the same match.

 

 

Review of India-Sri Lanka Tests (Dec 2017)-1

At the close of the second India-Sri Lanka series of the year, India’s 1-0 lead with 2 draws brought the total number of Tests between these countries to 44. India lead 20-7 with 17 draws. In India, the hosts lead 11-0 with 9 draws. In Sri Lanka, India also leads 9-7 with 8 draws. Thus Sri Lanka has not yet won a Test in India in 20 Tests stretching back to 1982.

We first look at batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

Kohli has the most runs among current players, followed by Mathews and Chandimal. The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar and 6 by M Jayawardene. The most 50+ scores are by the same pair with 15 and 14 respectively.

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

Highest innings

From this series, Kohli is the only entrant with 243 and 213.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):

Average

Mathews is the only current player here. Kohli and Chandimal have scored over 750 runs but have not crossed 20 innings yet.

Now for bowling.

Most wickets (25 and above):

Wkts

Ashwin and Herath have the most wickets among current players.

Best innings bowling (6 wickets and above):

Innings bowling

No entry from the current series, though N Pradeep has an appearance from the earlier 2017 series.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 9wm and above):

Match bowling

No entry from the recent series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg

Ashwin and Kapil have the best averages from the above table. The best economy rates are by Chauhan and Kapil, and the best strike rates again by Ashwin and Kapil.

To be continued.

 

Extreme points of the Indian Railways (2017)

The northernmost station:

Sopore

This is the station before the terminus at Baramulla. If one looks at the map carefully, it can be seen that it is further north.

In case the proposed line from Baramulla to Kupwara is built in the future, the latter will become the northernmost station. There is also a proposed line to Leh from Himachal Pradesh, but Leh is around the same latitude as Srinagar.

Now, the Kashmir valley line from Banihal to Baramulla is not connected to the rest of the IR network (although this gap can be bridged in a 4-hour road journey from Udhampur to Banihal). The northernmost station on the IR network used to be Udhampur, which is now superseded by

Katra-new

These lines were always BG.

Now we move east. The easternmost station presently served by passenger trains is

Ledo

However, goods trains run further east for a few km to Tirap Siding where coal is loaded. Although I could not find a picture with this sign, there is this video of a road trip along this route with plenty of coal wagons:

Still further ahead is this now defunct station which was functioning from the late 1950s to the 1990s, when the MG line was converted only up to Tirap Siding as it was not considered worthwhile to extend the BG line here:

Lekhapani_station

Lekhapani was thus the easternmost point of the Indian Railways, but not now. However, it is now planned to reopen this station after the last stretch of a few km is converted to BG.

This plaque can be seen near Lekhapani station:

Lekhapani plaque

Still further east are the Tipong colliery railways (2’0″ NG) which are NOT and never were part of IR, though we will take a quick look at them here:

These colliery lines have some B class locos which were earlier on the Darjeeling line. There are several longer videos of these lines on Youtube.

The main line even features in the 1972 film “Ye Gulistan Hamara”. If you are really interested you can see the film on Youtube, though the trains appear only for a couple of minutes. If you like typical Bollywood films of the 1970s and are fans of Dev Anand and Sharmila Tagore, you might as well see it.

A small 2’0″ industrial line was earlier functioning at a plywood factory at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh, though this was also nothing to do with IR.

A new line from a point near Makum to Parshuram Kund has been proposed. When completed, this will be the easternmost station much further east than the collieries at Ledo.

Now to the south. That is easy enough. This line was built with BG.

Kanniyakumari

And for the west, there is

Varvala

Like Sopore, it is not a terminus but is further west than the larger station of Dwarka and the terminus of Okha. Dwarka is the westernmost station of some importance.

This line was MG and was converted to BG around 1980.

Varvala had this status for a long time. Then the Bhuj-Naliya MG line was built and Naliya became the westernmost station (with a lateral distance of about 10 km). The line from Bhuj to Naliya was closed for several years and now has been taken up for conversion to BG. When the line is completed, Naliya will regain the position-although there are plans to extend the line further west. No picture of Naliya station is seen on the net, so here is one of the next station Naliya Cantt, which is adjacent to the IAF base:

(Google Maps needs to be corrected as Naliya Cantt station is marked as Naliya station.)

Naliya Cantt

 

Next we will see what the extreme points were in the 1970s.