Hazlewood’s lost record

In the exciting finish to the Auckland ODI on January 30, commentators mentioned  Hazlewood’s durability as a batsman-as he had never been dismissed in 33 ODIs. Unfortunately, his luck ran out when Australia needed 7 runs for victory:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/new-zealand-v-australia-2016-17/engine/match/1020013.html

Note that he was dismissed for a diamond duck, as he did not face a single ball in a partnership of 24 balls and 54 runs, and was run out as a non-striker.

We look at the relevant records as they were on Jan 29:

Most ODIs without a dismissal:

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Most ODI innings without a dismissal:

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Hazlewood had played in 33 ODIs, more than twice the tally of the next in line. He shared the record for 6 innings without dismissal with the little-known Bermudan player SKW Kelly.

After today’s match (January 30):

Most ODIs without a dismissal:

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The record now passes to Ahsan Malik and Dhawal Kulkarni.

Most ODI innings without a dismissal:

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And so Bermuda has this record to itself. (Some say they had a record in Dwayne Leverock being the heaviest international cricketer in recent times. He was a popular figure during the 2007 World Cup, the only time Bermuda reached that level).

http://www.espncricinfo.com/bermuda/content/player/23742.html

We also look at the corresponding records for T20Is, as on Jan 30, 2017:

Most T20I matches without dismissal:

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The top 3 led by Steve Finn are still likely to play in international matches, so the record may change hands.

Most T20I innings without dismissal:

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AF Milne has the record for the moment.

 

 

 

 

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The Lac-Megantic disaster of 2013

The Indian Railways are often the butt of jokes when a number of accidents happen in succession. But it is cold comfort to know that railway operating procedures in developed countries are far from perfect. As in the case of the derailment followed by fire at Lac-Megantic in Quebec province on July 6, 2013.

Here is a  Powerpoint presentation on this accident, which was used in a conference of safety engineering at IIT Gandhinagar in January 2017.

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Note the videos on slides 8 and 9. They are important in understanding the sequence of events. The one on slide 8 is more accurate and is largely based on the accident investigation report. The one on slide 9 has a serious error as it shows the train slipping backwards, with the tank cars leading the locomotives. In fact the train went down the incline in its existing configuration of locomotives followed by other cars and tank cars.

You may wonder if something like this could happen on the Indian Railways. Certainly a heavy goods train would not be left totally unattended on an incline in mid-section. That is exactly what happened here.

There are a number of safety-related issues which have not been covered above, such as the hazards caused by additives used to increase the viscosity of crude oil for transportation.

For further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3%A9gantic_rail_disaster

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/2013/r13d0054/r13d0054-r-es.asp

 

 

When Trump meets Bolmondoley

Joke writers have a tough time with President Trump. He creates so many opportunities for jokes that they have little to do. Or he says something which is too difficult to decipher, and it may or may not be funny. One such occasion was the use of the word “bigly” which is supposed to be a new word he invented.

However, experts have concluded that it was a wrong transcription of the more common “Big league”, particularly as his brand of New York English was not understood by most. More on this here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37483869

and here: http://edition.cnn.com/videos/politics/2017/01/25/bag-the-bigly-moos-pkg-erin.cnn/video/playlists/wacky-world-of-jeanne-moos/

There are, of course, place names and person’s names similar to “bigly’, like this one-time English cricketer:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/content/player/12454.html

But British English has its share of pitfalls with words often being spelt in a way which do not reflect the pronunciation. Like Cholmondoley. Think you can pronounce it?

Find out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NTLkJqpC-A

The humorous possibilities in Cholmondoley being pronounced as Chumly was not lost on music-hall comedians of a century ago, who were noted for their low level of humour. Some examples can be seen here:

http://audiotalk.proboards.com/thread/3587

One example of such corny humour was bringing someone on stage with a placard saying “Bolmondeley”. Go figure.

Summary of ODIs between England and India

India won this series 2-1, having earlier won successive bilateral series 3-1 in 2014, 3-2 in 2013-14 and 5-0 in 2011-12.

A total of 96 ODIs have been played between England and India. India lead 52-39 with 2 ties and 3 no-results. These are summarised below:

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A look at the records after the recent series:

Batting: Most runs (500 and above):

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Yuvraj Singh moved into first place here after scoring 210 runs in 3 matches during this series.

The most centuries are 4 by Yuvraj and 3 by Kohli. Here too Yuvraj moved into first place during this series. The most scores of 50-plus are 12 by Raina and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by Dhoni, Dravid and Yuvraj.

Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players.

Highest individual scores (110 and above):

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Yuvraj made the highest score for India during this series, his 150 surpassing the existing mark of 138* by himself in 2008-09. Only Strauss with 158 has a higher score in matches between these teams.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings batted):

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All 18 who have played 20 innings are listed. The first place is a little surprising, particularly as Azharuddin has a large lead over the second-placed Yuvraj. Kohli and Rahane are the other current players here.

We can also look at the strike rates. The highest is 104.41 by Kapil Dev, followed by Sehwag (102.33) and Yuvraj (101.60). The highest for England is by Flintoff (94.52).

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

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Possibly Jadeja will be in first place in the next few years, although Ashwin is close behind. Yuvraj and Woakes are the other current players here.

Harbhajan Singh is the only one with two five-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5wi):

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Nehra’s 6-wicket haul at the 2003 World Cup is the record here. RC Irani has the best bowling performance for England, which was accompanied by a fifty.There are no good bowling performances in the current series.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled):

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Only 8 bowlers have reached this level. While Srinath and Jadeja top the averages, the best economy rates are by Kapil (3.76) and Harbhajan (4.20). The best strike rates are by Jadeja (29.7) and Srinath (32.4).

Fielding (10 or more dismissals):

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Dhoni has the most dismissals (52) and stumpings (16), while Collingwood (24) the most catches by a non-keeper. Buttler, Yuvraj and Kohli are next among current players.

Fielding: most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

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Dhoni is the only one with 6 dismissals. Several non-keepers have 3 catches.

Fielding averages (minimum 20 innings fielded, dismissal rate 0.400 and above):

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Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, followed by Stewart. Azharuddin has the highest dismissal rate for non-keepers, while Kohli has the highest among current players.

All-round overall performances (see criteria):

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Jadeja leads by a considerable margin, followed by Yuvraj, Shastri and Flintoff.

All-round match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

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The best performances here may be those of Yuvraj (2008), Irani and Broad. Note Pandya and Stokes achieving this mark in the same match of the current series.

Meet Hardik Patel-not the one you are thinking of

The name’s Patel. Hardik Patel.

Unlike my better-known namesake, I only trouble opposing batsmen.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/793915.html

https://cricket.yahoo.com/photos/india-a-vs-south-africans-slideshow/hardik-patel-of-india-a-take-the-wicket-of-david-miller-of-south-africa-during-the-t20-warm-up-photo-1443529291229.html

For example, see this scorecard for the Irani Cup:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/irani-cup-2016-17/engine/match/1053705.html

Maybe one day the national selectors will accidentally include me instead of Hardik Pandya. (Something of this sort happened because of confusion between two J.Yadavs some years ago).

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-2

Continuing to Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

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Boucher has more than twice the dismissals than his nearest rival De Kock. Boucher also has the most stumpings. Among non-keepers, Kallis and M. Jayawardene lead with 25 and 18 respectively. Sangakkara has 24 dismissals, 16 as keeper and 8 as non-keeper.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

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Boucher predictably has the record. The forgotten Dassanayake has the most stumpings (3) while Kallis is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Match fielding (5 or more dismissals):

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De Kock has the record here, while Kallis again has the most catches by non-keepers (6) followed by M. Jayawardene with 5.

Dismissal rates (minimum 20 innings, 0.400 average):

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Boucher again leads, while Kallis leads among the non-keepers. Next is the “hybrid” Sangakkara.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria in table:

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This gives only Pollock and Kallis as good performers, with Jayasuriya a borderline case.

All-round match performances (Minimum fifty and 4wi):

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No one has scored a fifty and taken a fiver in the same match. We get the above pair when we reduce the requirement to a 4-for.

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-1

With the conclusion of this 3-0 sweep by South Africa against Sri Lanka, they followed mini sweeps of 2-0 in 1997-98 and in 2002-03. Sri Lanka had also had a mini 2-0 sweep in 2006.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams, where South Africa leads 14-5 with 6 draws. Sri Lanka has only won one Test against SA in SA.

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Proceeding to individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most Runs (400 and more):

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The long-standing partners  M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have scored much more than the others. de Villiers, Amla, Mathews and Elgar lead among current players.

M. Jayawardene has the most centuries (6) followed by Cullinan (5)

For scores of 50-plus, Sangakkara leads with 10 followed by 8 by Cullinan and M. Jayawardene.

Highest Individual Scores (110 and above):

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The highest scorers are predictable, while top-scorers for the recent series include Duminy, Amla, Elgar and SC Cook.

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

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Relatively few players here, with the old firm of Jayawardene and Sangakkara leading.They are followed at some distance by Kallis and Pollock.

The top three strike rates are those of Jayasuriya (67.58), Muralitharan (!) (60.98) and Sangakkara (56.52).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

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Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets than second-placed Pollock. Murali has the most 5wi (11) followed by 3 by Philander and Steyn. He also has 4 10wms, while no one else as more than one.

Best bowling in an innings: (6 wickets or more):

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An oddity at the top, where M de Lange took the record haul on debut but played only one Test after that. Otherwise it is mostly Murali, with Rabada and Kumara from the current players.

Best bowling in an match: (all instances of 8 wickets or more):

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Muraltharan dominates as before, though Rabada was the only one to get a tenner in this series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

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Muralitharan and Pollock top this table of averages. The best economy rates are 2.34 by Murali and 2.40 by Herath. The best strike rates are 51.6 by Pollock and 56.8 by Murali.

To be continued