Performances after the first 10 pink-ball Tests

The first day/night (or pink-ball) Test was played between Australia and New Zealand in November 2015.

Since then a total of 10 such Tests have been played, ending with the one between the West Indies and Sri Lanka in June 2018.

Full Record of Day/Night Tests as on July 2018:

Results

10 Tests is a good time to take stock of performances in these matches, though the sample size is too small to make averages and strike rates meaningful. India and Bangladesh have not played any such Test yet, though Zimbabwe has.

Note that 8 of the 10 matches have been won by the hosts (including one by Pakistan in UAE). Sri Lanka is the only exception, with wins over Pakistan in UAE and West Indies in West Indies over the past year.

Now for individual performances.

Batting

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Several hundreds have contributed to these totals. Asad Shafiq is the only one with 2 centuries, while SPD Smith is the only one with 4 scores above 50. And a number of the top scorers are still playing.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest innings

There is already a triple century, a double century and a near-double century.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

Most wickets

The top few wicket-takers include some who are still active. The only 10-for is by Bishoo (when his side lost) while Yasir Shah and Boult have two 5-fors apiece.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5wi and above):

Best innings bowling

Bishoo’s figures are clearly the best. But Yasir Shah helped to ensure that Pakistan won that Test in Oct 2016.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Best match bowling

Bishoo is the only one with a 10-for, though Holder and Boult also have good figures. Holder’s effort also came in a loss.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Most dismissals

Sarfraz is likely to overtake Wade soon. Smith and Kusal Mendis have the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Best innings dismissals

Wade is the only one with 5. Mendis is the only non-keeper with 4.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

Best match dismissals

de Villiers has the best figures at the moment. Mendis also has the most catches (5) by a non-keeper.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Starc’s performance is more steady, though Holder did well in the most recent Test.

Match performance (see criteria):

AR match

Here we see that Holder’s match performance was the best, though he lost the Test as captain.

 

 

 

Unusual station signs

Here we look at some stations and station signs in India which have something unique or nearly unique about them.

This idea occurred following the announcement of this new station:

Bhubaneswar New

There are numerous stations with the prefix New, especially in the NF zone. But this is the first station name where New is a suffix.

And there is only one important station which has Old as a prefix:

Old Malda

“Old” is transcribed into Hindi and Bengali and not translated.

(There is also an Old Sachivalaya Halt on the Patna-Digha branch. The line’s future is uncertain. There is a better-known Sachivalaya Halt on the Patna-Danapur section.)

Similarly, we look at the points of the compass. At the center there are several stations which have Central as a suffix. But none have Central as a prefix.

We have better luck with North as a prefix:

North Lakhimpur

Interesting that North is transcribed into Hindi but the Assamese word “Uttor” is used.

None for East or South either. For West, we have this one near Kozhikode:

West Hill

Here, West and Hill have been transcribed into Hindi and Malayalam and not translated.

There used to be a Westpoint Halt near Darjeeling listed in older timetables. That used to serve a school with this name.

Finally, this station in the Hyderabad area:

Sanathnagar

There is nothing unusual about the station sign. The station itself is unusual, as a large number of EMUs of the Hyderabad MMTS do not stop there, but many regular passenger trains and a couple of expresses do stop there.

The reason is not very clear. It has been around for a long time and has a large goods yard. Maybe because road access was difficult, a new MMTS station was built at Bharatnagar about 1 km away which is served by the EMUs but not by other passenger trains. This is probably unique in India as a station which EMUs skip but where long-distance trains have a stoppage.

And there is something od(d) about this station, which is one of the two stations in India (along with Ib) which have two-letter names. It was listed as Ode in older timetables.

Od

Note the famous railway writer Vimlesh Chandra in this picture.

Review of England-India ODIs-2018

The 3-match series in July 2018 was won 2-1 by England. We now look at the complete records of ODIs played between these teams.

Overall record:

Overall

Note India’s strong home advantage, though England also lead on their home grounds. But India have a strong overall lead.

Batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

Runs-750

It will be interesting to see if Dhoni catches up with Yuvraj. Others such as Kohli will take a while.

Yuvraj has the most centuries (4). For scores above 50, Tendulkar and Raina have 12 (but note that Raina has only one century and 11 scores between 50 and 99).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings-110

Only RG Sharma and Root figure from current players.

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

Bat avg

Azharuddin is much ahead of the others. Dhoni, Kohli and Raina are there from the current players.

Highest strike rates (minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

Batting SR (80)

Sehwag and Yuvraj lead. Dravid scored too slowly to make this list.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets-20

Anderson is closely followed by several others.

Best innings bowling (includes all figures of 5wi and above):

Bowling-5wi

Kuldeep Yadav is just behind the record holder Ashish Nehra,

Best bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Headed by Srinath, with current players Jadeja and Ashwin close behind. Kapil has the best economy rate (3.76) and Jadeja the best strike rate (29.7).

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Most dism

Dhoni is far above the rest with 55, with Collingwood  having the best (24) for non-keepers.

Best innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dis-4

Led by Dhoni. Non-keepers have less than 4 in an innings.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dis rate above 0.4

Dhoni is far ahead of the rest. Azharuddin has the best for non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Flintoff qualifies.

Match performance (minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR-match

Yuvraj’s performance would be the best.

 

 

 

The Aum Shinkyo cult and Sarin revisited

The Aum Shinkyo cult was supposed to be a forgotten footnote of history. Until news items like these appeared recently: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-44962581

Interesting that Japan took 23 years to execute the persons behind their worst domestic terrorist attack.

One often wondered if there is any connection between Sarin nerve gas and India. Fortunately or unfortunately, there is not. Read the first paragraph here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin#History

While the Nazis did not get round to using it, it was found useful by the governments of Iraq and Syria. Among terrorists, only Aum Shinkyo got round to using it effectively.

A sidelight: One of the Iraqi proponents of weapons like these was nicknamed “Chemical Ali”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Hassan_al-Majid

As a counterpart to this, the Iraqi government’s PR man during the 2003 war was given the title “Comical Ali”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhammad_Saeed_al-Sahhaf

He is still around, unlike his semi-namesake who was hanged in 2010. Perhaps Comical Ali has a more auspicious name than Lord Haw Haw, who was hanged by the British government after WW2.

 

 

Best bowling figures in defeats

Keshav Maharaj’s 9-129 and match figures of 12-283 (along with Theunis de Bruyn’s maiden century) were South Africa’s only saving grace in their loss in the second Test at Colombo (SSC). We now look at the best bowling figures by losing teams in Tests.

Best innings bowling in defeats (including all instances of 8wi and above):

Best innings bowling in defeats

Maharaj’s 9-129 is the fourth-best performance here in a list headed by Kapil Dev’s 9-69. It may be recalled that Noreiga’s 9-95 is the best for WI in all Tests, and that it came in India’s first Test win over the West Indies.

The previous best for South Africa was Hugh Tayfield’s 7-23 in 1950, which can also be seen above.

Valentine and Krejza were making their debuts. Krezja played only in one more Test. Valentine made his debut with Ramadhin, and the two ensured that England lost the remaining 3 Tests of the series.

Best match bowling in defeats (including all instances of 11wm and above):

Best match bowling in defeats

Here Maharaj’s 12-283 is somewhat down the list which is headed by Srinath’s 13-132 in 1999. The previous best for South Africa was AE Hall’s 11-112 in 1923, which can also be seen above.

Krejza, Hall, Burke and Valentine were making their debuts. Only Valentine got an extended run.

Nawaz Sharif’s cricketing career

As this is being written, it appears likely that Imran Khan Niazi will be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. While he may be described as one of Pakistan’s finest cricket captains, it is an open question whether he will be successful as a PM.

His adversary Nawaz Sharif was a cricketer of a sort-though he played only one first-class match in which he scored a duck and did not bowl or take a catch. The summary of his career is here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/42259.html

If one wants to find out details of the match he played in, it is not in Cricinfo but can be found in other sources such as www.cricketarchive.com

I am giving the link for the scorecard here, though it will probably not be visible unless you have paid the subscription for access to the site.

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/33/33876.html

This match was between Railways (NS’s team) and PIA “B” at Karachi (Gymkhana Ground) on 10/11 Dec 1973. Unusually for a 4-day match, it was concluded in two days when Railways won by an innings and 68 runs. This was a quarter-final of the BCCP Patron’s Trophy. Railways went on to win the trophy, defeating PIA “A” in the final.

A brief summary of the match in question:

Railways 238

PIA “B”  51 and (fo) 119.

As mentioned above, Nawaz Sharif  scored a duck. He was the No 2 batsman, and did not bowl or take a catch.

His team-mates included two international players in Arif Butt and Mohammed Nazir who each played in a few Tests. The latter took 11 wickets in the match.

The PIA team did not have any international players. There was a Saeed Ahmed who batted at No 11, though he is not the one you are thinking of.

NS also appears in one “miscellaneous” one-day match which does not have List A status. This match was played between Lahore Gymkhana and England at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore on 7 Oct 1987, as one of the warm-up matches for the Reliance World Cup.

This stadium was earlier known as Lawrence Gardens and had hosted a few Tests in 1955-59.

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/201/201432.html

In this match England won by 129 runs, with NS batting at No 2 and bowled by DeFreitas for 1.

(Thanks to Pradeep Ramarathman for remembering the second match).

He also participated in non-serious matches later on, such as one in a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in the early 90s. In one of these matches he hit a few sixes.

Perhaps the high point of his cricket career occurred when he was PM, when Pakistan’s team captained by Imran Khan won the World Cup in 1992:

Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan cricket team

 

Review of England-India T20Is (July 2018)

After the bilateral series in July 2018 which was won by India 2-1, a total of 14 T20Is had been played between these teams. The last bilateral series in India in early 2017 was also won 2-1 by India. Each team has won 7 matches.

In England, England lead 4-2. (India won their first two matches in England during this series).

In India, both teams have won 3 matches.

In neutral venues, India lead 2-0.

Batting (Aggregate 100 or more runs):

Most runs (100)

Kohli is far ahead of others. Also note that Dhoni has played all 14 of these matches while Raina has played 13.

Highest innings (60 or more):

Highest innings (60)

Rahul and RG Sharma both surpassed the existing record of 71 which was shared by Morgan and Rahul.

Bowling: Most wickets (5 and above):

Most wkts (5)

YS Chahal continues to lead.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Best bowling (3wi)

Kuldeep Yadav’s 5-24 is the best by either side in England, though surpassed by Chahal’s 6-25 in India in the last series.

Fielding: Most dismissals (5 and above):

Most dismissals (5)

Dhoni has the most dismissals (6 catches and 6 stumpings) while Kohli has the most (9) catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 and above):

Most innings dis (3)

Dhoni’s 5 dismissals is a share in the world T20I record and his 5 catches is also a record.

We now make a side trip into fielding records in all T20Is:

Most dismissals (50 and above):

All teams fielding

Dhoni is followed at some distance by de Villiers and Kamran Akmal.

Dhoni also has the most catches by a keeper and most stumpings.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

All teams fielding

While Dhoni shares the record of 5 dismissals in an innings with M. Shahzad, his 5 catches in the 3rd match are a record in all T20Is. Several non-keepers have taken 4 catches in an innings.

Lastly, we see overall all-round performances in England-India T20Is:

AR overall

Pandya would have the best record here.

All-round match performances:

AR match

Here too Pandya has the best performance.