India vs WI T20Is-Feb 2022

India won this series 3-0, like the corresponding ODI series earlier in the month.

The last T20I series between these sides was won 2-1 by India in India in Dec 2019. In Aug 2019 India had won 3-0 in a series in WI and the USA.

Here is a summary of all T20Is between these teams:

We now look at individual scores, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (100 or more):

Headed by RG Sharma and Kohli who played in the current series. N Pooran, another current player, has the most runs for WI. KA Pollard is next.

E Lewis is the only one with 2 centuries. The most 50+ scores are 6 by Kohli and 5 by RG Sharma.

Highest innings (70 or more):

Note that no one crossed 70 in this series.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 250 balls faced):

Headed by Kohli and RG Sharma.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (6 or more):

DJ Bravo and Sammy (4-16 listed below) are the only ones to have taken 4wi.

Best innings bowling (3wi or more):

The best from this series are 3-22 by HV Patel and 3-25 by RL Chase.

We do not have sufficient data for meaningful bowling averages etc.

Next is Fielding:

Most dismissals (5 or more):

The top 3 RG Sharma, Pollard and Kohli all played in this series.

The most dismissals by a keeper are 5 by Dhoni, Pant and Ramdin.

Most innings dismissals (3 or more):

This includes 3 by I Kishan in this series.

Finally

All-round performances;

Minimum 20 and 2wi in match:

DJ Bravo’s 66* and 4-38 in the 2009 World Cup are among the finest all-round performances in T20Is. Also note VR Iyer’s performance in this series, which is the best for India.

India-West Indies ODIs, Feb 2022(Pt 2)

Hope you have read the first part:

Continuing with individual performances, in

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Walsh leads with 44 wickets, closely followed by Kapil with 43. Among current players there are Jadeja and Shami with 41 apiece.

Shami has 2 instances of 4+wi, and Dillon is the only one with 2 fivers

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi or more):

Kumble has by far the best performance here, followed by Patterson and non-regular bowler Viv Richards who did particularly well against India. From current players there are JO Holder, Jadeja, newcomer MP Krishna and Shami.

Best bowling averages (1000 balls, all instances):

It looks like Viv Richards’s best bowling efforts were against India. Next are Ambrose and Kumble. Among current players there are Jadeja, Roach and JO Holder.

The best averages are by Richards and Ambrose.

The best economy rates are by Marshall and Ambrose.

The best strike rates are by Richards and Kumble.

Now for

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dhoni has the most dismissals with 47 and most stumpings with 14.

Dujon (34) and Dhoni (33) have the most catches by keepers.

Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by fielders.

From current players there are SD Hope, Kohli, Dhawan and RG Sharma.

Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals. And Dravid is the only fielder with 4 catches.

Among current players there are keepers SD Hope and Pant.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Led by Ramdin with 1.333. The best by a fielder is 0.838 by Richards. Among current players there are Dhawan, Kohli and Pollard.

Finally we come to

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Richards has the best performance, with the others far behind. While Hooper and Kapil qualify as all-rounders here, current player JO Holder does not.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

While several players have achieved this in the past, the last instance was in 2009. The two best performances appear to be by Viv Richards again: (110*/3-42 in Jan 1988, 44/6-41 in Oct 1989). Next would probably be 61*/3-32 by DJ Bravo in May 2006.

Weird conclusion: Viv Richards was the best all-rounder and among the best bowlers in these matches.

India-West Indies ODIs, Feb 2022(Pt 1)

India won this series 3-0. This was probably India’s best result in an ODI series against this team.

After this series, the overall records for ODIs between these teams was:

India increased its earlier lead overall and at home. India has also done better in neutral venues.

We now look at individual records, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

Kohli has the most centuries (9) and 50+ scores (20).

He also has by far the most runs in this series, followed by RG Sharma. The best for WI is by Haynes of long ago. Dhawan is the only other current player here.

Highest scores (115 and above):

Headed by Sehwag’s double century, though the next 2 are by RG Sharma and then one by Kohli.

While other current players such as Pollard and Dhawan are in this list, no one scored 115 or more in this series.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 30.00):

Kohli is the highest here, followed by Greenidge. Among current players there are RG Sharma, DM Bravo and Dhawan.

Highest strike rates (Min 500 balls faced, 70.00):

Sehwag is closely followed by Richards, Kohli and RG Sharma.

Among current players, the next best strike rates are by Dhawan, JO Holder and DM Bravo.

To be continued-see this: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2022/02/14/india-west-indies-odis-jan-2022pt-2/

Another anniversary-India’s first Test win

Britain is celebrating the 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II ascending the throne (on February 6, 1952).

And the first Test won by India also started on the same day. As you can see from the scorecard, the scheduled second day (Feb 7) was made the rest day following the death of King George VI.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-india-1951-52-61800/india-vs-england-5th-test-62729/full-scorecard

Note the contributions of Umrigar (130*) and Mankad (12-108). India’s first Test victory was by an innings. If you look at the English scorecard, it can be inferred that many of the team were in the Test side only because their leading players of that time did not want to tour India.

History of the Under-19 Cricket World Cup

Results of tournament since it started in 1988 are given below.

India has won this 5 times (2000, 2008, 2012, 2018 and 2022) besides being runners-up in 2006, 2016 and 2020.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under-19_Cricket_World_Cup#Results

It is interesting to look at the team sheets of the winners and runners-up to see if the prominent players at the under-19 level did well at higher levels. For instance, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh played for India in 2000. Yuvraj was the player of the tournament here.

The world’s largest countries, by population and area:

Improve your knowledge of statistical trivia:

The top 20 with live updates, from the Worldometers site:

India is #2 in population, and seems poised to overtake China in the near future.

India is #7 in area:

20 countries with the largest populations:

  1. China
  2. India
  3. USA
  4. Indonesia
  5. Pakistan
  6. Brazil
  7. Nigeria
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Russia
  10. Mexico
  11. Japan
  12. Ethiopia
  13. Philippines
  14. Egypt
  15. Vietnam
  16. DR Congo
  17. Turkey
  18. Iran
  19. Germany
  20. Thailand

See live link: https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#top20

Apart from China and India, other pairs with similar populations are Brazil/Nigeria and Turkey/Iran. You may find the top 20 in a different ranking if you check after a few weeks.

20 countries with the largest areas:

  1. Russia
  2. Canada
  3. China
  4. USA
  5. Brazil
  6. Australia
  7. India
  8. Argentina
  9. Kazakhstan
  10. Algeria
  11. DR Congo
  12. Greenland (ruled by Denmark)
  13. Saudi Arabia
  14. Mexico
  15. Indonesia
  16. Sudan
  17. Libya
  18. Iran
  19. Mongolia
  20. Peru

Those with similar areas are Greenland and Saudi Arabia.

See live link: https://www.worldometers.info/geography/largest-countries-in-the-world/