Where passenger trains do not stop

Earlier we looked at stations where train services no longer exist:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/10/23/where-trains-do-not-run-any-more/

Here are some apparently full-fledged and manned stations where no passenger service exists in the timetables. There are various reasons why this could happen.

The examples in this post are certainly not an exhaustive list.

We start with this station in the middle of Jaipur:

Bais Godam.jpg

This lies south of Jaipur Jn on the way to Sawai Madhopur. It was in the timetables up to the early 90s. Now it is an active station which has the main yard for storing rakes of long distance trains based in Jaipur. But it is not in the timetable.

Near Hyderabad we have:

Pagidipalli

Pagidapalli looks like a real station. And it is a junction where the line to Nalgonda and Nadikude branches off from the Hyderabad-Kazipet line. But no passenger service has ever existed since it was opened around 1990.

In Goa:

 

Dudhsagar was once in the timetable when it the Londa-Vasco section was MG. After conversion to BG a new platform was built as a viewing point. No passenger services are scheduled to stop at either, though unscheduled stops are common. Tourists make good use of these stops, even though leopards and other animals are known to roam the area.

No passenger train has scheduled stops at any point between Kulem and Castle Rock. Other stations on this section include this pair:

However, they have long sidings to cater to crossings of goods trains.

Sonaulim has somehow become Sonalium, which sounds like an exotic metal.

On the way from Kalyan to Igatpuri, the semi-stations of Thansit and Oombermali/Umbarmali have existed for decades but never appeared in timetables. Many trains (including EMUs going to Kasara) did stop there for technical purposes. Finally in 2018 they have become full stations:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/mumbai-news/umbarmali-thansit-are-now-official-stoppages-for-trains-on-kalyan-kasara-line/story-VUuNtbJMc6Wt1mijYEEBDP.html

The stations have been improved, including new signboards which greet the EMUs between CSTM and Kasara which now have scheduled stops.

Umbarmali

One more is Hubballi South:

Hubballi South

As you can see, the sign has recently been repainted as the name was changed from Hubli South. But no passenger train has been scheduled there for years.

Finally, a near miss. This oddly-named cabin serves as an important junction near Salem, where the line to Bengaluru (besides Mettur Dam) takes off from the Coimbatore-Chennai route.

Magnesite

For a short period in 2017-18 one passenger train stopped at Magnesite Jn in one direction. Now that has vanished from the timetable.

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Review of England-India series, 2018-2

Hope you have read the first part.

Continuing with fielding:

Most dismissals (20 or more):

Eng-India 20 dis

Dhoni is ahead by a large margin, with the most dismissals and catches by a keeper. However Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook has the most catches by a non-keeper. With 13 catches in this series, he overtook Dravid and Gavaskar.

Meanwhile, Bairstow and Buttler are rapidly moving up the table.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Eng-Ind inngs dism-5

While the top two performances were long ago, Bairstow and Pant both took 5 in an innings during this series. Yajurvindra’s 5 (on debut) remains the best for a non-keeper.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

Eng-Ind match dis-7

Pant and Rahul both took 7 catches in the course of India’s sole win of the series. Bairstow followed up with 7 in the last Test. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best performances by non-keepers, while Bob Taylor is far ahead of everyone else.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Eng-Ind field avg

As you may expect, Taylor and Dhoni have the top two positions. Solkar has the best rate for non-keepers, far ahead of Dravid. Bairstow and Buttler are also here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Eng-Ind AR

Kapil and Ashwin lead, with surprise entries such as the occasional bowler Borde, besides Kumble who made his only Test century here.

Some obvious candidates such as Botham and Mankad are not here as they did not play enough in this series. However, they do appear in :

Best all-round performance in match (fifty+ and 5+wi):

Eng-Ind AR match

The best performances are by Botham (1980) and Mankad, while the long-forgotten JK Lever’s debut performance is also noteworthy. Pandya is the only appearance from this series, though we can also see B Kumar achieving this twice in 2014. Then there is the old firm of Ashwin and Jadeja.

Review of England-India series, 2018-1

First we summarize all Tests between these teams:

Eng-India summary

England’s 4-1 margin is not their best result against India, as they won 5-0 in 1959 and 4-0 in 2011, besides 3-0 in 1967.

Now for batting records:

Most runs (1000 or more):

Eng-India 1000 runs

AN Cook finished with the highest total for England against India. Kohli, Root and Pujara are next among current players.

Cook, Dravid and Tendulkar have the most centuries (7). Gavaskar and Tendulkar have the most 50+ scores (20) followed by Cook and Viswanath with 16 each.

Highest innings (175 or more):

Eng-India indiv 175

No entry from the current series, as the highest was 149 by Kohli and then Rahul. KK Nair’s 303* was made in the previous series.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Eng-India batting avg 35

The first name is somewhat unexpected. Among current players the highest averages are those of Root, Kohli and Cook. Several other current players also have averages over 35.

Botham does not appear here as he batted for less than 20 innings.

Now for bowling records:

Most wickets (35 and above):

Eng-India 35 wkts

Anderson with 24 wickets in this series moved into top place, overtaking Kumble and Chandrasekhar. Other current players here include Broad, Ashwin and I Sharma.

The most 5-fors are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Botham. Bedser is the only one with two 10-fors.

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

Eng-India innings bowling

No instances from this series, though there is 7-48 by Jadeja in the last series.

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

Eng-India match bowling

The best from the current series is near the bottom, namely Anderson’s 9-43. Ashwin and Jadeja have done better in the last series.

Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, max 35.00)

Eng-Ind bowl avg 35

The first two names, Illingworth and Lever, are somewhat unexpected. The best economy rate is 1.65 by Illingworth followed closely by Nadkarni (1.67). The best strike rate is 47.0 by Lever followed closely by Willis (47.4)

To be continued.

 

 

Fifty on Test debut by Indian players

Centuries on Test debut are well documented:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/239555.html

Here we look at those who scored  one or more fifties on debut.

Indian players:

Fifties by Indians on debut

Some points of note:

Dilawar Hussain and SM Gavaskar scored fifties in each innings on debut.

The Yuvaraj of Patiala (father of current Punjab CM Amarinder Singh) was playing in his only Test.

A few of these players went on to successful careers, notably Amar Singh, Mankad, Phadkar, Nadkarni, Gavaskar, Dravid, Laxman and Pujara.

But here are quite a few who ended their careers with 5 or less Tests and/or are forgotten to most cricket fans. These include the 2-Test players Kanitkar (senior), P Roy (junior), Rajput and Badrinath.

The jury is still out on Pandya. Let us hope that Vihari does better.

It is also worthwhile to look at all such Test players since 2013:

Fifty on debut since 2013

Note fifties in both innings by Henriques and Kusal Perera.

The most successful among these include Mominul, Sikandar Raza, Ahmed Shehzad, Blackwood, Dilruwan Perera, JO Holder, Dickwella, Buttler, Dowrich, Handscomb, Pandya, Markram and Roshan Silva. And there are several others who are unlikely to play Tests again.

 

Preview of the Asia Cup 2018

Hong Kong won the qualifying tournament, and will join the regular teams India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in cricket’s Asia Cup 2018

The odd thing is that Hong Kong is not a regular ODI team now, as it had lost its status in April 2018. They qualified ahead of Nepal and UAE who do have ODI status. (That is why the Nepal v UAE match was the only official ODI among the qualifying matches). The other matches had only List A status.

It is understood that Hong Kong will get ODI status for the Asia Cup matches. This temporary membership has happened before for various teams in the World Cup and Asia Cup.

For more details see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Day_International#Teams_with_ODI_status

For the Asia Cup matches, see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_Asia_Cup

Notes on the Commonwealth Games of 2018

This is a follow up to https://abn397.wordpress.com/2018/09/02/notes-on-the-asian-games-of-2018/ .

In recent years it has been apparent that the standard of the Asian Games is higher than that of the Commonwealth Games, so more attention is focused on the former. However, it is worth having a quick look at the 2018 CWG and India’s performance there and in earlier CWGs.

First, the 2018 medals tables:

https://sports.ndtv.com/commonwealth-games-2018/medals-tally

Note the large number of countries/territories which failed to win a single medal. The largest countries with this status are Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.

While Sri Lanka and Bangladesh drew a blank in the Asian Games later in the year, they did win something here.

Here is how India has fared in the CWG over the years:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India_at_the_Commonwealth_Games

It can be seen that India’s best performance was when they were hosts in 2010, and that they have slipped somewhat since then.

And finally, the one occasion that cricket featured in the CWG. In this 1998 Games at Kuala Lumpur, India participated with a second-string team. So did several other countries. These 50-over matches had List A status but were not classified as ODIs. India did not win a medal.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_at_the_1998_Commonwealth_Games

This was the first time that South Africa won a major cricket tournament (though this was not taken seriously by cricket followers). They did however win the first ICC Knock-out championship in 1999. This championship became the Champions Trophy in subsequent years. They are still waiting for another major tournament win.

 

Alastair Cook’s career-1

In the next few days, much will be written about Alastair Cook’s career and records. Here, we look back at his Test debut which was against India in 2006:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/14681/scorecard/239025/india-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-india-2005-06

Other debutants included Monty Panesar and S. Sreesanth, who remained in the headlines one way or another for a period almost as long as Cook’s career.

Cook is one of a handful of players to have scored two fifties on Test debut. This is somewhat rarer than scoring a century on debut.

Cook debut

While some on this list are counted among the all-time greats, others did not have much of a career and are completely forgotten.