Indian-origin cricketers who played for New Zealand

It was interesting to see New Zealand saving a Test against India with the last-wicket pair being of Indian origin. While AY Patel was born in Bombay in 1988, R Ravindra was born in New Zealand in 1999. There are a few others with Indian-sounding names who were born in New Zealand.

Here we attempt to enumerate the members of 2 categories


1. Born in India (including pre-partition India):

FT Badcock (Abbottabad, 1897)-presumably British-7 Tests

AY Patel (Bombay, 1988)-10

N Puna (Surat, 1929)-3

JA Raval (Gujarat, 1988)-24

IS Sodhi (Ludhiana, 1992)-17

2. Indian-sounding name, not born in India:

DN Patel (Kenya, 1958)-37

JS Patel (New Zealand, 1980)-24

R Ravindra (New Zealand, 1999)-1

Those of Gujarati origin just outnumber the others. Badcock, Sodhi and Ravindra are the exceptions.

Among these players, it was Nairobi-born Dipak Patel who played the most Tests for New Zealand. He was a member of the 99 Club, and finished with 1200 runs and 75 wickets. Next are JA Raval and JS Patel who played 24 Tests each.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/dipak-patel-38118

One wicket from victory

Yet another Test which was saved by the last-wicket pair. This has happened more often than you might think.

Here is the complete list of these instances, ending with the India-NZ Test today (Nov 29, 20210:

There are some interesting stories here, including cases where the batting side came close to winning (Eng vs WI in 1963 and Ind v WI in 2011).

The first such instance was by India in 1946, when the long-forgotten pair of Sohoni and Hindlekar put on 14 for the last wicket. More recently, Dhoni and Sreesanth put on 19 in 2007.

India have been thwarted by the last wicket thrice: by WI in 1978 and 2006, and by NZ today (2021).

Shreyas Iyer’s debut

Shreyas Iyer was the third Indian player and 40th overall to make two 50+ scores on debut:

Earlier Dilawar Hussain (59 & 57 in 1934) and SM Gavaskar (65 and 67* in 1971) had achieved this.

From the above table, we can also see that Shreyas was the first Indian player and 16th overall to score a century and a fifty+ on debut. This 16 included the special cases of LG Rowe and Yasir Hameed who scored twin centuries on debut.

CG Greenidge (93 & 107 in 1974) and AN Cook (104 & 60* in 2006) did so against India.

Now we look at the most runs made in debut Test (this is not the same as the above chart, as some would not have made 50+ in both innings.

Here the cutoff is 160 runs.

Iyer made 105 + 65 =170.

This is the third highest for India (after S Dhawan’s 187 and RG Sharma’s 177) and 28th overall. J Neesham also made 170 on debut, but is ranked above Iyer as his performance was earlier.

Also note CG Greenidge’s 200 (93 and 107) J Neesham’s 170 (33 & 137*), MJ Clarke’s 168 (151+ 17), AN Cook’s 164 (60 & 104*), DL Houghton’s 162 (121 & 41*) and CH Lloyd’s 160 (82 & 78*) against India

Another curiosity is that of the forgotten BM Laird’s 167 runs, which is the highest match total on debut by someone who did not score a century. Next are CH Lloyd and Fakhar Zaman both with 160.

And finally:

New Zealand was set to score 284 in the 4th innings to win this Test.

Guess what the highest winning chase at this venue was?

This doesn’t mean much as the Green Park has had many drawn matches, and is probably the most batting-friendly pitch among India’s older Test centres

Stumped by a substitute-a rare occurrence.

This is rarer than you might imagine. It is not listed in Statsguru or any of the common reference books on cricket oddities. It has happened only three times in Tests, the third instance being in the ongoing Test between India and New Zealand at Kanpur.

A full list of instances in first-class cricket is given here:

https://stats.acscricket.com/Records/First_Class/Overall/Batting/Stumped_by_a_Substitute.html

The instances in Tests are:

  1. SJ Snooke (SA) st (sub) NC Tufnell (Eng) b G Thompson, SA v Eng, Durban, 1909-10
  2. Pervez Sajjad (Pak) st (sub) BE Congdon (NZ) b BW Sinclair, Pak v NZ, Lahore, 1964-65 and now
  3. TWM Latham (NZ) st (sub) KS Bharat (Ind) b AY Patel, Ind v NZ, Kanpur, 2021-22.

More notes on these occurrences:

The first instance: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-south-africa-1909-10-61690/south-africa-vs-england-2nd-test-62502/full-scorecard

SA’s captain SJ “Tip” Snooke was dismissed by substitute NC Tufnell for 53 in their second innings.

Simla-born Tufnell had not played in Tests yet. He played his only Test later in the series. His only dismissal was a stumping.

The second instance: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/new-zealand-tour-of-pakistan-1964-65-62109/pakistan-vs-new-zealand-2nd-test-62975/full-scorecard

Pervez Sajjad was dismissed for 16 in the second innings.

The substitute BE Congdon had played 6 Tests earlier. He played a total of 61 Tests (including 17 as captain).

And finally:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/new-zealand-in-india-2021-22-1278658/india-vs-new-zealand-1st-test-1278674/live-cricket-score

TWM Latham was dismissed for 95 in the first innings.

KS Bharat had not played Tests earlier. Besides the stumping, he also took 2 catches as a substitute.

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See Steve Lynch’s comments in his column on 30 Nov 2021:

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Note:

These are the only 3 cases in Tests when the wicket-keeper was not a member of the playing XI.

There are numerous other instances where members of the playing XI acted as wicket-keepers when the nominated keeper became unfit. There are as many as 54 instances when these substitute keepers took catches. And 16 instances where they took stumpings:

Interestingly, the only two Indian players here are Manjrekar senior and junior.

Centuries in the third innings of Tests

Hope you have seen the previous post: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/11/24/centuries-in-the-second-innings-of-tests/

We now look at the third innings:

The most centuries in the third innings is 13 by AN Cook. He reached this record in his last Test in 2018.

Next are Sangakkara (12), followed by Tendulkar, Kallis and Hayden with 10.

Current players : the highest is 7 by Warner, followed by Root and Azhar Ali with 5.

Indian players: the highest is 10 by Tendulkar, followed by Gavaskar (7) and M Amarnath (6).

Those who loved the third innings:

R Subba Row (Eng) made all 3 of his centuries in the 3rd innings.

ADR Campbell (Zim), GC White (SA) and JDB Robertson (Eng) each made their only 2 centuries in the 3rd innings.

Those who hated the third innings:

SC Ganguly (Ind) made 16 centuries, but none in the 3rd innings.

Next are M Vijay (Ind) (12), AG Prince (SA) and TW Graveney (Eng) with 11

Centuries on debut by Indian players (Updated in Nov 2021)

With Shreyas Iyer scoring 105 on his Test debut, here is the list of Indian players who have achieved this:

We see that Iyer is the 16th to achieve this for India.

The others who scored a century on debut (that match being against New Zealand), are AG Kripal Singh (100*) in 1955 and S Amarnath (124) in 1976.

We also look at Indian players who scored a 50+ on debut, that match being against New Zealand:

The number is less than one would think. And Iyer has the second highest score here, after Amarnath’s 124. And that is the only one IN New Zealand.

Centuries in the second innings of Tests

Hope you have seen the previous post:

We now look at centuries in the second innings:

It is clear that the most centuries here are by Tendulkar (18), followed by M Jayawardene and Dravid (15) and then by Kallis, Ponting and Kohli (14).

Other Indian players with 10+ centuries are Gavaskar and Sehwag (12)

Current players with 10+ centuries are Kohli (14), Root and Williamson (10).

Those who loved the second innings:

MJ Horne (NZ) and RT Simpson (Eng) made all their 4 centuries in the second innings.

Next are 3 by BA Edgar (NZ), Qasim Umar (Pak) and RJ Burns (Eng).

Also 5 out of 6 by NCL O’Neill (Aus).

Those who hated the second innings:

BA Stokes (Eng) made 10 centuries but none in the second innings.

Next are SP Fleming (NZ), G Gambhir (Ind) and KJ Hughes (Aus) with 9.

To be continued.

Centuries in the first innings of Tests

Here we see the table of those who scored the most centuries in the first innings:

Ponting (21) is followed by Kallis and Tendulkar with 20. Next are the two Steves, Smith and Waugh with 17. From India, others with 10+ centuries are Dravid (15), Gavaskar (11), Pujara (10) and Sehwag (10).

Current players with 10+ centuries are SPD Smith (17) and Pujara (10).

Those who loved the first innings:

JM Bairstow (Eng) made all his 6 centuries in the first innings.

AF Rae (WI) and Wasim Raja (Pak) made all 4 of their centuries in the first innings.

Also note SP Fleming (NZ) who made 8 of his 9 centuries in the first innings. And KC Wessels (Aus/SA) made 5 of his 6 centuries in the first innings.

Those who hated the first innings:

Taufeeq Umar (Pak) made 7 centuries but none in the first innings.

WW Armstrong (Aus) similarly had 6 centuries, and MG Burgess (NZ) had 5.

To be continued.

Where is Toba Tek Singh?

Many of us have heard of the short story of this name, written by Saadat Hasan Manto. If you need to refresh your memory, you can read it here:

https://www.wordswithoutborders.org/article/toba-tek-singh

The fact is that Toba Tek Singh was not a joke (as some may think) and is now a district town in Pakistani Punjab. It was part of Faisalabad (ex-Lyallpur) district earlier.

It is, indeed, named after a Sikh who lived there long ago and is still remembered.

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

It is on the Shorkot Cantt-Faisalabad section, not on the main line. But this route has trains connecting with Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi.

Here, we see railfans exploring this station and its surroundings. (Urdu with English subtitles):

Review of India-NZ T20Is-Nov 2021

The T20I series in Nov 2021 ended 3-0 in favor of India, although New Zealand had beaten India in the just-concluded T20 World Championship.

Summary of all T20I matches between India and New Zealand:

In 20 matches, India has won 9, New Zealand 9, 2 ties and no no-result.

The two ties were finally won by India through super overs, but are recorded as ties.

In India, India lead 5-3

In New Zealand, the two teams are tied 4-4 with 2 ties.

In neutral venues, New Zealand leads 2-0. Both these wins came in World Cup matches.

Batting records (100 or more runs):

RG Sharma leads by a large margin with 511 runs.

The only century is by C Munro.

The most 50+ scores are 6 by RG Sharma, followed by 4 by Munro.

Highest innings (60 and above):

Note the consistency of Munro and Sharma.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Sodhi and Santner lead with 20 and 16 wickets respectively, with Bumrah’s 12 being the best for India.

Best innings bowling (including all 3wi and better):

Santner’s 4-11 is the best overall here, while AR Patel’s 3-9 is now the best for India. The previous best for India is Bumrah’s 3-12. The three best performances are 4-fors by NZ bowlers.

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Southee has the most catches (11), while Dhoni had the most dismissals by a keeper (9, with 6 catches and 3 stumpings). Guptill also has 9 catches.

Seifert has 7 catches as a keeper, surpassing Dhoni’s tally.

RG Sharma’s 8 catches is the best by an Indian fielder.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Several players have taken 3 dismissals in an innings. Latham is the only one 3 catches as a keeper, while Ronchi and Dhoni also have 3 dismissals. Santner and Guptill have taken 3 catches as fielders.

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

Although there are noted T20 all-rounders on both sides, there is only one instance here.

Those who scored the most Test centuries

The Test season gets under way with Sri Lanka hosting the West Indies at Galle from Nov 21. There are also series between India/New Zealand and Bangladesh/Pakistan coming up, not to forget the Ashes starting in December.

Here we look at a summary of the centuries made by the highest century-makers, with a breakup across innings:

Note that this does not include the ICC XI vs Aus Test in 2005, which means that ML Hayden’s century in that Test is not counted.

As we will see, a closer look at the centuries in the different innings reveal some odd facts. From the sample above we can see that Steve Waugh and Steve Smith have the most centuries without ever making one in the fourth innings. And can you guess which current player has the distinction of making all his 6 centuries in the first innings? More to come in the next few days.

Records of the T20 World Cup (2007-2021)-Part 2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

We now continue with individual performances in Bowling.

Most wickets (20 or more):

Shakib Al Hasan took over the record from Shahid Afridi in this edition.

Bravo, Ashwin and Starc are the next among current players. Ashwin and Jadeja are the only Indian players here.

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

None of the top performance were from this edition, the best being A Zampa’s 5-19 and Mujeeb’s 5-20. Adil Rashid’s 4 wickets for 2 runs against the West Indies is almost as startling as Rangana Herath’s 5-3 against New Zealand in 2014. Also note 4-9 both by Shakib and Rashid Khan

Best bowling averages (minimum 500 balls bowled, all instances):

Shakib and Bravo are the only current players here.

S Ajmal and Shakib have the best averages.

Shakib and Afridi have the best economy rates.

S Ajmal and Shakib have the best strike rates.

As you can see, Indian players do not figure in the last two lists.

Now for Fielding.

Most dismissals (12 and above):

de Villies and Dhoni share the top position here, while Mushfiqur, Guptill and Warner have the most dismissals among current players.

Some points of interest: de Villiers’s dismissals came both as keeper and non-keeper (7 catches as keeper, 2 stumpings and 23 catches as non-keeper).

Dhoni’s 32 dismissals is the most for a keeper (including 21 catches and 11 stumpings). However, Kamran Akmal (18) and Sangakkara (14) have more stumpings).

de Villers has the most (23) catches as a non-keeper. Next are Guptill and Warner.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

12 players have made 4 dismissals in an innings, MH Cross of Scotland being the only one in 2021.

Note the 4 stumpings by Kamran Akmal and D Ramdin.

D Sammy is the only one with 4 catches as a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60 and above):

Mushfiqur has the best by a current player.

The “hybrid” de Villiers has the best average here.

Dhoni and Kamran Akmal both share the best average for a keeper.

GJ Maxwell, Guptill and Warner have the best averages for non-keepers. They all played in the final of the 2021 edition.

Finally, All-round performance:

Overall (note the conditions in the table):

Shakib has by far the best performance here, with Shahid Afridi a distant second.

Bravo and Mohammad Nabi also represent the current players.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

The best performances would be by Bravo, Watson (28 Sep 2012) and Shakib (21 Oct 2021).

There is also Hasaranga de Silva among current players.

No good performances by Indian players in this category.