Now for the semi finals-1

PS: If you are feeling nostalgic for the national anthems of the departed teams, you can see this (from the 2015 WC):

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/national-anthems-of-wc-2015/

Now we have:

Jul 9: 1st SF, Ind v NZ, 1500 IST

Jul 11: 2nd SF, Aus v Eng, 1500 IST

Jul 14: Final, 1500 IST

And the road so far:

Points table Jul 06 2019

This WC has so far been marked by several relatively close (but not very close) finishes.

Also see the ICC rankings after the matches of Jul 6:

ICC rankings on Jul 6 2019

Note that only a fraction of a point separates England and India.

The top 4 here are indeed the semi-finalists. And the top 10 are indeed those who qualified for the World Cup. Ireland and Zimbabwe would have been out of their depth, as Ireland is 10 points behind Afghanistan.

A quick look at the IPL-style contests at the moment:

Orange Cap: RG Sharma 647 runs, followed by DA Warner (638) and Shakib Al Hasan* (606).

Purple Cap: MA Starc 26 wickets, followed by Mustafizur Rahman* (20) and 4 others with 17.

Most 6s: EJG Morgan 22, AJ Finch 18 and RG Sharma 14.

(Shakib* also has 11 wickets).

*No further part in the 2019 World Cup.

Next we will take up the statistical highlights so far.

Highest score at No 8 in World Cup

Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92 against the West Indies was the highest score by any No 8 batsman in the World Cup.

Here are the list of all such scores above 40:

World Cup No 8

It can be seen that the record score at No 8 was earlier 72* by HH Streak in 2003.

The previous highest score by Australia was somewhat further down at 43 by BJ Haddin in 2015. Nearby there is 42 by CH Morris of SA in 2019.

The best by India is a mere 28 by NR Mongia in 1999.

If this was the IPL – Daily Update

If the World Cup was run like the IPL, this would be the status on July 5 after the first 43 matches

Orange Cap: Shakib Al Hasan* (606 runs) followed by RG Sharma (544), DA Warner (516), AJ Finch (504) and JE Root (500)

Purple Cap: MA Starc (24 wickets) followed by Mustafizur Rahman* (20), LH Ferguson, JC Archer and Mohammad Amir* (17 each).

Most Sixes: EJG Morgan (22), followed by AJ Finch (18) and CH Gayle* and RG Sharma (12 each).

Shakib* also has 11 wickets.

Starc had taken 22 wickets in the 2015 World Cup and was Man of the Series.

Potential candidates for MOS are RG Sharma, Shakib*, Warner and Starc. If Starc wins, he would be the first to be MOS for 2 World Cup championships.

* No further matches as their teams are not in the semi-finals.

Points Table:

Points table Jul 05 2019

After 43 matches

Australia and India’s places in the semi-finals are confirmed. The 1st and 2nd positions will be clear only after the 44th and 45th matches.

Eng is 3rd and NZ 4th.

AFG is the only team to lose all their (9) matches.

Now all teams have lost at least 1 match. Aus and Ind have each lost 1 match.

Next Up on Jul 6:

44 Jul 6, Ind v SL, 1500

45 Jul 6, Aus v SA, 1800

 

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: All-round performance

Here we look at overall all-round performances (note the criteria):

World Cup AR overall

Numbers 1, 2 and 5 are not surprising, while other obvious choices such as Botham and Hadlee did not do that well in the World Cup. CZ Harris represents the value of the bits-and-pieces all-rounder, while TM Odoyo contributed a lot to Kenya’s limited successes.

Finally we come to

Match performances (40 runs and 4 wickets):

World Cup AR match

Which would be the best performance here? Nominally it would be the century + 4wis of Kloppenburg and Dilshan, but they were against weak teams. The same might be said of Yuvraj’s 50 + 5wi (the only such instance in the World Cup).

If you consider performance against moderately strong teams, then we would consider those of Fletcher, Kapil and Russell.

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Fielding

We have looked at the World Cup records for batting and bowling. We now look at fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

World Cup-total dismissals

Sangakkara and Gilchrist lead by a large margin. Sangakkara also has the most stumpings, and Gilchrist the most catches by a keeper.

Similarly Ponting leads non-keepers by a large margin.

Umar Akmal has the same number of catches as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

World Cup-innings dismissals

Gilchrist and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the record with 6 catches in an innings.

No one has more than 2 stumpings.

Among non-keepers, the record is 4 by M Kaif, S Sarkar and Umar Akmal.

Kaif had the record to himself from 2003 until the other 2 joined him in 2015.

Finally, the dismissal rates.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600 and above):

World Cup-Dismissal rate

Gilchrist leads the keepers and GC Smith the non-keepers.

 

ODI rankings before the 2019 World Cup

Note these rankings published on May 22, 2019.

The Tests had got over by May 2, the ODIs by May 21 and some T20Is are in progress among minor teams such as Namibia and Kenya.

We concentrate on the ODI rankings:

ICC ratings May 22 2019

We see that the top 10 teams are indeed the same teams playing in the World Cup.

This ranking seems to show that England and India are close together, followed by the pair of South Africa and New Zealand. Next is Australia and there is a steep fall to Pakistan and the others. This seems to conform to general opinion. As Australia had been without two of their key players for a year, they now have the capacity to get a semi-final place at the expense of South Africa or New Zealand.

You can also see the T20I rankings of the major teams.

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Bowling

Most wickets (25 and above):

WC-25 and more wickets

McGrath and Muralitharan are quite ahead of the others.

The best for India is 44 by Zaheer Khan and by Srinath, in 5th/6th place.

McGrath and Afridi are the only ones with two five-fors.

Muralitharan, Warne, Afridi and Tahir have four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 6wi and better):

WC-6wi and better

McGrath has the best figures of 7-15 against Namibia, while Bichel’s 7-20 against England may be considered more significant.

India’s best is 6-23 by Nehra in 2003 which is the 6th best. Kapil’s 5-43 in 1983 was the first five-for by India in any ODI.

Bowling averages: Minimum 1000 balls and maximum 45.00:

WC-bowling avg

McGrath and Imran Khan have the best averages of 18.19 and 19.26 respectively. The best for India is by Zaheer Khan (20.22) in 4th place.

The best economy rates are by Roberts (3.24) and Botham (3.43).

The best strike rates are by Malinga (23.8) and Zaheer Khan (27.1)