This is to provide links to a few posts in the last few days, for those who are interested in the obscure byways of cricket history. These deal with the best performances of those who had only one match (or innings) in the three formats of international cricket:
This is a follow-up from the last post
Now we take up ODIs in the same way. Though others interested in cricket statistics may disagree, I have removed ODIs involving multi-national teams such as the ICC World XI, Africa XI and Asia XI.
First, the highest scores at various batting positions in all ODIs:
Interesting that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 is the oldest record standing, followed by Viv Richard’s 189* in 1984. That was the only ODI played at Tunbridge Wells, and there is no video of this match available because of a dispute with the BBC at that time.
Now for Indian players:
Interesting that the records for numbers 9 and 10 came in the same match.
Now we look at all debutants in ODIs:
Interesting that Haynes’s record of 1978 still stands.
No debutant from India in the above table. Their details are here:
Oddly enough Brijesh Patel’s 82 from India’s very first ODI in 1974 is still a record.
Some may be thinking of Yuvraj Singh’s 84 at No 5 in 2000. But that was in his second ODI, while he did not bat in the first. (Shahid Afridi’s 37-ball century had a similar story).
As we pause for breath after the last over against Bangladesh, here is a snapshot of major records in all T20WC matches from 2007 to March 23.
Most matches (25 and more):
Dilshan, Afridi and Dhoni look set to add a few more matches-though they probably will have retired by the next World Championship. Note that the previous record of 31 was shared by three Sri Lankans.
Most runs: (500 and more)
M. Jayawardene’s record is under threat from Gayle and Dilshan.
Of those who scored more than 500 runs, Kohli has by far the highest average (67.33). The next is Gayle with 45.35
The highest strike rate here is 153.31 by Afridi, followed by 148.33 by Pietersen.
Most wickets (20 and more):
Afridi (39) has taken over the record from Malinga. Next among current players is Shakib with 30.
The record of 6-8 by Ajantha Mendis has not come under threat this time as no one has taken more than 4 wickets in an innings.
From those listed above, Mendis has the best average of 15.02, Vettori the best economy at 5.83 and Mendis the best strike rate of 13.4
Fielding (12 or more dismissals):
De Villiers (31) has the most dismissals and is set to add to his record. Most of his catches were as a fielder. Dhoni (29) and Ramdin (26) have a chance of catching up.
Kamran Akmal has the most dismissals (30) among the “pure” keepers. Guptill and Warner with 15 lead among the pure non-keepers, although de Villiers has 22 catches as a fielder along with 7 catches as a keeper and 2 stumpings.
Best all-round performance (Minimum 100 runs and 10 wickets):
Using this criterion, Kallis ranks the highest, followed by Shakib and Mathews from the current players.
As we can see, a few of these records may be broken before the end of the 2016 World Championship.
The “real” T20 World Championship gets going today with India taking on New Zealand. Here is a statistical survey of all T20 WC matches from 2007 to the first round of 2016, which ended on March 13.
Most runs (minimum 500):
Jayawardene’s record might be surpassed by Gayle, with Dilshan also in pursuit.
Highest innings scores (80 and above):
Many current players in the above list. There is already one century by Tamim Iqbal in this year’s matches.
Best batting average (minimum 20 innings):
Interesting that Rohit Sharma has the highest average so far. He seems to have benefited from a large proportion of not out innings.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 250 balls, 125.00)
Afridi tops this list, while Yuvraj’s position is lower than expected.
Most wickets (16 and above):
Malinga is playing this time, so he should extend his record (fitness permitting). Afridi has a chance of surpassing this record.
Best innings bowling:
Note Herath’s startling figures. Mendis and Umar Gul are not here this time, but Herath is.
Best bowling averages (minimum 500 balls):
Ajmal’s record seems secure. Note that Afridi has the best economy rate here.
Best fielding overall (minimum 10 dismissals):
de Villiers and the much-maligned Kamran Akmal head this list. de Villiers should move far ahead of the present contenders as he is likely to be keeping. He also has the record of 21 catches by a non-keeper, which is unlikely to be surpassed unless Warner does exceptionally well. Also note the record of 18 stumpings by Kamran.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
Note the record of 4 stumpings by Kamran and Ramdin, while Sammy is the only one with 4 catches by a non-keeper.
Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.350):
Most of those at the top are playing this time. Coincidentally the McCullum brothers are neighbours here, and Nathan is still playing.
Overall all-round performance (minimum 20 innings batting as well as bowling):
All except Albie Morkel are playing this time.
Best all-round performance in a match (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):
Dwayne Bravo and Watson (28 Sep 2012) have the best performances here.
The first round is over and apparently the boys have been separated from the men. As I predicted earlier, Afghanistan and Bangladesh qualified for the Super 10. We now look at the performances in the 12 matches so far.
Most runs (50 and above):
Tamim Iqbal is far ahead, being the only one with a century as well as two scores above 50.
Highest scores (40 and above):
While Tamim has the two highest innings, M. Shahzad has also been consistent with 3 scores above 40.
Bowling: 3 or more wickets overall:
Not very meaningful, as quite a few cheap wickets were grabbed in the innings with reduced overs.
Best bowling (3 wickets or more in an innings):
Here we see that the two best performances came in innings with reduced overs.
Best fielding (2 or more dismissals overall):
The most dismissals were 4 by Mutumbani and non-keeper Sikander Raza. Mutumbani and M. Shahzad made 3 stumpings each.
Overall all-round (at least 40 runs and 4 wickets):
Only M. Nabi makes the cut here.
Match all-round (at least 20 runs and 2 wickets):
Two performances from one of the departed teams.
Though the Asia Cup is considered a small sideshow in the cricket calendar, it has been held sporadically since 1984. India won that first tournament in 1984 and now has a total of 6 titles, including 2016 which was held in the 20-over format for the first time. It is expected that it will be held in this format whenever it is held in the same year as the World T20 Championship.
For the full history see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asia_Cup
The leading individual performances are given below:
Most Runs (80 and above)
Somewhat ironically the most runs were scored by a batsman from Hong Kong which played only in 3 matches in the first round. From the “main” teams Sabbir Rahman scored the most runs (176) and was named the “Man of the Tournament”. Babar Hayat and LD Chandimal were the only ones to cross 50 twice.
Highest Individual Scores (50 and above)
RG Sharma made the highest score (83) among the main teams, followed by Sabbir Rahman with 80.
Bowling: 4 or more wickets overall
Among players from the main teams, the lesser-known Al-Amin Hossain took the most wickets (11) followed by Kulasekara, Mohammed Amir and Pandya with 7 apiece.
Best innings bowling: 3 or more wickets
Malinga’s 4-26 is the best performance for the main teams. Unfortuately for Sri Lanka that was the only match he played. The next best is 3-8 by Pandya. Al-Amin Hossain was consistent with three 3-wicket hauls.
Most dismissals (3 and above)
Not surprisingly, Dhoni topped this list along with SP Patil of the UAE. Nurul Hasan had the most stumpings (3). The most catches by non-keepers were 6 by Babar Hayat and Soumya Sarkar.
Overall all-round performance (at least 40 runs and 4 wickets):
Useful contributions by Mahmudullah and Shakib, besides the trio from the UAE.
All-round match performances (at least 20 runs and 2 wickets)
Rohan Mustafa had the best all-round match performance,while Mahmudullah had the best performance among the main teams.
It is interesting to see that India won the tournament without any spectacular performances (except RG Sharma’s 83). The whole performed better than the sum of the parts, which is supposed to be the hallmark of a good team.
As we all know, Brendon McCullum recorded the fastest ever Test century in the Christchurch Test when he crossed 100 in 54 balls.
He also became the only Test player to score a century in the last test of his career, while captaining his country. This is what you get from Statsguru:
Naturally, Smith can be discounted as we know he has not retired. So McCullum is the only one who qualifies.
This seemed a bit odd, so I repeated this check to identify those who scored a fifty in the last test of their career, while captaining their side. We get this:
This live link may be more useful: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?captain=1;class=1;debut_or_last=2;filter=advanced;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=25;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;opposition=9;orderby=start;qualmin1=1;qualval1=fifty_plus;team=1;team=2;team=25;team=3;team=4;team=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;team=9;template=results;type=batting
As many as 34 names here. But it includes some whose Test careers are not over, essentially everyone from Mushfiqur Rahim downwards excluding McCullum and now Misbah. So we remove Mushfiqur, Kohli, Mathews, AN Cook and SPD Smith.
So we are left with 29 who scored a fifty in their last Test when they were captaining. In some cases their retirement was known in advance, in other cases they may not have known they were playing their last Test.
McCullum has scored the most runs in the match (170) among these, though a few others have crossed 100 without making a century. The WI player RK Nunes is the only one to score two fifties in this category.
We may as well see the list of all those who scored centuries in the last Test of their career, regardless of captaincy:
This live link may be more useful: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282931.html
Here we have a total of 42. We remove current players who are likely to keep playing for a while: Hafeez, Rahane, SE Marsh, Amla, SC Cook, de Kock, Burns and SPD Smith. This leaves 34 who scored centuries in their last Test (unless McCullum makes a comeback). In contrast, 100 players scored 102 centuries on debut (Remember Rowe and Yaseer Hameed).
Naturally our old friends AG Ganteaume and RE Redmond are there, as their first and last Tests were the same. Others who scored centuries on debut and last Tests are Duff (104 & 146), Ponsford (110 & 266), Greg Chappell (108 & 182) and Azharuddin (110 & 102). In case SE Marsh does not play another Test he will also join this club with 141 & 182.
Centuries in their last Test include those by Sandham (325, the first Test triple century) and double centuries by Ponsford, Nurse, Aravinda de Silva (last f-c match) and (strangest of all) night-watchman Gillespie making his only Test century.
CAG Russell is the only one to score centuries in both innings of his last Test. He was the first English player to score centuries in both innings of a Test.