Australia vs India Tests review-II

In part I, we looked at batting and bowling performances. Here we take up fielding and all-round performances.

Fielding (20 or more dismissals):

Most dismissals

While Gilchrist has a small lead over Dhoni, Dhoni and Kirmani have the most stumpings. Gilchrist has the most catches as keeper followed by Dhoni and Haddin with 56 each. Non-keepers with the most catches are Dravid (46), followed by VVSL and Ponting (36 each)

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Best innings fielding

Haddin clearly leads this table. It is interesting to note that Srikkanth’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share in the world Test record. The current player AM Rahane also has a share in this record.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Best match fielding

Haddin and Dhoni lead this table. The most catches by non-keepers are 6 by Whatmore (more known as a coach) and Mark Waugh.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.500):

Best dismissal rate

Haddin, Gilchrist and Dhoni lead this list while Mark Waugh and Bob Simpson lead the non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see the criteria):

AR overall

Kapil is far ahead of the others, while Harbhajan Singh somehow fares better than M. Johnson and Ashwin. (But Harbhajan’s batting and bowling averages are both superior to that of the recognized all-rounder Ashwin 🙂

Match all-round performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Apart from the forgotten Rusi Surti’s performances in the 4-0 loss in 1967-68, the other names are fairly predictable.

 

Steve O’Keefe’s records

Here are some of the unusual statistical achievements of Steve O’Keefe . He and Lall Singh may be the only Test players born in Malaysia. He does not seem to be related to Kerry O’Keeffe  who played 24 Tests in the 1970s. Anyway their names are spelt differently.

This was Steve’s 5th Test, and his best innings analysis up to this Test was 3-53.

He now has the best match figures for Australia vs India:

ausindmb

The previous best was Alan Davidson’s 12-124 in 1959-60; unfortunately for Australia that was also Jasu Patel’s match.

His innings bowling is, however, not very near the top performances in Aus-Ind matches:

ausindib

The unfortunate JJ Krejza continues to hold the record of 8-215 which came on his debut. He only played one Test after that.

Finally, one curiosity is that his 6-35 in each innings is the best performance where the two innings are identical. The previous “record” was held by India’s BS Chandrashekhar with two 6-52s against Australia in 1977-78. This topic is covered in more depth here (in this post from 2016):

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/same-bowling-figures-in-both-innings/

 

Cricketing coincidences-2

A well-known one pertains to the very first Test at Melbourne in March 1877 and the Centenary Test a hundred years later. In both cases Australia won by 45 runs.

See the scorecard of 1877:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62396.html

and of 1977:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63189.html

Although the story-lines of the two Tests are somewhat different, the end result was the same. Note that one performance in the 1877 Test remains a Test record even today.

Now here is another lesser-known one involving two brothers-Tony Greig (58 Tests) and the lesser-known Ian Greig (2 Tests). Tony had one of the best all-round debuts including 4-53. His brother also took 4-53 on debut.

Tony: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63084.html

Ian:   http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63317.html

Finally another one including two Tests, which had somewhat more similarities than the two Tests at Melbourne.

Our story begins at the India-Australia Test at Kanpur in 1959-60, which you will remember as India’s first victory over Australia:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62869.html

Jasu Patel’s figures of 9-69 and 14-124 stood as records for a long time. The first one was bettered only by Anil Kumble in 1998-99, and the second was bettered only by Narendra Hirwani in 1987-88.

Other points to note are:

  1. India won by over 100 runs after conceding a first-innings lead
  2. An Australian left-arm pace bowler (Davidson) took 12 wickets (5 and 7)

Almost 20 years passed. Kanpur saw 7 drawn Tests in succession, and got the reputation of being the deadest Test pitch in the world. These Tests were generally dull draws, with some highlights like GR Viswanath’s duck and century on debut in 1969-70 and India’s then highest total of 644/7 in 1978-79. Then came another Australian team in 1979-80, admittedly a rather weak team without the Packer players.

This was the result:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63243.html

There was no record-breaking bowling like that of Jasu Patel, but still

  1. India won by over 100 runs after conceding a first-innings lead
  2. An Australian left-arm pace bowler (Dymock) took 12 wickets (5 and 7)

Add to this the fact that both Australian bowler’s names started with a D, and there are certainly more coincidences than in the better-known Tests at Melbourne.

India and Australia have met only three times in Tests at this venue, in 1959-60, 1969-70 and 1979-80 but the 10-year cycle was broken in the next decade.