They only saw losses in Tests

Continuing the series.

Next we come to those who played in 5 or more Tests and saw losses in all of them:

The first 6 places all go to Bangladesh players, who are not particularly well known. Alok Kapali was a bits-and-pieces all-rounder whose main claim to fame is being the first Bangladeshi (and first Hindu) to take a Test hat-trick.

There are a sprinkling from other countries. The most recent is SW Ambris of the West Indies.

We now look at those who experienced losses in 90% of their Tests:

Only 6 names are added, all from Bangladesh. Interestingly there is no one from Zimbabwe here.

Records of the SL-BD Test series-2021

Sri Lanka won the series 1-0, with the first match being a dull draw. In the second Test, debutant Praveen Jayawickrama recorded the best bowling for SL on debut and also recorded the best bowling for any slow left-armer on debut, surpassing Alf Valentine’s record in 1950.

D Karunaratne’s 244 in the first Test is the best for SL v BD at home. The previous record was 222* by Sangakkara in 2007. However, the highest for SL v BD is 319 also by Sangakkara in 2013-14. He and GA Gooch are the only ones to score a triple century and century in the same Test. It is probably a first-class record as well.

We now look at the final WTC points table, as all the possible fixtures (barring the final) have been completed:

https://www.icc-cricket.com/world-test-championship/standings

Also, the ICC rankings (as distinct from the WTC tables:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/rankings/content/page/211271.html

This covers Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Ireland as well. It is not clear how the 2021-23 WTC will play out, but it is possible that Afghanistan would challenge Bangladesh for the last place.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-2

Hope you have read Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/17/bangladesh-west-indies-tests-1/

Continuing with individual performances in these matches, starting with Bowling:

Most wickets (10 or more):

The first few are all current players. The most 5wi hauls are by Shakib, Miraz and Roach. No one has taken more than one 10wm.

Best innings analysis: (all instances of 6wi or more):

None of these instances are from the current series, although Miraz, Shakib and others played in it.

Best match analysis: (all instances of 8wm or more):

Miraz and Cornwall are among those who played in the current series. Cornwall’s 9-179 is the best for WI in Bangladesh, surpassing the 8-152 by Bishoo in 2011.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1500 balls, all instances):

Roach heads this short list. However Taijul has the best economy rate and Roach the best strike rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Mushfiqur has the most dismissals and stumpings, while Sammy has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and more):

None from the current series. Note 4 catches by a non-keeper Sammy.

Most match dismissals (5 and more):

Again, none from the current series. Note 6 catches by non-keeper DM Bravo.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 15 innings fielded, all instances):

Mushfiqur has the highest dismissal rate as he is the only keeper here. The best by a non-keeper is by Mahmudullah.

Finally, All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

Only two entries here, with Miraz coming up in recent series.

Match performances (50+ and 5wi in match):

Only 3 instances, all by Shakib. Further proof that he is the best all-rounder in matches between these teams.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued

Losing all their Tests

We have earlier seen that only 4 players have played 5 or more Tests and seen their teams winning all of them. As you may guess, the number of players who saw only defeats is somewhat higher.

In the former list, the “topper” had played in 10 Tests. Here the figure is 17 Tests, with 18 players who played in 5 or more Tests.

As you may guess, the first few are from Bangladesh (though there are none from Zimbabwe here). There are also several from other “major” Test sides including Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies and England.

The “topper”, Alok Kapali, was a bits-and-piece player with a top score of 85 and best of 3-3:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/player/56251.html

That 3-3 icluded Bangladesh’s first hat-trick. It also earned him a place in the trivia question “Who was the first Hindu to take a Test hat-trick?”. Note that India’s hat-tricks were by Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan and more recently Jasprit Bumrah (who might be a Sikh, though this is unclear).

Next in line is the lesser-known Mohammad Sharif with 10 luckless Tests:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh/content/player/55986.html

From England, there is JG Dewes who made his debut in the 5th Test at the Oval in 1948. He made only 1 and 10, but that would not have attracted much attention along with Bradman’s duck in his last Test.

We can extend this a little further to all those who saw defeats in 90% or more of their Tests:

Here we get 25 names. The last 7 are from Bangladesh, apart from one from Zimbabwe.

The current players here are headed by PVD Chameera (8 Tests) and DT Tiripamo (9 losses and 1 win in 10 Tests). There is still no one from India, Pakistan, Australia and New Zealand.

While India and New Zealand took a long time to register their first Test victories, they were able to draw more regularly than Bangladesh.

Review of Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Tests (2020)-2

Hope that you have read Part 1

We now look at bowling records:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wkts-15

Taijul is far ahead of others.

He also has the most fivers (4) followed by Shakib and Enamul with 3. No one has more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Innings bowl-6wi

Taijul again leads this table. However there was no haul of 6wi or more in this match.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Match bowl-8wm

Enamul’s 12-wicket haul was instrumental in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test win in 2005.

Shakib’s 10-for in 2014 was accompanied by a century. He is only the third player in all Tests to score a century and take a 10-for in the same match, after Botham and Imran.

Also note Nayeem Hasan’s 9-for in this match.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Fielding-10 dis

Led by Mushfiqur, while Masakadza has the most by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Inngs dis-4

Chakabva took 5 catches in this Test to equal the record. No non-keeper has taken 4 or more catches.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Match dis-5

The record of 7 was set long ago. Chakabva took 5 in this match.

Best dismissal rate (Min 15 innings, all instances):

Dis avg

Mushfiqur leads here, far ahead of the others.

All-round performance (Overall, see criteria in table):

AR overall

Shakib leads, followed by Chigumbura at a distance.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

Shakib’s century and 10wm has pride of place.

Review of Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Tests (2020)-1

These teams have met in 17 Tests, with these results:

BD v Zim results

These can be summarized as:

Result summary

The teams are now level at 7 wins each.

CR Ervine followed TW Latham as an one-Test captain.

This was only the 14th Test win by Bangladesh, and the second by an innings:

Bangladesh Test wins

Bangladesh’s first Test win (and series win) was against Zimbabwe in 2005.

Batting records:

Most runs (250 and above):

Most runs-250

Current and near-current players hold the first few places.

Taylor is the only one with 5 centuries. Taylor, Masakadza and Bashar have 7 50+ scores.

Highest innings scores (100 and above):

Highest scores-100

Mushfiqur’s double century in this series was less than his earlier record score in 2018. No one else has scored a double in these Tests.

Batting average (Min 15 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Mushfiqur is just ahead of Taylor.

Batting strike rate (Min 750 balls faced, all instances):

SR-all

Mominul and Taylor lead this table.

To be continued.

All-round match performances in the World Cup

Here is a list of all instances of 40+ runs and 4+ wickets in World Cup matches from 1975 up to June 24, 2019:

40 +4wi in WC

While some of these figures seem impressive, most of them have come against weak teams (if not minnows, teams which did not go beyond the first round). The exceptions are Flintoff (E v Ire), and Russell (WI v E). We already know that Afg will not be in the second round in 2019.

The only instances of 50/5wi are by Yuvraj Singh (I v Ire, 2011) and Shakib Al Hasan (BD v Afg, 2019).

Both of them have had impressive all-round performances throughout the tournament. Yuvraj was Man of the Series in 2011, when India won. Yuvraj had 362 runs and 15 wickets in 2011. Shakib has (at the time of writing on June 24) 471 runs and 10 wickets. He and David Warner (447 runs) seem to be main contenders for Man of the Series now.

In 1999, L Klusener had 281 runs and 17 wickets which earned him the Man of the Series award. His team lost narrowly in the semi-final.

 

Review of New Zealand – Bangladesh Tests

With the 3rd Test at Christchurch being called off due to violent incidents, New Zealand won the 2-Test series 2-0.

As you can see below, New Zealand has won all 9 Tests against Bangladesh at home. In Bangladesh, New Zealand have won 3 Tests and 3 were drawn.

Result summary

We proceed to individual performances. As the number of matches played is small, no meaningful averages can be found.

Batting:

Most runs (250 and above):

Runs-250

Most of the top scorers such as Tamim and Williamson are still playing.

The most centuries are 3 by Williamson, and the most 50+ scores are 9 by Tamim (including 8 scores between 50 and 99).

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Innings-90

Two double centuries were made by NZ batsmen in this series. Williamson’s 200* was the highest for NZ against BD at home, surpassing Taylor’s 200 in the same series and Guptill’s 189 in 2010.

Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

Wkts-10

Vettori is far ahead of Wagner and the rest. Vettori has 5 fivers and Wagner 3. Vettori also has the only tenner.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 5wi):

Innings bowling-all 5wi

Best match bowling (all instances of 6wm):

Match bowling-all 6wm

Wagner’s 9-73 in this series is the best for NZ vs BD at home, surpassing CL Cairns’s 8-108 in 2001.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Fielding-8 dis

Watling has the most catches by a keeper, McCullum the most stumpings and Taylor the most catches by a non-keeper. Mushfiqur leads the Bangladesh players.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Innings-3 dis

Kayes has the most dismissals (5). Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

Fielding innings-5 dis

Watling has the best figures for a match, while Sinclair has the most by a non-keeper.

All-round performance (match):

AR-match

DL Vettori’s effort is the best here. It can be termed as one of the finest all-round efforts in all Tests, as he scored two fifties as well as a fiver and a “fourer”.

He is the only one to do this in all Tests. The “counterpart” would be AK Davidson who made 44, 80 and a fiver and a “sixer” in the Tied Test of 1960.

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh cricket hits a new low

Only a few days ago we noticed that Bangladesh had finally got a Test ranking (8th) higher than that of the West Indies (9th). It was therefore hoped that Bangladesh would be competitive in the 2-Test series in the West Indies starting on July 4.

That did not happen, as Bangladesh was dismissed for 43 before lunch on the first day of the series at North Point. The main wrecker was Kemar Roach (5-1-8-5 with an injured knee).

In the following tables I have considered 9 or 10 wickets down, to cover cases where teams batted one man short.

This is the lowest score by Bangladesh in all Tests:

Bangladesh lowest scores

It also has the lowest number of balls in any Test innings by Bangladesh (112), the next lowest being 152 for their 62-run effort in 2007.

It is also the lowest Test score by any side since 2000 ( the list shows scores below 75)

Low Test scores since 2000

However, they lasted for 112 balls which is higher than that for Australia (108 balls for 47 in 2011) and 111 balls for 60 in 2015).

And you can see that 43 all out is fairly low down in the all-time Test lows (below 50). India was dismissed for 42 (one man absent) in 1974.

All-time low Test scores

We also look at the all-time Test lows by balls faced (less than 120 balls):

Low scores-less than 120 balls

The all-time low is 75 balls by SA for 30 all out in 1924. The NZ team which made 26 all out did survive for 162 balls and thus does not appear here. India’s record low of 102 balls for 42 can be seen here.

The Bangladesh team’s 112 balls is one more than Australia’s 111 balls for 60 in 2015 and 108 balls in 2011, which are the lowest in recent years.

Finally we look at the lowest scores in the first innings of the match (below 60);

Lowest 1st innings scores

Bangladesh’s 43 today is the 3rd lowest here, and the lowest since 1946.

Also note that England won after being dismissed for 45 in 1887.

And the lowest number of balls faced in the first innings of the match (below 120):

Lowest balls in first innings

Here Bangladesh has survived for one ball more than Australia’s famous 60 in 2015, which is the record.

And the 43 is the lowest Test score in the West Indies:

Lowest Test score in WI

Review of the Nidahas Trophy (2018)

This tournament is an one-off. There was another Nidahas Trophy in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of independence. That was also a triangular series but with 50-over matches. T20Is were still in the future.

This tournament was contested by Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. Though the league matches were badly affected by rain, there was still a narrow 6-run win for India as Sri Lanka came close to chasing down a 300+ total in the final. Such things rarely happened in those days. See the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8560/scorecard/66157/sri-lanka-vs-india-final-singer-akai-nidahas-1998/

At least the host got to the final then, unlike on this occasion. This time it was Dinesh Karthik who won the match with one of the most famous last-ball sixes in limited-overs cricket history. But Javed Miandad may have something to say about that.

Here is a statistical summary of the 2018 edition. The sample size is too small to have meaningful figures for averages, strike rates and the like.

Most runs (90 and above):

Most runs

Kusal Perera made 3 fifties, while three others made two apiece.

Highest innings (40 and above):

Highest innings

Dhawan and RG Sharma have the highest scores.

During the SL v BD match on 16 Mar, there was a wisecrack that Mr Perera had scored 119 runs and took 5 catches.

Most wickets (4 and above):

Most wickets

India’s junior spinners lead here, with a number of highly experienced bowlers following.

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

Best innings bowling

The 4 top positions are by Indian bowlers.

Most dismissals (3 or more):

Most dismissals

Thissara Perera and Sabbir have the most (6) by non-keepers while Karthik (5) the most by keepers.

Most innings dismissals (2 or more):

Innings dismissals

Sabbir and Kusal Perera lead the non-keepers and keepers respectively.

All round performances (20+ runs and 2+ wickets in a match):

AR

Only one instance.

 

Review of Bangladesh-Sri Lanka Tests in Feb 2018-2

Continuing our review of all Tests between these teams until now.

Fielding:

8 or more dismissals:

Dismissals

The lesser-known P Jayawardene has the most dismissals, most catches by a keeper and most stumpings. The better-known M Jayawardene has the most catches by a fielder. Mushfiqur is catching up.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings dis

Dickwella equalled the record of 5 during this series. Sangakkara and Soumya have 4 catches as fielders.

Match fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Match dis

P Jayawardene has the record of 7, while M Jayawardene and Soumya have 5 catches asĀ  fielders. Dickwella has the best figures from the current series.

Dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, all cases):

Dismissal rate

Sangakkara has the highest here, as P Jayawardene did not play enough matches here. Mushfiqur has done almost as well as Sangakkara. Among non-keepers the highest rate is inevitably by M Jayawardene.

All-round performances

Overall-see criteria in table:

AR overall

Shakib is the only all-rounder with respectable figures. Vaas did not play enough in these matches.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

50 and 5wi

The one-man army Shakib Al Hasan again. His absence in this series must have hurt Bangladesh a lot.