Review of NZ-India Test series-1

After NZ’s 2-0 win, the record of Tests between these teams stands at:

NZ v Ind overall

A strong home advantage on both sides.

It is also worthwhile to see the WTC points table as on 03 March, where NZ has gained 120 points and India none:

WTC table 02 Mar 2020

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting records:

Most runs, (700 and above):

Runs-700

Taylor and Kohli have the highest totals among current players. Pujara and Williamson are further down.

The most centuries are by Dravid (6), and the most 50+ scores are 12 by Dravid and Tendulkar.

Highest innings scores (150 and above):

Innings-150

While there have been many high scores in the past, this was a low-scoring series. See the scores of Kohli, Rahane and other current players in recent years.

Mankad’s 231 was India’s highest Test score until Gavaskar crossed it with 236* in 1984.

Best batting averages (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Dravid has by far the highest average, followed by Dowling of the 1960s. Williamson and Taylor are further down.

Best strike rates (Min 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting strike rate

Sehwag is the fastest scorer by a large margin. Taylor and Kohli are the fastest among current players, followed by Rahane and Williamson.

To be continued

Review of NZ-India ODIs-2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets-20

The Karnataka pair of Srinath and Kumble lead.

No one has more than one 5-for. Srinath and Southee have two 4-fors.

Southee (30) and Boult (24) have the most wickets amongst current players.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5wi):

Best bowling-5wi

SE Bond has the best figures of 6-19, during his relatively short career. No good individual performance in this series, although Boult had 5-21 in 2019.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Southee is the only current player here, though close to the bottom.

Srinath and Hadlee have the best bowling averages.

Hadlee and Kapil have the best economy rates.

Srinath and Nehra (!) have the best strike rates.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Most dismissals

The forgotten NR Mongia has the most dismissals (36) and most stumpings (12).

However McCullum (25) has the most catches by a keeper, by Mongia and Dhoni with 24 each.

R Taylor (19) has the most catches by a fielder, followed by SP Fleming (18).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

The record is 5 dismissals, while a number of fielders have taken 4 catches. The only such instance recently was KD Karthik’s 4 catches as a keeper in 2019.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):

Dismissal rate

NR Mongia leads again. Vengsarkar (!) has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.

Overall all-round performance (see criterion in table):

AR-overall

While notable all-rounders such as Kapil, Hadlee and Vettori have played in these matches, the only one with a creditable record is the “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris.

All-round match performance (Min 40 runs and 4 innings):

AR-match

Another surprise: the only such performance is the unheralded K Srikkanth, whose bowling ability seems to have been a well-kept secret. His 70 and 5-27 back in 1988-89 was probably India’s best all-round feat in ODIs against all countries at that time.

Review of Eng-NZ Tests-Dec 2019-1

New Zealand won the 2-Test series 1-0. as they had in 2017-2018. This series was not part of the World Test Championship.

The overall summary of Tests between these countries:

Overall summary

New Zealand is slowly beginning to show better performances at home.

Looking at individual performances:

Batting

Most Runs (1000 and above):

Eng v NZ runs-1000

MD Crowe has the most centuries (5) while several others have 4. The most scores of 50+ are 11 by JG Wright while several other have 10. R Taylor (1145) has the most runs among current players.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Eng v NZ innings-150

Root and Watling scored double centuries in this series.

Best batting average (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Eng v NZ bat avg

Cowdrey has the highest average here. Root and Taylor have the highest averages among current players. Williamson has not played enough against England.

Best strike rate (Min 1000 balls faced, 45.00):

Eng v NZ bat SR

McCullum leads by a large margin. Taylor, Root and Watling represent current players.

Bowling

Most wickets (25 and more):

Eng v NZ wkts

Sir Richard leads by a large margin, although current player Broad is next. Southee, Boult and Wagner are also moving up.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 7wi):

Eng V NZ innings bowl

No instances from the last few years.

Best match bowling (includes all instances of 10wm):

Eng v NZ match bowl

Note the duopoly at the top from Underwood and Lock who have the 5 best performances. Nothing from recent years.

Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Eng v NZ bowl avg

Underwood and Willis have the best bowling averages, Underwood and Illingworth the best economy while Underwood and Anderson have the best strike rates. Boult and Wagner have the best averages among current players.

To be continued.

200+ scores for and against India

RG Sharma made the 54th score of 200 and above in a Test for India. These include 3 of 300+ and 51 from 200-299. Kohli has the most such scores (7), although Sehwag has the highest scores both inside and outside India. Outside Asia, we go quite far down until we reach Tendulkar’s 241* at Sydney.

The first such score was Umrigar’s 223 in 1955, equalled in the next month by Mankad and then surpassed by him with 231 which remained the record until Gavaskar’s 236* in 1983.This was surpassed by VVS Laxman’s 281 in 2001, Sehwag’s 309 in 2004 and again by him in 2008.

The highest in a win is 309 by Sehwag, in a loss 201* by Sehwag and in a draw 319 by (who else) Sehwag. An unique triple.

200+Test scores for India

Now we see who did the same against India:

200+ Test scores against India

4 triple centuries and 47 from 200-299.

McCullum and Ponting have each done this 3 times against India.

The highest score here is Jayasuriya’s 340, the highest outside Asia is Gooch’s 333 and the highest in India is M Jayawardene’s 275.

The best in a victory is 333 by Gooch, in a defeat 242 by Ponting and in a draw 340 by Jayasuriya. In fact, Ponting’s 242 is the highest in any Test defeat.

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Batting

We start our review of World Cup performances from 1975 to 2015.

First, runs scored (750 and above):

WC-750 and more runs

Ponting has played in most matches (46) followed by Tendulkar with 45 and M Jayawardene with 40.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (6) follwed by Ponting and Sangakkara (5).

The most scores of 50+  are by Tendulkar (21) followed by Sangakkara (12) and Ponting (11).

It can be seen that Tendulkar has a large lead with 2278 runs against the next highest (Ponting) with 1743. The highest among current players are Gayle and Guptill with 944 and 809 respectively.

Highest individual scores (130 or more):

WC-Innings of 130 or more

It can be seen that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 was then the World cup record, though Viv Richards overtook it with 181 in 1987. That was also the first ODI century for India.

The two highest scores above are by Guptill and Gayle, who will be here in 2019. Other high scores by current players are by Warner and Amla.

Footnote: Matches had 60-over innings from 1975 to 1983, before the 50-over innings became standard.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

WC-Bat Avg 30 or more

The best career figures here are by de Villiers, closely followed by Clarke and Viv Richards. The best averages by current players are by Gayle and Ross Taylor. Others such as Virat Kohli have not played 20 innings yet.

But some of the less experienced players can be found here:

Best batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

WC batting strike rate 80 and more

Here Mc Cullum leads despite a relatively low average. He is followed by de Villiers and Kapil.

It is also interesting to see that A Symonds averaged over 100 in World Cup matches though he did not bat enough to reach the cutoff of 20 innings.

Amla (!), Dhoni and Gayle have the highest strike rates among current players.

Next we will look at bowling performances.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

ABD: career statistics highlights-3

We close by looking at statistics for World Cup matches alone, since a fair number of high scoring rates mentioned earlier were in relatively less important or highly one-sided matches. Perhaps this would give a better idea of performance in more important matches. Perhaps the Champions Trophy matches could also be added.

We start with the highest averages in World Cup matches (minimum 20 innings):

WC-best average

de Villiers heads this list although MJ Clarke and IVA Richards are just behind.

Now we look as

Highest strike rates in World Cup matches (minimum 500 balls faced):

WC scoring rate

Here we have McCullum followed by de Villiers and Kapil.

Then there are links in Cricinfo’s records section for Fastest centuries in ODIs:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/211608.html

That link is constantly updated. This is what it looked like on 26/05/2018:

ODI fastest 100

Note that it took over 17 years to move from Afridi’s 37-ball effort in 1996 to Anderson’s improvement to 36 balls in 2014. But de Villiers lowered the bar to 31 balls a year later.

For World Cup matches alone, the best efforts are  50 balls by KJ O’Brien in 2011, 51 by GJ Maxwell in 2015 and de Villiers  again with 52 balls in 2015.

Similarly there is a link for the fastest 50. Like in the table above, it refers to the first 50 runs in the innings although the number of balls for the second or later 50 runs may be quite different.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284095.html

This is what it looked like on 25/05/2018:

Fastest 50

The record had been stuck at Jayasuriya’s 17 balls since 1996. de Villiers lowered it to 16 balls after almost 19 years. After that Kusal Perera and Guptill also equalled the old 17-ball record.

In World Cup matches, the fastest 50s have been in  18 balls by McCullum (2015), 19 by Mc Cullum again in 2015 and  20 by AD Mathews also in 2015.

 

Another record for Brendon McCullum (Revised in Sep 2017)

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:

Century in last career Test, while captain

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:

50 plus in last career Test, while captain

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:

Century in last Test

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.