Review of West Indies-India Test series, 2016

As we all know, India won “only” 2-0 with 2 drawn which meant it is not the No 1 Test team any longer. Fear not, India has many home Tests coming up while Pakistan has to visit New Zealand and Australia in the coming months.

A total of 94 Tests have been played between the two countries. WI leads 30-18 with 46 draws. In WI there have been 49 Tests, where WI lead 16-7 with 26 draws. Even in the 45 Tests in India, WI lead 14-11 with 20 draws.

However, the last time WI defeated India in a Test was over a decade ago, in May 2002 at Kingston. That 2001-02 series was the last time WI won a Test series against India. India have since won in India in 2002-03, in WI in 2006, in India in 2011-12, in India in 2013-14, and now in WI in 2016.

And the last time WI won a Test in India was at Mohali in Dec 1994. They last won a Test series in India in 1983-84. The series in India in 1987-88 and 1994-95 were drawn.

Now for the specifics in 2016:

Batting:

Most runs (850 and above):

Batting (overall)

No current players in this list.The most centuries are 13 by Gavaskar, followed by 8 for Richards and Sobers. The most scores of 50+ are 20 by Gavaskar, followed by 19 (Lloyd), 18 (Dravid) and 17 (Chanderpaul).

Highest innings scores (175 and above):

Batting innings

Not much high scoring in recent years in WI, though Kohli made 200 in this series.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings and average 35.00):

Batting average

Sobers is far ahead of Gavaskar and three others who have averages above 60. ED Weekes scored over 1000 runs and had a batting average over 100 but played less than 20 innings. Similarly Walcott had an average of almost 70 but did not play enough innings. (See the first table above).

Now to bowling, which includes the best match bowling by a debutant in all Tests.

Most wickets (30 and above):

Bowling-overall

Kapil has a comfortable lead over the next-placed Marshall and Kumble.

Marshall has the most fivers (6) followed by Harbhajan with 5.

No one has more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (7wi and above):

Bowling-innings

Kapil leads here, followed by the long-forgotten Jack Noreiga whose 9-wicket haul is still a record for WI in all Tests. Hirwani’s debut can be seen here. Ashwin’s 7-83 at North Sound is the new record for India in WI, surpassing SP Gupte’s 7-162 in 1952-53.

Best match bowling (9wm and above):

Bowling-match

Hirwani’s 16-136 is the best debut performance in all Tests, just ahead of RAL Massie’s 16-137 in 1972. Newcomer ML Cummins had the best match bowling in this series. Also note Shami’s debut in 2013-14. It may be surprising to see that Ishant Sharma has the best match bowling for India in WI.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Bowling-average

Ashwin and Harbhajan have the best averages for India.

The best economy rates are 1.68 by GE Gomez (not Larry Gomes), 1.83 by Gibbs and 1.87 by Valentine. The best for India is 2.38 by Bedi.

The best strike rates are 42.6 by Hall, 43.8 by Ashwin and 45.2 by Roberts.

Now for fielding, which includes some world stumping records in the Hirwani and More show at Chennai in 1987.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Fielding overall

Note Walcott’s dual role.

Most stumpings: 9 by More.

Most catches by a keeper: 58 by Dujon

Most catches by a non-keeper: 39 by Richards.

Best innings fielding: 6 by W Saha at North Point in 2016. Several others have 5 dismissals, including Sammy (non-keeper and share in world record) and More (5 stumpings, a world record).

Best match fielding: 8 by Dhoni, followed by More and Saha with 7. More’s 7 included 6 stumpings (another world record). The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Solkar, during India’s first win over WI in March 1971.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.400 and above):

Fielding average

While Dhoni and Dujon lead this table, the best averages by a non-keeper is by Azharuddin followed by Lara.

All-round overall performances (note the criteria):

AR-overall

Sobers is far ahead of the others.

All-round match performance (at least one 50+ and one 5wi):

AR-match

Several instances of a century and 5wi here including 2 by Ashwin. In this series Ashwin and newcomer Chase achieved this. Perhaps Ashwin’s feat in 2011 would be the best. Umrigar’s feat in 1962 is also notable as he did not bowl regularly.

 

Summary statistics of T20 2016 World Championship

 

For 2016 alone:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;size=200;spanmin1=24+Feb+2016;spanval1=span;template=results;trophy=89;type=allround

For all matches in this World Championship since 2007:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;orderby=matches;size=200;template=results;trophy=89;type=allround

Those who are familiar with Statsguru should be able to extract various parameters such as total runs, batting averages, strike rates etc. from the output of these links.

Records of T20 World Championship until now

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):

Most runs

Jayawardene’s record might be surpassed by Gayle, with Dilshan also in pursuit.

Highest innings scores (80 and above):

Highest scores

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):

Highest averages

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)

Highest strike rate

Afridi tops this list, while Yuvraj’s position is lower than expected.

Most wickets (16 and above):

Most wickets

Malinga is playing this time, so he should extend his record (fitness permitting). Afridi has a chance of surpassing this record.

Best innings bowling:

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):

Best bowling averages

Ajmal’s record seems secure. Note that Afridi has the best economy rate here.

Best fielding overall (minimum 10 dismissals):

Overall fielding

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):

Best innings fielding

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):

Best dismissal rate

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):

Overall allround

All except Albie Morkel are playing this time.

And finally,

Best all-round performance in a match (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):

Best match allround

Dwayne Bravo and Watson (28 Sep 2012) have the best performances here.

 

 

Kings of the fourth-innings chase

Pakistan’s victory in the third Test against Sri Lanka represented Test cricket at its best-particularly in the unexpected fightback in the fourth innings which was the highest total of the match. It is often said that batting in the fourth innings and winning is the best test of a batsman’s quality. Here we look at the best batsmen in successful run chases in the 4th innings.

We also see which bowlers have been most successful under these conditions. Here we consider all Tests ending up to July 7, 2015. The batsmen are arranged by order of averages. While GC Smith is the only one to have over 1000 runs in successful chases, there a few who average over 100 under these conditions. A cutoff of 10 innings is considered:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=25;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;opposition=9;orderby=batting_average;qualmin1=10;qualval1=innings;result=1;size=100;spanmax1=07+Jul+2015;spanval1=span;team=1;team=2;team=25;team=3;team=4;team=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;team=9;template=results;type=batting

Notice the large gap between the leader Younis Khan and the next three (Greg Chappell, Graham Thorpe and David Boon). It is also interesting to see which bowlers have been most successful in terminating 4th-innings run chases. Here we take a minimum of 10 innings bowled:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=25;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;opposition=9;orderby=bowling_average;qualmin2=10;qualval2=innings_bowled;result=1;size=100;spanmax1=07+Jul+2015;spanval1=span;team=1;team=2;team=25;team=3;team=4;team=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;team=9;template=results;type=bowling

While Warne is the only one with over 100 wickets taken in Tests where a side is bowled out in the 4th innings, Ambrose, Marshall and McGrath have the best averages. The best economy rate is (unexpectedly) by Ray Illingworth followed by Gibbs and Ambrose (again). And the best strike rate is by Ambrose (yet again) followed by Donald and Waqar Younis. While we are at it, let us see about fielding under these conditions (again with a minimum of 10 innings fielded).

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=4;opposition=1;opposition=2;opposition=25;opposition=3;opposition=4;opposition=5;opposition=6;opposition=7;opposition=8;opposition=9;orderby=dismissals;qualmin1=10;qualval1=innings_fielded;result=1;size=100;spanmax1=07+Jul+2015;spanval1=span;team=1;team=2;team=25;team=3;team=4;team=5;team=6;team=7;team=8;team=9;template=results;type=fielding

Gilchrist expectedly has the most dismissals with 52, while he and Haddin have the most catches (47). But the most stumpings are by old-timer Oldfield (with 7). M. Jayawardene has the most catches (27) by a non-keeper followed by Ponting with 26. When we look at dismissals per innings, Knott (2.333) has the highest followed by Haddin, Bob Taylor and Gilchrist. Among non-keepers, M. Jayawardene (1.285) is followed by Redpath.

Ironically, the two kings of the fourth innings did meet in one three-test series in 2000, when Ambrose was about to end his Test career and when Younis was just starting his. West Indies won this series 1-0, though none of these Tests involved Pakistan batting in the last innings.