Quick guide to Test matches of 2017

In the calendar year 2017, 47 Test matches were played. 40 had results and 7 were drawn. Coincidentally, in 2016 there were also 47 Tests if which 7 were drawn.

These were the ICC rankings at the end of the year:

ICC ranking

India clearly at the top, although there is some chance that South Africa will close the gap in the current series. But even a 3-0 win is not likely to put SA at the top.

At the bottom end, note that West Indies and Bangladesh are now level and Zimbabwe is far behind. It will be interesting to see where Ireland and Afghanistan will be (say) five years from now. While Ireland seems to be declining, Afghanistan may well get ahead of Zimbabwe.

Now we look at the win-loss ratio for all Tests in 2017. This is not expected to give the same results as the ICC rankings since the latter cover a longer period.

WL ratio

While India clearly leads, New Zealand has also done well to be in second place. Zimbabwe is the only one without a win, though Pakistan and Bangladesh have the same number of wins.

More detailed analysis of individual performances will follow.

 

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The ODIs of 2017

With the conclusion of ODIs on Dec 26, these were the ICC rankings for this date:

ICC Ranking on 26 Dec

We see that South Africa leads with India just a point behind. As they are to play a 6-match ODI series in January 2018, the top position may well change hands.

We now survey ODI performances in 2017, starting with overall win-loss rations for all ODIs from starting between Jan 1 and Dec 31. All later tables are also in this time frame.

Win-Loss ratios:

Win-loss ratio

This cannot be expected to tally exactly with the ICC rankings since the latter takes into account a longer time span. And this table cannot be taken too seriously as it has Hong Kong in 2nd position, as it mainly plays with the lower-ranked teams. Among the regulars, we have England followed by India, South Africa and Pakistan. And the West Indies is at the very bottom, with its fellow wooden – spooners Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

We now move on to individual performances, starting with batting.

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs

Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Tharanga scored the most runs. The two Indians also have the most centuries (6 apiece) and most 50+ scores (13 and 11 respectively).

Among those who batted for 20 innings and above, the highest averages are for Kohli (76.84) followed by Rohit Sharma.

Among those who faced at least 500 balls, the highest strike rates are by de Villiers (116.94) followed by KM Jadhav (!) and Ben Stokes.

Now for the highest innings (115 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma has the only double century (208*) while du Plessis and Guptill are some distance behind.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wkts

The table is led by rising stars Hasan Ali and Rashid Khan, with Bumrah and Plunkett a little behind. Hasan Ali is the only one with three fivers, while Rashid Khan and Plunkett each have four 4+s.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wis):

Innings bowling

Rashid Khan and TA Boult were the only ones with 7-wicket hauls. An interesting feature here is A Dananjaya (SL) with a 6-wicket haul besides 18 wickets overall. A year ago, he was an interesting oddity as his ODI career of 1 match saw him neither batting, bowling nor fielding.

To save space, there is no table for bowling averages. Taking a minimum of 1000 balls bowled, we see:

JJ Bumrah has the best bowling average of 26.25, followed distantly by B Kumar.

B Kumar has the best economy rate of 5.05, followed closely by JJ Bumrah.

And JJ Bumrah has the best strike rate (30.6) followed by HH Pandya .

An Indian monopoly-as Indian players are practically the only ones who have bowled enough overs. JO Holder is the only other one to have crossed 1000 balls.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Dhoni is far ahead of the second-placed Buttler. They do have the same number of catches though Dhoni has more stumpings. Several non-keepers have 12 catches.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

Latham is the only one with 5 dismissals. GJ Maxwell is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Dismissals per innings (minimum 20 innings):

Dhoni (1.392) is followed closely by SD Hope with 1.238.

Among non-keepers Kusal Mendis has the highest with 0.571.

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

AR overall

Ironically, only Rashid Khan has respectable figures here- as he can bat a bit to go along his excellent bowling average.

All-round match performance (minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR match

Dominated by players from the lesser-ranked teams, with Stirling and Mustafa having the best performances.

 

 

Review of India-NZ T20Is-Nov 2017

India won the series 2-1, a fine achievement considering that they had never won a T20I against New Zealand until now. This did not improve India’s standing at 5th position, but did ensure that Pakistan now has the top position ahead of runner-up New Zealand.

The record of all T20Is between these teams:

Results

We see that NZ leads 6-2 among completed matches. India won for the first time in the Delhi match on Nov 1.

India has never lost a Test, ODI or T20I series to NZ at home until now (unless you count 2012 where one T20I was washed out). One Test series was drawn 1-1 in 1969-70 when NZ came close to winning the third Test.

MS Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 8 matches, while Guptill has played in 7.

Going through individual performances:

Batting-most runs (90 and above):

Runs

Kohli has some distance to catch up with McCullum, while several other current players are here.

Highest individual innings (50 and above):

Innings batting

Munro made the only century which came during this series. McCullum has the most 50+ scores with 3.

In this series Munro surpassed McCullum’s 91 as the best individual score for NZ. Similarly RG Sharma and Dhawan both scored 80 which is now the best individual score for India, surpassing Kohli’s 70.

Interestingly both of the earlier record scores were made in the same match, at Chennai in 2012.

Bowling-most wickets (4 and above):
Wkts

Sodhi heads this list, with several current players also on this table.

Best innings bowling (2wi and above):

Innings bowling

Santner’s 4-wicket haul during the previous T20 World Championship remains the record.

Fielding (3 or more dismissals):

Fielding dismissals

As one might expect, MS Dhoni heads this table. Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.

Best innings fielding (2 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

Ronchi, Latham and Dhoni have all made 3 dismissals in an innings, while some non-keepers have taken 2 catches.

All-round overall (Minimum 4 innings batted and bowled):

AR overall

Only Yuvraj and Pandya qualify here, although their results are not too good.

All-round match performances (minimum 10 runs and 1 wicket):

AR match

Really scraping the bottom of the barrel here, as no one from either side has made 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match. Vettori, Santner and Munro have the best performances here along with Yuvraj for India.

 

Review of cricket team performance in 2016

Here we look at the ICC rankings in all three formats as on Dec 31, 2016 as well as the wins and losses during the calendar year.

There will not be a direct correlation between the ICC ranking and wins/losses as the ICC rankings take into account a longer period.

Tests:

icc-ranking-tests-end-2016

test-table-2016

ODIs:

icc-ranking-odis-end-2016

odi-table-2016

T20Is:

icc-ranking-t20is-end-2016

t20i-table-2016

It can be seen that both table toppers are the same for Tests and T20Is, but not in ODIs.