Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-2

Continuing from Part 1, we take up fielding records.

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Azharuddin leads here with 27 dismissals, followed by Dhoni who played relatively few Tests against Sri Lanka. P. Jayawardene has the most stumpings (8). Dhoni and Amal Silva the most catches by keepers (21) and Azharuddin the most catches by a non-keeper (27) followed by M. Jayawardene with 22.  Rahane, Saha and Rahul are also here.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Amal Silva, who had a surprisingly short career, has the most dismissals in an innings (6). Rahane has 5, which is a share in the world record for innings catches by a non-keeper. Dickwella also represents the current players.

There is also S Viswanath whose Test career was limited to three matches against Sri Lanka.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Match dismissals

Amal Silva had a short but meteoric career with 9 dismissals in successive Tests. He played only 9 Tests in all, scoring a century as well as taking 9 dismissals against India in one Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/50432.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/16848/scorecard/63410/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-2nd-Test   

Oddly enough, Silva’s Cricinfo profile does not have a picture of him. Even the Wikipedia article does not have one. Anyway here is one from a Sri Lankan newspaper:

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/101114/Sports/spt15.html 

Then we have AM Rahane taking 8 catches in a match, a world record which he does not have to share:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/11331/scorecard/895773/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-1st-Test

Unfortunately, India lost that Test but went on to win that series 2-1.

Saha also makes this list from the current players, while NV Ojha made 5 dismissals in what is likely to be his only Test.

Best dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings. minimum rate 0.400).

Dismissal rate

Azharuddin leads here, while no pure keeper has played enough. Sangakkara, who played both as a keeper and fielder, is second. Dhoni and Saha have not played enough to qualify.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Only Kumble and Muralitharan qualify with these modest criteria-and one can hardly call them all-rounders.

Match performance (fifty and 5wi):

AR Match

Until this series, only Malinga qualified though his Test batting average is less than 12 and he scored his only Test fifty in this match. In the second Test of this series, both Ashwin and Jadeja achieved this mark. It is rare for two players from the same side to score a fifty and take a fiver in the same Test, but it has happened a few times before.

To be precise, this was only the third time in all Tests where two players from the same side scored a 50 and took a fiver in the same match. The two previous examples were:

Adelaide, 11 Jan,1895: Giffen and A Trott of Aus vs England

Nottingham, Jul 29, 2011: Broad and Bresnan of Eng vs India

Interestingly, there have been 9 examples of players from opposing sides who took a 50 and a fiver in the same match. The first was at the Oval, starting on August 11, 1902 where the adversaries were H Trumble and GH Hirst, in the first ever one-wicket victory.

The most recent instance was at Chittagong starting on Oct 17, 2008 where it was Vettori vs Shakib.

 

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-1

At the close of the series in Sri Lanka in August 2017, the teams had played 41 Tests.

Overall, India has won 19, Sri Lanka 7 and 15 were drawn.

In Sri Lanka, India has won 9, Sri Lanka 7 and 8 were drawn.

In India, India has won 10, Sri Lanka none and 7 were drawn.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries (including UAE) except India and Australia.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (500 and above):

Ind-SL runs

Mathews and Dhawan are the only current players here. Kohli and other current players have not played enough in this series.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (9) followed by M. Jayawardene (6).

Tendulkar also has the most scores above 50 (15) followed by M. Jayawardene (14) and Dravid (12).

Highest scores (140 and above):

Innings scores

Dhawan, Pujara and Karunaratne are in this list but are not near the top. Chandimal had done well in 2015.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting avg

M. Jayawardene tops the average but Sangakkara is somewhat lower down. Azharuddin’s position is higher than one would have guessed. At the bottom end, Muralitharan has a better average than Kumble and Harbhajan who are generally considered to be better batsmen. In fact, Muralitharan made his only Test 50 against India.

Among current players, only Mathews appears as most current players have not played enough in this series. That also applies to some other big names like Jayasuriya.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wkts

Muralitharan leads by a big margin, ahead of Kumble who also leads the next-placed Harbhajan by a big margin. Ashwin and Herath are the only current players here, though Ishant Sharma may possibly play in the future.

Muralitharan has 7 fivers, followed by Kumble with 4.

Harbhajan, Kumble and Muralitharan have each taken two ten-fors.

Best innings bowling (all cases of 6wi and above):

Best innings

Only N Pradeep from the recent series, although Herath and Ashwin did better in 2015.

Best match bowling (all cases of 9wm and above):

Best match bowling

No example from the current series, although Ashwin had done better in 2015.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Kapil tops the averages, with even Kumble surpassing Muralitharan. The only current player here (Herath) has a rather poor average. Others such as Ashwin and Jadeja have not bowled enough.

We can see that the best averages are by Kapil (26.55) and Kumble (31.20).

The best economy rates are by RK Chauhan (2.28) and Kapil (2.64).

The best strike rates are by Kapil (60.3) and Muralitharan (66.8).

To be continued.

 

Clean sweeps in Test series

Clean sweeps of Test series of 3,4 and 5 matches are not as rare as one may think. Here is Cricinfo’s listing:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283942.html

India has recorded clean sweeps at home earlier (and have faced 5-0 sweeps against England and the West Indies as well, but never at home). India had already won against England 3-0 in 1992-93, against Sri Lanka 3-0 (all by an innings) in 1993-94, against Australia 4-0 in 2012-2013 and now 3-0 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

This is not, however, the first time India have won 3 Tests in an away series. They defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68, achieving India’s first Test and series win outside India. This series is often forgotten, probably because of New Zealand’s low standing at that time and also because India had just endured a 3-0 loss in England followed by a 4-0 loss in Australia.

There were also mini-sweeps (2-0) by India in Bangladesh (2004-05 and 2009-10) and in Zimbabwe (2005-06). Similarly India lost 2-0 to South Africa at home in 1999-2000.

The current series included wins by 304 runs followed by two innings wins (though the first Test was effectively an innings defeat as the total of Sri Lanka’s two innings was less than India’s first innings total). Again, this is not new as India had won all 3 Tests by an innings at home against the same opposition in 1993-94. Other examples of this kind include the West Indies losing all 3 Tests by an innings in their first series against England in 1928.

West Indies is the only team to win 4-0 or 5-0 away. They won 5-0 against England in England in 1984, and followed this with 5-0 at home in 1985-86 against the same opponents.

There was a tinge of black humour in reportage of these West Indies victories in the 1980s. Earlier the term “whitewash” was commonly used for a clean sweep, so it was but natural that a 5-0 victory by the West Indies would be called a “blackwash”, as in 1984 and 1985-86. By 1988 England had improved a bit and lost the 5-Test home series 4-0. This was dubbed a “dark grey wash”.

3-0 sweeps away from home are not too common. They are:

Eng in NZ, 1962-63

Aus in NZ, 1999-2000

Aus in SL, 2003-04

Aus in SA, 2005-06

And in neutral venues:

Aus v Pak, 2002-03

Pak v Eng, 2011-12.

There have been many near-clean sweeps of 4-0 and 4-1 in 5-Test series. In the 6-Test series which were played between the 1970s and 1990s, we have two examples of 5-1 margins:

Aus v WI in Aus, 1975-76

Eng v Aus in Aus, 1978-79

 

England-South Africa Tests (2017)-2

We now look at bowling records.

Most wickets (35 and above):

Most wickets

Unlike in batting, here the names at the top are from recent times. JM Anderson leads the England tally with 84 wickets, just overtaking the century-old record of 83 by SF Barnes. Morkel is next with 79 while Broad, Rabada and Moeen Ali are also here.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 8wi):

Best innings bowling

Most are from the olden days, except for DE Malcolm’s 9-wicket haul in 1994. Note the dominance of Lohmann and Barnes.

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

Best match bowlng

From this series we only have Ali’s 10-112 at Lord’s. However, Rabada has the best figures for South Africa. Barnes appears here several times.

Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, below 35.00):

Bowl Avg

Barnes inevitably at the top, with Morkel, Broad and Anderson further down. Others such as Rabada and Ali have not bowled enough.

The best economy is by H Verity (1.45), followed by Goddard (1.67) and Laker (1.68)

The best strike rate is by Barnes (25.5) followed by Blythe (41.7) and Vogler (42.2)

Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Most dismissals

MV Boucher has by far the most dismissals (103) with TG Evans at 53. Evans however has more stumpings. The most catches by a non-keeper is 43 by Mitchell. Current players here include de Villiers, Bairstow, de Kock and Cook.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):

innings fielding

Only Bairstow from recent times.

Most dismissals in a match (7 and above):

Match fielding

de Kock made 7 dismissals in the current series. Bairstow made 9 in the previous series.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.700 and above):

Dismissal rate

Boucher has by far the best dismissal rate, while GC Smith has the best among non-keepers. de Villiers, who has played both as a keeper and non-keeper, also ranks fairly high. Bairstow has not completed 20 innings yet.

All-round performance

Overall (note the criteria):

AR-overall

Surprisingly Hammond, a batsman who bowled a little, tops this list ahead of more established all-rounders such as Kallis and Pollock. Broad just makes the cut.

Match performance (Fifty and 5wi):

AR-match

Two such performances by Moeen Ali in this series. Hammond did this on his debut.

Ali achieved the somewhat uncommon feat of a fifty and 10 wickets in the same Test-and that too at Lord’s. This has been achieved only 27 times in all Tests. The only one to do this at Lord’s until now was New Zealand’s DJ Nash in 1994.

England-South Africa Tests (2017)-1

With this 3-1 victory, the complete record of the 149 Tests between these teams shows England leading 61-33 with 55 draws.

In England, England lead 30-14 with 24 draws.

In SA, England still lead SA 31-19 with 31 draws.

It may be more useful to look at the record after South Africa returned to international cricket. The first Test series between these teams in the new era was in 1994.

For Tests in 1994 and later:

47 Tests have been played.The teams are matched 15-15 with 17 draws.

In England, they are again matched 9-9 with 6 draws.

In SA, they are yet again matched 6-6 with 11 draws. Truly symmetric.

However, this was England’s first series win against SA in England since 1998. In between they had won two out of four series in SA. In the same period SA won one series in England and two were drawn.

We now look at individual performances.

Batting:

Most runs (1000 and above):

Most runs

Amla has the highest total among current players, with de Villiers and Cook some distance behind. The first few on this list are from the distant past.

Kallis has the most centuries (8) while several others have 7. Amla with 6 has the most centuries among current players.

Mitchell has the most 50-plus scores (23) followed by Hammond and HW Taylor (20). Amla with 13 has the most among current players.

Highest individual scores (160 and above):

Highest innings scores

While Amla holds the record of 311*, the only high score listed in the current series is 190 by Root. Stokes (258) holds the record for England.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, minimum 35.00):

Bat Avg

Again dominated by the old-timers, while Amla, de Villiers and Cook are the only current players.

To be continued.

 

Another landmark for Moeen Ali

Perhaps Moeen Ali shaving his head made some difference (apart from being mistaken for Hashim Amla at a distance). In the first Test of the current series against South Africa he became one of the relatively few (25) to score a fifty and 10 wickets in the same match (Sir Richard Hadlee did so 3 times, while a false knight of the present also appears here):

10wm and fifty

He also became part of a select group of 40 to have scored both a century and a ten-for in Tests. Only IT Botham, Imran Khan and Shakib Al Hasan achieved this in the same Test.

Century and tenner

In the third Test, he finished the match with a hat-trick. This was the 43rd hat-trick in Tests and he became the 39th player to achieve this. H Trumble, TJ Matthews, Wasim Akram and SCB Broad took two hat-tricks apiece. The updated list of hat-tricks:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/136977.html

Finally, he joined a rather short list of 7 players who have scored a century and taken a hat-trick in Tests. Of these, Sohag Gazi is the only one to do so in the same Test-though he vanished from the international scene quite rapidly.

  1. J Briggs
  2. Wasim Akram
  3. Harbhajan Singh
  4. IK Pathan
  5. SCJ Broad
  6. Sohag Gazi
  7. MM Ali

Of these, 6 of them (i.e. excluding Sohag Gazi) have scored a century, taken a ten-for AND a hat-trick in Tests.

Hardik Pandya’s debut

At the moment we are not sure how Hardik Pandya will do as a bowler on debut. But there are some points of interest in his debut innings, which was 50 at No 8 with three sixes.

We first see the list of those who scored a fifty-plus at No 8 on debut. This may have been in either innings.

50 at 8 on debut

Pandya is no 43 and last on the list. James Neesham has the record of 137* made against India not long ago. 7 batsmen have made centuries on debut at No 8, including RH “Deepak” Shodhan from India who had a short Test career. And there is BR Taylor who also took a five-for. This fifty was Albie Morkel’s only Test innings.

For batsmen from India, at No 8 on debut:

50 at 8 on debut-India

A short list, including Binny junior.

We also look at the most sixes on debut (regardless of batting position).

3 or more sixes in an innings on debut:

Most sixes on debut

Pandya is the the first from India to hit 3 6s in an innings on debut. It can be seen that MJ Clarke and a few others have hit 3 or more against India, though the record is 9 by Southee against England a few years ago. He also took a fiver in the same Test.

Finally, we look at all batsmen from India who scored at least one six on debut:

Sixes on debut-India

Pandya tops this list, while Dhawan and Raina are among those who hit two sixes. Further down, Dilawar Hussain, CS Nayudu and PH Sharma hit a six in each of their innings on debut. And SN “Shute” Banerjee included a six in his total of 8. A tailender of note here is MM Patel.

Also see this: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/eclectic-score-cards-for-tests/