Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-1

After New Zealand’s 2-0 victory, results of Tests between these teams are summarized below:

Team summary

New Zealand has now moved into the lead with 15 victories against 13 by the West Indies.

The last victory of WI against NZ was at Port of Spain in Jan 2014. The last victory of WI in NZ was a generation ago, at Wellington in Feb 1995. That is remembered for Walsh’s 13-55.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Runs scored (750 and above):

Runs

The most centuries are 4 by Taylor, and the most scores of 50+ are 10 by Chanderpaul and Gayle. Taylor is the only current player here.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Innings

None from the recent series, although Ross Taylor had a 200+ score earlier.

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

Bat Avg

Only Taylor from the current players. Relatively few names here because of the relative infrequency of Tests between these teams over the years.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

Wkts

Several current players led by Boult and Southee.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7wi and above):

Innings bowl

Wagner’s feat in the current series is here.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10wm and above):

Match bowl

Note Walsh’s extraordinary figures. But there are no instances from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Nobody among current players as they have not played enough.

To be continued.

 

 

 

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Review of India-Sri Lanka Tests (Dec 2017)-2

After team performance, batting and bowling we come to fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

The topper is a bit of a surprise, but then he played more Tests in the series than most other prominent players. Among keepers, the most dismissals are by Dhoni, Saha and SAR Silva (22). Silva played only in 3 Tests between these teams. Note that Sangakkara played both as keeper and non-keeper.

Innings dismissals (4 and above):

innings dismissals

SAR Silva again. Saha has 4 catches during the current series. Rahane’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share of the world Test record

Match dismissals (6 and above):

match fielding

Note Silva’s performance in successive Tests, and Rahane’s world Test record.

Dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400 and above):

dismissal rate

These results are unsurprising, as Dhoni and some other prominent players did not play enough Tests between these teams.

Finally we take up all-round performances:

Overall (see the criteria from the table):

AR-overall

Even with these relaxed criteria, the only genuine all-rounder here is found to be Kapil. Murali scored his only Test 50 against India. Similarly two of Herath’s three fifties were against India.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

Note Malinga’s only Test fifty, as well as Ashwin and Jadeja both achieving this in the same match.

 

 

Review of India-Sri Lanka Tests (Dec 2017)-1

At the close of the second India-Sri Lanka series of the year, India’s 1-0 lead with 2 draws brought the total number of Tests between these countries to 44. India lead 20-7 with 17 draws. In India, the hosts lead 11-0 with 9 draws. In Sri Lanka, India also leads 9-7 with 8 draws. Thus Sri Lanka has not yet won a Test in India in 20 Tests stretching back to 1982.

We first look at batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

Kohli has the most runs among current players, followed by Mathews and Chandimal. The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar and 6 by M Jayawardene. The most 50+ scores are by the same pair with 15 and 14 respectively.

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

Highest innings

From this series, Kohli is the only entrant with 243 and 213.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all cases):

Average

Mathews is the only current player here. Kohli and Chandimal have scored over 750 runs but have not crossed 20 innings yet.

Now for bowling.

Most wickets (25 and above):

Wkts

Ashwin and Herath have the most wickets among current players.

Best innings bowling (6 wickets and above):

Innings bowling

No entry from the current series, though N Pradeep has an appearance from the earlier 2017 series.

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

Match bowling

No entry from the recent series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg

Ashwin and Kapil have the best averages from the above table. The best economy rates are by Chauhan and Kapil, and the best strike rates again by Ashwin and Kapil.

To be continued.

 

Records of the Nagpur Test

Cheteshwar Pujara probably became the first player to bat on 8 successive days in Tests, though it may be difficult to verify this. We do however have a list of those who batted on all 5 days of a Test, so one can use this as a starting point:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283161.html

India equaled its record for the highest margin of victory in a Test (innings plus 239 runs) as you can see in the link below. This had earlier been achieved against BD at Dhaka in 2007.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/210099.html

We also look at Chandimal’s 50 in both innings. This has been achieved 132 times against India. 45 were in victories against India, 60 in draws and 27 in losses to India. Here is the list of instances in the last category:

2 50s against India in defeats

This is in chronological order. Andy Flower is the only one to achieve this more than once, as he did this in 1993, 2000 and 2001. He also has the highest match total with 253, ahead of Amla (237), Strauss (231) and Samaraweera (220). Amla and Strauss scored centuries in each innings.

While on this line, we look at those who scored 175 or more runs in a match when their team lost to India:

100 against India in defeats

Note Ponting’s 242 and 0, which occurred in the only Test where Agarkar took a fiver. Hayden’s 203 and 35 came against Harbhajan’s 15-wicket haul.

Viv Richard’s score came in India’s unexpected run chase of 400+, which was then a record for the highest winning score in the 4th innings.

Sri Lanka’s tour of India

Here is a short summary of Sri Lanka’s cricket performance in India:

Tests: 17. India lead 10-0, 7 draws.

ODIs: 48. India lead 34-11, 3 with no result. Sri Lanka has never won a bilateral series in India-though they did beat India twice during the 1996 World Cup on their way to the trophy.

T20Is: 5. India lead 3-2, and won the only bilateral series between the teams.

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 West Indies-Zimbabwe Tests

West Indies won this series 1-0 with one draw, when the second Test was drawn. The last draw involving Zimbabwe was in January 2005, when a Test in Bangladesh was drawn. From then till now Zimbabwe played in 26 Tests, including 23 losses and 3 wins (2 against Bangladesh and one against Pakistan). However, Zimbabwe did not play any Tests between Sep 2005 and Aug 2011.

Some Zimbabwe players ended their all-loss Test record. Chakabva now has seen 11 losses and 1 draw, while Sikandar has seen 8 losses and 1 draw. SC Williams has seen losses in all his 7 Tests, though the overall Test record is held by Alok Kapali with 17.

Zimbabwe’s captain AG Cremer also came out of the all-loss group. His 7 Tests as captain now have 6 losses and 1 draw.

Here we have a summary of all 10 Tests between these teams:

Results

WI leads 7-0 with 3 draws. They won all 4 Tests held in the West Indies and 3 out of 6 in Zimbabwe. All 3 draws were in Zimbabwe.

With this limited sample size there is no point in looking at averages, strike rates and the like. So we concentrate on overall tallies and innings and match performances.

Most runs (200 and above):

Runs

Gayle and H Masakadza scored 2 centuries apiece. These two players along with Sarwan are the only ones to make 3 scores of 50-plus. Gayle and Chanderpaul had played in all Tests between these teams except this series.

Highest individual scores (all centuries):

Innings

In this series H Masakadza made the highest score for Zim against WI. The previous record was 127* by Streak.

Also during this series WI’s no 8 and 9 batsmen (Holder and Dowrich) scored centuries. This was only the 2nd time this happened, after this one in the 1907-08 Ashes: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17646/scorecard/62493/Australia-vs-England-3rd-Test-the-ashes/

In that match a top-order batsman Clem Hill was batting at No 9 for some reason (probably an injury). So this instance is the only one involving “genuine” No 8 and No 9 batsmen.

Bowling: 10 or more wickets:

Wkts

Price has the most wickets. He and S Shillingford are the only ones to have taken tenners. Shillingford is also the only one with 3 fivers. Several current players (led by Bishoo) are in the above table.

Best innings bowling (including all fivers):

Innings bowling

Shillingford and Price lead again.

Best match bowling (including all cases of 8wm and above): The same pair again head the table.

Match bowling

Some current players (notably Bishoo) are in these tables.

Fielding records (5 or more dismissals):

Overall fielding

Gayle has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 or more):

Innings fielding

Ervine and A Flower have the most catches in an innings.

Most dismissals in a match (4 or more):

match fielding

Interestingly a non-keeper Powell has the most dismissals.

All-round performances (overall):

AR overall

Fittingly the only name here is that of Zimbabwe’s leading all-rounder.

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

ARmatch

In this series Sikandar Raza became only the second Test player to make two eighty-plus scores along with a fiver (see more about this in the previous post).