Review of WI-SL Test series-April 2021-Part 1

The series was drawn 0-0. After this series, the overall Test table for matches between these teams was:

It is surprising that the West Indies have not won a single Test in Sri Lanka until now. Sri Lanka have won 2 in the West Indies.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting: 250 runs or more:

The most centuries are 5 by Lara followed with 3 by Sangakkara.

The most fifty-plus scores are 8 each by Sangakkara and Sarwan.

The most runs by a current player is only 479 by Chandimal.

Individual scores of 100 or more:

Again, current players do not have much presence here. The highest score in this series was 126 by Brathwaite, although Karunaratne had scored 186 in a previous series.

Best batting average (Min 15 innings, all cases:)

No current players here. The second position is a little surprising.

Best strike rate (Min 750 balls, 45.00):

No current players here either. The first two places are predictable.

Now for the bowling records:

Most wickets (10 or more):

The most 5-fors are 9 by Muralitharan (who else?), followed by 4 by Vaas.

Muralitharan (3) is the only one with more than one 10-for. Vaas, Herath and Gabriel have one apiece.

And naturally Muralitharan has by far the most wickets, followed by Vaas.

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

Nothing from this series, although Gabriel has 8-62 in 2018.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Again, the only notable performance by current players was in 2018 when Gabriel had 13-121.

Best bowling average (Minimum 1500 balls):

Roach is the only current player here.

The best bowling averages are by Vaas followed by Muralitharan.

The best economy rates are by Herath followed by Muralitharan

The best strike rates are by Herath followed by Muralitharan.

To be continued.

Highest scores in losing ODI chases

Fakhar Zaman made 193 in a losing ODI chase, thus making a new record.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/pakistan-tour-of-south-africa-2021-1251556/south-africa-vs-pakistan-2nd-odi-1251573/full-scorecard

Here we look at the record high scores in unsuccessful ODI chases:

Until now the record was 175 by Tendulkar against Australia in 2009. Oddly enough, the previous highest score in this category for Pakistan was ALSO by Fakhar Zaman (138 v Eng in 2019).

From the above table you can see that India is well represented.

For India alone, the highest scores in unsuccessful ODI chases are:

Dickwella and the elusive century

It is now common to reach various batting landmarks but miss out on making a century.

Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella now has a record 17 fifties without ever making a century.

Most fifties without a Test century:

The record had stood at 16 by Chetan Chauhan for 40 years.

And one can make 3000 runs without a century (though coming close with a 99):

Most runs without a Test century:

Dickwella is in second place to Shane Warne here. Chauhan is the only other one to cross 2000.

If you look carefully, most of the players in the above list are wicket-keepers or all-rounders. Laird, Brearley and Chauhan are among the exceptions.

We can also look at the

Highest batting averages without a century.

Here we consider with a minimum of 20 innings batted.

Here, the leader is the lesser-known Pakistani batsman Asim Kamal (who made 99 on debut). Current players are TD Paine and N Dickwella (again).

Finally, we look at

Highest score 95-99:

Of these, Mitchell Starc and Dickwella may yet make a century. Other current players who have a chance include AC Agar (not a Test regular), Dilruwan (MDK) Perera and DT Tiripano.

Some scored 95-99 on debut but never made a century. They include:

MDK Perera (primarily a bowler).

VH Stollmeyer (96 in his only Test innings)

Abdul Kadir

AC Agar (At no 11). But not considered a Test regular now.

Asim Kamal (one of only 3 debutants with 99s). The other two were AG Chipperfield and RJ Christiani who also had short Test careers but did make a century apiece.

And finally:

The longest wait for a maiden century:

A Kumble (118th of 132 Tests)

C Vaas (97th of 111 Tests)

SM Pollock (51st of 107 Tests)

ADR Campbell (47th of 60 Tests)

High scores on Test debut by Sri Lankan players

Pathum Nissanka became the fourth Sri Lankan player to score a century on debut.

Here is a list of all Sri Lankan players to have scored a 50 or more on Test debut.

Note that several members of the current Sri Lankan team are in this list. Chandimal and Kusal (MDKJ) Perera had scored two fifties on debut, along with Hasuranga (PWH) de Silva, Karunaratne, Dickwella and Dilruwan (MDK) Perera.

ODI debuts for and against India

ODI debuts by Indian players were highlighted in the first match, both in batting and bowling.

ODI debuts by India (minimum 40 runs):

KL Rahul is the only player from India to score a century on ODI debut. Before that, RV Uthappa’s record of 86 stood for several years.

This table also gives the strike rate for the innings. Indeed, the highest rate is 187 by KH Pandya, far ahead of the previous record of 127 by Azharuddin back in 1984-85.

This list includes several who served India well, and others who vanished quickly. For instance, Khurasiya scored 57 on debut and played in only a few ODIs after that.

Now we look at those who scored 40 or more on their ODI debut which was against India:

The highest is 90 by SP Fleming, who also scored 90+ on his Test debut. Some other famous names here include Wade, du Plessis, RB Richardson and YJ Bairstow. Others such as CS Cowdrey and Moxon did not last long.

Now we look at ODI debuts by Indian players, with a minimum of 3 wickets in an innings:

We see that MP Krishna’s 4-54 is the best by an Indian player on ODI debut, surpassing the long-forgotten NA David’s 3-21 in 1997.

David’s 2.62 is also the best economy rate here, followed by ST Banerjee’s 3.00. The worst is 6.66 by C Sharma, just ahead of Krishna’s 6.61.

Prominent names here include Pandya junior, DR Doshi and even BS Chandrasekhar.

Finally, we look at those who took 3wi on their Test debut which was against India.

The best here is 5-28 by BD’s Taskin Ahmed, just ahead of AA Donald’s 5-29. Donald and maybe Henry and Styris are the only others who lasted long enough.

The best economy rates are 2.50 by FA Rose and 3.16 by SA Thomson. The worst is 6.30 by SB Styris.

Review of Tests between England and India, 1932-2021: (Part 1):

The complete summary:

England leads overall 48-29, although in England the lead is 34-7 but in India they trail by 22-14

Looking at individual performances in batting:

Most runs (1000 and over):

We also see that the most centuries are 7 each by Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid. For 50+ scores, the most are 20 each by Tendulkar and Gavaskar followed by 16 each by Cook and Viswanath.

Root and Kohli have the most runs by current players.

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

During this series, JE Root made 218 at Chennai. This is now the highest for England in India, surpassing Gatting’s 207 at the same venue in 1984-85.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 40.00):

Barrington surprisingly has the highest average, followed by Dravid and Pietersen. Among current players, the highest average of 54+ is by Root and 45+ by Kohli.

To conclude batting, we look at highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00)

Kapil has the highest here, predictably followed by Sehwag and Botham. Among current players we have Buttler (62), Ashwin (57) and Bairstow (53).

To be continued.

Neutral Tests up to 2021

India will play New Zealand in the finals of the World Test Championship. This will be India’s first neutral Test, while Bangladesh is the only other team not to have played a neutral test so far.

Here is a summary of the 45 neutral Tests so far. It is long story, starting in the year of the Titanic.

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Australiawoninns & 88 runswon1stSouth AfricaManchester27 May 1912investigate this query
South Africalost10 wicketswon1stAustraliaLord’s15 Jul 1912investigate this query
South Africadrawwon1stAustraliaNottingham5 Aug 1912investigate this query
Sri Lankalostinns & 175 runswon1stPakistanDhaka12 Mar 1999investigate this query
Pakistanwon170 runswon1stWest IndiesSharjah31 Jan 2002investigate this query
West Indieslost244 runswon2ndPakistanSharjah7 Feb 2002investigate this query
Australiawon41 runswon1stPakistanColombo (PSS)3 Oct 2002investigate this query
Pakistanlostinns & 198 runswon1stAustraliaSharjah11 Oct 2002investigate this query
Australiawoninns & 20 runswon1stPakistanSharjah19 Oct 2002investigate this query
Pakistanlost150 runswon2ndAustraliaLord’s13 Jul 2010investigate this query
Australialost3 wicketswon1stPakistanLeeds21 Jul 2010investigate this query
South Africadrawwon1stPakistanDubai (DSC)12 Nov 2010investigate this query
Pakistandrawwon2ndSouth AfricaAbu Dhabi20 Nov 2010investigate this query
Pakistandrawwon2ndSri LankaAbu Dhabi18 Oct 2011investigate this query
Sri Lankalost9 wicketswon1stPakistanDubai (DSC)26 Oct 2011investigate this query
Sri Lankadrawwon1stPakistanSharjah3 Nov 2011investigate this query
Englandlost10 wicketswon1stPakistanDubai (DSC)17 Jan 2012investigate this query
Pakistanwon72 runswon1stEnglandAbu Dhabi25 Jan 2012investigate this query
Pakistanwon71 runswon1stEnglandDubai (DSC)3 Feb 2012investigate this query
South Africalost7 wicketswon1stPakistanAbu Dhabi14 Oct 2013investigate this query
Pakistanlostinns & 92 runswon1stSouth AfricaDubai (DSC)23 Oct 2013investigate this query
Pakistandrawwon2ndSri LankaAbu Dhabi31 Dec 2013investigate this query
Sri Lankawon9 wicketswon2ndPakistanDubai (DSC)8 Jan 2014investigate this query
Sri Lankalost5 wicketswon1stPakistanSharjah16 Jan 2014investigate this query
Pakistanwon221 runswon1stAustraliaDubai (DSC)22 Oct 2014investigate this query
Pakistanwon356 runswon1stAustraliaAbu Dhabi30 Oct 2014investigate this query
Pakistanwon248 runswon1stNew ZealandAbu Dhabi9 Nov 2014investigate this query
New Zealanddrawwon1stPakistanDubai (DSC)17 Nov 2014investigate this query
Pakistanlostinns & 80 runswon1stNew ZealandSharjah26 Nov 2014investigate this query
Pakistandrawwon1stEnglandAbu Dhabi13 Oct 2015investigate this query
Pakistanwon178 runswon1stEnglandDubai (DSC)22 Oct 2015investigate this query
Pakistanwon127 runswon1stEnglandSharjah1 Nov 2015investigate this query
Pakistanwon56 runswon1stWest IndiesDubai (DSC)13 Oct 2016investigate this query
Pakistanwon133 runswon1stWest IndiesAbu Dhabi21 Oct 2016investigate this query
Pakistanlost5 wicketswon1stWest IndiesSharjah30 Oct 2016investigate this query
Sri Lankawon21 runswon1stPakistanAbu Dhabi28 Sep 2017investigate this query
Sri Lankawon68 runswon1stPakistanDubai (DSC)6 Oct 2017investigate this query
Pakistandrawwon1stAustraliaDubai (DSC)7 Oct 2018investigate this query
Pakistanwon373 runswon1stAustraliaAbu Dhabi16 Oct 2018investigate this query
New Zealandwon4 runswon1stPakistanAbu Dhabi16 Nov 2018investigate this query
Pakistanwoninns & 16 runswon1stNew ZealandDubai (DSC)24 Nov 2018investigate this query
New Zealandwon123 runswon1stPakistanAbu Dhabi3 Dec 2018investigate this query
Irelandlost7 wicketswon1stAfghanistanDehradun15 Mar 2019investigate this query
West Indieswon9 wicketswon2ndAfghanistanLucknow27 Nov 2019investigate this query
Afghanistanlost10 wicketswon1stZimbabweAbu Dhabi2 Mar 2021investigate this query

More snippets from the 3rd Test at Ahmedabad:

England’s lowest Test total against India:

You can see that England’s 81 is their lowest total against India. The previous record was 101 in 1971 where Chandrashekhar took 6-38 to set up India’s first Test win in England.

And their previous lowest total in India was 102 in 1981-82, when Kapil and Madan Lal took fivers in the 4th innings.

Most economical 5-for by a spinner in a Test innings: Root’s 5-8 is in second place after Australia’s Ironmonger if you take the criteria of the least runs conceded in a 5-for:

Only Ironmonger’s 5-6 in 1931-32 has less runs conceded.

Let us also look at the same figure for all captains (regardless of bowling styles):

Here, Root’s innings bowling is second to AER Gilligan’s 6-7. But Gilligan was clearly a medium pacer. The previous record by a captain who was a spin bowler was 5-27 by BS Bedi v NZ in 1976-77. Next is Mushtaq Mohammad with 5-28.

And finally, the Devil makes a comeback here with a score of 66/6:

Though England has also faced 666/6 against India not long ago at Chennai in 2016-17, in KK Nair’s match.

History and statistics of day/night Tests-2

Hope you have read the first part: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/27/history-and-statistics-of-day-night-tests/

We continue with Bowling records.

Most wickets-10 and above:

Note Ashwin and Axar Patel, the latter with only one Test.

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

AR Patel is here along with I Sharma.

Best match bowling (includes all cases of 8wm and above):

AR Patel now has the best match bowling figures, surpassing the 10-62 of PJ Cummins.

Best bowling average (Min 1000 balls bowled, all instances):

Cummins heads this list. Yasir Shah is the only non-Australian here.

Cummins also has the best economy rate, while Starc has the best strike rate.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals-(8 and above):

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Australians dominate as expected. Note that Kusal Mendis has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most match dismissals (5 and above):

de Villiers leads here. Note 5 catches by non-fielders BKG Mendis and SPD Smith.

Dismissal rate (Min 10 innings, all cases):

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

Starc and Holder have the best records. Would they be the true masters of pink-ball cricket?

Match performances (Min 50 and 5wi):

Holder again!

AND FINALLY:

Lowest team innings (under 100 runs all out):

No prizes for guessing which team has the lowest score.

Highest team innings (300 and above):

Many tall scores here (notably Pakistan’s 450 in the 4th innings). India needed only 300-odd to win against Bangladesh, and less than 150 more recently.

History and statistics of day/night Tests-1

The pink-ball Test at Ahmedabad was the 16th such match. We take a look at their history, starting with a list of matches:

None of the 16 matches were drawn. Two (SA-Zim and Ind-Eng) finished in 2 days.

There are two “neutral” Tests, Pak v WI and Pak v SL at Dubai.

Of the remaining 14 Tests, 13 were won by the hosts. The only exception was Sri Lanka’s win at Bridgetown.

A summary of team performances:

Australia leads with an 8-0 margin, while India and Sri Lanka are next with 2-1 each.

Now for individual performances, starting with batting.

Most runs-175 and above:

Warner leads by a large margin, Labuschagne and Asad Shafiq have each scored 2 centuries. The same pair and SPD Smith have the most 50+ scores-four.

Highest innings scores-90 and above:

Led by triple centuries by Warner and Azhar Ali and a double by Cook. Kohli has the only century for India.

Batting averages (minimum 10 innings, all instances):

Warner and Smith here, with Starc almost a regular batsman.

Batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, all instances):

Warner leads again, followed by Asad Shafiq and Labuschagne.

To be continued

The shortest Tests

Today’s hot topic!

Contrary to popular belief, Tests finishing in 2 days are not so uncommon. Here is the complete list:

https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283076.html

There are 22 such instances including 7 since 2000. The last two have been won by India.

The Test at Ahmedabad is not the first such instance in a day-night match, as South Africa has already won one against Zimbabwe in 2017.

It may be more instructive to look at finished tests with the least number of balls.

The full record is here: https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/215456.html

The five shortest finished Tests are therefore:

656 balls: Aus v SA at Melbourne in 1932: Aus won by an innings and 72 runs:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/south-africa-tour-of-australia-1931-32-61828/australia-vs-south-africa-5th-test-62602/full-scorecard

672 balls: WI v Eng at Bridgetown in 1935: Eng won by 4 wickets:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-west-indies-1934-35-61755/west-indies-vs-england-1st-test-62624/full-scorecard

788 balls: Eng v Aus at Manchester in 1888: England won by an innings and 21 runs

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/australia-tour-of-england-1888-61333/england-vs-australia-3rd-test-62425/full-scorecard

792 balls: Eng v Aus at Lord’s in 1888: Australia won by 61 runs

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/australia-tour-of-england-1888-61333/england-vs-australia-1st-test-62423/full-scorecard

(Note that these two instances were from the same series)

796 balls: SA v Eng at Cape Town in 1889: England won by an innings and 202 runs

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/england-tour-of-south-africa-1888-89-61689/south-africa-vs-england-2nd-test-62427/full-scorecard

And the just-concluded Test at Ahmedabad is 7th on the list with 842 balls between India and England in 2021: India won by 10 wickets.

Weird Test statistics-bowling

Hope you have read this:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/23/weird-test-statistics-batting/

This is the counterpart for equal weirdness in bowling.

With the advent of Statsguru, there are many studies which can be carried out to assess levels of competence and incompetence in different fields of cricketing ability.

Here we take a closer look at Test bowling averages under different conditions.

(Here we are considering bowling averages with a minimum of 2000 balls bowled. The Test involving the ICC XI in 2005 is not counted.)

In this segment we look at the best bowling averages under these conditions:

We now look at the other end of the scale: worst bowling averages