Nawaz Sharif’s cricketing career

As this is being written, it appears likely that Imran Khan Niazi will be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan. While he may be described as one of Pakistan’s finest cricket captains, it is an open question whether he will be successful as a PM.

His adversary Nawaz Sharif was a cricketer of a sort-though he played only one first-class match in which he scored a duck and did not bowl or take a catch. The summary of his career is here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/content/player/42259.html

If one wants to find out details of the match he played in, it is not in Cricinfo but can be found in other sources such as www.cricketarchive.com

I am giving the link for the scorecard here, though it will probably not be visible unless you have paid the subscription for access to the site.

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/33/33876.html

This match was between Railways (NS’s team) and PIA “B” at Karachi (Gymkhana Ground) on 10/11 Dec 1973. Unusually for a 4-day match, it was concluded in two days when Railways won by an innings and 68 runs. This was a quarter-final of the BCCP Patron’s Trophy. Railways went on to win the trophy, defeating PIA “A” in the final.

A brief summary of the match in question:

Railways 238

PIA “B”  51 and (fo) 119.

As mentioned above, Nawaz Sharif  scored a duck. He was the No 2 batsman, and did not bowl or take a catch.

His team-mates included two international players in Arif Butt and Mohammed Nazir who played in a few Tests. The latter took 11 wickets in the match.

The PIA team did not have any international players. There was a Saeed Ahmed who batted at No 11, though he is not the one you are thinking of.

NS also appears in one “miscellaneous” one-day match which does not have List A status. This match was played between Lahore Gymkhana and England at Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore on 7 Oct 1987, as one of the warm-up matches for the Reliance World Cup.

This stadium was earlier known as Lawrence Gardens and had hosted a few Tests in 1955-59.

http://cricketarchive.com/Archive/Scorecards/201/201432.html

In this match England won by 129 runs, with NS batting at No 2 and bowled by DeFreitas for 1.

(Thanks to Pradeep Ramarathman for remembering the second match).

 

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Review of England-India T20Is (July 2018)

After the bilateral series in July 2018 which was won by India 2-1, a total of 14 T20Is had been played between these teams. The last bilateral series in India in early 2017 was also won 2-1 by India. Each team has won 7 matches.

In England, England lead 4-2. (India won their first two matches in England during this series).

In India, both teams have won 3 matches.

In neutral venues, India lead 2-0.

Batting (Aggregate 100 or more runs):

Most runs (100)

Kohli is far ahead of others. Also note that Dhoni has played all 14 of these matches while Raina has played 13.

Highest innings (60 or more):

Highest innings (60)

Rahul and RG Sharma both surpassed the existing record of 71 which was shared by Morgan and Rahul.

Bowling: Most wickets (5 and above):

Most wkts (5)

YS Chahal continues to lead.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Best bowling (3wi)

Kuldeep Yadav’s 5-24 is the best by either side in England, though surpassed by Chahal’s 6-25 in India in the last series.

Fielding: Most dismissals (5 and above):

Most dismissals (5)

Dhoni has the most dismissals (6 catches and 6 stumpings) while Kohli has the most (9) catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 and above):

Most innings dis (3)

Dhoni’s 5 dismissals is a share in the world T20I record and his 5 catches is also a record.

We now make a side trip into fielding records in all T20Is:

Most dismissals (50 and above):

All teams fielding

Dhoni is followed at some distance by de Villiers and Kamran Akmal.

Dhoni also has the most catches by a keeper and most stumpings.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

All teams fielding

While Dhoni shares the record of 5 dismissals in an innings with M. Shahzad, his 5 catches in the 3rd match are a record in all T20Is. Several non-keepers have taken 4 catches in an innings.

Lastly, we see overall all-round performances in England-India T20Is:

AR overall

Pandya would have the best record here.

All-round match performances:

AR match

Here too Pandya has the best performance.

 

 

 

Bangladesh cricket hits a new low

Only a few days ago we noticed that Bangladesh had finally got a Test ranking (8th) higher than that of the West Indies (9th). It was therefore hoped that Bangladesh would be competitive in the 2-Test series in the West Indies starting on July 4.

That did not happen, as Bangladesh was dismissed for 43 before lunch on the first day of the series at North Point. The main wrecker was Kemar Roach (5-1-8-5 with an injured knee).

In the following tables I have considered 9 or 10 wickets down, to cover cases where teams batted one man short.

This is the lowest score by Bangladesh in all Tests:

Bangladesh lowest scores

It also has the lowest number of balls in any Test innings by Bangladesh (112), the next lowest being 152 for their 62-run effort in 2007.

It is also the lowest Test score by any side since 2000 (below 75)

Low Test scores since 2000

However, they lasted for 112 balls which is higher than that for Australia (108 balls for 47 in 2011) and 111 balls for 60 in 2015).

And you can see that 43 all out is fairly low down in the all-time Test lows (below 50). India was dismissed for 42 (one man absent) in 1974.

All-time low Test scores

We also look at the all-time Test lows by balls faced (less than 120 balls):

Low scores-less than 120 balls

The all-time low is 75 balls by SA for 30 all out in 1924. The NZ team which made 26 all out did survive for 162 balls and thus does not appear here. India’s record low of 102 balls for 42 can be seen here.

The Bangladesh team’s 112 balls is one more than Australia’s 111 balls for 60 in 2015 and 108 balls in 2011, which are the lowest in recent years.

Finally we look at the lowest scores in the first innings of the match (below 60);

Lowest 1st innings scores

Bangladesh’s 43 today is the 3rd lowest here, and the lowest since 1946.

Also note that England won after being dismissed for 45 in 1887.

And the lowest number of balls faced in the first innings of the match (below 120):

Lowest balls in first innings

Here Bangladesh has survived for one ball more than Australia’s famous 60 in 2015, which is the record.

 

Queen Pairs in Tests (2018 update)

You have heard of King Pairs or golden pairs. Next there come Queen Pairs or silver pairs, which means that the batsman is dismissed second ball in each innings.

As in the case of King Pairs, caution should be used in using databases such as Statsguru since  scorecards before 2000 do not always mention the balls faced in an innings.

However, the list below has been created for the cases where we definitely know that the batsman was out second ball in both innings. The 19th instance occurred in the Eng v Pak series earlier this year.

Queen Pair

 

Stuart Broad became the most recent entrant to this group. He was the first to get a golden pair OR a silver pair at Lord’s. The bowler Mohammad Abbas should know about this distinction.

This list does include recognized batsmen such as OG Smith, Mudassar Nazar, MN Samuels, AB de Villiers and Babar Azam besides other such as AL Mann and SCJ Broad who scored at least one century.

While no batsman has made two golden pairs, GD McGrath has two silver pairs.

Records of Tests between Sri Lanka and West Indies

A total of 20 Tests have been played between these countries:

Test list

In these 20 Tests, WI has won 4, SL 9 and 7 were drawn.

In the 9 Tests in the West Indies, WI  won 4, SL 2 and 3 were drawn.

In the 11 Tests in Sri Lanka, WI has won none, SL 7 and 4 were drawn.

Sri Lanka has never won a series in the West Indies, but have drawn 1-1 in 2008 and again in 2018.

Batting records:

Most runs: (500 runs and above):

Most runs (500)

Highest innings (100 and above):

Innings (100)

Dowrich made the highest score in this series. Earlier, BC Lara made the most runs (351) in any Test where his team lost (221 and 130).

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings) : No instances.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets (20)

Muralitharan and Vaas are far ahead of the others.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Best innings bowling-6wi

Gabriel now has the best innings bowling of 8-62 for WI against SL. He surpassed Collymore’s 7-57 in 2003.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Match bowling

Gabriel and Holder both surpassed the previous WI v SL record of 9-85 by Collymore in 2003.

Best Bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls):

Bowling average

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Dowrich leads among current players.

Best innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Best match dismissals (5 and above):

Match dismissals

Dowrich has done well in this series, as has Kusal Mendis.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Dismissal rate

Interesting that it is headed by a non-keeper.

All-round :

Overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Match performance (Fifty and 5wi):

AR-match

Holder’s performance in the 3rd Test was the best.

 

 

Previous encounters between Afghanistan and India

Afghanistan’s first Test gets under way at Bengaluru on Jun 14. We look at past encounters between the teams in limited overs cricket.

There is not much to write about. The teams have met only in one ODI and two T20Is and India have won all of them.

The ODI was in the course of the 2014 Asia Cup. India won by 8 wickets.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8532/scorecard/710307/afghanistan-vs-india-9th-match-asia-cup-2013-14/

The two T20Is were in the World T20I Championships in 2010 and 2012. India won by 7 wickets and by 23 runs.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8604/scorecard/412679/afghanistan-vs-india-3rd-match,-group-c-world-t20-2010/

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8604/scorecard/533274/afghanistan-vs-india-3rd-match,-group-a-world-t20-2012-13/

A sobering thought for Afghanistan: Among the other 11 Test teams, only Australia have won their first Test and only Zimbabwe drew their first Test. The other 9 all lost their maiden Test efforts.

The previous Test entrant Ireland had one previous Test player in Boyd Rankin. Afghanistan has none. But as in the case of Ireland, most of the team have long experience in ODIs and T20Is.

Unusual dismissals-obstructing the field

One of the sore points of India’s defeat in the Asia Cup final against dismissal was the unusual dismissal (obstructing the field) of Anuja Patil for 3. She thus became the first player to be so dismissed in a women’s T20I match.

There is no such instance in women’s Tests.

There is one instance in ODIs, again from India. D Kamini (2) was dismissed the same way against the West Indies in 2016.

This mode of dismissal is quite rare in men’s cricket too.

Tests: Only one instance, Len Hutton (27), E v SA in 1951.

ODIs: 6 instances, starting with Ramiz Raja (99) against England in 1987. This was in an ODI series after the 1987 World Cup. The last instance was by Ben Stokes, E v A in 2015.

T20Is: Only one instance, Jason Roy (67), E v SA in 2017.