Review of Tests between England and India, 1932-2021: (Part 2):

Hope you have read Part 1.

We now proceed to individual perfomances in bowling.

Most wickets (35 and above):

Current player JM Anderson leads by a large margin, while his partner SCJ Broad is also close to the top. Ashwin and I Sharma are also in the top half.

The most 5wis are 8 by Chandrasekhar and 6 by Ashwin and Botham.

Innings bowling (all instances of 7wi and above):

This includes 7-46 by JK Lever on debut, while Jadeja’s 7-48 in 2016 is the best in recent years.

Match bowling (all instances of 10wm and above):

The only one with 2 10 wms is AV Bedser, who achieved this in his first two Tests in 1946.

Botham’s 13-114 marked the first instance of a century and 10+ wickets in the same match.

JK Lever’s 10-70 along with 50 on debut remains the only instance of 10wm plus fifty on debut.

AR Patel’s 11-70 is the only one in the a current series, although Ashwin has better figures from 2016.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):

The averages are topped by the unexpected Illingworth and JK Lever. Anderson has the best average among current players.

The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni.

The best strike rates are by JK Lever and Willis.

Best fielding performances:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Dhoni has the most dismissals, although Kirmani has the most stumpings and AN Cook the most catches by a non-keeper.

Innings fielding performances (5 and above):

The most dismissals in an innings is 7 by RW Taylor, in the same Test of Botham’s century plus 13w. Yajurvindra Singh has the most by a non-keeper (5) which he made on debut. This remains a share in the world record of 5 catches in an innings, which is now held by several other players including AM Rahane.

Match fielding performances (6 and above):

This record is also held by RW Taylor’s 10 in Botham’s match.

Yajurvidra Singh and KL Rahul have 7 catches by non-keepers, Yajurvindra doing so on debut.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings fielded):

Not surprisingly, this list is headed by RW Taylor and Dhoni. Solkar has the highest by a non-keeper, followed by Dravid.

Bairstow and Buttler represent current players.

Career All-round performance (see criteria below):

Headed by R Ashwin and Kapil Dev. Current players such as MM Ali and BA Stokes are also there.

Match All-Round performance (50 and 5wi):

Includes century +13 wickets (Botham, 1980), century + 5 wickets (Mankad, Ashwin), and fifty + 10 wickets (JK Lever on debut, Jadeja). Also note B Kumar’s 50 + 5wi in successive Tests in 2014.

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.

Batting | Bowling | Fielding | All-round | Partnership | Team | Umpire and referee | Aggregate/overall

View match results [change view]
Home or away neutral venue 
Toss result won the toss 
Totals in terms of batting team 
Ordered by start date (ascending)
Page 1 of 1Showing 1 – 45 of 45First pageFirst Previous pagePreviousNext Next page Last Last pageReturn to query menu
Cleared query menu
Match results
TeamResultMarginTossBatOppositionGroundStart Date
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

The “double” of a fifty+ and 10wm in the same Test.

Hope you have read the related piece https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/19/the-double-of-a-century-and-5wi-in-the-same-test/

We now look at the converse: a fifty-plus and ten wickets in an innings in the same match.

This is a little rarer than the earlier case. It has occurred 30 times, compared to 33 times for the earlier case.

Multibaggers are rarer here. We have 3 instances by Sir Richard Hadlee and 2 by Shakib Al Hasan. That’s all. Botham is here, but only for one instance. Ashwin, Sobers and Mushtaq are not here. But there are others such as Bevan and Border who would not usually be considered to be all-rounders.

The most recent instance was by Stuart Broad during one of the Covid Tests of 2020.

Earlier we saw that Bruce Taylor was the only one to score a century and take 5wi on debut. That was against India in 1965.

There is only instance of someone scoring a 50+ and taking 10 wickets on debut. This was John Lever for England v India in 1976. What is even stranger is that India’s S Venkataraghavan appeared in both of these Tests.

Among current and recent players there are MM Ali, SCJ Broad, RA Jadeja, Dilruwan Perera, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan and DW Steyn. The only other player from India is Kapil Dev (who never made a century and 5wi together).

Also note AK Davidson, who scored 44 and 80 and took 11 wickets in the tied Test in 1960. He was the first to score over 100 runs and 10 wickets in a match. He had this record to himself until Botham scored a century and took 13 wickets against India in early 1980. Imran Khan and Shakib later followed with a century and 10 wickets in 1983 (against India, who else?) and 2014 (against Zimbabwe).

The “double” of a century and 5wi in the same Test.

This has been achieved 33 times, although some players have done it more than once. This will be apparent from this table:

From this we can identify the “multibaggers” as

IT Botham 5 times (1978, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984)

R Ashwin 3 times (2011, 2016, 2021)

JH Kallis 2 times (1999, 2002)

Mushtaq Mohammad 2 times (1973, 1977)

Shakib Al Hasan 2 times (2011, 2014)

GS Sobers 2 times (1962, 1966).

We can also see that Botham (1980), Imran (1983) and Shakib (2014) went a step further by scoring a century and taking 10 wickets in the match.

BR Taylor (1965) was the only one to score a century and take 5wi on his Test debut. This was his first first-class century.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-2

Hope you have read Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/17/bangladesh-west-indies-tests-1/

Continuing with individual performances in these matches, starting with Bowling:

Most wickets (10 or more):

The first few are all current players. The most 5wi hauls are by Shakib, Miraz and Roach. No one has taken more than one 10wm.

Best innings analysis: (all instances of 6wi or more):

None of these instances are from the current series, although Miraz, Shakib and others played in it.

Best match analysis: (all instances of 8wm or more):

Miraz and Cornwall are among those who played in the current series. Cornwall’s 9-179 is the best for WI in Bangladesh, surpassing the 8-152 by Bishoo in 2011.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1500 balls, all instances):

Roach heads this short list. However Taijul has the best economy rate and Roach the best strike rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Mushfiqur has the most dismissals and stumpings, while Sammy has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and more):

None from the current series. Note 4 catches by a non-keeper Sammy.

Most match dismissals (5 and more):

Again, none from the current series. Note 6 catches by non-keeper DM Bravo.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 15 innings fielded, all instances):

Mushfiqur has the highest dismissal rate as he is the only keeper here. The best by a non-keeper is by Mahmudullah.

Finally, All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

Only two entries here, with Miraz coming up in recent series.

Match performances (50+ and 5wi in match):

Only 3 instances, all by Shakib. Further proof that he is the best all-rounder in matches between these teams.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued