The real Knights of cricket

We have grown accustomed to hearing jokes about Sir Ravindra Jadeja. Let us see who are the genuine Knights of cricket.

Firstly, the British sovereign proclaims someone a knight based on the recommendations of the government of the day. The gentleman concerned would be a citizen of the U.K. or one of the other countries which presently regard the British sovereign (presently Queen Elizabeth II) as their head of state. The countries of interest here are Australia, New Zealand and some (but not all) of the countries of the West Indies. Canada is also included, although it has not produced any famous cricketers yet. Those countries who do not regard the  Queen as the Head of State include many Commonwealth countries such as India and its neighbours, besides South Africa. This should make it clear:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_headed_by_Elizabeth_II

So here is a list of those who were knighted for their services to cricket, besides some cricketers who were knighted for other reasons:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cricketers_who_were_knighted

Another article on cricketing knights from the West Indies:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/26392726

Another general article which summarizes the topic:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/60096.html

 

T20I matches between England and India

India won the first bilateral 3-match T20I series between these teams 2-1. With this, England lead 6-5 in the 11 matches against India in this format.

In England, England lead 3-0

In India, they are tied 3-3

In neutral grounds, England trail 0-2.

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 11 T20Is between the two countries. Next are Raina (10) and Kohli and Buttler (9 each).

We now look at batting records:

Most runs (70 and above):

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Morgan, Raina and Dhoni have scored the most runs. Morgan is the only one to have scored two scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (40 and above):

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The top score of 71 was made by Morgan and Rahul.

Batting averages (5 innings and more):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-avg

Dhoni and Morgan have the best averages.

We now look at strike rates (for 5 innings and more):

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Note that Yuvraj’s strike rate is considerably higher than that of the next in line, Morgan.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (4 and above):

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Chahal equalled the existing record of 8 by Harbhajan. Dernbach has the most (7) for England. There is one five-for by Chahal and four-fors by Harbhajan and Dernbach.

Best innings bowling (3 or more wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-bowl

YS Chahal’s 6-25 is the best for matches between England and India, and for India in all T20Is. It is the third best in all T20Is, after two 6-fors by Ajanta Mendis.

Bowling averages (minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-bowl-avg

While Dernbach heads the bowling averages, Bresnan has the best economy rate and Dernbach the best strike rate.

Fielding (4 or more dismissals):

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Rahane has the most dismissals (8) followed by wicketkeeper Kieswetter with 6. Dhoni has the most stumpings with 4.

Most dismissals in an innings (2 or more):

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Rahane has the most dismissals here (4) while the highest by a keeper is 3 by Kieswetter.

Highest dismissal rate (0.35 and above, minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-field-avg

Rahane has a much higher dismissal rate than anyone else. Here several  non-keepers have a higher dismissal rate than that of keepers.

Now for all-round performances (overall):

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Yuvraj is the only one with any claim to be an all-rounder.

All-round performances in match (minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-ar-match

Yuvraj’s performance is the best here.

Summary of ODIs between England and India

India won this series 2-1, having earlier won successive bilateral series 3-1 in 2014, 3-2 in 2013-14 and 5-0 in 2011-12.

A total of 96 ODIs have been played between England and India. India lead 52-39 with 2 ties and 3 no-results. These are summarised below:

table

A look at the records after the recent series:

Batting: Most runs (500 and above):

eng-ind-runs

Yuvraj Singh moved into first place here after scoring 210 runs in 3 matches during this series.

The most centuries are 4 by Yuvraj and 3 by Kohli. Here too Yuvraj moved into first place during this series. The most scores of 50-plus are 12 by Raina and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by Dhoni, Dravid and Yuvraj.

Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players.

Highest individual scores (110 and above):

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Yuvraj made the highest score for India during this series, his 150 surpassing the existing mark of 138* by himself in 2008-09. Only Strauss with 158 has a higher score in matches between these teams.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings batted):

eng-odi-batting-avg

All 18 who have played 20 innings are listed. The first place is a little surprising, particularly as Azharuddin has a large lead over the second-placed Yuvraj. Kohli and Rahane are the other current players here.

We can also look at the strike rates. The highest is 104.41 by Kapil Dev, followed by Sehwag (102.33) and Yuvraj (101.60). The highest for England is by Flintoff (94.52).

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

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Possibly Jadeja will be in first place in the next few years, although Ashwin is close behind. Yuvraj and Woakes are the other current players here.

Harbhajan Singh is the only one with two five-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5wi):

eng-ind-odi-innings-bowl

Nehra’s 6-wicket haul at the 2003 World Cup is the record here. RC Irani has the best bowling performance for England, which was accompanied by a fifty.There are no good bowling performances in the current series.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled):

eng-ind-bowl-avg

Only 8 bowlers have reached this level. While Srinath and Jadeja top the averages, the best economy rates are by Kapil (3.76) and Harbhajan (4.20). The best strike rates are by Jadeja (29.7) and Srinath (32.4).

Fielding (10 or more dismissals):

eng-ind-odi-fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals (52) and stumpings (16), while Collingwood (24) the most catches by a non-keeper. Buttler, Yuvraj and Kohli are next among current players.

Fielding: most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

eng-ind-odi-innings-fielding

Dhoni is the only one with 6 dismissals. Several non-keepers have 3 catches.

Fielding averages (minimum 20 innings fielded, dismissal rate 0.400 and above):

eng-odi-fielding-average

Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, followed by Stewart. Azharuddin has the highest dusmissal rate for non-keepers, while Kohli has the highest among current players.

All-round overall performances (see criteria):

eng-ind-odi-ar-overall

Jadeja leads by a considerable margin, followed by Yuvraj, Shastri and Flintoff.

All-round match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

eng-odi-ar-match

The best performances here may be those of Yuvraj (2008), Irani and Broad. Note Pandya and Stokes achieving this mark in the same match of the current series.

Review of Tests between India and England-2

Hope you have read the first part.

The fielding and all-round records include a number of world Test records.

We now move to Fielding, starting with the most dismissals (15 and above):

e-v-i-most-dismissals

The first few names are on expected lines. Kirmani has the most stumpings (11) followed by PK Sen with 7 (although he is not in the above table). Among non-keepers, the most catches are by Gavaskar (35) and Dravid (30).

Innings fielding (5 dismissals and above):

e-v-i-innings-fielding

RW Taylor still has a share in the world Test record of 7 dismissals in an innings.

Among non-keepers, Yajurvindra Singh has the most catches (5). He still has a share in this world Test record, and is the only one to take 5 catches in an innings on debut. PK Sen has 4 stumpings, which was a share in the world Test record until 1987-88.

Match fielding (6 dismissals and above):

e-v-i-match-fielding

RW Taylor’s 10 dismissals were then a world Test record. PK Sen again has the most stumpings (5) though he does not appear here. That was also a world Test record until KS More surpassed it in 1987-88.

Yajurvindra Singh with 7 catches as a non-keeper had a share in the world Test record until AM Rahane recently surpassed it. But he still holds the record for the most catches by a non-keeper on debut.

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.500 and above):

e-v-i-best-fielding-avg

The first few names are predictable, while Solkar and Dravid have the highest dismissal rates amongst non-keepers.

All-round performances (overall) with criteria given below:

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Botham and Mankad lead with Ashwin swiftly moving up. Broad, Moeen Ali and Jadeja are also here.

All-round match performances (minimum fifty and 5wi):

e-v-i-ar-match

Several instances of 100/5wi as well as 50/10wm, including Botham being the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match. JK Lever is the only one to score a fifty and take 10wm on debut.

Also note that the latest entrant RA Jadeja is the only one in all Tests to score a fifty, take 10 wickets and take more than 2 catches. B Kumar made a 50/5wi in successive Tests.

King Pairs in Test match cricket

England’s JM Anderson became the 19th player to get a king pair (or golden pair), having been dismissed in the first ball of each innings.

This is one of those statistics which cannot directly be pulled out of Statsguru. One can ask it to list all those who scored 0 runs in a match with 2 dismissals and 2 balls, but even this will be misleading as not all innings have the balls-faced recorded. There are a few who were dismissed 2nd ball in one innings and dismissed with an unknown number of balls in the other innings.

Anyway, after checking all the concerned scorecards we arrive at the following list of 19 instances of undisputed king pairs in all Tests.

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No captain has faced this indignity, though some wicketkeepers have. The debutant TA Ward was unfortunate to become part of both of TJ Mathews’s hat tricks, while a better known keeper Adam Gilchrist was part of India’s first hat-trick in the first innings.

BS Chandrasekhar was the only one to supplant his king pair with a 10-wicket haul (6 wickets in each innings) while the Sri Lankan pair of Herath and Prasad are the only others to take 5-fors.

Another point of interest is the NZ keeper Colquhoun who was part of the record 26 all out which has stood since 1955 despite several determined attempts to breach it in recent years.

Most of the players on the list are not recognized batsmen, but prominent exceptions include Gilchrist, Richardson and Sehwag. Others such as Agarkar have scored at least one Test century.

Queen pairs or silver pairs were covered in another article less than a year ago:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/25/abd-and-the-record-books-again/

It has been checked that as on 23 Nov 2016 there have been no additions to the 16 queen pairs listed there.

Those who missed the bus at Lord’s

The honours board at Lord’s are well known-anyone who scores a century or takes a fiver or a tenner gets his name on them, even if it is a neutral Test not involving England. If you need to brush up, see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_honours_boards

and for Indian players featured there, full details are here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/indian-cricketers-on-the-lords-honours-boards/

However, note this extract from the Wikipedia article:

“A number of very distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.”

It may be recalled that there was much heartbreak when Sachin failed to score a century in 2011, which was generally understood then to be his last Test there.

We now look at the aspect of prominent players failing to reach a board-worthy performance at Lord’s despite several opporunities. There are some visitors who simply did not get to play at Lord’s enough.

In this list we look at those who batted (at nos 1 to 8) in at least 8 innings at Lord’s and failed to score a century there (though there are some 90s headed by Atherton with 99)

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Atherton has played the most Tests and innings besides scoring the most runs in this table. Among visiting batsmen, the most innings were played by Gavaskar (9) and Tendulkar (8). Both played in 5 Tests there. No other Indian makes the cut.

Prominent batsmen here include Atherton, Thorpe and Gatting at the top besides Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dr Grace and Ponting. Some, like Ramprakash, Brearley and Ponting, did not even manage a fifty. Some like Lara did not play enough at Lord’s.

We now look at those who bowled (at positions 1 to 4) for at least 8 innings and failed to take a fiver:

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Hoggard heads the list here with 20 innings, far ahead of 13 by the next-placed Edmonds. Hammond, admittedly not a frontline bowler, did not even manage a three-wicket haul. The only visitor here is Lillee.

Warne and Ambrose do not seem to have played enough there.

Finally we look at those who bowled (at 1-4) for at least 10 innings and failed to take a tenner.

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Only English players appear here. Anderson heads the list with 37 innings, far ahead of Hoggard with 20 and Snow with 19. Some, headed by Hendrick, did not even get to 5 wickets in a match while several including Swann and “Dylan” Willis had near-misses with 9-fors.

 

Ken Higgs R.I.P.

Ken Higgs, who played 15 Tests for England in the mid-1960s, died on September 7 aged 79. Highlights of his career can be seen here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/14189.html

He played a role in what may be called one of the greatest fightbacks in Test cricket.

In 1966 the all-conquering West Indies team captained by Gary Sobers had won 3 of the first 4 Tests (two by an innings, another by over a hundred runs). When Brian Close was pulled out of near-oblivion as captain, the 5th Test started predictably.

In reply to WI’s 268, England got to 166/7. Then followed one of the greatest tail-end recoveries in all Tests:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62995.html

Graveney and JT Murray put on 217 for the 8th wicket, while the no 10 and 11 (K Higgs and JA Snow) scored fifties apiece in a stand for 128 for the 10th wicket, bringing the total up to 527. Stung by this unexpected resistance, West Indies made 225 and lost by an innings and 34 runs.

Higgs also held the record for the best 4-wicket analysis in Tests jointly with Pervez Sajjad from the mid-60s onwards. Their 4-5 was surpassed by Graeme Cremer’s 4-4 a few years ago. Here are the best 4-wicket innings analyses in all Tests:

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Anyway, Higgs could enjoy his joint world record for over 47 years.