Looking ahead to the Champions Trophy semi finals

Here we shall see that predicting on the basis of long-term form can be misleading.

This is being written after Pakistan beat England on Jun 14.

Let us look at all ODIs between England and Pakistan in 5 years up to Jun 13, 2017:

England led 7-2 in this period

In England, England led 4-1 (all in the summer of 2016). And the only match Pakistan won was at Cardiff.

No matches in Pakistan. On neutral grounds (UAE), England led 3-1.

So, on paper, it looked like Pakistan had no chance. But the result was something else.

Now let us do the same analysis for India and Bangladesh in the 5 years up to Jun 14, 2017

India led 5-2 with 1 no-result.

In India there were no matches.

In Bangladesh, India led 4-2 with 1 no-result

In neutral grounds (in Australia in the 2015 WC), India won 1-0

But it should be noted that the last series between India and Bangladesh was in Bangladesh in 2015, when Bangladesh won 2-1. Forgotten that already? See the series summary (and scorecards if you want):

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/870723.html

The key here was the “shock value” of  Mustafizur Rehman who made his debut here, with 5,6 and 2 wickets in the 3 matches. He was deservedly Man of the Series.

But then, he has not done too well in this tournament. See the details of his recent matches here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/330902.html

So we see that India does have a strong record over Bangladesh in the last 5 years. Just like England had over Pakistan. India should not be overconfident (remember the World Cup of 2007?)

 

Saved by the last wicket

The West Indies players Gabriel and Chase should have remembered that no less than 22 Tests ended as a draw when the last wicket pair held on:

Saved by the last wicket-2

In some cases there were only a handful of runs to make for victory. The India-WI match of 2011 ended up as a draw with scores level (not a tie because all wickets had not fallen). England in 1963 also came close to victory with 5 runs to get. But in most cases a heavy defeat was averted because the last wicket did not fall.

They included some draws which critically influenced the result of a series. Take the last entry

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/667899.html

where the No 10 and 11 batsmen Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep survived for a draw.

In the 2nd and final Test of that series, No 11 James Anderson got out with one ball left. Thus Sri Lanka won the Test and the series.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-sri-lanka-2014/engine/match/667901.html

There are quite a few other cases where these 10th-wicket stands were critical. Like the one between Dhoni and Sreesanth in 2007, where India went on to win the series 1-0.

Interestingly the first such Test drawn by the last wicket pair was by India in 1946, with the long-forgotten Sohoni and Hindlekar at the crease:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62663.html

The above list is for the 4th innings where 9 wickets were down and the match ended with a draw. There have also been numerous cases where matches were drawn when 9 wickets in the third innings were down when the side was facing a possible defeat if the last wicket fell.

This cannot be directly be pulled out of Statsguru as in the above table. But all such 10th wicket survivor stories in the 3rd innings can be found below:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=3;orderby=start;result=4;size=200;type=team;view=innings;wicketsmax1=9;wicketsmin1=9;wicketsval1=wickets

Ignore the declarations. Also, in many cases there would not have been enough time for the opponents to make a large number of runs. Maybe we can count cases where the potential target was less than 50 runs.

The narrowest escape would be this one of England vs SA in 1998, where England’s total in two innings exactly equaled SA’s total of 552. SA would have needed just 1 run to win, but England’s last pair of Croft and Fraser spent enough time to ensure that SA would not be able to bat even one ball:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63806.html

England’s escape at Cardiff in 2009 is also there, when Australia needed 13 runs to win.

While we are on this topic, also see the list of one-wicket victories. There have been only 12 in all Test cricket:

P-WI all 1-wkt victories

 

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):

e-v-i-t20i-runs

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):

e-v-i-t20i-indiv-scores

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):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-sr

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):

e-v-i-t20i-wkts

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):

e-v-i-t20i-field

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):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-fielding

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):

e-v-it20i-ar-overall

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):

eng-ind-innings

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):

eng-ind-odi-wkts

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 dismissal 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:

e-v-i-ar-overall

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.

king-pair-001

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.