Preview of England-India Test series (2018)-1

First, the remaining matches (all Tests without any side matches).

1) Birmingham, Aug 1-5

2) Lord’s, Aug 9-13

3) Nottingham, Aug 18-22

4) Southampton, Aug 30-Sep 3

5) Oval, Sep 7-11

(Finishing on a rather inauspicious date!)

We now look at the short history of Indian victories in England.

In the 57 Tests played by India in England, England lead 30-6 with 21 draws. These are the matches which India won:

India wins in England

Lord’s and Leeds are where India has done best, though they are not playing at the latter in this series. And India has never won at some major venues such as Birmingham and Manchester.

We look at the track records at the venues of this series:

Birmingham: 6 Tests: England lead 5-0, 1 draw (after 2018, 7 Tests: England lead 6-0, 1 draw)

Lord’s: 17: England lead 11-2, 4 draws. (India’s only win on the last tour in 2014). (After 2018, 18 Tests: England lead 12-2, 4 draws).

Nottingham: 6: England lead 2-1, 3 draws

Southampton: 1: England leads 1-0

Oval: 12: England lead 4-1, 7 draws.

Also the venues where India is not playing in this series:

Leeds: 6: England leads 3-2, 1 draw

Manchester: 9: England lead 4-0, 5 draws.

India has never played at Chester-le-Street and Cardiff.

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Review of England-India ODIs-2018

The 3-match series in July 2018 was won 2-1 by England. We now look at the complete records of ODIs played between these teams.

Overall record:

Overall

Note India’s strong home advantage, though England also lead on their home grounds. But India have a strong overall lead.

Batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

Runs-750

It will be interesting to see if Dhoni catches up with Yuvraj. Others such as Kohli will take a while.

Yuvraj has the most centuries (4). For scores above 50, Tendulkar and Raina have 12 (but note that Raina has only one century and 11 scores between 50 and 99).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings-110

Only RG Sharma and Root figure from current players.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Bat avg

Azharuddin is much ahead of the others. Kohli and Raina are there from the current players.

Highest strike rates (minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

Batting SR (80)

Sehwag and Yuvraj lead. Dravid scored too slowly to make this list.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets-20

Anderson is closely followed by several others.

Best innings bowling (includes all figures of 5wi and above):

Bowling-5wi

Kuldeep Yadav is just behind the record holder Ashish Nehra,

Best bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Headed by Srinath, with current players Jadeja and Ashwin close behind. Kapil has the best economy rate (3.76) and Jadeja the best strike rate (29.7).

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Most dism

Dhoni is far above the rest with 55, with Collingwood  having the best (24) for non-keepers.

Best innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dis-4

Led by Dhoni. Non-keepers have less than 4 in an innings.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dis rate above 0.4

Dhoni is far ahead of the rest. Azharuddin has the best for non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Flintoff qualifies.

Match performance (minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR-match

Yuvraj’s performance would be the best.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

New records in List A and ODI cricket

Here are the highest scores in List A cricket as on 20 Jun 2018:

List A record scores on 20-6-2018

Live link for all scores of 375 and above:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/117937.html

England’s 481/6 is the highest ever ODI score and the second-highest List A score.

The previous ODI record score was England’s 444/3 against Pakistan in 2016-also at Nottingham!

It is also surprising that No 2 and No 3 on this list were both made on June 19, 2018 with India A also getting into the act.

And that Trent Bridge, Nottingham accounts for No 2, 4 and 5 on the list.

The highest List A and ODI score made against Australia is 438/9 by SA at Johannesburg in 2006, which was then a record in all ODIs, besides an 1-wicket win against a supposedly impregnable score of 434/4 made by Australia (which was an ODI record for a few hours).

We now look at the record defeats in List A matches.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283904.html

England’s 242-run defeat of Australia is quite far down in List A matches and even in ODIs.

We now look at record ODI totals as on 20 June 2018:

ODI record totals-20 Jun 2018

Live link for ODI scores above 350:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/211599.html

Highest win margins in ODIs  as on 20 Jun 2018:

ODI winning margins on 20 June 2018

Live link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283902.html

This is the highest winning margin for England in all ODIs

and the highest losing margin for Australia.

Finally we look at “Ashes” ODIs:

Highest totals:

Ashes ODI totals

A big jump over the previous record of 342, where one of these scores was made on June 16 in the previous ODI at Cardiff.

Highest victory margins:

Ashes ODI margins

From this we see that the previous highest margin in an Aus v Eng ODI was 162 runs by Australia back in Feb 1999. The highest by England was “only” 101 runs even further back in 1977.

 

 

Review of England-Pakistan Tests-2018 (2)

After covering general results and batting figures in the first part, we move on to bowling figures:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Most wkts-25

Qadir has by far the most wickets and Anderson is unlikely to overtake him. Broad and M. Amir are next among current players

Best innings bowling (including all 7wi and above):

Best innings bowling

Qadir again at the top. No good performances in the last few years. In fact the 2018 series did not see anyone take a five-for.

Best match bowling (including all 10wm and above):

Match bowling

Underwood and Qadir lead. Nothing from the current series, though Woakes and Yasir Shah are there from 2016.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Anderson has by far the best bowling average, followed by his partner Broad. Qadir is somewhat further down. M. Amir is also there from the current series.

The best economy rates are by Iqbal Qasim (1.82) and DA Allen (1.90). The best strike rates are by by Waqar Younis (48.5) and almost the same by Anderson (48.6).

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Dismissals

Wasim Bari has by far the most dismissals, followed unexpectedly by Kamran Akmal. Bari and Sarfraz Ahmed have the most stumpings. Cook, Miandad and Younis Khan share the record for non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

Sarfraz Ahmed has done this in 2015, 2016 and 2018.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Match fielding

Wasim Bari and Kamran Akmal (!) have the record of 8 dismissals. Bairstow had 7 in 2016. Greig and Hick have the most catches (6) by non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500 and above):

Dismissal rate

Knott and Taylor lead, while Asad Shafiq and Cook have the most among current players. Trescothick and Atherton have the best rates for non-keepers. Sarfraz Ahmed has not played enough.

Overall all-round performances (see criteria):

AR overall

Botham and Broad lead, followed by Intikhab Alam at a distance. Imran Khan does not seem to have played enough.

All-round match performances (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Imran and Botham appear here twice apiece, along with some unexpected appearances by Abdul Qadir and others. Qadir has one of the rare doubles of a fifty and ten-for in a match, while Botham had a century and 8-34.

 

 

 

 

The Al-Jazeera Report Analyzed-1

Anyone who follows cricket (even the Test purists) should watch the report. Numerous bits and pieces can be seen on Youtube and directly on various news sites. But to get a full idea of the extent of the match-fixing industry it is well worth watching the hour-long report:

Some of the key takeaways:

How is it that a key man of the D company is freely functioning in Mumbai apparently without interference from the Mumbai police or anyone else? (One is struck with his quiet confidence and thorough knowledge of the “business”).

A relatively minor domestic player like Robin Morris seems to have made a lot more money from fixing than in his regular cricket career. Even if he had somehow got into IPL he would not have earned much. And he seems to have a particularly dumb sidekick who, unlike him, did play in a few Tests and ODIs.

Then there is the Morris – Rajkumar plan to organize T20 tournaments all over the world-whose only purpose is to make money through fixing. Almost like a never-ending Ponzi scheme or perpetual motion machine.

Although Al-Jazeera did not mention this, someone has already made a start in a “fraudulent” tournament in the UAE earlier this year. This was so blatantly a fixed tournament that the UAE authorities had to throw them out. A sample report:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-31/bizarre-scenes-uae-t20-league-icc-match-fixing-investigation/9377680

Other reports from that period can be found through Google. Not sure what ultimately happened there. But it sounds quite similar to what Morris (mainly) and Rajkumar were talking about. Clearly the players in this tournament had not been “trained” properly.

The allegations regarding Test matches pertain to

1) India vs England at Chennai in Dec 2016, the 5th Test which India won by an innings to take the 5-Test series 4-0: three English players (presumably specialist batsmen) are alleged to have manipulated the scoring rate. They have denied the charges. (Any guesses?) Here is the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10732/scorecard/1034817/india-vs-england-5th-test-england-tour-of-india-2016-17/

Those who followed the match closely on TV or the net may be able to figure out who the guilty trio are. I am not hazarding any guess, except that they would probably be 1-7 in the batting order.

Afterthought: Was even the bowling fixed? Did that allow Karun Nair to make a triple hundred (which is still the ONLY score he has made above 50 in a Test)?

2) India vs Australia at Ranchi in March 2017. This was the third of 4 Tests, the only drawn Test of the series. India won 2-1. Here two Australian players (presumably specialist batsmen) similarly manipulated the scoring rate. Al-Jazeera said that there was no reply from them so far. Here, too we can try to guess who they may be, batting at 1 to 7. Here is the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/10839/scorecard/1062575/india-vs-australia-3rd-test-ind-v-aus-2016-17/

3) Sri Lanka vs India at Galle in July 2017. This was the first Test of the series, in which India won all three Tests by heavy margins. This time no players were involved, but merely manipulation of the pitch by the curator (?) and others. (But what was the bet? Merely that the match would be high-scoring). It was, in the sense that India made 600 batting first. But the Sri Lankan batsmen did so badly that they lost by over 300 runs in what was effectively an innings defeat, as India would have won by an innings if they had imposed the follow-on.

Galle has a history of pitch manipulation. The former curator, Test bowler J. Warnaweera, was suspended for 3 years by the ICC in early 2016 for non-cooperation with ICC investigators. This is with reference to earlier matches at Galle.

Here is the scorecard, for what it is worth:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17891/scorecard/1109602/sri-lanka-vs-india-1st-test-sl-v-ind-2017/

The Sri Lankan leg needs a little more study as most of the characters are quite unknown even in neighboring countries.

To be continued.

Review of NZ-Eng Test series, 2017-18 (II)

We now look at individual bowling records.

Most wickets (40 and above):

Most wkts

Sir Richard is far ahead of the next in line, Botham, Broad and Anderson. Sir Richard has the most 5-fors followed by Botham and Underwood with 6. Underwood has the most 10-fors (3) followed by 2 by Sir Richard and Tony Lock.

Best innings bowling (including all 7-fors):

Innings bowling

Underwood and Lock have the best figures here. Nothing much from the past few years.

Best match bowling ( including all 10-fors):

Match bowling

Underwood and Lock share the first 5 positions-probably they made the best of damaged wickets. As above, not much from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Again a one-man show by Underwood. He has the best bowling average (12.20), best economy rate (1.66) and best strike rate (44.1). The nearest rivals include Willis, Ray Illingworth and Broad.

Fielding: Most dismissals (25 and above):

Most dismissals

Parore has the most dismissals, Evans the most stumpings and Fleming the most catches by a non-keeper. Bob Taylor and Ian Smith are close behind Parore.

Innings dismissals (5 and above):

Innings dismissals

The now-forgotten Chris Read is the only one with 6 dismissals in an innings, followed by several others with 5. No non-keeper has taken 5 or more catches. Bairstow (or YJB if you wish) took 5 catches in the second Test of the series.

Match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals

Parks and Read have the most dismissals in a match. Lamb and Cook have the most (6) by a non-keeper. And YJB has 6 catches in the second Test of this series.

Dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, minimum rate 0.800):

Dismissal rate

Smith, Parore and Bob Taylor lead. Fleming has the best by a non-keeper, though Stewart has done better with a combination of keeping and fielding.

All-round overall performance (see criteria below):

AR-overall

Botham is clearly the best here, while Sir Richard and Cairns (junior) are distant runners-up.

All-round match performance (minimum one fifty and one five-for in same match):

AR-match

A long list here, including 3 examples of the rare 50 + 10wm by Greig, Hadlee and Nash.

Also 2 examples of the more common 100 + 5wi by Botham (twice).

Southee features in the current series as well as the last occasion in 2008. In 2008 he was making his Test debut.