Quick guide to Test matches of 2017

In the calendar year 2017, 47 Test matches were played. 40 had results and 7 were drawn. Coincidentally, in 2016 there were also 47 Tests if which 7 were drawn.

These were the ICC rankings at the end of the year:

ICC ranking

India clearly at the top, although there is some chance that South Africa will close the gap in the current series. But even a 3-0 win is not likely to put SA at the top.

At the bottom end, note that West Indies and Bangladesh are now level and Zimbabwe is far behind. It will be interesting to see where Ireland and Afghanistan will be (say) five years from now. While Ireland seems to be declining, Afghanistan may well get ahead of Zimbabwe.

Now we look at the win-loss ratio for all Tests in 2017. This is not expected to give the same results as the ICC rankings since the latter cover a longer period.

WL ratio

While India clearly leads, New Zealand has also done well to be in second place. Zimbabwe is the only one without a win, though Pakistan and Bangladesh have the same number of wins.

More detailed analysis of individual performances will follow.

 

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The T20Is of 2017

The T20I matches of 2018 have already started. So we now look back at the matches of 2017. Not too many as there was no world championship, though there is now an increasing trend of 3-match series rather than a single match grudgingly tagged on at the end of the season.

First, the ICC ranking table at the end of the year:

ICC rankings

This has a close bunching at the top, with 3 points separating Pakistan, New Zealand and India.

Now we look at win-loss ratios in 2017:

W-L table

Pakistan and Scotland (!) at the top, with Bangladesh just above bottom-ranked PNG. Although Pakistan does top both lists, it should be remembered that the ICC rankings cover a longer period.

Now we look at individual performances. With a relatively small sample size there is not much point in finding averages and strike rates. The matches involving the World XI are not counted, even though the ICC and Cricinfo regards them as official T20Is

Batting: Most runs (150 and above):

Runs

So Evin Lewis of the West Indies leads, leaving established stars like ABD and Kohli behind. C Munro is the only one with 2 centuries, while several have three 50+ scores.

Highest innings (75 and above):

Innings batting

Evin Lewis leads the next in line RG Sharma by a large margin (by T20I standards).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

Wkts

YS Chahal emerged with a bang, while Williams and Rashid also emerged from the fringes. Chahal is the only one with three 4wis, no one else had more than 1.

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

Innings bowling

Chahal and Rashid Khan again.

Fielding: Most dismissals (8 and more):

Dismissals

Dhoni heads this list, although surprisingly Ireland’s GH Dockrell has the most catches as a non-keeper. In fact he has more catches than Dhoni or any other keeper!

Best innings fielding (3 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

While Chandimal, Dhoni and GD Philips have 4 dismissals apiece, several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.

All-round performance-overall:

See criteria below:

AR overall

Seekuge Prasanna emerges as the only to one to have bowled and batted enough with some pretensions to being an all-rounder.

All-round match performances (20+ runs and 2+ wickets).

AR Match

The best performances here are by Anshuman Rath (HK) and Shakib Al Hasan.

 

 

Review of Australia-India ODIs, Oct 2017

With India’s 4-1 victory, they became No 1 in the ICC rankings for ODIs, while they had already held the No 1 position in Tests:

ICC rankings

This was India’s best victory in a bilateral ODI series against Australia. Here are the results of the past few series:

2009-10 in Ind: Aus won 4-2

2010-11 in Ind: Aus won 1-0

2013-14 in Ind: Ind won 3-2

2015-16 in Aus: Aus won 4-1

2017-18 in Ind: Ind won 4-1.

Here is a summary of all ODIs between the two countries:

Table

Australia enjoys a healthy 73-45 lead in all ODIs against India. For matches in India, Australia lead only 26-25. Oddly enough there are no tied matches here, although these teams have played in one of the only two tied Tests.

Moving on to individual records-Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Aus v I runs

The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar, followed by 6 by Ponting and RG Sharma.

The most 50+ scores are 24 by Tendulkar, followed by 15 by Ponting.

RG Sharma and Dhoni have the most runs among current players, while Kohli is catching up.

Highest innings scores (125 and above):

Highest scores

RG Sharma dominates the higher positions. And he made the highest score of this series, 125, which is at the bottom of this list.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Batting avg

RG Sharma leads the next in line, Hayden and Kohli, by a large margin. Dhoni is the only other current player in this list.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 500 balls, 80.00):

strike rate

The highest strike rate is by GJ Bailey, with Dhawan and several others bunched around the 100 mark. Those who played in the current series include SPD Smith, RG Sharma, Warner, Kohli and Finch. It is interesting to see that Rahane’s strike rate is a little higher than Dhoni’s.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Wkts

Lee leads the table. No bowlers from the current series make the cut here, though MG Johnson and I Sharma of recent teams are here.

Lee took four 5-fors.No one else took more than one.

Lee also has the most 4-fors (4), followed by Agarkar and MG Johnson with 3.

Best innings bowling (including all five-fors):

Innings bowling

This is topped by two relatively unknown players followed by Agarkar and Starc. The current series did not see any good wicket-taking performances, with UT Yadav’s 4-71 being the best.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled,35.00):

Bowl Avg

Lee is again far ahead of the next bowler. No current bowlers are seen here.

The best averages are by Lee and Johnson. the best economy rates are by Kapil and Shastri and the best strike rates are by Lee and Agarkar.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (minimum 15):

Fielding dismissals

No surprises among the first two, while Wade and Kohli make up the current players. Tendulkar has the highest for non-keepers (31), followed at some distance by Azharuddin and Ponting with 18. Dhoni has the most stumpings. Dravid had played both as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Gilchrist has the most dismissals, while Clarke has the most catches as a non-keeper. Nothing from the current series.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450):

Dismissal rate

No surprises in the first two places, while DM Jones has the best dismissal rate among the non-keepers. Dhoni and Kohli are the only current players.

All-round performances:

Overall performances (see criteria in table):

AR overall

Somewhat oddly, the first 3 places go to batsmen who occasionally bowled, while two better-known all-rounders make up the rear.

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

AR match

The best performances would be those of Tendulkar, Kapil and Watson (Hyderabad). Also note one of Azharuddin’s rare bowling performances.

We are not done with Australia yet, as the T20I series is still to come. See the past records here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/summary-of-t20is-between-australia-and-india/

 

Making sense of the T20I World Championships

First, it is not the T20 World Cup but the World Championship.

It begins in earnest on March 15 and ends on April 3. Before this there are the qualifying rounds (which also rank as T20Is and World Championship matches) from March 8 to 13.

In these qualifying matches we have:

Group A: Bangladesh, Netherlands, Ireland, Oman

Group B: Hong Kong, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Scotland

The winner of Group A (probably Bangladesh) joins the big boys in Group 2. The winner of group B (probably Afghanistan) joins Group 1.

So we have the Super 10s in

Group 1: England, West Indies, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Afghanistan(?)

Group 2: India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh (?)

My prediction for the semi-finalists are West Indies, South Africa, India and New Zealand. Many may not agree with this.

On current form, India would appear to be favourites for the title.

Anyway, for the general history of the T20 championships since 2007 you can see:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_World_Twenty20

For the last championship in 2014 which had a similar format:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_ICC_World_Twenty20

Schedules for the 2016 championships can be seen in Cricinfo or here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_ICC_World_Twenty20

It is not clear what will happen if Pakistan pulls out for some reason. But it is unlikely that they will be replaced by another team.

You can also amuse yourself with the ICC T20 rankings as on March 6 (after the Asia Cup and two matches between Aus and SA):

ICC Ratings 6 Mar 2016

A related post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/07/27/onwards-to-the-t20-cricket-world-championship/