ODI rankings before the 2019 World Cup

Note these rankings published on May 22, 2019.

The Tests had got over by May 2, the ODIs by May 21 and some T20Is are in progress among minor teams such as Namibia and Kenya.

We concentrate on the ODI rankings:

ICC ratings May 22 2019

We see that the top 10 teams are indeed the same teams playing in the World Cup.

This ranking seems to show that England and India are close together, followed by the pair of South Africa and New Zealand. Next is Australia and there is a steep fall to Pakistan and the others. This seems to conform to general opinion. As Australia had been without two of their key players for a year, they now have the capacity to get a semi-final place at the expense of South Africa or New Zealand.

You can also see the T20I rankings of the major teams.

 

 

Test statistics for 2018-1

Summarizing the team performances of 2018

Ranked by W/L ratio:

Team peformance

And the ICC ranking tables at the end of the year:

ICC rankings

Note that the rankings are quite different, as the ICC rankings cover a longer period and are supposed to take the opponent’s strength into account.

Note the close bunching for 2nd to 4th position by England, New Zealand and South Africa. Also 6th and 7th (Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and for 8th and 9th (West Indies and Bangladesh).

Now we go on to individual performances.

Batting:

Most runs: 500 and above:

Most runs-2018

Virat Kohli has the most centuries (5). He also has the most scores above 50 (10).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings score-110

The top score of 264* by Tom Latham was the highest by anyone carrying his bat through an innings, surpassing the 244* by Alastair Cook less than a year earlier. Here is a live link of all those who carried their bat through an innings, in chronological order.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283149.html

Curiously, it was the first instance of anyone scoring 264 or 264* in a Test. The lowest score which has never been made is 229/229*  (but there is also an outlier at 140*).

KJ O’Brien is here for Ireland’s first Test century, while Afghanistan still has no score above 50.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Kohli and the hitherto unheralded Kusal Mendis are on top here, as in the listing of most runs. Others from India can also be seen here.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting strike rate

Here it is Buttler and Mominul  who have the highest strike rates. Pujara is near the bottom as we may expect. Kohli and Rahane are also here.

To be continued:

T20Is of 2018

The Test cricket caravan for 2018 finally comes to an end on December 30.

Meanwhile we look at the T20Is of 2018, which had concluded earlier in the month.

Here are the ICC rankings at the end of the year:

Team rankings

And the teams arranged by win/loss ratio:

Team performance

Here Afghanistan has a clean sweep, including minnows as well as regulars such as Bangladesh. Pakistan has a more valid claim to the top position, as they do in the ICC rankings.

Some statistics for individual performances are given below. As in the above table, the one match involving the ICC XI is not counted.

Most runs: 250 and above:

T20I batting-250

Shikhar Dhawan is far ahead of the rest.

Highest innings: 90 and above:

T20I innings-90

AJ Finch is far ahead of the rest.

Most wickets: 10 and above:

Bowling-10 wkt

The lesser known AJ Tye has the most wickets.

Best innings bowling: includes all cases of 4wi and above:

Bowling-4wi

Most dismissals: 10 and above:

Dismissals

Sarfraz and Finch head the lists for keepers and non-keepers respectively.

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

AR match

GJ Maxwell and Shakib Al Hasan have the best performances here.

From 2019 onwards, all T20I matches will be considered official and there will be no select list of T20I countries as there is for ODIs. So matches including presently unranked teams will figure in these statistics, as it already does with women’s T20I matches.

 

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.

 

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.

 

 

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/