Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Bowling

Most wickets (25 and above):

WC-25 and more wickets

McGrath and Muralitharan are quite ahead of the others.

The best for India is 44 by Zaheer Khan and by Srinath, in 5th/6th place.

McGrath and Afridi are the only ones with two five-fors.

Muralitharan, Warne, Afridi and Tahir have four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 6wi and better):

WC-6wi and better

McGrath has the best figures of 7-15 against Namibia, while Bichel’s 7-20 against England may be considered more significant.

India’s best is 6-23 by Nehra in 2003 which is the 6th best. Kapil’s 5-43 in 1983 was the first five-for by India in any ODI.

Bowling averages: Minimum 1000 balls and maximum 45.00:

WC-bowling avg

McGrath and Imran Khan have the best averages of 18.19 and 19.26 respectively. The best for India is by Zaheer Khan (20.22) in 4th place.

The best economy rates are by Roberts (3.24) and Botham (3.43).

The best strike rates are by Malinga (23.8) and Zaheer Khan (27.1)

Best performances by losing captains-2

Hope that you have read part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/best-performances-by-losing-captains/

We look at other performances by captains in tests lost by their team. We will see that India is well represented here.

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

Captains losing-innings bowling scores

Kapil is the only captain who has taken more than 7 wickets here. BS Bedi, Imran Khan and Courtney Walsh have multiple appearances. Current players include Shakib Al Hasan (multiple appearances), Graeme Cremer and Jason Holder.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Captains losing-match bowling scores

Kapil again heads this, from that same match in 1983. Bedi is the only other one with a 10-for. Current players include Jason Holder and Graeme Cremer.

Best innings fielding (5 dismissals):

Captains losing-innings fielding

Includes a few current players such as Mushfiqur, SPD Smith and Sarfraz. Sammy and Smith are the only non-keepers here.

Best match fielding (6 dismissals):

Captains losing-match fielding

Current player Sarfraz Ahmed tops this list along with AC Gilchrist, while MS Dhoni and SPD Smith also appear. SP Fleming and SPD Smith (twice) are the only non-keepers. Gilchrist was a “regular” stand-in captain.

Best all-round performance (50 and 5wi):

Captains losing-all round

Holder and Shakib from the present, while Imran Khan has two appearances from the same series in 1982. The best performances would by by Imran (July 1982) and Holder.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Tests between Pakistan and the West Indies-2

Continuing the review. Hope you have seen the first part.

Looking at fielding:

Dismissals (10 and above):

pak-wi-fielding

Imtiaz Ahmed has the most stumpings (8), Alexander the most catches by a keeper (25) and Viv Richards the most catches by a non-keeper (23) followed by Greenidge with 19. No current players here other than Younis Khan.

Most catches in an innings (4 and above):

pak-wi-innings-field

No recent instances. The much-maligned Kamran Akmal did do his share of catching.

Most catches in a match (5 and above):

pak-wi-match-field

As above, no instance after 2005 but Kamran Akmal tops the list. Note Imtiaz Ahmed’s consistency.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

pak-wi-dis-rate

Oddly enough no specialist wicketkeeper appears here as none of them played enough. Richards, Majid and Richardson top the list. You can however see their dismissal rates in the first table above, with Kamran Akmal having  a rate of 2.777 in 9 innings.

All-round performance (overall):

pak-wi-ar

Only these two played enough to meet this modest target.

All-round performance in a match (50 and 5wi):

pak-wi-match-ar

Gayle’s forgotten all-round ability appears here.

Tests between Pakistan and the West Indies-1

Better late than never. Here is a summary of all Tests between these countries including the recently concluded series in the UAE. A point of interest was that the West Indies recorded their first victory over Pakistan in neutral Tests, having lost 2-0 in 2002 and now 2-1. We see that they had lost all 4 neutral Tests against Pakistan till then.

49 Tests have been played between these countries. Pakistan now lead 18-16 with 15 draws. A summary:

                    Pak      WI       Draw  Total

In Pak         9              4          8           21

In WI           5             11          7           23

Neutral       4               1         0             5

Total          18            16      15           49

We now look at batting:

Most runs (500 and more):

pak-wi-runs

M. Yousuf has the most centuries (7) followed by Inzamam and Lara with 4 apiece

M. Yousuf also has the most 50+ scores with 10, while four others have made 9.

And M. Yousuf has scored the most runs in this series though he played in  a relatively small number of Tests.

Highest innings (150 and above):

pak-wi-hs

The top score here was the world record Test score for almost 40 years and strangely enough, Gary Sobers’s maiden Test hundred. In the same series, Pakistan recorded their highest score of this series which was one of the longest in all first-class cricket. It is still Pakistan’s highest Test score and the longest innings in all Tests (though no longer the first-class record).

Azhar Ali is the only current player here.

Highest batting averages (20 or more innings, all instances):

pak-wi-avg

Wasim Raja tops this rather surprisingly. But heavy scorers such as M. Yousuf (101.16 in 14 innings), Sobers (89.45 in 13 innings) and Hanif (73.60 in 11 innings) did not play enough to feature here. See the first table above for their averages.

Mention must also be made of Kraigg Brathwaite’s batting feat (which deserves a post to itself): https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/11/04/kraigg-brathwaites-unique-feat/

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (20 and more):

pak-wi-bowling

The top few names are as expected, while newcomers such as Bishoo and Yasir Shah are climbing rapidly.

Imran has the most fivers (6), followed by 4 each by Akram and Walsh. No one has taken more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (6 or more wickets):

pak-wi-innings-bowl

Bishoo’s 8-49 was the second best in this series, though his team did not win that match. The only other current player here is Yasir Shah at the bottom, though at least his team did win.

Best match bowling (9 or more wickets):

pak-wi-match-bowl

Bishoo and Yasir Shah also appear here.

Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

pak-wi-bowl-avg

Current players will take a while to reach here.

It can be seen that the best economy rates are 2.05 by Gibbs and 2.36 by Fazal. The best strike rates are 39.6 by Younis and 41.7 by Croft.

To be continued.

They never saw defeat in Tests-updated to October 2017

Data as of 15 Oct 2017

Last time we looked at those Test players who never saw victories in their careers-a long list of over 150 players including some fairly prominent names. Now we look at those who never saw defeat. Here too the topper is a relatively unknown player.

There are no less than 68 players with 5 or more Tests who never saw defeat.

Those who played in 7 or more Tests are listed below:

No loss

The list is headed by an Indian RK Chauhan, who, like Eldine Baptiste, acquired this distinction mainly by being in the right place at the right time, when he was the third spinner after Kumble and Raju at a time when the fading Kapil and upcoming Srinath opened the bowling. Cricinfo did not even bother with a picture of him:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/27622.html

He was probably lucky to play 21 Tests with limited batting and a best of 4-48 with no other four-for.

Another article with a picture:

http://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/indian-off-spinner-rajesh-chauhan-suffers-heart-attack

He is said to have recovered now.

Much the same could be said about the next few on the list, notably McCool, Toshack and Loxton who were fringe players of Bradman’s Invincibles of 1948. They had their moments, like when Toshack took 5 wickets for 2 runs against India in 1947-48.

EA McDonald opened the bowling for Australia with Jack Gregory in the early 1920s and created havoc against England, although he ended with only 11 Tests. He may have been the first prominent Test player to be killed in a road accident, which was some years later in 1937: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/content/player/6555.html

Eldine Baptiste naturally finds his place here, having never seen either defeat or a draw.

There are no current players visible above. For those with 5 or more Tests, there is only KK Nair (6 Tests with 5 victories and a draw) and he has not played in India’s past few Tests.

Of course, the all-draw men CV Gadkari and Shafiq Ahmed who saw only draws in their 6 Tests are also there.

 

They only saw victories in Tests-updated to Oct 2017

Correct up to October 15, 2017. The Test involving the ICC XI is not counted.

As mentioned earlier, there are only 4 Test players who played 5 or more Tests in which their team won all of them. As on Oct 15, 2017 they are:

Allwin1

None of them had particularly distinguished Test careers; for instance, Lord Hawke was a specialist batsman whose Test batting average was under 10.  While GJ Bailey was a good limited-overs batsman he made only one fifty in Tests. They were fortunate in being in the right team at the right time-which was particularly true of Eldine Baptiste: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/51211.html

Not long ago Imran Khan (the present one, not the politician) also was on this list with 5 straight wins from his debut. But his 6th Test was drawn.

Adam Gilchrist had 15 straight wins from his debut in Nov 1999 to Feb 2001 (before the Australian juggernaut was halted by VVS, Dravid and Harbhajan). He finished with 72 wins, 11 losses and 12 draws in his 95 Tests (not counting the one against the ICC XI).

The runner-up is England’s Tim Bresnan who had 13 straight wins from his debut in May 2009 to May 2012 followed by a draw against the West Indies. He probably will not play in Tests again, and has 15 wins, 4 losses and 4 draws in his career of 23 Tests.

Here is a list of the 23 players whose Test careers had over 80 percent wins as on Oct 15, 2017:

Highest win percentage over 80 pc

The only current and near-current players are Jackson Bird (who is not in the current Australian team), Karun Nair, Wayne Parnell, Duanne Olivier and Dawid Malan.

Again, there are relatively few well-known players here (though it does include Loxton and Saggers from the 1948 Australians) besides Hodge and Lehmann from more recent times.