All-round match performances in the World Cup

Here is a list of all instances of 40+ runs and 4+ wickets in World Cup matches from 1975 up to June 24, 2019:

40 +4wi in WC

While some of these figures seem impressive, most of them have come against weak teams (if not minnows, teams which did not go beyond the first round). The exceptions are Flintoff (E v Ire), and Russell (WI v E). We already know that Afg will not be in the second round in 2019.

The only instances of 50/5wi are by Yuvraj Singh (I v Ire, 2011) and Shakib Al Hasan (BD v Afg, 2019).

Both of them have had impressive all-round performances throughout the tournament. Yuvraj was Man of the Series in 2011, when India won. Yuvraj had 362 runs and 15 wickets in 2011. Shakib has (at the time of writing on June 24) 471 runs and 10 wickets. He and David Warner (447 runs) seem to be main contenders for Man of the Series now.

In 1999, L Klusener had 281 runs and 17 wickets which earned him the Man of the Series award. His team lost narrowly in the semi-final.

 

A tale of two hat-tricks

Here is a list of all hat-tricks in World Cup matches, as on June 22 2019:

WC hat trick

Live link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/1190325.html

The first as well as the most recent instances were by Indian bowlers.

The first one was by a bowler who is not always given the credit he deserved. He is unfortunately remembered more for a last-ball six by Javed Miandad in a crucial match.

It may not be remembered that he is still the only Indian bowler to take a 10-for in a Test in England. And that he is one of the few Indian tailenders who scored an ODI century when tried in the middle order.

See the overview:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/33949.html

And his World Cup hat-trick in 1987. No one else had taken a hat-trick in the World Cup until then in matches starting from 1975.

See the scorecard:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/scorecard/65114/india-vs-new-zealand-24th-match-reliance-world-cup-1987-88

That match on Oct 31, 1987 was critical, as it was India’s last match in the group and needed to defeat New Zealand by a large margin to ensure that they topped the group. If they came second, they would have to face Pakistan in the semi-final (which, by prior agreement, would have been held in Pakistan if the two teams were to meet).

New Zealand won the toss and batted first. They made steady and unspectacular progress until they reached 182/5. One of their key batsmen Ken Rutherford was batting along with pinch-hitter Martin Snedden. Chetan Sharma had not taken a wicket at that stage.

He then had Rutherford bowled, followed by bowling No 8 Ian Smith (a Test centurion) and No 9 batsman Ewan Chatfield (capable of stubborn batting). This would be one of the relatively rare all-bowled hat-tricks in international cricket.

From 182/8, they got up to 221/9 in 50 overs.

This is still the only World Cup hat-trick where all three dismissals were bowled.

The Indian team knew the required run rate. Sunil Gavaskar had not been much of a success as an ODI batsman, but seized the occasion to score his only ODI century, an unbeaten 103. Srikkanth (75) and Azharuddin (41*) also ensured that India met the required run rate. Gavaskar and Sharma shared the Man of the Match award.

So it was India vs England at Bombay, and Pakistan vs Australia at Lahore. We all know how THAT turned out. So there was an Ashes final rather than a South Asian final at Calcutta, where Border’s unheralded team won by a narrow margin.

Hat-tricks in World Cup matches remained scarce, with no instance in 1992 and 1996. The next instance was by Saqlain Mushtaq in a Super Six match against Zimbabwe in 1999.

Forward to 2019. Mohammad Shami had made a good beginning to his Test career (with a 9-wicket haul against an admittedly weak WI team) but was generally felt to have performed below expectations. He did score a fifty in a Test batting at no 11. Injuries and domestic issues played their role.

There was even some kind of fudging in his records as his birthplace was initially shown to be in Jonagar in Bengal. No such town can be found in the map. Later his birthplace was mysteriously changed to Amroha (near Moradabad in UP) which is generally considered to be correct.

From the table in the beginning, we see that hat-tricks in the World Cup had become more common since 1999, with Malinga going a step beyond with 4 in 4. That is the only such dismissal in ODIs (or Tests). Malinga also took two regular hat-tricks later.

As I write this on June 23, the result of the 2019 World Cup is unknown. The only thing we know definitely is that Afghanistan (0 points in 6 matches) cannot qualify.

Points table after matches on June 22, 2019:

Points Table Jun 22 2019

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8039/scorecard/1144510/afghanistan-vs-india-28th-match-icc-cricket-world-cup-2019

In this match India batted below par and finished with 224/8, primarily due to lower-order failures. Shami’s dismissal was typical as he scored 1 off 2 balls.

Some time later the unthinkable seemed likely as Afghanistan made good progress towards the modest target. Shami had earlier taken the first wicket of H Zazai. With an over left, Afg was 209/7 with Nabi and Ikram going strong.

The upsets by Bangladesh against WI and Sri Lanka against England were fresh in viewer’s minds.

16 in the last over was difficult but not impossible (as Dinesh Karthik would testify). With the 3rd ball, Shami had Nabi caught by Pandya for 52 (213/8). 12 to get off 3 balls with 2 wickets in hand.

Surely that was the end for Afghanistan’s hopes? Shami made sure of that by bowling No 10 (Aftab 49.4) and No 11 (Mujeeb, 49.5) and taking India’s second hat-trick in the World Cup, over 31 years after the first. He finished with 4-40.

Also see this: https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27035426/mohammed-shami-reveals-ms-dhoni-advice-world-cup-hat-trick-ball

However, it was JJ Bumrah (2-39) who was Man of the Match as his wickets were probably more critical.

 

ODIs between India and Pakistan-2

Hope you have read Part 1.

Now we take up Bowling.

Most wickets (25 and above):

I v P ODI-wkts 25

A close bunching at the top, led by the senior W.

No current players.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5 or more wickets):

I v P ODI-Innings bowling

No performances in the last few years.

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

I v P ODI-Bowl Avg

Imran and Kumble lead. Shoaib Malik is the only current player.

The best economy rates are by Akram and Imran.

The best strike rates are by Waqar and Saqlain.

Now to Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

I v P ODI-Dismissals

Led by Moin and non-keeper Azharuddin. Dhoni is next.

Innings dismissals (4 and above):

I v ODI-Inngs Fld

Mongia is the only one with 5 dismissals. Several non-keepers have 4 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings and 0.500):

I v P ODI Dis rate

Moin Khan and MS Dhoni lead, while M Kaif has the best for non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

I v P AR overall

The only ones with respectable figures are the semi all-rounders Ganguly and Tendulkar.

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

I v P ODI AR Match

Abdul Razzaq has the best figures here, followed by Tendulkar.

 

ODIs between India and Pakistan-1

It seems unlikely that there will be any bilateral series between India and Pakistan for quite some time. It has already been decided that India will not play Pakistan in the group stages of the World Test Championship.

So this seems to be a good time to look back at the records of ODIs between India and Pakistan (not just in the World Cup).

Of a total of 132 ODIs between the sides, India has won 55, Pakistan 73, no ties and No Result 4.

In India: 30 matches; Ind 11, Pak 19.

In Pakistan: 27 matches; Ind 11, Pak 14, NR 2.

In Neutral venues: 75 matches; Ind 33, Pak 40, NR 2.

Looking at individual figures:

Batting:

500 or more runs:

I v P ODI-500 runs

Headed by the older players who had more opportunities to play these matches. Among current players there is Shoaib Malik (1782) and MS Dhoni (1231).

The most centuries are 5 by Tendulkar, followed by 4 by several others.

The most 50+ scores are also led by Tendulkar with 21. Next is 16 by Inzamam and Dravid.

Highest innings: 110 and more:

I v P innings 110

Saeed Anwar’s 194 was a record in all ODIs for several years. The highest score in recent years is RG Sharma’s 140 in the current World Cup.

Highest Averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

I v P Bat Avg 30

A number of current players such as Kohli are not here as they have not played 20 innings. Dhoni and Shoaib Malik have the highest averages among current players.

Highest Strike Rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00 and above):

I v P ODI strike rate

Shahid Afridi and Sehwag lead as one would expect. Kohli, Dhoni  and RG Sharma have the highest strike rates among current players.

To be continued:

 

 

The jinx in India-Pakistan matches (updated in June 2019)

It is often said that India dominates Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Hence the “Mauka Mauka” ads which aired at the beginning of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

Let us see take a closer look at the history of these encounters. First, the World Cup:

I v P World Cup to 2019

Note the two matches at Manchester separated by 20 years. In 1999 the mini-war in Kargil was in progress.

India and Pakistan never met in the World Cups of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987. They were somehow always drawn in different groups so they could have met only in the semi-finals or finals.

It was not until 1992 that they met in the World Cup. In that tournament (as in 2019) all teams played each other in the round-robin knockout stage.

They met in the quarter-finals in 1996, Super Six in 1999, and a pool match in 2003. India won all these matches so the feeling of a jinx over Pakistan kept growing.

In 2007, both India and Pakistan were jinxed and failed to proceed beyond the pool stage, being displaced by Bangladesh and Ireland respectively.

In 2011, India won in the semi-final, repeated this in a pool match in 2015 and again in a round-robin match in 2019.

This makes it 7 out of 7.

If you want to see the scorecards, open this link and click on the blue square on the extreme right.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=12;type=team;view=results

Now we go to the T20 World Championship. We will come back to the Champions Trophy at the end.

I v P T20 world cup

The teams met twice in the inaugural championship in 2007. Though the match in the pool stage was a tie, India got the winner’s points as they won in the bowl-out which was then the method used to determine the winner of a tied match.

Then India won against Pakistan in the final. The teams did not meet in 2009 and 2010. India won the next three encounters in 2012, 2014 and 2016. All of these were in the group stages and not the semi-final or final. Thus India leads 5-0 (including the tie) in the World T20 Championship.

You can see the scorecards from this link:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=89;type=team;view=results

For details of the bowl-out in the first match in 2007, see the commentary section rather than the scorecard.

But the story in the Champions Trophy is somewhat different:

I vP ICC Champions Trophy

India and Pakistan did not meet in 1998, 2000 or 2002 (when India shared the trophy with Sri Lanka). Pakistan won the first encounter in 2004 in the group stage. They did not meet in 2006. Pakistan won in 2009, also in the group stage. India finally won in 2013, in a group match on their way to the trophy.

In 2017, India won the group match but lost in the final.

So the jinx on Pakistan in ICC tournaments does not apply to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, where they lead India 3-2.

See the scorecards here:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=44;type=team;view=results

 

 

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

First, a summary of all ODIs between the teams:

Table

Australia has a healthy overall lead of 77-49, though they are just ahead 29-27 for matches in India.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting

Most runs (750 and above):

Batting-750

The first two names would be easily guessed, while RG Sharma, Kohli and Dhoni follow. Other current players include Finch and Dhawan.

The most centuries are by Tendulkar (9), Kohli (8) and RG Sharma (7).

The most 50+ scores are by Tendulkar (24),Ponting (15) and RG Sharma (14).

Highest innings scores (115 and above):

Innings batting-125

The highest in this series was 143 by Dhawan followed by 123 by Kohli. RG Sharma made 133 earlier this year.

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

Batting avg-all

RG Sharma continues to head the table by a large margin. Kohli and Dhoni are the next among current players. Other current players are Finch, Dhawan, Maxwell with Jadeja bringing up the rear.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00 and above):

Batting SR-75

Maxwell now moves into the top spot. Dhawan, SPD Smith, Warner and Kohli are next among current players.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Bowling-20

Most bowlers in this series are less experienced. Only Jadeja and B Kumar can be seen here.

The most 5wis are 4 by B Lee. No one else has more than 1.

The most 4+Wis are 4 by B Lee and 3 by Agarkar and Johnson.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Bowling-5wi all

The first two on the table are by relatively lesser-known players. Only PJ Cummins appears here from the current series and YS Chahal from the earlier series this year.

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

Bowl avg-all

Only Jadeja appears from the current series, and he has the worst average.

B Lee has the best average as well as strike rate, while Kapil has the best economy rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (Minimum 10):

Dismissals-10

Gilchrist heads this table with Dhoni at some distance behind. Kohli and Maxwell are next among current players.

The most stumpings are by Dhoni (18), the most catches by a keeper are by Gilchrist (73) and most by a non-keeper are by Tendulkar (31) followed by Kohli (22).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

Note Clarke’s 4 catches in an innings.

New keeper AT Carey has the only instance from current players .

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate-0.4

Gilchrist and Dhoni head this table again. The best by a non-keeper is that of GJ Maxwell.

Kohli, Finch and Dhawan also appear here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Oddly enough, the first three here are not considered to be regular all-rounders.

All-round match performances (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR-match

Tendulkar’s performance is the best here. That came in the inaugural ICC Knock-out competition which is now known as the Champions Trophy.

 

 

 

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-1

First, Australia achieved the rare feat of winning an ODI from 0-2. This is covered nicely by Cricinfo writer Bharat Seervi:

Seervi article

It can be seen that India suffered the indignity of losing a 6-match series after leading 2-0. This was the only such occasion in ODIs.

Recovering from an 0-2 deficit in Tests is even rarer. It has happened only once, during the 1936-37 Ashes where Bradman’s team won 3-2. In a few cases there was a recovery to a 2-2 draw or a 3-2 loss. The latter happened to India against the West Indies in 1974-75.

The last time Australia won a bilateral ODI series in India was in late 2009.

Here is a summary of all bilateral ODI series between India and Australia in India:

(This leaves out matches in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and a few tri-series.)

1984 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 3-0, 2 NR

1986 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-2, 1 NR

2001 (Mar/Apr): Aus won 3-2

2007 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2009 (Oct/Nov): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2010 (Oct): Ind won 1-0, 2 NR

2013 (Oct/Nov): Ind won 3-2, 2 NR

2017 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-1

2019 (Mar): Aus won 3-2

Individual performance will be covered in the next part.