Clean sweeps in Test series

Clean sweeps of Test series of 3,4 and 5 matches are not as rare as one may think. Here is Cricinfo’s listing:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283942.html

India has recorded clean sweeps at home earlier (and have faced 5-0 sweeps against England and the West Indies as well, but never at home). India had already won against England 3-0 in 1992-93, against Sri Lanka 3-0 (all by an innings) in 1993-94, against Australia 4-0 in 2012-2013 and now 3-0 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

This is not, however, the first time India have won 3 Tests in an away series. They defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68, achieving India’s first Test and series win outside India. This series is often forgotten, probably because of New Zealand’s low standing at that time and also because India had just endured a 3-0 loss in England followed by a 4-0 loss in Australia.

There were also mini-sweeps (2-0) by India in Bangladesh (2004-05 and 2009-10) and in Zimbabwe (2005-06). Similarly India lost 2-0 to South Africa at home in 1999-2000.

The current series included wins by 304 runs followed by two innings wins (though the first Test was effectively an innings defeat as the total of Sri Lanka’s two innings was less than India’s first innings total). Again, this is not new as India had won all 3 Tests by an innings at home against the same opposition in 1993-94. Other examples of this kind include the West Indies losing all 3 Tests by an innings in their first series against England in 1928.

West Indies is the only team to win 4-0 or 5-0 away. They won 5-0 against England in England in 1984, and followed this with 5-0 at home in 1985-86 against the same opponents.

There was a tinge of black humour in reportage of these West Indies victories in the 1980s. Earlier the term “whitewash” was commonly used for a clean sweep, so it was but natural that a 5-0 victory by the West Indies would be called a “blackwash”, as in 1984 and 1985-86. By 1988 England had improved a bit and lost the 5-Test home series 4-0. This was dubbed a “dark grey wash”.

3-0 sweeps away from home are not too common. They are:

Eng in NZ, 1962-63

Aus in NZ, 1999-2000

Aus in SL, 2003-04

Aus in SA, 2005-06

And in neutral venues:

Aus v Pak, 2002-03

Pak v Eng, 2011-12.

There have been many near-clean sweeps of 4-0 and 4-1 in 5-Test series. In the 6-Test series which were played between the 1970s and 1990s, we have two examples of 5-1 margins:

Aus v WI in Aus, 1975-76

Eng v Aus in Aus, 1978-79

 

Hardik Pandya’s debut

At the moment we are not sure how Hardik Pandya will do as a bowler on debut. But there are some points of interest in his debut innings, which was 50 at No 8 with three sixes.

We first see the list of those who scored a fifty-plus at No 8 on debut. This may have been in either innings.

50 at 8 on debut

Pandya is no 43 and last on the list. James Neesham has the record of 137* made against India not long ago. 7 batsmen have made centuries on debut at No 8, including RH “Deepak” Shodhan from India who had a short Test career. And there is BR Taylor who also took a five-for. This fifty was Albie Morkel’s only Test innings.

For batsmen from India, at No 8 on debut:

50 at 8 on debut-India

A short list, including Binny junior.

We also look at the most sixes on debut (regardless of batting position).

3 or more sixes in an innings on debut:

Most sixes on debut

Pandya is the the first from India to hit 3 6s in an innings on debut. It can be seen that MJ Clarke and a few others have hit 3 or more against India, though the record is 9 by Southee against England a few years ago. He also took a fiver in the same Test.

Finally, we look at all batsmen from India who scored at least one six on debut:

Sixes on debut-India

Pandya tops this list, while Dhawan and Raina are among those who hit two sixes. Further down, Dilawar Hussain, CS Nayudu and PH Sharma hit a six in each of their innings on debut. And SN “Shute” Banerjee included a six in his total of 8. A tailender of note here is MM Patel.

Also see this: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/eclectic-score-cards-for-tests/

Summary of the Women’s World Cup-1

A full record of India’s participation in the Women’s World Cup cricket tournaments since 1973-2 years before the men got going.

1973-did not take part

1978-4th out of 4

1982-4th out of 5

1988-did not take part

1993-4th out of 8 (no semifinals)

1997-lost in semis to Aus

2000-lost in semis to NZ

2005-lost in finals to Aus

2009-3rd place, beat Aus in playoff

2013-7th out of 8

2017-lost in final to Eng

These results can be seen in more detail here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Cricket_World_Cup#Teams.27_performances

 

 

 

Review of West Indies-India T20I matches (July 2017)

Only 8 T20I matches have been played between these countries:

WI-Ind T20I Overall

West Indies lead India 5-2 with one no-result. In the West Indies, they lead 2-1.

Looking at individual batting performances:

Most runs (75 and above):

WI-Ind Runs

Evin Lewis leads with two centuries, while KL Rahul scored the only other century. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli join Lewis in scoring over 200 runs. Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni have played in the most matches (7).

Highest innings (40 and above):

WI-Ind innings

Lewis made the highest score for West Indies, surpassing his 100 scored less than a year ago. He also surpassed the series record of 110* by Rahul in the same match last year. KD Karthik made the only other score above 40 in the recent match.

Highest batting averages and strike rates (minimum 5 innings batted):

WI-Ind Bat Avg

Kohli has the highest average as well as strike rate. Lewis has batted in only 3 innings and hence does not appear here.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

WI-Ind wkts

Dwayne Bravo leads here, followed by Jadeja.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

WI-Ind Innings bowl

Sammy has the best bowling here, while Mishra has the best for India. No one took 3wi in the recent match.

Best bowling economy rate (minimum 5 innings bowled):

WI-Ind Bowl SR

Ashwin has the best economy rate, although Dwayne Bravo has the best average as well as strike rate.

Turning to fielding:

Most dismissals (4 and above):

WI-Ind dismissals

Dhoni leads here, while Kohli and Rohit have the most catches for non-keepers.

Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

WI-Ind inngs dis

Lendl Simmons has the most dismissals (3), which was as a non-keeper. No keeper has made more than 2 dismissals in an innings.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

WI-Ind AR overall

Dwayne Bravo (again!) is the only one who qualifies.

Match performance (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):

WI-Ind AR match

This performance during the 2009 World T20 Championship is one of the finest T20I match performances of all time, as we see here:

T20I best AR

Probably it would be second only to that of Watson, while the other three instances were against weak opponents.

 

Records for all West Indies-India ODI matches-2

Continuing from https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/records-for-all-west-indies-india-odi-matches-1/ where we looked at the records after the ODI series which concluded on July 6, 2017.

Bowling figures: 20 or more wickets:

WI-Ind wkts

Walsh heads the list, closely followed by Kapil and Kumble. Jadeja (29) and U.Yadav (25) have the most wickets among current players.

M Dillon is the only one with two fivers. Rampaul has the most four-fors (4) followed by Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (including all 5-fors):

WI-Ind innings bowling

Kumble has the best analysis of 6-12, while the lesser-known Patterson has the best (6-29) for the West Indies. Only JO Holder’s 5-27 is here from the current series.

Bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled):

WI-Ind bowling Avg

Surprisingly the non-regular bowler Viv Richards has the best average. He seems to have done particularly well as a bowler against India.

The best economy rate is 3.17 by Marshall and the best strike rate 28.4, again by Richards. Jadeja has the best average among current players.

Fielding (12 or more dismissals):

WI-Ind dismissals

Dhoni (40) is followed by Dujon (38) at the top. Dhoni has the most stumpings (12) followed by More with 10. Dujon has the most catches by a keeper (34) while Richards (26) and Hooper (25) the most catches by non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (4 and more):

WI-Ind innings fielding

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals and 5 catches as keeper. Dravid has the most catches (4) by a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings and 0.400):

WI-Ind dism rate

Ramdin has the highest average, followed closely by Dhoni and Jacobs. Richards has the highest for non-keepers

All-round overall performance (see the criteria):

WI-Ind AR overall

Richards tops again, ahead of Hooper and Kapil who were more typical all-rounders.

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

WI-Ind AR match

Only Richards has achieved this.

 

 

Records for all West Indies-India ODI matches-1

With the present series concluding on July 6, 2017, India’s 3-1 victory meant that the West Indies had not won a bilateral series against India since 2006. West Indies had won that series 4-1 at home. The last time they won a bilateral series against India in India was a generation ago in 1987-88, with a 6-1 margin. That was a 7-match series along with a separate ODI for a benefit, which the unwary may consider as an 8-match series.

The results of all ODIs between these teams are summarized here (cancelled and abandoned matches are not counted):

Overall table

West Indies still lead 61-56 overall and 20-14 at home, besides 26-24 in India. Only on neutral grounds does India lead at 18-15.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

WI-Ind runs

While Tendulkar leads, Kohli is now in second place. His century in the final match enabled him to leapfrog over the totals of some older prominent players. Yuvraj, Dhoni and none of the current WI players can also be seen here.

Kohli, Tendulkar and Gayle have scored 4 centuries each. For 50+ scores, Tendulkar leads with 15 followed by Kohli with 13 with Chanderpaul and Sarwan level on 12.

Highest innings (110 and above):

WI-Ind innings

While Sehwag has by far the highest score of 219, only Kohli with 111* is here from the current series.

Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

WI-Ind Bat avg

Kohli and Dhoni lead this table, with Yuvraj further down. Greenidge leads for the West Indies, closely followed by Sarwan.

Strike rate (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

WI-Ind Bat SR

Sehwag leads here, closely followed by Richards. Kohli and Dhoni are close behind, while M Amarnath and Shastri are unsurprisingly at the bottom for all those who batted for at least 20 innings.

To be continued.

 

Looking ahead to the Champions Trophy semi finals

Here we shall see that predicting on the basis of long-term form can be misleading.

This is being written after Pakistan beat England on Jun 14.

Let us look at all ODIs between England and Pakistan in 5 years up to Jun 13, 2017:

England led 7-2 in this period

In England, England led 4-1 (all in the summer of 2016). And the only match Pakistan won was at Cardiff.

No matches in Pakistan. On neutral grounds (UAE), England led 3-1.

So, on paper, it looked like Pakistan had no chance. But the result was something else.

Now let us do the same analysis for India and Bangladesh in the 5 years up to Jun 14, 2017

India led 5-2 with 1 no-result.

In India there were no matches.

In Bangladesh, India led 4-2 with 1 no-result

In neutral grounds (in Australia in the 2015 WC), India won 1-0

But it should be noted that the last series between India and Bangladesh was in Bangladesh in 2015, when Bangladesh won 2-1. Forgotten that already? See the series summary (and scorecards if you want):

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/870723.html

The key here was the “shock value” of  Mustafizur Rehman who made his debut here, with 5,6 and 2 wickets in the 3 matches. He was deservedly Man of the Series.

But then, he has not done too well in this tournament. See the details of his recent matches here: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/330902.html

So we see that India does have a strong record over Bangladesh in the last 5 years. Just like England had over Pakistan. India should not be overconfident (remember the World Cup of 2007?)