Review of Tests between England and India, 1932-2021: (Part 1):

The complete summary:

England leads overall 48-29, although in England the lead is 34-7 but in India they trail by 22-14

Looking at individual performances in batting:

Most runs (1000 and over):

We also see that the most centuries are 7 each by Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid. For 50+ scores, the most are 20 each by Tendulkar and Gavaskar followed by 16 each by Cook and Viswanath.

Root and Kohli have the most runs by current players.

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

During this series, JE Root made 218 at Chennai. This is now the highest for England in India, surpassing Gatting’s 207 at the same venue in 1984-85.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 40.00):

Barrington surprisingly has the highest average, followed by Dravid and Pietersen. Among current players, the highest average of 54+ is by Root and 45+ by Kohli.

To conclude batting, we look at highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 50.00)

Kapil has the highest here, predictably followed by Sehwag and Botham. Among current players we have Buttler (62), Ashwin (57) and Bairstow (53).

To be continued.

More snippets from the 3rd Test at Ahmedabad:

England’s lowest Test total against India:

You can see that England’s 81 is their lowest total against India. The previous record was 101 in 1971 where Chandrashekhar took 6-38 to set up India’s first Test win in England.

And their previous lowest total in India was 102 in 1981-82, when Kapil and Madan Lal took fivers in the 4th innings.

Most economical 5-for by a spinner in a Test innings: Root’s 5-8 is in second place after Australia’s Ironmonger if you take the criteria of the least runs conceded in a 5-for:

Only Ironmonger’s 5-6 in 1931-32 has less runs conceded.

Let us also look at the same figure for all captains (regardless of bowling styles):

Here, Root’s innings bowling is second to AER Gilligan’s 6-7. But Gilligan was clearly a medium pacer. The previous record by a captain who was a spin bowler was 5-27 by BS Bedi v NZ in 1976-77. Next is Mushtaq Mohammad with 5-28.

And finally, the Devil makes a comeback here with a score of 66/6:

Though England has also faced 666/6 against India not long ago at Chennai in 2016-17, in KK Nair’s match.

Notes from the 2nd India-England Test

First, a left-over stat from the 1st Test.

Here we see that JE Root’s 218 was the highest innings score for England in India, surpassing the 207 by MW Gatting in 1984-85 which was also at Madras.

Now for the second Test. We look at India’s highest victories by runs against all teams:

We can see that India’s win by 317 runs in the 2nd Test is their highest winning margin by runs against England. The previous record was by 279 runs at Leeds in 1986. In India it was by 246 runs at Visakhapatnam in 2016-17.

This margin of 317 runs is India’s 5th highest victory against all countries.

We also look at India’s highest defeats by runs against all teams:

In the first Test, England won by 227 runs against India. This is quite far down this list, but was England’s highest victory by runs against India in India. It surpassed the 212-run victory at Mumbai in 2005-06.

Debut innings figures by Indian bowlers:

AR Patel’s 5-60 is 7th on the list, but the 2nd best by a left-arm spinner.(after DR Doshi).

We also look at debut match figures by Indian bowlers:

AR Patel’s 7-100 is again 7th on this list and the second best by a left-arm spinner after DR Doshi.

Best match bowling figures by an Indian player who scored a century in the same Test:

Ashwin has the first 3 of the 5 positions here. His 8-96 is in 2nd place.

Axar (AR) Patel has figured in these columns before:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/axar-patels-feat-4-wickets-for-none-3/

Batting records of Test captains-August 2020

There are unlikely to be any Test matches for a few months. So it is time to catch up with statistical details which are not readily available to to the average cricket follower.

We start with batting records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

Most Runs-2500 and above:

Also: the most centuries by a captain is 25 by GC Smith followed by 20 by V Kohli.

The most scores of 50+ are 61 by GC Smith followed by 53 by RT Ponting.

Among Indian players, Kohli is 6th with 5142. Others are Dhoni and Gavaskar above 3000, followed by Azharuddin and Ganguly above 2500.

Among current or recent players, there are Kohli, SPD Smith and Root.

Next we look at the

Highest scores by captains-225 and above:

Lara’s 400* is followed by several triple hundreds. From India, only Kohli appears with 3 double centuries. In recent years there are only Kohli, SPD Smith and Root. The 311 by RB Simpson was his maiden Test century. We also see that Bradman’s highest scores (starting with 334) were made when he was not captain.

Then we move to

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 50.00):

Bradman leads here with a three-figure average, followed by SPD Smith and Sangakkara at a distance.

Kohli is in 4th place. From India we also have Tendulkar and Gavaskar.

Current players here are SPD Smith, Kohli, Williamson, Misbah-ul-Haq and Mathews (!)

To be continued with bowling, fielding and all-round performances.

Review of SA-England Tests-1

England won the series 3-1, after losing the first Test.

This gives us the following summary of Tests between the two teams:

Eng-SA Tests 2020

We see that England leads 64-34 overall and 34-20 in SA. Remember that SA was a rather weak team in the initial years (when they, England and Australia were the only Test teams).

Since SA’s re-admission in 1991, England’s lead has shrunk to 18-16, with 9-7 in SA.

Coming to the World Test Championship, SA got 30 points from the first Test and England 90 from the next three. However, SA were found to have bowled 3 overs short in the 4th Test and lost 6 points. So the final result was:

WTC points table Jan 28

This was the first time a team in this WTC series has been docked points for a slow over rate.

England is still a distant third after India and Australia. SA continue in 7th place.

Next we come to individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (1000 or more):

Batting-1000

Also note that Kallis has the most centuries (8) followed by several with 7.The most 50+ scores are by B Mitchell (23) and HW Taylor and WR Hammond with 20.

Old-timers Mitchell and Taylor have the most runs. From the current series, there is only Root (1164) and Stokes (1028). From recent times there are also Amla (1903) and Cook (1263).

Highest individual scores (175 and above):

Here the top scorers Amla and Smith are from recent times.

Innings-175

This was a low-scoring series with no scores above 175. The highest in recent years was 258 by Stokes in 2015-16 followed by 201 by Amla in the same series.

Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, 45.00):

Batting avg

Led by Hammond and Hobbs from long ago. We see Root and Stokes have the highest averages among current players, besides Amla from the recent past.

To be continued.

 

Highlights of the 3rd SA-Eng Test

The 3rd Test of the South Africa-England series ended in an innings victory for England. They lead 2-1 with one to go. A number of statistical landmarks occurred in this match.

First, you can see the scorecard:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19430/scorecard/1185306/south-africa-vs-england-3rd-test-icc-world-test-championship-2019-2021

Newcomer Oliver Pope was Player of the Match. He became one of the few to score a century and take 6 or more catches as a non-keeper:

Ollie Pope all-round

You can see that the performances of Woolley, Hayden and  Kallis were the best here.

Also see what Ben Stokes did in the previous Test (100 runs/3 wickets/6 catches):

Stokes all-round match

Joe Root had never taken more than 2 wickets in an innings until this Test. He did improve upon this, but suffered the indignity of conceding the most runs in an over. He got a share in this  negative record:

Most runs off an over

His best innings bowling analysis “improved” from 2-9 to 4-87.

Dane Paterson scored 39* at No 11 on debut, which is the fourth highest such score:

Dane Paterson debut

The previous highest by a South African No 11 on debut was 22* by PW Sherwell back in January 1906. Unlike in this Test, this score helped SA to win by one wicket. Sherwell was captaining AND keeping on his debut.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17651/scorecard/62483/south-africa-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-south-africa-1905-06

This last-wicket partnership of 99 is the second highest for SA vs Eng:

SA v Eng last wicket

Test matches of 2019-Fielding

Individual performances in fielding:

Most dismissals (12 or more):

Fielding dismissals

Australian captain Paine leads by a large margin over the next, de Kock.

The best by a non-keeper was 25 by Root, England’s captain.

M Rizwan took over as Pakistan’s keeper from former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.

Buttler and Hope played some (but not all) of their matches as keepers.

The most stumpings were 4 by JL Bairstow.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

de Kock is the only one with more than 5 dismissals.

Klaasen took 4 dismissals on debut. Other new faces here are RR Pant and Mohammad Rizwan.

Root, Warner and SPD Smith took 4 catches apiece as non-keepers.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

Match dismissals-6

Sarfaraz Ahmed took 10 dismissals before he lost his captaincy as well as his place in the team. Paine and de Kock were next with 8. New faces here include GC Wilson, RR Pant and Mohammad Rizwan.

Warner and SPD Smith took 6 catches as non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Min 15 innings, 0.500):

Dismissal rate 0.5

Paine has by far the best dismissal rate (2.521), followed by Watling.

The best by a non-keeper is 1.312 by SPD Smith.

The ODIs of 2019-2

Hope that you have read Part 1

Continuing with the individual performances in ODIs for the calendar year 2019:

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Wkts-20

Led by M Shami and TA Boult.

However Mustafizur Rahman and MA Starc are the only ones with two fivers.

Starc is also the only one with 4 hauls of 4+wi.

Best innings bowling ( including all fivers):

Innings bowl-5wi

Newcomer SS Afridi has the best figures here, followed by YS Chahal.

Also note the remarkable 5-13 off 8 overs by JN Frylinck of Namibia.

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

Bowl avg

Shami has the best average as well as strike rate and Boult the best economy rate.

Now for

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Dis

Carey, Hope and Latham lead here although Hope has the most catches by a keeper. Kohli has the most catches by a non-keeper and Dhoni the most stumpings.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

Dis innings

There is an unfamiliar name (ZE Green of Namibia) among those who made 5 dismissals in an innings. CR Woakes and CS Macleod took 4 catches as non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.5):

Dis avg

Carey and Hope have the highest dismissal rate, while the third-placed Root has the best by a non-keeper.

Overall All-round performance:

(See criteria below):

AR overall

Mohammad Nabi and Imad Wasim have almost the same difference rate.

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

AR Match

The best performance would be by Khawar Ali followed by that of AL Phehlukwayo and Soumya Sarkar. Perhaps Khawar Ali’s performance should be downplayed as it was against one of the weaker teams.

 

 

Review of Eng-NZ Tests-Dec 2019-1

New Zealand won the 2-Test series 1-0. as they had in 2017-2018. This series was not part of the World Test Championship.

The overall summary of Tests between these countries:

Overall summary

New Zealand is slowly beginning to show better performances at home.

Looking at individual performances:

Batting

Most Runs (1000 and above):

Eng v NZ runs-1000

MD Crowe has the most centuries (5) while several others have 4. The most scores of 50+ are 11 by JG Wright while several other have 10. R Taylor (1145) has the most runs among current players.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Eng v NZ innings-150

Root and Watling scored double centuries in this series.

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

Eng v NZ bat avg

Cowdrey has the highest average here. Root and Taylor have the highest averages among current players. Williamson has not played enough against England.

Best strike rate (Min 1000 balls faced, 45.00):

Eng v NZ bat SR

McCullum leads by a large margin. Taylor, Root and Watling represent current players.

Bowling

Most wickets (25 and more):

Eng v NZ wkts

Sir Richard leads by a large margin, although current player Broad is next. Southee, Boult and Wagner are also moving up.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 7wi):

Eng V NZ innings bowl

No instances from the last few years.

Best match bowling (includes all instances of 10wm):

Eng v NZ match bowl

Note the duopoly at the top from Underwood and Lock who have the 5 best performances. Nothing from recent years.

Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Eng v NZ bowl avg

Underwood and Willis have the best bowling averages, Underwood and Illingworth the best economy while Underwood and Anderson have the best strike rates. Boult and Wagner have the best averages among current players.

To be continued.

Performances in CWC 2019

Batting:

Most runs (400 runs and above):

WC 2019 Runs 400

Note 5 centuries by RG Sharma, while Shakib Al Hasan has 7 scores of 50+.

Only 1 run separates the leader RG Sharma (648) and runner up DA Warner (647).

Highest innings (95 and above):

WC 2019 Innings 95

Not as high-scoring as the 2015 WC, which had scores of 215 and 237.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

WC 2019 Wkts 12

Note that MA Starc has 4 hauls of 4wi and above, followed by M Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 4wi and better):

WC 2019 Bowl innings

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

WC 2019 Dismissals 8

JE Root has the most catches (13) by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

WC 2019 Dism innings

CR Woakes and JM Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers (4) which equals the existing World Cup record held by several others.

All-round performance:

Overall:

WC 2019 AR overall

Shakib Al Hasan with 606 runs and 11 wickets is clearly leading here, followed by the less expected all-rounder JDS Neesham.

Match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

WC 2019 AR match

Only these two. Shakib and Yuvraj Singh (vs Ireland in 2011) are the only two with 50/5wi in a World Cup match.

Man of the Series:  KS Williamson, presumably for his captaincy as well as being the 4th top scorer with 578 runs.

 

The World Cup at the 60% stage

27 of the 45 group matches (i.e. 60%) were over on June 21. An review of the teams and individual peformances.

First, the points table:

Points Table Jun 21 2019

And the ICC rankings on June 21 (for what they are worth):

ICC ODI rankings June 21 2019

Note that England is ahead of India by less than one point.

Similarly, South Africa is ahead of Australia by less than one point.

Sri Lanka is punching above its weight, and is thus comparable to Bangladesh.

We now take a quick look at the best individual performances:

Most runs (175 and above):

June 21-most runs (175)

Warner, Shakib, Root and Sharma have 2 centuries apiece.

Root has the most (5) scores of 50+

Shakub and Root have almost the same total runs.

Highest innings (90 and above):

Jun 21-HS 90

Warner leads here as well. A potential Man of the Series? As long as his team reaches at least the semis (as in the case of Martin Crowe in 1992 and Klusener in 1999).

Nottingham seems to be better for batting.

Most wickets (6 and above):

Jun 21-most wkts 6

Close competition at the top.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 4wi or more):

Jun 21 BB 4

Cardiff seems to be better for bowlers.

Most dismissals (6 and above):

Jun 21-dismissals

AT Carey was relatively little known a few months ago. And Shai Hope was not a first-choice keeper for his team either.

Root and Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers.

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

Jun 21-AR

Only one such performance, and from one who is not considered among the better all-rounders in this tournament (Think of Shakib and Stokes).

 

ODIs of 2018-1

The ODIs of the year are over, and we review team and individual performances here:

First, the ICC rankings at the end of the year:

Team ranking

It can be seen that the 10 teams participating in the 2019 World Cup are the top 10 here.

This table includes matches in the past 2-3 years. Nepal has ODI status but has not played enough matches to get a ranking.

Here we look at W/L ratios. This and all subsequent tables refer to performances in the calendar year 2018.

Teams ranked by W/L ratio

Team perf

Guess who finished last 🙂

And guess who played the most matches.

Of course, this table does not mean much as it does not take into account the opponent’s strength, which the ICC rankings are supposed to.

We now move to individual performances, starting with

Batting:

500 or more runs:

Batting-500

Also note that Kohli (6) and RG Sharma (5) have the most centuries, while Kohli (9) also has the most fifties followed by RG Sharma, Root and Fakhar Zaman with 8.

Innings scores of 125 or more:

Batting Innings-125

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

You might expect Kohli, Sharma and a few others to be here but they did not play enough innings. However, they appear below:

Highest strike rates (Minimum 80.00 for a minimum of 500 balls faced):

Batting strike rate

Note that England has the two top spots, while India also has a few with strike rates above 100.

To be continued.