Review of South Africa-India Tests-Jan 2018-Pt 1

After the conclusion of this series won by South Africa with a 2-1 margin, the results of Tests between these countries are summarized below:

Overall

India recorded their third Test win in South Africa, and maintained their unbeaten record at Johannesburg. They won 2 and drew 3 at this venue, going back to the first series in 1992-93. India’s first Test win in SA had come here in December 2006. They are yet to win a Test series in SA and Australia, though they have drawn series in both countries.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Runs

Amla and de Villiers are 3rd and 4th on the all-time list. Other current players include Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Vijay.

Tendulkar and Kallis both have 7 centuries. The most scores of 50+ are 12 by the same pair and Amla.

Highest innings (115 and above):

Indiv innings

This was a low-scoring series, with only Kohli’s 153 featuring here. Amla, Pujara, du Plessis and others have done well in earlier series. Sehwag’s 319 is India’s highest score in all Tests.

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

Batting average

Kallis and Sehwag expectedly top the averages. Kohli, Pujara, du Plessis and some other current players do not appear here as they have not played 20 innings. However, we can also look at

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

Batting SR.JPG

Here Sehwag has by far the highest strike rate, followed by Azharuddin, GC Smith and Kohli. Dravid’s SR is surprisingly low.

Now to bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Wkts

Kumble is far ahead of the second-placed Steyn, who did not do much in this series. Morkel, Ashwin and Ishant are among the current players here.

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

Innings bowling

Ngidi and Philander had 6-wicket hauls in this series, Ngidi doing so on his debut.

Earlier Klusener recorded his career-best innings bowling figures during his debut.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Match bowling

Philander’s 9-wicket haul is the best in the current series, though others such as Ashwin and Steyn have done better in earlier series.

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

Bowling avg

We can see that Donald and Pollock have the best bowling averages. The best economy rates are by Pollock (2.26)and Kumble (2.34). The best strike rates are by Steyn (41.8) and Donald (43.7)

To be continued.

 

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Review of South Africa-Zimbabwe Tests

A summary of all Tests between these countries:

Teams

SA has won 8 out of 9 Tests, including all 4 played at home and 4 out of 5 played away. Zimbabwe’s best performance can thus be said to be the Test at Bulawayo starting on 14 Sep 2001 (just after 9/11!) which was drawn.

We quickly go through the main individual performances:

Most runs (200 and above):

Most runs

Andy Flower’s performance in a weak team is particularly creditable. He and Kallis are the only ones with more than one century.

Highest innings scores (90 and above):

Highest scores

Andy Flower again, highlighting his lone battle with 142 and 199* in a losing cause.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wkts

The first three names are no surprise. Zimbabwe bowlers hardly figure here, particularly since their team sustained several innings defeats.

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

Innings bowling

Donald’s performance in the first Test between these teams remains unsurpassed. And Bryan Strang’s performance in the same Test is still a record for Zimbabwe.

Best match bowling (6wm and above):

Match bowling

As above, Donald’s record stands since 1995. And no Zimbabwe bowler appears here (again, because of the numerous innings defeats).

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Most dismissals

As one would expect. Interestingly four non-keepers share the record of 5 catches.

Best innings fielding (3 or more dismissals):

innings fielding

As expected, though Sibanda’s presence as the lone Zimbabwe player is strange.

Best match fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Match fielding

Note the absence of any Zimbabwe players here, and GC Smith’s record among non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria below):

AR overall

The best all-rounder on both sides, while Pollock and Streak did not play enough in these matches.

All-round match performance (50+ runs and 5+ wickets):

AR match

There is no instance of 50+5wi in these matches, so the criterion is reduced to 50 runs and 5 wickets in the match. Here again it is Kallis all the way with Pollock playing a minor role.

 

 

An unusual all-round feat

Test matches between the West Indies and Zimbabwe have generally been one-sided. So it is a welcome change to see a strong performance by a Zimbabwe player.

Sikandar Raza became only the 15th player in all Tests to score two fifty-plus scores and take a fiver in the same Test:

AR Raza

In fact, he and Kallis are the only ones to make two scores of 80+ and take a fiver.

This list include some well-known and not so well-known players. Mankad (256) and Umrigar (228) have scored the most runs here-but in both cases India lost. Faulkner is the only other one here to have scored over 200 runs (when his team won).

There are a few other instances where the player’s team lost. Bhuvaneswar Kumar was the last to achieve this all-round feat, which resulted in a draw.

Sikandar Raza is probably the only Zimbabwe player who was born in Pakistan.

Statistics of the Champions Trophy, 1998-2017-Pt 2

This is a continuation of https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/staistics-of-the-champions-trophy-1998-2017-pt-1/

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Most dismissals-10

Led by four wicketkeepers, of whom only Dhoni played in 2017. Sangakkara has the most dismissals (33), stumpings (5) and catches by keepers (28). M. Jayawardene has the most catches (15) by a non-keeper. BB McCullum and Dravid played several matches as keepers and non-keepers.

Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-4

Buttler is the only one with 6 dismissals, though the lesser-known DO Obuya of Kenya has the most stumpings (3). NL McCullum and GJ Maxwell have each taken 4 catches as fielders, while Sarfraz Ahmed had the best innings performance for keepers in 2017.

Dismissal rate: Minimum 15 innings, rate 0.400 and above:

Fielding avg 0.4

Sangakkara has the highest dismissal rate followed by Dhoni, while DJ Bravo has the highest for non-keepers. Shoaib Malik has the highest rate among current non-keepers

All-round performance (note the criteria):

AR overall

JH Kallis is the only consistent all-rounder, with a much better performance than the other contender Shahid Afridi.

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

AR match

The best performances were by Tendulkar and Kallis (in a match-winning role in the 1998 final). Gayle and R McLaren probably had the next best performances.

No one achieved this in 2017. The last to do this was RS Bopara in 2013, who ended up on the losing side in the final.

Thus concludes our study of the statistical highlights of the Champions Trophy up to 2017. With luck, it will be revised in 2021.

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy-2

Continuing from Part 1

Fielding: 10 or more dismissals:

Most dismissals

The leaders Sangakkara and Gilchrist are predictable. Note that McCullum and Dravid both alternated between keeping and fielding. The most by a “pure” fielder is by M Jayawardene.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-above 4

The overall best is by Buttler, while the unlikely record-holder for stumpings is DO Obuya of Kenya. The “other” McCullum, who never played in Tests, has the record for non-keepers.

Fielding average (0.400 and above from 15 or more innings):

Fielding average above 0.4

Sangakkara and Boucher lead overall, while Dwayne Bravo leads among non-keepers.

All-round overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Kallis is clearly the best here, while Afridi barely meets the qualification of an all-rounder.

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

AR Match

The best all-round performances would be that of Tendulkar and Kallis. See the scorecards below:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66165.html

But Kallis’s performance was more crucial as it came in the final in 1998:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66169.html

That was before the “choking” tag came up. And it remains South Africa’s only win in an ICC tournament until now.

Tail piece: It is possible that the 2017 Champions Trophy will be the last such tournament. See the news item below which is the most recent reliable report I could find. Possibly the ICC will decide on this after this tournament is over. If held, the 2021 championship is likely to be held in India.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/1028721.html

 

 

New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-I

Tests between NZ and SA are not normally followed much in India-and particularly the just-concluded series which coincided with an intense India-Australia series. In case you missed it, SA won 1-0 with 2 draws. NZ would almost certainly have won the 3rd Test if rain had not washed out the last day.

As you will see from the table below, New Zealand finds it particularly to defeat South Africa at home- they have won precisely one Test there in Tests since 1932-33. They have done slightly better in South Africa, winning 3 Tests.

That one Test win was in March 2004, which resulted in a 1-1 drawn series. In South Africa, the 1961-62 series was drawn 2-2 with one draw. In 1994-95, New Zealand won the first Test of the series in South Africa but went on to lose the series 2-1.

Overall

We now proceed to Batting-most runs (500 and more):

Most runs (500)

The most centuries are 6 by Kallis followed by 4 by Amla. Kallis and Amla also have the most 50+ scores (12 and 11 respectively).

Highest individual scores (125 and above):

Highest scores (125)

In this series, KS Williamson made the highest score for NZ v SA in NZ, surpassing the 170 by SB Styris in 2004. (That was in the one Test which NZ won at home against SA). However the highest by NZ against SA is still SP Fleming’s 262 in 2006.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):

Bat. Average (comp)

Interesting that the highest average is that of DJ McGlew of the 1950s and 60s. The next two, Kallis and Amla, are predictable. Spare a thought for CS Martin at the bottom of this table.

To be continued..

 

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-2

Continuing to Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

fielding

Boucher has more than twice the dismissals than his nearest rival De Kock. Boucher also has the most stumpings. Among non-keepers, Kallis and M. Jayawardene lead with 25 and 18 respectively. Sangakkara has 24 dismissals, 16 as keeper and 8 as non-keeper.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

innings-field

Boucher predictably has the record. The forgotten Dassanayake has the most stumpings (3) while Kallis is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Match fielding (5 or more dismissals):

match-field

De Kock has the record here, while Kallis again has the most catches by non-keepers (6) followed by M. Jayawardene with 5.

Dismissal rates (minimum 20 innings, 0.400 average):

fielding-avg

Boucher again leads, while Kallis leads among the non-keepers. Next is the “hybrid” Sangakkara.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria in table:

ar-overall

This gives only Pollock and Kallis as good performers, with Jayasuriya a borderline case.

All-round match performances (Minimum fifty and 4wi):

ar-match

No one has scored a fifty and taken a fiver in the same match. We get the above pair when we reduce the requirement to a 4-for.