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.

Summary of Australia-India Tests: 2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

We proceed to individual performances in

Bowling: 35 or more wickets:

The top 4 wicket-takers are spinners, with Kapil having the most wickets among pace bowlers. Lyon and Ashwin have the most wickets among current players.

Kumble has the most 5-fors (10) followed by Harbhajan, Lyon and Kapil with 7.

Harbhajan has the most 10-fors (3) followed by Kumble (2).

Best innings bowling (includes all 7wi or more):

Jasu Patel’s record stands for over 60 years. However, there was no instance of 7 or more wickets in an innings during this series.

Best match bowling (includes all 10wm or more):

No bowling effort from this series makes this list either. Among current players, Ashwin and Lyon have 12-fors. Note Krejza’s 8wi and 12wm on debut. But his career ended after another Test.

Davidson (1959-60) and Dymock (1979-80) both took 12wm at Kanpur, but India still won both Tests.

Bowling averages (Min 2000 balls, 35.00 or better):

Benaud, McGrath and Jadeja head the bowling averages.

Benaud and Nadkarni have the best economy rates.

McGrath and Jadeja have the best strike rates.

Fielding: (20 or more dismissals):

Led by Gilchrist and Dhoni, while Paine and Pant have the most among current players.

Dhoni has the most stumpings (15) followed by Kirmani (12).

The most catches by non-keepers are 46 by Dravid and 36 each by VVSL and Ponting.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and more):

Paine made 5 dismissals at Adelaide during this series, although had taken 6 and 5 at Adelaide in 2018-19. There is also the 5 catches by Srikkanth in 1991-92, making him one of the non-keepers to share this record.

Most dismissals in a match (6 and more):

It may be hard to believe, but Pant holds the record with 11 dismissals at Adelaide in 2018-19. Haddin and Dhoni are next with 9. Among the non-keepers, Whatmore and ME Waugh have 6 catches.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600):

Haddin is the unexpected leader here, ahead of Gilchrist and Dhoni. Wade and Smith have the best averages among current players. ME Waugh and Simpson have the best averages among non-keepers.

All-round performances (see criteria in table):

Kapil clearly leads here, while the next three have the difference considerably worse than those of recognized all-rounders.

All-round match performances (50+ and 5wi):

Surti and Cummins have the best performances, although their teams lost those matches.

Low Test scores against India-and India’s bowlers

While much has been said about 36 all out in recent days, it should not be forgotten that Indian bowlers have also now become capable of dismissing Test teams for two-digit scores. This did not happen before 1981, and the lowest by anyone against India is 79.

Here we list all Test scores by teams which are 100 or less, and 8 to 10 wickets down.

Note the 80/8 was not an all-out score, but probably would have ended under 100.

We give below details of the Indian bowlers involved, plus other features of interest.

Starting from the top:

SA 79 in 2015-16; I Sharma 0-4, Ashwin 5-32, Jadeja 4-33, A Mishra 1-9

NZ 80/8 in 1964-65; Desai 1-18, Jaisimha 1-4, Chandrasekhar 3-25, Durani 2-16, Venkataraghavan 1-10.

(NZ narrowly escaped defeat after they had dismissed India for 88 and made them follow on. But Sardesai had other ideas and made his maiden century of 200*)

SL 82 in 1989-90; Kapil 1-14, Prabhakar 1-27, V Raju 6-12, G Sharma 1-26.

(The only Test played at Chandigarh).

Aus 83 in 1980-81; Ghavri 2-10, S Patil 0-5, Doshi 2-53, Kapil 5-28)

(The first time an Indian team dismissed the opposition in a Test for under 100, and they squared the series with this unexpected win. India’s next win in Australia came in 2003-04.)

SA 84 in 2006-07; Zaheer 2-32, Sreesanth 5-40, VRV Singh 1-8, Kumble 2-2

(Probably the high point of Sreesanth’s Test career. This was India’s first win in SA).

BD 91 in 2000-01; Srinath 3-19, Zaheer 1-20, Agarkar 2-16, S Joshi 3-27, M Kartik 1-1

(Bangladesh’s first Test. However, they had made 400 in the first innings).

Aus 93 in 2004-05; Zaheer 1-14, harbhajan 5-29, M Kartik 3-32, Kumble 1-5

(Australia failed to chase 107, though India won a dead Test and lost the series 2-1.)

NZ 94 in 2002-03; Zaheer 5-29,Yohannan 0-16, Nehra 2-20, Bangar 0-4, Harbhajan 2-20

(India still lost this Test. They had made 99 in the first innings.)

NZ 100 in 1980-81; Kapil 4-34, R Binny 2-26, Shastri 3-9, S Patil 1-12, K Azad 0-5

(India lost this Test. Shastri took 3-9 on debut, which included 3 wickets in 4 balls.)

WI 100 in 2019; I Sharma 3-31, Bumrah 5-7, Jadeja 0-42, Shami 2-13.

(India reduced WI to 50/9 before Roach (38) and M Cummins (19*) doubled the score.)

All-round 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.

Today we have all-round records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

Overall all-round records (see criteria in table):

These 17 players are generally considered to be among the better all-rounders of their times, although Jayasuriya and Border are among those who were predominantly batsmen.

It is not surprising that Imran, Sobers and Pollock are among the top 3. The relatively lower position of Benaud is surprising. Botham is not here as his performance fell sharply once he became captain – fittingly, his side did not win any of the 12 Tests he captained in.

Current and recent players here are Shakib and JO Holder. Kapil and L Amarnath are the only ones from India.

We now look at match performances: at least a fifty and a five -for:

These 22 occasions include 2 by Atkinson, Benaud, JO Holder and Shakib besides 3 by Imran.

The feat of a century and 5wi was performed by Atkinson, Sobers, Mushtaq and Imran (who actually made it a century and 10wm).

The feat of a fifty and 10wm was performed by Imran (as given above), Border (!) and Rashid Khan.

The best match performance would probably be Imran’s 117 and 11-180, although Atkinson is the only one with a double century. Mushtaq and Vettori crossed 50 in both innings.

This concludes our study of individual performances by Test captains.

Bowling 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.

Today we have bowling records for captains. These figures are correct on Aug 31 2020 and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

The number of captains here are somewhat less than in the previous study on batting records, as there have been relatively few “pure” bowlers who have been captains. It can be seen that a significant proportion of captains here are batting all-rounders or even batsmen who did not get to bowl frequently.

We start with

Most wickets (25 or more):

Note that only 10 captains have taken more than 100 wickets. Of these, all except Bedi would be considered all-rounders. The only other pure bowlers here are Walsh, Willis and Waqar Younis since even Sammy, Streak and Kumble made at least one century in their Test career. Going still further down below 50 wickets, the pure bowlers are Fazal Mahmood, IWG Johnson, Herath and maybe a couple of others.

The highest number of wickets by an Indian player in this table is 111 by Kapil, followed by Bedi, Kumble and L Amarnath.

Current and recent players include JO Holder, Shakib Al Hasan, Herath and Cremer.

The most 5-fors are 12 by Imran and 9 by Benaud.

The most 10-fors are 4 by Imran and 2 by Intikhab.

Next we come to

Innings Bowling (including all instances of 7wi and above):

Kapil is the only one with a 9-wicket haul. This came in a Test which his team lost. Imran, Herath and Kapil again have 8-wicket hauls. Note the freakish 6 for 7 by Gilligan. Walsh had a 7-for and a 6-for in the same Test. That takes pride of place in the next table of

Match Bowling (including all instances of 9wm and above):

We see that Walsh’s 13-55 is clearly the best here, while Younis and Herath have more expensive 13-fors. Other good match bowling figures came from Imran, Gilligan and Border; the last rarely bowled and recorded the only 10-for in his career besides making 75. Also note Giffen’s 8-40.

Now we look at

Bowling Averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Fazal (19.14) and Imran have the best bowling averages. The best for India is by Bedi.

It can also be seen that TL Goddard (1.68) and HB Cave have the best bowling averages. The best for India is by Amarnath.

The best strike rates here are by Waqar Younis (40.3) and Willis. The best for India is by Kapil.

This list of 43 bowler-captains includes current and recent players in Holder, Shakib, Mathews and Creme.

The bottom position is held by Vivian Richards, who rarely bowled. Above him is Hooper who was more of a batting all-rounder. Simpson and Dexter were also among those who did not bowl regularly.

Next we will take up fielding performances by captains.

The other double: 50 + 10 wkts in a match

Most of those who follow Test cricket know about the double of a century and 5wi in a match. This has been done 32 times, with the last occasion being the present WI player Roston Chase in 2016.

The lesser-known double is that of 50 and 10wm, which is slightly rarer and has been done on 30 occasions. Stuart Broad joined this list in the 3rd Test against West Indies in 2020.

50 and 10 wkts in match on 28-7-2020

This seems to be a little harder to achieve compared to the other double. Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do it 3 times and Shakib Al Hasan the only one to do it twice. Kapil, Botham and Imran duly appear here. “Sir” Jadeja is the only other player from India here.

In a mirror of Bruce Taylor’s 100 + 5wi against India on his debut in 1965, only one player John Lever has  managed 50 + 10 wm also against India in 1976. Oddly enough S Venkataraghavan was in India’s team on both occasions.

There are some odd cases here involving players who were not generally considered all-rounders, such as Qadir, Border, Bevan and Steyn. And others who had short careers such as Lever, Nash and Craig. But most of the big names of the past few decades are there.

The elite group with a century and 10-for includes Botham, Imran, Shakib and honorary member Davidson with 100 runs and 10-for.

Broad achieved this in the nick of time, taking the last wicket of the match to complete his tenner.

Review of India-Australia ODI series-2

Continuing with our study of individual performances. Now for bowling.

Most wickets (20 or more):

Bowling-20 wkts

Jadeja and Shami have the most wickets among current players. Cummins has the most among current Australian players.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5wi):

Bowling 5wi

The first two places are occupied by now-forgotten players. There is nothing from this series, although YS Chahal took 6-42 early in 2019. Cummins also had a fiver in 2019.

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

Bowl avg

Brett Lee has a much better average than the second-placed Johnson. However Jadeja at 17th place has the best average among current players.

Kapil and McDermott have the best economy rates, and Lee and Agarkar (!) the best strike rates.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

Dismissals-15

Gilchrist and Dhoni are far ahead of the others, including Tendulkar who has the most catches by a non-keeper. Dhoni has the most stumpings. Kohli and Maxwell are the only current players here.

Most innings dismissals (4 or more):

Innings dis-4

Gilchrist and Dhoni again. Clarke is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):

Dis avg

Gilchrist and Dhoni lead, with Maxwell having the best average for a non-keeper.

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

AR overall

The first two (or three) would not generally be considered leading all-rounders, although they have done well in these contests.

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

AR match

The best performance here would be by Tendulkar, followed by Kapil and Watson (5 Nov 2009).

ODIs between India and the West Indies-2

Hope that you have seen part 1.

We now proceed to Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Ind v WI wickets

“Sir” Jadeja is set to become the leading wicket-taker here, although Shami is following him closely

M Dillon is the only one with two 5-fors, although Shami and Rampaul have the most 4+ hauls (4).

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5 and more wickets):

Ind v WI bowl inngs

The first few innings bowling figures are from long ago, with Viv Richards having one of the best analyses. He did take a few wickets in Tests as well, but not more than 2 in an innings. The best in 2019 was by Shami during the World Cup.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Ind v WI bowl avg

Surprisingly the best average is by the occasional bowler Viv Richards, though he is closely followed by Ambrose. Jadeja, Roach and Holder have the best averages among current players.

Marshall and Walsh have the best economy rates, while Richards and Kumble have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Ind v WI dism

Dhoni has the most dismissals (47), although Dujon took more catches (34) than him. Dhoni does however have the most stumpings (14). Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by non-keepers.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Ind v WI inngs dism

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

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.50)

Ind v WI dis avg

Ramdin leads here, while Richards has the best rate among non-keepers.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

Ind v WI AR overall

Led by Richards (!) followed at a distance by Hooper and Kapil.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

Ind v WI AR match

Richards again in his unaccustomed role as an all-rounder. The best performances here would be by him in Jan 1988 and Oct 1989. Also one by Hooper.

 

The fastest micro-innings batting

As we have seen here https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/umesh-yadavs-batting-record/

The fastest score of 25+ was 31/10 balls, with a strike rate of 310.00

For 50+, it is 54/25 balls and 216.00

For 100+, it is 110*/58 balls and 189.65

Now let use see about the highest strike rates for innings lasting for one to six balls.

There is no record of anyone scoring more than a zero off zero balls, though it may be theoretically possible under some obscure rule.

Here you have only 0* and 0, the latter being diamond ducks.

Now for 1-ball innings:

One ball SR

There is only one such innings involving a six, and it is fittingly by Jayasuriya with an SR of 600. Next is Ishant Sharma with 5 (a single plus 4 overthrows) and 500. Then there are those who scored a 4 or 3 off one ball. Ishant Sharma appears again. At least half of the batsmen here are tailenders. Even the famous batsman CS Martin has scored 4 off one ball! So has NM Lyon.

2-ball innings:

Two ball SR

There are four batsmen (all tailenders) who have made 7 off two balls. They would have made a 6 and a single, apart from Muralitharan who made a 4 and a 3. Then there are 6s and 5s. Here we do not meet a recognized batsman until Sir Richard Hadlee (?) and AL Logie. The only current players are Wafadar of Afghanistan and India’s Mohammed Shami.

3-ball innings:

Three ball innings

The highest off 3 balls is 12* by Misbah, including two sixes and a dot. Murali has 6,4 and dot while Shami has two fours and a two. Others have made 6 runs with one four. Muralitharan appears three times here. The proportion of recognized batsmen is more here, including current players Mushfiqur and Malan along with Shami.

4-ball innings:

Four ball innings

The maximum here is 12, either by 3 fours (de Villiers and Warner) or 2 sixes (Henry). Warner, Henry and M Marsh represent the current players.

5-ball innings:

Five balls

The best here is by Southee (another expert tailend slogger) with 3 sixes in his 20. He has also made 13 to be in second place with Pietersen.

6-ball innings:

Six ball innings

The highest here is 17* which is less than the 20 in 5 balls. Ntini made his 16* with 4 fours. KMA Paul’s 12 included 3 fours.

Having come so far, we can also see

Most successive sixes:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284014.html

Kapil’s 4 successive sixes came when averting the follow-on with No 11 at the other end. The No 11 (Hirwani) was out just after the follow-on was averted. There are numerous current players here (such as Southee) besides old-timers such as Hammond.

And finally,

Most successive fours:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284011.html

All 6 balls by Jayasuriya, Sarwan and Gayle (although Sarwan had a no-ball interspersed after 4 sixes. DW Hookes hit 5 fours on his debut, which came in the Centenary Test of 1977. So did RE Redmond, a staple of quiz questions.

 

 

 

 

 

India’s best tailenders

Ishant Sharma’s heroics and his maiden Test fifty reminded us of the importance of having tailenders who can score some runs. Or, failing that, at least stay around long enough for other batsmen to score some more runs. Ishant was perhaps more of the second type.

We have a quick look at the best performers at 8-11 in the three formats.

For Tests and ODIs  a cutoff of 20 innings is used. For T20Is it is 10 innings.

Test batting averages at 8-11:

Indian tailenders

RA Jadeja’s average is now above Kapil Dev’s. Remember that both of them and a few others like Nadkarni scored centuries up to No 7 as well.

Kapil, Ashwin and Harbhajan have two centuries here. Others with centuries are Kirmani, IK Pathan, Kumble and Agarkar.

Here Agarkar has the lowest average by a century-maker and Ishant the lowest by a fifty-maker.

The lowest average here is by Maninder Singh, followed by Chandrashekhar and Doshi which most would have guessed.

In ODIs, we have:

Indian Tailenders (ODI)

The highest averages are by Pathan and Chetan Sharma. Sharma has scored a century batting lower.

Pathan and Agarkar are the only ones here with 2 fifties. The lowest average by a fifty-scorer is by Praveen Kumar.

The lowest average is by Sreesanth, followed by Ishant Sharma and Nehra.

For T20Is, no one has 20 innings so we take the cutoff of 10 innings instead.

Indian tailenders - T20I

Ashwin and Harbhajan are the only ones who qualify here. Neither has scored a fifty.

 

Review of India-West Indies Tests (2019)-2

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 or more):

I v WI wkts

Kapil has the highest tally here, while Ashwin and I Sharma have the highest among current players.

Best innings bowling (All instances of 6wi or more):

I v WI innings bowling.JPG

While Kapil has the best performance here, spare a thought for JM Noreiga who played only in 4 tests but still had the best innings performance for the West Indies in all Tests.

Ashwin (2016) and Bumrah in this series have the best figures among current players.

Best match bowling (All instances of 9wm or more):

I v WI match bowling

Hirwani’s match figures are the best for India in all Test. UT Yadav (2018) and I Sharma (2019) have the best figures among current players.

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

I v WI bowl avg

Hall and Walsh have the best bowling averages, while Ashwin and I Sharma have the best among current players. It can also be seen that GE Gomez and Gibbs have the best economy rates, and that Hall and Roberts have the best strike rate.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

I v WI dismissals

Dujon has the most dismissals and catches, Dhoni the most stumpings and Richards the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and more):

I v WI innings fielding

WP Saha is the only one with 6 dismissals in an innings.  SD Hope made 5 dismissals in this series. DJG Sammy has the most catches by a non-keeper with 5 in 2013, which is a share in the world record. Also note KS More’s 5 stumpings which is a world record.

Most dismissals in a match (6 and more):

I v WI match dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals here (8) while More’s 6 stumpings is a world record. Both his records came in Hirwani’s record bowling performance. The most catches by a non-keeper are 6 by ED Solkar, in India’s first victory against WI in 1971.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

I v WI dismissal rate

Dhoni has the best rate here followed by Dujon. While CL Walcott played some of his Tests as a keeper, the best rate by a non-keeper is 0.800 by Azharuddin.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

I v WI AR overall

Sobers has by far the best record here, followed by Ashwin who is again far ahead of Kapil. JO Holder and Chase have the best record among current players, while Mankad had a relatively poor record against WI.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

I v WI AR match

This includes the century/5wi double by OG Smith, Umrigar, Sobers, Ashwin (twice) and Chase.

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: All-round performance

Here we look at overall all-round performances (note the criteria):

World Cup AR overall

Numbers 1, 2 and 5 are not surprising, while other obvious choices such as Botham and Hadlee did not do that well in the World Cup. CZ Harris represents the value of the bits-and-pieces all-rounder, while TM Odoyo contributed a lot to Kenya’s limited successes.

Finally we come to

Match performances (40 runs and 4 wickets):

World Cup AR match

Which would be the best performance here? Nominally it would be the century + 4wis of Kloppenburg and Dilshan, but they were against weak teams. The same might be said of Yuvraj’s 50 + 5wi (the only such instance in the World Cup).

If you consider performance against moderately strong teams, then we would consider those of Fletcher, Kapil and Russell.