The real Knights of cricket

We have grown accustomed to hearing jokes about Sir Ravindra Jadeja. Let us see who are the genuine Knights of cricket.

Firstly, the British sovereign proclaims someone a knight based on the recommendations of the government of the day. The gentleman concerned would be a citizen of the U.K. or one of the other countries which presently regard the British sovereign (presently Queen Elizabeth II) as their head of state. The countries of interest here are Australia, New Zealand and some (but not all) of the countries of the West Indies. Canada is also included, although it has not produced any famous cricketers yet. Those countries who do not regard the  Queen as the Head of State include many Commonwealth countries such as India and its neighbours, besides South Africa. This should make it clear:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/States_headed_by_Elizabeth_II

So here is a list of those who were knighted for their services to cricket, besides some cricketers who were knighted for other reasons:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cricketers_who_were_knighted

Another article on cricketing knights from the West Indies:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/26392726

Another general article which summarizes the topic:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/60096.html

 

ODIs between India and New Zealand-2

Continuing with our study of ODIs between India and New Zealand up to 2016-17.

Fielding

Most dismissals (10 and above):

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The now-forgotten Nayan Mongia has the most dismissals and most stumpings. McCullum has the most catches as a keeper, and Stephen Fleming the most by a non-keeper. Dhoni and McCullum are in second place.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

ind-nz-fielding-innings

No recent instances here.

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.400 and above):

ind-nzfielding-avg

Mongia again tops this list followed by Dhoni and McCullum. Taylor and Vengsarkar have the best averages among non-keepers. Note Dravid’s dual role.

All-round performances (Overall):

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Hadlee and Harris are the only ones to qualify with the somewhat lower criteria.

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

ind-nz-ar-match

The best all-round performance was (unexpectedly) by K. Srikkanth who was not generally considered to be a bowler. Other good performances were by Cairns, Astle and YK Pathan.

ODIs between India and New Zealand-1

At the end of the recent ODI series in India, India maintained its record of winning all bilateral series against New Zealand at home. To sum up:

India won 4-0 in 1988-89

3-2 in 1995-96

3-2 in 1999-00

4-0 in 2010-11

and

3-2 in 2016-17

A total of 98 ODIs had been played between the two teams. India has won 49, New Zealand 43 while there was 1 tie and 5 no-results. These are summarized below:

(won by)  Ind     NZ    Tie    NR     Total

In Ind         24         7       0       1         32

In NZ          10        21       1       2         34

Neutral      15         15      0       2         32

TOTAL       49        43       1       5       98

Interestingly, the home advantage is clear for both teams while they have been evenly matched in neutral venues.

We now take up individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

ind-nz-batting

This has Kohli, Taylor and a few other current NZ players.

Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Astle and Tendulkar with 5.

Tendulkar has the most 50-plus scores (13) followed by Astle with 10 and four others with 9.

Highest scores (110 and above):

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Kohli’s 154* is the only one from the current series.

Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all 22 instances):

ind-nz-batting-avg

Interestingly Sehwag has the highest average here for India, while Astle has the highest for New Zealand. Dhoni, Taylor and Guptill are the only current players. Some likely candidates such as Kohli and Williamson have not played enough innings.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, all instances):

ind-nz-batting-strike-rate

Sehwag and Kapil have the highest strike rates which are almost the same. McCullum and Cairns have the highest for New Zealand. Kohli has the highest among current players.

Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

ind-nz-bowling

Srinath leads by a considerable margin, while KD Mills somewhat unexpectedly has taken the most for New Zealand. No one has taken more than one five-for.

Best innings bowling (including all 5-fors):

ind-nz-bb

While Shane Bond has the best figures here, Amit Mishra now has the best figures for India with 5-18 in the series decider. The previous record for India was (guess who) Srikkanth with 5-27 also at Vizag back in 1988.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

ind-nz-bowling-avg

Srinath and Sir Richard have the best averages. We can also see that Sir Richard has the best economy rate of 3.36 and Srinath has the best strike rate of 31.0 . No current players have bowled enough.

To be continued.

Review of India-New Zealand Tests-2

Hope you have read the first part:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/10/11/review-of-india-new-zealand-tests-1/

We now look at fielding records.

Overall dismissals (12+):

fielding-overall

Dhoni has the most dismissals (33) followed by IDS Smith, who took the most catches by a keeper (29). Dhoni has the most stumpings (5) while Fleming (20) and Dravid (17) have the most catches as fielders.

Most dismissals in an innings (4+):

fielding-innings

Kirmani, Dhoni and Watling share the record of 6 dismissals in an innings. When Kirmani achieved this in 1976 he had a share in the existing world record. Wadekar and Venkataraghavan took 4 catches as fielders.

Most dismissals in a match (5+):

fielding-match

While Watling has the record of 9 dismissals followed by Harford, Smith and Dhoni with 7, three fielders (Surti, Fleming and Jadeja) share the record of 5 catches.

Highest dismissal rates (minimum 20 innings fielded, rate 0.5):

fielding-rate

FM Engineer is the only keeper here, since other keepers (even Dhoni) did not play enough matches to qualify for 20 innings. Fleming and Taylor have the highest rates for non-keepers.

Finally we look at all-round performances.

Overall all-round performances:

(note the criteria at the top of the table)

ar-overall

Oddly enough, Harbhajan emerges on the top here (mainly on the strength of his two centuries in 2010). Bedi is also a surprise, though he did make his career-best score against NZ. Vettori is not here because of his poor bowling average above 45.

All-round match performances (Fifty and 5+):

ar-match

BR Taylor is the only one with a century and fiver, and is indeed the only debutant in all Tests to achieve this. Others such as Congdon and Bracewell also have creditable performances.

Review of India-New Zealand Tests-1

With the conclusion of India’s 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand, a total of 57 Test have been played between the two teams.

Overall, India leads 21-10 with 26 draws.

In India, the home team leads 16-2 with 16 draws. The only 2 Tests won by New Zealand were in 1969-70 and 1988-89.

In New Zealand, again the home team leads 8-5 with 10 draws. India’s 5 wins here include 3 in 1967-68 (India’s first Test and series wins abroad), one in 1975-76 and another in 2008-09.

Overall batting figures (600+ runs):

batting-overall

Among current players, Gambhir and R. Taylor lead.

Highest innings scores (150+):

batting-innings

Only Kohli and Rahane among current players. Strange that Mankad’s 231 in 1955-56 is still the highest by India against NZ. It was the record for India against all countries until Gavaskar made 236* against WI in 1983-84.

Highest batting averages (all instances of 20+ innings batted):

batting-avg

R. Taylor is the only current player here. The relative infrequency of Tests between the two countries means that many prominent batsmen have not reached the cutoff of 20 innings.

Now to bowling.

Most wickets (25+):

bowling-overall

Here we see Ashwin rapidly moving up the ranks with 27 wickets in this series. He has the most fivers (6) and tenners (3), moving ahead of the famous knight (not Sir Ravindra).

Best innings bowling:

bowling-innings

Ashwin moves into 4th position here. Venkataraghavan’s career-best innings figures came in his debut series.

Best match bowling:

bowling-match

R. Ashwin now has the best match bowling figures on either side. He surpassed his own record set in 2012, and took another tenner in this series. The “other” knight has the best figures for NZ, both in India and NZ.

Finally we look at the bowling averages (2000 + balls bowled):

bowling-avg

Only 12 bowlers make the cutoff, with relatively few from recent years. Indian spinners have the first 4 places in the list before Sir Richard makes an appearance.

It can also be seen that RG Nadkarni (who else?) has the best economy rate of 1.52 followed by Bedi and Venkataraghavan. Hadlee has the best strike rate of 47.7 followed by Prasanna and Zaheer. Note that Ashwin has bowled only 1415 balls so far (see the first bowling table) but has a strike rate of 31.4.

Also note Vettori’s unexpectedly poor average.

Enough for now, will take up fielding and all-round performances here.