Akila Dananjaya’s comeback

Akila Dananjaya now has the best match figures by Sri Lankan bowler making his Test debut.

Apart from the best match figures on debut, he also has the second-best innings figures:

Match figures for Sri Lankan bowlers on debut:

SL-innings match debut

(Kuruppuarachchi played only one more Test and Ahangama two more. The latter did not play after his debut series).

Innings figures for Sri Lankan bowlers on debut:

SL-debut innings bowling

Not bad when you consider he once held a dubious record in ODI record. In March 2017, he was the only current player who had not batted, bowled or fielded in his ODI career. Here is an edited extract from my earlier post of 27/03/2017 titled “All-round fails in ODIs”:

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No batting, bowling and fielding in ODIs (complete list):

No batting no bowling no fielding

 

This explains what had happened in his one ODI till then:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/582191.html

In this rain-affected match, his team did bat and got to 123/8. He was to bat at No 10 or 11 and never got to bat. And he could not bowl or field as rain prevented New Zealand’s innings from starting

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Soon after this was written, his ODI career resumed and he became a regular ODI player, with a high of a 6-for against the all-conquering touring team of India besides a 50 against Pakistan. He may well become a regular in all 3 formats.

These are his current figures. Note that he has a nice smile. One needs to be cheerful to come back after an inauspicious start.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/574178.html

 

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Making sense of the Cricket World Cup qualifying matches in 2018

As we know, the CWC 2019 will have 10 teams. These were to be the host (England) plus top 7 teams in the ODI rankings on 30/09/2017. This was the ranking table on that date:

ICC ranking 29 Sep 2017

The first 8 (including the host) qualified while the bottom 4 (WI, Afg, Zim, Ire) would account for 4 places in the qualifying rounds in 2018.

They would be joined by the 4 top teams in the WCL championship. which got over in Dec 2017. These are the results:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015%E2%80%9317_ICC_World_Cricket_League_Championship#Points_table

Thus Netherlands, Scotland, Hong Kong and Papua New Guinea make up the second group of 4.

The remaining 2 spots will be selected from the bottom 4 in the WCL and the top 2 from WCL division 3: (Kenya, UAE, Nepal, Namibia) + (Canada, Oman).

There could be some upsets here, but probably Kenya and UAE will get through here.

Details of this mini-qualifier (to be held in Feb 8-15 in Namibia) are here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_ICC_World_Cricket_League_Division_Two

So we would probably have:WI, Afg, Zim, Ire, Neth, Sco, HK, PNG, Ken and UAE in the “main” qualifier to be held in Zimbabwe from March 4 to 25. These have been divided into two pools of 5. There will be Super Sixes but no semi-finals.

Now we see the ODI rankings as of today (Jan 16):

ODI rankin Jan 15 2018

While there may be an occasional upset, it is very unlikely that the 2 qualifiers will be from the WCL teams. West Indies should have no trouble in qualifying, while there may be an interesting struggle for the other qualifying spot between Zimbabwe and Afghanistan. Zimbabwe may have a slight home advantage. Ireland has generally declined in ODIs over the past year and may not challenge the other three seriously.

 

The ODIs of 2017

With the conclusion of ODIs on Dec 26, these were the ICC rankings for this date:

ICC Ranking on 26 Dec

We see that South Africa leads with India just a point behind. As they are to play a 6-match ODI series in January 2018, the top position may well change hands.

We now survey ODI performances in 2017, starting with overall win-loss rations for all ODIs from starting between Jan 1 and Dec 31. All later tables are also in this time frame.

Win-Loss ratios:

Win-loss ratio

This cannot be expected to tally exactly with the ICC rankings since the latter takes into account a longer time span. And this table cannot be taken too seriously as it has Hong Kong in 2nd position, as it mainly plays with the lower-ranked teams. Among the regulars, we have England followed by India, South Africa and Pakistan. And the West Indies is at the very bottom, with its fellow wooden – spooners Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea.

We now move on to individual performances, starting with batting.

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs

Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Tharanga scored the most runs. The two Indians also have the most centuries (6 apiece) and most 50+ scores (13 and 11 respectively).

Among those who batted for 20 innings and above, the highest averages are for Kohli (76.84) followed by Rohit Sharma.

Among those who faced at least 500 balls, the highest strike rates are by de Villiers (116.94) followed by KM Jadhav (!) and Ben Stokes.

Now for the highest innings (115 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma has the only double century (208*) while du Plessis and Guptill are some distance behind.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wkts

The table is led by rising stars Hasan Ali and Rashid Khan, with Bumrah and Plunkett a little behind. Hasan Ali is the only one with three fivers, while Rashid Khan and Plunkett each have four 4+s.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wis):

Innings bowling

Rashid Khan and TA Boult were the only ones with 7-wicket hauls. An interesting feature here is A Dananjaya (SL) with a 6-wicket haul besides 18 wickets overall. A year ago, he was an interesting oddity as his ODI career of 1 match saw him neither batting, bowling nor fielding.

To save space, there is no table for bowling averages. Taking a minimum of 1000 balls bowled, we see:

JJ Bumrah has the best bowling average of 26.25, followed distantly by B Kumar.

B Kumar has the best economy rate of 5.05, followed closely by JJ Bumrah.

And JJ Bumrah has the best strike rate (30.6) followed by HH Pandya .

An Indian monopoly-as Indian players are practically the only ones who have bowled enough overs. JO Holder is the only other one to have crossed 1000 balls.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Dhoni is far ahead of the second-placed Buttler. They do have the same number of catches though Dhoni has more stumpings. Several non-keepers have 12 catches.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding

Latham is the only one with 5 dismissals. GJ Maxwell is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Dismissals per innings (minimum 20 innings):

Dhoni (1.392) is followed closely by SD Hope with 1.238.

Among non-keepers Kusal Mendis has the highest with 0.571.

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

AR overall

Ironically, only Rashid Khan has respectable figures here- as he can bat a bit to go along his excellent bowling average.

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

AR match

Dominated by players from the lesser-ranked teams, with Stirling and Mustafa having the best performances.

 

 

Review of India-Sri Lanka ODI series-Dec 2017

India won the series 2-1, thus ensuring that Sri Lanka had never won a bilateral ODI series in India. They had however beaten India twice on the way to their World Cup victory in 1996.

This summarizes all ODIs between these teams:

Teams

India enjoys a healthy 90-56 overall lead and a 36-12 lead for ODIs in India. It even leads 28-27 for ODIs in Sri Lanka.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (750 runs and above):

Most runs(750)

Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players. The most centuries are 8 by Tendulkar and Kohli and 7 by Jayasuriya. The most 50+ scores are 25 by Tendulkar and 24 by Sangakkara.

Highest innings (125 and above):

Bat innings (125)

The only score from this series is Rohit Sharma’s 208*-but that is still not a record as he had scored 264 against the same team in 2014.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00 and above):

Bat Avg (35)

Dhoni and Kohli have the highest averages among current players, followed by Mathews.

Highest batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00 and above):

Bat SR (75)

Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have the best strike rates among current players, though Sehwag has a somewhat higher figure.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Most wkts (25)

NLTC Perera has the most wickets by a current player, followed by  Mathews. Ashwin did not play in the last two series against SL, and Malinga also missed this series. RR Singh is the only one to take two five-fors, and BAW Medis the only one to take 4 four-fors.

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

Innings bowl (6wi all)

No instance from the current series.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled, 30.00 and below):

Bowl avg (30)

Agarkar and Mendis have the best averages. Kapil and Harbhajan have the best economy rates, while Agarkar and I. Sharma have the best strike rates.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

Dismissals (20)

Dhoni heads the list, while M Jayawardene has the most catches by a non-keeper. Note the dual roles of Sangakkara and Dravid.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings field (4 d)

Dhoni heads this list as well. Kaif has the most catches by a non-keeper. This was a World Cup record from 2003, until two others equaled it in 2015.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450 and above):

Dis rate (0.45)

Dhoni is the table topper once more, while Kohli has the highest rate by a non-keeper.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Mathews scores the highest here, followed by IK Pathan at some distance. Others such as Kapil and Vaas did not play enough in this series.

Match performance (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR Match (40 +4)

Ganguly’s performance is clearly the best.

 

 

Sri Lanka’s tour of India

Here is a short summary of Sri Lanka’s cricket performance in India:

Tests: 17. India lead 10-0, 7 draws.

ODIs: 48. India lead 34-11, 3 with no result. Sri Lanka has never won a bilateral series in India-though they did beat India twice during the 1996 World Cup on their way to the trophy.

T20Is: 5. India lead 3-2, and won the only bilateral series between the teams.

Review of ODIs between India and New Zealand-Oct 2017

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

3-2 in 2016-17

and 2-1 in 2017-18

While both this year’s and last year’s series were decided in the final match, this series was more closely contested.

This series finished with 101 ODIs being played between these teams.

Summary table

India has a healthy 51-44 lead over New Zealand. Both teams have a major home advantage, but have won exactly the same number of matches (15-15) on neutral grounds.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting: 500 runs or more:

Runs

While Tendulkar is far ahead of everyone else, Kohli is rapidly moving up followed at some distance by Taylor. A few other current players are also seen in the table above.

The most centuries are 6 by Sehwag, with Astle, Kohli and Tendulkar on 5.

The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Tendulkar followed by 11 by Kohli and 10 by Astle.

Highest individual scores (110 or more):

Innings

RG Sharma made the highest score in this series.

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

Bat Avg

While Sehwag leads with Dhoni some distance behind, we may note that several current players including Kohli, RG Sharma and Williamson have not completed 20 innings yet. Kohli will move to the top after he completes one more innings.

Batting strike rate (Minimum 500 balls, all instances):

Strike rate

Kohli does qualify here, and is after Sehwag and Kapil.

We now move to bowling.

20 or more wickets:

Wkts

Srinath is far ahead of the others. Southee is the only current player here.

Srikkanth (!) is the only one with two fivers although he does not appear above. But see the next table:

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

Innings bowling

No major bowling feat in this series. Srikkanth’s two fivers can be seen here.

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

Bowl Avg

Srinath has the best average, while Hadlee has the best economy rate and Srinath again the best strike rate. Current players have not bowled enough.

Now for fielding.

12 or more dismissals:

Dismissals

Mongia has the most dismissals and the most stumpings, although McCullum has more catches as a keeper than Mongia. Fleming (18) and Taylor (16) have the most dismissals. Dhoni and Taylor are the current players here.

Best innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings dismissals

Four keepers (including McCullum twice) have taken 5 dismissals. 4 fielders have taken 4 catches apiece.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate

Mongia again, with Dhoni and Taylor among current players. Taylor also has the highest rate among non-keepers. Dravid has played as a fielder as well as a keeper.

All-round performance (see criteria in table):

AR overall

Only the “bits-and-pieces” player CZ Harris appears here. The well-known all-rounders Kapil and Hadlee did not play enough.

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

AR match

Several more instances here, with the unlikely hero Srikkanth having the only instance of a fifty and fiver in the same match. Other good performances are by Cairns, Astle and YK Pathan, while the more established Hadlee and Cairns (jr) also appear here.

Footnote: After this series India and New Zealand play 3 T20Is in a series starting from Nov 1. This is an entirely different matter as New Zealand have won all 5 of these matches they have played against India-even when India won the inaugural World Championship in 2007.

 

 

 

 

When India held over half the ODI partnership records

At the turn of the century, Indian batsmen held more than half the ODI partnership records. To be precise, the partnerships for the first five wickets plus the 9th wicket.

On 31 December, 1999, these were the partnership records for ODIs:

1st: SC Ganguly and SR Tendulkar, 252 vs SL, Colombo (Premadasa), 07/07/1998

2nd: SR Tendulkar and R Dravid, 331 vs NZ, Hyderabad (Deccan), 08/11/1999

3rd: R Dravid and SR Tendulkar, 237* v Ken, Bristol, 23/05/1999

4th: M Azharuddin and A Jadeja, 275* v Zim, Cuttack, 09/04/1998

5th: M Azharuddin and A Jadeja, 223 v SL, Colombo (Premadasa), 17/08/1997

The other record ODI partnerships on that date were:

6th: MO Odumbe and AV Vadher, 161, Ken v SL, Southampton, 30/05/1999

7th: TM Odoyo and AO Suji, Ken v Zim, 119, Nairobi (Aga), 16/10/1997

8th: PR Reiffel and SK Warne, 160, Aus v SA, Port Elizabeth, 04/04/1994

9th: Kapil Dev and SMH Kirmani, 126*, Ind v Zim, Tunbridge Wells, 18/06/1983

10th: IVA Richards and MA Holding, 106*, WI v Eng, Manchester, 31/05/1984

Note that the 4th and 10th wicket records mentioned above are still the world ODI records at the time of writing (29/10/2017).