ODI rankings before the 2019 World Cup

Note these rankings published on May 22, 2019.

The Tests had got over by May 2, the ODIs by May 21 and some T20Is are in progress among minor teams such as Namibia and Kenya.

We concentrate on the ODI rankings:

ICC ratings May 22 2019

We see that the top 10 teams are indeed the same teams playing in the World Cup.

This ranking seems to show that England and India are close together, followed by the pair of South Africa and New Zealand. Next is Australia and there is a steep fall to Pakistan and the others. This seems to conform to general opinion. As Australia had been without two of their key players for a year, they now have the capacity to get a semi-final place at the expense of South Africa or New Zealand.

You can also see the T20I rankings of the major teams.

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Bowling

Most wickets (25 and above):

WC-25 and more wickets

McGrath and Muralitharan are quite ahead of the others.

The best for India is 44 by Zaheer Khan and by Srinath, in 5th/6th place.

McGrath and Afridi are the only ones with two five-fors.

Muralitharan, Warne, Afridi and Tahir have four four-fors.

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

WC-6wi and better

McGrath has the best figures of 7-15 against Namibia, while Bichel’s 7-20 against England may be considered more significant.

India’s best is 6-23 by Nehra in 2003 which is the 6th best. Kapil’s 5-43 in 1983 was the first five-for by India in any ODI.

Bowling averages: Minimum 1000 balls and maximum 45.00:

WC-bowling avg

McGrath and Imran Khan have the best averages of 18.19 and 19.26 respectively. The best for India is by Zaheer Khan (20.22) in 4th place.

The best economy rates are by Roberts (3.24) and Botham (3.43).

The best strike rates are by Malinga (23.8) and Zaheer Khan (27.1)

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-1

First, Australia achieved the rare feat of winning an ODI from 0-2. This is covered nicely by Cricinfo writer Bharat Seervi:

Seervi article

It can be seen that India suffered the indignity of losing a 6-match series after leading 2-0. This was the only such occasion in ODIs.

Recovering from an 0-2 deficit in Tests is even rarer. It has happened only once, during the 1936-37 Ashes where Bradman’s team won 3-2. In a few cases there was a recovery to a 2-2 draw or a 3-2 loss. The latter happened to India against the West Indies in 1974-75.

The last time Australia won a bilateral ODI series in India was in late 2009.

Here is a summary of all bilateral ODI series between India and Australia in India:

(This leaves out matches in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and a few tri-series.)

1984 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 3-0, 2 NR

1986 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-2, 1 NR

2001 (Mar/Apr): Aus won 3-2

2007 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2009 (Oct/Nov): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2010 (Oct): Ind won 1-0, 2 NR

2013 (Oct/Nov): Ind won 3-2, 2 NR

2017 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-1

2019 (Mar): Aus won 3-2

Individual performance will be covered in the next part.

 

The new honors boards at Lord’s-3

Finally, we come to women’s matches at Lord’s.

Regarding women’s Tests at Lord’s, there is nothing to be said because there aren’t any. It is strange to see that 52 such Tests were played in England with none at Lord’s.

They have been played in some of the Test centres such as Birmingham, Nottingham and the Oval besides some other venues such as Wormsley (Bucks.) and Shenley (Herts.) which most English cricket fans would not have heard of.

So we move to ODIs:

A total of 15 women’s ODIs have been played at Lord’s, all of them involving England. Thus there are no neutral matches here.

Centuries in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-100s-all

The “home” board would include nos 2,3 and 4 on this list.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

And the “neutral” board would not be needed yet.

The best by an Indian player here is 94* by M Raj in the match on 1 Jul 2012. India won that match by 5 wickets.

The best against India is 156* by SC Taylor listed above. England won that match by 100 runs.

5-fors in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-5er-all

This is an even shorter list.

The “home” board would include nos 2 and 3.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

The best by an Indian player here is 4-61 by A Das in the match on I Jul 2012, in which M Raj scored the 94* mentioned above. That is the only one of  the 3 ODIs at Lord’s which was won by India. (Another one was washed out in 2014).

The best against India is 6-46 by A Shrubsole listed above. That was the final of the World Cup which England won by 9 runs.

 

 

 

The new honors boards at Lord’s-2

The topic of honors boards at Lord’s for Tests has been covered in this blog several times.

Now the authorities have announced that they would be adding honors boards for

ODIs and Women’s matches.

Having covered the centuries, we continue with the 5-fors in ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords ODI 5er-all

Only 9 such instances, compared to the 30 centuries.

No one has taken more than 5 wickets in an innings. And no one has taken a 5-for more than once. Unlike in the case of centuries, we cannot find anyone here who failed to take a 5-for in Tests at Lord’s.

The first such instance was by GJ Gilmour in the final of the 1975 World Cup. The best is 5-30 by DL Vettori vs WI in 2004. Also note J Garner’s 5-38 in the final of the 1979 World Cup.

The “Home” board:

Lords ODI 5er-Eng

Only one entry here.

The best against India are 4-22 by SJ Harmison on 05 Sep 2004 and 4-46 by LE Plunkett on 17 Jul 2018.

Now for the “Visitors” board:

Lords 5er-vsEng

Somewhat longer. The best by India is 3-26 by A Nehra and 3-28 by Harbhajan Singh in the same match against England on 5 Sep 2004 (in which Harmison also had the best figures against India).

And the “Neutral” board:

Lords ODI 5er-neutral

In this category India has only played one match, the World Cup final in 1983. India’s best performances were 3-12 by M Amarnath and 3-31 by S Madan Lal. The best against India was 3-32 by AME Roberts.

The new honors boards at Lord’s-1

The topic of honors boards at Lord’s for Tests has been covered in this blog several times.

Now the authorities have announced that they would be adding honors boards for

ODIs and Women’s matches.

We start with the centuries in ODIs at Lord’s:

Here is the entire list of 30 centuries:

Lords ODI 100s-all

A total of 30 centuries have been made here. The highest is 138* by Vivian Richards in the final of the 1979 World Cup. Next is 137 by DL Amiss which was in the very first match of the inaugural match of the World Cup, and another 137 by ME Trescothick in 2001. You can see that Trescothick is the only one to score three centuries here.

Some of the earlier matches were of 60-over duration.

While World Cup matches have been played here in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999 (including the finals), none of the Champions Trophy matches in 2004 were played here.

We now list out the centuries in the way they would be listed at Lord’s. They would be in chronological order.

First, the centuries by the home team (15):

Lords ODI 100s-Eng

The highest is 137 by Amiss and Trescothick. Trescothick has 3 centuries and Gooch 2.

Atherton never scored a Test century at Lord’s, with 99 being is highest in 15 Tests. He does however have a century here in 1995.

There are 4 centuries against India, headed by Amiss’s 137.

Next, the centuries by the visiting team against England (11):

Lords ODI 100s-vsEng

The record score by Vivian Richards is the first such score here.

No one has scored more than one century here.

RT Ponting never scored a Test century at Lord’s, with a top score of 42 in 4 Tests. He does appear here.

No centuries by India here. The highest such score is 90 by SC Ganguly on 5 Sep 2004. Next is 87* by M Kaif in the tri-series final on 13 Jul 2002.

Finally, the centuries by neutral teams (4):

Lords ODI 100s neutral

The first is by CH Lloyd in the World Cup final in 1975.

The next two by Mark Waugh and Neil Johnson were in the same World Cup  league match in 1999. Johnson’s 132* is the highest score here.

The highest for India was only 38 by K Srikkanth in the World Cup final on  25 Jun 1983. It was the highest score in that match. This is the only neutral ODI played by India at Lord’s.

In that match, the highest score against India was 33 by IVA Richards.

Next we will look at the 5-fors in ODIs at Lord’s. As you may guess, there are considerably less instances than centuries.

 

 

 

Review of NZ-India ODIs-Feb 2019

India won the series 4-1. The last two ODI series between these teams in New Zealand were in 2013-14 (NZ won 4-0 with 1 tie) and 2008-09 (Ind won 3-1 with 1 NR).

A summary of all ODI results between these teams:

Summary

Both sides have a strong home advantage, but they are evenly matched 15-15 in neutral venues.

We start with Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Batting-500

The most centuries are 6 by Sehwag and 5 by Tendulkar, Kohli and NJ Astle. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Tendulkar and 12 by Kohli.

In aggregates, Kohli is now in second position while R Taylor and other current players can be seen here.

Highest individual scores (110 and above):

Innings-110

This has been a relatively low-scoring series with no one scoring above 110. The highest in recent years were 154* by Kohli in 2016 and 147 by Rohit Sharma in 2017. Note that Tendulkar has the two highest scores.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 30.00):

Batting average-30

Kohli has a much higher average than the second-placed Sehwag. Dhoni and other current players are also found here.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 500 balls and 70.00):

Strike Rate-70

Sehwag and Kapil are close together. Kohli, Latham and other current players are found here. It can be seen that R Taylor has a better average and strike rate against India compared to Williamson.

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Bowling-20

While several have taken 2 4-wicket hauls, no one has more than one 5wi. Srinath has taken considerably more wickets than the second-placed Kumble. The current players Southee, Boult and Shami are moving up.

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

Innings-5wi

The only 6-wicket haul is by SE Bond who played in only a few ODIs against India. Boult’s 5-21 is the second best for NZ against Ind and the best at home, just surpassing the 5-22 by AR Adams in 2003. There was no other 5-wicket haul in this series.

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

Bowling avg-all

Srinath and Hadlee have the best averages. The best economy rates are by Hadlee and Kapil, and the best strike rates are by Srinath and Nehra. Current bowlers from either side do not appear here.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Fielding-10

The lesser-known NR Mongia has the most dismissals followed by Dhoni and McCullum. Mongia also has the most stumpings. McCullum has the most catches by a keeper, just ahead of Mongia and Dhoni.

Note the dual role of Dravid. The most catches by a non-keeper are 18 by Fleming and R Taylor. A few other current players can be found here.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

Innings fielding-4

McCullum (2003) is the only one with 5 catches as a keeper, with others having 4. D Karthik is the only one to take 4 catches in the current series.

Rutherford, Harris and R Taylor each have 4 catches as non-keepers.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Fielding average-0.5

Mongia has by far the highest rate here, with Vengsarkar having the best by a non-keeper.

All-round performances (Overall, see criterion):

AR-overall

The “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris is the only one who meets this criteria, while the better-known Kapil and Hadlee do not seem to have done well in these matches.

Match performances (30 runs and 3wi):

AR-match

The unheralded all-rounder K Srikkanth has the best performance here. CL Cairns, NJ Astle and YK Pathan also have good performances. It is odd that Kapil does not appear here, although the Pathan brothers do and CL Cairns is the only one to feature here twice.