ODI debuts by Indian players were highlighted in the first match, both in batting and bowling.
ODI debuts by India (minimum 40 runs):
KL Rahul is the only player from India to score a century on ODI debut. Before that, RV Uthappa’s record of 86 stood for several years.
This table also gives the strike rate for the innings. Indeed, the highest rate is 187 by KH Pandya, far ahead of the previous record of 127 by Azharuddin back in 1984-85.
This list includes several who served India well, and others who vanished quickly. For instance, Khurasiya scored 57 on debut and played in only a few ODIs after that.
Now we look at those who scored 40 or more on their ODI debut which was against India:
The highest is 90 by SP Fleming, who also scored 90+ on his Test debut. Some other famous names here include Wade, du Plessis, RB Richardson and YJ Bairstow. Others such as CS Cowdrey and Moxon did not last long.
Now we look at ODI debuts by Indian players, with a minimum of 3 wickets in an innings:
We see that MP Krishna’s 4-54 is the best by an Indian player on ODI debut, surpassing the long-forgotten NA David’s 3-21 in 1997.
David’s 2.62 is also the best economy rate here, followed by ST Banerjee’s 3.00. The worst is 6.66 by C Sharma, just ahead of Krishna’s 6.61.
Prominent names here include Pandya junior, DR Doshi and even BS Chandrasekhar.
Finally, we look at those who took 3wi on their Test debut which was against India.
The best here is 5-28 by BD’s Taskin Ahmed, just ahead of AA Donald’s 5-29. Donald and maybe Henry and Styris are the only others who lasted long enough.
The best economy rates are 2.50 by FA Rose and 3.16 by SA Thomson. The worst is 6.30 by SB Styris.
The number of matches in all formats got reduced due to “unforeseen circumstances”. However, we still have some aggregates which are of some utility even if averages and strike rates are not meaningful.
We start with the ICC rankings at the end of the year:
Which has England, India, New Zealand and Australia as the top 4 teams.
A simple comparison of W-L ratios gives this:
Not really meaningful as the top 3 teams here (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) have played too few matches. Then we have Oman (!) followed by SA and NZ which still doesn’t make much sense.
A summary of individual performances follows.
Batting-most runs (250 and above):
That’s more like it. Finch leads by a large margin over his team-mate SPD Smith. Rahul and Kohli are 5th and 6th.
And Labuschagne, the Test find of 2019 is 3rd here.
The most 100s are 3 by SPD Smith. The most 50+ scores are 7 by Finch followed by 5 by Smith and Kohli.
Highest innings (100 and more):
All the centuries are listed here:
Unusually, the only scores above 150 are from Bangladesh. The highest from India is 119 by RG Sharma.
Bowling – most wickets (8 and above):
Zampa with 27 wickets is far ahead of the second-placed AS Joseph.
The most 4wi hauls is 3 by AS Joseph
No one has more than one 5wi.
M Shami has the most wickets for India (12).
Best innings bowling (All instances of 4wi):
The fast-rising S Lamichane of Nepal has the best figures of 6-16, which came against USA, another one of the newcomers. The only other 6-wicket haul was by the relatively inexperienced L Ngidi
India’s best is quite far down, being Shami’s 4-63.
Most dismissals (5 or more):
The most dismissals are 15 by Carey (Aus) and Hope (WI). The most by a non-keeper is 10 by Starc.
Rahul had the most stumpings (2).
For India, Kohli has 5 dismissals.
Most innings dismissals (4 and more):
The highest is 5 by Hope, and three others have 4 each. The best for India is 3 by Rahul on two occasions.
Several non-keepers have taken 3 catches in an innings.
All-round match performances (30 runs and 3wi):
The best would seem to be the two instances by Aqib Ilyas of Oman, followed by JJ Smit of Namibia.
While following WI batting against SL in a T20I on Mar 6, one wondered if Russell’s 6 sixes and no fours was a record. It isn’t, but we can see the records here:
The devaluation of T20I match records is well under way. However, among “serious” matches the record would be Morgan’s 7 against SA. The next among serious matches would be Russell’s 6.
Let us look at the corresponding records for ODIs:
Here the record is 6 (less than the T20I record!) by Collingwood and Neesham. Raina is one with 5 sixes. Another was AD Mascarenhas, who scored 30 of his runs in 5 6s off an over from Yuvraj Singh.
And in Tests, the record is held by one of the rising tailend sloggers from India:
Umesh Yadav took over the record jointly held by Nixon Mclean, Flintoff and de Grandhomme. Further down, Keith Miller hit 3 sixes and no fours against India back in 1948. More recently, Southee and Bairstow also did this against India.
CA Walsh’s 18* included three 6s as the only scoring strokes in his 18-ball innings.
From India, others such as Kuruvilla, Shami and Sir Ravindra Jadeja have also tried their hand at this.
Footnote: NAM McLean was better known for his illustrious names (Nixon Alexei McNamara) than for his relatively modest performances.
Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:
Most wickets (20 and above):
The Karnataka pair of Srinath and Kumble lead.
No one has more than one 5-for. Srinath and Southee have two 4-fors.
Southee (30) and Boult (24) have the most wickets amongst current players.
Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5wi):
SE Bond has the best figures of 6-19, during his relatively short career. No good individual performance in this series, although Boult had 5-21 in 2019.
Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):
Southee is the only current player here, though close to the bottom.
Srinath and Hadlee have the best bowling averages.
Hadlee and Kapil have the best economy rates.
Srinath and Nehra (!) have the best strike rates.
Most dismissals (12 and above):
The forgotten NR Mongia has the most dismissals (36) and most stumpings (12).
However McCullum (25) has the most catches by a keeper, by Mongia and Dhoni with 24 each.
R Taylor (19) has the most catches by a fielder, followed by SP Fleming (18).
Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):
The record is 5 dismissals, while a number of fielders have taken 4 catches. The only such instance recently was KD Karthik’s 4 catches as a keeper in 2019.
Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):
NR Mongia leads again. Vengsarkar (!) has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.
Overall all-round performance (see criterion in table):
While notable all-rounders such as Kapil, Hadlee and Vettori have played in these matches, the only one with a creditable record is the “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris.
All-round match performance (Min 40 runs and 4 innings):
Another surprise: the only such performance is the unheralded K Srikkanth, whose bowling ability seems to have been a well-kept secret. His 70 and 5-27 back in 1988-89 was probably India’s best all-round feat in ODIs against all countries at that time.
New Zealand won the series 3-0, the first such whitewash for India in ODIs for a long time.
We start with a listing of match results since the beginning of 2019:
India did win 4-1 in New Zealand just over a year ago. Then they lost to them in the World cup semi-final, and then the 3 matches in Feb 2020.
Here is the overall record of ODIs between these teams:
India still has an overall lead of 55-49 and 26-8 at home, while NZ leads 25-14 at home and marginally leads 16-15 at neutral venues. Certainly a strong home advantage on both sides. But India had won there in 2019.
Now for individual records, starting with
Most runs (750 and above):
Taylor and Kohli are now in 2nd and 3rd place, though well below the first-placed Tendulkar. Williamson and Guptill are the other current players here.
Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Tendulkar, Kohli and Astle with 5 apiece. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Kohli and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by R Taylor.
Highest innings (110 and above):
Tendulkar has the two highest scores made a decade apart. Kohli’s 154* is the highest score by current players. But this series had fewer large individual scores, the highest being 112 by KL Rahul.
Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 30.00):
Kohli has the highest average here, with Dhoni (?) and Taylor the next highest among current players. Williamson and Rohit Sharma are also here.
Here we have some other names at the top such as JJ Roy, who is considerably ahead of EJG Morgan. While Kohli is here, others who scored the most (RG Sharma and SD Hope) did not score fast enough. There is one player (N Zadran) from Afghanistan.
Opening the gates of T20Is to virtually all countries who play a bit of cricket has had predictable results, particularly in women’s cricket:
These lists of lowest totals are correct on Dec 8, 2019:
Note the single-digit and near single-digit scores by Mali and the Maldives in the past few months. The men’s T20I teams have fared slightly better:
Note that these sub-50 scores include entries from major teams such as the West Indies.
Are things any better with ODIs and Tests, which still have considerable entry barriers? :
Well-established women’s teams have had their share of low scores.
There are even some sub-50 scores in men’s ODIs, mainly from minnow teams who were out of their depths in World Cup matches:
Take the cases of Canada (twice) and Namibia above in World Cup matches.
For comparison, we look at Test matches. There have been very limited Tests in women’s cricket:
Mainly from the earlier days. Both England and Australia recorded their lowest scores in the same Test in 1958.
While the majority of these low scores are from the times when South Africa were the whipping boys, there are some from the past few years (Ireland’s 38 in 2019, Bangladesh’s 43 in 2018). Not to forget Australia’s 47 in 2011, which needed Siddle and Lyon to reach this total from 21/9. It had a chance of lowering the mark of 26 set in 1955.