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.

 

Cricket World Cup finals and honors

A summary of all the World Cup final matches, their MOM awards and MOS awards. Also other World Cup records.

As you can see here, sometimes the presentation in Wikipedia is better than in Cricinfo and other cricket websites.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_World_Cup#Man_of_the_tournament

Performances in CWC 2019

Batting:

Most runs (400 runs and above):

WC 2019 Runs 400

Note 5 centuries by RG Sharma, while Shakib Al Hasan has 7 scores of 50+.

Only 1 run separates the leader RG Sharma (648) and runner up DA Warner (647).

Highest innings (95 and above):

WC 2019 Innings 95

Not as high-scoring as the 2015 WC, which had scores of 215 and 237.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

WC 2019 Wkts 12

Note that MA Starc has 4 hauls of 4wi and above, followed by M Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 4wi and better):

WC 2019 Bowl innings

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

WC 2019 Dismissals 8

JE Root has the most catches (13) by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

WC 2019 Dism innings

CR Woakes and JM Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers (4) which equals the existing World Cup record held by several others.

All-round performance:

Overall:

WC 2019 AR overall

Shakib Al Hasan with 606 runs and 11 wickets is clearly leading here, followed by the less expected all-rounder JDS Neesham.

Match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

WC 2019 AR match

Only these two. Shakib and Yuvraj Singh (vs Ireland in 2011) are the only two with 50/5wi in a World Cup match.

Man of the Series:  KS Williamson, presumably for his captaincy as well as being the 4th top scorer with 578 runs.

 

After the final of CWC 2019

Final results for the Orange Cap:

1. RG Sharma 648 runs

2. DA Warner 647

3. Shakib Al Hasan 606

4. KS Williamson 578

(Note: the series record is 673 by SR Tendulkar in 2003)

Purple Cap:

1. MA Starc 27 wickets

2. LH Ferguson 21

3. JC Archer 20

4. Mustafizur Rahman 20

(Note: Starc has the new series record, surpassing the 26 by GD McGrath in 2007.)

Most 6s:

1. EJG Morgan 22

2. AJ Finch 18

3. RG Sharma 14

4. CH Gayle 12

5. JJ Roy 12

(The series record is 26 by CH Gayle in 2015.)

Man of the Series: KS Williamson, for captaincy and 578 runs.

Also: While there have been tied matches in past World Cups (including the Aus v SA semi final in 1999), this is the first to involve a Super Over.

From Cricinfo: There had only been 37 ties in the 4045 ODIs that had been played till then, and only four in 445 World Cup matches; none since 2011. England had been involved in eight ties before this, and New Zealand seven, and in matches involving both, there had been three. The law of probabilities would have given it a 0.91% chance.

 

 

Flashback: When Virat met Kane in 2008

They first met as opposing captains in another semi-final long ago in Kuala Lumpur in February 2008, when India won by 3 wkts (by D/L):

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/317005/india-under-19s-vs-new-zealand-under-19s-semi-final-icc-under-19-world-cup-2007-08

Future internationals in this match included Worker, Williamson, Southee, CJ Anderson and Boult from NZ and Kohli, SS Tiwary, MK Pandey and Sir Ravindra Jadeja (though he was a minor nobleman at that time) from India.

In the other semi-final SA won against Pak.

In the final, Ind won against SA by 12 runs (again by D/L):

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/317016/india-under-19s-vs-south-africa-under-19s-final-icc-under-19-world-cup-2007-08

SA’s future internationals included Rossouw, Reza Hendricks and Parnell (captain).

Now for the semi finals-2

As you know, the first semi-final between India and New Zealand is at Manchester on July 9. There is a reserve day on Jul 10. And then DLS.

If no decision is reached even then, India proceeds to the final on the basis of points in the group stage.

Now let us look at how India and New Zealand have done at this venue in past ODIs.

India has played 10 matches here, winning 5 and losing 5.

Here are the results (for World Cup matches only):

1975: Lost to NZ

1979: Lost to SL

1983: Won vs WI

1983: Won vs Eng (Semi final)

1999: Won vs Pak (Super 6)

2019: Won vs Pak

2019: Won vs WI

5 wins on the trot at Old Trafford.

New Zealand has played 7 matches here, winning 2, losing 4 and 1 no-result.

In World Cup matches:

1975: Won vs Ind

1979: Lost vs Eng (Semi final).

1999: Lost vs Pak (Semi final);

2019: Won vs WI

Indifferent performance, though they did beat India in 1975 🙂

 

 

Now for the semi finals-1

PS: If you are feeling nostalgic for the national anthems of the departed teams, you can see this (from the 2015 WC):

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/national-anthems-of-wc-2015/

Now we have:

Jul 9: 1st SF, Ind v NZ, 1500 IST

Jul 11: 2nd SF, Aus v Eng, 1500 IST

Jul 14: Final, 1500 IST

And the road so far:

Points table Jul 06 2019

This WC has so far been marked by several relatively close (but not very close) finishes.

Also see the ICC rankings after the matches of Jul 6:

ICC rankings on Jul 6 2019

Note that only a fraction of a point separates England and India.

The top 4 here are indeed the semi-finalists. And the top 10 are indeed those who qualified for the World Cup. Ireland and Zimbabwe would have been out of their depth, as Ireland is 10 points behind Afghanistan.

A quick look at the IPL-style contests at the moment:

Orange Cap: RG Sharma 647 runs, followed by DA Warner (638) and Shakib Al Hasan* (606).

Purple Cap: MA Starc 26 wickets, followed by Mustafizur Rahman* (20) and 4 others with 17.

Most 6s: EJG Morgan 22, AJ Finch 18 and RG Sharma 14.

(Shakib* also has 11 wickets).

*No further part in the 2019 World Cup.

Next we will take up the statistical highlights so far.