KL Rahul’s feat in perspective

Here is a list of all those who have scored 75 or more on their ODI debut:

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It can be seen that Rahul is 11th on this list, and the only one to have scored a neat 100. Just below him is SP Patil of the UAE with 99 not out. While there have been  three 99s on Test debut, none of them were unbeaten. In fact there are no unbeaten 90s on Test debut.

SP Fleming was out in the 90s both on Test and ODI debut. Andy Flower, Desmond Haynes and Praveen Amre are among others who made a fifty-plus on both Test and ODI debut.

Note the big gap between the highest score here (148) and the next (124).

There is at least one case (Shahid Afridi, 102 in 1996) who scored a century in his first ODI innings (in the then record of 37 balls), not having batted in the first. Similarly Yuvraj Singh scored 80 in his first innings in his second ODI in 2000.

Here we see the list of  all Indian players with 40 or more on debut, which was headed by Uthappa and now by Rahul:

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Patel and Wadekar scored their fifties in India’s first-ever ODI, while Ashok Mankad followed in the very next match. Sidhu is the only one here to do this in a World Cup match (1987), while PK Amre is the only one to score fifty-plus on Test as well as ODI debut. Both of them came against South Africa soon after its comeback, in an ODI in 1991-92 and a Test in 1992-93.

 

 

Making the most of limited chances-Allround performances

We conclude this series with a look at those who put in a good all-round performance in their only opportunity in international cricket. We will look at batting + bowling as well as batting + fielding in the three formats of the game.

We start with Tests:

30-plus runs and 3-plus wickets in their only Test:

All round-30 runs and 3 wkts in only Test

Heading the list is MF Malone, one of the Packermen who was given a chance in the final Test of a series which Australia had already lost. It would clearly be the best all-round performance for someone who played only one Test. Next would come that of JP Faulkner. He is a key member of Australia’s current limited-overs teams and will probably play a few more Tests.

30-plus runs and 3-plus dismissals in their only Test:

Allround-30 runs and 3 dismissals in only Test

Again, some relatively lesser-known players. Ronchi and Ojha can be expected to play again. L Ronchi’s performance, for the moment, is the best for any keeper who played in only one test. NV Ojha would be next.

Passailaigue is the only non-keeper here. He put on 487* for the 6th wicket with George Headley in 1931-32 which is still the world first-class record for this wicket.

Now for ODIs:

10 or more runs and 1 or more wicket in their only ODI:

10 runs and 1 wicket in only ODI

After scraping the bottom of the barrel, we have these 8 ODI players. India’s leading spinner of the 70s is there along with a few other Test players such as AV Mankad, ADG Roberts and JR Hammond. Fittingly Chandrashekhar has the best bowling here, while AV Mankad has the highest score.

10 or more runs and 1 or more dismissal in their only ODI:

10 runs and 1 dismissal in only ODI

ADG Roberts appears in both of these lists. Other famous names are Bill Lawry and the now-familiar Phil Emery.

Finally we move to T20Is:

10 or more runs and 1 or more wicket in their only T20I:

10 runs and 1 wicket in only T20I

Famous names include Tendulkar (in India’s first T20I), Rafique (Bangladesh’s first genuine all-rounder) and Gillespie. The list is headed by Scott Borthwick who also played one Test and two ODIs.

Gillespie scored the most runs (!) while Hitchcock is the only one to take 2 wickets.

10 or more runs and 1 or more dismissal in their only T20I:

10 runs and 1 dismissal in only T20I

12 in this list, and some of them like Tendulkar, Borthwick and Fayyaz appear again.

Dinesh Mongia, like Tendulkar, made his only T20I appearance in India’s first ODI. He has the highest score here,while no one has more than one dismissal. Nixon is the only one to make a stumping.

There are a number of Test players here including Read, Nafees, Tendulkar, Key, Reifer and Kieran Powell.

This concludes our series on those who did well in their only opportunity in international cricket.

 

Eclectic score cards for ODIs

This is a follow-up from the last post

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/04/14/eclectic-score-cards-for-tests/

Now we take up ODIs in the same way. Though others interested in cricket statistics may disagree, I have removed ODIs involving multi-national teams such as the ICC World XI, Africa XI and Asia XI.

First, the highest scores at various batting positions in all ODIs:

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Interesting that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 is the oldest record standing, followed by Viv Richard’s 189* in 1984. That was the only ODI played at Tunbridge Wells, and there is no video of this match available because of a dispute with the BBC at that time.

Now for Indian players:

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Interesting that the records for numbers 9 and 10 came in the same match.

Now we look at all debutants in ODIs:

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Interesting that Haynes’s record of 1978 still stands.

No debutant from India in the above table. Their details are here:

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Oddly enough Brijesh Patel’s 82 from India’s very first ODI in 1974 is still a record.

Some may be thinking of Yuvraj Singh’s 84 at No 5 in 2000. But that was in his second ODI, while he did not bat in the first. (Shahid Afridi’s 37-ball century had a similar story).

 

ODIs between India and South Africa in India-a review

After the one-sided decider at Mumbai, the record of ODIs between India and South Africa stands as:

Total ODIs: 76: SA lead 45-28 with 3 no result

In India:  28:     SA trail 13-15

In SA:     28:     SA lead 21-5 with 2 NR

Neutral:  20:     SA lead 11-8 with 1 NR

We now concentrate on the matches played in India including the just-concluded series.

Batting: All those who have scored 250 or more runs:

Total runs

Tendulkar is far ahead although ABD shows signs of catching up in the next series.

Highest individual scores:

Here we have everyone who has scored centuries:

Centuries

Tendulkar still leads with the first-ever ODI double century. RG Sharma and Kohli are next, while du Plessis just failed to cross GC Smith’s record of 134* for SA. You can see that ABD’s strike rate in his last century is by far the highest among these centuries, 195 while he also has the second and third highest strike rates with 172 and 142 respectively. He has the most centuries (5).

Looking at career averages and strike rates (for those who have batted in at least 10 innings):

Batting avg-SR

Kallis and ABD have the highest averages. ABD inevitably has the highest strike rate followed by Dhoni.

Now for bowling:

Bowling

Kumble has the most wickets followed closely by Donald and Steyn (who might not play too many more ODIs in India). Rabada may well rise rapidly on this table.

Best innings bowling:

Inningsbowl

Oddly enough the record performance occurred in the first series in 1991-92. M Morkel and Rabada recorded 4-wicket hauls in this series.

Now for bowling averages and other parameters, with a minimum of 500 balls bowled.

BowlAvg

Kumble has the best bowling average and economy rate, while Steyn has the best strike rate (as well as the worst economy) in this table.

Fielding:

Fielding

Boucher leads Dhoni, although Dhoni has the most stumpings. Azharuddin and Cronje have the most catches by non-keepers.

Dismissals in an innings:

Inningsfield

Boucher has the most dismissals (5) followed by Dhoni and the lesser-known SS Dighe with 4. Azharuddin, Kohli and DA Miller have each taken 3 catches as non-keepers.

Dismissals per innings (for a minimum of 10 innings):

Disrate

Boucher again leads Dhoni, while Azharuddin and Cronje have the best rate among non-keepers.

All-round performances:

AR

Even if we reduce the qualification to 5 innings and 250 runs, only Tendulkar makes the cut with the help of  his little-used bowling.

For match bowling (minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets) we get:

AR-Match

Clearly Kallis has the best performance here followed by Klusener, while IK Pathan has the best for India.

Performance in the first 25 Tests and ODIs

The learning curve can be quite steep in international cricket, although Bangladesh have now shown some signs of improvement since they started. Their performance in Tests is still quite dismal, and it is therefore worthwhile to compare how other countries fared in their first 25 Tests and 25 ODIs. It is often forgotten that India and New Zealand took some 20 and 25 years respectively to record their first Test wins. Here we see a tabulation of all Test-playing countries in their first 25 matches:

Test25

It can be seen that England (closely followed by Pakistan) lead the table. New Zealand, Zimbabwe, India and Sri Lanka had a rather unimpressive run of wins but were able to draw more consistently than Bangladesh.

Australia is the only team to win its first Test, and Zimbabwe the only one to draw its first Test. The other 8 teams all lost their first Tests.

Now let us look at the first 25 ODIs for the top 12 teams at the moment, being the 10 Test nations plus Afghanistan and Ireland. As in the case of Tests, we have removed the multinational teams. Apart from the ICC XI there are Africa XI and Asia XI to be removed.

ODI25

Afghanistan and Ireland have a bit of an advantage as they played more matches against lower-ranked teams which are on the fringes of ODIs, though not good enough to dine at the high table of the main ICC rankings. As we might guess, the West Indies were the big bosses from the beginning though Afghanistan and England tie for the second place, closely followed by Australia. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh take up the bottom. Bangladesh sadly is at the bottom in both formats.

4 of these teams won their first ODI: Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe while the other 10 lost their first matches.

It might be instructive to see how they fared in their first 50 Tests and 50 ODIs.