5wi and 10wm on debut for and against India

The feat of taking 5 wickets in an innings is often equated with that of scoring a century. But the former does not get much attention in standard record books and websites. Many of them will have a list of players who scored a century on Test or ODI debut, but will not have a corresponding list of those who took 5wi (or 10wm) on debut.

Here we start with a list of Indian players who took 5wi on Test debut:

5od-by-ind

Nissar achieved this in India’s very first Test. Hirwani is the only one to take 5wi in both innings. He and Australia’s RAL Massie are the only ones take 8 wickets in each innings on debut, and indeed the only ones to do so in any Test.

Here are the players who took 5wi on Test debut, that Test being against India:

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Some of them did not do much in their career. Krejza, for instance, played in only one more Test. JK Lever is the only one to score a fifty and take 10wm in his debut Test, but he ended up without much achievement in batting. And Klusener became more of a batsman in his subsequent career. However, Bedser went on to take 11 wickets in his second Test (also against India) and went on to become one of England’s leading bowlers of his time.

We also look at 8 or more wickets in a match on debut (since instances of 10wm are somewhat rare here).

8 or more wickets in match by Indian bowlers on Test debut:

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The only 10wm here is Hirwani’s 16-136, which is the best match bowling figures by any Test debutant. It is just ahead of Massie’s 16-137 for Aus vs Eng in 1972.

Ashwin and Shami narrowly missed taking 10wm on debut. Ashwin soon made up for this, though Shami is yet to achieve this landmark.

8 or more wickets in match by bowlers on Test debut, that Test being against India:

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While Krezja has the best figures here, he only played one Test after this. WM Clark also had a short career.

 

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Review of West Indies-India Test series, 2016

As we all know, India won “only” 2-0 with 2 drawn which meant it is not the No 1 Test team any longer. Fear not, India has many home Tests coming up while Pakistan has to visit New Zealand and Australia in the coming months.

A total of 94 Tests have been played between the two countries. WI leads 30-18 with 46 draws. In WI there have been 49 Tests, where WI lead 16-7 with 26 draws. Even in the 45 Tests in India, WI lead 14-11 with 20 draws.

However, the last time WI defeated India in a Test was over a decade ago, in May 2002 at Kingston. That 2001-02 series was the last time WI won a Test series against India. India have since won in India in 2002-03, in WI in 2006, in India in 2011-12, in India in 2013-14, and now in WI in 2016.

And the last time WI won a Test in India was at Mohali in Dec 1994. They last won a Test series in India in 1983-84. The series in India in 1987-88 and 1994-95 were drawn.

Now for the specifics in 2016:

Batting:

Most runs (850 and above):

Batting (overall)

No current players in this list.The most centuries are 13 by Gavaskar, followed by 8 for Richards and Sobers. The most scores of 50+ are 20 by Gavaskar, followed by 19 (Lloyd), 18 (Dravid) and 17 (Chanderpaul).

Highest innings scores (175 and above):

Batting innings

Not much high scoring in recent years in WI, though Kohli made 200 in this series.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings and average 35.00):

Batting average

Sobers is far ahead of Gavaskar and three others who have averages above 60. ED Weekes scored over 1000 runs and had a batting average over 100 but played less than 20 innings. Similarly Walcott had an average of almost 70 but did not play enough innings. (See the first table above).

Now to bowling, which includes the best match bowling by a debutant in all Tests.

Most wickets (30 and above):

Bowling-overall

Kapil has a comfortable lead over the next-placed Marshall and Kumble.

Marshall has the most fivers (6) followed by Harbhajan with 5.

No one has more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (7wi and above):

Bowling-innings

Kapil leads here, followed by the long-forgotten Jack Noreiga whose 9-wicket haul is still a record for WI in all Tests. Hirwani’s debut can be seen here. Ashwin’s 7-83 at North Sound is the new record for India in WI, surpassing SP Gupte’s 7-162 in 1952-53.

Best match bowling (9wm and above):

Bowling-match

Hirwani’s 16-136 is the best debut performance in all Tests, just ahead of RAL Massie’s 16-137 in 1972. Newcomer ML Cummins had the best match bowling in this series. Also note Shami’s debut in 2013-14. It may be surprising to see that Ishant Sharma has the best match bowling for India in WI.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Bowling-average

Ashwin and Harbhajan have the best averages for India.

The best economy rates are 1.68 by GE Gomez (not Larry Gomes), 1.83 by Gibbs and 1.87 by Valentine. The best for India is 2.38 by Bedi.

The best strike rates are 42.6 by Hall, 43.8 by Ashwin and 45.2 by Roberts.

Now for fielding, which includes some world stumping records in the Hirwani and More show at Chennai in 1987.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Fielding overall

Note Walcott’s dual role.

Most stumpings: 9 by More.

Most catches by a keeper: 58 by Dujon

Most catches by a non-keeper: 39 by Richards.

Best innings fielding: 6 by W Saha at North Point in 2016. Several others have 5 dismissals, including Sammy (non-keeper and share in world record) and More (5 stumpings, a world record).

Best match fielding: 8 by Dhoni, followed by More and Saha with 7. More’s 7 included 6 stumpings (another world record). The most by a non-keeper is 6 by Solkar, during India’s first win over WI in March 1971.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.400 and above):

Fielding average

While Dhoni and Dujon lead this table, the best averages by a non-keeper is by Azharuddin followed by Lara.

All-round overall performances (note the criteria):

AR-overall

Sobers is far ahead of the others.

All-round match performance (at least one 50+ and one 5wi):

AR-match

Several instances of a century and 5wi here including 2 by Ashwin. In this series Ashwin and newcomer Chase achieved this. Perhaps Ashwin’s feat in 2011 would be the best. Umrigar’s feat in 1962 is also notable as he did not bowl regularly.

 

Summary of all T20Is between India and Sri Lanka

With the conclusion of the recent series which India won 2-1, India now leads Sri Lanka 5-4 in this format. The summary of results of all these 9 matches:

Ind-SL T20 summary

Not much of a data set, but we do our customary run through all statistics of matches in this format between these countries.

Overall batting (total of 75 runs and above):

Ind-SL overall batting

Sangakkara and Raina scored the most runs. Raina and Dhoni are the only ones to play all the 9 matches, while Dilshan and a few others have played in 8.

Sangakkara has scored 3 fifties and Kohli 2. No one else has scored more than one.

Looking at highest innings scores (40 and above):

Ind-SL indiv scores

Sangakkara and Kohli have the highest scores. In the present series there was only one fifty, by Dhawan.

Highest batting averages (minimum 5 innings batted):

Ind-SL batting averages

Raina and Kapugedera head this list. And the highest strike rates are by Kapugedera (155.88) followed by Gambhir (151.11)

Now to bowling.

Overall bowling (4 wickets and above):

Ind-SL overall bowling

Ashwin (11) and newcomer Chameera (5) have taken the most wickets for their teams.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above)

Ind-SL best bowling

Ashwin achieved the best bowling figures in the last match of this series. Earlier in the series Shanaka and Rajitha achieved the best bowling figures for Sri Lanka against India.

Bowling averages (minimum 5 innings bowled):

Ind-SL bowling average

Ashwin has by far the best bowling average (though the next one is more surprising). Ashwin also has the best economy rate and strike rate.

Now for fielding.

Most dismissals (2 and above):

Ind-SL overall fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals (8) followed by Raina with 5, which is the most for a non-keeper. Dhoni also has the most stumpings (3).

Most dismissals in an innings (2 and above):

Ind-SL match dismissals

Dhoni has once taken 3 dismissals (1 c, 2 st) while several non-keepers have taken 2 catches in an innings.

Best dismissal rate (0.250 and above)

Ind-SL dismissal rate

Dhoni and Raina head the list, and M. Jayawardene has the best rate for Sri Lanka

Overall all-round figures:

Ind-SL overall allround

Raina is the only one who qualifies with these modest criteria.

Best all-round figures in a match (minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

Ind-SL match allround

Clearly Yuvraj has the best figures here, followed by Ashwin.

 

Summary of T20Is between Australia and India

With India’s 3-0 sweep of the T20I series, India has made its first clean sweep in a bilateral series in Australia in any format of cricket. It has been pointed that no other visiting team has clean-swept Australia* in any format since international cricket began in 1877. Savour the moment.

*Mayukh Ghosh points out that this is true for all series with 3 or more matches, although England did win both Tests of 1886-87.

At the end of this series, this is the record of all T20Is between the two countries:

Overall record

India had led 5-4 at the start of the series and extended their lead to 8-4.

Most runs (100 and more):

Total runs

Note that Watson has scored the only century here. Kohli, Watson, Yuvraj and Rohit each have three scores of 50+.

Rohit and Dhoni are the only ones to have played in all T20Is between the two countries.

Highest individual scores (50 and more):

Best innings scores

Both Watson and Kohli made the record scores for their teams in this series.

Highest batting averages (for all those who batted in at least 5 innings):

Batting avg and SR

You can also see that Yuvraj (166.87) and Watson (162.28) have the highest strike rates.

Most wickets (4 and more):

Total wkts

Best innings bowling (3wi or more)

Best innings bowling

Ashwin is the only one to take 4 wickets in an innings. Young Bumrah recorded the best for India vs Aus in Aus at Adelaide during this series.

Best bowling averages (15 overs or more):

Bowling average etc

Watson has the best average, Harbhajan the best economy and Watson again has the best strike rate.

Most dismissals (4 and more):

Total dismissals

Note that Jadeja has the most catches by a fielder.

The most dismissals in an innings is 3 by Dhoni on two occasions. Several fielders have taken 2 catches in an innings.

Best dismissal rate (for 5 or more innings fielded):

Dismissal rate

Here too Jadeja has the highest dismissal rate for non-keepers.

Best overall all-round performances:

All-round overall

Here Yuvraj comes out on top, admittedly with less bowling but a good bowling average.

Best all-round match performances (Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

All-round match

Watson’s feat is clearly the better one.

Lies, damn lies and statistics in cricket

It has been said that there are lies, damn lies and statistics. And Test cricket is a good place to check this out.

After the conclusion of the India-South Africa series we ask Statsguru a few questions. The answers will not be what you expect.

Q1: Who is the best opening bowler in Tests in the 2010s?

A1: Consider all those who bowled at No 1 or 2 since 01 Jan 2010 and took at least 50 wickets while doing so, and rank them by their bowling averages.

Opening bowlers since 2010

Didn’t realize it was a spinner, did you?

Q2: OK, something more conventional. Who is India’s best opening bowler of all time?

A2: Consider all Indian bowlers who bowled at No 1 and No 2, and took at least 50 wickets while doing so. Rank them by their bowling averages.

India-opening bowler

Probably you should have seen that coming.

Q3: OK, but wasn’t Kapil Dev India’s greatest all-rounder?

A3: Let us consider all Indians who scored the double of 1000 runs/100 wickets, and rank by them by the difference between their batting average and bowling average. This measure is as good as any other means for ranking all-rounders.

India-allrounder

Well, you should have seen that one coming too.

It is up to you to decide how seriously you take these figures.

 

Wish him happy birthday on Sep 17

As you know, several famous Indians were born on September 17. Some are fortunate to have Mallika Sherawat singing birthday greetings for them. Here we look at one who is not a politician but is famous in his own right as

  1. India’s best Test all-rounder, surpassing Kapil
  2. The second-best spinning all-rounder in all Tests, ahead of bigger names like Mankad and Benaud.

In these tables we are considering a cutoff of 1000 runs, 100 wickets, batting average above 15.00, bowling average below 45.00. Ranking is by (Batting average-Bowling average).

Indian all-rounders:

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Spinning all-rounders from all countries.

Note that Statsguru does not seem to consider Sobers and Greig to be spinners, since they bowled medium-pace as well.

Ashwin2

Tail piece: he is also India’s leading opening bowler of the 2010s (ie bowling at no 1 or 2)-far ahead of regular opening bowlers such as Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma:

Ashwin