Lies, damn lies and statistics in cricket-Revised in 2020

For some unknown reason, this post in Dec 2015 was the most popular of my cricket-related posts and got over 700 views in that month.

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2015/12/07/lies-damn-lies-and-statistics-in-cricket/

So I thought of revising it in 2020.

The first question we asked was “Who is the best opening bowler of the 2010s?”

Here we set the bowling position as #1 or #2, and a minimum of 50 wickets.

You may have thought of someone like Steyn or Mitchell Johnson or Morkel.

In Dec 2015, R Ashwin had the best average, BW Hilfenhaus the best economy rate, and Ashwin again with the best strike rate.

When we consider the entire 2010s:

Best opening bowlers of 2010s

There is another unexpected result with the burly Rangana Herath having the best bowling average here. He is followed by Bumrah (expected) and Rabada (also expected). Ashwin is 4th.

Other spinners here are MDK (Dilruwan) Perera, and MH Miraz.

This time Mohammad Abbas has the best economy rate and K Rabada the best strike rate.

Next, who is India’s best opening bowler? Surely Kapil or Srinath?

In 2015 we got Ashwin again (followed by Srinath and Kapil). Phadkar had the best economy rate and Ashwin the best strike rate.

Again in 2020, we consider all those who bowled at 1 or 2 for India and took at least 50 wickets up to the end of 2019.

Indias best opening bowlers

This time Bumrah leads, followed by his contemporaries Ashwin and B Kumar.

Phadkar still has the best economy rate. Bumrah has the best strike rate while Ashwin is second.

Finally, who was India’s best all-rounder? We consider all those who scored at least 1000 runs and took 100 wickets up to the end of 2019.

In 2015, it was Ashwin followed by Kapil and Pathan.

In 2020, the topper was not Ashwin but one of his contemporaries.

Indias best allrounders

Indeed, this is led by Jadeja who is followed by Ashwin and Kapil. Of course, anyone below Shastri in this table should not really be called an all-rounder.

 

Test matches of 2019: All-round performance

Finally we look at all-round performances. For overall performances we have this (see the criteria):

AR overall

Even by these modest standards we only get two who meet the criteria of all-rounders. Jadeja has clearly done better than Stokes, although the latter is more likely to make an impact.

Then we have

Match performances: Fifty and fiver in the same match:

AR match

Here we have two contrasting performances. While Chase was largely responsible for an unexpected WI win, Rashid Khan’s criteria was the best all-round performance from Afghanistan in a Test. He was also the captain.

ODIs between India and the West Indies-2

Hope that you have seen part 1.

We now proceed to Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Ind v WI wickets

“Sir” Jadeja is set to become the leading wicket-taker here, although Shami is following him closely

M Dillon is the only one with two 5-fors, although Shami and Rampaul have the most 4+ hauls (4).

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5 and more wickets):

Ind v WI bowl inngs

The first few innings bowling figures are from long ago, with Viv Richards having one of the best analyses. He did take a few wickets in Tests as well, but not more than 2 in an innings. The best in 2019 was by Shami during the World Cup.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Ind v WI bowl avg

Surprisingly the best average is by the occasional bowler Viv Richards, though he is closely followed by Ambrose. Jadeja, Roach and Holder have the best averages among current players.

Marshall and Walsh have the best economy rates, while Richards and Kumble have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Ind v WI dism

Dhoni has the most dismissals (47), although Dujon took more catches (34) than him. Dhoni does however have the most stumpings (18). Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by non-keepers.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Ind v WI inngs dism

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals. Dravid has the most (4) catches by a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.50)

Ind v WI dis avg

Ramdin leads here, while Richards has the best rate among non-keepers.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

Ind v WI AR overall

Led by Richards (!) followed at a distance by Hooper and Kapil.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

Ind v WI AR match

Richards again in his unaccustomed role as an all-rounder. The best performances here would be by him in Jan 1988 and Oct 1989. Also one by Hooper.

 

India-West Indies T20I review-Dec 2019

The 3-match series in India was won by India with  2-1 margin. Earlier this year India had won 3-0 in a series spread over the USA and West Indies.

Here is a summary of the 17 T20I matches between these teams:

Ind v WI T20I results

These can be summarized as:

Results summary

India still has a healthy 10-6 lead.

Individual records: Batting

Most runs (100 and above):

Batting-100 total

The trio of RG Sharma, Kohli and Rahul have the most runs. While E Lewis is the only one with 2 centuries, Sharma and Kohli each have five 50+ scores.

Highest innings (75 and above):

Innings-75

Kohli and Rahul scored 90s in this series.

Most wickets (5 and above):

Bowling-most wickets

Jadeja leads now, with K Yadav and B Kumar from the current series.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Innings bowling

None of these performances are from the current series. But note DL Chahar’s 3-4 from earlier this year.

Fielding: Most dismissals (4 and more):

Fielding-most dismissals

RG Sharma has the most catches followed by Pollard. Dhoni, Pant and Ramdin have the most dismissals as a keeper.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

innings dismissals

KD Karthik has the most dismissals by a keeper.

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

AR-match.JPG

Bravo’s performance in the 2009 World Championship is one of the best in all T20Is.

Review of India-South Africa Tests (2019)-2

Hope you have read Part 1.

We now move to Bowling Records:

Most Wickets (15 or more):

Ind v SA wkts

The most wickets by current players are 53 by Ashwin and 42 by Jadeja.

The most 5-fors are by Steyn and Ashwin. No one has taken more than one 10-for.

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

Ind v SA innings bowl (6wi)

The only major performance in this series is Ashwin’s 7-145. Note Klusener’s debut performance in 1996 – ironically he never took a five-for again.

Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):

Ind v SA match bowl

Again, the only instance from this series is from Ashwin with 8-189.

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

I v SA Bowl Avg (all)

The best bowling averages are by Donald and Jadeja, the best economy rates by Pollock and Jadeja and the best strike rates by Steyn and Donald. Also note that the best averages for Indian bowlers are by the current players Jadeja and Ashwin.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

I v SA Dismissals

While Boucher has the most dismissals, de Villiers has the most by a fielder (25) followed by Kallis (25).

Most innings dismissals (5):

I v SA innings fielding

All by keepers, including 5 + 5 by Saha in 2018.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

I v SA match fielding

Saha has the record of 10. No fielder has more than 6.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500)

I v SA dis rate

Boucher’s dismissal rate is far ahead of the others, followed by Dhoni. Among fielders, the best is by the “hybrid” de Villiers followed by GC Smith. du Plessis has the best among current players.

All-round performances (Minimum 20 innings batted and 2000 balls):

I v SA AR overall

The only genuine all-rounder here is Pollock. Kallis does not seem to have bowled much against India.

All-round match performances (Fifty and five-for):

I v SA AR match

On expected lines, though one might expect to see Kallis and Jadeja. The lesser-known Boje has the best performance here.

 

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.

 

After the 1st semi-final of CWC 2019

Continuing the pretense of the IPL:

Orange Cap: RG Sharma* (648 runs), followed by  DA Warner (638) and Shakib Al Hasan* (606)

Purple Cap: MA Starc (26 wickets), followed by Mustafizur Rahman* (20), JJ Bumrah*  and LH Ferguson (18 each).

Most sixes: EJG Morgan (22), followed by AJ Finch (18) and RG Sharma* (14).

* No further part in the World Cup.

Minor records:

RA Jadeja made 77 at No 8. This is the second highest score by a No 8 batsman in the World Cup, surpassed only by NM Coulter-Nile’s 92 for Aus vs WI earlier in the 2019 WC. The previous record was 72* by HH Streak for Zim vs NZ in 2003. For India, the previous record was a mere 28 by NR Mongia  vs Zim in 1999.

MS Dhoni and RA Jadeja put on 116 for the 7th wicket, a record for the World Cup. The previous record for this wicket was 107 by A Javed and S Anwar for UAE vs Ire in 2015. For India, the record was a mere 58 by Kapil Dev and S Madan Lal vs Aus in 1983.