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.