Batting last in Tests in India

It is difficult to win a Test in India when the target is over 100, particularly if you are facing Indian bowling.

Here is a list of matches won with the target 100 or more on Indian grounds:

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Note that the best score by a visiting side is 276/5, by the West Indies team including Viv Richards who scored a century. Australia could successfully chase a target over 100 only once, making 195/2 coincidentally also at Bengaluru. Mark Taylor scored a century on that occasion.

Here are the highest innings scores (50 and above) in successful chases of targets of 100 or more:

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We see the centuries by Viv Richards and Mark Taylor here. Sachin Tendulkar is the only  other one to make a century under these conditions.

Clive Lloyd was making his Test debut, adding to his 82 in his first innings. AR Lewis was also making his debut, and was captain at this stage. He made up for his duck in his first innings.

And these are the best innings bowling figures in Tests won by the bowling side in the 4th innings, where the target was 100 or more:

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The top spot is Kumble’s ten-for, followed by Klusener’s 8-64 (the best by a visiting bowler) and Hirwani’s 8-75 on debut (adding to 8-61 in his first innings). Ashwin makes numerous appearances here, accompanied by several other Indian spinners.

 

 

Test all-round performances of 2016

This refers to all Tests in the calendar year 2016.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria below):

tests2016-aroverall

Ashwin deservedly leads this list, followed closely by Stokes.

All-round performance in matches (at least one fifty and one five-for):

tests2016-armatch

The list of 6 instances includes 2 by Ashwin and 2 by Jadeja. Chase made a match-saving century and took a fiver in his 2nd Test. Dilruwan Perera and Jadeja performed the less common double of a fifty and 10 wickets in a match. Jadeja was the only one of the 20-odd of these players (who took 50/10wm) to take more than 2 catches.

Over to 2017.

Test bowling performances of 2016

This applies to all Tests during the calendar year 2016.

Most wickets taken (20 and above):

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Ashwin is far ahead of the runner-up Herath. Ashwin also has the most fivers (8) followed by Herath (5). Ashwin yet again has the most tenners (3) followed by Herath and Yasir Shah with 2 apiece.

Best bowling (innings): All instances of 6 or more wickets.

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Bishoo has the best innings figures for the year but his side lost that Test. Interestingly, RA Jadeja has the best innings figures for India.

Best bowling (match): All instances of 8 or more wickets

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Ashwin’s and Herath’s names keep recurring here.

Bowling averages: (Minimum 1500 balls):

tests2016-bowl-avg

Herath tops this list followed by the less heralded Wagner and then Starc.

Jadeja has the  best economy rate of 2.27, followed by Anderson (2.46) and Herath (2.61)

The best strike rate is by Rabada (36.6) followed by Starc (39.0) and Herath (43.4)

Though Ashwin took the most wickets, he did not score very well on these parameters.

To be continued.

 

 

Review of Tests between India and England-1

This 4-0 margin (with 1 draw) was the best by India against England, surpassing the 3-0 clean sweep in 1992-93. England had won 5-0 in 1959 and 4-0 in 2011, though the same teams also played an all-drawn 5-Test series in 1963-64.

At the end of this series, 117 Tests had been played between the two countries. England has won 43, India 25 and 49 were drawn. In India, England has won 13, India leads with 19 and 28 were drawn. In England, England has won 30, India 6 and 21 were drawn.

And India’s first-ever Test victory was against England at Madras in February 1952. On that occasion Mankad took 12 wickets, Hazare was India’s captain, and DB Carr was England’s stand-in captain playing the second and last Test of his career.

We now look at Batting: Most runs (1000 and above):

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We can see that the most centuries were scored by Dravid and Tendulkar (7), followed by Azharuddin, Cook and Pietersen with 6.

The most 50-plus scores were scored by Gavaskar and Tendulkar (20), followed by Viswanath (16), Dravid (15) and Cook (14).

Next, we look at Highest Individual Scores (180 and above):

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First Kohli (235) and then Nair (303*) made the highest scores for India vs England, surpassing Kambli’s 224 in 1992-93. Only Gooch’s 333 is larger. More about Nair’s achievements in my previous post.

KL Rahul’s 199 in this series was also noteworthy. There seem to be quite a number of 190s here.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00 and above):

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The first name on the list may appear surprising, though he was very consistent against India. It is surprising that Barrington’s average is much higher than that of second-placed Dravid. Note the relatively low positions of Gavaskar and Viswanath. Dravid and Azharuddin did considerably better compared to other Indian batsmen.

Now we move to Bowling.

Most wickets (30 and above):

e-v-i-wkts

It is not very likely that Anderson will cross the tallies of Chandrasekhar and Kumble. Broad and Ashwin are next among current players.

The most fivers were by Chandrasekhar (8) and Botham (6) followed by several others with 4. Only Bedser took two tenners; in fact he started his Test career with two 11-wicket hauls.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7 wickets in an innings):

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Only Jadeja from the current series. Note that the top two performances were over 60 years ago.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10 wickets in a match):

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Ashwin and Jadeja reached their marks in this series, Ashwin making the third best performance. Here we can see how Bedser did in his first two Tests. There are also the one-off performances by L Siva and JK Lever who did not fulfill their early promise.

Looking at the Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, 35.00 and below):

e-v-i-bowling-avg

There are somewhat unexpected names at the top 2 places.

Illingworth, Lever and Mankad have the best averages.

For economy rates, the best figures are by Illingworth (1.65), Nadkarni (1.67) and Mankad (1.82). Nadkarni’s famous 32-27-5-0 was against England in 1963-64.

For strike rates, the best figures are by Lever (47.0), Willis (47.4) and Broad (54.6).

Broad, Anderson and Jadeja are the current players in this list. Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have bowling averages higher than the 35.00 mark mentioned here.

To be continued

 

Review of India-New Zealand Tests-1

With the conclusion of India’s 3-0 clean sweep over New Zealand, a total of 57 Tests have been played between the two teams.

Overall, India leads 21-10 with 26 draws.

In India, the home team leads 16-2 with 16 draws. The only 2 Tests won by New Zealand were in 1969-70 and 1988-89.

In New Zealand, again the home team leads 8-5 with 10 draws. India’s 5 wins here include 3 in 1967-68 (India’s first Test and series wins abroad), one in 1975-76 and another in 2008-09.

Overall batting figures (600+ runs):

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Among current players, Gambhir and R. Taylor lead.

Highest innings scores (150+):

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Only Kohli and Rahane among current players. Strange that Mankad’s 231 in 1955-56 is still the highest by India against NZ. It was the record for India against all countries until Gavaskar made 236* against WI in 1983-84.

Highest batting averages (all instances of 20+ innings batted):

batting-avg

R. Taylor is the only current player here. The relative infrequency of Tests between the two countries means that many prominent batsmen have not reached the cutoff of 20 innings.

Now to bowling.

Most wickets (25+):

bowling-overall

Here we see Ashwin rapidly moving up the ranks with 27 wickets in this series. He has the most fivers (6) and tenners (3), moving ahead of the famous knight (not Sir Ravindra).

Best innings bowling:

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Ashwin moves into 4th position here. Venkataraghavan’s career-best innings figures came in his debut series.

Best match bowling:

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R. Ashwin now has the best match bowling figures on either side. He surpassed his own record set in 2012, and took another tenner in this series. The “other” knight has the best figures for NZ, both in India and NZ.

Finally we look at the bowling averages (2000 + balls bowled):

bowling-avg

Only 12 bowlers make the cutoff, with relatively few from recent years. Indian spinners have the first 4 places in the list before Sir Richard makes an appearance.

It can also be seen that RG Nadkarni (who else?) has the best economy rate of 1.52 followed by Bedi and Venkataraghavan. Hadlee has the best strike rate of 47.7 followed by Prasanna and Zaheer. Note that Ashwin has bowled only 1415 balls so far (see the first bowling table) but has a strike rate of 31.4.

Also note Vettori’s unexpectedly poor average.

Enough for now, will take up fielding and all-round performances here.