Important events on September 17

To begin with, Mallika Sherawat will sing:

Which was inspired by this:

 

Meanwhile, here are some other things which happened on September 17:

1908: The first ever fatal plane crash, though Orville Wright survived

1939: The USSR invades Poland, after Germany had occupied most of it

1940: Hitler decides to postpone the invasion of Britain

1948: The Nizam of Hyderabad decides to join the Indian Union

1954: “Lord of the Flies” is published

1978: The Camp David accords are signed

1983: Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America

2011: The “Occupy Wall Street” movement starts

Some people born on September 17:

1859: Billy the Kid

1879: Periyar EV Ramaswamy

1915: MF Hussain

1930: Lalgudi Jayaraman

1950: Narendra Modi

1986: R Ashwin (cricketer)

 

 

 

Review of South Africa-India Tests-Jan 2018-Pt 1

After the conclusion of this series won by South Africa with a 2-1 margin, the results of Tests between these countries are summarized below:

Overall

India recorded their third Test win in South Africa, and maintained their unbeaten record at Johannesburg. They won 2 and drew 3 at this venue, going back to the first series in 1992-93. India’s first Test win in SA had come here in December 2006. They are yet to win a Test series in SA and Australia, though they have drawn series in both countries.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Runs

Amla and de Villiers are 3rd and 4th on the all-time list. Other current players include Kohli, Pujara, Rahane and Vijay.

Tendulkar and Kallis both have 7 centuries. The most scores of 50+ are 12 by the same pair and Amla.

Highest innings (115 and above):

Indiv innings

This was a low-scoring series, with only Kohli’s 153 featuring here. Amla, Pujara, du Plessis and others have done well in earlier series. Sehwag’s 319 is India’s highest score in all Tests.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Kallis and Sehwag expectedly top the averages. Kohli, Pujara, du Plessis and some other current players do not appear here as they have not played 20 innings. However, we can also look at

Highest batting strike rates (minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting SR.JPG

Here Sehwag has by far the highest strike rate, followed by Azharuddin, GC Smith and Kohli. Dravid’s SR is surprisingly low.

Now to bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Wkts

Kumble is far ahead of the second-placed Steyn, who did not do much in this series. Morkel, Ashwin and Ishant are among the current players here.

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

Innings bowling

Ngidi and Philander had 6-wicket hauls in this series, Ngidi doing so on his debut.

Earlier Klusener recorded his career-best innings bowling figures during his debut.

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

Match bowling

Philander’s 9-wicket haul is the best in the current series, though others such as Ashwin and Steyn have done better in earlier series.

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

Bowling avg

We can see that Donald and Pollock have the best bowling averages. The best economy rates are by Pollock (2.26) and Kumble (2.34). The best strike rates are by Steyn (41.8) and Donald (43.7)

To be continued.

 

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:

WinChase

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:

Topscorechase

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:

Fourthinningsbowl

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):

tests2016-wkts

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.

tests2016-bowlinngs

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

tests2016-bowlmatch

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 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):

batting-overall

Among current players, Gambhir and R. Taylor lead.

Highest innings scores (150+):

batting-innings

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:

bowling-innings

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

Best match bowling:

bowling-match

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.