The other Test all-rounders-1

We start with the scorecard of the  England-South Africa Test at Lord’s:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-south-africa-2017/engine/match/1031437.html

Moeen Ali achieved the double of a fifty and 10 wickets in the match.

Now, the standard definition of a good all-round performance in a Test is a century and a fiver. Cricinfo provides this as a direct link: http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282793.html

There are 32 such instances at the time of writing.

The achievement of a fifty and 10wm is somewhat less common though the instances can be easily be got from Statsguru:

Fifty and 10 wickets in a Test (as on Jul 11, 2017)

10wm and fifty

27 entries here, the most recent entrants here being Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja and Dilruwan Perera. Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do this 3 times. No one else has done it more than once.

Also note that Alan Davidson was the first to score a hundred runs and take 10 wickets in a match (though without a century). This was in the Brisbane tied Test of 1960. He held this record for over 19 years. It was not until 1980 that Botham became the first to score a century and take 10 wickets in a match. Imran repeated this a few years later and Shakib followed much later.

While the list of those who scored a century and 5wi is mostly populated by the better-known all-rounders ranging from Sobers to Botham to Ashwin, the second list has a few unexpected names. These include bowlers who were not considered recognized batsmen but somehow managed a fifty: e.g. JK Lever (on debut), Abdul Qadir, DW Steyn and PS de Villiers. Then there are non-regular bowlers (notably AR Border and MG Bevan) who were not regular bowlers but somehow managed a ten-wicket haul.

In several cases these were the only fifties or ten-fors the player achieved in their Test careers. The strangest case may be that of JK Lever, who is the only one to score a fifty and take ten wickets on his debut. He did not achieve either of these again in his 21-Test career.

Involved in all ten dismissals in an innings

If you are reading this, you would be aware that bowlers have taken all ten wickets in an innings on two occasions-Jim Laker in 1956 and Anil Kumble in 1999.

You may have imagined that there must have been some other instances where someone took wickets and catches when added together totaled ten. This thought may have occurred to many in the Ind vs Eng Test at Chennai, when “Sir” Ravindra Jadeja took 7 wickets and 3 catches in the 3rd innings: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-england-2016-17/engine/match/1034817.html

However, this was not so. Look at the scorecard of this innings carefully:

Jadeja Chennai

Jadeja took 7 wickets, missing out on Bairstow, Dawson and Rashid. He did catch Bairstow and Rashid but was NOT involved in the dismissal of Dawson. His third catch was the caught-and-bowled dismissal of Jennings. So he had a hand in 9 of the 10 dismissals.

To identify all these cases, we look at the instances of

10 wickets (no doubt)

9 wickets plus 1 or more catches

8 wickets plus 2 or more catches

7 wickets plus 3 or more catches (e.g. Sir Ravindra)

There are no instances of 6 wickets and 4 or more catches.

These cases are summarized below:

All Ten

By the process used in Jadeja’s example we identify only FOUR such cases: Laker, Kumble, Hadlee and Tayfield where the bowler had a hand in all ten wickets. The match scorecards can be seen here:

Laker: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62814.html

Kumble: http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63829.html

Hadlee: http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/engine/match/63415.html

Tayfield:http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62823.html

The cases of Laker and Kumble need no explanation.

In Hadlee’s case, he caught Lawson off VR Brown’s bowling to add to his 9 wickets.

In Tayfield’s case, he caught Insole off Goddard’s bowling to add to his 9 wickets, which included his second catch of Cowdrey (caught and bowled).

And this list does include a genuine knight in Sir Richard Hadlee, unlike the unrecognized knight from Saurashtra.

 

 

 

ODIs between India and New Zealand-2

Continuing with our study of ODIs between India and New Zealand up to 2016-17.

Fielding

Most dismissals (10 and above):

ind-nz-fielding

The now-forgotten Nayan Mongia has the most dismissals and most stumpings. McCullum has the most catches as a keeper, and Stephen Fleming the most by a non-keeper. Dhoni and McCullum are in second place.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

ind-nz-fielding-innings

No recent instances here.

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.400 and above):

ind-nzfielding-avg

Mongia again tops this list followed by Dhoni and McCullum. Taylor and Vengsarkar have the best averages among non-keepers. Note Dravid’s dual role.

All-round performances (Overall):

ind-nz-ar

Hadlee and Harris are the only ones to qualify with the somewhat lower criteria.

All-round match performance (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):

ind-nz-ar-match

The best all-round performance was (unexpectedly) by K. Srikkanth who was not generally considered to be a bowler. Other good performances were by Cairns, Astle and YK Pathan.

ODIs between India and New Zealand-1

At the end of the recent ODI series in India, India maintained its record of winning all bilateral series against New Zealand at home. To sum up:

India won 4-0 in 1988-89

3-2 in 1995-96

3-2 in 1999-00

4-0 in 2010-11

and

3-2 in 2016-17

A total of 98 ODIs had been played between the two teams. India has won 49, New Zealand 43 while there was 1 tie and 5 no-results. These are summarized below:

(won by)  Ind     NZ    Tie    NR     Total

In Ind         24         7       0       1         32

In NZ          10        21       1       2         34

Neutral      15         15      0       2         32

TOTAL       49        43       1       5       98

Interestingly, the home advantage is clear for both teams while they have been evenly matched in neutral venues.

We now take up individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

ind-nz-batting

This has Kohli, Taylor and a few other current NZ players.

Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Astle and Tendulkar with 5.

Tendulkar has the most 50-plus scores (13) followed by Astle with 10 and four others with 9.

Highest scores (110 and above):

ind-nz-hs

Kohli’s 154* is the only one from the current series.

Batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all 22 instances):

ind-nz-batting-avg

Interestingly Sehwag has the highest average here for India, while Astle has the highest for New Zealand. Dhoni, Taylor and Guptill are the only current players. Some likely candidates such as Kohli and Williamson have not played enough innings.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, all instances):

ind-nz-batting-strike-rate

Sehwag and Kapil have the highest strike rates which are almost the same. McCullum and Cairns have the highest for New Zealand. Kohli has the highest among current players.

Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

ind-nz-bowling

Srinath leads by a considerable margin, while KD Mills somewhat unexpectedly has taken the most for New Zealand. No one has taken more than one five-for.

Best innings bowling (including all 5-fors):

ind-nz-bb

While Shane Bond has the best figures here, Amit Mishra now has the best figures for India with 5-18 in the series decider. The previous record for India was (guess who) Srikkanth with 5-27 also at Vizag back in 1988.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

ind-nz-bowling-avg

Srinath and Sir Richard have the best averages. We can also see that Sir Richard has the best economy rate of 3.36 and Srinath has the best strike rate of 31.0 . No current players have bowled enough.

To be continued.