Review of India v Sri Lanka T20Is-Dec 2017

After India won this series 3-0, the T20I results between these teams stood as follows:

Teams

India lead 10-4. It is interesting that SL have never won a T20I against India at home, though they have won in India and in neutral venues.

Looking at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Total runs

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 14 matches between these teams. He captained in the first 10. Next is RG Sharma (13) and T Perera (11)

Kohli has scored the most runs despite missing this series and playing in only 4 matches. He is closely followed by RG Sharma. Sharma is the only one to score a century, while Kohli has the most (4) scores of 50+.

Highest innings scores (50 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma and Rahul both broke the record of 82 made by Kohli in the previous match in Sri Lanka in September. Kusal Perera came close to surpassing Sangakkara’s SL v Ind record of 78.

Highest averages (minimum 5 innings, avg 20.00)

Bat avg (20+)

Dhoni has the highest average, though Kohli and Rahul will likely overtake him once they have played 5 innings. RG Sharma’s average is surprisingly low. Oddly Gambhir has the highest strike rate of 151.11 followed by Sharma.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

Total wkts

Ashwin leads though he did not play in the last two series. Chahal will soon catch up. He is the only one to take two four-fors.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Innings bowling

India has the first 5 places here, with Shanaka’s 3-16 being the best for SL.

Best bowling averages (minimum 5 innings, all instances):

Bowl avg

Ashwin has by far the best average, followed by newcomer Pandya. Ashwin also has the best economy and strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (3 and above):

Dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as stumpings. However non-keeper Pandya has the same number of catches as Dhoni.

Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

Innings dismissals

Dhoni is the only one to make 3 or more dismissals in an innings. Some non-keepers have taken 2 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 5 innings, 0.500 and above):

Dismissal rate

Dhoni again at the top, though non-keeper Pandya has the same rate. Chameera has the best for SL, ahead of keeper Dickwella.

Now for all-round performances:

Overall all-round performances (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Raina (!) and Yuvraj have a respectable performance here.

All-round match performance (20 and 2 wickets):

AR-Match

Shanaka achieved this during this series, though Yuvraj’s performance is clearly the best.

Thus ended India’s international cricket engagements for 2017.

 

 

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Century on debut and never again (revised-Jan 2018)

The feat of scoring a century on Test debut is not as rare as one may imagine. It has occurred no less than 102 occasions which  produced 104 centuries, including two instances of two centuries on debut. Most of these players have gone on to score one or more centuries after that, including prolific batsmen like Peter May, Bill Ponsford, G. R. Viswanath, Greg Chappell, Saleem Malik, M. Azharuddin and Virender Sehwag among others.

The highest innings score on debut is 287 by R.E. Foster in 1903-04 (oddly enough the Wright Brothers made their first successful flight during this match). There are several other double centuries on debut. Those who scored two centuries on debut are L. G. Rowe (214 and 100* in 1971-72) who scored several centuries including a triple after that, and Yaseer Hameed (170 and 105 in 2003-04) who never made another.

Those who scored double centuries on debut and failed to make even a single after this include R.E. Foster and B. Kuruppu. The list below also includes some who scored a total of over 200 in the match, including Archie Jackson, Yaseer Hameed and Umar Akmal.

Of the 100 who scored one or two centuries on debut, 38 including Yaseer Hameed never made another one. And several never made even a fifty again. The full list is given below: (click to see the pdf file)

Century and never again

The first instance of 165* came in the very first Test in 1876-77. Ganteaume and Redmond scored centuries in their only Tests, the former doing so in his only Test innings and the latter adding a fifty in the second innings. SC Griffith and AG Ganteaume provide the only example of two such unfortunates making their debut in the same Test.

For a long time there was supposed to be a hoodoo of sorts over Indian players who scored a century on debut. Lala Amarnath, D. H. Shodhan, Kripal Singh, A. A. Baig and Hanumant Singh (not to forget Pataudi Sr playing for England) never made another century. However, K. S. Ranjitsinhji did add to his century on debut.

G. R. Viswanath was the first to score a duck and century on debut. Three others followed him, including K. K. Jennings in Dec 2016.

It was not until 1972-73 that Viswanath scored his second century and broke the hoodoo. Several other Indians such as Azharuddin , Ganguly and Sehwag did score several centuries after their debut, although S. Amarnath (like his father), P. Amre and S. Raina also failed to add to their century on debut.

Ironically, Mohinder Amarnath did not have a great debut but had a more successful Test career than his brother.

The list above does include some who are still in Test contention (from, say, Umar Akmal onwards) who may yet score more centuries-though it appears that many of them (such as Raina) are not very likely to play Tests again. Blundell has only played 2 Tests so we might see him scoring more centuries (unlike his compatriot HD Rutherford).