The triple clean sweep

The triple clean sweep in all 3 formats of cricket has been recorded once before, when Pakistan visited Australia in 2009-10. Australia won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and the single T20I (admittedly by only 2 runs). You can see the details here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The second Test was won by the comparatively narrow margin of 36 runs.

Then came the ODIs:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The first 4 ODIs were rather one-sided although Australia won the 5th one by 2 wickets.

And finally:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

Australia won the by just 2 runs, making it a 9-0 sweep. Remember that this was in their home country.

Nothing like this was achieved until India visited Sri Lanka in 2017:

Tests 3-0 with Sri Lanka losing by big margins:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

ODIs 5-0, all by handsome margins except one win by 3 wickets:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

And the T20I by a good margin:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

Thus India emulated Australia’s 9-0 triple clean sweep, with somewhat bigger margins of victory. But unlike Australia, they achieved this away from home.

Salute Virat Kohli and his men.

Kohli captained all 9 matches, but faced a bewildering array of captains:

Tests: Herath, Chandimal, Chandinal

ODIs: Tharanga, Tharanga, Kapugedara, Malinga, Tharanga

T20I: Tharanga

In contrast, the Australian captain Ponting faced M. Yousuf in the three Tests and 4 of the 5 ODIs, when Afridi came in for the last one. In the T20I it was Clarke vs Shoaib Malik.

Tail piece:

Earlier, India won a T20I series 3-0 in Australia in early 2015 which was believed to be the only clean sweep by a visiting team in Australia in any format of cricket in a series of at least 3 matches:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/category/australia-t20/

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India-Sri Lanka ODI records-Sep 2017

With the conclusion of India’s 5-0 sweep, the full record of the 155 ODIs between these countries is summarized below:

Summary

While India enjoys an overall 88-55 lead, the current series also brought India to a 28-27 lead for matches played in Sri Lanka.

We now look at individual performances.

Batting:

1000 and more runs:

SL v Ind-runs

The names at the top are no surprise. Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players. Mathews and Tharanga just cross the 1000-run mark.

Kohli and Tendulkar have scored 8 centuries each, followed by Jayasuriya with 7.

Tendulkar has 25 scores of 50-plus, followed by Sangakkara with 24.

Innings scores of 120 and above:

SL v Ind-innings

While Rohit Sharma’s world record ODI score of 264 has pride of place, Dhawan (132*) and Kohli (131) had the highest scores in this series. No Sri Lankan batsman crossed 120.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00):

SL v Ind-Bat avg

Dhoni and Kohli have the highest averages, with Dhoni benefiting from a large number of not out innings where he finished. (He was not dismissed in the four innings he played in this series.) Mathews and Rohit Sharma are some distance behind.

Highest strike rates (minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

SL-Ind SR

Sehwag leads by a large margin over Jayasuriya and Dhawan. Several other current players are here, with Tharanga just making the cut.

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

SL v Ind-Wkts

Muralitharan has unsurprisingly taken the most wickets, although he is closely followed by Vaas and Zaheer. A few current Sri Lankan players are towards the bottom. The current Indian bowlers have not played enough matches.

Robin Singh is the only bowler with two fivers, while Ajantha Mendis is the only one with four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and better):

SL v Ind-innings bowling

Muralitharan predictably leads here. Newcomer A Dananjaya has the best figures in the current series, while Bumrah and B Kumar also recorded their maiden fivers in ODIs.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls, maximum 40.00):

SL v Ind-Bowl avg

Agarkar has the best average followed by Ajantha Mendis. The best economy rates are by Kapil (3.92) and Harbhajan (4.19). The best strike rates are by Agarkar (24.7) and Ishant Sharma (27.3). While Agarkar and Ishant Sharma were generally expensive, they seem to have done best against Sri Lanka.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (20 and above):

SL v Ind-dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals and stumpings, although Sangakkara has more catches as a keeper. The most catches by a non-keeper is by M Jayawardene.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

SL v Ind-Innings fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as most stumpings in an innings. M Kaif has the most catches by a non-keeper (4), which was a World Cup record which was later equaled by two others in 2015.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450):

SL v Ind dis avg

Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, while Kohli has the highest among non-keepers. Dravid and several others kept in some of their matches.

All-round performances (overall)-see criteria:

SL v Ind AR overall

Mathews has the best overall performance here, with Irfan Pathan some distance behind. Others such as Kapil and Vaas did not play enough matches between these teams.

All-round performances (match)-minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets:

SL v Ind AR match

Only two instances, with Ganguly having the best figures.

 

More on ODI defeats of Sri Lanka

It is well known that India has followed the 3-0 Test clean sweep with a 5-0 ODI sweep against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka last won a bilateral ODI series against India in 1997 with a 3-0 margin with one NR. The previous occasion was in 1993, when they won 2-1. They have not won a bilateral ODI series in India. The 1997 ODI victory was overshadowed by the world record Test total of 952/6 during that tour.

This was also their worst home defeat in a bilateral ODI series. The previous worst defeats were 2-0 in a 3-match series against Pakistan in 2005-06, and by the same margin also against Pakistan in 1985-86.

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-2

Continuing from Part 1, we take up fielding records.

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Most dismissals

Azharuddin leads here with 27 dismissals, followed by Dhoni who played relatively few Tests against Sri Lanka. P. Jayawardene has the most stumpings (8). Dhoni and Amal Silva the most catches by keepers (21) and Azharuddin the most catches by a non-keeper (27) followed by M. Jayawardene with 22.  Rahane, Saha and Rahul are also here.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Amal Silva, who had a surprisingly short career, has the most dismissals in an innings (6). Rahane has 5, which is a share in the world record for innings catches by a non-keeper. Dickwella and Dhoni also represent the current players.

There is also S Viswanath whose Test career was limited to three matches against Sri Lanka.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Match dismissals

Amal Silva had a short but meteoric career with 9 dismissals in successive Tests. He played only 9 Tests in all, scoring a century as well as taking 9 dismissals against India in one Test:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/50432.html

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/16848/scorecard/63410/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-2nd-Test   

Oddly enough, Silva’s Cricinfo profile does not have a picture of him. Even the Wikipedia article does not have one. Anyway here is one from a Sri Lankan newspaper:

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/101114/Sports/spt15.html 

Then we have AM Rahane taking 8 catches in a match, a world record which he does not have to share:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/11331/scorecard/895773/Sri-Lanka-vs-India-1st-Test

Unfortunately, India lost that Test but went on to win that series 2-1.

Saha also makes this list from the current players, while NV Ojha made 5 dismissals in what is likely to be his only Test.

Best dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings. minimum rate 0.400).

Dismissal rate

Azharuddin leads here, while no pure keeper has played enough. Sangakkara, who played both as a keeper and fielder, is second. Dhoni and Saha have not played enough to qualify.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

AR overall

Only Kumble and Muralitharan qualify with these modest criteria-and one can hardly call them all-rounders.

Match performance (fifty and 5wi):

AR Match

Until this series, only Malinga qualified though his Test batting average is less than 12 and he scored his only Test fifty in this match. In the second Test of this series, both Ashwin and Jadeja achieved this mark. It is rare for two players from the same side to score a fifty and take a fiver in the same Test, but it has happened a few times before.

To be precise, this was only the third time in all Tests where two players from the same side scored a 50 and took a fiver in the same match. The two previous examples were:

Adelaide, 11 Jan,1895: Giffen and A Trott of Aus vs England

Nottingham, Jul 29, 2011: Broad and Bresnan of Eng vs India

Interestingly, there have been 9 examples of players from opposing sides who took a 50 and a fiver in the same match. The first was at the Oval, starting on August 11, 1902 where the adversaries were H Trumble and GH Hirst, in the first ever one-wicket victory.

The most recent instance was at Chittagong starting on Oct 17, 2008 where it was Vettori vs Shakib.

 

 

Sri Lanka-India Tests (Aug 2017)-1

At the close of the series in Sri Lanka in August 2017, the teams had played 41 Tests.

Overall, India has won 19, Sri Lanka 7 and 15 were drawn.

In Sri Lanka, India has won 9, Sri Lanka 7 and 8 were drawn.

In India, India has won 10, Sri Lanka none and 7 were drawn.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries (including UAE) except India and Australia.

Starting with batting records:

Most runs (500 and above):

Ind-SL runs

Mathews and Dhawan are the only current players here. Kohli and other current players have not played enough in this series.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (9) followed by M. Jayawardene (6).

Tendulkar also has the most scores above 50 (15) followed by M. Jayawardene (14) and Dravid (12).

Highest scores (140 and above):

Innings scores

Dhawan, Pujara and Karunaratne are in this list but are not near the top. Chandimal had done well in 2015.

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

Batting avg

M. Jayawardene tops the average but Sangakkara is somewhat lower down. Azharuddin’s position is higher than one would have guessed. At the bottom end, Muralitharan has a better average than Kumble and Harbhajan who are generally considered to be better batsmen. In fact, Muralitharan made his only Test 50 against India.

Among current players, only Mathews appears as most current players have not played enough in this series. That also applies to some other big names like Jayasuriya.

Bowling records:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wkts

Muralitharan leads by a big margin, ahead of Kumble who also leads the next-placed Harbhajan by a big margin. Ashwin and Herath are the only current players here, though Ishant Sharma may possibly play in the future.

Muralitharan has 7 fivers, followed by Kumble with 4.

Harbhajan, Kumble and Muralitharan have each taken two ten-fors.

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

Best innings

Only N Pradeep from the recent series, although Herath and Ashwin did better in 2015.

Best match bowling (all cases of 9wm and above):

Best match bowling

No example from the current series, although Ashwin had done better in 2015.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Kapil tops the averages, with even Kumble surpassing Muralitharan. The only current player here (Herath) has a rather poor average. Others such as Ashwin and Jadeja have not bowled enough.

We can see that the best averages are by Kapil (26.55) and Kumble (31.20).

The best economy rates are by RK Chauhan (2.28) and Kapil (2.64).

The best strike rates are by Kapil (60.3) and Muralitharan (66.8).

To be continued.

 

Clean sweeps in Test series

Clean sweeps of Test series of 3,4 and 5 matches are not as rare as one may think. Here is Cricinfo’s listing:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283942.html

India has recorded clean sweeps at home earlier (and have faced 5-0 sweeps against England and the West Indies as well, but never at home). India had already won against England 3-0 in 1992-93, against Sri Lanka 3-0 (all by an innings) in 1993-94, against Australia 4-0 in 2012-2013 and now 3-0 against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka.

This is not, however, the first time India have won 3 Tests in an away series. They defeated New Zealand 3-1 in 1967-68, achieving India’s first Test and series win outside India. This series is often forgotten, probably because of New Zealand’s low standing at that time and also because India had just endured a 3-0 loss in England followed by a 4-0 loss in Australia.

There were also mini-sweeps (2-0) by India in Bangladesh (2004-05 and 2009-10) and in Zimbabwe (2005-06). Similarly India lost 2-0 to South Africa at home in 1999-2000.

The current series included wins by 304 runs followed by two innings wins (though the first Test was effectively an innings defeat as the total of Sri Lanka’s two innings was less than India’s first innings total). Again, this is not new as India had won all 3 Tests by an innings at home against the same opposition in 1993-94. Other examples of this kind include the West Indies losing all 3 Tests by an innings in their first series against England in 1928.

West Indies is the only team to win 4-0 or 5-0 away. They won 5-0 against England in England in 1984, and followed this with 5-0 at home in 1985-86 against the same opponents.

There was a tinge of black humour in reportage of these West Indies victories in the 1980s. Earlier the term “whitewash” was commonly used for a clean sweep, so it was but natural that a 5-0 victory by the West Indies would be called a “blackwash”, as in 1984 and 1985-86. By 1988 England had improved a bit and lost the 5-Test home series 4-0. This was dubbed a “dark grey wash”.

3-0 sweeps away from home are not too common. They are:

Eng in NZ, 1962-63

Aus in NZ, 1999-2000

Aus in SL, 2003-04

Aus in SA, 2005-06

And in neutral venues:

Aus v Pak, 2002-03

Pak v Eng, 2011-12.

There have been many near-clean sweeps of 4-0 and 4-1 in 5-Test series. In the 6-Test series which were played between the 1970s and 1990s, we have two examples of 5-1 margins:

Aus v WI in Aus, 1975-76

Eng v Aus in Aus, 1978-79

 

Tests between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe has still not won a Test against Sri Lanka.

This is the record of all Tests between these teams:

SL-Zim Tests

Sri Lanka has won 13 and drawn 5 Tests against Zimbabwe. This includes winning the last 8 in a row.

Zimbabwe’s Test wins have been few and far between:

Zimbabwe wins

Only 2 of the 11 wins were away from home. Their one victory in Pakistan in 1998 may be the most significant, as it remains part of their only series victory against a major team.

Here are a few records which were set during this Test:

List of centuries in Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe Tests:

SL v Zim innings

CR Ervine’s 160 is now the highest for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka, surpassing the old record of 105* by Andy Flower in 1998. Sikandar Raza’s 127 also surpassed this record. The overall record for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka remains 266 by Dave Houghton in 1994 in Bulawayo.

Best match bowling figures in Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe Tests:

SL v Zim innings bowling

AG Cremer’s 9-275 is the best match bowling for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka, surpassing his own record of 7-227 at Harare in 2016. The previous best for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka was 6-112 by Heath Streak in 1998.

No significant records were set in fielding or all-round performance.