Karun Nair’s Test records

You will remember the fuss about Karun Nair when he scored his triple century in his third Test at Chennai. We now look at his oddly skewed Test career after he has completed 6 Tests. This should be apparent from this sequence of scores:

KK Nair innings seq

He has a respectable average of 62.33. But he scored 303 of his 374 runs in one innings (81.0 %) and never made another score above 50. To be precise, his next highest score is only 26.

It is hoped that he will play at least a few more Tests and score more centuries. Until then, he holds a couple of records in all Tests. This does NOT include the highest maiden century, as Gary Sobers (365*) and Bob Simpson (311) are ahead.

Highest score by someone who scored only one century ( 150 and above):

Highest score with one century

KK Nair heads this list, ahead of England’s RE Foster who held the record for about 113 years. His 287 was the world Test record until early 1930 when Andy Sandham made 325 (in his last Test), though Bradman crossed it with 334 later the same year.

Foster, Kuruppu, Fawad Alam, K Ibadulla, C Bannerman and A Jackson  were making their Test debuts. Gillespie made his only century in his last Test while batting as nightwatchman. There are several other current players here led by MT Renshaw with 184.

Another quirky record is the highest Test score made by someone who never made a fifty (i.e. a score between 50 and 99). This gets a bit messy due to Statsguru’s limitations, but we get these figures:

Highest score by those who scored one century and no fifty (110 and above):

1 century no fifty

Highest score by those who scored two centuries and no fifties (all cases):

Two century, no fifty

And finally:

Highest score by those who scored three centuries and no fifties (all cases):

Three century no fifty

No one has scored more than three centuries without a fifty. For a short time KL Rahul shared the record with Bopara. But Rahul scored his first fifty soon after he scored his third century.

As we can see, KK Nair is the only one to score a triple century but no fifty. David Lloyd and Brendon Kuruppu are the only ones to score a double century but no fifty. And Ravi Bopara’s Test career may be over, but he also holds a record which may not be broken for a long time.

KK Nair is also the only current player with one or more centuries and no fifties.

 

 

 

 

 

More on Chinaman bowlers in Tests

This article: http://www.cricketcountry.com/news/chinaman-bowlers-kuldeep-yadav-lakshan-sandakan-tabraiz-shamsi-and-others-in-international-cricket-2-588700

gives a comprehensive history of all those who have bowled in the Chinaman style (left-hand wrist-spinner) at some point in their Test careers. I am going a little further in studying the performances of those who exclusively bowled in this style (even if they were not regular bowlers). A number of famous names including the alleged inventor Ellis Achong, Johnny Wardle, Gary Sobers and Bernard Julien bowled in various other styles.

So here are the “exclusively Chinaman” bowlers and their careers in brief. This is in chronological order:

Chinaman overall

Even the change bowlers have taken fivers and tenners.

The best innings bowling in this category is 7-75 by Lindsay Kline:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62866.html

The best match bowling is 10-106 by Paul Adams:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64028.html

There is also Michael Bevan’s tenner along with 85*, which makes him among the relatively few to score a fifty and take 10-wickets in a match:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63732.html

A few years before that Allan Border also scored 75 and took 11 wickets with his little-used left-arm spin against the West Indies:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63499.html

The full list of those who scored 50 and took 10 wickets in a match:

50 +10wm

Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do this more than once, while “Sir” Ravindra Jadeja also makes an appearance.

It is interesting to see that these occasional bowlers achieved a ten-wicket haul which well-known bowlers such as Willis, Brett Lee, Kallis, Thomson and Sobers were not able to manage during their long careers:

Over 200 wickets with no 10-for:

200 wkts without 10-for

Coming back to the Chinamen bowlers, here are the best innings and match bowling figures on debut:

Chinaman debut

The trio of PADLR Sandakan, LO Fleetwood Smith and Kuldeep Yadav have the best performances in innings as well as match bowling. Here is Sandakan’s debut:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/995451.html

We now look forward to competition between Sandakan and Yadav for being the best current Chinamen bowlers.

Footnote: Michael Bevan, who seems to have had some Indian ancestry, was soon dropped from the Test team as his batting was not good enough. He then became one of the mainstays of Australia’s ODI middle-order.

 

 

New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-II

Having covered the general history and batting aspects in Part I, we now turn our attention to bowling, fielding and all-round performances.

Bowling-most wickets (20 and more):

Most wickets

Steyn and CS Martin lead. Kallis and Vettori do not seem to have done too well here.

The most 5wis are by Steyn (6), Martin and Ntini (4 each).

The most 10wis are 2 by Steyn.

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

Best innings bowling

The two best performances are from the distant past, though KA Maharaj has done well in this series.

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

Best match bowling

CS Martin’s 11-wicket haul was instrumental in NZ’s only home victory against SA. Philander has the best figures in recent years.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, complete list):

Best bowling average.(comp)

Steyn expectedly heads the averages. But Vettori seems to have had a bad time here.

The best economy rates are 1.43 by Tayfield and 2.03 by JR Reid.

The best strike rates are 33.0 by Steyn (who else?) and 49.6 by Martin.

Fielding-most dismissals (10 and more):

Most dis (10)

The old-timer John Waite leads, although Boucher has more catches (but less stumpings) than Waite. de Villiers has 9 dismissals as keeper and 13 catches as a fielder. the most catches by pure fielders are 18 by GC Smith and 16 by Kallis. De Kock is moving up rapidly.

Best innings fielding figures (5 dismissals and above):

Dismissals-inngs

Best match fielding figures (6 and above):

Dismissals-match

The most catches by a fielder are 5 by WR Endean.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Dismissals rate

Waite is far ahead, while GC Smith has the highest for pure fielders. De Kock has not played enough yet, and is likely to be the leader in due course.

All-round performance (see the criteria):

AR-overall

Surprisingly, neither Kallis nor S. Pollock meet these relaxed criteria so we are only left with Reid and Vettori. And Vettori’s bowling average is truly disastrous.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR-Match

Oddly enough, the better-known all-rounders  such as Kallis and S.Pollock do not appear here. In case you were wondering, Sir Richard Hadlee’s career neatly fitted into South Africa’s years of absence.

 

New Zealand-South Africa Tests review-I

Tests between NZ and SA are not normally followed much in India-and particularly the just-concluded series which coincided with an intense India-Australia series. In case you missed it, SA won 1-0 with 2 draws. NZ would almost certainly have won the 3rd Test if rain had not washed out the last day.

As you will see from the table below, New Zealand finds it particularly to defeat South Africa at home- they have won precisely one Test there in Tests since 1932-33. They have done slightly better in South Africa, winning 3 Tests.

That one Test win was in March 2004, which resulted in a 1-1 drawn series. In South Africa, the 1961-62 series was drawn 2-2 with one draw. In 1994-95, New Zealand won the first Test of the series in South Africa but went on to lose the series 2-1.

Overall

We now proceed to Batting-most runs (500 and more):

Most runs (500)

The most centuries are 6 by Kallis followed by 4 by Amla. Kallis and Amla also have the most 50+ scores (12 and 11 respectively).

Highest individual scores (125 and above):

Highest scores (125)

In this series, KS Williamson made the highest score for NZ v SA in NZ, surpassing the 170 by SB Styris in 2004. (That was in the one Test which NZ won at home against SA). However the highest by NZ against SA is still SP Fleming’s 262 in 2006.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, complete list):

Bat. Average (comp)

Interesting that the highest average is that of DJ McGlew of the 1950s and 60s. The next two, Kallis and Amla, are predictable. Spare a thought for CS Martin at the bottom of this table.

To be continued..

 

Australia vs India Tests review-II

In part I, we looked at batting and bowling performances. Here we take up fielding and all-round performances.

Fielding (20 or more dismissals):

Most dismissals

While Gilchrist has a small lead over Dhoni, Dhoni and Kirmani have the most stumpings. Gilchrist has the most catches as keeper followed by Dhoni and Haddin with 56 each. Non-keepers with the most catches are Dravid (46), followed by VVSL and Ponting (36 each)

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Best innings fielding

Haddin clearly leads this table. It is interesting to note that Srikkanth’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share in the world Test record. The current player AM Rahane also has a share in this record.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Best match fielding

Haddin and Dhoni lead this table. The most catches by non-keepers are 6 by Whatmore (more known as a coach) and Mark Waugh.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.500):

Best dismissal rate

Haddin, Gilchrist and Dhoni lead this list while Mark Waugh and Bob Simpson lead the non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see the criteria):

AR overall

Kapil is far ahead of the others, while Harbhajan Singh somehow fares better than M. Johnson and Ashwin. (But Harbhajan’s batting and bowling averages are both superior to that of the recognized all-rounder Ashwin 🙂

Match all-round performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Apart from the forgotten Rusi Surti’s performances in the 4-0 loss in 1967-68, the other names are fairly predictable.

 

Australia vs India Tests review-I

At the end of this series which was won by India 2-1 with 1 draw, India had a healthy lead of 21-13 for Tests in India while Australia led 28-5 for Tests there. These results are summarized below:

Match totals

A run through of all key statistics of all Aus-Ind Tests since 1947 to today:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs

The most centuries are 11 by Tendulkar, followed by 8 each by Ponting and Gavaskar). For 50-plus scores it is 27 by Tendulkar, followed by 20 (Ponting) and 18 (VVSL).

Highest individual innings (175 and above):

Highest innings

Pujara (202) and Smith (178*) are there from the current series.

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

Highest batting avg

Smith has by far the highest average. Among current players, Pujara, Vijay and Kohli are next.

Bowling: 25 or more wickets:

Most wkts

The old guard of Kumble and Harbhajan still lead, with Ashwin, Lyon and several others catching up.

The most 5wi are 10 by Kumble followed by 7 each by Harbhajan and Kapil. The most 10wi are 3 by Harbhajan and 2 each by Kumble and veteran McKenzie.

Best innings bowling (all cases of 7wi and above):

Best innings bowling

In this series Lyon had the record innings figures of 8-50 against India, surpassing the 8-215 by Krejza.

Best match bowling (all cases of 10wm and above):

Best match bowling

O’Keefe took 12-70 to make a new record, surpassing Australia’s record of 12-124 in India by Alan Davidson. Oddly enough, both Davidson and Dymock had 12-wicket hauls but Australia  lost on both occasions.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, bowling average below 35.00):

Best bowling avg.

The table is headed by Jadeja, folowed by veterans Benaud and McGrath. The best economy rates are 1.94 by Benaud followed by 2.00 (Nadkarni) and 2.06 (Venkat). The best strike rates are 49.7 by Jadeja followed by 50.1 by McGrath and 52.2 by another relative newcomer  UT Yadav.

To be continued..

 

 

 

All-round fails in ODIs

Note: Data as on 25th March 2017:

Having covered batting, bowling and fielding fails in the three formats of cricket, we finally turn our attention to all-round fails in ODIs. (T20Is have already been covered.) For all-round performance we take the cases of (batting + bowling) as well as (batting + bowling + fielding).

No runs and no wickets in ODIs (2 or more matches):

No run no wkt

There are, in fact, as many as 58 players who did not score a run or take a wicket in their ODI career. Here we have listed only the 13 who played 2 or more matches.

These include a few Test players such as T Bosch, RG Hart and KV Sharma.

No runs, no wickets and no dismissals in ODIs (complete list):

No run no wkt no dismissal

A few more Test players here, of whom the best known among current players may be PHT (Tharindu) Kaushal and Zafar Ansari. The most well-known may be the Australian pace bowler of the 60s Alan Connolly who played one ODI at the end of his career which included 29 Tests. We have already met Anwar Hussain Monir as one of the most unsuccessful Test bowlers. M Watkinson had scored 80+ in a Test against the West Indies.

Note something odd about the career of A Dananjaya? We will soon return to him.

No batting and bowling in ODIs (complete list):

No batting no bowling

Note the newcomer Zafar Ansari (3 Tests) and the forgotten Roger Tolchard (4 Tests against India in 1976-77; he was Alan Knott’s reserve but was considered a good enough batsman to displace a specialist batsman). Apart from our now familiar A Dananjaya, all of them did get to field (but not to bat or bowl).

No batting, bowling and fielding in ODIs (complete list):

No batting no bowling no fielding

We need to know more about him and his ODI career.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/srilanka/content/player/574178.html

He has a nice smile.

He has played 5 T20Is and even a side 50-over match against Bangladesh a few days ago, so he may yet play more ODIs.

This explains what happened in his one ODI so far:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/582191.html

In this rain-affected match, his team did bat and got to 123/8. He was the No 10 or 11 batsman and never got to bat. And he could not bowl or field as rain prevented New Zealand’s innings from starting. Let us hope he plays at least one more ODI so that he loses this record.