The jinx in India-Pakistan matches

Note: This was written before the start of the 2017 Champions Trophy.

It is often said that India dominates Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Hence the “Mauka Mauka” ads which aired at the beginning of the 2015 World Cup.

Let us see take a closer look at the history of these encounters. First, the World Cup:

I v P World Cup

India and Pakistan never met in the World Cups of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987. They were somehow always drawn in different groups so they could have met only in the semi-finals or finals. It was not until 1992 that they met in the World Cup. In that tournament all teams played each other in the knockout stage.

They met in the quarter-finals in 1996, Super Six in 1999, and a pool match in 2003. India won all these matches so the feeling of a jinx over Pakistan kept growing.

In 2007, both India and Pakistan were jinxed and failed to proceed beyond the pool stage, being displaced by Bangladesh and Ireland respectively.

In 2011, India won in the semi-final and repeated this in a pool match in 2015. So India have won all 6 encounters.

If you want to see the scorecards, open this link and click on the blue square on the extreme right.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=12;type=team;view=results

Now we go to the T20 World Championship. We will come back to the Champions Trophy at the end.

I v P T20

The teams met twice in the inaugural championship in 2007. Though the match in the pool stage was a tie, India got the winner’s points as they won in the bowl-out which was then the method used to determine the winner of a tied match.

Then India won against Pakistan in the final. The teams did not meet in 2009 and 2010. India won the next three encounters in 2012, 2014 and 2016. All of these were in the group stages and not the semi-final or final. Thus India leads 5-0 (including the tie) in the World T20 Championship.

You can see the scorecards from this link:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=89;type=team;view=results

For details of the bowl-out in the first match in 2007, see the commentary section rather than the scorecard.

But the story in the Champions Trophy is somewhat different:

I v P Chamions

India and Pakistan did not meet in 1998, 2000 or 2002 (when India shared the trophy with Sri Lanka). Pakistan won the first encounter in 2004 in the group stage. They did not meet in 2006. Pakistan won in 2009, also in the group stage. India finally won in 2013, in a group match on their way to the trophy.

So the jinx on Pakistan in ICC tournaments does not apply to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, where they lead India 2-1. Let us see what happens when they meet on June 4. India currently has a higher ranking than Pakistan, but that has no bearing in high-tension encounters like these.

See the scorecards here:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=44;type=team;view=results

 

 

90s in T20I cricket

Having looked at 90s (mainly 99s) in Tests and ODIs, we turn to T20Is. Since there are very few 99s here, we look at 90s.

To begin with, here are the full list of 90s in T20I matches since their start in 2005:

T20 all 90

There are only two 99s here: by AD Hales in 2012, and an unbeaten 99 by LJ Wright also in 2012. That was in the T20 World Championship.

CH Gayle is the only one to make two 90s in this format, in 2010 and 2015. On the first occasion he was captain, during the T20 world championship (not World Cup as it is often wrongly called).

90s on T20I debut:

T20 deb 90

Remember, that was the very first T20I match.

Now we look at

90s by captains in T20I:

T20 capt 90

Ponting’s 98* again, with Gayle and SPD Smith.

We take a closer look at unbeaten 90s:

T20 unbt 90

The highest is 99* by LJ Wright, followed by 98* by RT Ponting, M Jayawardene and Ahmed Shehzad and 97* by HM Amla

Finally we look at unbeaten 90s in the second innings:

T20 90 in 2nd

While Gibbs and Guptill made these scores in successful run chases, Root’s score was for a losing side.

The highest score by a captain in a successful run chase is 75* by CO Obuya for Kenya vs Netherlands in 2013. Among the Test nations, it is 73* by KS Williamson for New Zealand  vs Bangladesh earlier in 2017.

 

 

 

Scores which have never been made

To be precise, individual scores which have never been made in the different formats of Tests, ODIs and T20Is. Data is correct as on 3rd April 2017.

In all these cases * indicates “not out”. I feel that it is better to distinguish between the out and “not out” cases for each score. While some of the “not out” scores may have been scored in the course of an innings, they have never appeared in the final scorecards.

Tests: (Excluding match involving ICC XI), scores up to 310.

140*, 180*, 181*, 186*, 190*, 195*, 196*, 212*, 215*, 218*, 219*, 220*, 221*, 224*, 225*, 226*, 227*, 228*, (229, 229*), 233*, 234*, 237*, (238, 238*), 239*, 240*, 241, 243*, 244*, 245*, 246, 247, 248, 249*, 250*, 251*, (252, 252*), 254*, 255, 256*, 258*, 260*, 263*, (264, 264*), (265, 265*), 266*, 268*, 269, 271*, (272, 272*), (273, 273*), (276, 276*), 277*, (279, 279*), 280, 281*, (282, 282*), (283, 283*), (284, 284*), 285, (286, 286*), 287*, (288, 288*), (289, 289*), 290*, 291*, (292, 292*), 293*, 294*, (295, 295*), (296, 296*), (297, 297*), (298, 298*), (300, 300*), (301, 301*), 303, 304*, (305, 305*), (306, 306*), 307*, (308, 308*), 309*, 310.

ODIs: (Excluding matches involving ICC XI, Asia XI and Africa XI), scores up to 200.

147, 148*, (155, 155*), 158*, 164*, (165, 165*), (166, 166*), 167, (168, 168*), 170, 173*, 174, (176, 176*), 177*, 179*, 180, (182, 182*), (184, 184*), 186, (187, 187*), 188, (190, 190*), (191, 191*), (192, 192*), (193, 193*), (195, 195*), (196, 196*), (197, 197*), (198, 198*), (199, 199*), 200.

T20Is: scores up to 110.

82, 87, (92, 92*), 93, (95, 95*), 97, (102, 102*), 103, 104, (105, 105*), 106*, (107, 107*), (108, 108*), (109, 109*), 110.

The 140* in Tests seems to be a particularly strange outlier since it is far from the next score of 180*, which is followed by a number of 180s and 190s. ODIs and T20Is do not have such outliers.

Those who are interested in this area can extend this to First-class, List A and other T20 matches.

All-round fails in T20Is

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 T20Is. For all-round performance we take the cases of (batting + bowling) as well as (batting + bowling + fielding).

No runs or wickets in T20Is (2 or more matches):

No wickets no runs

Mostly lesser-known players here except for MS Sinclair, who was a prominent Test batsman who was at the end of his career when he turned to T20Is. Other Test players include current SL player Nuwan Pradeep and earlier player Ruchira Perera whose bowling action was generally under a cloud. The popular heavyweight Dwayne Leverock is also here.

As you can see, several of the players listed above took catches and stumpings. We now look at those who did not manage any fielding dismissals besides runs and wickets.

No runs or wickets or dismissals in T20Is (2 or more matches):

No wickets or runs or disms

A shorter list, but still including a handful of Test players. At least they did get to field. Note that the Irish player GJ McCarter has the record to himself.Later we will see some who never got a chance to field in their T20I careers.

No batting or bowling in T20Is (complete list):

No batting or bowling

Several wicketkeepers here, including Ambrose, de Saram and Vilas who played several Tests for England, Sri Lanka and South Africa respectively. Note the special cases of Mol and Schoonheim, which are covered below:

No batting, bowling or fielding in T20Is (complete list):

No batting 0r bowling or fielding

These two players were scheduled to play in a T20I which was completely rained off. But the toss had taken place, and under ICC guidelines the match is included in player records. Not all statisticians will agree with this guideline, which has covered a few more matches (including one between India and Scotland at the first T20I world championship in 2007).

While Mol did play a few ODIs, Schoonheim did not represent his country on any other occasion.

Fielding fails in T20Is

(Data correct as on 14 Mar 2017)

After looking at batting and bowling fails in all three formats, we turn our attention to those who failed to make any fielding dismissal in their careers.

Here we have these players arranged in order of innings fielded:

Nodis-inngs

Amir Hamza of Afghanistan leads by a large margin over the better known Rangana Herath, currently the Sri Lankan Test captain and the only current Test player who made his debut in the 1990s.

Amir Hamza is an useful bowler but not much of a batsman either. But he is a regular for ODIs and T20Is at the moment.

A number of other somewhat well-known international players appear here, including some Test players.

You can see that the results would be virtually the same if you arrange them in order of matches played.

Now we look at wicket-keepers who have failed to dismiss anyone:

Nodis-inngs-wk

A number of Test and ODI players here, who have at least made some dismissals at those levels. The leader here is Regis Chakabva (9 Tests, 9 dismissals) followed by Carlton Baugh  (no less than 21 Tests, 43 catches and 5 stumpings). NV Ojha has played one Test and one ODI and has made dismissals in both.

Finally, we look at those who never fielded in their T20I career:

Nofield

Nothing profound here. These two players from Netherlands were involved in a washed-out game against Ireland in 2008. As the toss was made, ICC rules state that this match counts in their career records. (Statisticians may disagree; as some disregard matches involving the ICC XI and their like, perhaps these matches should also be disregarded).

While Mol did play several ODIs, Schoonheim did not play for his country on any other occasion.

Bowling fails in T20I matches

After looking at batting fails in three formats of the game, we turn our attention to bowling fails. We start with T20I matches. There are many bowlers who have failed to take wickets in their careers.The data is correct as on 10-02-2017

First we look at the most runs conceded without taking a wicket in their career.

most-runs-conc-no-wkt

AR Nurse of WI has a good lead over his better-known compatriot N Deonarine.

India has one representative in P Awana here.

Next we look at the most balls bowled without taking a wicket:

most-balls-no-wkt

AR Nurse and Deonarine again head the list. P Awana and several others join from the above list.

We now look at the most innings bowled without taking a wicket:

most-innings-no-wkt

Deonarine and Nurse have both bowled in 4 innings without taking a wicket. GC Smith also appears here.

Finally, we look at the most matches played without taking a wicket:

most-matches-no-wkt

The leaders here are mainly wicketkeepers who hardly bowled, though there are others like Ross Taylor and Eoin Morgan who were non-keepers who never bowled. Umar Akmal holds the record for the most matches without taking a wicket, and the most matches without bowling.

We finally look at another list of the most matches played by non-keepers without taking a wicket:

most-matches-non-wk-no-wkts

Here we have some well-known batsmen starting with Ross Taylor and Eoin Morgan. Taylor holds the record for the most matches without taking a wicket, and the most matches without bowling. Umar Akmal played 62 of his 82 matches as a non-keeper.

In all the above tables you can see the economy rate of these unfortunate bowlers. Among those who bowled 30 or more balls, the jovial and weighty Dwayne Leverock has the best economy rate of 5.40.

most-economic-of-no-wicket-bowlers-with-30-balls

 

Batting fails in T20I matches

You may think that this is about England losing 8 wickets for 8 runs in the third match. That has been covered enough elsewhere. Here we note some remarkable figures about players who have played the most matches and innings without scoring a single run, and others who have gone a step better and did not get to face a single ball while batting. These figures are as on 2 Feb 2017.

The unlikely hero here is India’s new-found death bowler Jasprit Bumrah, apparently a Sikh who was born and brought up in Ahmedabad. We know about his bowling. Now see the records he has set while batting.

Most matches played without scoring a run (5 or more):

no-runs-most-matches

Bumrah stands at the peak with 24 T20Is played without scoring a single run, twice that of his nearest competitors Santokie and Sodhi. He did bat in 4 innings, faced 2 balls and was dismissed once. As you can see, there are others who have played up to 9 matches without being called on the bat. The Australian Test player Stuart Clark played 9 matches without going in to bat.Then come Fareed Ahmed and the better known Josh Hazlewood in 7 matches. The latest hero YS Chahal has not had to bat in his 6 matches.

Now we look at

Most innings played without scoring a run (2 or more):

no-runs-most-innings

Bumrah leads here as well, but interestingly a prominent Test batsman MS Sinclair also appears here. The end of his career seemed to coincide with the increase in the frequency of T20Is which began in 2005.Ruchira Perera also played a few Tests as an all-rounder. Note that he played 2 innings without facing a ball.

Next, we look at those who never got to face a ball in T20Is.

Most matches played without facing a ball (5 or more):

no-balls-most-matches

Santokie and Sodhi head this list. Next comes A. Mishra who did get dismissed without facing a ball, with the dreaded diamond duck which usually strikes non-strikers who are run out. Then we note that Stuart Clark heads the list of those who never went out to bat.

The first four in this list have Indian connections-even Stuart Clark, whose parents were Anglo-Indians.

Finally, we look at the most innings played without facing a ball. It is a short list.

Most innings played without facing a ball (1 or more):

no-balls-most-innings

The aforementioned Ruchira Perera heads this list, playing two innings without facing a ball. Note that AA Noffke, like Amit Misra, also got a diamond duck.

ODIs and Test matches deserve separate posts.