Tests between Bangladesh and India: the records

The story of Tests between these countries is simply told. A total of 9 Tests have been played between these teams, all but one in Bangladesh.India won 6 of the 8 Tests in Bangladesh and the only one in India. Weather probably prevented a clean sweep.

In these 9 Tests, Dravid, Zaheer and Tendulkar played the most Tests-7.

We now proceed to Batting:

Most runs (200 and above):

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Tendulkar and Dravid have scored considerably more than others. Next comes Ashraful.

The most centuries are 5 by Tendulkar and 3 by Dravid. For 50+ scores, it is 5 by Tendulkar and 4 by Dravid and Ganguly. Tendulkar converted all his fifties to centuries.

Highest innings (90 and above):

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2 double centuries, including Tendulkar’s career-best 248*. 4 centuries were scored in the recent Test, including another 200 by V Kohli.

Highest batting average (minimum 10 innings batted):

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Only these 4 qualify. Interesting that Dravid is followed by 3 Bangladeshis. Also note that Ashraful has the highest strike rate of 69.67

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

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Zaheer Khan leads by a large margin, followed by Irfan Pathan’s 18-wicket haul in 2 Tests in 2004. Also note Mohammad Rafique’s contribution as their leading spinner in the early years.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 5wi):

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Zaheer and Pathan dominate again. Pathan has the most 5wis with 3, followed by Zaheer with 2.

Best match bowling (7 or more wickets):

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The same pair again have the only 10wms. Next comes SB Joshi in the first Test between these teams.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls):

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Only three qualify for this cutoff. Zaheer’s average is much better.

Now for Fielding:

Most fielding dismissals (5 or more):

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Dhoni leads, as you expect, although he has played only 3 Tests in this series. He is closely followed by Kartik who kept in some Tests. Dravid has the most dismissals among non-keepers.

Most innings dismissals (4 and more):

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Most match dismissals (5 and more):

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Here Dhoni is far ahead. Das and Ganguly have the most dismissals for non-keepers.

Dismissal rate (minimum 10 innings fielded, all instances):

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Kartik has a large lead over Dravid, who has the highest dismissal rate among non-keepers.

All-round overall performance (see criteria below):

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Though Shakib is considered as one of the leading all-rounders today, Zaheer Khan happened to bat well here and thus has a better difference.

And finally, there is the best all-round performance (50 and 5wi in the same match):

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Only one entry here, by a lesser-known player in the first Test between these teams.

The Lac-Megantic disaster of 2013

The Indian Railways are often the butt of jokes when a number of accidents happen in succession. But it is cold comfort to know that railway operating procedures in developed countries are far from perfect. As in the case of the derailment followed by fire at Lac-Megantic in Quebec province on July 6, 2013.

Here is a  Powerpoint presentation on this accident, which was used in a conference of safety engineering at IIT Gandhinagar in January 2017.

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Note the videos on slides 8 and 9. They are important in understanding the sequence of events. The one on slide 8 is more accurate and is largely based on the accident investigation report. The one on slide 9 has a serious error as it shows the train slipping backwards, with the tank cars leading the locomotives. In fact the train went down the incline in its existing configuration of locomotives followed by other cars and tank cars.

You may wonder if something like this could happen on the Indian Railways. Certainly a heavy goods train would not be left totally unattended on an incline in mid-section. That is exactly what happened here.

There are a number of safety-related issues which have not been covered above, such as the hazards caused by additives used to increase the viscosity of crude oil for transportation.

For further reading:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-M%C3%A9gantic_rail_disaster

http://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/rapports-reports/rail/2013/r13d0054/r13d0054-r-es.asp

 

 

Test all-round performances of 2016

This refers to all Tests in the calendar year 2016.

Overall all-round performance (see criteria below):

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Ashwin deservedly leads this list, followed closely by Stokes.

All-round performance in matches (at least one fifty and one five-for):

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The list of 6 instances includes 2 by Ashwin and 2 by Jadeja. Chase made a match-saving century and took a fiver in his 2nd Test. Dilruwan Perera and Jadeja performed the less common double of a fifty and 10 wickets in a match. Jadeja was the only one of the 20-odd of these players (who took 50/10wm) to take more than 2 catches.

Over to 2017.

Test fielding performances of 2016

This is for all Tests in the calendar year 2016.

Most dismissals (10 and above):

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Note the relatively low proportion of stumpings, with Bairstow and Kusal Perera leading with 4. The most catches by non-keepers are 29 by SPD Smith followed by JE Root with 26. Also note that Bairstow’s tally of 70 dismissals is almost double that of the second-placed Sarfraz Ahmed.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

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While Bairstow and Saha lead, Root has the highest for non-keepers with 4.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

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Note Bairstow’s dominance at the top, being the only one with two 9-fors, as well as several more near the top. The most by non-keepers is 6 by Smith.

Highest fielding average (Minimum 15 innings fielded, 0.500 or more dismissals per innings):

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Here de Kock is a little ahead of Bairstow. Among the non-keepers, Smith and Root lead (along with Kusal Mendis who kept in a few matches)

To be continued.

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):

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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):

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

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

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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):

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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.

Famous Diesels

The original inventor Rudolf Diesel 

The French police dog Diesel who was martyred in the terror attacks in France in 2015:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_(dog) . She deserves to have her picture here:

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The other famous Mr Diesel: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_Diesel

The Italian clothing brand: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_(brand) 

which often features in jokes about Rahul Gandhi and the prices of petrol and diesel.

And finally the icon of Indian Railways:

 

 

If Kafka was Indian….

Many of us have heard the word “Kafkaesque”. It is generally associated with his work “The Trial” which was published in the 1920s. If you have forgotten the story you can refer to Wikipedia or elsewhere. It can be summed up on the blurb on one of the cheap editions:

What is your crime?               Nothing.

Who is the judge?                   I don’t know.

What is the punishment?    Death.

If Kafka had lived in India, he would have found much inspiration for similar works over the past century or so. One such story is that of Manmohan Singh, not the former PM but a farmer in a remote part of Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh.

Read his Kafkaesque story:

http://www.firstpost.com/business/vijay-mallyas-loan-bank-of-baroda-mistook-up-farmer-for-kingfisher-director-2819718.html

and an update:

http://www.firstpost.com/india/mallyas-guarantor-farmer-manmohan-singh-charges-bank-of-baroda-for-defamation-2828488.html

There are, of course, many interesting questions which can be asked about the way banks function in India-particularly the supposedly people-friendly public sector banks.