Preview of India-SA ODI series-Mar 2020

India does not have any Tests planned for the rest of the year until their tour of Australia starting in Nov 2020. The caravan now moves on to a 3-match series of ODIs later in March:

Mar 12: Dharmasala

Mar 15: Lucknow

Mar 18: Kolkata

All matches start at 1330 IST.

So far, there have been 84 ODIS between these teams.

India trails 35-46 with 3 no-results.

At home, India leads 15-13 (28 matches)

In South Africa: SA leads 22-10 with 2 NR (34 matches)

At neutral venues: SA leads 11-10 with 1 NR (22 matches)

See the results of ODIs between these teams since 2015:

Ind-SA ODIs

While India’s squad had not been announced by March 4, you can see details of SA’s squad here:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28819635/maiden-odi-call-george-linde-south-africa-travel-india

 

Review of NZ-India Test series-2

Hope that you have read Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/review-of-nz-india-test-series-1/

Continuing with individual performances in

Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Bowling-25 wkts

Hadlee and Bedi have the highest tally here, with Ashwin having the highest among current players. Southee, Boult and Ishant follow.

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

Innins bowl-7wi

None from the current series, though Ashwin and Southee are there from earlier series.

Venkataraghavan’s only 10-for came in his debut series.

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

Match bowling 9wm

Southee’s 9-wicket haul from this series is there. However the two best performances are by Ashwin in earlier series.

Bowling averages (Min 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

No current player has bowled enough.

Bedi and Gupte have the best averages (though the latter played in only one series).

Nadkarni and Bedi have the best economy rates.

Hadlee and Prasanna have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Most dismissals-8

Here we have Watling just ahead of Dhoni. There is also Taylor among non-keepers.

Most innings dismissals (5 and above):

Innings dismissals-5

Watling represents the current players. Incidentally Kirmani’s 6 dismissals was a share in the world record at that time.

Most match dismissals (6 and above):

Match dismissals-6

Here we have Watling’s 7 in the current series. But no non-keeper has taken 6 or more in a match.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.600):

Dis rate 0.6

Engineer has the top average here, mainly because he was the only keeper who played long enough. The highest averages among non-keepers here are by Fleming and Taylor.

All-round performance (overall, see criteria below):

AR overall

Only Vettori appears here.

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

AR match

BR Taylor’s century and 5wi came on his Test debut. No other player from any country has achieved this double. Some, like Southee, have scored a 50 along with 5wi on debut.

However, Congdon and Bracewell have good figures as well.

 

 

 

 

Review of NZ-India Test series-1

After NZ’s 2-0 win, the record of Tests between these teams stands at:

NZ v Ind overall

A strong home advantage on both sides.

It is also worthwhile to see the WTC points table as on 03 March, where NZ has gained 120 points and India none:

WTC table 02 Mar 2020

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting records:

Most runs, (700 and above):

Runs-700

Taylor and Kohli have the highest totals among current players. Pujara and Williamson are further down.

The most centuries are by Dravid (6), and the most 50+ scores are 12 by Dravid and Tendulkar.

Highest innings scores (150 and above):

Innings-150

While there have been many high scores in the past, this was a low-scoring series. See the scores of Kohli, Rahane and other current players in recent years.

Mankad’s 231 was India’s highest Test score until Gavaskar crossed it with 236* in 1984.

Best batting averages (Min 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average

Dravid has by far the highest average, followed by Dowling of the 1960s. Williamson and Taylor are further down.

Best strike rates (Min 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Batting strike rate

Sehwag is the fastest scorer by a large margin. Taylor and Kohli are the fastest among current players, followed by Rahane and Williamson.

To be continued

Preview: Pakistan vs Bangladesh Tests

This is an odd little series:

Feb 7-11: I Test at Rawalpindi

Apr 3: Only ODI at Karachi

Apr 5-9: II Test at Karachi

It is also a part of the World Test Championship, where both sides need the 120 points (60 per Test):

WTC points table Jan 28

The previous history of Tests between these teams is very one-sided, with Pakistan winning 9 of the 10 Tests with one draw. However Bangladesh has shown some improvement in Tests since the teams last met in 2015. They had come close to winning at Multan in 2003 before Inzamam earned Pakistan an one-wicket victory.

BD v Pak Tests

The 4th innings at Cape Town

As in the first Test at Centurion, we enter the last day with a potentially long run-chase.

South Africa was set 438 to win (remember that famous ODI when they reached that figure?) and had made 126/2 in 56 overs with about 90 overs left. They still need to make 312 runs at a run rate of 3.47, while they have reached 126/2 at an RR of 2.25

We look at 4th-innings scores above 300 in South Africa:

4th innings in SA

The highest winning score is 340/5 by SA vs Aus at Durban in 2002. But teams have got very close to winning by scoring 458 in 2013 and even 696 in 1939.

At Cape Town alone, we have:

4th innings in Cape Town

The highest score to win is 334/6 by Aus in 2002, and overall it is 354/5 to draw by WI in 2004.  SA’s highest score here is 335 (and lost) back in 1962. So 438 to win is unlikely.

But they had said that before this ODI in 2006:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/14676/scorecard/238200/south-africa-vs-australia-5th-odi-australia-tour-of-south-africa-2005-06

Update: South Africa held on long enough to reach the last hour, making 248 in 137.4 overs and losing by 189 runs. Stokes took the final wicket, finishing with 47, 0-34, 72, 3-35 and 6 catches.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19430/scorecard/1185305/south-africa-vs-england-2nd-test-icc-world-test-championship-2019-2021

 

 

The ODIs of 2019-1

Here is the summary of all the ODIs of 2019:

Win-Loss ratios for all teams:

Teams-WL

This isn’t very useful as the Netherlands and Namibia come out on top.

The ICC rankings on Dec 31 are more meaningful:

ICC rankings end 2019

Here we have the four semi-finalists of the World Cup at the top.

Next we move to the individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (600 or more):

Runs-600

RG Sharma, V Kohli and SD Hope lead by a big margin.

Sharma has the most centuries (7) followed by Kohli (5).

The most scores of 50+ were by Sharma (13) followed by Kohli and Hope with 12 apiece.

Highest innings scores (120 or more):

Innings-120

Led by the relatively lesser-known JD Campbell. There are several other scores above 150.

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

Bat Ave

Hope, Babar Azam and Kohli are close together at the top.

Highest strike rates (Min 500 balls faced, 90.00):

Bat SR-90

Here we have some other names at the top such as JJ Roy, who is considerably ahead of EJG Morgan. While Kohli is here, others who scored the most (RG Sharma and SD Hope) did not score fast enough. There is one player (N Zadran) from Afghanistan.

To be continued:

Test Captaincy Updates-2

Continuing from Part 1:https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/12/12/test-captaincy-updates-1/

We have seen which players have appeared in the most Tests, captained in the most Tests and have played in the most Tests while not captaining.

Now we look at those who 1) played their entire Test career as captains, and 2) played their entire Test careers NOT as captains.

The first list is relatively short:

Pure captains

Only 25 cases here. The top few are less-known except for LK Germon who was captain relatively recently. He was brought in as captain as the selectors felt that no other suitable captain could be found among the existing players. Sherwell and Germon were both wicketkeepers.

Tail piece: LK Germon does possess an odd record-he has scored the most runs on debut without scoring a fifty; 48 + 41 = 89.

We also see James Lillywhite jnr of England who captained his side in the first 2 Tests ever played and never played another,

In some cases certain players were appointed captains as they were amateurs rather than professionals, or if they were from the “nobility” as in the case of “Vizzy” and his British counterparts. In the early days of West Indies cricket, the captain was chosen from the players of the territory where the match was being played.

But clearly the players listed above were not good enough to stay in the team if their presence as captains was not essential. Vizzy, for example, was clearly not competent enough either as a batsman or captain.

More recently, WTS Porterfield captained Ireland in their first 3 Tests.

It is also interesting to note that the last 5 players made only a single Test appearance, in which they captained. The best known was CA Smith, later known as Sir Audrey Smith of Hollywood where he typically played roles of elderly Englishmen.

Now we go on to those who never captained in Tests.

There are over 1500 who played 5 or more Tests without ever being captains. Here we list

Those who played 85 or more Tests without ever captaining:

Pure non captains

England’s current players Anderson and Broad are in the first and third places, Anderson having crossed Warne’s mark of 144 recently. The national record holders would therefore include Anderson (149 for England), Warne (144 for Australia), VVS Laxman (134 for India), Muralitharan (132 for Sri Lanka), Ntini (101 for South Africa), CEL Ambrose (98 for WI) and Sir Richard Hadlee (86 for New Zealand). Further down there is Mudassar Nazar with 76 for Pakistan, GW Flower (67 for Zimbabwe) and Javed Omar (40 for Bangladesh).

There may be various reasons why they were never considered suitable for captaincy. However, Warne did captain Australia in a few ODIs. The knowledgeable feel that he may have been a better captain than some of his contemporaries.