Review of the Nidahas Trophy (2018)

This tournament is an one-off. There was another Nidahas Trophy in 1998 to mark the 50th anniversary of independence. That was also a triangular series but with 50-over matches. T20Is were still in the future.

This tournament was contested by Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand. Though the league matches were badly affected by rain, there was still a narrow 6-run win for India as Sri Lanka came close to chasing down a 300+ total in the final. Such things rarely happened in those days. See the scorecard:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8560/scorecard/66157/sri-lanka-vs-india-final-singer-akai-nidahas-1998/

At least the host got to the final then, unlike on this occasion. This time it was Dinesh Karthik who won the match with one of the most famous last-ball sixes in limited-overs cricket history. But Javed Miandad may have something to say about that.

Here is a statistical summary of the 2018 edition. The sample size is too small to have meaningful figures for averages, strike rates and the like.

Most runs (90 and above):

Most runs

Kusal Perera made 3 fifties, while three others made two apiece.

Highest innings (40 and above):

Highest innings

Dhawan and RG Sharma have the highest scores.

During the SL v BD match on 16 Mar, there was a wisecrack that Mr Perera had scored 119 runs and took 5 catches.

Most wickets (4 and above):

Most wickets

India’s junior spinners lead here, with a number of highly experienced bowlers following.

Best innings bowling (including all 3wi and above):

Best innings bowling

The 4 top positions are by Indian bowlers.

Most dismissals (3 or more):

Most dismissals

Thissara Perera and Sabbir have the most (6) by non-keepers while Karthik (5) the most by keepers.

Most innings dismissals (2 or more):

Innings dismissals

Sabbir and Kusal Perera lead the non-keepers and keepers respectively.

All round performances (20+ runs and 2+ wickets in a match):

AR

Only one instance.

 

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The T20Is of 2017

The T20I matches of 2018 have already started. So we now look back at the matches of 2017. Not too many as there was no world championship, though there is now an increasing trend of 3-match series rather than a single match grudgingly tagged on at the end of the season.

First, the ICC ranking table at the end of the year:

ICC rankings

This has a close bunching at the top, with 3 points separating Pakistan, New Zealand and India.

Now we look at win-loss ratios in 2017:

W-L table

Pakistan and Scotland (!) at the top, with Bangladesh just above bottom-ranked PNG. Although Pakistan does top both lists, it should be remembered that the ICC rankings cover a longer period.

Now we look at individual performances. With a relatively small sample size there is not much point in finding averages and strike rates. The matches involving the World XI are not counted, even though the ICC and Cricinfo regards them as official T20Is

Batting: Most runs (150 and above):

Runs

So Evin Lewis of the West Indies leads, leaving established stars like ABD and Kohli behind. C Munro is the only one with 2 centuries, while several have three 50+ scores.

Highest innings (75 and above):

Innings batting

Evin Lewis leads the next in line RG Sharma by a large margin (by T20I standards).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

Wkts

YS Chahal emerged with a bang, while Williams and Rashid also emerged from the fringes. Chahal is the only one with three 4wis, no one else had more than 1.

Best innings bowling (all instances of 5wi and above):

Innings bowling

Chahal and Rashid Khan again.

Fielding: Most dismissals (8 and more):

Dismissals

Dhoni heads this list, although surprisingly Ireland’s GH Dockrell has the most catches as a non-keeper. In fact he has more catches than Dhoni or any other keeper!

Best innings fielding (3 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding

While Chandimal, Dhoni and GD Philips have 4 dismissals apiece, several non-keepers have taken 3 catches.

All-round performance-overall:

See criteria below:

AR overall

Seekuge Prasanna emerges as the only to one to have bowled and batted enough with some pretensions to being an all-rounder.

All-round match performances (20+ runs and 2+ wickets).

AR Match

The best performances here are by Anshuman Rath (HK) and Shakib Al Hasan.

 

 

Review of India v Sri Lanka T20Is-Dec 2017

After India won this series 3-0, the T20I results between these teams stood as follows:

Teams

India lead 10-4. It is interesting that SL have never won a T20I against India at home, though they have won in India and in neutral venues.

Looking at individual performances, starting with batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Total runs

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 14 matches between these teams. He captained in the first 10. Next is RG Sharma (13) and T Perera (11)

Kohli has scored the most runs despite missing this series and playing in only 4 matches. He is closely followed by RG Sharma. Sharma is the only one to score a century, while Kohli has the most (4) scores of 50+.

Highest innings scores (50 and above):

Highest innings

RG Sharma and Rahul both broke the record of 82 made by Kohli in the previous match in Sri Lanka in September. Kusal Perera came close to surpassing Sangakkara’s SL v Ind record of 78.

Highest averages (minimum 5 innings, avg 20.00)

Bat avg (20+)

Dhoni has the highest average, though Kohli and Rahul will likely overtake him once they have played 5 innings. RG Sharma’s average is surprisingly low. Oddly Gambhir has the highest strike rate of 151.11 followed by Sharma.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (5 and above):

Total wkts

Ashwin leads though he did not play in the last two series. Chahal will soon catch up. He is the only one to take two four-fors.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Innings bowling

India has the first 5 places here, with Shanaka’s 3-16 being the best for SL.

Best bowling averages (minimum 5 innings, all instances):

Bowl avg

Ashwin has by far the best average, followed by newcomer Pandya. Ashwin also has the best economy and strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (3 and above):

Dismissals

Dhoni has the most dismissals as well as stumpings. However non-keeper Pandya has the same number of catches as Dhoni.

Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

Innings dismissals

Dhoni is the only one to make 3 or more dismissals in an innings. Some non-keepers have taken 2 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 5 innings, 0.500 and above):

Dismissal rate

Dhoni again at the top, though non-keeper Pandya has the same rate. Chameera has the best for SL, ahead of keeper Dickwella.

Now for all-round performances:

Overall all-round performances (see criteria):

AR-overall

Only Raina (!) and Yuvraj have a respectable performance here.

All-round match performance (20 and 2 wickets):

AR-Match

Shanaka achieved this during this series, though Yuvraj’s performance is clearly the best.

Thus ended India’s international cricket engagements for 2017.

 

 

T20I matches between England and India

India won the first bilateral 3-match T20I series between these teams 2-1. With this, England lead 6-5 in the 11 matches against India in this format.

In England, England lead 3-0

In India, they are tied 3-3

In neutral grounds, England trail 0-2.

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 11 T20Is between the two countries. Next are Raina (10) and Kohli and Buttler (9 each).

We now look at batting records:

Most runs (70 and above):

e-v-i-t20i-runs

Morgan, Raina and Dhoni have scored the most runs. Morgan is the only one to have scored two scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (40 and above):

e-v-i-t20i-indiv-scores

The top score of 71 was made by Morgan and Rahul.

Batting averages (5 innings and more):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-avg

Dhoni and Morgan have the best averages.

We now look at strike rates (for 5 innings and more):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-sr

Note that Yuvraj’s strike rate is considerably higher than that of the next in line, Morgan.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (4 and above):

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Chahal equalled the existing record of 8 by Harbhajan. Dernbach has the most (7) for England. There is one five-for by Chahal and four-fors by Harbhajan and Dernbach.

Best innings bowling (3 or more wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-bowl

YS Chahal’s 6-25 is the best for matches between England and India, and for India in all T20Is. It is the third best in all T20Is, after two 6-fors by Ajanta Mendis.

Bowling averages (minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-bowl-avg

While Dernbach heads the bowling averages, Bresnan has the best economy rate and Dernbach the best strike rate.

Fielding (4 or more dismissals):

e-v-i-t20i-field

Rahane has the most dismissals (8) followed by wicketkeeper Kieswetter with 6. Dhoni has the most stumpings with 4.

Most dismissals in an innings (2 or more):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-fielding

Rahane has the most dismissals here (4) while the highest by a keeper is 3 by Kieswetter.

Highest dismissal rate (0.35 and above, minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-field-avg

Rahane has a much higher dismissal rate than anyone else. Here severalĀ  non-keepers have a higher dismissal rate than that of keepers.

Now for all-round performances (overall):

e-v-it20i-ar-overall

Yuvraj is the only one with any claim to be an all-rounder.

All-round performances in match (minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-ar-match

Yuvraj’s performance is the best here.