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 ODIs-2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Most wickets-20

The Karnataka pair of Srinath and Kumble lead.

No one has more than one 5-for. Srinath and Southee have two 4-fors.

Southee (30) and Boult (24) have the most wickets amongst current players.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5wi):

Best bowling-5wi

SE Bond has the best figures of 6-19, during his relatively short career. No good individual performance in this series, although Boult had 5-21 in 2019.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowling average

Southee is the only current player here, though close to the bottom.

Srinath and Hadlee have the best bowling averages.

Hadlee and Kapil have the best economy rates.

Srinath and Nehra (!) have the best strike rates.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Most dismissals

The forgotten NR Mongia has the most dismissals (36) and most stumpings (12).

However McCullum (25) has the most catches by a keeper, by Mongia and Dhoni with 24 each.

R Taylor (19) has the most catches by a fielder, followed by SP Fleming (18).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

The record is 5 dismissals, while a number of fielders have taken 4 catches. The only such instance recently was KD Karthik’s 4 catches as a keeper in 2019.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):

Dismissal rate

NR Mongia leads again. Vengsarkar (!) has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.

Overall all-round performance (see criterion in table):

AR-overall

While notable all-rounders such as Kapil, Hadlee and Vettori have played in these matches, the only one with a creditable record is the “bits-and-pieces” all-rounder CZ Harris.

All-round match performance (Min 40 runs and 4 innings):

AR-match

Another surprise: the only such performance is the unheralded K Srikkanth, whose bowling ability seems to have been a well-kept secret. His 70 and 5-27 back in 1988-89 was probably India’s best all-round feat in ODIs against all countries at that time.

Review of NZ-India ODIs-1

New Zealand won the series 3-0, the first such whitewash for India in ODIs for a long time.

We start with a listing of match results since the beginning of 2019:

Results since Jan 2019

India did win 4-1 in New Zealand just over a year ago. Then they lost to them in the World cup semi-final, and then the 3 matches in Feb 2020.

Here is the overall record of ODIs between these teams:

Ind-NZ all results

India still has an overall lead of 55-49 and 26-8 at home, while NZ leads 25-14 at home and marginally leads 16-15 at neutral venues. Certainly a strong home advantage on both sides. But India had won there in 2019.

Now for individual records, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Most runs-750

Taylor and Kohli are now in 2nd and 3rd place, though well below the first-placed Tendulkar. Williamson and Guptill are the other current players here.

Sehwag has the most centuries (6) followed by Tendulkar, Kohli and Astle with 5 apiece. The most scores of 50+ are 13 by Kohli and Tendulkar,  followed by 11 by R Taylor.

Highest innings (110 and above):

Innings scores above 110

Tendulkar has the two highest scores made a decade apart. Kohli’s 154* is the highest score by current players. But this series had fewer large individual scores, the highest being 112 by KL Rahul.

Highest batting averages (Min 20 innings, 30.00):

Batting average 30

Kohli has the highest average here, with Dhoni (?) and Taylor the next highest among current players. Williamson and Rohit Sharma are also here.

Highest batting strike rate (Min 500 balls faced, 75.00):

Strike rate above 75

The first two, Sehwag and Kapil, are at some distance from the next few. Kohli, Latham and Taylor lead among current players. Guptill and other current players are also seen here.

To be continued.

 

Review of India-Australia ODI series-1

As you know, India won the series of January 2020 by a 2-1 margin.

Here are the results of ODIs between these teams since January 2019:

Results since Jan 2019

India won 2-1 in Australia in Jan 2019

Aus won 3-2 in Ind in Mar 2019

Ind won 1-0 in the World Cup in Jun 2019

Ind won 2-1 in Ind in Jan 2020

On the whole India has done better in the past year.

We also look at the results of all ODIs between these teams:

Aus v Ind ODI 2020

Australia still leads 78-51 overall but only 30-29 in India.

We now look at the individual performances in batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Batting-750

RG Sharma and Kohli continue to move up though they have some distance to go to reach Tendulkar’s record. Finch and Dhawan are among the other current players here.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (9) followed by Kohli and Sharma with 8.

Tendulkar also has the most scores of 50-plus (24) and is predictably followed by Kohli and Sharma with 16.

Highest innings (125 or more):

HS-125

Note that RG Sharma has the highest overall score in this series (209) as well as India’s highest in Australia (171*).

However, Smith (131) and Warner (128*) made the highest scores in this series.

Highest batting average (Min 20 innings, 35.00):

Bat Avg 35

Sharma and Kohli are the top two. Dhawan and Finch are among the other current players here. Smith and Warner have not played enough to qualify.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

Batting SR 80

Now you can see why Australian fans want Maxwell back in the team.

Dhawan and SPD Smith have the best strike rates among those who played in 2020.

To be continued:

 

 

The ODIs of 2019-2

Hope that you have read Part 1

Continuing with the individual performances in ODIs for the calendar year 2019:

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Wkts-20

Led by M Shami and TA Boult.

However Mustafizur Rahman and MA Starc are the only ones with two fivers.

Starc is also the only one with 4 hauls of 4+wi.

Best innings bowling ( including all fivers):

Innings bowl-5wi

Newcomer SS Afridi has the best figures here, followed by YS Chahal.

Also note the remarkable 5-13 off 8 overs by JN Frylinck of Namibia.

Best bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg

Shami has the best average as well as strike rate and Boult the best economy rate.

Now for

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Dis

Carey, Hope and Latham lead here although Hope has the most catches by a keeper. Kohli has the most catches by a non-keeper and Dhoni the most stumpings.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

Dis innings

There is an unfamiliar name (ZE Green of Namibia) among those who made 5 dismissals in an innings. CR Woakes and CS Macleod took 4 catches as non-keepers.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.5):

Dis avg

Carey and Hope have the highest dismissal rate, while the third-placed Root has the best by a non-keeper.

Overall All-round performance:

(See criteria below):

AR overall

Mohammad Nabi and Imad Wasim have almost the same difference rate.

All-round match performance: (30 runs and 3 wickets):

AR Match

The best performance would be by Khawar Ali followed by that of AL Phehlukwayo and Soumya Sarkar. Perhaps Khawar Ali’s performance should be downplayed as it was against one of the weaker teams.

 

 

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:

ODIs between India and the West Indies-2

Hope that you have seen part 1.

We now proceed to Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Ind v WI wickets

“Sir” Jadeja is set to become the leading wicket-taker here, although Shami is following him closely

M Dillon is the only one with two 5-fors, although Shami and Rampaul have the most 4+ hauls (4).

Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5 and more wickets):

Ind v WI bowl inngs

The first few innings bowling figures are from long ago, with Viv Richards having one of the best analyses. He did take a few wickets in Tests as well, but not more than 2 in an innings. The best in 2019 was by Shami during the World Cup.

Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):

Ind v WI bowl avg

Surprisingly the best average is by the occasional bowler Viv Richards, though he is closely followed by Ambrose. Jadeja, Roach and Holder have the best averages among current players.

Marshall and Walsh have the best economy rates, while Richards and Kumble have the best strike rates.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Ind v WI dism

Dhoni has the most dismissals (47), although Dujon took more catches (34) than him. Dhoni does however have the most stumpings (14). Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by non-keepers.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Ind v WI inngs dism

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals. Dravid has the most (4) catches by a non-keeper.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.50)

Ind v WI dis avg

Ramdin leads here, while Richards has the best rate among non-keepers.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

Ind v WI AR overall

Led by Richards (!) followed at a distance by Hooper and Kapil.

Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):

Ind v WI AR match

Richards again in his unaccustomed role as an all-rounder. The best performances here would be by him in Jan 1988 and Oct 1989. Also one by Hooper.

 

ODIs between India and the West Indies-1

India’s 2-1 win in the series in December is the 3rd successive win for them in bilateral series against the West Indies. India had won 3-1 at home in 2018-19 and 2-0 away in 2019 before this.

The overall results:

Overall results

India now have a slender 64-63 lead overall and similarly 29-28 at home. They also lead 19-15 at neutral venues and trail WI 16-20 in away matches.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Ind v WI runs

Kohli has now scored far more runs than anyone else, including present players such as RG Sharma and CH Gayle.

Kohli also has the most centuries (9) and 50+ scores (20).

Highest innings (110 and above):

Ind v WI inngs

During this series high scores were recorded by RG Sharma (159) and SO Hetmyer (139).

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

Ind v WI bat avg

Again, Kohli is far ahead of anyone else starting with his team-mate RG Sharma. We see that Srikkanth, Kapil and Shastri have lower averages than we may expect.

Highest batting strike rates (Min 500 balls, 60.00)

Ind v WI SR

Headed by Sehwag, Viv Richards and Kohli. Other current players near the top are Dhoni and Dhawan.

To be continued:

The jinx in India-Pakistan matches (updated in June 2019)

It is often said that India dominates Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Hence the “Mauka Mauka” ads which aired at the beginning of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

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

I v P World Cup to 2019

Note the two matches at Manchester separated by 20 years. In 1999 the mini-war in Kargil was in progress.

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 (as in 2019) all teams played each other in the round-robin 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, repeated this in a pool match in 2015 and again in a round-robin match in 2019.

This makes it 7 out of 7.

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 world cup

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 vP ICC Champions Trophy

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.

In 2017, India won the group match but lost in the final.

So the jinx on Pakistan in ICC tournaments does not apply to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, where they lead India 3-2.

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

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: All-round performance

Here we look at overall all-round performances (note the criteria):

World Cup AR overall

Numbers 1, 2 and 5 are not surprising, while other obvious choices such as Botham and Hadlee did not do that well in the World Cup. CZ Harris represents the value of the bits-and-pieces all-rounder, while TM Odoyo contributed a lot to Kenya’s limited successes.

Finally we come to

Match performances (40 runs and 4 wickets):

World Cup AR match

Which would be the best performance here? Nominally it would be the century + 4wis of Kloppenburg and Dilshan, but they were against weak teams. The same might be said of Yuvraj’s 50 + 5wi (the only such instance in the World Cup).

If you consider performance against moderately strong teams, then we would consider those of Fletcher, Kapil and Russell.

ODI rankings before the 2019 World Cup

Note these rankings published on May 22, 2019.

The Tests had got over by May 2, the ODIs by May 21 and some T20Is are in progress among minor teams such as Namibia and Kenya.

We concentrate on the ODI rankings:

ICC ratings May 22 2019

We see that the top 10 teams are indeed the same teams playing in the World Cup.

This ranking seems to show that England and India are close together, followed by the pair of South Africa and New Zealand. Next is Australia and there is a steep fall to Pakistan and the others. This seems to conform to general opinion. As Australia had been without two of their key players for a year, they now have the capacity to get a semi-final place at the expense of South Africa or New Zealand.

You can also see the T20I rankings of the major teams.

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Bowling

Most wickets (25 and above):

WC-25 and more wickets

McGrath and Muralitharan are quite ahead of the others.

The best for India is 44 by Zaheer Khan and by Srinath, in 5th/6th place.

McGrath and Afridi are the only ones with two five-fors.

Muralitharan, Warne, Afridi and Tahir have four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 6wi and better):

WC-6wi and better

McGrath has the best figures of 7-15 against Namibia, while Bichel’s 7-20 against England may be considered more significant.

India’s best is 6-23 by Nehra in 2003 which is the 6th best. Kapil’s 5-43 in 1983 was the first five-for by India in any ODI.

Bowling averages: Minimum 1000 balls and maximum 45.00:

WC-bowling avg

McGrath and Imran Khan have the best averages of 18.19 and 19.26 respectively. The best for India is by Zaheer Khan (20.22) in 4th place.

The best economy rates are by Roberts (3.24) and Botham (3.43).

The best strike rates are by Malinga (23.8) and Zaheer Khan (27.1)