Review of Australia-India ODIs, Oct 2017

With India’s 4-1 victory, they became No 1 in the ICC rankings for ODIs, while they had already held the No 1 position in Tests:

ICC rankings

This was India’s best victory in a bilateral ODI series against Australia. Here are the results of the past few series:

2009-10 in Ind: Aus won 4-2

2010-11 in Ind: Aus won 1-0

2013-14 in Ind: Ind won 3-2

2015-16 in Aus: Aus won 4-1

2017-18 in Ind: Ind won 4-1.

Here is a summary of all ODIs between the two countries:

Table

Australia enjoys a healthy 73-45 lead in all ODIs against India. For matches in India, Australia lead only 26-25. Oddly enough there are no tied matches here, although these teams have played in one of the only two tied Tests.

Moving on to individual records-Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Aus v I runs

The most centuries are 9 by Tendulkar, followed by 6 by Ponting and RG Sharma.

The most 50+ scores are 24 by Tendulkar, followed by 15 by Ponting.

RG Sharma and Dhoni have the most runs among current players, while Kohli is catching up.

Highest innings scores (125 and above):

Highest scores

RG Sharma dominates the higher positions. And he made the highest score of this series, 125, which is at the bottom of this list.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Batting avg

RG Sharma leads the next in line, Hayden and Kohli, by a large margin. Dhoni is the only other current player in this list.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 500 balls, 80.00):

strike rate

The highest strike rate is by GJ Bailey, with Dhawan and several others bunched around the 100 mark. Those who played in the current series include SPD Smith, RG Sharma, Warner, Kohli and Finch. It is interesting to see that Rahane’s strike rate is a little higher than Dhoni’s.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (25 and above):

Wkts

Lee leads the table. No bowlers from the current series make the cut here, though MG Johnson and I Sharma of recent teams are here.

Lee took four 5-fors.No one else took more than one.

Lee also has the most 4-fors (4), followed by Agarkar and MG Johnson with 3.

Best innings bowling (including all five-fors):

Innings bowling

This is topped by two relatively unknown players followed by Agarkar and Starc. The current series did not see any good wicket-taking performances, with UT Yadav’s 4-71 being the best.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1000 balls bowled,35.00):

Bowl Avg

Lee is again far ahead of the next bowler. No current bowlers are seen here.

The best averages are by Lee and Johnson. the best economy rates are by Kapil and Shastri and the best strike rates are by Lee and Agarkar.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (minimum 15):

Fielding dismissals

No surprises among the first two, while Wade and Kohli make up the current players. Tendulkar has the highest for non-keepers (31), followed at some distance by Azharuddin and Ponting with 18. Dhoni has the most stumpings. Dravid had played both as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals

Gilchrist has the most dismissals, while Clarke has the most catches as a non-keeper. Nothing from the current series.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450):

Dismissal rate

No surprises in the first two places, while DM Jones has the best dismissal rate among the non-keepers. Dhoni and Kohli are the only current players.

All-round performances:

Overall performances (see criteria in table):

AR overall

Somewhat oddly, the first 3 places go to batsmen who occasionally bowled, while two better-known all-rounders make up the rear.

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

AR match

The best performances would be those of Tendulkar, Kapil and Watson (Hyderabad). Also note one of Azharuddin’s rare bowling performances.

We are not done with Australia yet, as the T20I series is still to come. See the past records here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/summary-of-t20is-between-australia-and-india/

 

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Statistics of the Champions Trophy-2

Continuing from Part 1

Fielding: 10 or more dismissals:

Most dismissals

The leaders Sangakkara and Gilchrist are predictable. Note that McCullum and Dravid both alternated between keeping and fielding. The most by a “pure” fielder is by M Jayawardene.

Innings fielding (4 or more dismissals):

Innings fielding-above 4

The overall best is by Buttler, while the unlikely record-holder for stumpings is DO Obuya of Kenya. The “other” McCullum, who never played in Tests, has the record for non-keepers.

Fielding average (0.400 and above from 15 or more innings):

Fielding average above 0.4

Sangakkara and Boucher lead overall, while Dwayne Bravo leads among non-keepers.

All-round overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Kallis is clearly the best here, while Afridi barely meets the qualification of an all-rounder.

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

AR Match

The best all-round performances would be that of Tendulkar and Kallis. See the scorecards below:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66165.html

But Kallis’s performance was more crucial as it came in the final in 1998:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/66169.html

That was before the “choking” tag came up. And it remains South Africa’s only win in an ICC tournament until now.

Tail piece: It is possible that the 2017 Champions Trophy will be the last such tournament. See the news item below which is the most recent reliable report I could find. Possibly the ICC will decide on this after this tournament is over. If held, the 2021 championship is likely to be held in India.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci-icc/content/story/1028721.html

 

 

Australia vs India Tests review-II

In part I, we looked at batting and bowling performances. Here we take up fielding and all-round performances.

Fielding (20 or more dismissals):

Most dismissals

While Gilchrist has a small lead over Dhoni, Dhoni and Kirmani have the most stumpings. Gilchrist has the most catches as keeper followed by Dhoni and Haddin with 56 each. Non-keepers with the most catches are Dravid (46), followed by VVSL and Ponting (36 each)

Best innings fielding (5 or more dismissals):

Best innings fielding

Haddin clearly leads this table. It is interesting to note that Srikkanth’s 5 catches as a fielder gives him a share in the world Test record. The current player AM Rahane also has a share in this record.

Best match fielding (6 or more dismissals):

Best match fielding

Haddin and Dhoni lead this table. The most catches by non-keepers are 6 by Whatmore (more known as a coach) and Mark Waugh.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, 0.500):

Best dismissal rate

Haddin, Gilchrist and Dhoni lead this list while Mark Waugh and Bob Simpson lead the non-keepers.

Overall all-round performance (see the criteria):

AR overall

Kapil is far ahead of the others, while Harbhajan Singh somehow fares better than M. Johnson and Ashwin. (But Harbhajan’s batting and bowling averages are both superior to that of the recognized all-rounder Ashwin 🙂

Match all-round performance (50 and 5wi):

AR match

Apart from the forgotten Rusi Surti’s performances in the 4-0 loss in 1967-68, the other names are fairly predictable.

 

Review of Sri Lanka-Australia Test series, 2016

Sri Lanka recorded its first 3-0 “whitewash” of Australia. They had already inflicted this on West Indies and Zimbabwe in 2001-02 and Bangladesh in 2007. Sri Lanka has never played a series of 4 or more Tests.

It was also pointed out that Australia were “whitewashed” in their previous tours in Asia since early 2013: 4-0 by India, 2-0 by Pakistan in UAE and now 3-0 by Sri Lanka.

For the 29 Tests between these countries, Australia lead Sri Lanka 17-4 with 8 draws. In Australia it is 11-0 with 2 draws. In Sri Lanka, Australia still lead 6-4 with 6 draws. Until this series Sri Lanka had only won one Test against Australia, which was in 1999-2000.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries except Australia and India.

Coming to the specifics of SL-Aus Tests:Batting

Most runs (500 and more):

Batting-overall

Mathews is the only current player here.

Highest innings (135 and more):

Batting-innings

Kusal Mendis is the only current player here. He recorded the highest score for SL v Aus in SL, surpassing Gurusinha’s 137 in 1992. However the overall SL v Aus record is 192 by Sangakkara in 2007-08.

M Hussey is the only one with 5 centuries. No one else scored more than 3.

The most 50-plus scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

Now for batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting-averages

Strike rates are also available for all of these cases. Jayasuriya has the highest with 65.70, far ahead of others who are in the low 50s.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

Bowling-overall

Herath with his 26-wicket haul in this series crossed Warne and Muralitharan to top this list. Starc, Lyon and Dilruwan Perera are also here.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Bowling-innings

Herath (3 times), Starc and Dilruwan Perera make this list. Herath’s 7-64 is the best for SL v Aus, surpassing his earlier record of 7-157 in 2011. Starc’s 6-50 is the best for Aus v SL in SL.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bowling-match

Herath (13-145) and Starc (11-94) recorded the best for their teams. Again the records of Muralitharan and Warne have been toppled. Herath (again) and Dilruwan Perera appear lower down.

Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Bowling-average

Herath has the best average.

Vaas has the best economy rate, just ahead of Herath and Warne.

Herath has the best strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and more):

Fielding-overall

The first few names are not surprising. The most stumpings are 6 by Kaluwitharana, most catches by keepers are 32 by Gilchrist and Healy, and the most by non-keepers is 20 by M Jayawardene followed by 16 by Ponting.

Nevill and Smith are the only current players here.

The best fielding in an innings is 5 by Gilchrist and Healy.

The best match fielding is 8 by Gilchrist and Healy (who else?) followed by non-keeper Hayden with 7. That was a share in the world Test record for some years until Rahane surpassed it with 8 last year.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, all instances):

Fielding-rate

Sangakkara heads this list, while Gilchrist and Healy did not play enough in these Tests to be counted. M Jayawardene has the best rate for non-keepers, followed by Warne.

All-round performance (overall):

AR-overall

Vaas is the only one to have pretensions of being an all-rounder. See the modest criteria to be met here.

All-round performances (match): Fifty-plus innings and 5wi in the match:

AR-match

Only two instances here, including Dilruwan Perera whose contribution is more than that of Reiffel.