Tests between South Africa and West Indies

Tests between these countries are not as frequent as one may think, even after you consider that they started playing in early 1992. In fact, the West Indies were the first to host the returning SA team in a Test. (India was the first to host them in an ODI series in 1991).

Only 28 Tests have been played between these sides before now. Two Tests are scheduled, both at the Darren Sammy Stadium at Gros Islet on St Lucia. They are scheduled for Jun 10-14 and Jun 18-22. As I write, the series has got off to a fiery start with WI 97 and SA 128/4.

Of the 28 Tests, WI have won 3 and SA 18 with 7 drawn.

In WI, the 13 Tests have SA leading 6-2 with 5 draws

In SA, the 15 Tests have SA leading 12-1 with 2 draws.

The only 3 tests WI have won are the inaugural one at Bridgetown in 1991-92, at Kingston in 2000-01 and at Port Elizabeth in 2007-08. SA recorded a 5-0 sweep in 1998-99

A quick overview of statistics:

Most runs: 2356 by Kallis, 1715 by Lara.

Most centuries: 8 by Kallis, 7 by GC Smith. Most by WI: 5 by Chanderpaul.

Most 50+ scores: 20 by Kallis, 13 by Chanderpaul and Lara.

Highest scores: 317 by Gayle in 2005, 213 by WW Hinds also in 2005.

By SA: 208 by Amla in 2014-15. By SA in WI: 178 by AB de Villiers in 2005.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings):

84.18 by AB de Villiers. For WI 49.00 by Lara.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced):

60.21 by Gayle, for SA 59.17 by GC Smith.

Most wickets: 70 by Pollock. For WI, 51 by Walsh.

Best innings bowling: 7-37 by Ntini in 2005

For WI: 7-84 by FA Rose in 1998-99

Best match bowling: 13-132 by Ntini in 2005 and 10-88 by Nel in 2005. These are the only 10-fors in these Tests.

For WI: 8-79 by Ambrose in 1998-99.

Most dismissals: 77 by Boucher, for WI 51 by Jacobs.

Most by a non-keeper: 33 by Kallis

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded): 1.89 by Jacobs.

For a non-keeper 0.95 by Cullinan.

All-round performance:

Kallis 2356 runs and 52 wickets

Pollock 551 runs and 70 wickets.

In a match: Kallis 110 and 88* besides 7-124 in 1998-99.

Review of WI-SL Test series-April 2021-Part 1

The series was drawn 0-0. After this series, the overall Test table for matches between these teams was:

It is surprising that the West Indies have not won a single Test in Sri Lanka until now. Sri Lanka have won 2 in the West Indies.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting: 250 runs or more:

The most centuries are 5 by Lara followed with 3 by Sangakkara.

The most fifty-plus scores are 8 each by Sangakkara and Sarwan.

The most runs by a current player is only 479 by Chandimal.

Individual scores of 100 or more:

Again, current players do not have much presence here. The highest score in this series was 126 by Brathwaite, although Karunaratne had scored 186 in a previous series.

Best batting average (Min 15 innings, all cases:)

No current players here. The second position is a little surprising.

Best strike rate (Min 750 balls, 45.00):

No current players here either. The first two places are predictable.

Now for the bowling records:

Most wickets (10 or more):

The most 5-fors are 9 by Muralitharan (who else?), followed by 4 by Vaas.

Muralitharan (3) is the only one with more than one 10-for. Vaas, Herath and Gabriel have one apiece.

And naturally Muralitharan has by far the most wickets, followed by Vaas.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 6wi and above):

Nothing from this series, although Gabriel has 8-62 in 2018.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Again, the only notable performance by current players was in 2018 when Gabriel had 13-121.

Best bowling average (Minimum 1500 balls):

Roach is the only current player here.

The best bowling averages are by Vaas followed by Muralitharan.

The best economy rates are by Herath followed by Muralitharan

The best strike rates are by Herath followed by Muralitharan.

To be continued.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued

Most 6s in an ODI innings

In the World Cup match against Afghanistan on June 18, EJG Morgan made 148 off 71 balls with 17 6s and (only) 4 4s.

This is the listing for the most 6s in an ODI innings (10 or more) after England’s innings:

Most 6s in ODI innings

The live link for future reference:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283127.html

Morgan overtook these 3 who shared the ODI record:

RG Sharma, 16 6s in 209, I v A, Bengaluru, 02/11/2013

AB de Villiers, 16 in 149, SA v WI, Jo’burg, 18/01/2015

CH Gayle, 16 in 215, WI v Zim, Canberra, 24/202/2015.

(So Gayle held the previous World Cup record).

No one else has scored 10 or more 6s in an innings so far in the 2019 World Cup. The best is 5 by JJ Roy for Eng v BD and AJ Finch for Aus v SL.

While on this topic, let us see the records for the most 4s in all ODIs (20 or more):

Most 4s in ODI innings

Live link:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/284017.html

The runaway winner is RG Sharma with his 33 4s and 9 6s in the ODI record score of 264 for I v SL at Kolkata on 13/11/2014.

The next two positions are also held by India’s SR Tendulkar and V Sehwag (25 each), followed by ST Jayasuriya and several others with 24, i.e. far behind RG Sharma’s outlier.

The World Cup record is held by MJ Guptill with his 24 4s and 11 6s for NZ v WI at Wellington on 21/03/2015.

During this World Cup, no one else has crossed 20 4s. The best is 16 by these:

Most 4s in World Cup 2019 innings

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Batting

We start our review of World Cup performances from 1975 to 2015.

First, runs scored (750 and above):

WC-750 and more runs

Ponting has played in most matches (46) followed by Tendulkar with 45 and M Jayawardene with 40.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (6) follwed by Ponting and Sangakkara (5).

The most scores of 50+  are by Tendulkar (21) followed by Sangakkara (12) and Ponting (11).

It can be seen that Tendulkar has a large lead with 2278 runs against the next highest (Ponting) with 1743. The highest among current players are Gayle and Guptill with 944 and 809 respectively.

Highest individual scores (130 or more):

WC-Innings of 130 or more

It can be seen that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 was then the World cup record, though Viv Richards overtook it with 181 in 1987. That was also the first ODI century for India.

The two highest scores above are by Guptill and Gayle, who will be here in 2019. Other high scores by current players are by Warner and Amla.

Footnote: Matches had 60-over innings from 1975 to 1983, before the 50-over innings became standard.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

WC-Bat Avg 30 or more

The best career figures here are by de Villiers, closely followed by Clarke and Viv Richards. The best averages by current players are by Gayle and Ross Taylor. Others such as Virat Kohli have not played 20 innings yet.

But some of the less experienced players can be found here:

Best batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

WC batting strike rate 80 and more

Here Mc Cullum leads despite a relatively low average. He is followed by de Villiers and Kapil.

It is also interesting to see that A Symonds averaged over 100 in World Cup matches though he did not bat enough to reach the cutoff of 20 innings.

Amla (!), Dhoni and Gayle have the highest strike rates among current players.

Next we will look at bowling performances.

Review of New Zealand-West Indies Tests-1

After New Zealand’s 2-0 victory, results of Tests between these teams are summarized below:

Team summary

New Zealand has now moved into the lead with 15 victories against 13 by the West Indies.

The last victory of WI against NZ was at Port of Spain in Jan 2014. The last victory of WI in NZ was a generation ago, at Wellington in Feb 1995. That is remembered for Walsh’s 13-55.

We now look at individual performances, starting with batting:

Runs scored (750 and above):

Runs

The most centuries are 4 by Taylor, and the most scores of 50+ are 10 by Chanderpaul and Gayle. Taylor is the only current player here.

Highest innings (150 and above):

Innings

None from the recent series, although Ross Taylor had a 200+ score earlier.

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

Bat Avg

Only Taylor from the current players. Relatively few names here because of the relative infrequency of Tests between these teams over the years.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (30 and above):

Wkts

Several current players led by Boult and Southee.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7wi and above):

Innings bowl

Wagner’s feat in the current series is here.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10wm and above):

Match bowl

Note Walsh’s extraordinary figures. But there are no instances from recent years.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

Bowl Avg

Nobody among current players as they have not played enough.

To be continued.

 

 

 

Review of West Indies-Zimbabwe Tests

West Indies won this series 1-0 with one draw, when the second Test was drawn. The last draw involving Zimbabwe was in January 2005, when a Test in Bangladesh was drawn. From then till now Zimbabwe played in 26 Tests, including 23 losses and 3 wins (2 against Bangladesh and one against Pakistan). However, Zimbabwe did not play any Tests between Sep 2005 and Aug 2011.

Some Zimbabwe players ended their all-loss Test record. Chakabva now has seen 11 losses and 1 draw, while Sikandar has seen 8 losses and 1 draw. SC Williams has seen losses in all his 7 Tests, though the overall Test record is held by Alok Kapali with 17.

Zimbabwe’s captain AG Cremer also came out of the all-loss group. His 7 Tests as captain now have 6 losses and 1 draw.

Here we have a summary of all 10 Tests between these teams:

Results

WI leads 7-0 with 3 draws. They won all 4 Tests held in the West Indies and 3 out of 6 in Zimbabwe. All 3 draws were in Zimbabwe.

With this limited sample size there is no point in looking at averages, strike rates and the like. So we concentrate on overall tallies and innings and match performances.

Most runs (200 and above):

Runs

Gayle and H Masakadza scored 2 centuries apiece. These two players along with Sarwan are the only ones to make 3 scores of 50-plus. Gayle and Chanderpaul had played in all Tests between these teams except this series.

Highest individual scores (all centuries):

Innings

In this series H Masakadza made the highest score for Zim against WI. The previous record was 127* by Streak.

Also during this series WI’s no 8 and 9 batsmen (Holder and Dowrich) scored centuries. This was only the 2nd time this happened, after this one in the 1907-08 Ashes: http://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17646/scorecard/62493/Australia-vs-England-3rd-Test-the-ashes/

In that match a top-order batsman Clem Hill was batting at No 9 for some reason (probably an injury). So this instance is the only one involving “genuine” No 8 and No 9 batsmen.

Bowling: 10 or more wickets:

Wkts

Price has the most wickets. He and S Shillingford are the only ones to have taken tenners. Shillingford is also the only one with 3 fivers. Several current players (led by Bishoo) are in the above table.

Best innings bowling (including all fivers):

Innings bowling

Shillingford and Price lead again.

Best match bowling (including all cases of 8wm and above): The same pair again head the table.

Match bowling

Some current players (notably Bishoo) are in these tables.

Fielding records (5 or more dismissals):

Overall fielding

Gayle has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 or more):

Innings fielding

Ervine and A Flower have the most catches in an innings.

Most dismissals in a match (4 or more):

match fielding

Interestingly a non-keeper Powell has the most dismissals.

All-round performances (overall):

AR overall

Fittingly the only name here is that of Zimbabwe’s leading all-rounder.

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

ARmatch

In this series Sikandar Raza became only the second Test player to make two eighty-plus scores along with a fiver (see more about this in the previous post).

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy, 1998-2017 (Pt 1)

As I write this, it is still not clear whether the Champions Trophy will still be in the calendar. If it does, it will be held in India in 2021, returning there after 2006.

Here we have the full statistical highlights from 1998-99 to 2017.

Most runs-300 and above:

CT-runs-300

Gayle and M. Jayawardene still head the list, with Dhawan now in 3rd place. Kohli and RG Sharma are a little further down, followed by other current players such as Morgan and Root.

4 players have made 3 centuries; Dhawan and the Three Gs, Gayle, Ganguly and Gibbs. 3 have made 6 scores of 50+; Dhawan, Dravid and Ganguly. Dravid made 6 scores between 50 and 99.

Highest innings (110 and above):

CT-Innings-110

The record of Astle’s 145* against the USA remains, while the highest scores in 2017 were made by Root (133*) and Tamim (128).

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings)-all cases:

Batting avg-15 inngs-all

Only Shoaib Malik features from those who appeared in 2017. The current Indian batsmen have not reached 15 innings yet. While Chanderpaul has the highest average, Gayle (closely followed by Jayasuriya) have the highest strike rates.

Turning to bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Wkts-15

KD Mills still holds the record with 28, while Malinga is now in second place with 25. The only other player from 2017 is Sir Ravindra.

No one has taken 5wi more than once, while several have taken two 4wis. They include Malinga (once in 2017) and Plunkett (twice in 2017).

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

Innings bowling-all 5wi

The only outstanding performance in 2017 was Hazlewood’s 6-52, which is second in the overall list. There were a few 4wis, which are not shown in the above table.

Bowling averages (minimum 750 balls, all cases):

Bowling avg-750 balls

Only Malinga appears from those who played in 2017. Muralitharan has the best average as well as the best economy and strike rate. While his average is considerably better than that of Vaas in second place, Vettori’s economy rate and Malinga’s strike rate are relatively closer to Muralitharan’s figures.

Enough for one sitting. To be continued.

 

 

History of the Champions Trophy since 1998

A look at the past editions of the ICC Champions trophy, giving a quick summary of the results:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ICC_Champions_Trophy

Apart from the World Cup, this is the only tournament in which all Test countries have had the opportunity to take part-though in 2017 only the top 8 are playing, with the West Indies and Zimbabwe failing to qualify. Similarly in 2009 and 2013 Bangladesh and Zimbabwe did not qualify for the top 8. In 2006 all 10 countries competed, while the “main” tournament followed immediately after the “qualifying” tournament involving the bottom 4: West Indies, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. As things turned out West Indies and Sri Lanka qualified and the former ultimately became the runners-up.

There has been only one other multinational 50/60-over tournament (other than the Champions Trophy and World Cup) where all Test countries participated. This was the Benson & Hedges World Championship in Australia in 1984-85:

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1980S/1984-85/OD_TOURNEYS/WCC/

All 7 Test-playing countries at that time took part. These included Sri Lanka but not the exiled South Africa. You might say this was an unofficial World Cup.

Note that the only ICC tournaments won by South Africa (1998) and New Zealand (2000) can be found in the records of the Champion’s Trophy).

Footnote: If anyone wants to play around on Statsguru, they can select “ICC Champions Trophy (ICC Knockout)” in the Tournament heading, to get the aggregates for all these matches from 1998 onwards. I will be doing this in more detail over the next few days.

For the moment, the most matches played are 22 by M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara. The most runs scored is 791 by Gayle, and the most wickets 28 by the lesser-known KD Mills of New Zealand. The most dismissals are 33 by Sangakkara.

The best individual scores are 145* by NJ Astle and 145 by Andy Flower.

The best innings bowling is 6-14 by MF Mahroof of Sri Lanka. No one else has taken more than 5 wickets in an innings.

 

 

90s in T20I cricket

Having looked at 90s (mainly 99s) in Tests and ODIs, we turn to T20Is. Since there are very few 99s here, we look at 90s.

To begin with, here are the full list of 90s in T20I matches since their start in 2005:

T20 all 90

There are only two 99s here: by AD Hales in 2012, and an unbeaten 99 by LJ Wright also in 2012. That was in the T20 World Championship.

CH Gayle is the only one to make two 90s in this format, in 2010 and 2015. On the first occasion he was captain, during the T20 world championship (not World Cup as it is often wrongly called).

90s on T20I debut:

T20 deb 90

Remember, that was the very first T20I match.

Now we look at

90s by captains in T20I:

T20 capt 90

Ponting’s 98* again, with Gayle and SPD Smith.

We take a closer look at unbeaten 90s:

T20 unbt 90

The highest is 99* by LJ Wright, followed by 98* by RT Ponting, M Jayawardene and Ahmed Shehzad and 97* by HM Amla

Finally we look at unbeaten 90s in the second innings:

T20 90 in 2nd

While Gibbs and Guptill made these scores in successful run chases, Root’s score was for a losing side.

The highest score by a captain in a successful run chase is 75* by CO Obuya for Kenya vs Netherlands in 2013. Among the Test nations, it is 73* by KS Williamson for New Zealand  vs Bangladesh earlier in 2017.

 

 

 

The records of the T20I match on 27 Jul 2016

Some records were almost broken (like Richard Levi’s 45-ball century). As you can see below, the challengers E Lewis and KL Rahul just fell short.

T20I fastest 100

But here are some records which did get broken.

India’s 244/4 is their highest in T20Is, surpassing their 218/4 v England in the 2007 World Championship. It is also the highest in any T20I’s second innings, surpassing 236/6 by WI v SA in 2015. And it is the highest losing total in any T20I, surpassing SA’s 231/7 in the match against WI in 2015 mentioned earlier. And WI and India made the 3rd and 4th highest T20I totals in today’s match. All these details can be seen below:

Highest T20I totals

Coming to individual scores: After todays’s match, 22 centuries in T20Is have been made by 20 players (Gayle and McCullum making two centuries apiece).

Hundreds in T20Is

Of these 20, as many as 12 have made centuries in all three formats.

They are: Watson, McCullum, du Plessis, Gayle, Ahmed Shehzad, Rahul, RG Sharma, Dilshan, Tamim, Guptill, Raina and Jayawardene. And Rahul’s individual score is the highest in T20Is in the US, for what it is worth.

Interestingly, some of those listed above have never played in Tests or even ODIs. An extreme case is that of E Lewis who had played one T20I (without scoring much) before this and no ODI or Test.