Preview: New Zealand T20I series, 2020

It seems like a long time ago when the Indian team went abroad. Now it is the Full Monty of 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests (which are indeed part of the WTC).

The 5 T20Is are scheduled as:

24 Jan: Auckland, 1220 IST

26 Jan: Auckland, 1220

29 Jan: Hamilton, 1230

31 Jan: Wellington, 1230

02 Feb: Mount Maunganui

India has NOT generally done well in T20Is against New Zealand.

This review from their last encounter in 2019 will make it clear:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/review-of-india-nz-t20is-2019/

 

Review of India-Australia ODI series-2

Continuing with our study of individual performances. Now for bowling.

Most wickets (20 or more):

Bowling-20 wkts

Jadeja and Shami have the most wickets among current players. Cummins has the most among current Australian players.

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

Bowling 5wi

The first two places are occupied by now-forgotten players. There is nothing from this series, although YS Chahal took 6-42 early in 2019. Cummins also had a fiver in 2019.

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

Bowl avg

Brett Lee has a much better average than the second-placed Johnson. However Jadeja at 17th place has the best average among current players.

Kapil and McDermott have the best economy rates, and Lee and Agarkar (!) the best strike rates.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

Dismissals-15

Gilchrist and Dhoni are far ahead of the others, including Tendulkar who has the most catches by a non-keeper. Dhoni has the most stumpings. Kohli and Maxwell are the only current players here.

Most innings dismissals (4 or more):

Innings dis-4

Gilchrist and Dhoni again. Clarke is the only non-keeper with 4 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.500):

Dis avg

Gilchrist and Dhoni, with Maxwell having the best average for a non-keeper.

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

AR overall

The first two (or three) would not generally be considered leading all-rounders, although they have done well in these contests.

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

AR match

The best performance here would be by Tendulkar, followed by Kapil and Watson (5 Nov 2009).

 

 

Highlights of the 3rd SA-Eng Test

The 3rd Test of the South Africa-England series ended in an innings victory for England. They lead 2-1 with one to go. A number of statistical landmarks occurred in this match.

First, you can see the scorecard:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19430/scorecard/1185306/south-africa-vs-england-3rd-test-icc-world-test-championship-2019-2021

Newcomer Oliver Pope was Player of the Match. He became one of the few to score a century and take 6 or more catches as a non-keeper:

Ollie Pope all-round

You can see that Hayden’s and Kallis’s performances were the best here.

Also see what Ben Stokes did in the previous Test (100 runs/3 wickets/6 catches):

Stokes all-round match

Joe Root had never taken more than 2 wickets in an innings until this Test. He did improve upon this, but suffered the indignity of conceding the most runs in an over. He got a share in this  negative record:

Most runs off an over

His best innings bowling analysis “improved” from 2-9 to 4-87.

Dane Paterson scored 39* at No 11 on debut, which is the fourth highest such score:

Dane Paterson debut

The previous highest by a South African No 11 on debut was 22* by PW Sherwell back in January 1906. Unlike in this Test, this score helped SA to win by one wicket. Sherwell was captaining AND keeping on his debut.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/17651/scorecard/62483/south-africa-vs-england-1st-test-england-tour-of-south-africa-1905-06

This last-wicket partnership of 99 is the second highest for SA vs Eng:

SA v Eng last wicket

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 averages among those who played in 2020.

To be continued:

 

 

Preview: Zimbabwe-Sri Lanka Test series

Zimbabwe hosts Sri Lanka in a two-Test series:

1) 19th Jan at Harare

2) 27th Jan at Harare

A current preview:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19724/preview/1212541/zimbabwe-vs-sri-lanka-1st-test-sri-lanka-in-zimbabwe-2019-20

Interestingly, on 19th Jan three international matches all commence at 13.30 IST.

This Test will have far less viewer interest than the India-Australia ODI at Bengaluru and the ongonig SA-England Test at Port Elizabeth.

One should also note that Zimbabwe has not yet won a Test against Sri Lanka in 18 attempts. Their record includes 13 losses and 5 draws-and 3 of these draws were back in 1994.

But they came close to winning the last Test in 2017.

Here is something which I wrote at that time:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/07/20/tests-between-sri-lanka-and-zimbabwe/

Test matches of 2019: All-round performance

Finally we look at all-round performances. For overall performances we have this (see the criteria):

AR overall

Even by these modest standards we only get two who meet the criteria of all-rounders. Jadeja has clearly done better than Stokes, although the latter is more likely to make an impact.

Then we have

Match performances: Fifty and fiver in the same match:

AR match

Here we have two contrasting performances. While Chase was largely responsible for an unexpected WI win, Rashid Khan’s criteria was the best all-round performance from Afghanistan in a Test. He was also the captain.

R.I.P. Bapu Nadkarni

Rameshchandra Gangaram “Bapu” Nadkarni was one of the legendary figures of the bad old days of pre-1971 Indian Test cricket, as he played from 1955 to 1968. His last Test was the 4th  of the long-forgotten Indian tour of New Zealand which the visitors won 3-1. That was the first time India ever won a Test outside India, and naturally the first series win as well.

Typically, he signed off with 2-1-1-1, an economy of 0.50 while Prasanna and Bedi (with a little help from Surti) dismissed the home team for 101 facing 374.

He could be described as one of the most economical bowlers in Test history, as you can see here. He is 4th on the all-time list, after Attewell, Gladwin and TL Goddard.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283265.html

And the famous 32-27-5-0 at Chennai with an economy rate of 0.156 is here too:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283292.html

While that is first on the all-term economy list, he also has the 3rd position of 14-11-3-0 (0.214) which was also in that yawn-inducing series of 1963-64.

He was also good enough batsman to score a century and 7 other fifty-plus scores in Tests.

Anyway, this should give you a fair idea of his career.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/31760.html

As an afterthought, let us look how he compares with other left-arm spinners:

Left-arm spinners (minimum 2000 balls):

Ranked by economy rate (less than 2.25):

Nadkarni career bowling

No prize for guessing who tops this list. Also note that Mankad, Bedi, Doshi and Raju are in the bottom half of the table.

And Nadkarni has one more record-the first Test player to die in the 2020s.