Review of Tests between England and South Africa-Sep 2022-Part 2

Hope you have read Part 1

Continuing with individual performances in

Bowling:

Most wickets (50 and above):

Anderson leads with 103, followed by SM Pollock with 91 and Broad with 89.

From the olden days, we have Barnes with 83 and Tayfield with 95.

Barnes has the most fivers (12) followed by Donald with 9.

Barnes also has the most tenners (6) followed by Blythe with 2. No one else has more than 1.

Best innings bowling (including all 8wi and above):

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

The first few places are by SF Barnes and others from the earlier days. Rabada’s 13-144 is the best from recent times.

Best bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, maximum 30.00):

Barnes and Blythe have the best bowling averages.

Verity and Goddard have the best economy rates.

Barnes and Rabada have the best strike rates.

Coming to Fielding:

Most dismissals (Minimum 25):

Boucher has the most dismissals and catches, although Evans has the most stumpings. B Mitchell and Kallis have the most catches by fielders.

Most innings dismissals (5 or more):

Stokes has the most catches (5) as a fielder.

Most match dismissals (7 or more):

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.65):

Boucher and Bairstow have the highest dismissal rates. Stokes has the highest dismissal rate among fielders.

All-round performance (overall):

See criteria in table:

Hammond and Kallis have the best differences here.

All-round performance (match):

Minimum 50 and 5wi:

Note the instances of century + 5wi (Sinclair and Faulkner): and 50/10wm (MM Ali, Jul 2017).

Review of Tests between England and South Africa-Sep 2022-Part 1

England won the 3-test series 2-1, with all three Tests finishing within 3 days of play. The 3rd Test at the Oval lost the first day due to the weather and the second day to the queen’s demise, but still finished soon after the start of what was the scheduled 5th day. Stokes was the last English captain of the Elizabethan era. Earlier, SA won by an innings in the first Test and England won by an innings in the second Test.

A summary of Tests between these teams:

The upper table is for all tests since the beginning. England leads by a large margin both at home and abroad. This is not surprising as SA was a weak team for many of its earlier Tests, when they only played against England and Australia.

I thought it would be more useful to look at the record after SA returned to Tests in the 1990s. Here, England still leads at home and abroad but with a narrower margin.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (1200 and above):

As we will see in the later tables, many of the aggregate records are from the pre-1990 period. Thus Kallis has the most runs of the post-1990 batsmen but is fifth overall. Next is GC Smith (6th overall).

Kallis has the most centuries (8), followed by several others with 7.

B Mitchell has the most 50+ scores (23), followed by Hammond and HW Taylor with 20. The most by a recent player is 16 by Kallis.

Highest individual scores (180 and above):

Here, the top few scores are from recent players. None from this low-scoring series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 40.00):

GC Smith has the highest average among recent players, followed by Amla. However, the highest averages are by Hammond and Hobbs from the early days.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 45.00):

Here Stokes leads by a good margin over de Kock. None of the pre-1990 players are here.

To be continued:

Analysis of the Asia T-20I Cup, 2022

Sri Lanka won the championship winning against Pakistan in the final.

The third and fourth places were taken by India and Afghanistan respectively.

Bangladesh and Hong Kong made up the final 6.

All the figures given below are for the matches starting from August 27, which include the 6 teams mentioned above but not the preliminary round in which Singapore, Kuwait and the UAE participated.

Team performances:

Batting: 100 or more runs:

M Rizwan has the most runs (281) closely followed by Kohli with 276.

Kohli was the only one to score a century in this tournament (which was his first in T20Is). He and Rizwan were the only ones to make three 50+ scores. The Sri Lankan pair of Nissanka and K Mendis made two 50+ scores each.

Highest individual scores (50 or more):

Kohli’s 122* is far ahead of the next scores of 84 and 78*

Most wickets (6 or more):

B Kumar leads with 11 wickets, followed by PWH de Silva (Hasaranga). Kumar was the only one with a 5 -for. He and two others also scored 4-fors, as we see below.

Best innings bowling (including all 3wi or better):

PM Liyanagamage is often listed as P Madushan in scorecards.

Most dismissals (3 or more):

Iftikhar and Nissanka lead with 5 dismissals as fielders. A number of keepers have made 3 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (2 or more):

Karthik has made 3 dismissals as a keeper, while Nawaz and Nissanka took 3 catches as fielders. No stumping is recorded here.

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

In three roughly equal efforts, Hasaranga’s 36 and 3-27 in the final would be the best.

In this tournament, Sri Lanka did outshine the more favoured India and Pakistan.

Most Tests: home, away and neutral

At the start of the 2nd Test between England and South Africa at Manchester, it was mentioned that JM Anderson was the first to play 100 Tests at home.

This is true. Let us also look who has played the most Tests overall, away and neutral.

These figures include all those playing in the Manchester Test of 2022, and do not include the ICC XI v Aus Test of 2005.

Most Tests (125 or more):

Tendulkar (200) is followed by Anderson (174) and SR Waugh (168). The next from India is Dravid (163).

Also: Anderson (174), Broad (158), Warne (144) and VVS Laxman (134) have played the most Tests without ever captaining their sides.

Most Tests at home (60 or more):

Anderson leads with 100, followed closely by Tendulkar (94), Broad and Ponting (91 each). the next from India is again Dravid (70).

Most Tests away (other than neutral venues), 60 or more.

Tendulkar leads with 106, followed by Dravid with 93. Next is Chanderpaul with 81. Ponting, Anderson and Broad are further down.

And finally,

Most Tests at neutral venues (7 or more):

As you may guess, Pakistani players dominate this list starting with Asad Shafiq (30), Azhar Ali (29) and Younis Khan (28).

The highest by a non-Pakistani player is 8 by R Herath, followed by several others with 7. These include some NZ players who played in the WTC final against India in England in 2021.

Two cricketers from Bengal

While every possible career statistic is tabulated for prominent cricketers, there are sometimes ambiguities in their place of birth.

We start with Wriddhiman Saha (who spells his first name in an unusual way). Where was he born? Cricinfo gives this:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/wriddhiman-saha-279810

This says that he was born in Saktigarh in West Bengal.

Most people who travel a bit will know of this Saktigarh:

This is a little east of Barddhaman and is on the main line from Kolkata to northern India.

However, if we look at his Wikipedia article:

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

his birthplace is given as Siliguri in West Bengal. But there is no contradiction, as there is a lesser-known Saktigarh which is close to Siliguri. While it does not have a railway station, here is proof of its existence:

The cases of Mohammad Shami is more interesting.

First we see his cricinfo profile:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/mohammed-shami-481896

Here it is mentioned that his birthplace is Amroha in Uttar Pradesh. This is near Moradabad on the road to Delhi. Wikipedia also gives the same birthplace.

He started his cricketing career in Bengal and the Kolkata Knight Riders.

At that time, all the references mentioned his birthplace as “Jonagar, Bengal”.

There is no town in Bengal with this spelling. However, someone pointed out that this may have meant Joynagar, an outer suburb of Kolkata best known for the sweet “Joynagar er Moa”:

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

This place is served by this station, on the suburban line to Lakshmikantpur and Namkhana:

Even today some references like the Playfair Annual of 2022 still show his birthplace as “Jonagar, Bengal”.

While Mr Shami is one of the key members of India’s current team, he could not have possibly been born in two different places over a thousand km apart. Presumably someone connected with the Bengal cricket association (perhaps with the connivance of KKR) produced some document to show that he was born in Bengal.

If I am wrong, then why is his birthplace now listed in UP? Strange that none of the large tribe of cricket journalists commented on his moving birthplace.

Review of T20Is between India and West Indies-Aug 2022

The 5-match series in July-August 2022 included 2 in the US. India won 4-1

A summary of all T20Is between these teams:

India has a healthy 17-7 lead. They also lead in all three segments (in India, in WI and neutral).

The 5th match was said to be the first T20I match when all 10 wickets of a team (WI) were taken by spinners.

Looking at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (100 or more):

Led by RG Sharma and V Kohli, with N Pooran having the most runs for WI.

E Lewis is the only one with 2 centuries. RG Sharma and Kohli are the only ones with 6 scores of 50+. All of Kohli’s scores are less than 100.

Highest innings scores (70 or more):

The highest scores in this series were 76 by SA Yadav and 73 by KR Mayers. The former is the best for India in the West Indies.

Highest batting strike rate (Minimum 250 balls faced):

Led by Kohli, followed by RG Sharma and RR Pant.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (6 or more):

This has several current players at the top, led by B Kumar.

OC McCoy has the only case of 5wi. 4 players have taken 4+wi.

Best innings bowling (3wi or more):

In this series OC McCoy took 6-17, which is the best for WI vs Ind surpassing D Sammy’s 4-16 in 2011. It is also i) the best in any T20I for WI and ii) the best for any team in any T20I against India.

R Bishnoi’s 4-16 is the best for India against WI, surpassing the 3-4 by DL Chahar in 2019.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (5 or more):

Led by RG Sharma with 12 dismissals.

Most innings dismissals (3 or more):

Several have taken 3 dismissals in an innings.

All-round match performance:

Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match:

The best here is by DJ Bravo (66*, 4-38). AR Patel achieved this during this series.

Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests (Jul 2022)-Part 2

Hope you have seen Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2022/07/31/review-of-pakistan-sri-lanka-tests-jul-2022-part-1/

Continuing with Bowling:

Most wickets (25 or more):

Here Muralitharan has the second spot after Herath, while Saeed Ajmal has the most for Pakistan. Yasir Shah is the only current player.

Best innings bowling (6wi or more):

Herath again, overshadowing Imran Khan. No recent players except for Yasir Shah.

Best match bowling (including 9wm or more):

Here, Imran Khan has better figures than Herath. R Mendis, P Jayasuriya and Yasir Shah represent the current players.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Here, the two Ws have the top spots. Wasim also has the best economy rate, and Waqar the best strike rate.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

Led by Moin Khan and the fielder M Jayawardene. Current players include Dickwella, Chandimal and M Rizwan.

Most innings dismissals (4 or more):

Chandimal has most (6), while two fielders have taken 4 catches.

Most match dismissals (6 or more):

This time it is led by the lesser-known P Jayawardene with 9 dismissals. However, the better-known Jayawardene has the most (6) by a fielder.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500):

Headed by Moin Khan by a large margin over the second-placed Chandimal. M Jayawardene has the best rate for a fielder. Chandimal represents the current players.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

Wasim has the best figures here, while Vaas does not really qualify as an all-rounder.

Match performances (50+ and 5wi):

The three performances have little to choose between them.

Review of Pakistan-Sri Lanka Tests (Jul 2022)-Part 1

The 2-Test series was drawn 1-1. This is the overall summary:

Pakistan leads 21-17 overall. They also lead 9-8 for matches in Sri Lanka as well as 9-6 in Pakistan. However they are tied at 3-3 for matches in neutral countries.

We look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (750 or more):

The most centuries are 10 by Sangakkara, followed by 8 by Aravinda and Younis Khan.

The most 50+ scores are 22 by Sangakkara, followed by 14 by Younis Khan.

Sangakkara has the most runs, followed by Younis Khan by some distance.

Mathews and Azhar Ali have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings (150 or more):

Matches between these teams have generally been high-scoring, with a triple century by Younis Khan and 250+ by Jayasuriya follwed by several other double centuries. The highest score in this series was 160* by A Shafique (that too in a 4th-innings chase).

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00):

Sangakkara’s average of 74+ is considerably more than the next (Inzamam with 59+). Mathews and Karunaratne have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 45.00):

Unexpectedly, the highest strike rate was 70+ by Sarfaraz Ahmed followed by Dilshan at 63+. Babar Azam and Karunaratne have the best figures among current players.

To be continued: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2022/08/01/review-of-pakistan-sri-lanka-tests-jul-2022-part-2/

Review of ODIs between India and West Indies (July 2022)-Part 2

Hope that you have seen Part 1:

Continuing with individual performances:

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Walsh is just ahead of Kapil, Jadeja and Kumble. Kuldeep Yadav with 26 has the most by those who played in 2022.

M Dillon is the only one with 2 instances of 5wi.

M Shami and R Rampaul have 4 instances of 4wi.

Best innings bowling (Includes all instances of 5wi or more):

Kumble and Patterson have the best for their teams, with Viv Richards in third place.

YS Chahal’s 4-17 in this series is the best for India in WI, surpassing A Mishra’s 4-51 in 2011.

Best bowling average (Minimum 1000 balls bowled, maximum 35.00)

Surprisingly headed by Viv Richards, closely followed by Ambrose.

Marshall has the best economy rate, and Richards the best strike rate.

No one who played in 2022 is here.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

Headed by Dhoni and Dujon. Dhoni also has the most stumpings.

Richards and Hooper have the most catches as fielders.

SD Hope has the most dismissals among current players.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals.

Dravid is the only one with 4 dismissals as a fielder.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.450)

Headed by Ramdin, followed by Jacobs.

SD Hope has the best average among current players, followed by Dhawan.

Richards (again) has the best among fielders.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

Headed by Richards yet again, followed by Hooper and Kapil.

Match performance (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

Richards is the only one here.

Weird conclusion: Viv Richards was the best all-rounder in matches between these teams.

Review of ODIs between India and West Indies (July 2022)-Part 1

India won 3-0 in the West Indies, their first clean sweep in an ODI series against WI in WI.

Earlier in 2022 India had also won 3-0 against the West Indies at home, which was their first clean sweep in an ODI series against WI.

Long ago, West Indies had won 5-0 against India in India in 1983-84, which may be considered as revenge for the 1983 World Cup final. They had also won 5-0 against India in the West Indies in 1988-89.

Here we review performances between these teams in all ODIs.

Summary:

India now leads 70-63 overall, and trails 19-20 for matches in the West Indies. India leads 32-28 for matches in India and 19-15 for matches in neutral venues.

Individual records:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Led by Kohli and RG Sharma, who did not play in this series.

Dhawan (1012) and Hope (877) have the most runs among those who played in this series.

The most centuries are 9 by Kohli, followed by Gayle and Tendulkar with 4.

The most 50+ scores are 20 by Kohli, followed by 15 each by RG Sharma and Tendulkar.

Highest individual scores (115 and above):

Sehwag has the top score of 219. In this series the highest was 115 by SD Hope.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings and 30.00):

Kohli leads here with 66.50.

SD Hope (46.15) and Dhawan (34.89) have the highest averages among those who played in this series.

Highest batting strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 70.00):

Headed by Sehwag (102.57). Second is SS Iyer (99.60) who played in this series, with Viv Richards (99.50) in third place. Further down there is S Dhawan (86.86) who also played in this series.

To be continued.

Clean sweeps on ODI series: India vs West Indies

Here you can see the full record of clean sweeps in ODI series of 3 or more matches:

https://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283240.html

We are now concerned with ODI series between India and West Indies.

India has beaten West Indies twice since the beginning of 2022:

At home in 2021-22 (3-0)

Away in 2022 (3-0)

West Indies has twice won similarly against India long ago:

Away in 1983-84 (5-0) (Revenge for the World Cup final ?)

At home in 1988-89 (5-0)

This gives an idea of how the balance has shifted over the years.

Cricket at the Commonwealth Games (1998 and 2022)

Men’s cricket was an event at the 1998 CWG at Kuala Lumpur. 16 countries took part, and India failed to get a medal. South Africa won the gold, followed by Australia (silver) and New Zealand (bronze). India did not get beyond the group stage. And these matches were List A, not ODIs

More details can be seen here:

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

That does not include scorecards and other details. They can be found here:

http://static.espncricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1998-99/OTHERS+ICC/CG1998/

We should be more concerned about the 2022 CWG, where the cricket is restricted to women’s T-20s. They do have T20I status, though that doesn’t mean much nowadays.

More details (including the match schedules) can be seen here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_at_the_2022_Commonwealth_Games

India is one of the 8 teams participating. Today India has an ICC ranking of 4 (after Australia, England and New Zealand) so one can think there is some chance of a medal. To get to the semi-final round India will have to finish 1st or 2nd in a pool which also includes Australia, Barbados and Pakistan.