Saved by the last wicket

The West Indies players Gabriel and Chase should have remembered that no less than 22 Tests ended as a draw when the last wicket pair held on:

Saved by the last wicket-2

In some cases there were only a handful of runs to make for victory. The India-WI match of 2011 ended up as a draw with scores level (not a tie because all wickets had not fallen). England in 1963 also came close to victory with 5 runs to get. But in most cases a heavy defeat was averted because the last wicket did not fall.

They included some draws which critically influenced the result of a series. Take the last entry

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/667899.html

where the No 10 and 11 batsmen Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep survived for a draw.

In the 2nd and final Test of that series, No 11 James Anderson got out with one ball left. Thus Sri Lanka won the Test and the series.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england-v-sri-lanka-2014/engine/match/667901.html

There are quite a few other cases where these 10th-wicket stands were critical. Like the one between Dhoni and Sreesanth in 2007, where India went on to win the series 1-0.

Interestingly the first such Test drawn by the last wicket pair was by India in 1946, with the long-forgotten Sohoni and Hindlekar at the crease:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62663.html

The above list is for the 4th innings where 9 wickets were down and the match ended with a draw. There have also been numerous cases where matches were drawn when 9 wickets in the third innings were down when the side was facing a possible defeat if the last wicket fell.

This cannot be directly be pulled out of Statsguru as the in the above table. But all such 10th wicket survivor stories in the 3rd innings can be found below:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;innings_number=3;orderby=start;result=4;size=200;type=team;view=innings;wicketsmax1=9;wicketsmin1=9;wicketsval1=wickets

Ignore the declarations. Also, in many cases there would not have been enough time for the opponents to make a large number of runs. Maybe we can count cases where the potential target was less than 50 runs.

The narrowest escape would be this one of England vs SA in 1998, where England’s total in two innings exactly equaled SA’s total of 552. SA would have needed just 1 run to win, but England’s last pair of Croft and Fraser spent enough time to ensure that SA would not be able to bat even one ball:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63806.html

England’s escape at Cardiff in 2009 is also there, when Australia needed 13 runs to win.

While we are on this topic, also see the list of one-wicket victories. There have been only 12 in all Test cricket:

P-WI all 1-wkt victories

 

T20I matches between England and India

India won the first bilateral 3-match T20I series between these teams 2-1. With this, England lead 6-5 in the 11 matches against India in this format.

In England, England lead 3-0

In India, they are tied 3-3

In neutral grounds, England trail 0-2.

Dhoni is the only one to have played in all 11 T20Is between the two countries. Next are Raina (10) and Kohli and Buttler (9 each).

We now look at batting records:

Most runs (70 and above):

e-v-i-t20i-runs

Morgan, Raina and Dhoni have scored the most runs. Morgan is the only one to have scored two scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (40 and above):

e-v-i-t20i-indiv-scores

The top score of 71 was made by Morgan and Rahul.

Batting averages (5 innings and more):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-avg

Dhoni and Morgan have the best averages.

We now look at strike rates (for 5 innings and more):

e-v-i-t20i-bat-sr

Note that Yuvraj’s strike rate is considerably higher than that of the next in line, Morgan.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (4 and above):

e-v-i-t20i-wkts

Chahal equalled the existing record of 8 by Harbhajan. Dernbach has the most (7) for England. There is one five-for by Chahal and four-fors by Harbhajan and Dernbach.

Best innings bowling (3 or more wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-bowl

YS Chahal’s 6-25 is the best for matches between England and India, and for India in all T20Is. It is the third best in all T20Is, after two 6-fors by Ajanta Mendis.

Bowling averages (minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-bowl-avg

While Dernbach heads the bowling averages, Bresnan has the best economy rate and Dernbach the best strike rate.

Fielding (4 or more dismissals):

e-v-i-t20i-field

Rahane has the most dismissals (8) followed by wicketkeeper Kieswetter with 6. Dhoni has the most stumpings with 4.

Most dismissals in an innings (2 or more):

e-v-i-t20i-innings-fielding

Rahane has the most dismissals here (4) while the highest by a keeper is 3 by Kieswetter.

Highest dismissal rate (0.35 and above, minimum 5 innings):

e-v-i-t20i-field-avg

Rahane has a much higher dismissal rate than anyone else. Here several  non-keepers have a higher dismissal rate than that of keepers.

Now for all-round performances (overall):

e-v-it20i-ar-overall

Yuvraj is the only one with any claim to be an all-rounder.

All-round performances in match (minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets):

e-v-i-t20i-ar-match

Yuvraj’s performance is the best here.

Summary of ODIs between England and India

India won this series 2-1, having earlier won successive bilateral series 3-1 in 2014, 3-2 in 2013-14 and 5-0 in 2011-12.

A total of 96 ODIs have been played between England and India. India lead 52-39 with 2 ties and 3 no-results. These are summarised below:

table

A look at the records after the recent series:

Batting: Most runs (500 and above):

eng-ind-runs

Yuvraj Singh moved into first place here after scoring 210 runs in 3 matches during this series.

The most centuries are 4 by Yuvraj and 3 by Kohli. Here too Yuvraj moved into first place during this series. The most scores of 50-plus are 12 by Raina and Tendulkar, followed by 11 by Dhoni, Dravid and Yuvraj.

Yuvraj, Dhoni and Kohli have the most runs among current players.

Highest individual scores (110 and above):

eng-ind-innings

Yuvraj made the highest score for India during this series, his 150 surpassing the existing mark of 138* by himself in 2008-09. Only Strauss with 158 has a higher score in matches between these teams.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings batted):

eng-odi-batting-avg

All 18 who have played 20 innings are listed. The first place is a little surprising, particularly as Azharuddin has a large lead over the second-placed Yuvraj. Kohli and Rahane are the other current players here.

We can also look at the strike rates. The highest is 104.41 by Kapil Dev, followed by Sehwag (102.33) and Yuvraj (101.60). The highest for England is by Flintoff (94.52).

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (15 and above):

eng-ind-odi-wkts

Possibly Jadeja will be in first place in the next few years, although Ashwin is close behind. Yuvraj and Woakes are the other current players here.

Harbhajan Singh is the only one with two five-fors.

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

eng-ind-odi-innings-bowl

Nehra’s 6-wicket haul at the 2003 World Cup is the record here. RC Irani has the best bowling performance for England, which was accompanied by a fifty.There are no good bowling performances in the current series.

Best bowling averages (minimum 1000 balls bowled):

eng-ind-bowl-avg

Only 8 bowlers have reached this level. While Srinath and Jadeja top the averages, the best economy rates are by Kapil (3.76) and Harbhajan (4.20). The best strike rates are by Jadeja (29.7) and Srinath (32.4).

Fielding (10 or more dismissals):

eng-ind-odi-fielding

Dhoni has the most dismissals (52) and stumpings (16), while Collingwood (24) the most catches by a non-keeper. Buttler, Yuvraj and Kohli are next among current players.

Fielding: most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

eng-ind-odi-innings-fielding

Dhoni is the only one with 6 dismissals. Several non-keepers have 3 catches.

Fielding averages (minimum 20 innings fielded, dismissal rate 0.400 and above):

eng-odi-fielding-average

Dhoni has the highest dismissal rate, followed by Stewart. Azharuddin has the highest dusmissal rate for non-keepers, while Kohli has the highest among current players.

All-round overall performances (see criteria):

eng-ind-odi-ar-overall

Jadeja leads by a considerable margin, followed by Yuvraj, Shastri and Flintoff.

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

eng-odi-ar-match

The best performances here may be those of Yuvraj (2008), Irani and Broad. Note Pandya and Stokes achieving this mark in the same match of the current series.

Review of Tests between India and England-1

This 4-0 margin (with 1 draw) was the best by India against England, surpassing the 3-0 clean sweep in 1992-93. England had won 5-0 in 1959 and 4-0 in 2011, though the same teams also played an all-drawn 5-Test series in 1963-64.

At the end of this series, 117 Tests had been played between the two countries. England has won 43, India 25 and 49 were drawn. In India, England has won 13, India leads with 19 and 28 were drawn. In England, England has won 30, India 6 and 21 were drawn.

And India’s first-ever Test victory was against England at Madras in February 1952. On that occasion Mankad took 12 wickets, Hazare was India’s captain, and DB Carr was England’s stand-in captain playing the second and last Test of his career.

We now look at Batting: Most runs (1000 and above):

e-v-i-runs

We can see that the most centuries were scored by Dravid and Tendulkar (7), followed by Azharuddin, Cook and Pietersen with 6.

The most 50-plus scores were scored by Gavaskar and Tendulkar (20), followed by Viswanath (16), Dravid (15) and Cook (14).

Next, we look at Highest Individual Scores (180 and above):

e-v-i-innings

First Kohli (235) and then Nair (303*) made the highest scores for India vs England, surpassing Kambli’s 224 in 1992-93. Only Gooch’s 333 is larger. More about Nair’s achievements in my previous post.

KL Rahul’s 199 in this series was also noteworthy. There seem to be quite a number of 190s here.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00 and above):

e-v-i-highest-avg

The first name on the list may appear surprising, though he was very consistent against India. It is surprising that Barrington’s average is much higher than that of second-placed Dravid. Note the relatively low positions of Gavaskar and Viswanath. Dravid and Azharuddin did considerably better compared to other Indian batsmen.

Now we move to Bowling.

Most wickets (30 and above):

e-v-i-wkts

It is not very likely that Anderson will cross the tallies of Chandrasekhar and Kumble. Broad and Ashwin are next among current players.

The most fivers were by Chandrasekhar (8) and Botham (6) followed by several others with 4. Only Bedser took two tenners; in fact he started his Test career with two 11-wicket hauls.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 7 wickets in an innings):

e-v-i-innings-bowling

Only Jadeja from the current series. Note that the top two performances were over 60 years ago.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 10 wickets in a match):

e-v-i-match-bowling

Ashwin and Jadeja reached their marks in this series, Ashwin making the third best performance. Here we can see how Bedser did in his first two Tests. There are also the one-off performances by L Siva and JK Lever who did not fulfill their early promise.

Looking at the Bowling averages (minimum 2000 balls, 35.00 and below):

e-v-i-bowling-avg

There are somewhat unexpected names at the top 2 places.

Illingworth, Lever and Mankad have the best averages.

For economy rates, the best figures are by Illingworth (1.65), Nadkarni (1.67) and Mankad (1.82). Nadkarni’s famous 32-27-5-0 was against England in 1963-64.

For strike rates, the best figures are by Lever (47.0), Willis (47.4) and Broad (54.6).

Broad, Anderson and Jadeja are the current players in this list. Ashwin and Ishant Sharma have bowling averages higher than the 35.00 mark mentioned here.

To be continued

 

Those who missed the bus at Lord’s

The honours board at Lord’s are well known-anyone who scores a century or takes a fiver or a tenner gets his name on them, even if it is a neutral Test not involving England. If you need to brush up, see

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord%27s_honours_boards

and for Indian players featured there, full details are here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/indian-cricketers-on-the-lords-honours-boards/

However, note this extract from the Wikipedia article:

“A number of very distinguished players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Shane Warne, Curtly Ambrose and Brian Lara are not named on the honours boards.”

It may be recalled that there was much heartbreak when Sachin failed to score a century in 2011, which was generally understood then to be his last Test there.

We now look at the aspect of prominent players failing to reach a board-worthy performance at Lord’s despite several opporunities. There are some visitors who simply did not get to play at Lord’s enough.

In this list we look at those who batted (at nos 1 to 8) in at least 8 innings at Lord’s and failed to score a century there (though there are some 90s headed by Atherton with 99)

lords-batting-flop

Atherton has played the most Tests and innings besides scoring the most runs in this table. Among visiting batsmen, the most innings were played by Gavaskar (9) and Tendulkar (8). Both played in 5 Tests there. No other Indian makes the cut.

Prominent batsmen here include Atherton, Thorpe and Gatting at the top besides Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dr Grace and Ponting. Some, like Ramprakash, Brearley and Ponting, did not even manage a fifty. Some like Lara did not play enough at Lord’s.

We now look at those who bowled (at positions 1 to 4) for at least 8 innings and failed to take a fiver:

lords-bowling-flop-1

Hoggard heads the list here with 20 innings, far ahead of 13 by the next-placed Edmonds. Hammond, admittedly not a frontline bowler, did not even manage a three-wicket haul. The only visitor here is Lillee.

Warne and Ambrose do not seem to have played enough there.

Finally we look at those who bowled (at 1-4) for at least 10 innings and failed to take a tenner.

lords-bowling-flop-2

Only English players appear here. Anderson heads the list with 37 innings, far ahead of Hoggard with 20 and Snow with 19. Some, headed by Hendrick, did not even get to 5 wickets in a match while several including Swann and “Dylan” Willis had near-misses with 9-fors.

 

Ken Higgs R.I.P.

Ken Higgs, who played 15 Tests for England in the mid-1960s, died on September 7 aged 79. Highlights of his career can be seen here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/14189.html

He played a role in what may be called one of the greatest fightbacks in Test cricket.

In 1966 the all-conquering West Indies team captained by Gary Sobers had won 3 of the first 4 Tests (two by an innings, another by over a hundred runs). When Brian Close was pulled out of near-oblivion as captain, the 5th Test started predictably.

In reply to WI’s 268, England got to 166/7. Then followed one of the greatest tail-end recoveries in all Tests:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/62995.html

Graveney and JT Murray put on 217 for the 8th wicket, while the no 10 and 11 (K Higgs and JA Snow) scored fifties apiece in a stand for 128 for the 10th wicket, bringing the total up to 527. Stung by this unexpected resistance, West Indies made 225 and lost by an innings and 34 runs.

Higgs also held the record for the best 4-wicket analysis in Tests jointly with Pervez Sajjad from the mid-60s onwards. Their 4-5 was surpassed by Graeme Cremer’s 4-4 a few years ago. Here are the best 4-wicket innings analyses in all Tests:

best-4-wkt-hauls

Anyway, Higgs could enjoy his joint world record for over 47 years.