Review of Tests between India and South Africa-1

The series in 2021-22 resulted in a 2-1 win for South Africa, after India won the first Test. India has failed to win a Test series in SA, although they have won at least one series in all other countries. The best India has done there is an 1-1 draw in 2010-11. The 2021-22 series followed the pattern of 2006-07 where India won the first Test but lost the next two.

Here is an overall summary of Tests between these two countries:

SA leads India 17-15 overall. Both sides appear to have strong home advantages.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Led by Tendulkar and Kallis.

These two have the most centuries (7)

Amla, Kallis and Tendulkar have the most 50+ scores (12).

From the above table, the best by current players is 1236 by Kohli, followed by Rahane, Pujara and Elgar with 800+. RG Sharma is further down.

Highest innings (125 or more):

The highest by current players are 254* by Kohli, followed by double centuries by MA Agarwal and RG Sharma. But no one crossed 125 in this series.

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

Kallis has the highest average, followed by Kohli at some distance. Other current players here are Rahane, Elgar and Pujara.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Sehwag and Azharuddin lead here. Among current players there are RG Sharma (in 3rd place), Kohli and Rahane. Also note Dravid at the bottom of this list.

Bowling performances:

Most wickets (12 or more):

Led Kumble, followed by Steyn and Srinath at a distance. Ashwin (56) has the most by a current player, followed by Shami, Rabada and Jadeja. Also note M Jansen with 19 in his debut series.

The most 5-fors are 5 by Steyn and Ashwin. No one has taken more than one 10-for.

Best innings bowling (includes all 6wi and more):

The best performance was an 8-for by Klusener on his debut.

Current players here include SN Thakur, Ashwin and Ngidi.

Thakur’s 7-61 in this series is the best for India against SA, surpassing the earlier record of 7-66 by Ashwin (Nagpur, 2015) and 7-120 by Harbhajan (Cape Town, 2011) which was India’s best in SA.

Best match performances (includes all 8wm and more):

Led by Ashwin and Donald with 12-fors, and 10-fors by Steyn, Pollock and V Prasad.

Current players here include Ashwin, Jadeja and Ngidi.

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

Headed by Donald and Jadeja (!) Current players here include Jadeja, Shami, Ashwin and Rabada.

The best economy rates are by Pollock and Jadeja.

The best strike rates are by Steyn and Shami.

To be continued.

Notes from the Johannesburg Test

This was the 6th Test played by India at this venue and their first defeat:

It is however difficult for South Africa and other teams to chase 200 or even 150 at this venue. Their 243/3 is their highest winning chase here. These are the only times it has happened:

Winning chases over 150 at Johannesburg:

The SA captain Dean Elgar was left on 96 not out at the end. There are several instances of being stranded in the 90s in a winning chase:

While there is only one 99 here, there are 98s by several including SC Ganguly and other famous names such as Hutton, GS Chappell and Atherton.

AL Wadekar was another Indian player who got up to the 90s when the target was reached.

Onwards to Cape Town:

India has never won at this venue. But if one fortress fell at Johannesburg, perhaps another can fall at Cape Town:

India vs SA at Cape Town:

India has 2 draws and 3 losses here.

Shardul Thakur’s record:

Here are the best innings bowling performances in India-South Africa Tests:

SN Thakur’s 7-61 in SA’s first innings was the best for India v SA. The previous best was 7-66 by R Ashwin at Nagpur in 2015. The previous best for India v SA in SA was 7-120 by Harbhajan Singh at Cape Town in 2011.

His match bowling figures of 8-108 were not so impressive.

Markram again

AK Markram has played 28 Tests. 17 were won by SA, 11 lost and none drawn.

His 28 Tests are the most played by anyone who has not seen a draw. Next is GA Lohmann from 19th-century England, whose 18 Tests included 15 wins and 3 losses.

Review of India-New Zealand Tests-2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

We now proceed to Fielding records:

Most dismissals (15 and above):

Headed by Watling with 39. Dhoni has the most stumpings. R Taylor (23) has the most catches by a non-fielder. He also has the most dismissals by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (5 and above):

Kirmani, Dhoni and Watling jointly hold the record with 6.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Watling again with 9 dismissals

Highest dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings):

FM Engineer has the highest dismissal rate, and SP Fleming the highest by a fielder. R Taylor and Kohli have the most by current players.

All-round performances

Overall (Minimum 15 innings batted, 1500 balls bowled, one fifty, one 4-for):

This leads to the surprising result of Harbhajan Singh and BS Bedi leading this table, ahead of Sir Richard Hadlee.

Fifty-plus and five-for in the same match:

The best performances here are by BR Taylor (on his Test debut), BE Congdon and JG Bracewell.

Review of India-New Zealand Tests-1

India won the 2-Test series 1-0. The summary of all Tests between these teams is

Both sides have considerable home advantage.

The neutral Test at Southampton in 2021 is India’s only neutral Test.

The second Test has a host of records, including the lowest total against India (62) and India’s highest innings margin (372 runs). Both these records were earlier held by South Africa in their series in 2015. These previous records were 79 at Nagpur and 337 runs at Delhi.

For low totals see https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/12/04/lowest-test-scores-against-and-in-india/

Here we concentrate on individual records, starting with Batting:

Dravid has the most centuries (6). He and Tendulkar have 12 scores of 50+

Most runs (750 and above):

Dravid and Tendulkar head this list. R Taylor has the most runs (890) among current players, with Williamson, Pujara and Kohli bunched together after that.

Highest innings (175 and above):

The highest score in recent years is Kohli’s 211 in 2016.

Highest averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Note that Dravid’s average is much higher that that of the second-placed Dowling.

Kohli and Pujara have the highest averages among current players.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Taylor and Kohli have the highest SRs among current players.

Now for individual Bowling records:

Most wickets (25 and above):

R Ashwin with 66 wickets moved just ahead of Sir Richard Hadlee with 65. Next highest among current players is TG Southee (52).

Ashwin has the most 5-fors (6) and 10-fors (3).

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

AY Patel now has the record, moving ahead of Venkataraghavan’s 8-for in 1965.

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

AY Patel again, who moved ahead of R Ashwin’s 13-140 in 2016.

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

R Ashwin has the best average with 15.43. The next among current players is TG Southee with 24.69.

The best economy rates are 1.52 by RG Nadkarni (who else?) and 1.68 by BS Bedi.

The best strike rates are 35.7 by R Ashwin followed by 46.9 by TG Southee.

For more about recent bowling records see https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/12/06/more-bowling-records-from-the-mumbai-test/

To be continued.

More bowling records from the Mumbai Test

The full scorecard: https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/new-zealand-in-india-2021-22-1278658/india-vs-new-zealand-2nd-test-1278675/full-scorecard

India won the match by 372 runs and won the series 1-0.

The innings bowling records set by AY Patel were covered here: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/12/04/best-innings-bowling-against-india/

Here we concentrate on match bowling figures.

Best innings bowling in a lost Test:

AY Patel surpasses the previous record by Kapil Dev at Ahmedabad in 1983.

Best match bowling in a lost Test:

Ajaz Patel again. He surpassed the previous record of J Srinath at Kolkata in 1999.

Thus both the records are no longer held by Indian bowlers.

Best innings bowling by NZ bowlers:

Ajaz takes over the record from Sir Richard, who had taken 9-52 against Australia at Brisbane in 1985. Against India, it was Sir Richard again with 7-23 at Wellington in 1976.

Best match bowling by NZ bowlers:

However, Sir Richard still holds this record with 15-123 in the same Test in 1985. Ajaz is in second place here with 14-225 here (10-119 and 4-106).

The best match figures for NZ v Ind were earlier 11-58 by Sir Richard at Wellington in 1976.

And R Ashwin now is second in the list of “Best match bowling without a fiver”:

Here he is second after SK Warne’s 8-24 at Sharjah in 2002.

India at the T20 World Cup over the years

Note: MS Dhoni captained India in all the 33 matches from 2007 to 2016.

V Kohli captained India in all the 5 matches in 2021.

2007 in SA: India won title, winning the final over Pakistan by 5 runs

2009 in Eng: Last 8

2010 in WI: Last 8

2012 in SL: Last 8

2014 in BD: Lost in final to SL by 6 wkts

2016: in Ind: Lost in semi-final to WI by 7 wkts

2021: in UAE/OM: Last 12

The record is not great between 2009 and 2021, though there were promising signs in 2014 and 2016.

Looking at individual performances by India in these matches:

Most runs (90 and above):

Sharma is just ahead of Kohli

Also note: one century by SK Raina, 10 fifties by V Kohli, 8 fifties by RG Sharma.

Most 4s: 80 by RG Sharma, 78 by V Kohli

Most 6s: 33 by Yuvraj Singh, 31 by RG Sharma

Highest innings (50 and above):

Most wickets (8 and above):

R Ashwin leads, which makes his continuous omission surprising. IK Pathan was the MoM in the 2007 final. Strangely, he is the only bowler to be MoM in the finals up to 2016.

Best innings bowling (including all 4wi):

Ashwin leads again. Also note Shami and Jadeja with the same figures in the same innings.

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Dhoni leads, with RG Sharma taking the most catches as a fielder.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Dhoni has the most catches as a keeper, while KD Karthik took 2 stumpings. Raina seems to have been more consistent here.

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

Three roughly equal performances.

Tailpiece: The New Zealand jinx

India has lost all 3 matches against New Zealand, in 2007, 2016 and 2021. In 2007, New Zealand was to only team to defeat the eventual champions India.

Summary of all England-India Tests-Sep 2021 (Pt 2)

Hope you have read Part 1.

Continuing with individual performances in Bowling:

Most wickets (40+):

Anderson has by far the most wickets. However, the most five-fors are by Chandrasekhar (8) followed by Ashwin and Botham with 6. Bedser is the only one with two ten-fors (which came in his first two Tests).

After Anderson and Ashwin, other current players include Broad, Ishant, Moeen and Jadeja.

Best innings bowling (including all case of 7wi or better):

The first few entries are from long ago, though Jadeja, Ishant and Broad are here. Ishant has the best figures for India in England (that too at Lord’s)

Best match bowling (including all cases of 10wm or better):

Interestingly, none of the two leading current Indian players (Ashwin and AR Patel) played in this series. Only Jadeja and Anderson represent the current players.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, maximum 35.00):

The best bowling averages are by Illingworth and Lever who played in relatively less matches. Anderson, Broad and Ashwin have the best averages among current players.

The best economy rates are by Illingworth and Nadkarni (who else?)

The best strike rates are by Lever and Willis.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (30 or more):

Dhoni and Knott lead, although Kirmani has the most stumpings. Cook, Gavaskar and Dravid have the most catches by non-keepers.

Innings dismissals (5 or more):

Taylor and JT Murray lead, with current players Bairstow, Pant and Buttler bringing up the rear.

Yajurvindra has the most catches as a non-keeper, which came on his debut. He is still the only non-keeper to achieve this on debut.

Match dismissals (7 or more):

Led by RW Taylor, whose 10 was a Test record at that time.

There are Buttler (8). Bairstow, Pant and Rahul from among current players. Yajurvindra and Rahul have the best among non-keepers. Yajurvindra and Pant were making their debuts. Yajurvindra’s 7 catches are still the record by a fielder on debut.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.75):

Pant tops this list, with Buttler, Bairstow and Rahul among current players here.

Solkar and Rahul have the best dismissal rates among non-keepers.

Finally, all-round performances:

Overall (see criteria from table):

Ashwin has by far the best record here, with MM Ali and Jadeja the next among current players.

Unexpected names here include Borde and Shami.

Match performances (50 and 5wi):

Many outstanding feats here, notably Botham’s century and 13 wickets in 1980. There are also century/5wis by Mankad and Ashwin, and fifty/10wms by Lever and Jadeja. JK Lever remains the only one to achieve this on debut.

Botham, B Kumar and Ashwin appear here twice.

However, there was no such instance from this series.

Summary of all England-India Tests-Sep 2021 (Pt 1)

At the time of writing, we can say that England and India played a 4-Test series which India won 2-1. The fate of the 5th Test will be decided later. Perhaps an one-off Test at Manchester sometime in 2022.

Anyway, we look at the summary of all England-India Tests until now.

130 Tests have been played between these teams.England lead 49-31 with 50 draws.

In 66 Tests in England, England lead 35-9 with 22 draws.

In 64 Tests in India, India lead 22-14 with 28 draws.

India’s series victories in England were:

1971: 1 W, 2 D

1986: 2 W, 1 D

2007: 1 W, 2 D

2021: 2 W, 1 L, 1 D

One may argue that the 1986 team did the best.

So far, India has never won a Test at Manchester, Birmingham and Southampton.

Individual records:

Batting: Most runs (1000+):

Root is close to catching up with the top 3. Kohli and Pujara are the other current players here.

Root has the most centuries (8) while Tendulkar, Cook and Dravid have 7 apiece.

For 50+ scores, Tendulkar and Gavaskar have 20 apiece and Root has 18.

Highest innings (175+):

This series was relatively low-scoring with Root’s 180* being the highest, though he had made 218 earlier in 2021. Kohli and Pujara have earlier made double centuries.

Highest averages (Minimum 20 innings, 35.00):

Barrington is followed by Dravid and Root. Kohli, Pujara and Rahul are further down. Gavaskar’s average is surprisingly low.

Best Strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls, 45.00)

Kapil and Sehwag have the highest strike rates, as one would expect. Buttler and Ashwin (!) have the highest among current players. Next are Root, Jadeja and Rahul

To be continued

India v England at Manchester

With a lead of 2-1, India has one more Test to play at Manchester on Sep 10-14.

Manchester and Birmingham are two of the major centres where India has never won a Test.

Manchester was also well-known for rain disruptions. Two Ashes Tests were completely washed out, while India were saved from a likely defeat in 1971 when the entire last day was washed out.

The full record of England vs India Tests at this venue:

England lead 4-0 with 5 draws.

Most runs (150 and above):

Not very meaningful as relatively few matches have been played here. Viswanath seems to be the only batter to have played 3 Tests here. No one has made more than one century here, while Gavaskar is the only one with 3 scores of 50+.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Azharuddin and Hammond have the highest scores here. Other famous names such as Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Atherton, Botham and Hutton all appear here.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Bedser and Trueman lead here. Bedser is the only one with a ten-for as well as two five-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi):

Trueman has by far the best innings bowling with 8-31. Oddly, Doshi has the best figures for India.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bedser has the best figures of 11-93, having earlier taken 11 wickets against India on his debut at Lord’s. He is the only Test player to take 11 wickets in each of his first two Tests. Trueman was unfortunate not to get a 10-for after taking 8-31. L Amarnath took 8 wickets in his only match there. Bedser’s figures are the best for England against India at home.

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Knott has the most by a keeper, while the lesser-known JT Ikin has the most by a non-keeper.

All-round performance (50+ and 5wi):

Only one such instance, by the lesser-known P Lever in 1971. This came close to being a victory for England, but rain on the last day spoiled this.

One can expect the weather to play a major role in this Test.

India vs England at the Oval

The 4th and 5th Tests are scheduled for the Oval (Sep 2-6) and Manchester (Sep 10-14). India does not have a particularly good record at these venues, having won only one Test at the Oval and none at Manchester.

Results of all England-India Tests at the Oval:

England lead 5-1 with 7 draws. India’s only victory was the historic first victory in England in 1971.

Note the 5 successive draws from 1979 to 2007 and 3 successive losses from 2011 to 2018. It appears that the Oval is not as much of a batting paradise it was in the 70s until recent years.

Most runs (250 and above) at the Oval:

Root is the only current player here. Will be become the first to score centuries in 4 successive matches in a series?

Highest scores (all centuries) at the Oval:

The last Test in 2018 saw centuries from Root, Rahul, Pant and the now-retired Cook. And Gavaskar’s 221 came close to bringing an improbable win for India.

Most wickets (8 and above) at the Oval:

Anderson, Broad and even Ishant Sharma have done well here. Chandrasekhar played only one Test here.

Best innings bowling at the Oval (including all 5wi):

No current player here (as Jordan does not play Tests now).

Best match bowling at the Oval (including all 8wm):

Again, nothing from current players. It is interesting that Jordan was making his debut.

Most dismissals at the Oval:

Bairstow and Pant among current players. Bairstow and Cook have the most dismissals. Remember that Cook was a non-keeper.

All-round performances at the Oval:

No instances of 50+ and 5wi in the same match.

India vs England at Leeds

Leeds could well be described as another lucky venue for India. Only 6 Tests have been played between England and India here, and England lead 3-2 with one draw. However England have not won against India here since 1967 and have not avoided defeat since 1979.

Now look at the overall record of India’s victories in England:

India’s highest victories by innings as well as runs have come at Leeds.

Even in the defeat in 1967 (which was the start of a 3-0 sweep), India’s 3rd-innings total of 510 is the highest such score by a losing side.

We now look at the best individual performances at this venue in matches between these teams.

Highest innings (all centuries):

Boycott’s slow 246* led to him being dropped for the next Test.

Tendulkar, Dravid and Ganguly all scored centuries in the same innings in 2002.

Best innings bowling (all 4wi):

The top position is somewhat unexpected.

Also note Trueman’s 4-27 on debut in 1952 which helped in reducing India to 0 for 4 wickets (recovering to 26/5 and then 165).

Best match bowling (all 6wm):

Binny again heads this list, as does Trueman for England.

Best innings fielding (3 or more catches):

Note that several non-keepers took 3 wickets in an innings.

Best match fielding (4 or more catches):

More and Sehwag have the most catches for keepers and non-keepers respectively.

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

No instances.

India vs England at Lord’s

India’s record at Lord’s is not as good as it is at Nottingham.

Of the 18 Tests played there since 1932, England lead 12-2 with 4 draws.

India won only in 1986 and 2014. In 2014, that was the only Test which they won.

Record of all the results:

This also includes freakish results such as India ‘s 42 all out in 1974, which was their lowest Test score until recently.

India’s performance in their very first Test in 1932 was better than in several of the subsequent Tests at Lord’s.

Highest innings (including all centuries) at this venue:

Here we have the highest score for England against India, as well as the first instance in first-class cricket of a triple century and century in the same test (see Gooch’s 123 in the middle of the above list). Mankad’s 184 remains the highest for India here almost 70 years later.

DB Vengsarkar is the only visiting batsman to score three successive centuries at Lord’s. SC Ganguly’s century was the highest score by anyone making his Test debut here until 2021, when D Conway made 200 for NZ.

Agarkar made his only Test century here. His next highest score was 41. Even so, he succeeded in scoring a century at Lord’s which neither Gavaskar nor Tendulkar could achieve. In fact, Tendulkar did not cross 50 either.

Best innings bowling at this venue (Minimum 5wi):

Bedser’s 7-49 came on his debut. Soon he became the only one to take two successive 11-wicket hauls in his first two Tests. Ishant Sharma recorded India’s best figures in 2014. Further down there is Mankad’s 5-196 to accompany his 184 and 72. CM Old’s 5-21 in 1974 contributed to India’s 42 all out. M Nissar’s 5-93 came on his (and India’s) first Test.

Best match bowling at this venue (Minimum 8wm):

Bedser and Allen lead here, while Kapil Dev has the best for India.

Best innings fielding at this venue (Minimum 4 dismissals):

JT Murray’s 6 dismissals were then a share in the world record for an innings.

Best match fielding at this venue (Minimum 6 dismissals):

However, no one has taken more than 6 dismissals in a match.

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

The best performances here are Mankad’s (1952) and and Kapil (1982).

Mankad and Botham are the only players from any country to score 100/5wi at Lord’s.

Note the unheralded B Kumar’s feat in 2014.

After this Test we will look at the additions (if any) to the Indian players on the various Honours Boards at Lord’s. There were no entries in 2018.