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.

 

 

Statistics of the Champions Trophy-1

For a quick overview of past tournaments see the previous post:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/history-of-the-champions-trophy-since-1998/

Here are the statistics for all CT matches from 1998 to 2013. In case there is any doubt, it also includes the qualifying matches for the teams seeded 7th to 10th in 2006 which were played just before the “main” tournament for the top 8 teams.

Batting-most runs-250 and above:

Most runs-above 250

Chris Gayle leads M Jayawardene and Sangakkara. The two Sri Lankans have played the most CT matches (22).

Gayle, Ganguly and Gibbs (the three Gs?) have the most centuries (3).

For scores of 50+, Dravid leads with 6 while several others have 5.

Highest innings scores (all scores of 100 and above):

Highest scores-all centuries

Astle and Andy Flower lead, with Astle making his score against the US on its one Championship in 2004. As we will see later, Tendulkar’s 141* featured in one of the best all-round performances in the championship.

Batting averages (minimum 15 innings batted):

Highest averages-10 innings

Chanderpaul is just above Gayle here.

It can be seen that the highest strike rates are 88.77 by Gayle and 88.01 by Jayasuriya.

Bowling (15 or more wickets):

Most wickets-above 15

Headed by the relatively unheralded Kyle Mills followed by Muralitharan.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Innings bowling-all 5wi

Note that the only 6-wicket haul came from one of the qualifying matches in 2006.

Best bowling averages (minimum 750 balls bowled):

Bowling average-750 balls

Muralitharan has the best bowling average, economy rate and strike rate.

To be continued:

 

Tests between South Africa and Sri Lanka-1

With the conclusion of this 3-0 sweep by South Africa against Sri Lanka, they followed mini sweeps of 2-0 in 1997-98 and in 2002-03. Sri Lanka had also had a mini 2-0 sweep in 2006.

Here is a summary of all Tests between these teams, where South Africa leads 14-5 with 6 draws. Sri Lanka has only won one Test against SA in SA.

grand-total

Proceeding to individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most Runs (400 and more):

runs

The long-standing partners  M. Jayawardene and Sangakkara have scored much more than the others. de Villiers, Amla, Mathews and Elgar lead among current players.

M. Jayawardene has the most centuries (6) followed by Cullinan (5)

For scores of 50-plus, Sangakkara leads with 10 followed by 8 by Cullinan and M. Jayawardene.

Highest Individual Scores (110 and above):

innings-scores

The highest scorers are predictable, while top-scorers for the recent series include Duminy, Amla, Elgar and SC Cook.

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

batting-avg

Relatively few players here, with the old firm of Jayawardene and Sangakkara leading.They are followed at some distance by Kallis and Pollock.

The top three strike rates are those of Jayasuriya (67.58), Muralitharan (!) (60.98) and Sangakkara (56.52).

Bowling: Most wickets (10 and above):

wickets

Muralitharan leads by a large margin, with more than twice the wickets than second-placed Pollock. Murali has the most 5wi (11) followed by 3 by Philander and Steyn. He also has 4 10wms, while no one else as more than one.

Best bowling in an innings: (6 wickets or more):

innings-bowl

An oddity at the top, where M de Lange took the record haul on debut but played only one Test after that. Otherwise it is mostly Murali, with Rabada and Kumara from the current players.

Best bowling in an match: (all instances of 8 wickets or more):

match-bowl

Muraltharan dominates as before, though Rabada was the only one to get a tenner in this series.

Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

bowl-avg

Muralitharan and Pollock top this table of averages. The best economy rates are 2.34 by Murali and 2.40 by Herath. The best strike rates are 51.6 by Pollock and 56.8 by Murali.

To be continued

 

The Jack Pair (or Bronze Pair) in Test matches

We have already covered King Pairs and Queen Pairs (also called Golden Pairs and Silver Pairs) in Test cricket. There are 19 cases of King Pairs and 16 cases of Queen Pairs as on 23 Nov 2016.

The Jack Pair, as you should have guessed, involves being dismissed for a 3-ball duck in both innings. There are only 6 cases in Tests:

jack-pair-1

Bronze ducks in Tests are relatively rare. These players made the most:

bronze-duck-1

Interestingly, the Bracewell family has a strong affinity for bronze ducks:

bronze-duck-family

JG Bracewell was a bowling all-rounder who scored a Test century.

I am not sure what you would call pairs involving 4,5 and 6 ball ducks. But they are known to exist in Tests. More about them later.

Review of Sri Lanka-Australia Test series, 2016

Sri Lanka recorded its first 3-0 “whitewash” of Australia. They had already inflicted this on West Indies and Zimbabwe in 2001-02 and Bangladesh in 2007. Sri Lanka has never played a series of 4 or more Tests.

It was also pointed out that Australia were “whitewashed” in their previous tours in Asia since early 2013: 4-0 by India, 2-0 by Pakistan in UAE and now 3-0 by Sri Lanka.

For the 29 Tests between these countries, Australia lead Sri Lanka 17-4 with 8 draws. In Australia it is 11-0 with 2 draws. In Sri Lanka, Australia still lead 6-4 with 6 draws. Until this series Sri Lanka had only won one Test against Australia, which was in 1999-2000.

Sri Lanka has won Tests in all countries except Australia and India.

Coming to the specifics of SL-Aus Tests:Batting

Most runs (500 and more):

Batting-overall

Mathews is the only current player here.

Highest innings (135 and more):

Batting-innings

Kusal Mendis is the only current player here. He recorded the highest score for SL v Aus in SL, surpassing Gurusinha’s 137 in 1992. However the overall SL v Aus record is 192 by Sangakkara in 2007-08.

M Hussey is the only one with 5 centuries. No one else scored more than 3.

The most 50-plus scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

Now for batting averages (minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting-averages

Strike rates are also available for all of these cases. Jayasuriya has the highest with 65.70, far ahead of others who are in the low 50s.

Now for bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

Bowling-overall

Herath with his 26-wicket haul in this series crossed Warne and Muralitharan to top this list. Starc, Lyon and Dilruwan Perera are also here.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Bowling-innings

Herath (3 times), Starc and Dilruwan Perera make this list. Herath’s 7-64 is the best for SL v Aus, surpassing his earlier record of 7-157 in 2011. Starc’s 6-50 is the best for Aus v SL in SL.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Bowling-match

Herath (13-145) and Starc (11-94) recorded the best for their teams. Again the records of Muralitharan and Warne have been toppled. Herath (again) and Dilruwan Perera appear lower down.

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

Bowling-average

Herath has the best average.

Vaas has the best economy rate, just ahead of Herath and Warne.

Herath has the best strike rate.

Now for fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and more):

Fielding-overall

The first few names are not surprising. The most stumpings are 6 by Kaluwitharana, most catches by keepers are 32 by Gilchrist and Healy, and the most by non-keepers is 20 by M Jayawardene followed by 16 by Ponting.

Nevill and Smith are the only current players here.

The best fielding in an innings is 5 by Gilchrist and Healy.

The best match fielding is 8 by Gilchrist and Healy (who else?) followed by non-keeper Hayden with 7. That was a share in the world Test record for some years until Rahane surpassed it with 8 last year.

Best dismissal rate (minimum 20 innings fielded, all instances):

Fielding-rate

Sangakkara heads this list, while Gilchrist and Healy did not play enough in these Tests to be counted. M Jayawardene has the best rate for non-keepers, followed by Warne.

All-round performance (overall):

AR-overall

Vaas is the only one to have pretensions of being an all-rounder. See the modest criteria to be met here.

All-round performances (match): Fifty-plus innings and 5wi in the match:

AR-match

Only two instances here, including Dilruwan Perera whose contribution is more than that of Reiffel.