ODI rankings before the 2019 World Cup

Note these rankings published on May 22, 2019.

The Tests had got over by May 2, the ODIs by May 21 and some T20Is are in progress among minor teams such as Namibia and Kenya.

We concentrate on the ODI rankings:

ICC ratings May 22 2019

We see that the top 10 teams are indeed the same teams playing in the World Cup.

This ranking seems to show that England and India are close together, followed by the pair of South Africa and New Zealand. Next is Australia and there is a steep fall to Pakistan and the others. This seems to conform to general opinion. As Australia had been without two of their key players for a year, they now have the capacity to get a semi-final place at the expense of South Africa or New Zealand.

You can also see the T20I rankings of the major teams.

 

 

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Bowling

Most wickets (25 and above):

WC-25 and more wickets

McGrath and Muralitharan are quite ahead of the others.

The best for India is 44 by Zaheer Khan and by Srinath, in 5th/6th place.

McGrath and Afridi are the only ones with two five-fors.

Muralitharan, Warne, Afridi and Tahir have four four-fors.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 6wi and better):

WC-6wi and better

McGrath has the best figures of 7-15 against Namibia, while Bichel’s 7-20 against England may be considered more significant.

India’s best is 6-23 by Nehra in 2003 which is the 6th best. Kapil’s 5-43 in 1983 was the first five-for by India in any ODI.

Bowling averages: Minimum 1000 balls and maximum 45.00:

WC-bowling avg

McGrath and Imran Khan have the best averages of 18.19 and 19.26 respectively. The best for India is by Zaheer Khan (20.22) in 4th place.

The best economy rates are by Roberts (3.24) and Botham (3.43).

The best strike rates are by Malinga (23.8) and Zaheer Khan (27.1)

Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Batting

We start our review of World Cup performances from 1975 to 2015.

First, runs scored (750 and above):

WC-750 and more runs

Ponting has played in most matches (46) followed by Tendulkar with 45 and M Jayawardene with 40.

Tendulkar has the most centuries (6) follwed by Ponting and Sangakkara (5).

The most scores of 50+  are by Tendulkar (21) followed by Sangakkara (12) and Ponting (11).

It can be seen that Tendulkar has a large lead with 2278 runs against the next highest (Ponting) with 1743. The highest among current players are Gayle and Guptill with 944 and 809 respectively.

Highest individual scores (130 or more):

WC-Innings of 130 or more

It can be seen that Kapil’s 175* in 1983 was then the World cup record, though Viv Richards overtook it with 181 in 1987. That was also the first ODI century for India.

The two highest scores above are by Guptill and Gayle, who will be here in 2019. Other high scores by current players are by Warner and Amla.

Footnote: Matches had 60-over innings from 1975 to 1983, before the 50-over innings became standard.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

WC-Bat Avg 30 or more

The best career figures here are by de Villiers, closely followed by Clarke and Viv Richards. The best averages by current players are by Gayle and Ross Taylor. Others such as Virat Kohli have not played 20 innings yet.

But some of the less experienced players can be found here:

Best batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00):

WC batting strike rate 80 and more

Here Mc Cullum leads despite a relatively low average. He is followed by de Villiers and Kapil.

It is also interesting to see that A Symonds averaged over 100 in World Cup matches though he did not bat enough to reach the cutoff of 20 innings.

Amla (!), Dhoni and Gayle have the highest strike rates among current players.

Next we will look at bowling performances.

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-2

Hope that you have read Part 1.

First, a summary of all ODIs between the teams:

Table

Australia has a healthy overall lead of 77-49, though they are just ahead 29-27 for matches in India.

Coming to individual performances:

Batting

Most runs (750 and above):

Batting-750

The first two names would be easily guessed, while RG Sharma, Kohli and Dhoni follow. Other current players include Finch and Dhawan.

The most centuries are by Tendulkar (9), Kohli (8) and RG Sharma (7).

The most 50+ scores are by Tendulkar (24),Ponting (15) and RG Sharma (14).

Highest innings scores (115 and above):

Innings batting-125

The highest in this series was 143 by Dhawan followed by 123 by Kohli. RG Sharma made 133 earlier this year.

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

Batting avg-all

RG Sharma continues to head the table by a large margin. Kohli and Dhoni are the next among current players. Other current players are Finch, Dhawan, Maxwell with Jadeja bringing up the rear.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 75.00 and above):

Batting SR-75

Maxwell now moves into the top spot. Dhawan, SPD Smith, Warner and Kohli are next among current players.

Now for Bowling:

Most wickets (20 and above):

Bowling-20

Most bowlers in this series are less experienced. Only Jadeja and B Kumar can be seen here.

The most 5wis are 4 by B Lee. No one else has more than 1.

The most 4+Wis are 4 by B Lee and 3 by Agarkar and Johnson.

Best innings bowling (including all 5wi):

Bowling-5wi all

The first two on the table are by relatively lesser-known players. Only PJ Cummins appears here from the current series and YS Chahal from the earlier series this year.

Best bowling average (Minimum 1000 balls, all instances):

Bowl avg-all

Only Jadeja appears from the current series, and he has the worst average.

B Lee has the best average as well as strike rate, while Kapil has the best economy rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (Minimum 10):

Dismissals-10

Gilchrist heads this table with Dhoni at some distance behind. Kohli and Maxwell are next among current players.

The most stumpings are by Dhoni (18), the most catches by a keeper are by Gilchrist (73) and most by a non-keeper are by Tendulkar (31) followed by Kohli (22).

Most dismissals in innings (4 and above):

Innings dismissals-4

Note Clarke’s 4 catches in an innings.

New keeper AT Carey has the only instance from current players .

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.400):

Dismissal rate-0.4

Gilchrist and Dhoni head this table again. The best by a non-keeper is that of GJ Maxwell.

Kohli, Finch and Dhawan also appear here.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria in table):

AR-overall

Oddly enough, the first three here are not considered to be regular all-rounders.

All-round match performances (Minimum 40 runs and 4 wickets):

AR-match

Tendulkar’s performance is the best here. That came in the inaugural ICC Knock-out competition which is now known as the Champions Trophy.

 

 

 

Aus v Ind ODIs (March 2019) review-1

First, Australia achieved the rare feat of winning an ODI from 0-2. This is covered nicely by Cricinfo writer Bharat Seervi:

Seervi article

It can be seen that India suffered the indignity of losing a 6-match series after leading 2-0. This was the only such occasion in ODIs.

Recovering from an 0-2 deficit in Tests is even rarer. It has happened only once, during the 1936-37 Ashes where Bradman’s team won 3-2. In a few cases there was a recovery to a 2-2 draw or a 3-2 loss. The latter happened to India against the West Indies in 1974-75.

The last time Australia won a bilateral ODI series in India was in late 2009.

Here is a summary of all bilateral ODI series between India and Australia in India:

(This leaves out matches in the World Cup, Champions Trophy and a few tri-series.)

1984 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 3-0, 2 NR

1986 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-2, 1 NR

2001 (Mar/Apr): Aus won 3-2

2007 (Sep/Oct): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2009 (Oct/Nov): Aus won 4-2, 1 NR

2010 (Oct): Ind won 1-0, 2 NR

2013 (Oct/Nov): Ind won 3-2, 2 NR

2017 (Sep/Oct): Ind won 3-1

2019 (Mar): Aus won 3-2

Individual performance will be covered in the next part.

 

The new honors boards at Lord’s-3

Finally, we come to women’s matches at Lord’s.

Regarding women’s Tests at Lord’s, there is nothing to be said because there aren’t any. It is strange to see that 52 such Tests were played in England with none at Lord’s.

They have been played in some of the Test centres such as Birmingham, Nottingham and the Oval besides some other venues such as Wormsley (Bucks.) and Shenley (Herts.) which most English cricket fans would not have heard of.

So we move to ODIs:

A total of 15 women’s ODIs have been played at Lord’s, all of them involving England. Thus there are no neutral matches here.

Centuries in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-100s-all

The “home” board would include nos 2,3 and 4 on this list.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

And the “neutral” board would not be needed yet.

The best by an Indian player here is 94* by M Raj in the match on 1 Jul 2012. India won that match by 5 wickets.

The best against India is 156* by SC Taylor listed above. England won that match by 100 runs.

5-fors in Women’s ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords WODI-5er-all

This is an even shorter list.

The “home” board would include nos 2 and 3.

The “visitors” board would include no 1.

The best by an Indian player here is 4-61 by A Das in the match on I Jul 2012, in which M Raj scored the 94* mentioned above. That is the only one of  the 3 ODIs at Lord’s which was won by India. (Another one was washed out in 2014).

The best against India is 6-46 by A Shrubsole listed above. That was the final of the World Cup which England won by 9 runs.

 

 

 

The new honors boards at Lord’s-2

The topic of honors boards at Lord’s for Tests has been covered in this blog several times.

Now the authorities have announced that they would be adding honors boards for

ODIs and Women’s matches.

Having covered the centuries, we continue with the 5-fors in ODIs at Lord’s:

Lords ODI 5er-all

Only 9 such instances, compared to the 30 centuries.

No one has taken more than 5 wickets in an innings. And no one has taken a 5-for more than once. Unlike in the case of centuries, we cannot find anyone here who failed to take a 5-for in Tests at Lord’s.

The first such instance was by GJ Gilmour in the final of the 1975 World Cup. The best is 5-30 by DL Vettori vs WI in 2004. Also note J Garner’s 5-38 in the final of the 1979 World Cup.

The “Home” board:

Lords ODI 5er-Eng

Only one entry here.

The best against India are 4-22 by SJ Harmison on 05 Sep 2004 and 4-46 by LE Plunkett on 17 Jul 2018.

Now for the “Visitors” board:

Lords 5er-vsEng

Somewhat longer. The best by India is 3-26 by A Nehra and 3-28 by Harbhajan Singh in the same match against England on 5 Sep 2004 (in which Harmison also had the best figures against India).

And the “Neutral” board:

Lords ODI 5er-neutral

In this category India has only played one match, the World Cup final in 1983. India’s best performances were 3-12 by M Amarnath and 3-31 by S Madan Lal. The best against India was 3-32 by AME Roberts.