Test cricket returns to Pakistan

The last Test in Pakistan was scheduled to be played from March 1 to 5, 2009.

There was no play after the second day. A contemporary report:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/22788732/sl-cricketers-injured-terror-attack

And the scorecard, for what it is worth:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/13778/scorecard/388994/pakistan-vs-sri-lanka-2nd-test-sri-lanka-tour-of-pakistan-2008-09

Since then, Pakistan has played Tests only away or at neutral venues (mainly in UAE, also 2 in England). There have been a small number of T20Is and ODIs played in Pakistan in the past few years:

T20Is in Pakistan since March 2009:

T20Is in Pak since 2009

ODIs in Pakistan since March 2009:

ODIs in Pak since 2009

It is also apparent that any Pakistani player who made his Test debut since 3 March 2009 would never have played at home until now. They are:

Pakistani Test debutants after Mar 2009

It can be seen that these 46 players include the present captain (Azhar Ali) and the previous captain (Sarfaraz Ahmed) who made their debuts in 2010, besides key players such as Asad Shafiq and Shan Masood. There is also Fawad Alam who made his debut in Sri Lanka in 2009 but has not played any Test since that series, but may well play in the forthcoming series.

And there are others such as Saeed Ajmal and Mohammad Amir who came and went without ever playing in a home Test.

You can see a review of past Tests between Pakistan and Sri Lanka here:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/review-of-pakistan-sri-lanka-tests/

Note that their last meeting was in the UAE in late 2017, when Sri Lanka won 2-0. They were among the very few teams to beat Pakistan in a series in the UAE.

 

Yasir Shah the batsman

It is not often that one scores a century at No 8 (or below) against Australia. Yasir Shah is now one of them:

no 8+ vs Aus

Of these 7, Parore was at no 9 and Read at no 10. Yasir has the second highest score IN Australia, after Prior’s 118. India is represented by current player Saha.

Those who have scored a century at No 8 (or below) for Pakistan:

Centuries by Pak No 8 and above

Asif Iqbal’s 146 was at No 9 and the remaining 12 were at no 8. And Yasir has the highest against and in Australia.

Another interesting point is found when we look at the career batting averages of all who scored at least one century:

Lowest average by century maker

(This was before Pakistan’s second innings). The lowest is by the recent West Indian bowler JE Taylor at 12.96, while Yasir Shah is second lowest at 14.06.

Going further down. Harbhajan Singh has the lowest average of 18.22 by those who made at least 2 centuries. And Wasim Akram (22.64) has the lowest by those who made at least 3 centuries.

And Yasir also joins the somewhat longer list of those who scored one or more centuries but no other scores above 50. Here is an earlier list:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/08/30/test-centuries-but-no-fifties-aug-2019/

 

ODIs between India and Pakistan-2

Hope you have read Part 1.

Now we take up Bowling.

Most wickets (25 and above):

I v P ODI-wkts 25

A close bunching at the top, led by the senior W.

No current players.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5 or more wickets):

I v P ODI-Innings bowling

No performances in the last few years.

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

I v P ODI-Bowl Avg

Imran and Kumble lead. Shoaib Malik is the only current player.

The best economy rates are by Akram and Imran.

The best strike rates are by Waqar and Saqlain.

Now to Fielding:

Most dismissals (15 or more):

I v P ODI-Dismissals

Led by Moin and non-keeper Azharuddin. Dhoni is next.

Innings dismissals (4 and above):

I v ODI-Inngs Fld

Mongia is the only one with 5 dismissals. Several non-keepers have 4 catches.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings and 0.500):

I v P ODI Dis rate

Moin Khan and MS Dhoni lead, while M Kaif has the best for non-keepers.

All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria):

I v P AR overall

Led by the semi all-rounder Ganguly and Imran.

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

I v P ODI AR Match

Abdul Razzaq has the best figures here, followed by Tendulkar.

 

ODIs between India and Pakistan-1

It seems unlikely that there will be any bilateral series between India and Pakistan for quite some time. It has already been decided that India will not play Pakistan in the group stages of the World Test Championship.

So this seems to be a good time to look back at the records of ODIs between India and Pakistan (not just in the World Cup).

Of a total of 132 ODIs between the sides, India has won 55, Pakistan 73, no ties and No Result 4.

In India: 30 matches; Ind 11, Pak 19.

In Pakistan: 27 matches; Ind 11, Pak 14, NR 2.

In Neutral venues: 75 matches; Ind 33, Pak 40, NR 2.

Looking at individual figures:

Batting:

500 or more runs:

I v P ODI-500 runs

Headed by the older players who had more opportunities to play these matches. Among current players there is Shoaib Malik (1782) and MS Dhoni (1231).

The most centuries are 5 by Tendulkar, followed by 4 by several others.

The most 50+ scores are also led by Tendulkar with 21. Next is 16 by Inzamam and Dravid.

Highest innings: 110 and more:

I v P innings 110

Saeed Anwar’s 194 was a record in all ODIs for several years. The highest score in recent years is RG Sharma’s 140 in the current World Cup.

Highest Averages (Minimum 20 innings, 30.00 and above):

I v P Bat Avg 30

A number of current players such as Kohli are not here as they have not played 20 innings. Dhoni and Shoaib Malik have the highest averages among current players.

Highest Strike Rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, 80.00 and above):

I v P ODI strike rate

Shahid Afridi and Sehwag lead as one would expect. Kohli, Dhoni  and RG Sharma have the highest strike rates among current players.

To be continued:

 

 

The jinx in India-Pakistan matches (updated in June 2019)

It is often said that India dominates Pakistan in ICC tournaments. Hence the “Mauka Mauka” ads which aired at the beginning of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups.

Let us see take a closer look at the history of these encounters. First, the World Cup:

I v P World Cup to 2019

Note the two matches at Manchester separated by 20 years. In 1999 the mini-war in Kargil was in progress.

India and Pakistan never met in the World Cups of 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1987. They were somehow always drawn in different groups so they could have met only in the semi-finals or finals.

It was not until 1992 that they met in the World Cup. In that tournament (as in 2019) all teams played each other in the round-robin knockout stage.

They met in the quarter-finals in 1996, Super Six in 1999, and a pool match in 2003. India won all these matches so the feeling of a jinx over Pakistan kept growing.

In 2007, both India and Pakistan were jinxed and failed to proceed beyond the pool stage, being displaced by Bangladesh and Ireland respectively.

In 2011, India won in the semi-final, repeated this in a pool match in 2015 and again in a round-robin match in 2019.

This makes it 7 out of 7.

If you want to see the scorecards, open this link and click on the blue square on the extreme right.

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=12;type=team;view=results

Now we go to the T20 World Championship. We will come back to the Champions Trophy at the end.

I v P T20 world cup

The teams met twice in the inaugural championship in 2007. Though the match in the pool stage was a tie, India got the winner’s points as they won in the bowl-out which was then the method used to determine the winner of a tied match.

Then India won against Pakistan in the final. The teams did not meet in 2009 and 2010. India won the next three encounters in 2012, 2014 and 2016. All of these were in the group stages and not the semi-final or final. Thus India leads 5-0 (including the tie) in the World T20 Championship.

You can see the scorecards from this link:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=3;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=89;type=team;view=results

For details of the bowl-out in the first match in 2007, see the commentary section rather than the scorecard.

But the story in the Champions Trophy is somewhat different:

I vP ICC Champions Trophy

India and Pakistan did not meet in 1998, 2000 or 2002 (when India shared the trophy with Sri Lanka). Pakistan won the first encounter in 2004 in the group stage. They did not meet in 2006. Pakistan won in 2009, also in the group stage. India finally won in 2013, in a group match on their way to the trophy.

In 2017, India won the group match but lost in the final.

So the jinx on Pakistan in ICC tournaments does not apply to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy, where they lead India 3-2.

See the scorecards here:

http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=2;filter=advanced;opposition=7;orderby=start;team=6;template=results;trophy=44;type=team;view=results

 

 

Pakistan-South Africa Test Review-2

Hope you have seen Part 1

We now move on to Bowling:

Most wickets (10 and above):

wkts-10

Steyn leads Pollock by a large margin. Note D Olivier with 24 wickets in this series.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

innings bowl-6wi

D Olivier is the only one from the present series. Abbott’s 7-29 was on debut.

Best match bowling (including all instances of 9wm and above):

match bowl-9wm

Again, D Olivier has the only entry from the present series. Abbott’s 9-68 was on debut.

Bowling average (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):

bowl avg

Pollock has the best average, Kaneria the best economy if you go to three decimal places and Steyn the best strike rate.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

dismissals-10

Boucher is far ahead of the others, with GC Smith having the most catches by a non-keeper. Boucher also has the most stumpings and catches by a keeper, while GC Smith has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Sarfraz and de Kock have the most dismissals among current players, followed by Amla with the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

innings fielding

This includes two fivers by Sarfraz in this series. Taufeeq Umer has the most by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an match (6 and above):

match fielding

ABD’s 11 dismissals gives him a share in the world record (with Russell and newcomer Pant). There is also a 10-for by Sarfraz in this series. Taufeeq Umer also has the most by a non-keeper.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings fielded, all instances):

dismissal rate

Boucher again heads this list. Younis Khan has the best average by a non-keeper, with Amla having the best by current players.

All-round performance:

Overall (see criteria below):

ar-overall

Kallis is the only one who can be called an all-rounder.

Match performance (50 and 5wi):

ar-match

Here we have the lesser known de Villiers, with the less common double of a fifty and a ten-for.

 

 

 

Pakistan-South Africa Test Review-1

At the conclusion of South Africa’s 3-0 win against Pakistan, 26 Tests had been played between these teams. Here is a summary of the results:

overall

South Africa won two home series against Pakistan 3-0 in succession. In between, a series in the UAE was drawn 1-1.

We now look at individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

most runs-750

Kallis has the most runs (1564), most centuries (6) and 50+ scores (14).

The most by current players are 1146 by Amla and 640 by Asad Shafiq.

Highest innings (125 and above):

innings-125

The only instance in this series was de Kock’s 129.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

bat avg-all

ABD is far ahead of the others. Amla and Azhar Ali are the only current players here.

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

strike rate-all

ABD again, though closely followed by GC Smith. Asad Shafiq and Amla have the highest strike rates among current players.

To be continued.