Shakib leads by a large margin over Shahid Afridi (the original one). From India, the best is 32 by Ashwin.
Best innings bowling (including all 5wi and over):
BAW Mendis and Herath have much better innings analyses than others including Umar Gul and Sam Curran. Curran’s 5-10 was the best in 2022. For India, the best is 4-11 by Ashwin in 2014
Best bowling averages (Minimum 500 balls bowled, all instances):
Only 7 bowlers have bowled enough to qualify. S Ajmal is closely followed by Ashwin, who is the only Indian player here. Next is Shakib.
Summing up this table:
Best averages: Ajmal, Ashwin
Best economy rates: Ashwin, S Afridi
Best strike rates: Ajmal, Ashwin.
Next we come to Fielding statistics:
Most dismissals (12 and above):
The most dismissals are 32 by ABD and Dhoni. AB de Villiers has 9 dismissals as a keeper and 23 as a fielder, while all of Dhoni’s 32 dismissals are as a keeper.
Kamran Akmal is next with 30 dismissals as a keeper, including the most stumpings at 18.
de Villers has the most catches as a fielder (23) followed by DA Warner with 20.
Most dismissals in an innings (4):
Nobody reached this level in 2022. Dhoni is the only one from India, and the only one to appear here twice. Also note the 4 stumpings by Kamran Akmal and Ramdin. DJG Sammy is the only fielder here.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings and 0.600):
The best here is by the “hybrid” AB de Villiers with 1.066. Next are Dhoni and Kamran Akmal with 1.000.
The best by a “pure” fielder is 0.678 by MJ Guptill followed by current player GJ Maxwell (0.666)
Finally, we come to all-round performances:
Overall: Minimum 20 innings batted and 500 balls bowled:
Only 3 qualify here, with only Shakib having a creditable performance.
However, we get another viewpoint here:
Best match performance (Minimum 30 runs and 3 wickets):
The best performances here would be by DJ Bravo (66* and 4-38), followed by SR Watson’s 72 and 3-34 and Shakib’s 46 and 4-9. The best for India is by HH Pandya in 2022. Also note CR Brathwaite’s 34* which included 4 successive 6s in the 2016 final.
The series was drawn 1-1, with sudden collapses on the final day of play in both Tests.
Summary of all Tests between these teams:
While Australia leads 20-5 overall, it leads only by 7-5 in Sri Lanka. And Sri Lanka trails 13-0 in Australia.
Coming to individual performances;
Most runs (500 or more):
Headed by M Hussey with 994 with Ponting and M Jayawardene close behind. Mathews (692) and Chandimal (579) have the most runs among current players.
The most centuries are 5 by Hussey, and the most 50+ scores are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.
Highest innings (125 or more):
Chandimal’s 206* in the second Test is the highest for SL v Aus, surpassing Sangakkara’s 192 in Aus in 2007 and Kusal Mendis’s 176 in SL in 2016. This was a reatively low-scoring series, with the only other score of note being 145* by SPD Smith.
Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):
Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara. The current players have not played enough.
Highest strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 40.00):
Headed by ST Jayasuriya and Hayden. Chandimal and Mathews are the only current players here.
Most wickets (12 or more):
Headed by R Herath with 66, followed by the better-known Warne and Muralidaran. Starc and Lyon have the most among current players. Newcomer P Jayasuriya makes this list after only one Test. The most 5-fors are 6 by Herath and Starc, and 10wms 2 by Starc and Warne.
Best innings bowling (6wi or more):
Headed by Kasprowicz and R Herath. P Jayasuriya’s 6-59 and 6-118 came on his debut.
Best match bowling (9wm or more):
Headed by R Herath’s 13-wicket haul in 2016 and P Jayasuriya’s 12 on debut in the second Test here.
That was the best match figures for any Sri Lankan player on debut. This is covered in more detail here:
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):
Headed by Herath and Warne, with Muralidaran just making the cut.
Herath has the best average and strike rate, while Vaas has the best economy rate. Muralidaran was relatively less successful against Australia.
We now continue with individual performances in Bowling.
Most wickets (20 or more):
Shakib Al Hasan took over the record from Shahid Afridi in this edition.
Bravo, Ashwin and Starc are the next among current players. Ashwin and Jadeja are the only Indian players here.
Best innings bowling (includes all 5wi and above):
None of the top performance were from this edition, the best being A Zampa’s 5-19 and Mujeeb’s 5-20. Adil Rashid’s 4 wickets for 2 runs against the West Indies is almost as startling as Rangana Herath’s 5-3 against New Zealand in 2014. Also note 4-9 both by Shakib and Rashid Khan
Best bowling averages (minimum 500 balls bowled, all instances):
Shakib and Bravo are the only current players here.
S Ajmal and Shakib have the best averages.
Shakib and Afridi have the best economy rates.
S Ajmal and Shakib have the best strike rates.
As you can see, Indian players do not figure in the last two lists.
Now for Fielding.
Most dismissals (12 and above):
de Villiers and Dhoni share the top position here, while Mushfiqur, Guptill and Warner have the most dismissals among current players.
Some points of interest: de Villiers’s dismissals came both as keeper and non-keeper (7 catches as keeper, 2 stumpings and 23 catches as non-keeper).
Dhoni’s 32 dismissals is the most for a keeper (including 21 catches and 11 stumpings). However, Kamran Akmal (18) and Sangakkara (14) have more stumpings).
de Villers has the most (23) catches as a non-keeper. Next are Guptill and Warner.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
12 players have made 4 dismissals in an innings, MH Cross of Scotland being the only one in 2021.
Note the 4 stumpings by Kamran Akmal and D Ramdin.
D Sammy is the only one with 4 catches as a non-keeper.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.60 and above):
Mushfiqur has the best by a current player.
The “hybrid” de Villiers has the best average here.
Dhoni and Kamran Akmal share the best average for a keeper.
GJ Maxwell, Guptill and Warner have the best averages for non-keepers. They all played in the final of the 2021 edition.
Finally, All-round performance:
Overall (note the conditions in the table):
Shakib has by far the best performance here, with Shahid Afridi a distant second.
Bravo and Mohammad Nabi also represent the current players.
Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):
The best performances would be by Bravo, Watson (28 Sep 2012) and Shakib (21 Oct 2021).
There is also Hasaranga de Silva among current players.
No good performances by Indian players in this category.
Sri Lanka won the series 1-0 with 1 draw. Zimbabwe put on a somewhat stronger challenge than expected, almost drawing the first Test and putting Sri Lanka under some pressure in the second.
Summary of matches between these teams:
Zimbabwe is yet to win a Test in this series. They have lost all 8 Tests which they played in Sri Lanka.
This series was not part of the World Test Championship. Zimbabwe is not part of the championship in this cycle. Perhaps they will be in the top 9 and qualify for the next cycle.
We now look at individual performances, starting with
Most runs (250 and above):
Atapattu leads by a large margin. He has the most centuries (5). A Flower has the most 50+ scores (7), including 2 centuries.
Karunaratne and CR Ervine have the most runs among current players.
Highest innings (125 and above):
Note Atapattu’s 3 double centuries. The highest score in this series was 200* by AD Mathews. No one else crossed 125.
Highest strike rate (Min 1000 balls faced, all cases):
Jayasuriya predictably leads here, while Atapattu also has a strike rate considerably higher than that of the others.
Most wickets (10 and above):
Muralitharan and Vaas have done much better than others. Murali and Herath both have 2 ten-fors, while Murali also has the most five-fors (6).
Lakmal and Kumara have the most wickets among current players.
Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5wi and above):
While Muralitharan and Herath are at the top of this list, Sikandar Raza’s 7-113 was the best for Zimbabwe against Sri Lanka. The previous best was 5-106 by PA Strang back in 1996. The previous best for Zimbabwe at home was 4-50 by CT Mumba in 2016.
Embuldeniya is the only other bowler with a five-for in the current series.
Best match bowling (includes all instances of 8wm and above):
Muralitharan and Herath again. However, Sikandar Raza’s 8-176 is the best for Zimbabwe at home. AG Cremer’s 9-275 at Colombo (RPS) in 2017 remains the best for Zimbabwe in Sri Lanka.
Best bowling average (Min 2000 balls, all instances):
Muralitharan expectedly heads this list as well. Herath did not bowl enough.
With the premature conclusion of the 2nd Test at Mirpur (Dhaka), Sri Lanka won the 2-Test series 1-0. The last series between these teams was less than a year ago when Bangladesh drew 1-1 in Sri Lanka.
20 Tests have been played between these teams. Sri Lanka leads 16-1 with 3 draws.
In Bangladesh, Sri Lanka has played 8 Tests and lead 6-0 with 2 draws.
In Sri Lanka, the 12 Tests have resulted in the hosts leading 10-1 with 1 draw.
Most runs (500 and above):
Sangakkara has the most centuries (7) followed by M Jayawardene and Ashraful with 5 each. For scores of 50+, Sangakkara again leads with 14, followed by Dilshan (8) and M Jayawardene, Mushfiqur and Samaraweera with 7 each.
Highest individual scores (125 and above):
Sangakkara scored 319 and 105 in the same Test, becoming only the second (after Gooch) to score a triple century and century in the same Test. In this series we also saw Mominul Haque scoring 176 and 105, becoming the first from Bangladesh to score centuries in both innings of a Test. His 176 was the highest by Bangladesh against Sri Lanka at home, surpassing the 136 by Ashraful in 2006. However Mushfiqur’s 200 at Galle in 2013 remains the highest for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka.
Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings):
Sangakkara has an average more than double that of runner-up Ashraful.
Batting strike rate (Minimum 1000 balls faced):
However, Dilshan and M Jayawardene have the highest strike rates, with Dilshan having a much higher figure than the runner-up.
Most wickets (15 and above):
Muralitharan leads followed by Herath and then Shakib, with the first two far ahead of the rest. MDK (Dilruwan) Perera and a few other current players also figure on this list.
As you may expect, Muralitharan has the most 10-fors (4) and 5-fors (11). Herath is the only other one with a 10-for.
Best innings bowling ( 5wi and above):
Note Muralitharan’s dominance here. From the current series we only have Dananjaya who was making his debut.
Best match figures (7wm and above):
Muralitharan dominates this list as well, while Dananjaya has the best match figures by a debutant for Sri Lanka. Taijul’s 8-159 is the best for Bangladesh against Sri Lanka, surpassing the 6-154 by Shakib at Colombo in March 2017. The best for Bangladesh in Bangladesh was 6-204 by Shakib at Chittagong in Dec 2008. His absence in this series seems to have made a lot of difference.
Bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls):
Muralitharan has the best bowling average, economy rate and strike rate. Herath and Shakib follow at a distance.