We now look at the other side of the coin-those who have failed to make enough hundreds to match their fifties. And of course we have to consider those who made enough fifties and runs but never a century.
First we look at those who scored at least one century and had the lowest conversion rate:
Headed by the all-rounders Goddard, Jadeja and Noble. Most in this list are not in the side primarily for their batting. But we do have specialist batsmen in Bavuma, Nourse, Wadekar, Contractor, Ramiz Raja and others.
Jadeja, Wadekar, Contractor and Prabhakar represent India.
Current players include Jadeja, Bavuma, Broad and Buttler.
Those who failed to make any century after numerous attempts are covered here:
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.
We now look at the converse: a fifty-plus and ten wickets in an innings in the same match.
This is a little rarer than the earlier case. It has occurred 30 times, compared to 33 times for the earlier case.
Multibaggers are rarer here. We have 3 instances by Sir Richard Hadlee and 2 by Shakib Al Hasan. That’s all. Botham is here, but only for one instance. Ashwin, Sobers and Mushtaq are not here. But there are others such as Bevan and Border who would not usually be considered to be all-rounders.
The most recent instance was by Stuart Broad during one of the Covid Tests of 2020.
Earlier we saw that Bruce Taylor was the only one to score a century and take 5wi on debut. That was against India in 1965.
There is only instance of someone scoring a 50+ and taking 10 wickets on debut. This was John Lever for England v India in 1976. What is even stranger is that India’s S Venkataraghavan appeared in both of these Tests.
Among current and recent players there are MM Ali, SCJ Broad, RA Jadeja, Dilruwan Perera, Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan and DW Steyn. The only other player from India is Kapil Dev (who never made a century and 5wi together).
Also note AK Davidson, who scored 44 and 80 and took 11 wickets in the tied Test in 1960. He was the first to score over 100 runs and 10 wickets in a match. He had this record to himself until Botham scored a century and took 13 wickets against India in early 1980. Imran Khan and Shakib later followed with a century and 10 wickets in 1983 (against India, who else?) and 2014 (against Zimbabwe).
The top 4 wicket-takers are spinners, with Kapil having the most wickets among pace bowlers. Lyon and Ashwin have the most wickets among current players.
Kumble has the most 5-fors (10) followed by Harbhajan, Lyon and Kapil with 7.
Harbhajan has the most 10-fors (3) followed by Kumble (2).
Best innings bowling (includes all 7wi or more):
Jasu Patel’s record stands for over 60 years. However, there was no instance of 7 or more wickets in an innings during this series.
Best match bowling (includes all 10wm or more):
No bowling effort from this series makes this list either. Among current players, Ashwin and Lyon have 12-fors. Note Krejza’s 8wi and 12wm on debut. But his career ended after another Test.
Davidson (1959-60) and Dymock (1979-80) both took 12wm at Kanpur, but India still won both Tests.
Bowling averages (Min 2000 balls, 35.00 or better):
Benaud, McGrath and Jadeja head the bowling averages.
Benaud and Nadkarni have the best economy rates.
McGrath and Jadeja have the best strike rates.
Fielding: (20 or more dismissals):
Led by Gilchrist and Dhoni, while Paine and Pant have the most among current players.
Dhoni has the most stumpings (15) followed by Kirmani (12).
The most catches by non-keepers are 46 by Dravid and 36 each by VVSL and Ponting.
Most dismissals in an innings (5 and more):
Paine made 5 dismissals at Adelaide during this series, although had taken 6 and 5 at Adelaide in 2018-19. There is also the 5 catches by Srikkanth in 1991-92, making him one of the non-keepers to share this record.
Most dismissals in a match (6 and more):
It may be hard to believe, but Pant holds the record with 11 dismissals at Adelaide in 2018-19. Haddin and Dhoni are next with 9. Among the non-keepers, Whatmore and ME Waugh have 6 catches.
Finally we look at all-round performances. For overall performances we have this (see the criteria):
Even by these modest standards we only get two who meet the criteria of all-rounders. Jadeja has clearly done better than Stokes, although the latter is more likely to make an impact.
Then we have
Match performances: Fifty and fiver in the same match:
Here we have two contrasting performances. While Chase was largely responsible for an unexpected WI win, Rashid Khan’s criteria was the best all-round performance from Afghanistan in a Test. He was also the captain.
“Sir” Jadeja is set to become the leading wicket-taker here, although Shami is following him closely
M Dillon is the only one with two 5-fors, although Shami and Rampaul have the most 4+ hauls (4).
Best innings bowling (including all cases of 5 and more wickets):
The first few innings bowling figures are from long ago, with Viv Richards having one of the best analyses. He did take a few wickets in Tests as well, but not more than 2 in an innings. The best in 2019 was by Shami during the World Cup.
Bowling averages (Min 1000 balls, all instances):
Surprisingly the best average is by the occasional bowler Viv Richards, though he is closely followed by Ambrose. Jadeja, Roach and Holder have the best averages among current players.
Marshall and Walsh have the best economy rates, while Richards and Kumble have the best strike rates.
Most dismissals (15 and above):
Dhoni has the most dismissals (47), although Dujon took more catches (34) than him. Dhoni does however have the most stumpings (14). Richards (26) and Hooper (25) have the most catches by non-keepers.
Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):
Ramdin is the only one with 5 dismissals. Dravid has the most (4) catches by a non-keeper.
Best dismissal rate (Min 20 innings, 0.50)
Ramdin leads here, while Richards has the best rate among non-keepers.
Overall (see criteria below):
Led by Richards (!) followed at a distance by Hooper and Kapil.
Match performance (30 runs and 3 wickets):
Richards again in his unaccustomed role as an all-rounder. The best performances here would be by him in Jan 1988 and Oct 1989. Also one by Hooper.
The most wickets by current players are 53 by Ashwin and 42 by Jadeja.
The most 5-fors are 5 by Steyn and Ashwin. No one has taken more than one 10-for.
Best innings bowling (all instances of 6wi and above):
The only major performance in this series is Ashwin’s 7-145. Note Klusener’s debut performance in 1996 – ironically he never took a five-for again.
Best match bowling (all instances of 8wm and above):
Again, the only instance from this series is from Ashwin with 8-189.
Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls, all instances):
The best bowling averages are by Donald and Jadeja, the best economy rates by Pollock and Jadeja and the best strike rates by Steyn and Donald. Also note that the best averages for Indian bowlers are by the current players Jadeja and Ashwin.
Most dismissals (12 and above):
While Boucher has the most dismissals, de Villiers has the most by a fielder (25) followed by Kallis (25).
Most innings dismissals (5):
All by keepers, including 5 + 5 by Saha in 2018.
Most match dismissals (6 and above):
Saha has the record of 10. No fielder has more than 6.
Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500)
Boucher’s dismissal rate is far ahead of the others, followed by Dhoni. Among fielders, the best is by the “hybrid” de Villiers followed by GC Smith. du Plessis has the best among current players.
All-round performances (Minimum 20 innings batted and 2000 balls):
The only genuine all-rounder here is Pollock. Kallis does not seem to have bowled much against India.
All-round match performances (Fifty and five-for):
On expected lines, though one might expect to see Kallis and Jadeja. The lesser-known Boje has the best performance here.
Ishant Sharma’s heroics and his maiden Test fifty reminded us of the importance of having tailenders who can score some runs. Or, failing that, at least stay around long enough for other batsmen to score some more runs. Ishant was perhaps more of the second type.
We have a quick look at the best performers at 8-11 in the three formats.
For Tests and ODIs a cutoff of 20 innings is used. For T20Is it is 10 innings.
Test batting averages at 8-11:
RA Jadeja’s average is now above Kapil Dev’s. Remember that both of them and a few others like Nadkarni scored centuries up to No 7 as well.
Kapil, Ashwin and Harbhajan have two centuries here. Others with centuries are Kirmani, IK Pathan, Kumble and Agarkar.
Here Agarkar has the lowest average by a century-maker and Ishant the lowest by a fifty-maker.
The lowest average here is by Maninder Singh, followed by Chandrashekhar and Doshi which most would have guessed.
In ODIs, we have:
The highest averages are by Pathan and Chetan Sharma. Sharma has scored a century batting lower.
Pathan and Agarkar are the only ones here with 2 fifties. The lowest average by a fifty-scorer is by Praveen Kumar.
The lowest average is by Sreesanth, followed by Ishant Sharma and Nehra.
For T20Is, no one has 20 innings so we take the cutoff of 10 innings instead.
Ashwin and Harbhajan are the only ones who qualify here. Neither has scored a fifty.
Orange Cap: RG Sharma* (648 runs), followed by DA Warner (638) and Shakib Al Hasan* (606)
Purple Cap: MA Starc (26 wickets), followed by Mustafizur Rahman* (20), JJ Bumrah* and LH Ferguson (18 each).
Most sixes: EJG Morgan (22), followed by AJ Finch (18) and RG Sharma* (14).
* No further part in the World Cup.
RA Jadeja made 77 at No 8. This is the second highest score by a No 8 batsman in the World Cup, surpassed only by NM Coulter-Nile’s 92 for Aus vs WI earlier in the 2019 WC. The previous record was 72* by HH Streak for Zim vs NZ in 2003. For India, the previous record was a mere 28 by NR Mongia vs Zim in 1999.
MS Dhoni and RA Jadeja put on 116 for the 7th wicket, a record for the World Cup. The previous record for this wicket was 107 by A Javed and S Anwar for UAE vs Ire in 2015. For India, the record was a mere 58 by Kapil Dev and S Madan Lal vs Aus in 1983.