Review of World Cup performances up to 2015: Fielding

We have looked at the World Cup records for batting and bowling. We now look at fielding.

Most dismissals (15 and above):

World Cup-total dismissals

Sangakkara and Gilchrist lead by a large margin. Sangakkara also has the most stumpings, and Gilchrist the most catches by a keeper.

Similarly Ponting leads non-keepers by a large margin.

Umar Akmal has the same number of catches as a keeper and non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

World Cup-innings dismissals

Gilchrist and Sarfaraz Ahmed have the record with 6 catches in an innings.

No one has more than 2 stumpings.

Among non-keepers, the record is 4 by M Kaif, S Sarkar and Umar Akmal.

Kaif had the record to himself from 2003 until the other 2 joined him in 2015.

Finally, the dismissal rates.

Highest dismissal rates (Minimum 20 innings, 0.600 and above):

World Cup-Dismissal rate

Gilchrist leads the keepers and GC Smith the non-keepers.

 

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.

Review of Aus-SL Tests-2019 (1)

Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka have often been one sided, with Sri Lanka winning all 3 tests at home in 2016 and losing both tests in 2019. Sri Lanka is getting used to clean sweeps at home, losing 3-0 to India in 2017 and 3-0 to England in 2018.

Here we look at the history of Tests between Australia and Sri Lanka:

Summary

Australia lead 19-4, with 3 of their losses coming in 2016. Sri Lanka has never won a Test in Australia.

Batting:

Most runs (500 and above):

Most runs-500

The most centuries are by M Hussey (5) and the most scores of 50+ are 8 by Clarke, Ponting and Sangakkara.

No current player from either side has more than 500 runs in these matches.

Highest innings (125 and above):

Highest innings-125

From this series we see 180 by Burns and 161 by Head.

Batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Batting average-all

Headed by Ponting and Sangakkara, with no recent players here.

Strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced, 40.00)

Batting strike rate-40

Headed by Jayasuriya, with no one from recent years.

To be continued.

Review of Australia-India Tests-1

At the end of the 2018-19 series, 98 Tests had been played between them.

India had won 28, Australia 42, 1 was tied and 27 drawn.

In India, India had won 21, Australia 13, 1 was tied and 15 drawn.

In Australia, India had won 7, Australia 29 and 12 drawn.

India won a Test series in Australia for the first time. They had won several series in India starting from 1979-80.

Going on to individual performances:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

most runs-750

Current players include Pujara, Kohli and Vijay,

Tendulkar has the most centuries (11) and fifty-pluses (27). Next come Ponting and Gavaskar with 8, and Ponting with 20.

Highest scores (175 and above):

highest innings-175

This was a rather low-scoring series as only Pujara appears here.

Note Ponting’s 242 which is the highest score in a losing Test side, and Laxman’s 281 which was then an record for India.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings and 35.00)

batting average-35

Smith has by far the highest average. Other current players include Pujara, Kohli, Vijay, Rahane and Warner.

Highest batting strike rates (Minimum 1000 balls faced and 45.00):

batting strike rates

Note that balls faced were not always recorded prior to 2000.

But it is not surprising that Gilchrist and Sehwag are at the top. Even Pujara just makes the cut.

To be continued.

Highest scores in the first innings while losing

While batting today, India’s think tank would have kept this in mind-especially Sydney 2008.

highest score when losing

Note that this list includes both first and second innings of the match.

The long standing record of 586 by Australia in 1894 was surpassed by Bangladesh in 2017. Melbourne seems to be well represented here.

While we are at it, we can see the lowest first and second innings by teams which went on to win the match:

lowest score in first innings and winning

The story of 0/0d is well known, but we see that there is one genuine case of scoring less than 50 and winning the Test.

In 2002, New Zealand made 94 in reply to India’s 99 and won.

The 2011 match saw Australia making 47 in the third innings.

India’s record is 104 in the first innings against Australia in 2004. Australia made 93 in the fourth  innings and lost by 13 runs. Gambhir and Dinesh Karthik made their debuts here.

Finally, we look at the highest individual scores while losing a Test, in the first and second innings of a Test.

highest indiv score while losing

Note that the record score of 242 by Ponting was against India.

Also note that Adelaide and Melbourne are well represented here.

Records of “Ashes” ODIs-1

I do not normally cover limited-over series where India is not involved. The just-concluded England-Australia series was the first one to be won by a 5-0 margin, so it was a good time to review all ODIs between these teams from 1971 to 2018. Remember that the first-ever ODI was played between these teams in 1971.

As on June 25, 2018, 147 ODIs had been played between these teams. Eng won 61, Aus 81 and there were 2 ties and 3 no-results.

In England: 68 ODIs, Eng 34, Aus 30, Tie 2, NR 2

In Australia: 71 ODIs, Eng 25, Aus 45, Tie 0, NR 1

Neutral: 8 ODIs, Eng 2, Aus 6, no tie or NR.

Now for batting records:

Most runs (750 and above):

Runs above 750

Morgan is by far the highest scorer, with Ponting making the most for Australia. Finch, Buttler and Roy represent the current players besides Morgan.

The most centuries are 6 by Finch, 5 by Ponting and 4 by Gooch

The most 50+ scores  are 16 by Morgan followed by 13 by Gooch and Ponting.

Highest innings (110 and above):

Scores of 110

Jason Roy holds the record for the highest score, which was made earlier in 2018. From the current series we have 147 by Hales, 139 by Bairstow, 131 by SE Marsh, 120 by Roy and rounded up by Buttler’s 110* in the 5th match.

Highest batting averages (minimum 20 innings, minimum 30.00):

Batting averages above 35

Martyn is somewhat unexpectedly on the top, followed by Finch and Buttler among current players.

Highest batting strike rates (Minimum 500 balls faced, minimum 75.00):

Batting SR above 80

It is not surprising that the first 4 places go to current players headed by Roy and Buttler.

To be continued

A closer look at centuries in first innings of Tests

Note: All data correct as of April 15, 2018. The Test involving the ICC XI in 2005 is excluded.

We first look at the best averages in first innings:

1st innings averages

And those who scored the most centuries in the first innings (9 and above):

Centuries in first innings

Ponting is just ahead of the overall leader in centuries as well as the second-placed.

Now let see who disliked the first innings. These players made the most centuries without ever making one in the first innings:

AD Mathews (8)

followed by Taufeeq Umar (7), WW Armstrong (6) and MG Burgess (5).

Mathews is still playing Tests so he may improve (?) on his record.

Conversely, there are those who love batting in the first innings. Apart from Ponting and his companions at the top of the table, there are those who scored all their centuries in the first innings:

JM Bairstow (5) He reached this mark in the last Test he played which was against New Zealand in 2018.

Next are AF Rae and Wasim Raja with 4.

Special mention to SP Fleming (8 out of 9 centuries in the first innings) and KC Wessels (5/6).

The second, third and fourth innings will follow.