Review of New Zealand-Bangladesh Tests (2022)

This two-test series marked an important landmark, as Bangladesh won their first Test against New Zealand in their 16th attempt. The series was drawn 1-1.

Results of all Tests between NZ and BD:

Overall: 17 tests: NZ lead 13-1, 3 draws

In NZ: 11 tests: NZ lead 10-1

In BD: 6 tests: NZ lead 3-0 with 3 draws.

Most runs (minimum 350):

Tamim Iqbal leads with 908, followed by Shakib (763) and newly-retired R Taylor (746).

Highest individual scores (Minimum 110):

TWM Latham’s 252 in the second Test is the highest for NZ against BD, surpassing the 202 by SP Fleming at Chattogram in 2004. Their previous best in NZ was 200* by Williamson at Hamilton in 2019. Also note that Shakib had made 217 at Wellington in 2017.

Incidentally Latham is the first player to score 252 in a Test.

While there is not enough data for meaningful batting averages, we have some strike rates:

Highest strike rates (Min 1000 balls faced, all instances):

Not surprisingly, R Taylor has the highest strike rate. Williamson and Shakib are slightly lower.

Bowling:

Most wickets (Minimum 10):

Vettori (51) is followed by the current trio of Wagner, Boult and Southee.

The most 5wi are 5 by Vettori and 3 by Wagner.

The only 10wm is by Vettori.

Best innings bowling (including all 6wi):

Shakib has BD’s best innings figure of 7-36 at Chattogram in 2008. In this series, Ebadot took 6-46 which is BD’s best innings figure in NZ. The previous best for BD in NZ was 5-166 by Rubel Hossain at Hamilton in 2010.

Best match bowling (7wm and above):

Vettori’s 12-170 at Chattogram is the best performance here.

Ebadot’s 7-121 is BD’s best match figure in NZ. The previous record was 5-88 by Mashraf Mortaza at Dunedin in 2008.

There is not enough data for meaningful bowling averages etc, as Vettori is the only one with over 2000 balls bowled.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (Minimum 8):

McCullum (28) and Watling (26) have the most dismissals.

Watling (26) and McCullum (24) have the most catches by a keeper.

Mc Cullum (4) has the most stumpings.

R Taylor (17) and Sinclair (12) have the most dismissals by a fielder.

Most innings dismissals (Minimum 4):

Imrul Kayes has the most catches by a keeper in an innings (5)

During this series Shadman Islam and TWM Latham both took 4 catches as fielders.

Most match dismissals (Minimum 5):

Watling (7) has the most dismissals by a keeper in an innings (all caught). Next is McCullum with 6.

The most catches by a fielder is 6 by Latham in this series. Next is Sinclair with 5.

All-round performance:

50+ and 5wi in a match:

Vettori’s 55*, 76 and 9-133 at Chattogram in 2008 is clearly the best. If he had taken one more wicket, he would have become one of the only five players to score 100 runs and take 10 wickets in a test (The others are Davidson, Botham, Imran and Shakib).

T20I performances of 2021 – Pt 2

Hope you have read Part 1.

We continue our study of the T20I performances in the calendar year 2021, counting only the matches between teams which had Test or ODI status in the past.

Bowling figures:

Most wickets (15 or more):

Newcomer Hasaranga de Silva and T Shamsi have the most wickets (36), followed by Mustafizur (28). No one from India has taken 15 or more wickets.

There are 5 instances of 5wi and 8 instances of 4+wi.

Best innings bowling (includes all instances of 5wi and more):

The lesser-known JN Frylinck has the best figures. Next is AC Agar, who is better known for his 98 at No 11 on Test debut.

Also note the startling figures of 4 for 2 by AU Rashid.

No one from India is in this list.

Bowling averages (minimum 500 balls bowled):

Only one bowler reaches this cutoff. Hasaranga has bowled a few overs less but has a better average of 11.63 (see the first table above).

Fielding figures:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

The most dismissals are 24 by M Rizwan and 21 by MS Wade. The most catches by a fielder is 17 by Babar Azam. However, the most stumpings are 5 by JS Buttler. Rizwan’s 24 dismissals include 22 as keeper and 2 as fielder.

The most catches by an Indian player are 11 by SA Yadav.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

From the lesser teams. Erasmus’s 4 catches were as a fielder.

Best dismissal rate (Minimum 20 innings, 0.500)

Led by MS Wade, while Fakhar Zaman has the best by a fielder.

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

2 of the 4 performances are by Shakib Al Hasan, although MR Marsh’s performance is the best followed by Shakib’s against PNG. MR Marsh was also Man of the Match in the T20I Cup final with 77*

Review of Bangladesh-Pakistan Tests (Dec 2021)

Tests between these sides have invariably been one-sided, as you can see in this list below:

Pakistan has won 12 of these 13 Tests with one draw.

In Bangladesh, Pakistan leads 7-0 with 1 draw.

In Pakistan, Pakistan leads 5-0.

The one exception to heavy defeats was at Multan in 2003 where Bangladesh came within one wicket of defeating Pakistan. Inzamam (in his home town) was able to scrape through a 1-wicket win here.

We now look at individual scores, starting with Batting:

Most runs (minimum 400):

Azhar Ali has the highest total among current players, followed by Shakib Al Hasan.

The most centuries are 3 by M Hafeez and Younis Khan. The most 50+ scores are 7 by Habibul Bashar (who had only one century). Next are Taufeeq Umar and Shakib with 5 each.

Highest innings (minimum 100):

Abid Ali and Liton Das scored centuries in the just-concluded series.

Yasir Hameed scored centuries in both innings on his Test debut, but never made another century.

There is not enough data (minimum 20 innings) for calculating batting averages.

But we can find batting strike rates (for those with a minimum of 1000 balls faced).

Younis Khan leads 4 Pakistani players here.

Now for Bowling.

Most wickets (minimum 10 wickets):

Current player Taijul Islam (22) has the most for Bangladesh, although Danish Kaneria has the most with 34. Umar Gul also has 22. Newcomers Sajid Khan and SS Afridi are also here.

Best innings bowling (all 6wi and above):

Sajid Khan’s 8-42 is now the best in this series, surpassing Danish’s 7-77.

Taijul Islam now has the best innings figures for Bangladesh (7-116) surpassing Shakib’s 6-82.

Best match bowling (including all 8wm):

Here Sajid Khan’s 12-128 is second to Danish’s 12-94.

In this series, Taijul Islam had the best figures for Bangladesh (8-205).

Best bowling averages-not enough data as no one has bowled 2000 balls.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (Minimum 8):

Rashid Latif has by far the most dismissals (26). Next is Khaled Mashud with 9.

Among fielders, Azhar Ali and Younis Khan have 8 each. Mahmudullah has 7.

Innings dismissals (Minimum 4):

Match dismissals (Minimum 5):

Rashid Latif again leads with 7 dismissals, while Shadab Kabir had 5 as a fielder.

All-round match performance (Minimum 50+ and 5-for):

Here we have the best performance by a Bangladesh player, with Shakib scoring 144 and taking 6-82).

Records of the T20 World Cup (2007-2021)-Part 2

Hope you have seen Part 1.

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 Villies 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 both 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.

The “double” of a fifty+ and 10wm in the same Test.

Hope you have read the related piece https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/19/the-double-of-a-century-and-5wi-in-the-same-test/

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 “double” of a century and 5wi in the same Test.

This has been achieved 33 times, although some players have done it more than once. This will be apparent from this table:

From this we can identify the “multibaggers” as

IT Botham 5 times (1978, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1984)

R Ashwin 3 times (2011, 2016, 2021)

JH Kallis 2 times (1999, 2002)

Mushtaq Mohammad 2 times (1973, 1977)

Shakib Al Hasan 2 times (2011, 2014)

GS Sobers 2 times (1962, 1966).

We can also see that Botham (1980), Imran (1983) and Shakib (2014) went a step further by scoring a century and taking 10 wickets in the match.

BR Taylor (1965) was the only one to score a century and take 5wi on his Test debut. This was his first first-class century.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-2

Hope you have read Part 1: https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/02/17/bangladesh-west-indies-tests-1/

Continuing with individual performances in these matches, starting with Bowling:

Most wickets (10 or more):

The first few are all current players. The most 5wi hauls are by Shakib, Miraz and Roach. No one has taken more than one 10wm.

Best innings analysis: (all instances of 6wi or more):

None of these instances are from the current series, although Miraz, Shakib and others played in it.

Best match analysis: (all instances of 8wm or more):

Miraz and Cornwall are among those who played in the current series. Cornwall’s 9-179 is the best for WI in Bangladesh, surpassing the 8-152 by Bishoo in 2011.

Bowling averages (Minimum 1500 balls, all instances):

Roach heads this short list. However Taijul has the best economy rate and Roach the best strike rate.

Now for Fielding:

Most dismissals (10 or more):

Mushfiqur has the most dismissals and stumpings, while Sammy has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and more):

None from the current series. Note 4 catches by a non-keeper Sammy.

Most match dismissals (5 and more):

Again, none from the current series. Note 6 catches by non-keeper DM Bravo.

Highest dismissal rate (Minimum 15 innings fielded, all instances):

Mushfiqur has the highest dismissal rate as he is the only keeper here. The best by a non-keeper is by Mahmudullah.

Finally, All-round performances:

Overall (see criteria below):

Only two entries here, with Miraz coming up in recent series.

Match performances (50+ and 5wi in match):

Only 3 instances, all by Shakib. Further proof that he is the best all-rounder in matches between these teams.

Bangladesh-West Indies Tests-1

The West Indies won the series 2-0 after hard-fought wins in both Tests. Their last visit in 2018 ended in a 2-0 defeat by heavy margins. KC Brathwaite was the captain on both occasions.

A summary of Tests between these countries:

We now look at individual performances, starting with Batting:

Most runs-250 and above:

The most centuries are 4 by Chanderpaul and 3 by Brathwaite. The most 50+ scores are 8 by Shakib (no centuries!) and 7 by Chanderpaul and Tamim.

Tamim, Brathwaite and Shakib have the most runs among current players.

Highest innings scores-100 and more:

While KR Mayers’s 210* on debut was outstanding, it is only the fourth highest score here and the highest score in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 15 innings, all instances):

Current players Brathwaite and Shakib have the highest averages.

Highest strike rates (Minimum 750 balls faced, all instances):

Shakib and Gayle have the highest strike rates, while Tamim has the next highest among current players.

To be continued

Analyzing Test captaincies – 4

Here we look at captains with no wins, no losses and no draws.

No Wins:

These are captains in 4 or more Tests with no wins.

Headed by M Ashraful of Bangladesh with 13 (12 losses and 1 draw). The next (IT Botham) is more surprising. Another Bangladeshi Khaled Mashud also has 12.

In recent years there are AG Cremer (8) and KC Brathwaite (5).

From India there are MH Mankad (6), S Venkataraghavan (5) and others with 4.

No losses:

These are captains in 2 or more Tests with no losses.

WW Armstrong with 10 heads this list, with 8 wins and 2 draws.

Next are DB Close and FG Mann with 7.

In recent years there is only AM Rahane with 2; both of these wins were when he was standing in for Kohli.

From India we also have Srikkanth with 4 (all draws).

No draws:

These are captains in 3 or more Tests with no draws.

Headed by Waqar Younis (17, 10 wins and 7 losses). The next is Shakib with 14 (3 wins and 11 losses).

Others from recent times (other than Shakib) include R Herath, KC Brathwaite and RAS Lakmal with 5.

Brathwaite has 5 losses out of 5.

From India there is DK Gaekwad with 4 (all losses). He is presently India’s oldest living Test player.

The other double: 50 + 10 wkts in a match

Most of those who follow Test cricket know about the double of a century and 5wi in a match. This has been done 32 times, with the last occasion being the present WI player Roston Chase in 2016.

The lesser-known double is that of 50 and 10wm, which is slightly rarer and has been done on 30 occasions. Stuart Broad joined this list in the 3rd Test against West Indies in 2020.

50 and 10 wkts in match on 28-7-2020

This seems to be a little harder to achieve compared to the other double. Sir Richard Hadlee is the only one to do it 3 times and Shakib Al Hasan the only one to do it twice. Kapil, Botham and Imran duly appear here. “Sir” Jadeja is the only other player from India here.

In a mirror of Bruce Taylor’s 100 + 5wi against India on his debut in 1965, only one player John Lever has  managed 50 + 10 wm also against India in 1976. Oddly enough S Venkataraghavan was in India’s team on both occasions.

There are some odd cases here involving players who were not generally considered all-rounders, such as Qadir, Border, Bevan and Steyn. And others who had short careers such as Lever, Nash and Craig. But most of the big names of the past few decades are there.

The elite group with a century and 10-for includes Botham, Imran, Shakib and honorary member Davidson with 100 runs and 10-for.

Broad achieved this in the nick of time, taking the last wicket of the match to complete his tenner.

Review of Bangladesh-Zimbabwe Tests (2020)-2

Hope that you have read Part 1

We now look at bowling records:

Most wickets (15 and above):

Most wkts-15

Taijul is far ahead of others.

He also has the most fivers (4) followed by Shakib and Enamul with 3. No one has more than one tenner.

Best innings bowling (6wi and above):

Innings bowl-6wi

Taijul again leads this table. However there was no haul of 6wi or more in this match.

Best match bowling (8wm and above):

Match bowl-8wm

Enamul’s 12-wicket haul was instrumental in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test win in 2005.

Shakib’s 10-for in 2014 was accompanied by a century. He is only the third player in all Tests to score a century and take a 10-for in the same match, after Botham and Imran.

Also note Nayeem Hasan’s 9-for in this match.

Fielding records:

Most dismissals (10 and above):

Fielding-10 dis

Led by Mushfiqur, while Masakadza has the most by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 and above):

Inngs dis-4

Chakabva took 5 catches in this Test to equal the record. No non-keeper has taken 4 or more catches.

Most dismissals in a match (5 and above):

Match dis-5

The record of 7 was set long ago. Chakabva took 5 in this match.

Best dismissal rate (Min 15 innings, all instances):

Dis avg

Mushfiqur leads here, far ahead of the others.

All-round performance (Overall, see criteria in table):

AR overall

Shakib leads, followed by Chigumbura at a distance.

All-round match performance (50 and 5wi):

AR-match

Shakib’s century and 10wm has pride of place.

Performances in CWC 2019

Batting:

Most runs (400 runs and above):

WC 2019 Runs 400

Note 5 centuries by RG Sharma, while Shakib Al Hasan has 7 scores of 50+.

Only 1 run separates the leader RG Sharma (648) and runner up DA Warner (647).

Highest innings (95 and above):

WC 2019 Innings 95

Not as high-scoring as the 2015 WC, which had scores of 215 and 237.

Bowling:

Most wickets (12 and above):

WC 2019 Wkts 12

Note that MA Starc has 4 hauls of 4wi and above, followed by M Shami with 3.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 4wi and better):

WC 2019 Bowl innings

Fielding:

Most dismissals (8 and above):

WC 2019 Dismissals 8

JE Root has the most catches (13) by a non-keeper.

Most innings dismissals (4 and above):

WC 2019 Dism innings

CR Woakes and JM Bairstow have the most catches by non-keepers (4) which equals the existing World Cup record held by several others.

All-round performance:

Overall:

WC 2019 AR overall

Shakib Al Hasan with 606 runs and 11 wickets is clearly leading here, followed by the less expected all-rounder JDS Neesham.

Match performances (30 runs and 3 wickets):

WC 2019 AR match

Only these two. Shakib and Yuvraj Singh (vs Ireland in 2011) are the only two with 50/5wi in a World Cup match.

Man of the Series:  KS Williamson, presumably for his captaincy as well as being the 4th top scorer with 578 runs.