Review of Tests between India and South Africa-1

The series in 2021-22 resulted in a 2-1 win for South Africa, after India won the first Test. India has failed to win a Test series in SA, although they have won at least one series in all other countries. The best India has done there is an 1-1 draw in 2010-11. The 2021-22 series followed the pattern of 2006-07 where India won the first Test but lost the next two.

Here is an overall summary of Tests between these two countries:

SA leads India 17-15 overall. Both sides appear to have strong home advantages.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Led by Tendulkar and Kallis.

These two have the most centuries (7)

Amla, Kallis and Tendulkar have the most 50+ scores (12).

From the above table, the best by current players is 1236 by Kohli, followed by Rahane, Pujara and Elgar with 800+. RG Sharma is further down.

Highest innings (125 or more):

The highest by current players are 254* by Kohli, followed by double centuries by MA Agarwal and RG Sharma. But no one crossed 125 in this series.

Highest batting averages (Minimum 20 innings, all instances):

Kallis has the highest average, followed by Kohli at some distance. Other current players here are Rahane, Elgar and Pujara.

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

Sehwag and Azharuddin lead here. Among current players there are RG Sharma (in 3rd place), Kohli and Rahane. Also note Dravid at the bottom of this list.

Bowling performances:

Most wickets (12 or more):

Led Kumble, followed by Steyn and Srinath at a distance. Ashwin (56) has the most by a current player, followed by Shami, Rabada and Jadeja. Also note M Jansen with 19 in his debut series.

The most 5-fors are 5 by Steyn and Ashwin. No one has taken more than one 10-for.

Best innings bowling (includes all 6wi and more):

The best performance was an 8-for by Klusener on his debut.

Current players here include SN Thakur, Ashwin and Ngidi.

Thakur’s 7-61 in this series is the best for India against SA, surpassing the earlier record of 7-66 by Ashwin (Nagpur, 2015) and 7-120 by Harbhajan (Cape Town, 2011) which was India’s best in SA.

Best match performances (includes all 8wm and more):

Led by Ashwin and Donald with 12-fors, and 10-fors by Steyn, Pollock and V Prasad.

Current players here include Ashwin, Jadeja and Ngidi.

Best bowling averages (Minimum 2000 balls bowled, all instances):

Headed by Donald and Jadeja (!) Current players here include Jadeja, Shami, Ashwin and Rabada.

The best economy rates are by Pollock and Jadeja.

The best strike rates are by Steyn and Shami.

To be continued.

Notes from the Johannesburg Test

This was the 6th Test played by India at this venue and their first defeat:

It is however difficult for South Africa and other teams to chase 200 or even 150 at this venue. Their 243/3 is their highest winning chase here. These are the only times it has happened:

Winning chases over 150 at Johannesburg:

The SA captain Dean Elgar was left on 96 not out at the end. There are several instances of being stranded in the 90s in a winning chase:

While there is only one 99 here, there are 98s by several including SC Ganguly and other famous names such as Hutton, GS Chappell and Atherton.

AL Wadekar was another Indian player who got up to the 90s when the target was reached.

Onwards to Cape Town:

India has never won at this venue. But if one fortress fell at Johannesburg, perhaps another can fall at Cape Town:

India vs SA at Cape Town:

India has 2 draws and 3 losses here.

Shardul Thakur’s record:

Here are the best innings bowling performances in India-South Africa Tests:

SN Thakur’s 7-61 in SA’s first innings was the best for India v SA. The previous best was 7-66 by R Ashwin at Nagpur in 2015. The previous best for India v SA in SA was 7-120 by Harbhajan Singh at Cape Town in 2011.

His match bowling figures of 8-108 were not so impressive.

Markram again

AK Markram has played 28 Tests. 17 were won by SA, 11 lost and none drawn.

His 28 Tests are the most played by anyone who has not seen a draw. Next is GA Lohmann from 19th-century England, whose 18 Tests included 15 wins and 3 losses.

Review of India-NZ T20Is-Nov 2021

The T20I series in Nov 2021 ended 3-0 in favor of India, although New Zealand had beaten India in the just-concluded T20 World Championship.

Summary of all T20I matches between India and New Zealand:

In 20 matches, India has won 9, New Zealand 9, 2 ties and no no-result.

The two ties were finally won by India through super overs, but are recorded as ties.

In India, India lead 5-3

In New Zealand, the two teams are tied 4-4 with 2 ties.

In neutral venues, New Zealand leads 2-0. Both these wins came in World Cup matches.

Batting records (100 or more runs):

RG Sharma leads by a large margin with 511 runs.

The only century is by C Munro.

The most 50+ scores are 6 by RG Sharma, followed by 4 by Munro.

Highest innings (60 and above):

Note the consistency of Munro and Sharma.

Most wickets (8 and above):

Sodhi and Santner lead with 20 and 16 wickets respectively, with Bumrah’s 12 being the best for India.

Best innings bowling (including all 3wi and better):

Santner’s 4-11 is the best overall here, while AR Patel’s 3-9 is now the best for India. The previous best for India is Bumrah’s 3-12. The three best performances are 4-fors by NZ bowlers.

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Southee has the most catches (11), while Dhoni had the most dismissals by a keeper (9, with 6 catches and 3 stumpings). Guptill also has 9 catches.

Seifert has 7 catches as a keeper, surpassing Dhoni’s tally.

RG Sharma’s 8 catches is the best by an Indian fielder.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Several players have taken 3 dismissals in an innings. Latham is the only one 3 catches as a keeper, while Ronchi and Dhoni also have 3 dismissals. Santner and Guptill have taken 3 catches as fielders.

All-round match performance (20 runs and 2 wickets):

Although there are noted T20 all-rounders on both sides, there is only one instance here.

T20Is in 2020: Part 2 (Individuals)

Hope that you have read Part 1:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2021/01/08/t20is-in-2020-part-1-teams/

While 36 teams played T20Is in 2020, it is more meaningful to look at performances in a more restricted set. So we consider only matches between the 14 teams who have played ODIs in the past.

Batting: Most runs (175 and above):

Led by Hafeez and Rahul.

There is only one century (GD Philips). 5 players made 4 scores of 50+, including KL Rahul.

Highest individual scores (70 and above):

Spare a thought for Malan and Hafeez who scored 99*, besides others with 95. The highest for India is 85 by Kohli.

There is not enough data to make meaningful analysis of averages and strike rates.

Bowling: Most wickets (8 or more):

The fast-improving Ngidi leads with 17 wickets. India’s SN Thakur is in third place.

5wi has been made once by 4 players. 4wi has been made once by 8 players.

Best innings bowling: Includes all instances of 4wi

The best performances are by the lesser-known Haroon Arshad and LH Ferguson. Bumrah (3-12)

has the best figures for India.

Best fielding (5 or more dismissals):

This is headed by TL Seifert of NZ. with 11 dismissals. Southee (9) has the best by a non-keeper. Rizwan (3) has the most stumpings. Kohli and Rahul both made 5 dismissals, the best for India.

Best innings fielding: (3 or more dismissals)

No one from India even made 3 dismissals here.

All-round performance: (Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match)

Of these 8 instances, two were by Thakur and 2 by Agar. The best seems to be Haroon Arshad’s 27/5-16, followed by Agar’s 20*/5-24.

Review of India-NZ T20Is-2020

India won the series in Jan-Feb 2020 5-0, although that included the 3rd and 4th matches which were tied and won by India in the Super Overs. By convention they are listed as ties.

These are the results of all India-NZ T20Is:

result list

Interestingly, New Zealand was the only team to defeat India in their unexpected win in the first T20I World Championship in 2007.

The summary of match results based on the above listing:

Overall

If you include the two ties as wins for India, the sides are level with 8 wins apiece.

We now take up individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (100 and above):

Most runs-100

Led by current players Munro, Taylor and Sharma.

C Munro is the only century maker. He and RG Sharma both have 4 scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (50 and above):

Innings-50

Williamson’s 95 in this series is NZ’s highest against India in NZ, surpassing TL Seifert’s 84 in 2019.

RG Sharma’s 65 in this series is the highest for India in NZ, surpassing SK Raina’s 61* in 2009.

The highest scoring rate here is 200.00, when SS Iyer made 58* off 29 balls and when Taylor made 54* in 27 balls during this series .

Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

Most wickets-8

Best innings bowling (includes all 3wi and above):

Innings bowl-3wi

While Santner has the best innings figures of 4-11, Bumrah’s 3-12 in this series is the best for India against NZ. The previous best was 3-28 by KH Pandya in India’s tour in 2019.

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Dismissals

Southee has the most catches as a fielder (11). Dhoni has the most dismissals as a keeper (9) including the most stumpings (3).

Most dismissals in an innings (3 and above):

Inns dismissals-3

Santner equalled the record in this series. Also note that opposing keepers Latham and Dhoni each made 3 dismissals in the same match in 2017.

All-round overall performance (see criteria in table):

AR overallSantner is the only one to qualify. Apart from 81 runs and 12 wickets, he also has 8 catches.

All-round match performance (20 runs and 2 wickets):

AR match

India’s SN Thakur is the only one here.