More batting feats on Test debut

In the past few posts we have looked at those who scored a century on debut and never scored another century. In some cases they did not even score a fifty. Here we look at some other points of interest:

Most runs on debut without a century (112 and more):

The first one is not so well known, and his 92 on debut remained his highest Test score in his 21 Tests: https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/bruce-laird-6250

The second, Clive Lloyd, scored many centuries and was one of the most successful batsmen and captains of the West Indies.

Fakhar Zaman is the most recent to do so (in 2018) but has played only 3 Tests with a highest score of 94.

There are many other famous names such as SM Gavaskar (highest score by an Indian player) and FM Worrell.

Not everyone here scored two fifties on debut. There are several with 95+ scores, the highest being 98 by AC Agar for Aus in 2013. This is the highest Test score by any No 11 batsman.

There are a mixture of well-known and not so well-known players here.

Similarly, we look at cases of

Most runs on debut without a 50-plus score

Led by Lee Germon (89) who became one the very few recent players to captain his team on debut. Ultimately he scored one fifty in his 12 Tests.

Most of the players here are lesser-known. In recent years S Muthusamy was unbeaten in both innings. (However, the record for two unbeaten innings on debut is 128* and 50* by Azhar Mahmood in 1997.

The best for India is 80 (45 and 35*) by Shubham Gill in 2020. Earlier the best for India was 74 (33 and 41) by Murali Vijay in 2008.

One more list we look at is

Most runs on debut with a century and a fifty:

The highest instance is 216 by Ranjitsinhji, who was also the first to score a century and 50+ on debut. The most recent is 170 by Shreyas Iyer in 2021. He is the only Indian player to achieve this.

RE Redmond would be known by anyone familiar with cricket trivia. After Ranji we have Umar Akmal (204), CG Greenidge (200) and PA Gibb (199). F du Plessis is another from recent times.

Review of ODIs between India and West Indies (July 2022)-Part 1

India won 3-0 in the West Indies, their first clean sweep in an ODI series against WI in WI.

Earlier in 2022 India had also won 3-0 against the West Indies at home, which was their first clean sweep in an ODI series against WI.

Long ago, West Indies had won 5-0 against India in India in 1983-84, which may be considered as revenge for the 1983 World Cup final. They had also won 5-0 against India in the West Indies in 1988-89.

Here we review performances between these teams in all ODIs.

Summary:

India now leads 70-63 overall, and trails 19-20 for matches in the West Indies. India leads 32-28 for matches in India and 19-15 for matches in neutral venues.

Individual records:

Batting:

Most runs (750 and above):

Led by Kohli and RG Sharma, who did not play in this series.

Dhawan (1012) and Hope (877) have the most runs among those who played in this series.

The most centuries are 9 by Kohli, followed by Gayle and Tendulkar with 4.

The most 50+ scores are 20 by Kohli, followed by 15 each by RG Sharma and Tendulkar.

Highest individual scores (115 and above):

Sehwag has the top score of 219. In this series the highest was 115 by SD Hope.

Highest batting average (Minimum 20 innings and 30.00):

Kohli leads here with 66.50.

SD Hope (46.15) and Dhawan (34.89) have the highest averages among those who played in this series.

Highest batting strike rate (Minimum 500 balls faced, 70.00):

Headed by Sehwag (102.57). Second is SS Iyer (99.60) who played in this series, with Viv Richards (99.50) in third place. Further down there is S Dhawan (86.86) who also played in this series.

To be continued.

India-Sri Lanka T20Is, Feb 2022

India won this series 3-0, just after winning 3-0 against the West Indies by the same margin. Thus India won two successive home T20I series with 3-0 clean sweeps.

The last series between India and SL was in July 2021, when SL won 2-1 against a depleted Indian team visiting the island. Earlier India had won 3-0 against Sri Lanka at home in Dec 2017.

Overall results in T20Is:

India continued its dominance at home, though SL has done better at home and at neutral venues.

We now look at individual performances, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (150 or more):

Dhawan leads here, while Kohli and RG Sharma are joint second.

RG Sharma is the only one with a century, and Kohli the only one with 4 50+ scores.

SS Iyer made 3 fifties in this series.

Highest innings (60 and above):

While RG Sharma has the highest score in these matches, he failed to cross 60 in this series. Ishan Kishan’s 89 was the highest in this series. Apart from SS Iyer’s consistency, there were also good innings by Nissanka and MD Shanaka this time.

There is not enough data for meaningful analysis of batting averages and strike rates.

Now for

Bowling:

Most wickets (8 and above):

No one has taken 5wi in these matches. YS Chahal is the only one with 2 4wis.

Chahal has the most wickets, closely followed by Chameera.

Best innings bowling (including all 3wi):

Ashwin and Hasaranga (PWH de Silva) have the best innings figures. The best in this series was 2-9 by B Kumar.

Again, we do not have enough data for bowling averages etc.

Next is

Fielding:

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Led by Dhoni, while HH Pandya has the most dismissals by a fielder.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Dhoni leads again. No one else has taken more than 2 dismissals in an innings.

Finally,

All-round performances:

Minimum 20 runs and 2 wickets in a match:

No good performances in this series. Yuvraj’s performance in 2009 is clearly the best, while Ashwin’s would be next best.

Summary of Test matches in 2021: Debutants : Part 6

Here we cover the better performances by those who made their debut in the calendar year 2021.

Batting:

40 or more runs in an innings:

Note the double centuries by KR Mayers and DP Conway. Only 7 players have made a double century on debut.

Mayers and Bonner combined to enable the West Indies to chase down 395 in the last innings:

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/west-indies-in-bdesh-2020-21-1244017/bangladesh-vs-west-indies-1st-test-1244025/full-scorecard

SS Iyer and Abdullah Shafique scored 50+ in both innings.

80 or more runs in a match:

Bowling:

4 or more wickets in an innings:

Headed by SM Boland’s 6-7 at the end of the year. There are others who have made 7wi and 8wi on debut, but this would probably be the most influential bowling performance by a debutant-as it reduced England to 68 all out and secured the Ashes for Australia.

7 or more wickets in a match:

P Jayawickrama took 11 wickets on debut, while Boland had the best figures of those who took 7 wickets.

Fielding:

2 or more dismissals in an innings:

Note AT Carey’s 5 and 3 in the same match.

3 or more dismissals in a match.

AT Carey took 8 dismissals, equalling the record by HB Taber and CMW Read.

However, Carey is the only one to take 8 catches on debut, as the others had 7 catches and a stumping.

Several fielders (including Boland again!) took 3 catches in a match.

All-round performance:

50 runs and 4 wickets in match:

Only one instance, and he has not played for the past few months.

50 and 3 dismissals in match:

Note that Abdullah Shafique made two fifties in the match, besides taking 3 catches.

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.