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.

The triple clean sweep

The triple clean sweep in all 3 formats of cricket has been recorded once before, when Pakistan visited Australia in 2009-10. Australia won the Tests 3-0, the ODIs 5-0 and the single T20I (admittedly by only 2 runs). You can see the details here:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The second Test was won by the comparatively narrow margin of 36 runs.

Then came the ODIs:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

The first 4 ODIs were rather one-sided although Australia won the 5th one by 2 wickets.

And finally:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2009%2F10;view=season

Australia won this by just 2 runs, making it a 9-0 sweep. Remember that this was in their home country.

Nothing like this was achieved until India visited Sri Lanka in 2017:

Tests 3-0 with Sri Lanka losing by big margins:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

ODIs 5-0, all by handsome margins except one win by 3 wickets:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

And the T20I by a good margin:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/index.html?season=2017;view=season

Thus India emulated Australia’s 9-0 triple clean sweep, with somewhat bigger margins of victory. But unlike Australia, they achieved this away from home.

Salute Virat Kohli and his men.

Kohli captained all 9 matches, but faced a bewildering array of captains:

Tests: Herath, Chandimal, Chandimal

ODIs: Tharanga, Tharanga, Kapugedara, Malinga, Tharanga

T20I: Tharanga

In contrast, the Australian captain Ponting faced M. Yousuf in the three Tests and 4 of the 5 ODIs, when Afridi came in for the last one. In the T20I it was Clarke vs Shoaib Malik.

Tail piece:

Earlier, India won a T20I series 3-0 in Australia in early 2016 which was believed to be the only clean sweep by a visiting team in Australia in any format of cricket in a series of at least 3 matches:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/category/australia-t20/