Preview: New Zealand T20I series, 2020

It seems like a long time ago when the Indian team went abroad. Now it is the Full Monty of 5 T20Is, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests (which are indeed part of the WTC).

The 5 T20Is are scheduled as:

24 Jan: Auckland, 1220 IST

26 Jan: Auckland, 1220

29 Jan: Hamilton, 1230

31 Jan: Wellington, 1230

02 Feb: Mount Maunganui

India has NOT generally done well in T20Is against New Zealand.

This review from their last encounter in 2019 will make it clear:

https://abn397.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/review-of-india-nz-t20is-2019/

 

Review of India-Sri Lanka T20Is

India won this series 2-0 after the first match was washed out.

Here is the record of all T20Is between these sides:

I v SL T20I 2020

Of the 18 completed matches:

India lead 13-5 overall

In India, they lead 8-2

In Sri Lanka, they lead 4-1

In neutral venues, India trail 1-2

From the above list, we see that the only bilateral series of 3 matches was in India in Dec 2017, which India won 3-0. Earlier in Sri Lanka that year, India won all the Tests and ODIs plus the sole T20I.

Now for individual records, starting with

Batting:

Most runs (115 or more):

I v SL T20I runs

The Indian top 4 in white-ball cricket are the top 4 here.

RG Sharma is the only one with a century. Kohli has the most (4) scores of 50+.

Highest individual scores (50 and above):

I v SL T20I bat inngs

This was a low-scoring series as the highest score was just 57 by DM de Silva.

Most wickets (6 or more):

Wkts-6

YS Chahal and Ashwin lead here, along with K Yadav, Bumrah and others who played in this series.

Best innings bowling (3 wickets or more):

Innings bowling

The top positions are of those who have not played for a while. The best in this series was SN Thakur’s 3-23.

Most dismissals (5 or more):

Fielding dis

Dhoni expectedly leads, although HH Pandya is a bit of  a surprise here. He also has the same dismissal rate as Dhoni.

Most innings dismissals (3 or more):

Innings fielding

An one-man show.

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

AR

Yuvraj Singh’s performance was clearly the best. Also note Thakur’s performance in this series.

 

T20Is of 2019-2

When we look at individual performances, most of the top scorers and wicket-takers are from the second-rung teams such as Afghanistan, Ireland and Netherlands who have played relatively more matches than the major teams.

Batting:

Most runs (500 or more):

Most runs-500

The two top-scorers are from Ireland and the next two from the Netherlands. KJ O’Brien has made a Test century. But no one here is from the major teams.

Highest innings (100 or more):

Highest innings

Again, the top 3 are not from the major teams. H Zazai’s 162* is the highest T20I score for Afghanistan (and the second in all T20Is after AJ Finch’s 172 in 2018).

There are some players from the major teams such as GJ Maxwell, DJ Malan and DA Warner plus a sprinkling from lesser-ranked teams such as Austria, Romania and the Czech Republic among others.

Bowling:

Most wickets (20 or more):

Most wkts-20

The first few are from the Netherlands, Nepal and Ireland. The better-known players such as Rashid Khan and MJ Santner just make the cut.

Best innings bowling (including all instances of 5+ wickets):

Bowling-best analysis

Here we have the best performance by DL Chahar from India – but the next two are from Argentina and Luxembourg. The veteran Malinga, Rashid Khan and a couple  from England are the other known players here.

Fielding:

Most dismissals (12 and above):

Dismissals

Apart from KJ O’Brien and DA Miller, there are no familiar names. The most dismissals by a keeper are 26 by SA Edwards of the Netherlands, and by a non-keeper 17 by BDH Stevens of Jersey.

Most dismissals in an innings (4 or more):

Innings fielding

DA Miller of SA is in 3rd place with 4 catches as a non-keeper. Also by de Grandhomme and Ramdin, while the best performance is by players from Kenya and PNG.

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

AR-overall

Familiar names here are SC Williams (Zim), Rohan Mustafa (UAE) and CJ Jordan (Eng). The best performance would be by S Davizi of the Czech Republic and SC Williams.

To sum up, the increased “democratization” of T20I cricket will mean more opportunities for teams beyond the to 10 or 12 and a hope that one day they will be able to compete with them. Players with South Asian names can be found all over, especially in the European teams.

 

T20Is of 2019-1

The year of the “big bang” when many new teams were admitted to “official” T20Is. A quick look at the results:

Teams ranked by W/L ratio:

T20Is 2019 WL

A total of 71 teams played at least one T20I this year.

You will agree that the above table doesn’t mean much. Australia (OK), Argentina and Belize !? are the top teams, are they? And is Jersey as good as India?

Let us look at the ICC rankings, which are supposed to be more refined:

ICC rankings T20I end 2019

There are 86 teams covered in these rankings. The last 7 have zero points:

T20Is 2019 bottom teams

One might argue that Gibraltar and China are the worst teams as they have played the most matches for zero points.

Anyway, back to the top. The T20I World Championship will be held in Australia in late 2020:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_ICC_Men%27s_T20_World_Cup

The 16 teams participating are the top 19 in the ICC ranking table MINUS Zimbabwe, Nepal and UAE.

Next we look at individual performances in T20Is.

India-West Indies T20I review-Dec 2019

The 3-match series in India was won by India with  2-1 margin. Earlier this year India had won 3-0 in a series spread over the USA and West Indies.

Here is a summary of the 17 T20I matches between these teams:

Ind v WI T20I results

These can be summarized as:

Results summary

India still has a healthy 10-6 lead.

Individual records: Batting

Most runs (100 and above):

Batting-100 total

The trio of RG Sharma, Kohli and Rahul have the most runs. While E Lewis is the only one with 2 centuries, Sharma and Kohli each have five 50+ scores.

Highest innings (75 and above):

Innings-75

Kohli and Rahul scored 90s in this series.

Most wickets (5 and above):

Bowling-most wickets

Jadeja leads now, with K Yadav and B Kumar from the current series.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Innings bowling

None of these performances are from the current series. But note DL Chahar’s 3-4 from earlier this year.

Fielding: Most dismissals (4 and more):

Fielding-most dismissals

RG Sharma has the most catches followed by Pollard. Dhoni, Pant and Ramdin have the most dismissals as a keeper.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

innings dismissals

KD Karthik has the most dismissals by a keeper.

Best all-round match performances (20 runs and 2 wickets):

AR-match.JPG

Bravo’s performance in the 2009 World Championship is one of the best in all T20Is.

Low scores in international cricket

Opening the gates of T20Is to virtually all countries who play a bit of cricket has had predictable results, particularly in women’s cricket:

These lists of lowest totals are correct on Dec 8, 2019:

Women’s T20Is:

Womens T20I low scores

Note the single-digit and near single-digit scores by Mali and the Maldives in the past few months. The men’s T20I teams have fared slightly better:

Men’s T20Is:

Mens T20I low scores

Note that these sub-50 scores include entries from major teams such as the West Indies.

Are things any better with ODIs and Tests, which still have considerable entry barriers? :

Women’s ODIs:

Womens ODI low scores

Well-established women’s teams have had their share of low scores.

There are even some sub-50 scores in men’s ODIs, mainly from minnow teams who were out of their depths in World Cup matches:

Men’s ODIs:

Low scores in mens ODIs

Take the cases of Canada (twice) and Namibia above in World Cup matches.

For comparison, we look at Test matches. There have been very limited Tests in women’s cricket:

Women’s Tests:

Low scores in womens Tests

Mainly from the earlier days. Both England and Australia recorded their lowest scores in the same Test in 1958.

Men’s Tests:

Low scores in men's Tests

While the majority of these low scores are from the times when South Africa were the whipping boys, there are some from the past few years (Ireland’s 38 in 2019, Bangladesh’s 43 in 2018). Not to forget Australia’s 47 in 2011, which needed Siddle and Lyon to reach this total from 21/9. It had a chance of lowering the mark of 26 set in 1955.

 

 

 

 

Review of India- Bangladesh T20Is

This was the first bilateral T20I series between the teams, and was won 2-1 by India. The first match is the only T20I  which Bangladesh has won since matches between these teams started in 2009.

Here is the summary of all 11 matches between these teams, where India lead 10-1:

BD v Ind T20I

Most runs (100 and above):

Batting

RG Sharma is far ahead of the others wth 452 runs and 5 fifties. He, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah have played for all 11 matches between these teams. Dhawan played in 10.

Highest individual scores (50 and above):

Batting-Highest innings

The 3 highest scores are all by RG Sharma, followed by the only other 80+ which was by Mohammad Naim in the last match.

Bowling – most wickets (5 and more):

Bowling-most wickets

YS Chahal leads, followed by Al-Amin and DL Chahar.

Best innings bowling (3wi and above):

Bowling-best innings (3+_

DL Chahar has by far the best figures here. This was in the final T20I, and included a hat-trick spread over two overs.

This is the best innings bowling in all T20Is:

Best bowling in all T20Is

This includes all 6wis and most 5wis. Chahar overtook the old record of 6-8 by BAW Mendis set during the 2012 T20I World Championship (not World Cup). The previous record for India was 6-25 by YS Chahal against England in 2017.

Fielding: Most dismissals (3 and above):

Most dismissals

Dhoni leads as expected, while Sarkar has the best by a non-keeper.

Fielding: Most innings dismissals (2 and above):

Most dismissals in innings

Several keepers and non-keepers have taken 2 innings, including Dhoni with 2 stumpings.

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

AR match

Only one instance, which came in the first T20I between these teams.