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*

T20I performances of 2021 – Pt 1

A review of team and individual performances in T20Is in the calendar year 2021.

As discussed here, for any meaningful comparison, we should not consider all T20Is but only those of a reasonable standard (i.e. those who have or had Test or ODI status in the past). These are:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Australia
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Bermuda
  5. Canada
  6. England
  7. Hong Kong (HK)
  8. India
  9. Ireland
  10. Kenya
  11. Namibia
  12. Nepal
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand (NZ)
  15. Oman
  16. Pakistan
  17. Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  18. Scotland
  19. South Africa (SA)
  20. Sri Lanka (SL)
  21. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  22. United States of America (USA)
  23. West Indies (WI)
  24. Zimbabwe

We first look at the performance of teams:

Among the teams which have played at least 10 matches, Pakistan has the best W/L ratio followed by South Africa and England. Zimbabwe brings up the tail with Ireland just above it.

Now for individual performances, starting with Batting

Most runs (300 and above):

Note that Mohammad Rizwan has by far the most runs, with his team-mate Babar Azam in second place. No one has scored more than one century. Rizwan has the most 50+ scores (13), followed by Azam (10).

The most runs by an Indian player are 424 by RG Sharma, in the middle of the table above.

Highest innings (80 and above):

Led by Babar Azam (122). The best for India is 80* by V Kohli.

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

Inevitably headed by Rizwan, whose average is almost double that of the runner-up Azam. Nobody from India has played enough.

Highest strike rate (Minimum 250 balls faced, all instances):

Here WI’s E Lewis leads, followed by RG Sharma. No one else from India. The Pakistani pair of Rizwan and Azam are in the middle.

To be continued.

The trouble with T20I statistics

It is not difficult to get the usual T20I statistics from Statsguru.

The question is that whether matches between ALL the 60-odd T20I teams need to be considered for meaningful statistical comparisons. Especially when many of the teams have little cricketing tradition, and are not showing any worthwhile performances against the experienced teams.

T20I women’s matches have been even more one-sided, with numerous instances of single-digit totals such as 6 all out.

Is there a way in which we can extract meaningful statistics for “major” T20I matches from Statsguru? Yes.

Borrowing ideas from Playfair’s annual, whose statistics section only counts matches where one of the teams is a Test or ODI team:

I am considering only T20I matches where BOTH teams have played Tests and ODIs at some time. (This is important as there are several teams such as Canada, Bermuda and Kenya which earlier had ODI status, but now do not.)

After removing the multi-national teams such as ICC XI and Asia XI (and removing the defunct East African team), we get the following 24 teams which are considered for “useful” T20I statistics:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Australia
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Bermuda
  5. Canada
  6. England
  7. Hong Kong (HK)
  8. India
  9. Ireland
  10. Kenya
  11. Namibia
  12. Nepal
  13. Netherlands
  14. New Zealand (NZ)
  15. Oman
  16. Pakistan
  17. Papua New Guinea (PNG)
  18. Scotland
  19. South Africa (SA)
  20. Sri Lanka (SL)
  21. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  22. United States of America (USA)
  23. West Indies (WI)
  24. Zimbabwe

In the next post, I will give the summarized statistics for the “relevant” T20Is in the calendar year 2021. The last two matches were between the USA and Ireland, which was drawn 1-1.

All the Patels who played international cricket

Have you ever wondered how many Patels have played cricket for their countries?

This is not as simple as you may think, as you will find persons with this surname in several countries outside India. And we are not counting Patil, which sounds similar but is a different community

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patel

While the majority of Patels are Hindu, there are some Muslim Patels as well, such as Ajaz Yunus Patel who is in the news now. There was also Mohammad Munaf Patel who played for India earlier.

In the following tables, the data is corrected up to 04 Dec 2021.

We start with Test players:

A total of 11 players. The most capped one is Kenya-born New Zealand player DN (Dipak) Patel with 37 Tests. For India, it is PA (Parthiv) Patel with 25 Tests. He is believed to be the youngest Test wicketkeeper. The current players are AR (Axar) for India and AY (Ajaz) for New Zealand.

The first Test player was JM (Jasu) who made his debut in 1955. Although he had a short career, he is remembered for his contribution to India’s first win against Australia in 1959 with 9 wickets for 69 in an innings and 14-124 in the match.

Incidentally, Ajaz Patel finished with 10-119 and 4-106 in the ongoing Test, which gives him match figures of 14-225.

Then we have ODI players:

19 players here.

Apart from the Test-playing countries, there are representatives from Canada, Kenya and the USA. Canada and Kenya do not have ODI status today, but we count their players anyway.

There is some overlap with the Test players, as many have played in both formats.

And T20I players:

There are 23 players here. Apart from the Test and ODI-playing countries, we have players from Malawi, Lesotho, Seychelles, Panama, Chile, Uganda, Bulgaria and Czechia.

Probably it is more appropriate to consider only the 13 who played for Test and ODI teams.

The final tabulation excludes players from teams which have never played Tests or ODIs:

We thus finish with a total of 24 players. Note the overlaps, as several have played in two or even three formats.

Oddly, Ajaz has played in Tests and T20Is but not ODIs

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.

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.

India at the T20 World Cup over the years

Note: MS Dhoni captained India in all the 33 matches from 2007 to 2016.

V Kohli captained India in all the 5 matches in 2021.

2007 in SA: India won title, winning the final over Pakistan by 5 runs

2009 in Eng: Last 8

2010 in WI: Last 8

2012 in SL: Last 8

2014 in BD: Lost in final to SL by 6 wkts

2016: in Ind: Lost in semi-final to WI by 7 wkts

2021: in UAE/OM: Last 12

The record is not great between 2009 and 2021, though there were promising signs in 2014 and 2016.

Looking at individual performances by India in these matches:

Most runs (90 and above):

Sharma is just ahead of Kohli

Also note: one century by SK Raina, 10 fifties by V Kohli, 8 fifties by RG Sharma.

Most 4s: 80 by RG Sharma, 78 by V Kohli

Most 6s: 33 by Yuvraj Singh, 31 by RG Sharma

Highest innings (50 and above):

Most wickets (8 and above):

R Ashwin leads, which makes his continuous omission surprising. IK Pathan was the MoM in the 2007 final. Strangely, he is the only bowler to be MoM in the finals up to 2016.

Best innings bowling (including all 4wi):

Ashwin leads again. Also note Shami and Jadeja with the same figures in the same innings.

Most dismissals (8 and above):

Dhoni leads, with RG Sharma taking the most catches as a fielder.

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

Dhoni has the most catches as a keeper, while KD Karthik took 2 stumpings. Raina seems to have been more consistent here.

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

Three roughly equal performances.

Tailpiece: The New Zealand jinx

India has lost all 3 matches against New Zealand, in 2007, 2016 and 2021. In 2007, New Zealand was to only team to defeat the eventual champions India.

Finals of the T20 World Cup

2007: India bt Pakistan by 5 runs at Johannesburg, MOM Irfan Pathan (3-16)

2009: Pakistan bt Sri Lanka by 8 wkts at the Oval, MOM Shahid Afridi (54*)

2010: England bt Australia by 7 wkts at Bridgetown, MOM C Kiesewetter (63)

2012: West Indies bt Sri Lanka by 36 runs at Colombo (Premadasa), MOM M Samuels (78)

2014: Sri Lanka bt India by 6 wkts at Dhaka, MOM K Sangakkara (52*)

2016: WI bt Eng by 4 wkts at Kolkata, MOM M Samuels (85*)

2021: Aus bt NZ by 8 wkts at Dubai. MOM M Marsh (77*)

M Samuels is the only one to be Man of the Match in two finals.

Irfan Pathan is the only one here because of his bowling.

Lowest T20I totals by major teams

Today (Aug 9) Australia reached a new low in T20Is by being dismissed for 62 by Bangladesh, who had won the series 4-1.

T20I statistics have now become quite meaningless with the advent of a large number of weak teams. This listing includes only matches between Test teams (and totals with 8 or more wickets down):

You can see that this 62 is Australia’s lowest T20I score. India is slightly better with 74 (though that was long ago).

Review of India-Sri Lanka T20Is

This T20I series in July 2021, like the ODI series which preceded it, only taught us that:

India C is better than Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is better than India D.

It was the first bilateral series in any format which Sri Lanka had won against India since July 2008.

A summary of all T20Is between these teams:

22 matches. India lead 14-7 with 1 no result.

In India: India lead 8-2 with 1 NR

In Sri Lanka: India lead 5-3

Neutral: Sri Lanka lead 2-1

A summary of individual performances follows. The number of matches is not enough for meaningful calculation of averages, strike rates and the like.

Most runs (100 or more):

Dhawan moved into the top position ahead of Kohli. MD Shanaka has the most runs by any current SL player.

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

Highest innings score (50 or more):

From this bowler-dominated series there is only SA Yadav’s 50.

Most wickets (8 or more):

YS Chahal and PVD Chameera from the current series are at the top. Chahal is the only one with 2 four-fors.

Best innings bowling (includes all cases of 4wi or more):

While the overall record is still Ashwin’s 4-8, it was almost surpassed by Hasuranga’s 4-9 in this series. There is also B Kumar’s 4-22 from this series.

Most dismissals (5 or more):

Dominated by Dhoni, while HH Pandya has the most catches by a non-keeper.

Most dismissals in an innings (3 or more):

Dhoni again.

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

Yuvraj’s 60* and 3-23 is clearly the best. No good performances in this series.

India vs England T20I series in Mar 2021

After winning the Test series 3-1, India went on to win the T20I series 3-2. All 5 matches were played at the Narendra Modi Stadium (earlier Motera stadium) in Ahmedabad.

A summary of all T20Is between these teams is given below. At the start of the series the 14 matches were split 7-7. Now India leads 10-9.

We now look at individual records, starting with Batting.

Most runs (100 and more):

Kohli is far ahead of the second-placed Buttler.

While RG Sharma and Rahul have scored a century apiece, Kohli has the most fifty-plus scores (4) followed by Buttler and RG Sharma each with 3.

Highest innings (60 or more):

Buttler (83*) and Malan (68) surpassed the previous record for England in India which was 56 by AD Hales in 2012-13.

Kohli 80* after 77* and 73* surpassed the previous record for India in India which was 71 by KL Rahul in 2016-17.

Most wickets (6 and more):

Chahal (12) and Jordan (10) now have the most T20I wickets for their teams, followed by Pandya with 9.

Best innings bowling (3wi and better):

No major innings figures in this series

Most dismissals (5 and above):

Dhoni still holds the record for the most dismissals (12) followed by Kohli with 9 (as a non-keeper).

Most innings dismissals (3 and above):

While Dhoni has the most dismissals (5), the highest by a non-keeper is 4 by Rahane in 2014.

Best all-round performance (overall):

HH Pandya appears to have the best overall performance.

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

Pandya’s performance in 2018 appears to be the best here.