Monday, May 23, 2005

Longest losing streak for West Indies

West Indies, by losing the third ODI against Pakistan at Gros Islet, recorded their worst sequence of losses in one-day internationals. This was their ninth loss at a trot, which ‘bettered’ their previous record of eight consecutive defeats in 1999-00 season – all under Brian Lara’s captaincy. The accompanying table lists all instances of five or more consecutive defeats for West Indies.

Mts From To Captain
9 v Pak 01-02-2005 v Pak 22-05-2005 BC Lara (1)
S Chanderpaul (8)
8 v Pak 14-10-1999 v NZ 11-01-2000 BC Lara
5 v Eng 19-05-1988 v Pak 18-10-1988 IVA Richards
5 v Pak 14-10-1989 v Aus 21-10-1989 IVA Richards (3)
CG Greenidge (2)
5 v Pak 09-11-1990 v Aus 09-03-1991 DL Haynes (3)
IVA Richards (2)
5 v Aus 13-03-1991 v Eng 27-05-1991 IVA Richards
5 v SL 20-10-1995 v Aus 01-01-1996 RB Richardson (4)
CA Walsh (1)
5 v SA 27-01-1999 v SA 07-02-1999 BC Lara (2)
CL Hooper (3)
5 v Pak 23-04-2000 v Zim 16-07-2000 JC Adams #
5 v SA 02-05-2001 v SA 12-05-2001 CL Hooper

# excludes one rain abandoned match

Saturday, May 21, 2005

Meet the new Indian coach

Probably world’s best coach technically. The 56-year old Australian has a flair for the big occasion. He scored a century in his first and final Tests, scored centuries in both innings of his debut Test as captain and in between established a reputation as one of the finest thinkers of the modern game.

Failed in 2000 for talking more about his pay-cheque than his vision for Indian cricket. Since travelled to MRF Pace Academy and National Cricket Academy and interacted with coaches and players. Was shortlisted by West Indies too but yet again money proved to be an impediment. Changed South Australia’s fortunes. Once suggested that Sachin should open in Tests.He has also written a brilliant book on coaching, 'Greg Chappell on Coaching: The Making of Champions.'

Sourav Ganguly, Indian skipper, had approached Chappell to try and iron out deficiencies in his technique against quick bowlers and the rising ball just before India's last tour of Australia.

Chappell seemed to have special liking for India as his five scores in Test cricket read as : 204,36,52,76 & 0.

His best performance in ODIs also came against India – 5 for 15 at Sydney in 1980-81

Chappell in Facts & Figures
Full name Gregory Stephen ChappellBorn August 7, 1948, Unley, Adelaide, South Australia
Age 56 years Major teams Australia, Queensland, Somerset, South Australia
Type : Right-hand middle order batsman & Right-arm medium pace / leg-break bowler
First-class debut : South Australia v Victoria at Adelaide,1966-67
Last first-class match: Queensland v Western Australia at Perth, 1983-84
Test debut: v England at Perth, 1970-71
Last Test: v Pakistan at Sydney, 1983-84
ODI debut: v England at Melbourne, 1970-71
Last ODI: v Sri Lanka at Colombo (SSC), 1982-83

Career highlights:
-Scored a century in his very first Test innings (108 v England at Perth,1970-71).
-Scored a century in his last Test innings (182 v Pakistan at Sydney, 1983-84).
-Remains the only player to score Test centuries in both innings on captaincy debut (123 & 109* v West Indies at Brisbane in 1975-76).
-Beat West Indies 5-1 in his debut series as a captain
-Led Australia to 8 series wins in his captaincy as against 3 losses.
-Was the top scorer 13 times in an all-out innings. Only Allan Border performed this feat on more occasions (15) as an Australian captain (after playing 68 innings more).
-Wisden Cricketer of the year 1973
-In the year 2002 he was inducted into the prestigious Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
...and the last one
-He was infamously involved in the underarm bowling incident in the New Zealand-Australia One-day International on February 1, 1981. Greg Chappell, the captain, ordered his brother, Trevor Chappell, to bowl with an underarm motion, thus ensuring the Australian team would win the match and avoid a tie.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Frindall takes on the ICC

Bill Frindall, world's most respected cricket statistician, is not taking the Tsunami relief fund match in to his records. He is not going to include the Super Series Test and ODIs scheduled to be played between World XI and Australian XI either. And he has the reasons to defy ICC's dictat.

Infact ICC's decision of granting official status to Tsunami relief fund match had not gone well with the statisticians the world over. Most of the statisticians are against this ruling if the views expressed by the members of Association of Cricket Statisticians (England) on the internet forum mean anything.

However the ACS could not take any hard stand against ICC's decision - for the reasons better known to itself. Also some renowned statisticians did not take long to accept ICC's ruling despite being fully aware that it defies all logic and common-sense. May be some commercial reasons were also responsible for this. Those, who fell in the line with ICC, expressed the view that being the governing body ICC is free to do whatever it thinks is right.

Yours truly is totally against this view. Even if you buy this arguement, then how come these statisticians flouted ICC's ruling over first-class status to matches played in South Africa by rebellion sides. Wasn't ICC the governing body then? Clearly there is something more than what meets the eyes.

Frindall, as he has always done, didn't mince a word while criticising ICC for its ineptitude. Playfair Cricket Annual is the best selling cricket annual in the world and in its 2005 edition, Frindall, as the editor, has not included the Tsunami relief match alongwith the rain abandoned NatWest match between West Indies and New Zealand last year. The NatWest match was a strange case as ICC flouted its own rulebook in deciding when a match actually commences.

This is what Frindall wrote in his editorial for the Playfair-"That they (ICC) are proposing to confuse matters further by giving Test match status to a ‘super test’ between Australia and the Rest later this year beggars belief. For a decade after the 1970 England v Rest of the World series ‘Wisden’s records bore a grumbling appendix of those five games – and that rubber at least had the excuse of replacing a series cancelled for political reasons. Logic dictates that ‘international’ records should be exactly that – ‘contests between nations’. Perhaps a compromise would be to segregate matches involving conglomerate teams in to a separate Super Test compartment. For the same reason, the recent Tsunami Appeal game between Asian and World XI in Melbourne should not be included in the annals of Limited-Overs Internationals – and is excluded from records in this publication. Exceptionally admirable though it was in conception, the game was little more than an exhibition thrash. While enjoying the occasion hugely, none of the participants, and there were rather too many, seemed to care a hoot about the result. Another piece of gross meddling produced the crass decision to regard the toss as the start of a match. This is contrary to Law 16, which clearly states that the umpire’s call of play heralds the start."

Charlie Watt, Australia's renowned statistician, has also taken the stand on similar lines. These two have made it clear that they are not going to include such matches in their matches at any cost. ICC is feeling the heat, it is clear from the fact that ICC issued a media release clarifying its position.Earlier it was not even bothered to reply when several statisticians approached it.

This issue is not over yet. You will hear and read a lot on this subject in the progress to the Super Series matches. Keep looking at this place for the updates.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A Test of records & milestones

The St.John's Test was a statistician's delight as a plethora of records were established on the fifth and final day. Some of them are:

West Indies’ total of 747 is the seventh highest in Test cricket and HIGHEST against South Arica. The previous highest total against South Africa was 654 for 5 by England at Durban in 1938-39.

The combined aggregate of both sides’ first innings in St.John’s Test was 1335 runs [South Africa (588-6d) and West Indies (747)]. Only once before a higher combined aggregate has been recorded in Test cricket history. In the Colombo (RPS) Test in 1997-98, the combined aggregate of first innings of Indian and Sri Lankan teams was 1489 [India (537-8d) and Sri Lanka (952-6d)].
A total of 1462 runs were scored in the match at the loss of 17 wickets @ 86.00 runs per wicket, which is the fifth highest in all Test cricket.

South Africa’s total is the highest first innings total by a side successfully overhauled by the opponent in the second innings of the match. The previous highest such total posted was 537 for 8 declared by India against Sri Lanka in 1997-98 as Sri Lanka went on to score world record 952 for 6 declared.

Eight hundreds were scored in the Test– four from each side. In fact at least one hundred was scored on every day during the Test - two on each of the first three days and one on fourth and fifth days. The eight hundreds is now a new world record of most hundreds in a single Test. The previous record was of seven hundreds made on three separate occasions.

All eleven South African players bowled in West Indies innings during the St. John’s Test with wicket-keeper Mark Boucher ending with the best bowling average for South Africa in the match. Boucher became first South African and only the ninth wicketkeeper in Test history to take a wicket.

A total of 17 centuries were scored in the series – 9 for West Indies and 8 for South Africa. This is the joint third highest number of centuries scored in a Test series.

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Gayle breaks new ground

Chris Gayle rewrote the record books on the fourth day at the Antigua Recreation Ground in St. John’s. The lanky West Indian opener became the first batsman in Test cricket history to score a triple-century against South Africa. Before Gayle, the record of playing highest individual innings against South Africa was held by Australia’s Don Bradman with an unbeaten 299 at Adelaide in 1931-32.

A total of 20 triple centuries have now been scored in Test cricket by 18 batsmen. The country-wise break-up : 6 for Australia,5 each for England and West Indies,2 for Pakistan and one each for Sri Lanka and India. Don Bradman and Brian Lara are the only batsmen to have done so twice.

Seven triple tons have been scored in the Caribbeans followed by England (6), Pakistan (3), Australia (2),New Zealand (1) and Sri Lanka (1), St. John’s is now at level with Leeds as the ground where most triple centuries (3) have been scored.Bridgetown and Kingston have seen two triple centuries apiece.
Highest scores against each country
Against Score Batsman For Venue Season
Australia 364 L Hutton Eng The Oval 1938
England 400* BC Lara WI St.John’s 2003-04
S.Africa 317 CH Gayle WI St.John’s 2004-05
W.Indies 337 Hanif Mohammad Pak Bridgetown 1957-58
N.Zealand 336* WR Hammond Eng Auckland 1932-33
India 340 ST Jayasuriya SL Colombo RP 1997-98
Pakistan 365* GStA Sobers WI Kingston 1957-58
Sri Lanka 299 MD Crowe NZ Wellington 1990-91
Zimbabwe 380 ML Hayden Aus Perth 2003-04
Bangladesh 261* RR Sarwan WI Kingston 2004

Monday, May 02, 2005

Kallis surpasses Kirsten

Jacques Kallis became the leading run-scorer for South Africa during his innings of 147 in the first innings of St.John’s Test against West Indies. Already the highest run-scorer for South Africa in shorter version of the game, Kallis surpassed Gary Kirsten’s aggregate of 7,289 runs in Test cricket. Incidentally Kallis did so in 8 Tests and 21 innings lesser than Kirsten. With his 147 Kallis also became the leading century maker for South Africa breaking the previous record of 21 centuries also held by Kirsten.
Performance against each opponent:
Opp Tests Inns NO Runs Hs Ave 100 50 0
Aus 12 23 2 685 101 32.62 1 4 1
Eng 20 32 2 1412 162 47.07 5 6 4
Ind 6 11 4 579 121 82.71 1 4 -
NZ 9 15 3 817 160 68.08 3 3 1
Pak 8 12 - 456 105 38.00 1 2 -
SL 12 21 2 639 87 33.63 - 5 1
WI 18 32 8 1856 177 77.33 7 9 2
Zim 6 7 3 679 189*169.75 3 3 -
BD 2 2 2 214 139* - 1 1 -
TOTAL93 155 26 7337 189* 56.87 22 37 9
home 49 78 14 3855 177 60.23 12 21 4
away 44 77 12 3482 189* 53.56 10 16 5

Kallis’ record in ODIs
Mts Inns NO Runs Hs Ave. 100 50 0
210 201 36 7495 139 45.42 13 51 10