Sunday, January 29, 2006

Irfan’s unique hat-trick

Irfan Pathan became 33rd player in cricket history and only the second Indian to claim a Test match hat-trick, when he dismissed Salman Butt, Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf off the fourth, fifth and sixth ball of his first over in Karachi Test. The first and only other Indian to make a hat-trick is Harbhajan Singh, who did so against Australia at Kolkata in 2000-01.

A total of 36 hat-tricks have now been made, with Australia's Hugh Trumble, Thomas Matthews and Pakistan's Wasim Akram performing this feat on two occasions each.The country-wise break-up of hat-tricks:
Australia - 10
England - 10
West Indies - 4
Pakistan - 4
New Zealand - 2
India - 2
South Africa - 1
Sri Lanka - 1
Zimbabwe - 1
Bangladesh - 1

India is the only country against which no hat-trick has been made in Test cricket till date.The break-up of countries against which hat-tricks have been made:
Australia - 8
England - 5
West Indies - 5
Pakistan - 5
S.Africa - 5
Sri Lanka - 4
Bangladesh - 2
New Zealand - 1
Zimbabwe - 1

Irfan Pathan's feat of claiming a hat-trick in the first over of a match is unparallaled in the Test chronicles. The previous record of 'earliest' hat-trick in a Test was held by Sri Lanka's Nuwan Zoysa, who claimed a hat-trick in second over of the match against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999-00 (his first over in the match). However Zoysa's hat-trick is unique in the way that it came off first three balls he sent down in the match.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

A match of mighty sixes

The Faisalabad Test will always find a special mention in the annals of Test cricket for a number of reasons. The batsmen from either side took full advantage of the flattest track one would ever see and made runs with the ridiculous ease. 1702 runs were scored in the match for the loss of 28 wickets – a daily average of more than 340 runs and less than six wickets! A total of 15 centuries were made in the match – six by batsmen and nine by bowlers.

More remarkably, as many as 27 sixes were hit in the Test – 18 by Pakistan batsmen (6 by Shahid Afridi, 5 by Mohammad Yousuf, 3 by Shoaib Akhtar, 2 by Abdul Razzaq and one apiece by Inzamam-ul-Haq and Younis Khan) and 9 by Indians (4 by MS Dhoni, 2 apiece by Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh and one by Zaheer Khan).

The 27-sixes in the match established a new world record of most number of sixes hit in a Test match. The previous record was of 23 sixes in a match between hosts New Zealand and England at Christchurch in 2001-02. The accompanying table has the details:

Most sixes in a Test
6s Countries Venue Season
27 Pak (18) v Ind (9) Faisalabad 2005-06
23 NZ (13) v Eng (10) Christchurch 2001-02
22 Pak (10) v NZ (12) Karachi 1976-77
19 WI (18) v Eng (1) St.John's 1985-86
19 Ind (8) v Pak (11) Madras 1986-87
19 Aus (17) v Zim (2) Perth 2003-04
19 NZ (14) v SA (5) Auckland 2003-04
19 Pak (14) v Eng (5) Faisalabad 2005-06
18 Eng (16) v Aus (2) Birmingham 2005
17 SA (11) v WI (6) Cape Town 2003-04

The 18 sixes hit by Pakistan batsmen in their two innings in the Faisalabad Test (11 in the first and 7 in the second) also equalled the existing world record of most sixes hit by a side in a Test match. The details:

Most sixes by a side in a Test
6s Countries Venue Season
18 WI v Eng St.John's 1985-86
18 Pak v Ind Faisalabad 2005-06
17 Aus v Zim Perth 2003-04
16 Eng v Aus Birmingham 2005
15 Pak v NZ Lahore 2001-02
14 SL v NZ Auckland 1990-91
14 NZ v SA Auckland 2003-04
14 Pak v Eng Faisalabad 2005-06

The Number Game

from the fifth day of Faisalabad Test:

0 – Number of wickets taken by Harbhajan Singh in the series after bowling 81 overs and conceding 355 runs.

4 – Number of centuries scored by Younis Khan in last four Tests against India, becoming only the fourth batsman to score four consecutive centuries against a particular country after Don Bradman (twice v England), Neil Harvey (v South Africa) and Jacques Kallis (v West Indies).

12 – Number of centuries scored in first two Tests of this series – 6 at Lahore and 6 at Faisalabad. This equals the existing world record of most centuries in first two Tests of a series. Interestingly the previous two occasions also involved India – v England in 1990 and v Sri Lanka in 1997.

77.52 – Average runs scored per wicket in this series so far.

236 – Rahul Dravid’s batting average in this series.

446 – runs conceded by Anil Kumble in two Tests in this series.

984 - Younis Khan’s career aggregate against India in just 5 Tests and 9 innings.

1078 – Pakistan’s aggregate in their two innings – the second highest for any side in all Tests after England’s 1121 against West Indies at Kingston in 1929-30.

1702 – Runs scored in the Faisalabad Test- seventh highest in all Tests and highest between India-Pakistan.surpassing the 1492 (for the loss of 32 wickets) by a long way at Bangalore in 2004-05.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Fastest 100s by wicketkeepers

Cricinfo has mentioned MS Dhoni's 93-ball hundred as the fourth fastest by any wicketkeeper. As per my records, it is the seventh fastest. Here it is:

Balls Keeper (Score) Countries Venue Season
81 Kamran Akmal (102*) Pak v Ind Lahore 2005-06
84 AC Gilchrist (122) Aus v Ind Mumbai 2000-01
84 AC Gilchrist (113*) Aus v Zim Perth 2003-04
86 AC Gilchrist (162) Aus v NZ W'ton 2004-05
88 JR Murray (101*) WI v NZ W'ton 1994-95
91 AC Gilchrist (138*) Aus v SA Cape Town 2001-02
93 MS Dhoni (116*) Ind v Pak Faisalabad 2005-06

The Number Game

from the third day of Faisalabad Test

0 – Number of centuries scored by Indian wicket-keepers against Pakistan before MS Dhoni’s hundred

2 – Number of centuries scored by Dravid against Pakistan as captain, equalling Sunil Gavaskar’s Indian record.

4 – Number of sixes hit by MS Dhoni – more than any other Indian wicket-keeper in an innings against Pakistan.

9 – Century partnerships between Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – 5 for fifth wicket, 2 for fourth wicket and one each for second and third wickets.

21- Number of times Dravid has been involved in a run-out – third most by any player in Test cricket after Allan Border (29) and Steve Waugh (27). Dravid himself has been run-out on 9 occasions, while on 12 occasions partners had to suffer.

28 – Previous highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper in debut innings against Pakistan (at Chennai in 1986-87).

60.07- Average partnership runs between Dravid and VVS Laxman. The pair has so far aggregated 2463 runs in 46 innings.

66.25 – Dhoni’s batting average in Test cricket – highest by any ‘specialist’ Indian wicket-keeper. He moved ahead of Dilawar Hussain, who had a career average of 42.33

93 – number of balls taken by MS Dhoni to reach his hundred – fastest by an Indian wicket-keeper and seventh fastest by any wicket-keeper in Test matches.

160- unbroken partnership between Dhoni and Irfan Pathan for the sixth wicket – highest for India against Pakistan bettering 143-run partnership between Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev at Kolkata in 1986-87.

435.4 – Number of overs after which Rahul Dravid left the ground for the first time in this series.

Monday, January 23, 2006

The Number Game

From the second day of Faisalabad Test

3 – Number of times Pakistan have made 500 runs in last 3 innings – 636 for 8 decl vesrsus England at Lahore, followed by 679 for 7 decl against India at Lahore and 588 in Faisalabad.

4 - Number of wickets taken by RP Singh – second best figures by any Indian pacer on first appearance against Pakistan (Best : 5 for 104 by Manoj Prabhakar at Karachi in 1989-90).

6 - The consecutive dismissal as caught for Virender Sehwag on Pakistan soil.

11 - Number of times Anil Kumble has conceded 150 or more runs in an innings – most by any bowler in Test cricket.

14 - Number of ducks scored by Danish Kaneria in just 44 Test innings.

47- Runs scored by Shoaib Akhtar – his highest in Test cricket beating the 38 against England at Lahore in December 2005.

116- Runs scored by Shahid Afridi in boundaries alone – 20 fours and six sixes

Sunday, January 22, 2006

The Number Game

A different way of looking at cricket stats!

Day 1, Faisalabad Test

0 – Number of wickets taken by spin duo of Kumble and Harbhajan. For the second successive time in the series, this pair has gone wicket-less on the opening day.

3 – Number of left-arm pacers played by India. First such instance in Indian Test cricket history.

22- Runs conceded by Irfan Pathan in one single over to Inzamam & Afridi. The sequence – 1,0 (no ball), 4, 0, 6, 6, 4.

55 –Number of Tests after which India were playing with 5 specialist bowlers. The last instance was against Zimbabwe at Nagpur in Nov. 2000 (Srinath, Zaheer, Agarkar, Sunil Joshi, Sarandeep)

56 – Number of boundaries hit by Pakistan batsmen (52 fours and four sixes)

64 – Runs scored by Pakistan batsmen in just 7.5 overs bowled with the second new ball.

107 – Average by which Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf together have aggregated runs for the third wicket partnership (750 runs in just seven innings).

252 –RP Singh’s Test cap number for India

379 –Pakistan’s total at close of play – highest score made in Pakistan on the first day of a Test (Previous best : 356 for two by India at Multan in 2003-04).

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

One-Day Internationals in 2005

A total of 107 one-day internationals were played during the calendar year 2005, including the seven Combined XI games.

The year started with Tsunami relief fund match between a World XI and an Asian XI at Melbourne. Buoyed by the success of this match, ICC also granted official status (amid strong protests from statisticians the world over) to the three-match series between Asia XI and Africa XI in South Africa in August and between Australia and World XI in Australia in October. These matches, however, could not generate as much interest.

South Africa ended the year with 18 wins out of the 24 games they played this year- a winning percentage of 75. In fact they did not lose a single match in 20 consecutive matches at one stage and it was only towards the end of the year that their copybook was blotted when the five-match series against India ended in a 2-2 draw.

Australia,like in Test cricket, ended with most wins but second to South Africa in terms of winning percentage. Pakistan and India were ranked third and fourth respectively.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Test Cricket in 2005

A total of 48 Tests were played between ten Test playing nations in the calendar year 2005, out of which 36 produced result. And yes, there was also a farce in the name of Super 'Test' between Australia and an ICC World XI, which was accorded the official status by the ICC -- clearly because of commercial reasons.

This 'Test' has been included in this statistical analysis, though yours truly strongly believes that such hotch-potch games must never be considered at par with real Test match cricket.

India ended the year with 5 wins and one loss out of 8 games, which gave them a winning percentage of 62.50 -- the highest for any team in the year. Australia, though, ended with most wins in the year, but they also played most number of games.

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