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April 16, 2020

Highest proportion of test scores above m after n innings

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 6:02 am

I created an interactive workbook with Tableau to determine the test batsmen who have had the highest proportion of innings scoring at least m runs after having played n test innings. Below are some screenshots for particular choices of m runs. The data is available from [1]. As expected Bradman comes up on top in many scenarios but it is interesting to see other names that appear up there.

30-80

(Click on the above image to go to the Tableau page if you wish to change the parameters. You can also select the “Innings by innings” tab to look up a player’s list of innings.)

Below we some examples for different m (full-career stats among players who have played at least 20 innings).

m=1: A total of 22 players have had an entire career of 20+ innings getting off the mark each time, with RA Duff (Australia, 1902-1905) the only to play 40 innings (note that JW Burke played 44 innings without a duck, but made 0 not out in one innings).

Angelo Mathews (SL) has managed just 2 ducks in his 154 innings to date.

1 or more

m=10: Hobbs, Hutton, Kanhai and Sobers stand out here, having played over 100 innings and reaching double figures at least 80% of the time (Hobbs over 86%). Labuschagne, Hetmyer, Handscomb and Head are recent players to feature highly here.
10 or more

m=25: Bradman starts to distance himself from the rest. Hammond, Smith, Sobers and de Villiers also impress here.
25 or more

m=50: Smith has matched Barrington’s career figures of 50+ starts. Sutcliffe had 33 50+ scores in his first 64 innings, the same as Bradman.
50 or more

m=75: Barrington’s numbers are amazing here and Katich is ahead of Kohli, Tendulkar and Lara.
75 or more

m=100: Smith and Kohli are currently higher than Sangakkara, the highest among recent retirees.
100 or more

m=125: Only Bradman (6) had more 140+ scores than Labuschagne after playing 23 test innings, equal with Graeme Smith (who had 4 150+ scores in his first 17 innings!).
125 or more

m=150: Bradman is so far ahead of the rest here. Lara and Sangakkara are just one behind Tendulkar with the most 150+ scores despite almost 100 fewer innings.
150 or more

m=175: Again Lara and Sangakkara have the same number of 175+ scores (15).
175 or more

m=200: Kohli is similar to Hammond’s career figures at this stage, with 6 of his 7 double centuries coming within 33 innings between July 2016 and December 2017.
200 or more

Please leave any other interesting observations in the comments.

Reference

[1] https://data.world/cclayford/cricinfo-statsguru-data

June 12, 2018

Rafael Nadal in best of five set matches on clay

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 1:28 pm

Following Rafael Nadal‘s 11th French Open win, it’s worth looking at just how amazing his best-of-five set record on clay is. He now has a 111-2 win-loss record, with his only two losses against Söderling and Djokovic.

Win-loss breakdown by tournament (Masters tournament finals changed to best of 3 sets from 2007):

  • French Open: 86-2
  • Davis Cup: 18-0
  • Barcelona Open: 2-0
  • Monte Carlo Masters: 2-0
  • Rome Masters: 2-0
  • Stuttgart: 1-0

Win-loss breakdown by number of sets (overall he has won 331 and lost 36 completed sets so even winning a set against him is a big deal!):

  • 5 sets: 4-0 (Coria, Federer, Isner, Djokovic – 5th set scores 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-4, 9-7 respectively)
  • 4 sets: 22-1 (loss to Söderling)
  • 3 sets: 83-1

Most common opponents (2 or more matches):

  • Djokovic: 7-1 (lost 7 sets)
  • Federer: 7-0 (lost 7 sets)
  • Ferrer: 4-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Almagro: 4-0
  • Hewitt: 4-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Söderling: 3-1 (lost 3 sets)
  • Thiem: 3-0
  • del Potro: 3-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Gasquet: 3-0
  • Seppi: 2-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Murray: 2-0
  • Roddick: 2-0 (lost 1 set)
  • Coria: 2-0 (lost 3 sets)
  • Ljubicic: 2-0
  • Monaco: 2-0
  • Bolelli: 2-0
  • Wawrinka: 2-0 (same score of 6-2 6-3 6-1 both times)
  • Bellucci: 2-0

Breakdown by set score (almost the same likelihood of winning a set 6-2, 6-3 or 6-4):

  • 6-0: 26
  • 6-1: 61
  • 6-2: 68
  • 6-3: 66
  • 6-4: 67
  • 7-5: 18
  • 7-6: 24
  • 9-7: 1
  • 6-7: 9
  • 5-7: 6
  • 4-6: 8
  • 3-6: 6
  • 2-6: 3 (Federer in 2006 Rome, Söderling in 2009 French Open, Djokovic in 2012 French Open)
  • 1-6: 3 (Federer in 2006 French Open, del Potro in 2011 Davis Cup, Djokovic in 2015 French Open)
  • 0-6: 1 (Coria in 2005 Monte Carlo Masters)

(only one incomplete set 2-0 after which Pablo Carreno Busta retired)

References

(1) Tennis Abstract: Rafael Nadal ATP Match Results, Splits, and Analysis

(2) Ultimate Tennis Statistics – Rafael Nadal

December 26, 2017

The evolution of ODI team totals

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:46 am

Over the years one day international cricket scores have been on the rise and this post intends to look into this in some detail. We shall restrict ourselves to first innings scores where the team batting first lasted exactly 50 overs. Hence games greater than 50 overs per team long or where a team was bowled out prematurely are omitted. There are 2349 (out of 3945) such matches according to this query on Cricinfo Statsguru and on average  7 wickets fall over the 50 overs. The plot below shows a scatter plot of the scores over time. The red curve shows that mean scores were steady around 225 during the 1980s and have been on the rise since 1990 so that now the mean score is approaching 300.

scorevstime

Note that the first data point in 1974 corresponds to a game that was reduced to 50 overs per side after originally intended to be a 55 over game.

If we slice the data into eras marked by calendar years of roughly equal numbers of games, the mean score had a slight slow-down in the rate of increase from 2008-2012, then accelerated again in the past five years.

Era Number of matches Mean score batting first
1974-1994 427 229
1995-1999 383 247
2000-2003 368 257
2004-2007 380 267
2008-2012 393 272
2013-2017 398 288
1974-2017 2349 260

The histograms below show how rarely teams score less than 200 runs in recent times when using the full quota of 50 overs. In fact these days a team is more likely to score over 400 than below 200 if using the full quota of 50 overs!

runtotals

Comparing the distribution of first innings winning versus losing scores we find that the mean scores are 275 vs 236 respectively with sample sizes 1392 vs 901 (34 games had no result and 22 were tied). Restricting to the past five years, the median score batting first for the full 50 overs in winning matches is exactly 300.

winvsloss

Interestingly if we break down the runs scatter plot by team, the trends are not the same across the board. In particular England and South Africa have had more dramatic increases in recent times than the other teams, especially compared with India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

runtotalsbycountry

Restricting to the last five years (2013-2017), here are the mean first innings scores for each team based on the match result (assuming they bat the full 50 overs).

Team Result mean score # matches
Afghanistan lost 249 6
Afghanistan won 260 12
Australia lost 295 13
Australia n/r 253 3
Australia won 310 31
Bangladesh lost 263 16
Bangladesh won 275 15
Canada lost 230 3
England lost 282 13
England won 329 22
Hong Kong won 283 4
India lost 282 12
India won 310 27
Ireland lost 244 6
Ireland tied 268 1
Ireland won 289 3
Kenya lost 260 1
Netherlands lost 265 1
New Zealand lost 277 12
New Zealand tied 314 1
New Zealand won 308 27
P.N.G. lost 218 2
P.N.G. won 232 1
Pakistan lost 266 9
Pakistan n/r 296 1
Pakistan tied 229 1
Pakistan won 290 20
Scotland lost 238 6
Scotland won 284 8
South Africa lost 258 7
South Africa n/r 301 1
South Africa won 321 36
Sri Lanka lost 249 15
Sri Lanka n/r 268 2
Sri Lanka tied 286 1
Sri Lanka won 305 22
U.A.E. lost 279 3
U.A.E. won 267 3
West Indies lost 265 10
West Indies won 298 10
Zimbabwe lost 247 9
Zimbabwe tied 257 1
Zimbabwe won 276 1

The England and South Africa numbers stand out the most here in winning causes. Also Australia has a particularly high average score of 294 in losing causes. Sri Lanka has the largest difference (56 runs) between average winning and losing scores.

Edit: The following shows the mean scores in the 100 matches prior to and after key rule changes (still focusing on first innings 50-over scores). Note that in two of the three cases, the average scores reduced.

  1. Restriction of 2 outside the 30-yard circle in the first 15 overs (’92 World Cup)
    03 Jan 88 to 20 Jan 92: 231
    12 Feb 92  to 16 Feb 94: 222
  2. Introduction of Powerplay overs
    13 Mar 04 to 30 Jun 05: 267
    07 Jul 05 to 08 Sep 06: 267
  3. Removal of powerplay, fifth fielder allowed outside the circle in the last ten overs
    17Aug 14 to 24 Jun 15: 301
    10 Jul 15 to 19 Jan 17: 289

April 9, 2017

Highest aggregates and averages after n test matches/innings

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 9:14 am

Soon after the 2017 India-Australia test series I noticed that among players who have played 54 tests, nobody has scored more than Steven Smith’s 5251 runs. Here is a list of the top three aggregates and averages after 54 tests and 100 innings.

54 tests 5251 SPD Smith (AUS) 5210 SM Gavaskar (INDIA) 4991 L Hutton (ENG) 4840 JB Hobbs (ENG)
54 tests 61.06 SPD Smith (AUS) 60.73 H Sutcliffe (ENG) 59.51 GS Sobers (WI) 59.02 JB Hobbs (ENG)
100 innings 5354 JB Hobbs (ENG) 5345 GS Sobers (WI) 5279 WR Hammond (ENG) 5251 SPD Smith (AUS)
100 innings 61.06 SPD Smith (AUS) 60.74 GS Sobers (WI) 60.68 WR Hammond (ENG) 58.48 L Hutton (ENG)

A more complete list of the top 10 scorers in these categories after n tests/innings is below. Statistics are from ESPN Cricinfo and are current to 17 April 2020. Corrections are welcome.

The following players have been ranked first for some n (as of 17 April 2020):

  • highest aggregate after n innings: Foster, Rowe, Javed Miandad, Kambli, Weekes, Bradman, Hobbs, Sobers, Smith, Hammond, Hutton, Sehwag, Tendulkar, Sangakkara, Lara
  • highest aggregate after n tests: Rowe, Foster, Javed Miandad, Gavaskar, Bradman, Smith, Sobers, Hutton, Sehwag, Sangakkara, Younis Khan, Lara, Ponting, Kallis, Dravid, Tendulkar
  • highest average after n innings: Foster, Rowe, Bell, Trott, Kambli, Gavaskar, Harvey, Bradman, Voges, Sutcliffe, Hobbs, Smith, Barrington, Sobers, Hammond, Hutton, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ponting, Sangakkara, Kallis
  • highest average after n tests: Rowe, Rudolph, Bell, Gavaskar, Kambli, Samaraweera, Harvey, Bradman, Voges, Sutcliffe, Smith, Hobbs, Hammond, Sobers, Dravid, Tendulkar, Ponting, Sangakkara, Kallis

January 31, 2016

Most wickets after n test matches from debut

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 12:18 am

Here is a list of the leading test cricket wicket takers after playing n matches. A few current-day players feature and I hope to update this list over time. It was created largely manually using ESPNCricinfo’s Statsguru starting from [1] and [2], and using lists of the fastest to multiples of 50 wickets here.  Corrections are more than welcome (updated: May 17 2020).

1 Hirwani, Massie (16) F Martin (Eng), Krejza (12) seven tied on 11
2 Hirwani (24) Bedser (22) Massie (21)
3 Hirwani (31) Turner (29) Hogg (27)
4 Turner (39) Hirwani (36) Hogg, Valentine, Mendis (33)
5 Turner (45) Hogg (40) Valentine (39)
6 Turner (50) Philander (45) Valentine (43)
7 Richardson (53) Philander, Turner (51) Valentine (49)
8 Richardson (66) Turner (56) Valentine (55)
9 Richardson (66) Turner (63) Ferris (61)
10 Richardson (71) Turner (69) Tate (65)
11 Richardson, Turner (72) Yasir Shah (69) Tate (68)
12 Turner (80) Richardson, Yasir Shah (76) Tate (72)
13 Yasir Shah (86) Turner (81) Richardson (78)
14 Richardson (88) Yasir Shah (87) Turner (83)
15 Yasir Shah (90) Lohmann (89) Barnes, Grimmett, Philander (87)
16 Lohmann (101) Yasir Shah (95) Barnes, Turner (94)
17 Lohmann (109) Yasir Shah (102) Barnes, Grimmett, Turner (101)
18 Barnes, Lohmann, Yasir Shah (112) Grimmett (105) Ashwin (104)
19 Yasir Shah (116) Barnes (112) Grimmett (109)
20 Barnes (122) Yasir Shah (116) Grimmett (112)
21 Barnes (122) Grimmett (120) Yasir Shah (119)
22 Barnes (135) Grimmett (128) Yasir Shah (122)
23 Grimmett (142) Barnes (140) Yasir Shah (124)
24 Barnes (150) Grimmett (142) Waqar Younis (134)
25 Barnes (167) Grimmett, Waqar Younis (143) Yasir Shah (141)
26 Barnes (175) Yasir Shah (149) Waqar Younis (148)
27 Barnes (189) Yasir Shah (157) Waqar Younis (154)
28 Yasir Shah (165) Waqar Younis (159) Grimmett (155)
29 Yasir Shah (169) Waqar Younis (166) Grimmett (156)
30 Yasir Shah (173) Waqar Younis (169) Saeed Ajmal (159)
31 Yasir Shah (181) Waqar Younis (180) Ashwin (169)
32 Yasir Shah (195) Waqar Younis (187) Ashwin (176)
33 Yasir Shah (202) Waqar Younis (190) Ashwin (183)
34 Yasir Shah (203) Waqar Younis (191) Ashwin (189)
35 Yasir Shah (203) Waqar Younis (194) Grimmett (193)
36 Yasir Shah (207) Grimmett (203) Waqar Younis (196)
37 Grimmett (216) Yasir Shah (207) Ashwin (203)
38 Yasir Shah (209) Ashwin (207) Lillee (206)
39 Ashwin (220) Yasir Shah (213) Waqar Younis (208)
40 Ashwin (223) Waqar Younis (211) Lillee (206)
41 Ashwin (231) Waqar Younis (216) Steyn (211)
42 Ashwin (235) Waqar Younis (217) Lillee (214)
43 Ashwin (247) Lillee, Waqar Younis (222) Steyn (217)
44 Ashwin (248) Lillee (229) Waqar Younis (227)
45 Ashwin (254) Steyn (232) Lillee (230)
46 Ashwin (261) Steyn (238) Lillee (237)
47 Ashwin (269) Steyn (244) Lillee (243)
48 Ashwin (271) Lillee (251) Steyn (249)
49 Ashwin (275) Lillee (259) Steyn (255)
50 Ashwin (279) Lillee (262) Steyn (260)
51 Ashwin (286) Lillee (269) Steyn (263)
52 Ashwin (292) Lillee (273) Steyn (265)
53 Ashwin (292) Lillee (279) Steyn (270)
54 Ashwin (300) Lillee (290) Steyn (272)
55 Ashwin (304) Lillee (296) Steyn (279)
56 Ashwin (306) Lillee (305) Muralitharan (283)
57 Ashwin (311) Lillee (305) Muralitharan (291)
58 Ashwin (316) Lillee (315) Muralitharan (302)
59 Ashwin (323) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (303)
60 Ashwin (323) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (310)
61 Ashwin (324) Lillee (321) Muralitharan (315)
62 Ashwin (327) Lillee (325) Muralitharan (317)
63 Ashwin (333) Lillee (328) Muralitharan (325)
64 Ashwin (336) Lillee (332) Muralitharan (329)
65 Ashwin (342) Muralitharan (340) Lillee (335)
66 Muralitharan, Ashwin (350) Lillee, Steyn (336) Hadlee (334)
67 Muralitharan (361) Ashwin (356) Steyn (340)
68 Muralitharan (371) Ashwin (357) Hadlee, Lillee (342)
69 Muralitharan (374) Ashwin (362) Hadlee (351)
70 Muralitharan (382) Ashwin (362) Steyn (356)
71 Muralitharan (395) Ashwin (365) Steyn (361)
72 Muralitharan (404) Hadlee (363) Steyn (362)
73 Muralitharan (412) Hadlee (373) Steyn (371)
74 Muralitharan (417) Steyn (375) Hadlee (373)
75 Muralitharan (420) Steyn (383) Hadlee (378)
76 Muralitharan (430) Steyn (389) Hadlee (388)
77 Muralitharan (433) Hadlee (391) Steyn (389)
78 Muralitharan (437) Steyn (396) Hadlee (395)
79 Muralitharan (442) Steyn (399) Hadlee (396)
80 Muralitharan (450) Hadlee (403) Steyn (402)
81 Muralitharan (455) Hadlee (406) Steyn (402)
82 Muralitharan (459) Hadlee (408) Steyn (406)
83 Muralitharan (470) Hadlee (415) Steyn (408)
84 Muralitharan (478) Hadlee (419) Steyn (416)
85 Muralitharan (485) Hadlee (423) Steyn (417)
86 Muralitharan (496) Hadlee (431) Steyn (419)
87 Muralitharan (505) Steyn (421) Kumble (418)
88 Muralitharan (513) Kumble (424) Steyn (421)
89 Muralitharan (521) Kumble (430) Steyn (424)
90 Muralitharan (527) Kumble (434) Steyn (431)
91 Muralitharan (532) Kumble (438) Steyn (433)
92 Muralitharan (539) Kumble (444) Steyn (439)
93 Muralitharan (549) Kumble (450) Steyn (439)
94-101 Muralitharan Kumble McGrath
102-126 Muralitharan Kumble Warne
127 Muralitharan (770) Warne (611) Kumble (608)
128 Muralitharan (777) Warne (623) Kumble (608)
129 Muralitharan (783) Warne (629) Kumble (613)
130 Muralitharan (786) Warne (634) Kumble (616)
131 Muralitharan (788) Warne (638) Kumble (616)
132 Muralitharan (792) Warne (645) Kumble (619)
133 Muralitharan (800) Warne (651) Anderson (522)
134-138 Warne Anderson Broad
139-145 Warne Anderson Kallis
146-151 Anderson Kallis Waugh
152-166 Kallis Waugh Tendulkar
167-168 Waugh Tendulkar Ponting
169-200 Tendulkar

References

[1] Most wkts in consec Tests from debut – Google Groups

[2] Top 10 bowlers with most wickets in 10 Tests or less (crictracker.com)

December 30, 2015

Novak Djokovic against younger players

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 9:11 pm

Novak Djokovic had a stellar tennis record in 2015, winning three out of the four grand slams (runner-up in the other), the ATP World Tour finals for the fifth time, a record six Masters titles and reached 15 consecutive finals (winning 11 of them) in attaining an 82-6 record (31 wins against top 10 players!!) and US$21.6m for the year.

I noticed that all his losses for the year were to players older than him and I looked up his record against younger players. Here is a list of the players younger than Djokovic who have beaten him in his entire ATP career. The month refers to when the associated tournament started.

  • Ernests Gulbis (Jan 2009)
  • Filip Krajinovic (May 2010 – Djokovic retired after losing the first set)
  • Juan Martin del Potro (Sep 2011, Jul 2012 and Mar 2013)
  • Kei Nishikori (Oct 2011 and Aug 2014)
  • Sam Querry (Oct 2012)
  • Grigor Dimitrov (May 2013)

That’s right, only six players have had this honour for a total of nine losses. After his loss to Dimitrov at the Madrid Masters he has won 71 of his last 72 matches against younger players, losing only to Nishikori in the 2014 US Open semi-finals. He is currently on a 40-match winning streak and to the end of 2015 his record is 130-9 against younger players (career: 686-146). As a comparison here is the record of Murray, Nadal and Federer against younger players not named Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray or Rafael Nadal.

  • Murray: 118-19
  • Nadal: 177-17 (including 41 in a row from Nov 2009 to the end of 2011)
  • Federer: 517-61 (the higher numbers show the clear generation gap)

 

Reference

Tennis Abstract: ATP and WTA Match Results, Splits, and Analysis

November 30, 2015

Lowest highest scores in test matches in recent times

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:46 am

The past week saw two low scoring test cricket matches between India and South Africa in Nagpur and Australia vs New Zealand in Adelaide. According to this link, only 3 times since the 1930s has a completed test match (i.e. with a result) had no player make 50 in any of the four innings. Here are some other matches since 1980 where the batting average for the match was at most that of the Nagpur test (14.9 runs per wicket). Some of them may ring familiar for cricket fans.

Also only 14 times since 1980 has the top score been less than 66 which was the highest score in Adelaide (one other in Australia when McGrath had match figures of 10/27!).

Here are stats highlights from the two matches:

Lowest top score in an Adelaide Test Cricket – ESPN Cricinfo

Ashwin’s records and lowest top scores Cricket –  ESPN Cricinfo

 

October 31, 2015

Highest ODI batting averages over 100 consecutive innings

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 11:13 am

The 3 centuries by A B de Villiers in the most recent ODI series against India has given him a sizeable lead over the rest in the following list of highest batting averages in 100 consecutive one day international cricket innings (edit in Nov 2018: Kohli has overtaken him). On 92 out of those 100 innings he came in at number 4 or lower (and never opened in that time span), and still he managed to score over 54 runs per innings. All of his ODI hundreds to date have been scored at a strike rate of at least 100. Some very impressive numbers have been posted for other batsmen in the list too.

Last updated: May 07 2020

Player Innings Not out Runs HS Average Balls faced Strike rate 100s 50s 0s Time period
Kohli* 100 20 5834 183 72.93 6012 97.04 24 24 2 Oct 14-Dec 19
de Villiers 100 21 5454 162* 69.04 4935 110.52 20 27 1 Nov 09-Oct 15
Sharma* 100 11 5688 264 63.09 5634 96.55 25 21 5 Aug 14-Jan 20
Taylor* 100 24 4795 181* 63.09 5634 85.11 14 27 2 Oct 13-Feb 20
Bevan 100 40 3726 108* 62.10 4844 76.92 3 26 2 Sep 94-Aug 99
Dhoni 100 34 4027 139* 61.02 4587 87.79 5 28 2 Feb 09-Jan 14
Amla 100 7 5388 159 57.94 5991 89.93 20 27 2 Nov 08-Mar 15
Root* 100 17 4802 133* 57.86 5369 89.44 15 28 2 Sep 14-Jun 19
Richards 100 19 4611 189* 56.93 5103 90.36 8 34 4 Jun 75-Nov 86
du Plessis* 100 15 4593 185 54.04 5225 87.90 12 29 3 Jul 13-Jul 19
Tendulkar 100 11 4789 186* 53.81 5273 90.82 18 16 5 Apr 98-Jun 02
Hussey 100 33 3574 109* 53.34 4114 86.87 2 27 2 Feb 05-Nov 09
Jones 100 19 4317 145 53.30 5667 76.18 7 32 1 Jan 85-Feb 91
Javed Miandad 100 25 3989 119* 53.19 5476 72.85 6 30 2 Sep 82-Dec 88
Williamson* 100 9 4826 148 53.03 5768 83.67 10 33 1 Jun 13-Jun 19
Sangakkara 100 10 4736 169 52.62 5417 87.43 14 28 5 Aug 11-Mar 15
Chanderpaul 100 21 4144 149* 52.46 5627 73.64 8 30 2 Sep 04-Jun 10
Lara 100 11 4575 169 51.40 5738 79.73 11 30 3 Mar 92-Dec 97
Kallis 100 21 4044 139 51.19 5474 73.88 7 27 3 Mar 00-Feb 04
Warner* 100 6 4802 179 51.09 4930 97.40 18 18 1 Feb 12-Jan 20
Mathews* 100 25 3764 139* 50.19 4482 83.98 3 25 6 Nov 13-Jul 19
Klusener 100 46 2705 103* 50.09 2929 92.35 2 14 9 Apr 98-Feb 04
Ponting 100 11 4397 164 49.40 5068 86.76 11 29 4 Nov 03-Dec 07
Greenidge 100 11 4382 133* 49.24 6583 66.57 10 27 3 Dec 75-Dec 85

Statistics are from ESPN Cricinfo.

August 31, 2015

Recap of the 2015 World Championships in Athletics

Filed under: sport — ckrao @ 1:18 pm

The 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics recently concluded in Beijing, with Kenya and Jamaica each winning 7 gold medals. Below are some of the many highlights that are worth mentioning.

  • Usain Bolt became the most decorated World Championship athlete of all time taking his tally to 11 gold and 2 silver. In the 100m his best time this year out of just three races leading into the meet was 9.87s. After recovering from an early stumble in the semi final to qualify, he came over the top in the final by 0.01s to end Justin Gatlin‘s 28-race winning streak.
  • Ashton Eaton broke his own world record in the decathlon, the only world record to fall at the meet. His time of 45.00s for the 400m was the fastest ever in a decathlon.
  • Christian Taylor had the second longest triple jump of all time of 18.21m, just 8cm off the world record set in 1995. He and Pedro Pichardo were threatening something this special after both have cleared 18m this year.
  • In the women’s hammer throw Anita Włodarczyk continued her stellar 2015 with another second throw beyond 80m this month. She now has the 9 of the top 13 throws of all time.
  • The women’s 200m was possibly the best such race ever with Dafne Schippers and Elaine Thompson beating their personal best times by around 0.4s and becoming the 3rd and 5th fastest over the distance of all time.
  • Almaz Ayana won the women’s 5000m by over 100 metres, with her last 3000m covered in 8:20.
  • In the men’s marathon Ghirmay Ghebreslassie became the youngest ever world champion in the event at just 19 years of age. He also gave Eritrea its first ever gold medal at the championships.
  • Allyson Felix won her 9th world championship gold medal with a personal best of 49.26s in the 400m. She also ran the third fastest 400m split ever (47.72s) in the 4x400m relay.
  • Mo Farah repeated his 5000-10000m double from the World Championships two years ago. His last 800m of the 5000 was completed in 1:48.6.
  • Ezekiel Kemboi won the 3000m steeplechase for the fourth time in a row.
  • Jesús Ángel Garcia made his 12th appearance at the World Championships (50km walk) dating back to 1993. The event was won by Matej Tóth by almost 2 minutes despite a bathroom break in the middle.
  • Only 0.05s separated the top five in the women’s 100m sprint with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce triumphant again (she now has 7 gold meals at the Worlds).
  • The men’s 4x100m had plenty of average baton handovers (including by winners Jamaica), but China’s were flawless and were rewarded with silver from lane 9.
  • Kenya triumphed in the men’s 400m hurdles and javelin events (Nicholas Bett and Julius Yego respectively, not only the distance events.
  • The women’s javelin was one of the most exciting events with multiple lead changes and Katharina Molitor won with a personal best and 2015-best in the very last throw of the competition.
  • Asbel Kiprop became three-time champion in the men’s 1500m with just 0.41s separating the top 5.
  • Recent world record holder Genzebe Dibaba won the women’s 1500m with 1:57.3s for the final 800m, faster than the winning time in the women’s 800m.
  • The men’s 400m was very fast with the top three (led by Wayde van Niekerk) finishing under 44 seconds for the first time ever. Also an Asian record of 43.93s was set by Yousef Masrahi from Saudi Arabia in the heats.
  • Jessica Ennis-Hill won the hepathlon, just over a year after giving birth to a second child.
  • World record holder Aries Merritt won bronze in the 110m hurdles with his kidneys functioning at just 20%, just two days before a scheduled kidney transplant.

May 31, 2015

Test pace bowlers to have conceded 100 runs in an innings the most

Filed under: cricket,sport — ckrao @ 10:16 am

 

Below is a list of pace bowlers who have conceded 100 or more runs in an innings at least 14 times (* indicates active players).

Name Tests Innings Bowled Wickets times conceded 100 runs innings per century
Botham 102 168 383 31 5.42
Kapil Dev 131 227 434 25 9.08
Ntini 101 190 390 23 8.26
Hadlee 86 150 431 21 7.14
Caddick 62 105 234 20 5.25
Imran Khan 88 142 362 20 7.1
M Johnson* 64 123 283 20 6.15
Vaas 111 194 355 20 9.7
Lillee 70 132 355 19 6.95
McDermott 71 124 291 19 6.53
I Sharma* 61 107 187 18 5.94
Anderson* 104 194 401 17 11.41
Gough 58 95 229 17 5.59
Srinath 67 121 236 17 7.12
F Edwards 55 97 165 16 6.06
Lawson 46 78 180 16 4.88
Mohammad Sami 36 66 85 16 4.13
Sarfraz Nawaz 55 95 177 16 5.94
Hoggard 67 122 248 15 8.13
Lee 76 150 310 15 10
Martin 71 126 233 15 8.4
Morrison 48 76 160 15 5.07
Steyn* 78 147 396 15 9.8
Bedser 51 92 236 14 6.57
Z Khan 92 165 311 14 11.79

 

Here are the numbers for remaining pace bowlers with at least 200 test wickets (Ray Lindwall a stand-out here):

Name Tests Innings Bowled Wickets times conceded 100 runs innings per century
Waqar Younis 87 154 373 13 11.85
Harmison 63 115 226 13 8.85
Wasim Akram 104 181 414 12 15.08
McKenzie 60 113 246 12 9.42
Cairns 62 104 218 12 8.67
Walsh 132 242 519 11 22
Sobers (not always pace) 93 159 235 11 14.45
Snow 49 93 202 11 8.45
Broad 79 143 285 11 13
Donald 72 129 330 10 12.9
Pollock 108 202 421 10 20.2
Willis 90 165 325 10 16.5
Hughes 53 97 212 10 9.7
Thomson 51 90 200 10 9
McGrath 124 243 563 9 27
Trueman 67 127 307 9 14.11
Statham 70 129 252 8 16.13
Flintoff 79 137 226 8 17.13
Streak 65 102 216 8 12.75
Roberts 47 90 202 8 11.25
Morkel 62 117 217 7 16.71
Gillespie 71 137 259 6 22.83
Marshall 81 151 376 5 30.2
Holding 60 113 249 5 22.6
Garner 58 111 259 4 27.75
Kallis 166 272 292 4 68
Lindwall 61 113 228 1 113

The numbers are generally higher for spin bowlers – the top six centurions overall are all spin bowlers:

Muralitharan (61), Kumble (57), Harbhajan Singh (43), Warne (40), Kaneria (39), Vettori (34).

References

[1] Bowling records:  Test matches:  Cricinfo Statsguru – ESPN Cricinfo

[2] Records:  Test matches:  Bowling records:  Most wickets in career – ESPN Cricinfo

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