Sunday, December 28, 2014

Highest individual scores and best analyses in the cricket World Cup 1975-2011

batting


Highest Individual Scores

188* (159)  Gary Kirsten, South Africa v UAE, 1996

183 (158)  Sourav Ganguly, India v Sri Lanka, 1999

181 (125)  Vivian Richards, West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1987

175* (138)  Kapil Dev, India v Zimbabwe, 1983

175 (140)  Virender Sehwag, India v Bangladesh, 2011

172* (151)  Craig Wishart, Zimbabwe v Namibia, 2003

171* (201)  Glenn Turner, New Zealand v East Africa, 1975

161 (132)  Andrew Hudson, South Africa v Holland, 1996

160 (121)  Imran Nazir, Pakistan v Zimbabwe, 2007

158 (143)  Matthew Hayden, Australia v West Indies, 2011c

158 (145)  Andrew Strauss, England v India, 2011

152 (151)  Sachin Tendulkar, India v Namibia, 2003

HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORES FOR THE OTHER COUNTRIES


145 (115)  Aravinda de Silva, Sri Lanka v Kenya, 1996

134* (129)  Klaas van Noortwijk, Holland v Namibia, 2003

115* (137)  Jeremy Bray, Ireland v Zimbabwe, 2007

111 (76)  John Davison, Canada v West Indies, 2003

  98* (129)  Collins Obuya, Kenya v Australia, 2011

  87 (83)  Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh v South Africa, 2007

  85 (86)  Jan Berrie Burger, Namibia v England, 2003

  84 (68)  Salim Raza, UAE v Holland, 1996

  76* (105)  David Hemp, Bermuda v India, 2007

  76 (111)  Gavin Hamilton, Scotland v Pakistan, 1999
  45 (123)  Frasat Ali, East Africa v New Zealand, 1975 

(In brackets: Balls faced)

Bowling


Best Bowling

7 for 15 (2.14) Glenn McGrath, Australia v Namibia, 2003

7 for 20 (2.00)  Andy Bichel, Australia v England, 2003

7 for 51 (4.86) Winston Davis, West Indies v Australia, 1983

6 for 14, (1.17)  Gary Gilmour, Australia v England, 1975

6 for 23 (2.30) Ashish Nehra, India v England, 2003

6 for 23 (2.30) Shane Bond, New Zealand v Australia, 2003   

6 for 25, (2.73)  Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 2003  

6 for 27 (3.17) Kemar Roach, West Indies v Holland, 2011  

6 for 38 (4.95) Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka v Kenya, 2011  

6 for 39 (3.30) Ken MacLeay, Australia v India, 1983 



BEST BOWLING FOR THE OTHER COUNTRIES

5 for 16 (2.00)  Shahid Afridi, Pakistan v Kenya, 2011   

5 for 18 (1.80)  Andrew Hall, South Africa v England, 2007   

5 for 21 (2.17)  Paul Strang, Zimbabwe v Kenya, 1996

5 for 24 (2.40)  Collins Obuya, Kenya v Sri Lanka, 2003  

5 for 27 (3.00)  Austin Codrington, Canada v Bangladesh, 2003   

5 for 29 (2.90)  Shaukat Dukanwala, UAE v Holland, 1996

5 for 39 (3.25) Vic Marks, England v Sri Lanka, 1983                                           

5 for 43 (4.30)  Rudolph van Vuuren, Namibia v England, 2003    

4 for 21 (2.62)  Shafiul Islam, Bangladesh v Ireland, 2011   

4 for 35 (3.35) Tim de Leede, Holland v India, 2003

4 for 37 (3.70)  John Blain, Scotland v Bangladesh, 1999

4 for 63 (7.00)  John Mooney, Ireland v England, 2011   

3 for 19 (3.80)  Saleem Mukuddem, Bermuda v Bangladesh, 2007

3 for 63 (5.25)  Zulfiqar Ali, East Africa v England, 1975

(In brackets: Runs conceded per over)

(From the Records section of Indra Vikram Singh’s about-to-be-released book ‘Indian Spring’. The author can be contacted on email singh_iv@hotmail.com).

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Top players in the cricket World Cup 1975-2011


THE LEADING RUN-GETTERS



Sachin Tendulkar:  Runs 2278, Ave 56.95, SR 88.98, 100s 6, 50s 15                  
Ricky Ponting:  Runs 1743, Ave 45.86, SR 79.95, 100s 5, 50s 6   
Brian Lara:  Runs 1225, Ave 42.24, SR 86.26, 100s 2, 50s 7   
Sanath Jayasuriya:  Runs 1165, Ave 34.26 , SR 90.66, 100s 3, 50s 6     
Jacques Kallis:  Runs 1148, Ave 45.92, SR 74.40, 100s 1, 50s 9
Adam Gilchrist:  Runs 1085, Ave 36.16, SR 98.01, 100s 1, 50s 8   
Javed Miandad:  Runs 1083, Ave 43.32, SR 67.89, 100s 1, 50s 8  
Stephen Fleming:  Runs 1075, Ave 35.83, SR 76.89, 100s 2, 50s 5   
Herschelle Gibbs:  Runs 1067, Ave 56.15, SR 87.38, 100s 2, 50s 8   
Aravinda de Silva:  Runs 1064, Ave 36.68, SR 86.57, 100s 2, 50s 6 
Vivian Richards:  Runs 1013, Ave 63.31, SR 85.05, 100s 3, 50s 5 
Sourav Ganguly:  Runs 1006, Ave 55.88, SR 77.50, 100s 4, 50s 3
Mark Waugh:  Runs 1004, Ave 52.84, SR 83.04, 100s 4, 50s 4    
     

THE LEADING WICKET-TAKERS


Glenn McGrath:  Wickets 71, Ave 18.19, Best 7/15, RO 3.96
Muttiah Muralitharan:  Wickets 68, Ave 19.63, Best 4/19, RO 3.88
Wasim Akram:  Wickets 55, Ave 23.83, Best 5/28, RO 4.04        
Chaminda Vaas:  Wickets 49, Ave 21.22, Best 6/25, RO 3.97          
Zaheer Khan:  Wickets 44, Ave 20.22, Best 4/42, RO 4.47 
Javagal Srinath:  Wickets 44, Ave 27.81, Best 4/30, RO 4.32
Allan Donald:  Wickets 38, Ave 24.02, Best 4/17, RO 4.17
Jacob Oram:  Wickets 36, Ave 21.33, Best 4/39, RO 4.21
Brett Lee:  Wickets 35, Ave 17.97, Best 5/42, RO 4.57
Brad Hogg:  Wickets 34, Ave 19.23, Best 4/27, RO 4.12
Imran Khan:  Wickets 34, Ave 19.26, Best 4/37, RO 3.86
Shaun Tait:  Wickets 34, Ave 21.50, Best 4/39, RO 5.35
Shane Warne:  Wickets 32, Ave 19.50, Best 4/29, RO 3.83                      
Chris Harris:  Wickets 32, Ave 26.90, Best 4/07, RO 4.43                        
Lasith Malinga:  Wickets 31, Ave 17.87, Best 6/38, RO 5.17        
Anil Kumble:  Wickets 31, Ave 22.83, Best 4/32, RO 4.08                       
Shaun Pollock:  Wickets 31, Ave 31.29, Best 5/36, RO 3.60         
Shane Bond:  Wickets 30, Ave 17.26, Best 6/23, RO 3.50             
Ian Botham:  Wickets 30, Ave 25.40, Best 4/31, RO 3.43             
Shoaib Akhtar:  Wickets 30, Ave 25.50, Best 4/46, RO 5.13


THE LEADING ALLROUNDERS


Lance Klusener:  Runs 372, Ave 124.00, SR 121.17, Wkts 22, Ave 22.13, RO 4.82, Quotient 5.60
Neil Johnson:  Runs 367, Ave 52.42, SR 73.99, Wkts 12, Ave 19.41, RO 4.66, Quotient 2.70
Yuvraj Singh:  Runs 738, Ave 52.71, SR 90.33, Wkts 20, Ave 23.10, RO 4.99, Quotient 2.28   
Tillakaratne Dilshan:  Runs 717, Ave 47.80, SR 91.10, Wkts 13, Ave 21.84, RO 4.18, Quotient 2.18
Imran Khan:  Runs 666, Ave 35.05, SR 65.61, Wkts 34, Ave 19.26, RO 3.86, Quotient 1.81
Scott Styris:  Runs 909, Ave 53.47, SR 88.59, Wkts 17, Ave 32.47, RO 4.58, Quotient 1.64
Steve Waugh:  Runs 978, Ave 48.90, SR 81.02, Wkts 27, Ave 30.14, RO 4.70, Quotient 1.62
Kapil Dev:  Runs 669, Ave 37.16, SR 115.14, Wkts 28, Ave 31.85, RO 3.76, Quotient 1.16
Chris Harris:  Runs 431, Ave 28.73, SR 68.84, Wkts 32, Ave 26.90, RO 4.43, Quotient 1.06
Jacques Kallis:  Runs 1148, Ave 45.92, SR 74.40, Wkts 21, Ave 43.04, RO 4.28, Quotient 1.06


THE LEADING WICKETKEEPER-BATSMEN 


Adam Gilchrist:  Runs 1085, Ave 36.16, SR 98.01, Ct 45, St 7 
Kumar Sangakkara:  Runs 991, Ave 45.04, SR 78.71, Ct 36, St 10 
Brendon McCullum:  Runs 414, Ave 31.84, SR 94.09, Ct 30, St 2 
Mark Boucher:  Runs 381, Ave 27.21, SR 94.07, Ct 31, St - 
Moin Khan:  Runs 286, Ave 28.60, SR 106.31, Ct 23, St 7 
Alec Stewart:  Runs 520, Ave 32.50, SR 66.49, Ct 21, St 2 
Ridley Jacobs:  Runs 270, Ave 67.50, SR 54.00, Ct 21, St 1
Ashish Bagai:  Runs 343, Ave 26.38, SR 61.69, Ct 19, St 2
Mahendra Singh Dhoni:  Runs 270, Ave 33.75, SR 83.33, Ct 12, St 5
Rahul Dravid :  Runs 463, Ave 77.16, SR 74.08, Ct 15, St 1
Kennedy Otieno:  Runs 401, Ave 26.73, SR 54.70, Ct 11, St 4


(From the Records section of Indra Vikram Singh’s about-to-be-released book ‘Indian Spring’. The author can be contacted on email singh_iv@hotmail.com).

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Snippets from early cricket World Cup tournaments

The first three cricket World Cup tournaments were sponsored by Prudential Assurance Company.
The First Day: The World Cup began on 7 June 1975 with four matches played at the English grounds of Lord’s, Edgbaston, Headingley and Old Trafford.
All the four winning teams on that day put up half-century opening partnerships, and all four of these sides - England, New Zealand, Australia and the West Indies - eventually advanced to the semi-finals. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost 8 wickets before they reached fifty.
It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the captains. New Zealand skipper Glenn Turner hit up an unbeaten 171, which was to remain the highest score in the World Cup until Indian captain Kapil Dev eclipsed it in 1983. But Sri Lankan skipper Anura Tennekoon had the mortification of registering the first duck of the World Cup. East Africa captain Harilal Shah was also dismissed for a duck on that opening day.
Another hundred was hit up on this historic occasion by England opener Dennis Amiss who scored 137.
To complete a splendid picture there was a five-wicket haul too, by legendary Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee who bagged five for 34 off his 12 overs. West Indies left-arm seamer Bernard Julien, though, earned the distinction of bagging the first four-wicket haul as he took four for 20.

Sunny paradox: One of the most inexplicable batting displays came on the very first day of the World Cup in 1975. Sunil Gavaskar, the little master, batted through the 60 overs of the Indian innings and returned unbeaten with 36 in a total of 132 for three, having faced 174 balls. Quite a pleasant surprise, then, that this peerless Test opener hit up a century off just 85 balls against New Zealand in 1987. This was at that time the second-fastest century in the World Cup, close behind West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd’s hundred off 82 deliveries in the 1975 final. This is not the only oddity about Gavaskar’s World Cup forays. Even though he fared disastrously with the bat in the triumphant 1983 campaign, Gavaskar proved to be India’s talisman in the tournament. He scored a grand total of 59 runs (average 9.83), with a highest score of 25. But he was the team’s lucky mascot as it won all the six matches that he played, and lost the two in which he did not appear. For good measure, he pocketed the ball after India upset the all-conquering Caribbean giants in the final.

India’s left-arm spin wizard Bishan Singh Bedi bowled as many as 14 maidens out of the 24 overs that he sent down in the 1975 World Cup.

Astonishingly, Gary Gilmour, the gifted left-handed Australian allrounder, appeared in only two World Cup matches – the semi-final and final of 1975. He bagged a six-wicket and a five-wicket haul in the two matches. His aggregate of 11 wickets was the highest in the 1975 tournament, and was not equalled in 1979 too. He has an incredible bowling average of 5.63, and strike-rate of 13.09. His match-winning analysis of six for 14 in the semi-final against England at Leeds is still among the top four in World Cup history.

(Extracts from ‘The Big Book of World Cup Cricket 1975-2011’ by Indra Vikram Singh. The author can be contacted on email singh_iv@hotmail.com). 

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Cricket World Cup Dream Team




1.  Sachin Tendulkar
Runs 2278,  Average 56.95,  Strike-rate 88.98,  HS 152,  100s 6,  50s 15
Catches 12 
 
2.  Mark Waugh
Runs 1004,  Average 52.84,  Strike-rate 83.04,  HS 130,  100s 4,  50s 4
Catches 11

3.  Vivian Richards
Runs 1013,  Average 63.31,  Strike-rate 85.05,  HS 181,  100s 3,  50s 5
Wickets 10,  Average 34.50,  RO 4.15,  Best 3/41
Catches 9

4.  Martin Crowe
Runs 880,  Average 55.00,  Strike-rate 83.49,  HS 100*,  100s 1,  50s 8
Catches 8

5.  Steve Waugh  (captain)
Runs 978,  Average 48.90,  Strike-rate 81.02,  HS 120*,  100s 1,  50s 6
Wickets 27,  Average 30.14,  RO 4.70,  Best 3/36
Catches 14

6.  Adam Gilchrist  (wicketkeeper)
Runs 1085,  Average 36.16,  Strike-rate 98.01,  HS 149,  100s 1,  50s 8
Catches 45,  Stumpings 7

7.  Imran Khan (vice captain)
Runs 666,  Average 35.05,  Strike-rate 65.61,  HS 102*,  100s 1
Wickets 34,  Average 19.26,  RO 3.86,  Best 4/37
Catches 2

8.  Kapil Dev
Runs 669,  Average 37.16,  Strike-rate 115.14,  HS 175*,  100s 1,  50s 1
Wickets 28,  Average 31.85,  RO 3.76,  Best 5/43
Catches 12

9.  Wasim Akram
Runs 426,  Average 19.36,  Strike-rate 100.70,  HS 43
Wickets 55,  Average 23.83,  RO 4.04,  Best 5/28
Catches 8

10.  Shane Warne
Wickets 32,  Average 19.50,  RO 3.83,  Best 4/29
Catches 2

11.  Glenn McGrath
Wickets 71,  Average 18.19,  RO 3.96,  Best 7/15
Catches 5

12th Man  Lance Klusener
Runs 372,  Average 124.00,  Strike-rate 121.17,  HS 57,  50s 3
Wickets 22,  Average 22.13,  RO 4.82,  Best 5/21
Catches 2