Monday, 23 October 2017

Ruthless Pakistan thrashes Clueless Srilanka - Whitewash in numbers

October 23rd. 1.30 PM. Sharjah Hot & Sunny day. Captain unlucky Upul Tharanga for the 3rd consecutive time won the toss and chose to collapse, and this time collapsed occur even earlier than pessimists anticipated i.e. 5 down in 7th over of the game courtesy Pakistan's "another" new bowling sensation Usman Khan Shinwari.
Brilliant, Exceptional, Sensational, Delightful, Exquisite was Pakistan against Sri lanka in ODI series after horrific test series against the very same nation. Pakistan is riding a wave of success since champions trophy and continue to thrive in colored kits, winning 9 ODI games on trot, 3 less there own record. Pakistan has also chased there last 6 ODI's successfully, 9 being there best chasing streak.
On the other hand, I have not seen nation of awe-inspiring Sanga been so clueless and so helpless ever before. Losing 12 consecutive matches and 3 series whitewash within a year. Zimbabwe holds the record for most whitewashes(4) in year 2004 and Sri lanka is on track and have enough potential to equal Zimbabwe's record in December against India.

Good time to have a little look at no of whitewashes being done in history?

No. Of Whitewashes 
Teams  Done(Won)    Recieved(Got)
Pakistan  19    9
Australia  15    4
South Africa  16      2
England  13    8
West Indies  13    16
Sri Lanka  12    8
New Zealand  10    14
India  11    3
Bangladesh  10    25
Zimbabwe  4    28

Pakistan is enjoying the top spot with 19 whitewashes, most by any team. Sri Lanka(2), Bangladesh(4), Zimbabwe(5) , New Zealand(3) and West Indies(5) were at receiving end.  Inzamam-ul-HAQ was captain in 4* series. Meanwhile Zimbabwe got whitewash most no. of times, been whitewashed by all the test teams. while South Africa received least number of whitewashes.

Digging in stats, lets have a look at some more interesting stories, Between span of 2005 - 2010 South Africa won 9 series by whitewash, in which Graeme Smith was captain in  8* of them. while Mighty Australians Between 2003 to 2010  won 8 series by whitewash, and Ricky Ponting was captain in 7* of them. including a whitewash to ICC World X1.

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*captained atleast 1 match in series.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Performance analysis of Pakistan players in World T20 2014 out of 10

Shoaib Malik -  3

Batting allrounder shoaib malik played all 4 matches , but it was difficuilt to know what was his role in team, he didn't bowl, didn't bat well and even didn't field well. He averages 17.33 with strike rate of just 100.


Kamran Akmal  -  3

Kamran Akmal along with Shoaib malik made a come back but his performance was not that better too. He averages 12 with the bat and strike rate of 85.71. Such average and strike rate as an opener in T20 is a big failure. Addition to this not a good performance behind the stumps too.

Bilawal Bhatti  -  4

Bilawal bhatti also had a bad tournament, didn't got a chance to bat, bowled ordinary against India but leaked 30 runs against Australia really dented his career badly. 3 wickets with economy of 13.25 in 2 matches

Junaid Khan  -  4

Unfortunate player of Team Pakistan, didn't get a chance after first match, and didn't even completed his quota of four overs against india. He gave 23 runs in 3 overs.

Sohaib Maqsood  -  4

Sohaib Maqsood also failed to impress except his small cameo against India when he scored 22 off 11 balls. His avg in the tournament was 15 with strike rate of 109.75

Muhammad Hafeez  -  5

Terribly out of form in batting is skipper Muhammad Hafeez. He didn't looked in good touch with batting in any match. He averages 13.75 with strike rate of 72.36. Although his bowling was quite economical as always. He took 1 wicket and maintained an economy 6.30, best in Pakistan attack. His captaincy was also ordinary in the tournament, Panicked in the start against Australia but then came back very well in the end.

Umar Gul  -  5

Umar Gul didn't fulfilled even half of the expectations. He managed to took 6 wickets but leaked runs with economy of 9.11, He just bowled two good overs against Australia when team needed him in pressure situation and he delivered it.

Ahmad Shehzad  -  5

He was expected to be a consistent batsman but failed in 3 matches out of 4. But in one match where he fired, He made a record of making first century by a Pakistani in T20I and also the youngest in world to score it. despite failing in 3 matches his average is 46.00 and strike rate is 163.25, best in the batting line up.

Umar Akmal  -  6

Umar Akmal scored with average of 32 and strike rate of 140.65. He completely failed in two matches, but against India he played better and against aussie played match winning innings of 94.

Sohail Tanvir  -  6

Sohail tanvir played two matches. bowled 7 overs with economy of 7.57. and scored 14 runs in one innings in which he batted.

Saeed Ajmal  -  6

Saeed Ajmal also didn't had a good tournament. Though he bagged 4 wickets but maintained economy of 7.46 which is surely not good by the standard of Saeed Ajmal. But he bowled a match winning over against Australia , So he got 6 points.

Zulfiqar Babar  -  7

Zulfiqar Babar was a surprise addition in Pakistan attack and he bowled quite well under the circumstances. He took 4 wickets with economy of 7.00 in 3 matches.

Shahid Afridi  -  8

Boom Boom was the only player from Pakistan who performed quite well. He scored 68 runs with strike rate of 161.90 and averaged 22. This is what Pakistan all needs at end finishing the innings. He hit 5 sixes among the longest in the tournament so far i.e. 98 Meter. He also bowled brilliantly , 4 wickets with economy of 6.53

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

  • Pakistan has qualified for semi-final in all world t20 cups.
  • Yuvraj Singh holds the record for fastest t20 fifty in just 12 balls.
  • Mahela Jayawerdene of Sri Lanka has scored 858 runs, most by any batsman in World T20 cup.
  • B McCullum holds the record of highest score in an innings i.e. 123(58) vs Bangladesh.
  • Chris Gayle has hitted 43 of Sixes in World T20, most by any.
  • Most wickets in World T20 : Lasith Malinga 33.
  • Joginder Sharma(India) who took the last wicket of Pakistan in World T20 final, has never played for India after that. He took 20-2 with economy of just 5.71
  • Best bowling figures of World T20. BAW Mendins 6 wickets for 8 runs against Zimbabwe.
  • Only daniel vettori's economy rate is less then 6 RPO. (Min. 250 balls)
  • Kamran Akmal holds the record for most number of dismissals in World T20 (24).
  • Chris Gayle has highest strike rate (152) in world T20.
  • India After winning first edition of World T20, not even reached in semis of next 3 editions.
  • So far 4 centuries has been scored in World T20. Gayle, Raina, Jayawardene and McCullum have their names on list.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

World T20 2014

T20 has reshaped cricket in a dramatic way. It has obviously both benefits and drawbacks. Biggest disadvantage of T20 is traditional cricket is losing his audience and his charm. But on the other hand, it has also helped cricket in growing rigorously. T20 has lot of excitement, charm, fun and everything which now a days audience wants. It has become more popular than Test or ODI's. So just couple of days left in the start of year's biggest event in Bangladesh. 10 top sides of the planet will be in action for becoming the champion of World T20.

Lets first talk about minnows of the event. May be its wrong to call any team "Minnow" in T20, but one can say these are less rated teams in the event. Top 8 test playing nations are direct qualified to group stage of World T20, and 2 top teams from 2 qualifiers group will meet top8 in a group stage, From group A there is a tough contest between Bangladesh and Afghanistan, yes you read it right, Home nation needs to qualify to group stage and there are good chances Afghanistan taking over them into group stage. In group B  there is a contest between Zimbabwe and Ireland to qualify for group stage.Though these teams may have very less chance of winning the tournament but for sure they are capable of throwing any of the team out of tournament. well we have to wait and see how many upsets we can see in this world cup.

Talking about the favorites no doubt Asian trio (Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka) have every chance of winning the cup. They are familiar with the conditions,weather  and most importantly recently these teams have played Asia cup here. Pakistan's bowling attack and India's batting attack can be termed as the most powerful attacks of the tournament. But both of the teams lack in other department(Pakistan in batting & India in bowling). any of the team finding good balance will have better chance of winning.


T20 champions West Indies on their day can demolish any bowling lineup, but their recent performances shows a bit doubt on their form as a team. They lost T20 series in NZ, and then at home merely able to draw series from Ireland. So they are not as much in the favorites lineup as they were in last tournament.

Ok with the favorites, but Australia, England and South Africa are also very good sides and can reach the top anywhere. England is hurt after Ashes and former world champions wants to gain some respect in cricketing world. However they need something extra to retain get this title. While Australia and South Africa are both in very good form, every one likes to see player like De villier, Steyn , Johnson, Warner in action, and they are very good match winners too, but how they respond to asian slow tracks, its a big question mark.

*Tournament is starting on March 16 .

Friday, 29 November 2013

Whitewash in numbers

Couple of days ago Pakistan pulled off a thriller in Port Elizabeth, stage set by Saeed Ajmal and Junaid khan with finishing move. As a result Pakistan became the first Asian team to defeat South Africa in South Africa courtesy young guns of Pakistan, If Pakistan somehow manages victory on saturday too, They will become the first team to whitewash South Africa in South Africa,  before that South Africa has only been white washed twice by West Indies(1992) and Sri Lanka(2004) in their homes respectively.

Pakistan has a great chance to make history on saturday by beating South Africa at Centurion, if it happens, it will be Pakistan's 18th whitewash victory(Most by any team) in history of One day Internationals, while South Africa has received least number of whitewashes(Qualification : Test Playing nations).

                                               Photo credits : Unknown

Lets have a look at no. of whitewash victories by different teams.

No. Of Whitewashes
TeamsDone(Won) Recieved(Got)
Pakistan17 7
Australia13 3
South Africa12 2
England12 8
West Indies12 13
Sri Lanka10 4
New Zealand9 13
India7 3
Bangladesh7 21
Zimbabwe4 23

Pakistan is enjoying the spot with 17 whitewashes. Sri Lanka(1), Bangladesh(4), Zimbabwe(5) , New Zealand(3) and West Indies(4) were at receiving end. while Zimbabwe received whitewash most no. of times, been whitewashed by all the test teams. while South Africa received least number of whitewashes.

Digging in stats, lets have a look at some more interesting stories, Between span of 2005 - 2010 South Africa won 9 series by whitewash, in which Graeme Smith was captain* in  8 of them. while Mighty Australians Between 2003 to 2010  won 8 series by whitewash, and Ricky Ponting was captain* in 7 of them. including a whitewash to ICC World X1.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

England falls to spin once again despite Cook's heroics

Sliding from no. 1, England continue to struggle against spin in Asia. India got a very comfortable victory in Ahmadabad, taking 1-0 lead in the series. Match seems to be over on 4th but Cook and Prior gave some life to British hopes but all in vain on final day.

I would like to discuss player of the match first, 24 years old Cheteshwar Pujara, averages 71.25 in 6 matches he played, seems ready to fill Dravid's place in the team. He was introducing himself to International Cricket with every delightful shot he played. with 21 fours remained not out as India declares on 521 when he got his double Century(206).

England still finding the ways to how to tackle spin in Asia. They were pretty confident to face Indian spinners as there is no such mystery spinner in the squad like Saeed Ajmal. But the word "SPIN" is enough for English batters. What happened in the first innings was almost the replay of India vs England WCT20 match. England lost his 6 wickets on 80. Thanks to lower order, somehow they find some time on crease, but still they fell far behind to Indian total

"Alistair Cook innings - That's one of the finest innings I have seen by a visiting batsman on Indian soil" -  Words by Sanjay Manjeraker sums up the perfomance of Alastair Cook in second innings. India was sensing victory on third day, but It was Cook who stood rock solid and gave glimpse of hope but fails in the end. He played a marathon innings(176) comprising of 556 Minutes and 374 balls. More importantly that innings was under huge pressure in India against India. 

It will be injustice to forget Ojha's contribution with the bowl. picked 9 wickets in the match including two very important wickets of Cook and Prior on last day, If both of them stood their for few more time, result could have been different.

Monday, 29 October 2012

ICC new playing conditions

The new playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) will come into effect with the series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand which starts in Pallekele on Tuesday 30 October.

The amendments have been approved by the ICC Board following proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting in London in May.

It is important to note that the playing conditions are applicable to international cricket and must be read together with the Laws of Cricket. Whilst a playing condition may affect the Laws of Cricket as they may apply to international cricket, these changes are not amendments to the Laws of Cricket themselves.

The amendments to the playing conditions are:

GENERAL CHANGES (applies to more than one format)

Decision Review System (Tests and ODIs)

Clause 3.3 (ii) of Appendix 2, which deals with LBW protocols, has been amended and the margin of uncertainty applicable to the point of impact with the pad has been increased so that it is the same as provided for determining the projected point of impact with the stumps i.e. if the centre of the ball is shown to be impacting in line within an area demarcated by a line drawn down the middle of the outer stumps (and the bottom of the bails), then the decision will always be out.

If the whole of the ball is shown to be impacting outside the line of the stumps, then the decision will always be not out. If there is anything in between, the original on-field decision will stand.

As such, this clause will now read as follows: "If a 'not out' decision is being reviewed, in order to report that the point of impact is between wicket and wicket (i.e. in line with the stumps), the evidence provided by technology should show that the centre of the ball at the moment of interception is in line within an area demarcated by a line drawn below the lower edge of the bails and down the middle of the outer stumps.

"If an 'out' decision is being reviewed, in order to report that the point of impact is not between wicket and wicket (i.e. outside the line of the stumps), the evidence provided by technology should show that no part of the ball at the moment of interception is between wicket and wicket."

No-balls (Tests, ODIs and T20Is)

A clause in the Appendix, which deals with No-balls in the Third Umpire TV Replay System, has been amended.

This now reads as: "Following any mode of dismissal that is not permitted off a no-ball and which is not the subject of an Umpire or Player Review, the third umpire shall, subject to the availability of suitable technology, immediately check the fairness of the delivery (foot-fault only). If the delivery was not a fair delivery, the third umpire shall advise the on-field umpire by two-way radio who should recall the dismissed batsman, indicate that the batsman is not out and signal no-ball.

"If suitable technology is not available to the third umpire, then if the on-field umpire is uncertain as the fairness of the delivery (foot-fault only), he shall be entitled to request the batsman to delay leaving the field and to check the fairness of the delivery (foot-fault only) with the third umpire. Consultation with the third umpire shall be by way of two way radio. If the delivery was not a fair delivery the on-field umpire shall indicate that the batsman is not-out and signal no-ball."

Dead Ball (Tests, ODIs and T20Is)

Clause 23.4, Umpire calling and signaling 'Dead Ball', now reads as: "In a match where Spydercam is being used, either umpire shall call and signal 'dead ball', should a ball that has been hit by the batsman make contact, while still in play, with the Spydercam or its cable. The ball shall not count as one of the over and no runs shall be scored."

Over-rates (Tests, ODIs and T20Is)

In the event of any time allowances being granted to the fielding team under 16.2 (d) (time wasting by batting team), then such time shall be deducted from the allowances granted to the batting team in the determination of its over-rate.


Day/night Tests

Participating countries may agree to play day/night Test matches. The home and visiting boards will decide on the hours of play which will be six hours of scheduled play per day while the two boards will also decide on the precise brand, type and colour of ball to be used for the match.


Although the duration of the lunch and tea intervals remain unchanged i.e. 40 and 20 minutes respectively (as per Clause 15.1), the host team, with the consent of the opposing side, can apply to the ICC for an approval to depart from the standard playing conditions to provide for intervals of 30 minutes each.


Powerplays and fielding restrictions

Instead of three, there will be two blocks of Powerplays.

In an uninterrupted innings, the first Powerplay will be restricted to the first 10 overs with only two fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. The second five-over batting Powerplay (in an uninterrupted innings) will have to be completed by the 40th over and only three fielders will be allowed outside the fielding restriction area at the time of delivery.

In the non-Powerplay overs, no more than four fielders will be permitted outside the 30-yard circle.

For more details, please refer to ODI Playing Condition 41.2 Restrictions on the placement of fieldsmen.

Short-pitched deliveries

Law 42.6 (a) has been amended as: "A bowler shall be limited to two fast short-pitched deliveries per over."


One Over Per Side Eliminator

The following changes have been made to Appendix 7 which deals with One Over Per Side Eliminator (OOPSE):

In both innings of the one over per side eliminator, the fielding side shall choose from which end to bowl.

  • Only nominated players in the main match may participate in the OOPSE. Should any player (including the batsmen and bowler) be unable to continue to participate in the OOPSE due to (an) injury, illness or other wholly acceptable reasons, the relevant Laws and Playing Conditions as they apply in the main match shall also apply in the OOPSE.
Any penance time being served in the main match shall be carried forward to the OOPSE.
The fielding captain or his nominee shall select the ball with which he wishes to bowl his over in the OOPSE from the box of spare balls provided by the umpires. Such box to include the balls used in the main match, but no new balls. The team fielding first in the OOPSE shall have first choice of ball. The team fielding second may choose to use the same ball as chosen by the team bowling first. If the ball needs to be changed, then playing conditions as stated for the main match shall apply.

Over-rate time allowances

In addition to the available allowances under Clause 16.2 (Minimum Over-Rates), additional allowance of one minute will be given for the fall of each of the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth wickets.

courtesy: International Cricket Council