January 1, 2011

Waqar Younis and the others: a look at ODI streaks

A statistical look back at the most prolific streaks in batting and bowling in ODIs
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No one ran up ODI bowling streaks like Waqar Younis did © Photosport


This is a logical follow-up to the brace of articles on the best 1-10 Tests streaks for bowlers and batsmen. This coves the ODI matches. I have managed to have both the batsmen and bowlers in a single article by some nifty formatting.

This turned out to be a tough task since I also wanted to utilise this opportunity to build a player-performance database. This is essential since I needed to get the best 1-10 ODI performances for each player and then get the all-time best performances. I also wanted to provide the information on the top players' 1-10 ODIs best performances so that the readers could do their own comparisons. And I was sure that there would be queries on the best performances by specific players after the article was published. I wanted to be able to provide the information quickly. In fact I have also provided the huge table of all qualifying players for downloading.

First let me emphasise that this is only a run aggregate. I myself will clarify that this aggregating of runs in specific sequences of 1-10 ODIs is irrespective of opposing team, home or away, match conditions, period lapsed between matches, not outs et al. That is not the purpose of this article. Readers should appreciate this and not come in with a comment such as "opposition bowling quality is not considered". But that is wishful thinking! Anyhow I will just publish such readers' comments without any response. Also readers who worry about batting average should understand that when someone scores over 500 runs in 10 ODIs, it does not matter about averages. It is going to be quite high.

Let us now look at the tables.

Maximum runs scored in 1 to 10 ODIs

Batsman              Cty StMtId-Year  No Runs
ODIs

Tendulkar S.R Ind (2962-2010) 1 200 Saeed Anwar Pak (1209-1997) 1 194 Coventry C.K Zim (2873-2009) 1 194 Richards I.V.A Win (0264-1984) 1 189 Jayasuriya S.T Slk (1652-2000) 1 189 ... Jayasuriya S.T Slk (2389-2006) 2 309 Dilshan T.M Slk (2932-2009) 2 283 Gower D.I Eng (0168-1983) 2 280 ... Gibbs H.H Saf (1882-2002) 3 385 Saeed Anwar Pak (0841-1993) 3 349 Haynes D.L Win (0322-1985) 3 346 ... Gibbs H.H Saf (1882-2002) 4 482 Tendulkar S.R Ind (1052-1996) 4 424 Salman Butt Pak (2698-2008) 4 418 Zaheer Abbas Pak (0163-1982) 4 418 ... Hayden M.L Aus (2527-2007) 5 529 Gibbs H.H Saf (1882-2002) 5 497 Salman Butt Pak (2698-2008) 5 488 ... Hayden M.L Aus (2527-2007) 6 576 Salman Butt Pak (2700-2008) 6 550 Waugh M.E Aus (1037-1996) 6 545 ... Salman Butt Pak (2698-2008) 7 626 Amla H.M Saf (2979-2010) 7 622 Hayden M.L Aus (2527-2007) 7 617 ... Amla H.M Saf (2963-2010) 8 709 Salman Butt Pak (2696-2008) 8 659 Hayden M.L Aus (2526-2007) 8 641 ... Amla H.M Saf (2962-2010) 9 743 Javed Miandad Pak (0437-1987) 9 697 Waugh M.E Aus (1033-1996) 9 685 ... Amla H.M Saf (2963-2010) 10 768 Hayden M.L Aus (2527-2007) 10 761 de Villiers A.B Saf (2962-2010) 10 730

The batting honours have been widely distributed. Amla leads with 3 top positions, followed by Hayden and Gibbs with 2 each. Tendulkar, Jayasuriya and Salman Butt share the remaining three spots. Salman Butt also figures in the top 3 of quite a few mini-tables. Gibbs is also well-represented.

- Tendulkar's 200 is in his last innings in ODI cricket.
- Upto 5 match streaks, the top batsmen have averaged over 100 runs per ODI.
- Amla's streak is vintage-2010. His 2010 form, leading upto the New Year and World Cup is phenomenal. Not to forget the recent form of de Villiers.

I am sure readers would like to see the best 1-10 ODI sequence aggregates of their favourite batsmen. Instead of cluttering up the main article I have uploaded the file and readers can view/download the complete player file.

To view/down-load the complete 1-10 ODIs table, please click/right-click here.

To view/down-load the complete player table, please click/right-click here. The batsmen who have scored 2000 runs or more are included.

Now for the bowler sequence table.

Maximum wickets captured in 1 to 10 ODIs

Bowler               Cty  StMtId-Year  No Wkts
ODIs

Vaas WPUJC Slk (1776-2001) 1 8 Waqar Younis Pak (1724-2001) 1 7 Muralitharan M Slk (1650-2000) 1 7 Aaqib Javed Pak (0685-1991) 1 7 McGrath G.D Aus (1970-2003) 1 7 Bichel A.J Aus (1976-2003) 1 7 Davis W.W Win (0203-1983) 1 7 ... Waqar Younis Pak (1724-2001) 2 13 Azhar Mahmood Pak (1517-1999) 2 11 Gilmour G.J Aus (0031-1975) 2 11 Aaqib Javed Pak (1205-1997) 2 10 Muralitharan M Slk (1650-2000) 2 10 Harris R.J Aus (2946-2010) 2 10 Bond S.E Nzl (2273-2005) 2 10 de Mel A.L.F Slk (0211-1983) 2 10 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0625-1990) 3 15 Harris R.J Aus (2946-2010) 3 13 Gilmour G.J Aus (0031-1975) 3 13 Warne S.K Aus (1149-1996) 3 13 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0625-1990) 4 17 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 4 17 Vaas WPUJC Slk (1950-2003) 4 16 Harris R.J Aus (2946-2010) 4 16 ... Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 5 20 Waqar Younis Pak (0627-1990) 5 19 Patterson B.P Win (0459-1987) 5 17 Hendrick M Eng (0071-1979) 5 17 Harris R.J Aus (2796-2009) 5 17 Donald A.A Saf (1121-1996) 5 17 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0627-1990) 6 24 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 6 22 Donald A.A Saf (1124-1996) 6 21 .... Waqar Younis Pak (0627-1990) 7 29 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 7 25 Donald A.A Saf (1124-1996) 7 24 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0625-1990) 8 33 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 8 26 Donald A.A Saf (1121-1996) 8 26 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0609-1990) 9 33 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2718-2008) 9 30 Donald A.A Saf (1121-1996) 9 29 ... Waqar Younis Pak (0625-1990) 10 35 Mendis B.A.W Slk (2735-2008) 10 34 Donald A.A Saf (1073-1996) 10 31

Unlike the batting tables, this table is Waqar Younis all the way. Vaas just managed to gather that extra wicket to lead the 1-match table. Then Mendis, with his mercurial start to his career, just about managed to get the additional wicket in the 5-match streak. The rest is all Waqar Younis. He leads in 8 of the 10 mini-tables. This was Waqar, at his toe-crushing best during 1990. This streak helped Pakistan win 10 matches in a trot.

- From 6 to 10 matches, the sub-tables have the same three players, Waqar, Mendis and Donald in the same order. R.J.Harris had an excellent sequence for Australia.
- The 1990s have been a wonderful period for such streaks.
- There is a wide proliferation of bowlers in the low number streaks.
- It is interesting to note that Waqar Younis has a long streak starting in match no 625 and a great two match streak of 7 and 6 wickets towards the end of his career. He does not appear twice because I am showing only one streak per bowler - Upto 8-match streaks the bowlers have managed to gather more than 4 wickets per match.
- Note the absence of Indian bowlers in these tables, both Batting and Bowling.

I am sure readers would like to see the best 1-10 ODIs sequence aggregates of their favourite bowlers. Instead of cluttering up the main article I have uploaded the file and readers can view/download the complete player file.

To view/down-load the complete 1-10 ODIs table, please click/right-click here.

To view/down-load the complete player table, please click/right-click here. The bowlers who have captured 100 wickets or more are included.

For the longer streak analysis I did just one. I decided to do a 50-match analysis. 50 matches represents between 2 and 3 years in a player career and anything longer would rule out quite a few batsmen. The results are presented below.

Batsman              Cty  StMtId-Year  No  Runs
ODIs

Tendulkar S.R Ind (1277-1998) 50 2518 Lara B.C Win (0939-1994) 50 2485 Ganguly S.C Ind (1444-1999) 50 2406 Gooch G.A Eng (0144-1982) 50 2397 Kirsten G Saf (1041-1996) 50 2392 Jones D.M Aus (0502-1988) 50 2376 Gayle C.H Win (1782-2001) 50 2331 Greenidge C.G Win (0081-1979) 50 2330 Chanderpaul S Win (2437-2006) 50 2298 Javed Miandad Pak (0385-1986) 50 2296 Saeed Anwar Pak (1112-1996) 50 2277 Richards I.V.A Win (0074-1979) 50 2268 de Silva P.A Slk (1055-1996) 50 2263 Ponting R.T Aus (2260-2005) 50 2259 Hayden M.L Aus (2227-2005) 50 2249 Haynes D.L Win (0510-1988) 50 2247 Zaheer Abbas Pak (0030-1975) 50 2247 Marsh G.R Aus (0500-1988) 50 2221 Jayasuriya S.T Slk (1077-1996) 50 2207 Waugh M.E Aus (1033-1996) 50 2185

This table goes as planned. There is a collection of the best ODI batsmen of all time. Tendulkar had his best period towards end of 1990s and scored at over 50 runs per match. Lara, despite his lesser credentials in ODI matches, had his purple match during the early part of his career and averaged just below 50 runs per match. Ganguly's streak coincided with Tendulkar's.

To view/down-load the complete 50 ODIs Batsmen table, please click/right-click here.

Bowler               Cty  StMtId-Year  No Wkts
ODIs

Saqlain Mushtaq Pak (1135-1996) 50 105 Donald A.A Saf (0977-1995) 50 104 Waqar Younis Pak (0625-1990) 50 102 Lee B Aus (1677-2001) 50 102 Bond S.E Nzl (1845-2002) 50 97 Muralitharan M Slk (1825-2002) 50 96 McGrath G.D Aus (1210-1997) 50 94 Ntini M Saf (1801-2002) 50 94 Broad S.C.J Eng (2622-2007) 50 92 Shoaib Akhtar Pak (1428-1999) 50 91 Gough D Eng (1077-1996) 50 91 Mills K.D Nzl (2276-2005) 50 90 McDermott C.J Aus (0416-1987) 50 90 Kumble A Ind (0945-1994) 50 90 Bracken N.W Aus (1698-2001) 50 90 Warne S.K Aus (0889-1994) 50 89 Pathan I.K Ind (2093-2004) 50 89 Wasim Akram Pak (0720-1992) 50 88 Pringle C Nzl (0638-1990) 50 88 Lillee D.K Aus (0003-1972) 50 88 Mohammad Sami Pak (1808-2002) 50 87 Ambrose C.E.L Win (0508-1988) 50 86 Naved-ul-Hasan Pak (2179-2004) 50 86 Zaheer Khan Ind (1729-2001) 50 86 Bishop I.R Win (0519-1988) 50 85 Umar Gul Pak (2463-2006) 50 85 Fleming D.W Aus (0907-1994) 50 84 Garner J Win (0128-1981) 50 84 Gillespie J.N Aus (1187-1997) 50 84 Johnson M.G Aus (2413-2006) 50 84

Despite Waqar Younis's great 10 match streak, it is Saqlain Mushtaq who takes the first place in this table. He has captured 105 wickets in his best 50 match period. Donald has also leap-frogged over Waqar and captured 104 wickets in 50 matches. Now comes Waqar Younis, with 102 wickets. Lee shares this spot with Waqar Younis and these four bowlers exceed 100 wickets in 50 matches. Then comes Bond and the two greats, Murali and McGrath.

It is nice to see the presence of Irfan Pathan inn this list, just behind Kumble, but above Wasim Akram and Lillee.

To view/down-load the complete 50 ODIs Bowlers table, please click/right-click here.

Anantha Narayanan has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket and worked with a number of companies on their cricket performance ratings-related systems

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • waspsting on January 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Ibrahim - completely agree with you - Waqar is very underrated. IMO, he's the best bowler in test cricket I've seen. Didn't have all the 'weapons' but had one for every situation, which is more important. Who cares if you can't bowl a perfect leg-cutter when you can knock over any batsman with an inswinging yorker?

    @Ananth - stats look like a jumping of point for fuller analysis. Strike rate for batsmen and economy rates for bowlers are as critical as wickets and runs, IMO. I would have ordered my team to not get Sherwin Campbell out, with Lara waiting in the wings!

    for example, without remembering the matches concerned, I'd bet my biceps Amrose's streak was more valuable than many above it or Jayasuriya's run greater than Kirsten's.

    Saqlain was amazing - only spinner who i saw pin down guys like Sidhu, Azhar to the crease. Shame Lara didn't play too much of him - i'd pay to watch that contest. Waqar could be very expensive, but lethally damaging.

  • Ananth on January 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Arjun, there was a minor mistake and the tables, only the 50+ streak table has been re-posted. Those 100 odd matches which had the super-sub were the culprits.

  • Shardul Juyal on January 3, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    I believe this is the first time i am not fully (for the lack of a proper word) convinced by the stats in this blog. ...only the batsmen part.

    Middle order batsmen might be excluded from the list as chasing a low total the batsman would end at 5 not out...and it would be counted as 5 runs in the innings or other times getting out at 20 runs on 7 balls to accelerate in the end. And that is why i believe the top 50 innings is loaded with openers + No 3.

    But i guess there is no way to eliminate this bug without introducing a few others. [[ I am not trying to be fair to all batsmen, I confess. I am trying to say who scored most runs or captured most wickets in 1-10 and 50 matches. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on January 3, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Fun article. I have always maintained that Saqlain is one of the most underrated bowlers of all time. For all practical purposes he was the inventor of the modern day "doosra"...the adoption of which so dramatically affected Murali's career and the effect he had on Righties. I've seen Saqlain at his best flummox the best of them- Tendulkar,Lara and co. included. Something not too many spinners can claim. Unfortunately, injuries curtailed what could perhaps have been the greatest spin bowling career ever. So nice to see these odd analyses bring about the great forgotten bowlers when at their best.

  • wasim on January 3, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Dear all Waqar is very good bowler he has finish his career now what about shoaib Akhtar?

  • Asghar Ali on January 3, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Great work. And good to see waqar's performance. Thanks Waqar, You and wasim really rocked for Pakistan.

  • vedagiri on January 3, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Good analysis by Anand. Really appreciated. But I am annoyed by some of readers comments suggesting new ideas to be incorporated into analysis. Carry on Anand

  • unni on January 3, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Very nice to read stats... enjoyed it more than the test stats. It is due to a very personal point of view. Tests have a long history and I only have 10-20 years of enjoyment period for that. But, I grew up with a good slice of oneday history and can quite relate to the player achievements. Hence I can enjoy this statistics more because, it numerizes (hope I haven't invented a new word here ;-)) my own enjoyment. [[ Unni That is a beautiful term. I will remember and use it, with due credit to you. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on January 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    there seems to be some mistake. Umar gul in his 50 mts. streak has taken only 48 wkts. I assume it must be atleast 60-70.

    Arjun. [[ Yes, Arjun. There is a problem with specific bowlers who have bowled in between 50 and 100 matches. I will correct the tables and repost. Ananth: ]]

  • Miher on January 3, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @Anantha

    great analysis!!!

  • waspsting on January 6, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    @Ibrahim - completely agree with you - Waqar is very underrated. IMO, he's the best bowler in test cricket I've seen. Didn't have all the 'weapons' but had one for every situation, which is more important. Who cares if you can't bowl a perfect leg-cutter when you can knock over any batsman with an inswinging yorker?

    @Ananth - stats look like a jumping of point for fuller analysis. Strike rate for batsmen and economy rates for bowlers are as critical as wickets and runs, IMO. I would have ordered my team to not get Sherwin Campbell out, with Lara waiting in the wings!

    for example, without remembering the matches concerned, I'd bet my biceps Amrose's streak was more valuable than many above it or Jayasuriya's run greater than Kirsten's.

    Saqlain was amazing - only spinner who i saw pin down guys like Sidhu, Azhar to the crease. Shame Lara didn't play too much of him - i'd pay to watch that contest. Waqar could be very expensive, but lethally damaging.

  • Ananth on January 3, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Arjun, there was a minor mistake and the tables, only the 50+ streak table has been re-posted. Those 100 odd matches which had the super-sub were the culprits.

  • Shardul Juyal on January 3, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    I believe this is the first time i am not fully (for the lack of a proper word) convinced by the stats in this blog. ...only the batsmen part.

    Middle order batsmen might be excluded from the list as chasing a low total the batsman would end at 5 not out...and it would be counted as 5 runs in the innings or other times getting out at 20 runs on 7 balls to accelerate in the end. And that is why i believe the top 50 innings is loaded with openers + No 3.

    But i guess there is no way to eliminate this bug without introducing a few others. [[ I am not trying to be fair to all batsmen, I confess. I am trying to say who scored most runs or captured most wickets in 1-10 and 50 matches. Ananth: ]]

  • Abhi on January 3, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Fun article. I have always maintained that Saqlain is one of the most underrated bowlers of all time. For all practical purposes he was the inventor of the modern day "doosra"...the adoption of which so dramatically affected Murali's career and the effect he had on Righties. I've seen Saqlain at his best flummox the best of them- Tendulkar,Lara and co. included. Something not too many spinners can claim. Unfortunately, injuries curtailed what could perhaps have been the greatest spin bowling career ever. So nice to see these odd analyses bring about the great forgotten bowlers when at their best.

  • wasim on January 3, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Dear all Waqar is very good bowler he has finish his career now what about shoaib Akhtar?

  • Asghar Ali on January 3, 2011, 9:34 GMT

    Great work. And good to see waqar's performance. Thanks Waqar, You and wasim really rocked for Pakistan.

  • vedagiri on January 3, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Good analysis by Anand. Really appreciated. But I am annoyed by some of readers comments suggesting new ideas to be incorporated into analysis. Carry on Anand

  • unni on January 3, 2011, 7:10 GMT

    Very nice to read stats... enjoyed it more than the test stats. It is due to a very personal point of view. Tests have a long history and I only have 10-20 years of enjoyment period for that. But, I grew up with a good slice of oneday history and can quite relate to the player achievements. Hence I can enjoy this statistics more because, it numerizes (hope I haven't invented a new word here ;-)) my own enjoyment. [[ Unni That is a beautiful term. I will remember and use it, with due credit to you. Ananth: ]]

  • Arjun on January 3, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    there seems to be some mistake. Umar gul in his 50 mts. streak has taken only 48 wkts. I assume it must be atleast 60-70.

    Arjun. [[ Yes, Arjun. There is a problem with specific bowlers who have bowled in between 50 and 100 matches. I will correct the tables and repost. Ananth: ]]

  • Miher on January 3, 2011, 4:53 GMT

    @Anantha

    great analysis!!!

  • Khawaja Naveed Zafar on January 3, 2011, 4:41 GMT

    Great Work and Great Bowler indeed. Waqar Younis will always be remembered as the greatest exponent of reverse swing and the number of wickets he got through LBW and bowled were amazing and now a days very rare to see.

  • Lalit Jain on January 3, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    Can we have the similer type of list for centuries also ? [[ Test Batting streaks work has already been done. Ananth: ]]

  • nothingbutthetruth on January 2, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Good analysis Anantha.And a useful one too. . And good to see the name of Vass is highlighted in the analysis.He was one of the best left armers in the world, second only to Wasim.People have started to compare Zaheer with Wasim, but the truth is that Zaheer is not even as good as Vaas.If you don't believe me go and compare the statistics of the two players. @CricketPissek: Completely agreed with you.Cheers...

  • Revington on January 2, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Apart from deducing that waqar indeed was destructive one reaches the conclusion that Saqlain Mushtaq indeed revolutionized off spin bowling. Indeed he made it sexy again. The first with the doosra bowled legally as opposed to how the majority in the world bowl it today. One really has to admire the man for his innovations. Developing a new ball at the highest level indeed has to involve genius. What a bowler he was. Indeed, it seems that those days of the 1990s till the beginning of the year 2000 cricket indeed was played by a different level of superstars.

    No surprise that Sachin Mr consistent tops the 50 match run table. He is indeed the most consistent batsman the world has ever known a true legend of the game. HE has carried the hopes of a nation. Some critize him for his lack of matchwinning knocks as opposed to maybe a Laxman. However, that needs to be countered to a certain degree by the fact that for the better part of a decade he was Indias only batsman so to speak.

  • Iftikhar Ahmad on January 2, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Great work Ananth, no doubt about the quality of Waqar and Waseem bowling together, that time 200 score by Pakistan was also looked defendable.

  • Wahaj Hashmi on January 2, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Odd how the only ones trying to make flaws off Anantha's system are those too biased towards their own favourites, lets be more sportsmen like, shall we? x) Great work Anantha x)

  • Ibrahim on January 2, 2011, 15:31 GMT

    great facts....waqar i feel is a very underrated bowler....waseem nd waqar when on song were untouchable...todays cricket has no true genuine fast bowlers.....roach is good....steyn hardly clocks 145.....akhter is old now...jhonson can be quick sometimes...bt the future of fast bowling to me doesnt look very bright....

  • Gokul on January 2, 2011, 14:58 GMT

    Anantha, can you post the link to the earlier Test match article that did the same evaluation with test match stats? I tried to find it from the archives but failed to locate it. Thanks. [[ bowling http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2010/12/barnes_and_muralitharan_at_par.php

    and

    batting http://blogs.espncricinfo.com/itfigures/archives/2010/11/

    Ananth: ]]

  • CricketPissek on January 2, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    England in ODIs in the 90s were as minnowesque as it gets! So, does SHAHABUDEEN & co want to discount those wickets that Waqar would've got against them as well? Vaas is an ODI legend. Just because he didn't sledge, tweet, appear on reality tv shows, or had a "bollywood look" doesn't mean he was anything less than a superstar. His (then record) 23 wickets in the 2003 WorldCup where SL only made it to the Semis is one bit of evidence that he performed well against all opposition. There was a time when the first ball of an ODI facing Vaas was the scariest prospect for a batsman! Especially if he was right handed. These were some fantastic streaks by some fine bowlers. Please show some respect if you're a real cricket fan. Thanks Ananth for extracting these numbers and sharing it with us. Perfect read for a lazy Sunday afternoon!

  • Ammad Fazal on January 2, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Wonderful work ananth. It was always pleasing to watch waqar and wasim bowling in pair and getting wickets especially those swinging yorkers. Just surprised to see some great names missing like inzamam, jayawardne from the 1-50 odi list.

  • imran alam on January 2, 2011, 11:40 GMT

    Waqar was indeed the great bowler of his time..still he is trying to put pakistani bowling line to the top...Good to see him holding the best ranking till date...

  • Fayt Zylox on January 2, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Wonderful Work. Greatly appreciated. Being a Comp. Sc. student, I'm sure it was no easy feat writing such a complex program.

  • Ali Shah on January 2, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Great article. Waqar was an awesome bowler indeed and nice to see him get his due. However the surprising thing for me in this article was how prolific Salman Butt has been for a part of his ODI career. That was something very surprising indeed.

  • azhar on January 2, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    great job done. nice idea but must have required hard work.

  • mashood on January 2, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    is that Salman Butt's famous streak against the great bowlers of Bangladesh & Zimbabwe? [[ Why the sarcasm. Everyone gets cheap runs or wickets. I suggest you ask the New Zealand batsmen about the Bangladeshi bowlers. Ananth: ]]

  • Deepanjan Datta on January 2, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Like always .. enjoyed the analysis. Waqar and Mendis's presence wasn't as much a surprise as was Saqlain and Agarkar's absence ( then again, I guess they were more 'consistent' at 3/4 wkts per match than racking up a streak like this ). I was totally expecting Amla to show up for his great run this year. I'm not sure of the complexity involved - but is there a way to gather stats for catches too ( non- wicketkeepers, of course!).

  • Ad on January 2, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Am I the only one who prefers the format used for tests where you provided 1-2 lines of context after each streak?

    Anyway, still remains a good analysis. I liked the idea of showing 50 match streak. Most of these guys were phenomenal during that peak 2-3 year period. Irfan Pathan seems to be a unique case in both the batsmen and bowlers 50 match list, having a great streak at the beginning of his career before completely fizzling out. [[ Ad I was just trying to combine the bowling and batting streaks into one article since I have so many ideas in front of me. Ananth: ]]

  • Maninder on January 2, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Kudos Anantha. Great work. For me Waqar defined fast bowling, till date does. Good to see him ruling the charts.

  • Abbas on January 2, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Good to see people realize that Pakistan has been the best country for producing fast, slow or medium arm bowlers....

  • SHAHABUDEEN on January 2, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    There is certainly a flaw in the system, as it is not considering the opposition strength into the account. For example, Vaas used to get all over minnows (ex 2003 league matches). Just a thought...[[ After mentioning this about a million time myself, I was waiting for a comment tlike this. All wicket tallies would have minnow wickets amongst them. Also tell the New Zealanders that the Bangladeshis are minnows. Ananth: ]]

  • Mujeeb on January 2, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    By a chance , absolutely incredibly,pakistan is a den of world class fast bowlers!the likes of imran,sarfaraz,wasim,waqar,aqib,Akter, in the past n Gul,Aamer,aasif today r totally matchless..and even today pak continues to b the best bowling side with all its variety.being an indian,one cant help but admire them

  • Master Blaster on January 2, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    How can you decide on a streak when tendulkar has not played a single ODI since his 200 innings...how does one know that it is not the beginning of a so called 'streak'. Te larger point I am trying to make is that you can not pick few innings from the middle of nowhere. [[ It is understandable that readers are peplexed about how this is done. Every innings played by every batsman is taken and the 1-10 match streak values determined. Then I go to the next innings until I reach their last innings. Then their individual best values are drawn up. When all the player values have been drawn up, the best amongst these bests is selected. Not one innings is missed. There is nothing manual which is being done. It is a complex computer program which analyzes each one of 60000 or so innings played and determines the 1-10 match values starting with these innings. I get the feeling the absence of Tendulkar in these tables which has caused this question. Do not forget that he is at the head of the 1 and 50 match streaks. Ananth: ]]

  • NavK Singh on January 1, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    No better sight in bowling than Waquar's intense rampaging charge to the crease, launching the ball with such ferocity with each wicket celebrated demonstratively

  • Pawan Mathur on January 1, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    India have two bowlers who took more than 80 wkts in their initial 50 ODIs. Yet Agarkar and Irfan Pathan's demise of bowling form is beyond comprehension. Has it got to do with the fact that both at some stage of their career were looked upon as the one 'allrounder' India was searching for. Moreover, their economy rates for the second half of their career are quiet high.

  • Siddhartha gupta on January 1, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Great Stats..I don't think I recognized how consistent Salman Butt's been before coming across this article. Though I thought I might run across Sehwag or Gambhir on the way.

  • Altamash on January 1, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Correction: " Mendis, with his mercurial start to his career, just about managed to get the additional wicket in the 4-match streak"

    It is actually 5-match streak in which Mendis has 20 wickets, 1 more than Waqar's 19 Thanks. Since corrected. Ananth: ]]

  • Syed J Ahmed on January 1, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I think pakistan produced the best bowlers in the history of cricket. I'm not sayin that because i'm a pakistani but if you look at the stats you will see what i'm talking about. Waqar was a great great bowler and to this day, I watch his videos on youtube to get some inspiration. [[ With one qualification. In Odi matches. Ananth: ]]

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  • Syed J Ahmed on January 1, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    I think pakistan produced the best bowlers in the history of cricket. I'm not sayin that because i'm a pakistani but if you look at the stats you will see what i'm talking about. Waqar was a great great bowler and to this day, I watch his videos on youtube to get some inspiration. [[ With one qualification. In Odi matches. Ananth: ]]

  • Altamash on January 1, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    Correction: " Mendis, with his mercurial start to his career, just about managed to get the additional wicket in the 4-match streak"

    It is actually 5-match streak in which Mendis has 20 wickets, 1 more than Waqar's 19 Thanks. Since corrected. Ananth: ]]

  • Siddhartha gupta on January 1, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    Great Stats..I don't think I recognized how consistent Salman Butt's been before coming across this article. Though I thought I might run across Sehwag or Gambhir on the way.

  • Pawan Mathur on January 1, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    India have two bowlers who took more than 80 wkts in their initial 50 ODIs. Yet Agarkar and Irfan Pathan's demise of bowling form is beyond comprehension. Has it got to do with the fact that both at some stage of their career were looked upon as the one 'allrounder' India was searching for. Moreover, their economy rates for the second half of their career are quiet high.

  • NavK Singh on January 1, 2011, 22:01 GMT

    No better sight in bowling than Waquar's intense rampaging charge to the crease, launching the ball with such ferocity with each wicket celebrated demonstratively

  • Master Blaster on January 2, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    How can you decide on a streak when tendulkar has not played a single ODI since his 200 innings...how does one know that it is not the beginning of a so called 'streak'. Te larger point I am trying to make is that you can not pick few innings from the middle of nowhere. [[ It is understandable that readers are peplexed about how this is done. Every innings played by every batsman is taken and the 1-10 match streak values determined. Then I go to the next innings until I reach their last innings. Then their individual best values are drawn up. When all the player values have been drawn up, the best amongst these bests is selected. Not one innings is missed. There is nothing manual which is being done. It is a complex computer program which analyzes each one of 60000 or so innings played and determines the 1-10 match values starting with these innings. I get the feeling the absence of Tendulkar in these tables which has caused this question. Do not forget that he is at the head of the 1 and 50 match streaks. Ananth: ]]

  • Mujeeb on January 2, 2011, 2:23 GMT

    By a chance , absolutely incredibly,pakistan is a den of world class fast bowlers!the likes of imran,sarfaraz,wasim,waqar,aqib,Akter, in the past n Gul,Aamer,aasif today r totally matchless..and even today pak continues to b the best bowling side with all its variety.being an indian,one cant help but admire them

  • SHAHABUDEEN on January 2, 2011, 3:12 GMT

    There is certainly a flaw in the system, as it is not considering the opposition strength into the account. For example, Vaas used to get all over minnows (ex 2003 league matches). Just a thought...[[ After mentioning this about a million time myself, I was waiting for a comment tlike this. All wicket tallies would have minnow wickets amongst them. Also tell the New Zealanders that the Bangladeshis are minnows. Ananth: ]]

  • Abbas on January 2, 2011, 6:30 GMT

    Good to see people realize that Pakistan has been the best country for producing fast, slow or medium arm bowlers....

  • Maninder on January 2, 2011, 7:07 GMT

    Kudos Anantha. Great work. For me Waqar defined fast bowling, till date does. Good to see him ruling the charts.