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ESPNcricinfo's stats editor S Rajesh looks at the stories behind the stats
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The curious cases of Shafiq and Karunaratne

Oct 13, 2017: Both were prolific in the recently concluded Pakistan-Sri Lanka series, but their overall Test careers is a strange mix of excellence and mediocrity

S Rajesh

Rangana Herath and his fourth-innings mastery

Oct 6, 2017: In the Abu Dhabi Test, Rangana Herath once again showed his fourth-innings mastery, becoming only the fourth bowler to take 100 wickets in the last innings

S Rajesh

Reopening the debate on best chasers in ODIs

Sep 22, 2017: Another look at the batsmen with the best record in ODI chases, taking into account relative strike rates, runs per innings, and percentage of team runs scored

S Rajesh and Shiva Jayaraman

Will Rohit Sharma dominate his favourite opponents again?

Sep 15, 2017: He has been on an incredible run spree against Australia in recent years, and his superb numbers of late suggest he will have another fine series against them

S Rajesh

Why Shakib is the best Test allrounder going around today

Sep 1, 2017: Since the start of 2014, Shakib Al Hasan averages almost 49 with the bat and 31 with the ball, with a 16% contribution of the team's runs, and 30% of their wickets. No other allrounder comes close during this period

S Rajesh

The spin test resumes for Australia

Aug 25, 2017: Australia's recent record in Asia is poor, while Bangladesh's fortunes have been on the rise recently. The two-Test series could well be a tight contest

S Rajesh

West Indies' freefall in England

Aug 18, 2017: Through the 1970s and '80s, West Indies had a 15-0 win-loss record in Tests in England, but since 2000 England have been just as dominant

S Rajesh

Was Morne Morkel unlucky in the England Tests?

Aug 11, 2017: The common consensus is that Morne Morkel deserved more than 19 wickets in the four Tests in England. A look at ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball stats throws more light on the matter

S Rajesh

South Africa's opening pairs' struggle against the top pace attacks

Aug 4, 2017: South Africa's opening partnership has been a huge concern for them recently, and their numbers look especially poor against high-quality pace attacks

S Rajesh

Why Philander remains South Africa's go-to bowler

Jul 28, 2017: Despite other bowlers' ability to bowl quicker or swing the ball more, Vernon Philander has remained South Africa's most bankable bowler in Tests

S Rajesh

Does Sri Lanka remain a tough country for openers?

Jul 21, 2017: From 2011 to 2016, the average opening stand in Tests in Sri Lanka was the lowest among all countries. However, there has been a bit of a revival in 2017

S Rajesh

Moeen and Stokes highlight England's all-round strength

Jul 14, 2017: The Lord's Test against South Africa was another fine illustration of how well England have been served by their lower middle order, with both bat and ball

S Rajesh

The closest rivalries in Test cricket

Jul 7, 2017: Since South Africa's readmission, few match-ups have been as closely fought as the one between England and South Africa

S Rajesh

Quinton de Kock's outstanding Test run

Jun 30, 2017: The South African wicketkeeper has consistently been among the runs over the last 18 months, and he will be key to the team's fortunes in the Test series in England

S Rajesh

Has the extra outfielder affected scoring rates in the last ten?

Jun 23, 2017: A comparison of the numbers in the last ten overs of ODIs before and after the rule change which allows an extra fielder outside the circle in the last ten overs

S Rajesh

The best bowling pairs in a season

Mar 31, 2017: Ashwin and Jadeja took 153 wickets in the 13 Tests they played in 2016-17. A look at other bowling pairs who excelled in a season

S Rajesh and Shiva Jayaraman

How good has Umesh Yadav got?

Mar 24, 2017: In the last 18 months, the Indian fast bowler has made significant strides, and the most impressive aspect has been his improved control

S Rajesh

Nathan Lyon's second-innings problems in Asia

Mar 17, 2017: Nathan Lyon's performance in the Bengaluru Test underscored his tendency to perform well in the first innings in Asia, but fade away in the second

S Rajesh

Outstanding in ODIs, mediocre in Tests

Mar 3, 2017: Martin Guptill makes big hundreds for fun in ODIs, but in Tests he has struggled to make an impact despite having played almost 50 matches

S Rajesh

Mr Inconsistents

Feb 24, 2017: There is no doubting the batting talent of Shaun Marsh and KL Rahul, but both have been plagued by inconsistency in their Test careers so far

S Rajesh
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