Numbers Game


Gavaskar's chink, Bevan's successor and  Bangladesh's faith
Gavaskar's chink, Bevan's successor and Bangladesh's faith

Perhaps numbers do never reveal the full story, but they tell a large part of it fairly well

Fairy-tale year for the lower-middle order
Fairy-tale year for the lower-middle order

The sixth-wicket partnership has been the most prolific of all in Tests in 2016, while batsmen at Nos. 6 and 7 are scoring runs like never before

Why Australia can't catch a break in Asia
Why Australia can't catch a break in Asia

Between 2002 and 2006, they were a superb Test side in Asia, but over the last few years they have struggled to play spin and bowl spin in the continent

Indian bowling v lower-order fightbacks
Indian bowling v lower-order fightbacks

West Indies' superb rearguard effort in Jamaica once again exposed the problems that India's bowlers have had with Nos. 5-8 batsmen in overseas Tests

Starting trouble in Sri Lanka
Starting trouble in Sri Lanka

Since the beginning of 2012, the average opening stand in Tests in Sri Lanka is 25.82, easily the lowest among the top countries

The Misbah phenomenon
The Misbah phenomenon

Misbah-ul-Haq has been on an amazing run in Tests over the last six years, and his stats at No. 5 are getting better with every game

Did Ramdin deserve to be dropped?
Did Ramdin deserve to be dropped?

Denesh Ramdin scored two fifties in his last two Test innings, but has otherwise struggled with the bat in the last 30 months

Lack of overseas experience could hurt Pakistan
Lack of overseas experience could hurt Pakistan

The upcoming series in England will be a major challenge since only two of their batsmen have played more than one Test innings in the country before

England discover their ODI batting mojo
England discover their ODI batting mojo

Over the last year, England's batsmen have scored faster, made more hundreds, and hit more fours and sixes than batsmen from any other team

A new, improved Marlon Samuels?
A new, improved Marlon Samuels?

Samuels has been on an outstanding run in ODIs in the last three years, but his Test numbers aren't that impressive

Imran Tahir: the ODI wicket-taking force
Imran Tahir: the ODI wicket-taking force

A look at the legspinner's limited-overs impact for South Africa, and the lack of huge totals in the West Indies

Sri Lanka's batting conundrum
Sri Lanka's batting conundrum

Their batting is in a rebuilding phase, and while Dinesh Chandimal has slotted in well, the others haven't quite found their groove yet

Prolific Anderson on the move
Prolific Anderson on the move

James Anderson has been gorging on Sri Lankan wickets this summer, but over the last six years he has significantly improved his overseas record as well

Warner: an IPL colossus
Warner: an IPL colossus

The Sunrisers opener is among the most successful batsmen in the league, making fifty-plus scores every three innings

The fizz in Mustafizur
The fizz in Mustafizur

In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

The chasing formula in IPL 2016
The chasing formula in IPL 2016

Teams batting second have had it all their way so far in IPL 2016, and openers have racked up some incredible numbers in chases

Why Andre Russell rocks the 20-over format
Why Andre Russell rocks the 20-over format

Andre Russell is one of only two allrounders - Dwayne Bravo is the other - to score 2000-plus runs and take 100-plus wickets in T20s since 2013

The Kohli and Root show
The Kohli and Root show

The 2016 World T20 saw some fine batting, but Kohli and Root stood out not just for the runs they scored, but the manner in which they got them

Dots, boundaries, and a WT20 for spinners
Dots, boundaries, and a WT20 for spinners

A look at the two finalists and their run-gathering methods, and the huge role that spinners have played in the tournament so far

A limited-overs champion
A limited-overs champion

Shane Watson's Test career was underwhelming, but with his brute batting force and his canny bowling, he was an absolute asset in the limited-overs formats