Numbers Game


The Chris Gayle phenomenon
The Chris Gayle phenomenon

There are other big hitters in 20-over cricket, but Gayle's stats are far ahead of anyone else's in this format

The AB de Villiers T20I mystery
The AB de Villiers T20I mystery

Despite his outstanding ball-striking skills, de Villiers' numbers in this format are decidedly ordinary

All-round India clear favourites for World T20
All-round India clear favourites for World T20

The hosts' superb recent form in T20Is has been due to consistency and the presence of several match-winners with both bat and ball

Why the middle overs are key in T20Is
Why the middle overs are key in T20Is

The middle overs in T20s usually don't get much attention, but how well teams perform with bat and ball in those overs often has a huge bearing on the result

Adaptable, inspirational, inconsistent
Adaptable, inspirational, inconsistent

Brendon McCullum made 1000-plus Test runs from three batting positions, but 21% of his Test aggregate came from just six innings

Dissecting Suresh Raina's ODI stats
Dissecting Suresh Raina's ODI stats

His stats by point of entry show that he struggles when he comes in before the 20th over, but he has been hugely successful in the middle overs

Why Kohli is the best T20I batsman around
Why Kohli is the best T20I batsman around

The runs he has scored and the assurance and control with which he has got them suggest so

Stokes' all-round brilliance
Stokes' all-round brilliance

For the first time since Ian Botham in India in 1981-82, a player scored 350-plus runs and took 12 or more wickets in an overseas Test series

Australia's incredible winning streak at home
Australia's incredible winning streak at home

In the last two years, Australia have a 29-2 win-loss record in home ODIs, with their batsmen scoring 17 hundreds in 32 games; overseas, though, their record isn't that hot

How Rohit became a one-day monster
How Rohit became a one-day monster

In the last three years, Rohit has transformed into a consistent and prolific ODI batsman, consistently making big hundreds and batting deep into the innings

The Root cause at No. 4
The Root cause at No. 4

England's two-down batsmen have been the least prolific among the top eight teams in the last 40 years, but in Joe Root they have a possible long-term solution

The curious case of Darren Bravo
The curious case of Darren Bravo

Darren Bravo's overseas Test average is the best among all West Indies batsman, but his home numbers are surprisingly poor

A bowling paradise where Amla and de Villiers thrive
A bowling paradise where Amla and de Villiers thrive

South Africa presents the most challenging conditions for batsmen, but you wouldn't know that from the recent home form of their top two batsmen

A force called Ashwin
A force called Ashwin

This year has been staggeringly successful for Ashwin, whose Test stats in Asia compare favourably with the very best

To flip or not to flip?
To flip or not to flip?

Has winning the toss given the home team a huge advantage in the last 15 years?

The Warner way
The Warner way

Australia have had a rich tradition of left-hand opening batsmen, and David Warner is a worthy addition to that list

Kane Williamson's meteoric rise
Kane Williamson's meteoric rise

He was always seen as an exceptional talent, but over the last couple of years he has justified those lofty expectations

The complete batsman
The complete batsman

AB de Villiers has conquered different formats and different conditions, and his Test average of 61.67 in the last eight years makes him the best in this format as well

Cook's phenomenal numbers in Asia
Cook's phenomenal numbers in Asia

England's captain finished with a 50-plus average for the fifth time in eight series in Asia, and proved yet again he is among the best in these conditions

Steyn's Asian marvel
Steyn's Asian marvel

South Africa's phenomenal success in the continent is largely owed to the leader of their pace attack