Some statistics, like Bradman's average, are known to pretty much every cricket buff. But The List will bring you facts and figures that aren't so obvious, adding fuel to those fiery debates about the most valuable middle-order bat, and the most useless tailender. If there's a particular List that you would like to see, e-mail us with your comments and suggestions.
According to stereotypes, Test pitches in India are conducive to turn, the Australian and South African variety are bouncy, in England it will seam and swing, tracks in Pakistan produce run-fests, and ones in Sri Lanka and West Indies, of late, are slow and low. A week after South Africa scaled Australia's 434 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, Sri Lanka and Pakistan toiled hard for a total of 264 runs in 89 overs in a one-dayer at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. This week, the List takes a look at various grounds and the kind of totals they allow.
The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali is the only ground in the world to average over 40 runs per wicket in Tests. As a result, four of the seven matches played there have been drawn. But for batting paradises in India, or for that matter the world, there are few that beat the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur. It has an average of 43.92 runs per wicket in Tests since 1996, 34.63 per wicket and a run-rate of 5.58 in ODIs.
|Punjab C.A. Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh||1994-2006||7||7943||198||40.11|
|Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua||1981-2005||20||21211||555||38.21|
|Niaz Stadium, Hyderabad||1973-1984||5||5094||134||38.01|
|R.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo||1992-2005||6||6153||164||37.51|
|Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur||1969-2006||9||9283||249||37.28|
|McLean Park, Napier||1979-2006||5||3921||107||36.64|
|Green Park, Kanpur||1952-2004||19||18508||506||36.57|
|Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana||1930-2005||30||29120||803||36.26|
|Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||1948-2005||28||27435||775||35.39|
Among the low-scoring grounds, Dunedin heads the list. It has just eight 300 plus scores in ten Tests and one of the lowest scoring-rates at 2.45 runs per over. The usual suspects, Headingley, Cape Town and the MCG are all there but if you had to bet on which ground had the lowest average runs per wicket in the last ten years, would you have backed the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai?
|National Stadium, Dhaka||1955-2005||17||13380||511||26.18|
|St George's Park, Port Elizabeth||1889-2004||21||18519||704||26.30|
|Asgiriya Stadium, Kandy||1983-2006||19||15631||571||27.37|
|Old Wanderers, Johannesburg||1896-1939||22||20962||742||28.25|
|Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||1975-2006||21||20004||686||29.16|
|Newlands, Cape Town||1889-2006||39||36440||1231||29.60|
|Melbourne Cricket Ground||1877-2005||98||98338||3316||29.65|
|Sydney Cricket Ground||1882-2006||94||92712||3110||29.81|
If you're looking for runs aplenty and more than a healthy helping of boundaries, don't buy tickets to games at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, St Vincent or the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Sri Lanka. In 16 ODIs at Kingstown, teams have scored in excess of 250 just thrice, and below 200 on 19 occasions. Its average per wicket, 23.52, is the lowest in the world and its run-rate of 4.07 is second only to Dambulla. The first six matches at Dambulla produced sub-200 scores and after 20 games only four times has a team scored in excess of 250.
|Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium||2001-2005||20||7461||11014||4.06|
|Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, St Vincent||1981-2005||16||5953||8772||4.07|
|Old Trafford, Manchester||1972-2005||35||13977||20298||4.13|
|MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong||1988-2005||10||3598||5191||4.15|
|Melbourne Cricket Ground||1971-2005||120||47768||66499||4.30|
|Basin Reserve, Wellington||1975-2005||26||9781||13491||4.35|
|W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth||1980-2006||58||23234||31898||4.37|
|Westpac Park, Hamilton||1981-2003||12||4595||6299||4.37|
The trend among Test grounds is that Asian venues have higher averages while the ones with lower averages are from all over. The one-day list is similar. The top ten grounds with highest averages and run-rates are an India-Pakistan monopoly, apart from the odd exception.
|Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur||1985-2005||12||5853||6287||5.58|
|Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore||1978-2006||48||21883||25604||5.12|
|National Stadium, Karachi||1980-2006||31||13241||15537||5.11|
|Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior||1988-2003||10||4833||5762||5.03|
|Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi||1982-2006||14||6496||7836||4.97|
|Karnataka State C.A. Stadium, Bangalore||1982-2005||14||6128||7402||4.96|
|Jinnah Stadium, Gujranwala||1982-2000||11||4419||5339||4.96|
|Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo||1996-2006||35||15077||18240||4.95|
|SuperSport Park, Centurion||1992-2006||25||11084||13455||4.94|
|Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad||1984-2005||12||5638||6845||4.94|
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George Binoy is editorial assistant of Cricinfo