Cricinfo’s Statsguru web application is the best friend of any cricket statistician, largely, perhaps, due to the fact that you can simply look up any stat, record, list, or other piece of information about any cricket match, player, team or combination of these that you would ever want. Seriously, this tool offers such a diverse range of statistical manipulation that it’s possible to spend several days on end discovering things you never needed or wanted to know, only to forget most of it in a few days time just because you looked up SO MUCH STUFF. Here’s a list of my top ten bits of cricketing trivia that nobody would even want to know until they know it.
10 – Jonathon Trott (Most test runs without any sixes)
One of Englands finest players in recent years, Trott has scored 3763 test runs at an average of 46.5, which is no mean feat, but when it comes with the remarkable addition that he’s never hit a test match maximum, it becomes even more impressive. In fact, he’s 500 runs ahead of the next six-less cricketer, and over 2000 runs ahead of the next 21st century player. Source
9 – Danny Morrison (Most toss-won ducks vs Pakistan)
Ex New Zealand bowler, now known for his enthusiastic commentary in the IPL, doesn’t have many records. He was a good enough player to warrant 48 test caps, but was never the best in the world at anything – until now. Danny can now say that he’s the proud (joint-)holder of the record for the most ducks in any form of the game, specifically against Pakistan in games where Pakistan lost the toss. Source.
8 – Sachin Tendulkar (ODI Five-Wicket Hauls)
The Little Master, as he is affectionately known, was not given such a name for his bowling prowess. In fact, in researching these stats, his batting is so clearly leaps and bounds ahead of his bowling that I’d completely forgotten that he ever bowled in international cricket. He ended his international career with a remarkable two five-fors, more than bowling greats Shane Warne, Zaheer Khan, Kapil Dev and Courtney Walsh. Even more unbelievable is that he has taken more five-fors than Steve Waugh, Imran Khan, Shane Watson, Malcom Marshall and Ian Botham all combined, a bowling attack which has taken over 800 ODI wickets between them. Source (Tendulkar) – Source (Others)
7 – AB de Villiers (Best T20i Fielder)
Although a prolific ‘keeper himself, de Villiers has always been a fantastic addition to the outfield. In T20 cricket, where every run counts, a good piece of fielding could be the difference between a win or a loss, which is why AB’s 0.914 dismissals/innings as an outfielder, nearly 50% higher than the next best, is so crucial to South Africa’s success. Source.
6 – Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann (Fastest-Scoring Test Partnership)
The actual data for this one is a little inconclusive, since balls-faced information is scarce pre-1990, but of the partnerships which have complete data, the English duo of Broad and Swann are the only 15-innings plus partnership ever to have a run-rate of >5, narrowly edging out rivals Warne and Gilchrist to the number one spot. Source.
5 – Shivnarine Chanderpaul (Longest time spent losing)
As much as Shiv can be proud of his various batting achievements and records, there’s one that I’ve come across that he certainly won’t want to dwell on. At over 25,000 he has spent by far the most minutes batting during games that his team has gone on to lose. Perhaps due to the West Indies recent incompetence, perhaps not, but that’s over 400 hours of wasted time at the crease. Source.
4 – Steve Davis (Most Used TV Umpire)
Not quite the big-time, but the biggest, hardest decisions are always made by a game’s TV umpire, and with exactly 100 appearances, Australia’s Davis has 33% more than the next most popular, Billy Bowden. Source.
3 – Alfred Lyttleton (Best Bowling figures as Keeper)
Taking 4 wickets for 19 runs is no mean feat as a designated bowler, and would probably get any player a recall to play again, but surely for a wicketkeeper to take off his gloves, step up to bowl and take such good figures, you’d be even more impressed. Apparently not, though, since poor old Alfred never played again after this, his fourth test match for England in 1884. Source.
2 – Kiran More (Most Stumpings in one Innings)
The fourth innings of a test match is not normally associated with risky batting, especially when the batting team are fighting for a draw, so the last thing a batsman should expect is to get out stumped. However, on one day in 1988, not one, not two, but five of the West Indies’ batting lineup succumbed to the quick hands of India’s More. Yes, five. Four of these men fell to the bowling of Narendra Hirwani, who took the incredible figures of 8-75 in what mush have been one of the most bizarre innings that test match cricket has ever seen. Hirwani finished with match figures of 16-136 and More took 6 stumpings across the two innings. Source.
1 – Donald Bradman – (Most Runs in a Series)
This countdown wouldn’t be anywhere without the Don himself, Sir Donald Bradman, and what better way than to show off one of his most impressive records (other than the one that the whole world knows). Bradman scored a massive 974 runs in a 5-match series back in 1930, scoring hundreds in four of his seven innings and averaging 139, with a high score of 334. That’s just unbelievable. Source.
Thanks for reading my countdown! Add any stats you might have and I’ll be sure to have a look.