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Q&A session with statistician Bharath Seervi

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Renowned statistician Bharath Seervi recently held a Q&A session on social media. Here are his answers for some of the queries:

1. In the Ranji Trophy, which bowler has bowled the maximum number of maiden overs in an innings without conceding any run in that particular innings? - Asked by Dilip Singh, India on Twitter

It is Manish Majithia who bowled 20 overs, all maidens, in the 4th innings for Madhya Pradesh against Railways at Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground in Indore in 1999/00. His figures were 20-20-0-1. Not only in the Ranji Trophy, but it is the record in first-class cricket history. Railways scored 86 for five in 109 overs in the fourth innings for a draw. Out of 86, they scored 83 runs from 104 overs on the last day which is a first-class cricket record for the fewest number of runs in a full day’s play.

2. Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan scored over 600 runs in two consecutive Test series (against England and against WI, 2006), was this feat of his unique? How many times has it happened? Anyone who had 3 or more such consecutive series? - Asked by Muhammad Khalid, Karachi, Pakistan on Facebook

Mohammad Yousuf scored 631 runs in 4 matches at an average of 90.14 against England in England and 665 runs in 3 matches at 133.00 against West Indies in Pakistan in two consecutive Test series in the year 2006 in which he aggregated a record 1788 runs as the highest number of runs in a calendar year in Tests. His tally of 600+ runs in two consecutive Test series is the joint best. Others to have done this are Don Bradman (twice) and Clyde Walcott. The details are provided below:

Don Bradman (Australia) 

vs England in England, 1934 - 758 runs in 5 matches & 8 innings at 94.75

vs England in Australia, 1936/37 - 810 runs in 5 matches & 9 innings at 90.00

Don Bradman (Australia)

vs England in Australia, 1946/47 - 680 runs in 5 matches & 8 innings at 97.14 

vs India in Australia, 1947/48 - 715 runs in 5 matches & 6 innings at 178.75

Clyde Walcott (West Indies)

vs England in West Indies, 1953/54 - 698 runs in 5 matches & 10 innings at 87.25

vs Australia in West Indies, 1955 - 827 runs in 5 matches & 10 innings at 82.70

Mohammad Yousuf (Pakistan)

vs England in England, 2006 - 631 runs in 4 matches & 7 innings at 90.14

vs West Indies in Pakistan, 2006/07 - 665 runs in 3 matches & 5 innings at 133.00

3. Last year, Stuart Broad took a hat-trick and England lost that Test vs SL. How many times has this happened in Tests and when? – Asked by Amit Kumar, Uttar Pradesh, India on Twitter

Stuart Broad’s hat-trick was the 41st hat-trick overall in Test cricket. His team lost the Test to Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds by 100 runs. It was the 11th occasion of a bowler taking a hat-trick and ending up on the losing side.

Test hat-tricks in a losing cause:

Bowler

For

Against

Venue

Year

Johnny Briggs

England

Australia

Sydney

1891/92

Geoff Griffin

South Africa

England

Lord's

1960

Peter Petherick

New Zealand

Pakistan

Lahore

1976/77

Merv Hughes

Australia

West Indies

Perth

1988/89

Darren Gough

England

Australia

Sydney

1998/99

Mohammad Sami

Pakistan

Sri Lanka

Lahore

2001/02

Jermaine Lawson

West Indies

Australia

Bridgetown

2003

Alok Kapali

Bangladesh

Pakistan

Peshawar

2003

Irfan Pathan

India

Pakistan

Karachi

2005/06

Ryan Sidebottom

England

New Zealand

Hamilton

2007/08

Stuart Broad

England

Sri Lanka

Leeds

2014


4. Most Test runs by an Indian on the first day of Test vs South Africa, Australia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh? – Asked by Akhil VM, Palakkad, India on Facebook

It shouldn't be surprising that Virender Sehwag tops against four of them. It should be surprising that Rahul Dravid tops against two of them. The table below has the details.

Most runs on the first day of a Test match by an Indian against various opponent teams:

Opponent

Runs

Batsman

Venue

Year

Australia

195

Virender Sehwag (195)

Melbourne

2003/04

Bangladesh

145*

Rahul Dravid (160)

Chittagong

2004/05

England

170*

Budhi Kunderan (192)

Madras

1963/64

New Zealand

173

Virender Sehwag (173)

Ahmedabad

2010/11

Pakistan

228*

Virender Sehwag (309)

Multan

2003/04

South Africa

155

Sachin Tendulkar (155)

Bloemfontein

2001/02

Sri Lanka

177*

Rahul Dravid (177)

Ahmedabad

2009/10

West Indies

180

Virender Sehwag (180)

Gros Islet

2006

Zimbabwe

176*

Vinod Kambli (227)

Delhi

1992/93


5. How many Test caps has Delhi produced? – Asked by Siddharth Khandelwal, Nagpur, India on Facebook

Delhi has produced 16 Test players (based on players born in Delhi) so far out of 284 caps. It is seventh in the list of Indian states with most Test caps. It is well known that Maharashtra has produced the most Test players – 78. The table below has the list for all states and the other countries.

Number of Test players from each state in India (based on birth location):

State (or Country)

Caps

Maharashtra

78

Punjab

31

Gujarat

30

Tamil Nadu

25

Karnataka

22

Uttar Pradesh

22

Delhi

16

Andhra Pradesh

15

Bengal

10

Bihar

6

Karachi, Pakistan+

5

Kerala

4

Madhya Pradesh

4

Orissa

3

Rajasthan

3

Haryana

2

Afghanistan+

1

Brazil+

1

Daman

1

Goa

1

Jharkhand

1

Malaysia+

1

Trinidad+

1

Uttarakhand

1

Total

284

+ - Countries.

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Bharath Seervi is a Cricket Statistician who is highly passionate about bringing out interesting Statistics, Records, Facts and Trivia as the activities in cricket words goes on. He does in-depth analysis on Cricket and its Numbers. Follow his live statistical tweets @SeerviBharath and @CricScout.
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