Stats highlights of 2019
11,366 – One of the most amazing stats sequences in cricket came to an end at the start of the year when Ben Stokes bowled a no-ball in the second ODI against West Indies in Bridgetown. It was England’s first line no-ball after 11,366 balls in ODIs. Between a Liam Plunkett no-ball against India in Cuttack in January 2017 and Stokes in Bridgetown in February 2019, England bowlers had delivered 1894.2 overs without overstepping.
1607 – Babar Azam’s runs in T20 cricket, the most by any batsman in 2019 and third most by anyone in a calendar year. Only Virat Kohli (1614 runs in 2016) and Chris Gayle (1665 in 2015) have scored more runs in a year. Babar scored 578 runs for Somerset, 475 for Pakistan, 335 for Karachi Kings and 219 for Central Punjab.
1104 – Number of runs scored by Marnus Labuschagne, the only batsman with 1000 plus runs in Tests in 2019. He also scored three consecutive hundreds – 185 & 162 against Pakistan and 143 against New Zealand.
300 – England made a world record of scoring 300 plus in seven consecutive innings in ODIs. They amassed 373, 359, 341, 351 in the bilateral series against Pakistan and then followed it with 311 against South Africa, 334 against Pakistan and 386 against Bangladesh in their first three World Cup matches.
278 – Afghanistan scored 278-3 in 20 overs against Ireland in Dehradun making it the highest total in the history of T20 Internationals. It was later equaled by Czech Republic (278-4) against Turkey.
200 – Ajinkya Rahane completed 200 partnerships in Tests without ever being involved in a run out – his stand with Rohit Sharma in the third Test against South Africa in Ranchi was his 200th partnership in Tests without being run out himself or running his partner out. It is currently a world record.
148 – Alyssa Healy scored 148 not out against Sri Lanka in Sydney, the highest individual score in Women’s T20 Internationals. She bettered Meg Lanning’s 133 not out against England set only three months ago in Chelmsford.
110 – Runs conceded by Rashid Khan in nine overs in a World Cup match against England in Manchester. It is the only time in ODI history that a spinner has conceded 100 plus runs in an innings. It is also the joint-second expensive spell in ODIs. Only Australia’s Mick Lewis (113) has went for more runs in a one day international.
100 – Ellyse Perry completed 100 wickets in T20Is. In doing so, she became the first player in the history of T20Is to have a double of 100 wickets and 1000 runs. At the moment, she has 1101 runs and 106 wickets in T20Is.
82 – While over-rate is an issue in cricket these days, Bermuda bowled 20 overs in just 82 minutes despite conceding 5 wides and 24 boundaries on a big field in an ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier match against the Netherlands in Dubai.
78 – Kusal Perera and Vishwa Fernando shared a world record 78-run stand in Sri Lanka’s memorable Test win against South Africa in Durban. No pair before had added that many runs for the tenth wicket in a successful chase in Tests.
Perera and Fernando celebrate Sri Lanka's stellar win over South Africa ©Getty Images
44 – Misbah-ul-Haq with his 59 not out for Peshawar Zalmi against Lahore Qalandars became the oldest batsman in T20s to score a fifty. He was 44 years and 281 days old at that time. The record was later broken by 45 years old Faran Afzal of Spain who also scored 59 not out against Gibraltar.
39 – Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in four ODIs in the series against England in West Indies. That is the highest number of sixes a batsman has hit in one series or tournament in ODIs. The next best is 26 sixes by Gayle himself in World Cup 2015.
18 – Number of consecutive ODIs won by Australia Women, a new world record. They bettered their own record of 17 consecutive wins between 1997 and 1999. Australia will enter the year 2020 with an active streak of 18 wins. They haven’t lost an ODI in more than two years.
17 – England captain Eoin Morgan set a new world record of most sixes in an innings in ODIs when he hit 17 against Afghanistan in the World Cup match in Manchester. Before Morgan, three batsmen – Gayle, AB de Villiers and Rohit Sharma – had hit 16 sixes in an innings.
16 – Pakistan handed a Test cap to 16-year-old Naseem Shah in Brisbane. It took him only three Tests to grab a five-wicket haul. That came against Sri Lanka in Karachi making him the youngest fast bowler in Test history to take 5 wickets in an innings.
16 – Afghanistan’s Hazratullah Zazai set a new world record of most sixes in an innings in T20Is when he hit 16 against Ireland in Dehradun. While no one has that many sixes in T20Is, only Gayle – 17 sixes for Royal Challengers Bangalore and 18 for Rangpur Riders – has hit more in a T20 match.
Hazratullah Zazai struck 16 sixes in a T20I game against Ireland ©Getty Images
71 – Number of balls in which West Indies were dismissed by England in the second T20I in Saint Kitts. It (11.5 overs) is the shortest innings by a Test playing team in international cricket. No batsman scored more than 10 runs for West Indies.
11 – Alzarri Joseph took 6 wickets for 12 runs for Mumbai Indians against Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match in Hyderabad. That broke an 11 years old record for best figures in the tournament. The previous record belonged to Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir – 6-14 for Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings in the maiden edition of the tournament in 2008.
11 – In the one-off Test against England at Lord’s, Ireland became 11th team to be bowled out in a session in Tests. Surprisingly, the only country in 142 years of Tests that hasn’t been bowled out in one session is Pakistan.
11 – Thailand qualified for the Women’s T20 World Cup. They will become the 11th team to feature in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup which is set to be played in February and March in Australia in 2020.
7 – Colin Ackermann created history as he became the first bowler to take 7 wickets in a T20 match. Playing for Leicestershire in the T20 blast in England, he accounted for 7 wickets for 18 runs against Birmingham in Leicester.
6 – The best figures in T20Is were also registered in 2019 as India’s Deepak Chahar took 6 wickets for seven runs in the third T20I against Bangladesh in Nagpur. Chahar broke Ajantha Mendis’ record of 6 wickets for 8 runs against Zimbabwe in Hambantota in 2012.
Deepak Chahar holds the record for best bowling figures in T20Is ©BCCI
5 – Australian batsman Ashton Turner became the first player in T20s to bag 5 consecutive ducks. He was dismissed for nought in three consecutive innings for the Royals in the IPL. That happened after he scored a duck each for Australia in T20Is and Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League.
2 – Rohit Sharma knocked five centuries in the World Cup in England. He became the second player in the history of international cricket to score five tons in one series or tournament. Before him, West Indies’ Clyde Walcott had hit five centuries in a Test series against Australia in 1955.
1 – Virat Kohli started the year becoming the first player to bag three major ICC Awards. For his performances in 2018, the Indian legend was named Cricketer of the Year, Test Player of the Year and ODI Player of the Year by the ICC.
1 – India started the year with a 2-1 series victory against Australia in Sydney becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in Australia. Later Sri Lanka emulated India by beating South Africa 2-0 and becoming the first Asian team to win a Test series in South Africa.
1 – The historic World Cup Final between England and New Zealand was decided by a Super Over at Lord’s. That was the first-ever Super Over in ODI history. The scores remained leveled in the main match and the Super Over. England won the game, or the Cricket World Cup for that matter, on the basis of hitting more boundaries.
0 – Number of runs scored on the fifth day of the Karachi Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The home team took 3 wickets without conceding a run. It is the only instance in Test history where three wickets fell but no run was scored in a day’s play.