Ask Steven – Which player has scored the highest percentage of points for his team in T20?


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And also: which seamstresses in first or second transformation have the best career records in testing?

KL Rahul recently scored 98 of 139 of their squad’s total – over 70% – in an IPL match. Was that a record for the IPL, or any T20 game? asked Abhinav Mishra from India
Those rounds of KL Rahul against Chennai Super Kings in Dubai last week – 98 steps, 42 balls with eight sixes, in Punjab Kings 139 for 4 – accounted for 70.50% of the total, and ranks sixth on the IPL roster. Leading the way is Martin Guptill’s 50 of 68 – 73.53% – as Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Daredevils by ten wickets in Mohali in 2017.

Sanath Jayasuriya scored twice over 70% for the Mumbai Indians in the span of three days in the first IPL in 2008: he hit 114 unbeaten of 158-1 against the Super Kings in Mumbai on May 14, and undefeated 48 of 68 for 2 against the Kolkata Knight Riders, also at Wankhede Stadium, on May 16.

The highest proportion in all senior men’s T20 matches is 86.54% – 45 out of 52 to 0 – by Hadisullah Tarakhel for Belgium against Malta in Marsa in July 2021, which is also the record for T20Is. Shane Dadswell had 98 steps in the 116-0 for North West (84.48%) in a T20 Africa Cup match against Nigeria in Paarl in September 2018, while Jayasuriya took 51 steps in the 62-1 from Sri Lanka as they pursued a reduced target against New Zealand in Wellington in December 2006.

In tests and ODIs, this recording is generally only applied to full sets (all-out). This is not very practical in T20, when it is relatively rare for the ten wickets to fall. But for the sake of completeness, the IPL record in innings completed is 50.43%, by Kevin Pietersen (58 out of 115) for Delhi Daredevils against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in 2014; in the men’s internationals was when Chris Gayle bat 63 of 101 (62.37%) for the West Indies in the T20 world semi-final against Sri Lanka at The Oval in 2009; and in all senior men’s 20+ games it’s 65.17% (73 out of 112) by Justin Kreusch for the Warriors against the Titans in a South Africa Pro20 Series match at Benoni in January 2006.

I noticed that Australia’s recent 62 against Bangladesh did not include any ducks. Is this the lowest total of T20Is in which no one was absent for nothing? asked Dave Foster from New Zealand
Australia’s paltry 62 – their worst total in T20 internationals – in final game against Bangladesh in Mirpur in August was the lowest total without a duck in a T20I involving test teams. However, there was a lower score in all of these men’s internationals: in Ilfov County in October 2020, Bulgaria’s all-round 60 against Romania also did not include ducks (three men were absent for 1 ). The previous nadir among the test nations was Sri Lanka’s 82 duckless v India at Visakhapatnam in February 2016.

The Test record is also held by Australia, in their 75 against South Africa in Durban in 1949-50 (they won this match), while in ODI it is India’s 54. against Sri Lanka at the Champions Trophy in Sharjah in October 2000.

Which player has scored hundreds just in his first and last tests? asked Jamie Stewart from the United States
The answer to this goes back a long time ago: Australian Reggie Duff scored 104 in his first Test, against England in Melbourne in 1901-02, and 146 in his last, at The Oval in 1905. He did not reach the triple digits. in 20 games between the two.

Duff is one of seven men to score hundreds in their first and last tests (but the others have scored other centuries as well). The roster includes two current players, Fawad Alam and Rohit Sharma.

Perhaps we should also mention those old quiz favorites Andy Ganteaume and Rodney Redmond, who both did centuries in their one test match, in 1947-48 and 1972-73 respectively.

Most of the best test wicket takers among rhythm bowlers are those who have consistently taken the new ball. Who are the designers of the first or second change who have the best career records? asked Kalyan Desaraj from India
The rhythm thrower who has taken the most test wickets in the heats in which he has made not taking the new ball is Jacques Kallis of South Africa, with 276 (he took 16 in the eight innings in which he opened the bowling alley). Neil Wagner currently has 222 (out of 229 wickets in total), followed by Courtney Walsh (192 of 519) and England allrounders Ian Botham (177 of 373), Andrew Flintoff (165 of 226) and Ben Stokes (159 of 163) .

And if you want to see the list of wickets in innings in which the bowlers made take the new ball, click here. Unsurprisingly, Jimmy Anderson leads with 606.

Robin Uthappa played for six different IPL teams. Is this a record? And who played for the most different teams in the T20 matches? asked Shrinath Desai from India
Indian striker Robin Uthappa has indeed played for six different IPL teams, starting with the Mumbai Indians in 2008, before making his debut for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2009, the Pune Warriors in 2011, the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2014 and the Rajasthan Royals in 2020, then joined Chennai Super Kings for 2021. He is one of six who have played for six different IPL teams, the others being Dinesh Karthik, Thisara Perera, Parthiv Patel, Ishant Sharma and Yuvraj Singh . There are also three men – Moises Henriques, Irfan Pathan and Steve Smith – who played for five IPL teams and were on another’s team without entering the pitch for them.

But the undisputed leader in this category is Australian Aaron Finch, who has played for eight different teams: Rajasthan Royals (from 2009), Delhi Daredevils (2011), Pune Warriors (2013), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2014), Mumbai Indians (2015), Gujarat Lions (2016), Kings XI Punjab (2018) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2020).

Overall, Thisara Perera has played for 32 different teams in senior T20 matches. Chris Gayle played for 26, Shahid Afridi 25, Shoaib Malik 24 and Wahab Riaz 23.

Thanks to Shiva Jayaraman of the ESPNcricinfo statistics team for his help with some of this week’s questions.

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