20 – Sam Curran’s age. At 20 years and 62 days, the England all-rounder became the youngest man to get a player-of-the-match award for his country in Tests. Curran received the award for scoring 87 runs, including game-changing 63 in the second innings, and taking five wickets in England’s 31-run victory against India in the first Test in Birmingham. The youngest player to be outrightly declared player-of-the-match in Tests is India’s Sachin Tendulkar, who was only 17 years and 112 days old when he received the award against England in Manchester in 1990.
194 – The target India failed to chase in Birmingham. It was only third time that India lost the Test chasing a target below 200. The first such instance was against Windies in 1997 when they failed to chase 120 in Barbados whereas the second instance was against Sri Lanka in 2015 when they could not score 176 in Galle.
0.125– India’s win/loss ratio in Tests in the United Kingdom in the last 10 years, the second-lowest by any visiting team in the UK. India have won only one Test and lost eight during this period whereas one match was drawn. The only team with a worse win/loss ratio than India is Bangladesh (0.00), who have lost two out of two. South Africa (0.75) with three wins and four defeats have the best win/loss ratio by a visiting team in the UK.
127 – The number of innings taken by Joe Root to complete 6000 runs in Tests. Root reached the milestone during the course of his 80 off 156 balls in the first innings in Birmingham. He became the fourth fastest Englishman to 6000 runs and fastest since Ken Barrington in 1955. Barrington had reached there in 116 innings as did Sir Len Hutton in 1937. The fastest to the milestone was Wally Hammond scoring 6000 runs in 114 innings. The world record belongs to Sir Don Bradman (68 innings).
1 – The number of instances where both openers bagged a golden duck in the same innings in T20Is. Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar became the first opening pair in T20I history to have unwanted record of scoring first-ball duck in a T20 innings. Both were dismissed by Ashley Nurse of Windies in the first T20I won by the home team by seven wickets on DLS method in Basseterre.
16 – The number of debutants in the ODI between Nepal and Netherlands, the most in a one-day international in last 45 years. Nepal playing their maiden ODI had 11 debutants whereas Netherlands gave ODI cap to five players in the first of the 2-match bilateral series in Amstelveen. Nepal became the 24th nation to play ODI cricket and registered their first win in the second match of the series winning it by a narrow margin of 1 run.
4409 – The number of days taken by Netherlands' Pieter Seelaar to score 100 runs in ODIs, the fourth slowest to the century. Seelaar made his ODI debut in 2006 and completed 100 runs on Friday in the second ODI against Nepal. The slowest to reach 100 career runs is Kenya’s Lameck Onyango (4968 days) followed by Pakistan’s Sajid Ali (4543 days) and Windies’ Floyd Reifer (4495).
10 – The number of consecutive wins by South Africa against Sri Lanka in ODIs. The Proteas started off the series with back to back wins in Dambulla and have taken their winning streak against the Islanders to ten games, including a 5-0 series win at home, quarter-final win in Cricket World Cup 2015 and a group-match win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Sri Lanka have not won a one-day international against South Africa since defeating them in Pallekele in 2014.
13.87 – Surrey’s run-rate (222 runs in 16 overs) against Middlesex in the Vitality T20 blast match at the Oval. It is the highest run-rate by any team in T20s that batted at least 16 overs in an innings. Surrey chased the target of 222 with nine wickets in hand and four overs remaining courtesy an unbeaten 117 off 52 balls by Aaron Finch and 84 off 37 balls by Jason Roy. The previous highest run-rate an innings with at least 16 overs was 13.27 by Easterns (239 in 18 overs) against Centrals in Bulawayo in 2009.
154.00 – The batting average of Aaron Finch in the Vitality T20 Blast. The Surrey opener has scored 462 runs in six innings at an average of 154.00 and a whopping strike-rate of 192.50 and also hit two centuries and two fifties. He is the leading run-getter in the tournament this year.