5 – The number of batsmen who have scored a century in their first and last Tests. England’s retiring legend Alastair Cook became only the fifth in history to achieve the feat. Cook finished his 161 Test illustrious career with a 147 against India at the Oval last week after having made a hundred on debut, also against India, in Nagpur in 2006. The four batsmen before him to achieve the double were – Mohammad Azharuddin, Greg Chappell, Bill Ponsford and Reggie Duff.
20 – Twenty-year-old Sam Curran became the youngest England player to achieve player-of-the-series award for his performance against India. Curran was rated best player of the series for scoring 272 runs at an average of 38.85 and taking 11 wickets at 23.54 in four Tests. Curran at 20 years and 110 days is the youngest Englishman to be named player-of-the-series breaking Steven Finn’s record who was 21 years and 63 days when he was given the same award for 15 wickets in two Tests at home against Bangladesh in 2010.
Cook finished his 161 Test illustrious career with a 147 against India at the Oval ©AFP
564 – The number of wickets taken by James Anderson in Tests, the most by any fast bowler in the history of the format surpassing Australian legend Glenn McGrath who has 563 scalps. Anderson toppled McGrath with the last wicket of the series, also winning the Test for England and series 4-1. The only three bowlers with more wickets than Anderson in Tests are spinners Anil Kumble (619), Shane Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800).
0.18 – India’s win/loss ratio in Tests in England in the last 10 years, third lowest for a visiting team after Windies (0.16) and Bangladesh (0.00). India have won only 2 Tests and lost 11 in the United Kingdom in the last decade. The best visiting teams in the UK in that period are Pakistan (0.71) and South Africa (1.00). The latter has won and lost 3 each whereas the former has won 5 and lost 7.
19 – The number of years after which a captain won all five tosses in a Test series. England’s Joe Root won five out of five coin-contests in the series against India becoming the first captain since Australia’s Mark Taylor in 1998-99) to have a hundred percent success rate with the coin in a 5-Test series.
39 – The age of Aizaz Cheema. The fast bowler became the oldest player to take a hat-trick in the history of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy surpassing Rashid Latif (not to be confused with the former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper). Cheema, at 39 years and 3 days, claimed three wickets off three balls for Lahore Blues against Pakistan Television in Faisalabad. The previous oldest to take a hat-trick in first-class cricket in Pakistan was 37 years and 37 days old Latif who did it for Rawalpindi against Faisalabad in Sargodha in 2011.
4 – The number of Pakistani wicket-keepers with twin centuries in first-class cricket. Karachi Whites’ Mohammad Hasan became only the fourth from the country to score a hundred in each innings when he registered 125 and 100 not out against Sui Southern Gas Corporation in Karachi. The previous three before him were Rehan Afridi, Tariq Baig and Hanif Mohammad. The only wicket-keeper before Hasan to do in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy was Afridi playing for Abbottabad in Karachi in 2013. Baig’s effort came in a BCCP Patron’s Trophy match for Lahore City in Lahore I, 1989 whereas Hanif did it in Amritsar on Pakistan’s tour of India, East Pakistan and Burma in 1952.
6 – The number of matches that have produced result within two days in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in the last two seasons. Pakistan’s percentage (7.06) of producing two-day matches in the last one year is the second highest in the world, only behind New Zealand where 4 out of 34 matches have ended in two days. There was not a single match that lasted two days in Pakistan in the season 2016-17 but since then 6 out of 85 matches has ended in two days. Australia, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have not produced any two-day finish in first-class cricket in the last one year.
17 – The number of runs chased by Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the last over against Barbados Tridents, the highest target successfully scaled by a team in the 20th over in CPL history. The task to defend 17 off the last over was given to 20-year-old Dominic Drakes, son of Tridents coach and former Windies player Vasbert Drakes, but he ended up conceding 17 off four balls to Fabian Allen.
0 – The number of times Saint Kitts and Nevis Patriots had successfully chased 150 plus before this week. Patriots had lost seven out of seven games while chasing 150 plus in CPL prior to doing it twice in successive games this week. The Chris Gayle-led side chased 169 against Tridents in the last match of the group stage and 193 against Jamaica Tallawahs in the eliminator.