Sachin Tendulkar has been the stand out performer for India after the 2007 World Cup © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar has been the stand out performer for India after the 2007 World Cup © Getty Images

 

By Dileep V

 

After two nail biting matches, the Chinnaswamy Stadium hosts India and Ireland on Sunday. Both teams will fancy their chances considering their form and familiarity with the pitch. India tied the match against England on this very ground a week ago, while Ireland, aided by Kevin O’Brien’s epic century, chased a World Cup record target.

 

India and Ireland have met only once in ODIs with India triumphing by nine wickets. Of the players who played that game for India, only five of them survive in the present team.

 

Both India and Ireland have had an excellent last year. India has won 20 of the 34 ODIs they have played since the start of 2010 while Ireland, on the other hand, have won 12 and lost 7 ODIs during this period, though only two of them have come against a Test playing nation

 

India and Ireland performance (Since Jan 2010)

M

Won

Lost

Avg Score

Highest Score

India

34

20

13

274

401

Ireland

19

12

7

240

329

 

 

India have seen a sea of change in both personnel and results after the humiliating exit from the 2007 World Cup. That India have won 23 of the 38 matches played in India is down to the batsmen performing well is no surprise.

 

Indian batsmen in India (Since 2007 World Cup)

 

Player

Inns

Runs

Avg

SR

HS

100s/50s

S Tendulkar

27

1413

56.52

91.87

200*

     3/7

Yuvraj Singh

28

1176

51.13

89.90

138*

     3/7

MS Dhoni

29

1101

45.87

88.43

124

     2/7

G Gambhir

27

1066

46.34

90.33

150*

     3/6

V Sehwag

21

824

39.23

115.40

146

     1/4

V Kohli

14

676

52.00

89.53

118

     3/4

 

 

Considering the Indian pitches are too favourable to batsmen, the bowlers haven’t done that well. In fact, except for Murali Kartik, that none of the Indian bowlers have taken a five-wicket haul on Indian soil speaks volume for the type of wickets prepared.

 

Harbhajan Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin are the only two bowlers in the present team to have leaked less than five an over. Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has an outstanding average, but a very high economy. There is a talk of Ashish Nehra coming in the team, but he averages 75% more than Sreesanth and economy rate is also above 6.

 

Indian bowlers in India (Since 2007 World Cup)

 

Player

Inns

Wkts

Avg

SR

Econ

BB

Zaheer Khan

24

33

34.63

37.8

5.48

3/26

Harbhajan Singh

27

29

41.03

51.5

4.77

3/31

S Sreesanth

10

24

24.12

21.3

6.78

4/47

Ashish Nehra

19

23

42.60

40.5

6.30

3/37

Yuvraj Singh

23

17

43.88

51.5

5.10

4/28

Yusuf Pathan

13

15

26.13

26.6

5.88

3/49

 

 

For Ireland Kevin O’Brien lead the run charts since the 2007 World Cup. He has 993 runs at 36.77, while Paul Stirling has 940 runs at 39.16 and a strike rate of 88.18

 

Captain William Porterfield has three hundreds, the most by an Irish batsman during this period. Niall O’Brien and Gary Wilson have chipped in with runs occasionally.

 

Too much should not been seen into the record of Irish bowlers, as most of their matches have been against associates. Nevertheless the performances would have given them a lot of confidence. Trent Johnston and Alex Cusack have spectacular record, averaging in early 20s and taking one five wicket haul each.

 

The Chinnaswamy Stadium has been a lucky ground for India. They have an 8-2 win-loss record under floodlights. Out of the 13 completed day-night matches here, six have been won by the team batting first and six by the team chasing, with one tie.

 

Among the present team players only Sachin Tendulkar (two) and Yusuf Pathan have got hundreds on this ground. Virender Sehwag is one more batsmen who has a good record, while Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli have struggled.

 

The Chinnaswamy pitch has seen two high scoring matches with over 1300 runs scored – batting paradise. Yet  another high-scoring game is in store on Sunday.

 

(Dileep.V is a Scouser fan, Sports freak, Movie buff, Laggard Quizzer and dreams of setting foot on Anfield one day)

 

(Dileep.V is a Scouser fan, Sports freak, Movie buff, Laggard Quizzer and dreams of setting foot on Anfield one day)