It’s a bumper round-up of 10 days of action in our ‘weekly’ feature this time around because reasons. We’ll blame Christmas. Yes. That should do it.
Here are all the key numbers from a decimal week in which Rohit Sharma did some more nonsense, Abid Ali took to Test cricket very nicely thank you and the WTC took a worrying lurch towards two-horse-race dullness.
1 – Number of times in ODI history both captains have been dismissed first ball after Virat Kohli and Kieron Pollard bagged golden ducks in the second India-West Indies ODI. Also: Days between us publishing this piece and Dom Bess returning to the England squad
3 – Age in years of Karachi matchwinner Naseem Shah when Pakistan last won a Test match on home soil
5 – Bowlers in Test history with over 200 wickets at a better average than Vernon Philander, who will retire after the upcoming series against England. Also: ODI scores of 150+ made by all Pakistan batsmen combined ever.
8 – ODI scores of 150+ made by Rohit Sharma
7 – Different countries against which Rohit Sharma has scored an ODI century in 2019: Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, England, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, West Indies. That’s a record, obviously. Also: consecutive years in which Rohit has made at least one 150+ score. Also also: consecutive years in which Rohit Sharma has made India’s highest ODI score of that year
78 – International sixes hit by Rohit Sharma in 2019, breaking his own all-time record (74) from 2018, when he broke his own all-time record (65) from 2017.
2 – Hat-tricks in ODIs for Kuldeep Yadav. Only Lasith Malinga (3) has more. Also: Number of Test centuries made by Abid Ali in three innings of his maiden series. Also also: number of teams who have currently managed to secure even half the World Test Championship points they’ve contested.
160.50 – Abid Ali’s Bradman-mocking Test batting average.
0 – Number of players in history with a higher Test batting average than Abid Ali right now. Also: Number of Test runs scored this week by Stuart Broad. Also also: Number of higher successful ODI chases in Cuttack than India’s 316/6 in the third ODI against West Indies. Also also also: Players younger than Naseem Shah to have taken a five-wicket haul in Tests
1022 – Test runs for Marnus Labuschagne in 2019 so far, the first and currently only man to reach four figures this year just like we all predicted.
83.33 – The WTC value, as a percentage of a Headingley 2019, for Pakistan and Sri Lanka’s rain-affected draw in Rawalpindi
67.60 – Percentage of all World Test Championship points earned thus far that have been won by India and Australia.
Root insists he is enjoying the mix of experience and youth in the England side.
Wood and Stokes star as England wrap up a 3-1 series victory.
Pakistan won the series 2-0 to retain top spot.
The cricketing world is mourning the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant today.
Cook admits to being “jealous” at the way David Warner approaches Test cricket.
Another great day for England, but Buttler’s misfires continue.
Tall order for this current South Africa team, it’s fair to say.
Just about worked out okay we reckon.
The Indian juggernaut rolls on.
Mark Wood is an all-rounder now.