Stats analysis: Proteas power into record books

26 October 2015

AB de Villiers continues to take his game to new heights // Getty Images

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Three individual centuries and a record team total were among the highlights of an amazing night in Mumbai

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Mazher Arshad is a Pakistani statistician and journalist based out of Lahore. He has covered various Test and ODI series as a TV statistician, and has earned a reputation as one of cricket’s leading stats gurus.

Quick Single: Proteas seal series after record total

438: Runs scored by South Africa in the series decider against India at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. It's the joint-third highest total in One-Day Internationals, five short of the world record 9-443 in 50 overs by Sri Lanka against Netherlands at Amstelveen. South Africa now have six totals in excess of 400, the most by any team, with four of those coming in 2015 alone. The 438 is also the highest total in Asia and against a team from Asia.  

3: Centuries scored by South Africa in the match. It was just the second time in ODI history that three batsmen registered a three-figure score in the same innings. The first hundred of the innings was scored by Quinton de Kock (109) followed by Faf du Plessis (133 retired hurt) and then AB de Villiers (119). The previous such instance also came by the hands of the South African batsmen when Hashim Amla, Rilee Rossouw and de Villiers scored three 100s between them against West Indies at the start of this year.

11: The number of sixes de Villiers hit in his 61-ball 119 in Mumbai. He became the first batsman ever to smash 10 or more sixes twice in his ODI career. De Villiers had previously hit 16 sixes during his magnum opus innings (149 off 44) against West Indies at Johannesburg in 2015.

20: Sixes hit by South Africa in the innings, the second most a team has hit in an ODI. The world record is 22 by New Zealand in the 21-over match against West Indies at Queenstown in 2014.

58: In hitting eleven sixes in the innings de Villiers took his sixes tally this year to 58, the most by a batsman in a calendar year. He broke the 13-year-old record of Shahid Afridi, who tonked 48 maximums in 2002. But while Afridi needed 37 matches to hit 48, De Villiers so far has banged 58 in just 20 games. As the latter has 181 sixes in his career it means more than 30 per cent of his maximums came have come in 2015.

99: Hundreds that have been scored in ODIs in 2015. If there is one more in the next 66 days it will be first time that a calendar year will see a century of centuries.

100.28: The career strike-rate of de Villiers in ODIs. After his 119 off 61 balls in Mumbai his strike-rate jumped from 99.59 to 100.28. It is first time in his 10-year career that it has exceeded 100. Of the 28 players with 8000-plus runs in ODIs, just three have career the SRs above 100 - Afridi (117.00), Virender Sehwag (104.33) and now de Villiers (100.28).

4: Occasions de Villiers has now scored an ODI century in fewer than 60 balls - the most by any batsman, passing Shahid Afridi, who managed the feat three times.

54.21: The career average of de Villiers in ODIs, the highest among the 194 batsmen with at least 2000 runs.

134.58: The strike-rate of de Villiers in the series against India, the highest by any batsman in a bilateral rubber with 300-plus runs. The previous highest was 129.48 by Yuvraj Singh against England in 2008. It is pertinent to mention here that 96 times batsmen have scored 300 or more runs in a series.

133: Runs scored by du Plessis before cramps ended his stay at the crease, the second-highest score by a batsman ending the innings retired hurt. The highest is 163 by Sachin Tendulkar against New Zealand at Christchurch in 2009.

123: Innings taken by Hashim Amla to reach 6000 runs, making him the fastest to this milestone, well ahead of the previous record holder Virat Kohli (136 innings). Amla is also the fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000 and 5000 runs in ODIs.

106: Runs conceded by Bhuvneshwar Kumar in his 10-over spell, the second-most expensive by a bowler in ODIs and seven short of the record 113 by Australia’s Mick Lewis in the famous 434 match against South Africa at the Wanderers in 2006.

214: Margin of defeat for India, making it their second-worst defeat in the ODIs after losing to Sri Lanka by 245 runs at Sharjah in 2000. It was also the first time that India lost a home match by 200-plus runs. 

4: Bilateral ODI series India have lost at home in the last 10 years. Of the 22 series India have hosted in this period, they have won seventeen and lost just four (twice to Australia in 2007 and 2009 and once each to Pakistan and South Africa in 2013 and 2015 respectively).

0: ODI series/tournaments South Africa had won in India previously. The win in Mumbai earned them their first series trophy in India. Before this tour they had played nine series/tournaments without success.