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Published on January 18th, 2017 | by Bhaskar Ganekar

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A statistical view of Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada’s impact on South Africa’s success

When Dale Steyn left the field injured in the first Test against Australia at Perth last year, the spirits of South Africa were dented. Something special was needed for them to come back into the game and all of a sudden, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada burst into the scene to jolt the Australian batting line-up and since then, the Rabada and Philander factor have been playing a major role behind South Africa’s success in recent times. 

South Africa v Sri Lanka, second Test, Cape Town. The Sri Lankans were looking good with a few overs left for tea and they just reached fifty in reply to South Africa’s first innings total of 392.  All of a sudden, Kagiso Rabada nailed Kusal Mendis and the umpire called for tea.

Right after the tea, a brute force jolted Sri Lanka. Eight wickets fell for just 54 runs and Sri Lanka were bundled out for 110. The high speed force from both the end – Vernon Philander and Rabada – demolished Sri Lanka and that force was nothing but Rabada and Vernon Philander.

Yes, there was no Dale Steyn in the team, but these two men knocked down Sri Lanka in the absence of their major bowler and later on, South Africa won the game by 282 runs with Rabada finishing ten-for in the match.

Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada are the new aces for South Africa  from past five-six months and they are carrying legacy throughout the season. Let’s have a look at the impact both these players made for South Africa’s performance and the result, they are in top 2 of ICC team ranking in all three formats.

Vernon Philander

First, let’s have a look at his career figures which will give you a clear idea how handy he has been for the Proteas.

  Matches Inns Wickets BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 40 75 159 6/44 10/102 21.4 2.74 46.8 7 11 2
ODIs 30 28 41 4/12 4/12 24.04 4.62 31.1 2 0 0
T20Is 7 6 4 2/23 2/23 28.5 8.24 20.7 0 0 0

 

A Test specialist and the perfect partner for Dale Steyn, Philander has been very productive since his debut. He was the player of the match on his debut Test when he troubled Australia in the second innings of the first Test in 2011 at Cape Town. His 5 for just 15 bowled out Australia for 47 (third lowest total for Australia in Tests) and finished the game within 3 days. In the second match of the series, yet again, he bagged a five-for, but Australia’s middle and lower order guided their team to a nervy two-wicket win. It was dream series for Philander as he was rewarded player of the series for his 14 wickets in 2 games with an average of 13.92.

Major contribution to Team’s victory

For any player, team’s victory is always more important that his individual performance. Though individual performances are key for success, team is the first priority. Let’s check Philander’s contribution for South Africa during his tenure of almost 6 years.

Most wins for a team in Test since Philander’s debut

Team Mat Won Lost Tied Draw W/L
South Africa 50 26 11 0 13 2.363
India 51 25 14 0 12 1.785
Australia 64 34 21 0 9 1.619
Pakistan 45 20 19 0 6 1.052
England 68 25 28 0 15 0.892
New Zealand 53 19 22 0 12 0.863
Sri Lanka 49 19 22 0 8 0.863
West Indies 44 11 24 0 9 0.458
Bangladesh 25 5 12 0 8 0.416
Zimbabwe 15 2 13 0 0 0.153

 

Most Test wickets for South Africa since Philander’s debut

Player Mat Inns Runs Wickets Ave Econ 5 10
D Steyn 39 71 3777 179 21.1 2.91 10 1
V Philander 40 75 3403 159 21.4 2.74 11 2
M Morkel 40 75 3683 129 28.55 2.93 2 0
K Rabada 14 25 1371 63 21.76 3.57 5 2
Imran Tahir 20 37 2294 57 40.24 3.5 2 0
K Abbott 11 21 886 39 22.71 2.55 3 0
J Duminy 30 38 1065 27 39.44 3.5 0 0
R Peterson 9 16 919 24 38.29 3.54 0 0
D Piedt 7 12 865 24 36.04 3.46 1 0
J Kallis 21 32 892 22 40.54 2.82 0 0

 

Most Test wickets (overall) since Philander’s debut

Player Mat Inns Wickets Ave Econ 5 10
R Herath (SL) 46 86 247 25.36 2.72 22 7
R Ashwin (INDIA) 43 80 239 25.36 2.92 23 7
S Broad (ENG) 61 112 236 26.6 2.96 11 2
J Anderson (ENG) 59 112 227 26.3 2.69 10 2
N Lyon (AUS) 60 115 220 33.97 3.2 6 1
D Steyn (SA) 39 71 179 21.1 2.91 10 1
T Boult (NZ) 48 90 178 29.36 2.98 5 1
V Philander (SA) 40 75 159 21.4 2.74 11 2
T Southee (NZ) 42 79 158 29.69 2.94 4 1
M Starc (AUS) 34 64 143 28.29 3.41 7 1

 

Kagiso Rabada

Rabada just burst into the scene and captured the imagination of his own countrymen and world cricket with his passion for speed and hunger for wickets. This 21-year old can hit the speed gun at a rate of 140-150 kmph consistently and when is in rhythm, he is a treat to watch.

A perfect match winner

The numbers show how effectively Rabada has created an impact on South Africa’s victories in recent times.

Most ODI wins for a team since Rabada’s debut

Team Mat Won Lost Tied NR W/L
South Africa 28 17 10 0 1 1.7
England 28 16 10 1 1 1.6
Australia 37 22 14 0 1 1.571
India 22 13 9 0 0 1.444
New Zealand 27 15 11 0 1 1.363
Afghanistan 19 10 8 0 1 1.25
Bangladesh 15 8 7 0 0 1.142
Pakistan 25 12 13 0 0 0.923
Sri Lanka 30 12 14 1 3 0.857
Zimbabwe 33 9 22 1 1 0.409
West Indies 17 4 12 1 0 0.333

 

Most ODI wickets for South Africa since Rabada’s debut

Player Mat Inns Wickets BBI Ave Econ 4 5
K Rabada 25 24 43 6-16 25.1 5.24 2 1
Imran Tahir 26 25 41 7-45 28.4 5.07 0 1
K Abbott 13 13 18 4-40 29.4 4.92 1 0
D Steyn 12 12 18 5-38 36.1 5.89 0 0
M Morkel 9 8 12 4-39 33.3 5.52 1 0
W Parnell 8 7 11 3-40 26.8 5.91 0 0
A Phangiso 7 7 11 3-40 23.3 4.65 0 0
C Morris 10 9 10 3-63 41.2 5.92 0 0

 

Most ODI wickets (overall) since Rabada’s debut

Player Mat Inns Wickets BBI Ave Econ 4 5
K Rabada (SA) 25 24 43 6-16 25.1 5.24 2 1
Imran Tahir (SA) 26 25 41 7-45 28.4 5.07 0 1
A Rashid (ENG) 27 27 40 4-43 33.4 5.48 3 0
M Starc (AUS) 20 20 37 3-32 22.6 4.84 0 0
Dawlat Zadran (AFG) 19 18 32 4-22 22.9 4.84 2 0
J Hastings (AUS) 17 17 32 6-45 24.3 5.26 1 1
J Faulkner (AUS) 19 18 30 4-32 27.8 5.31 2 0
M Henry (NZ) 16 15 30 5-40 26.5 5.76 2 1
M Marsh (AUS) 31 29 30 4-27 37.5 5.75 1 0
A Zampa (AUS) 19 19 30 5-16 27.8 5.36 0 0

 

Certainly, South Africa can dream of regaining their lost glory in Test cricket with Philander and Rabada in such a sublime form.

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