AB de Villiers produced his fifth series-defining performance (SD) with the bat in ODIs for his knock of 64 off 48 balls against New Zealand in the series-decider at Durban. Gary Kirsten holds the South African ODI record with six SDs, de Villiers is currently second-highest on that count.
If Kane Williamson produces a series-defining performance (SD) in the series-decider against South Africa, he would have produced three SDs in his ODI career, which is the joint-highest by any Kiwi batsman alongwith Chris Cairns, Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle and Andrew Jones.
In home bilateral ODIs, AB de Villiers has the worst failure rates against New Zealand (63% in 8 ODIs) and England (71% in 7 ODIs).
In Tests since 2012, Chris Rogers has the second-highest New Ball Impact (ability to see off the new ball) in the world after Alastair Cook. Rogers (failure rate of 39%) is also the second-most consistent opener in the world after David Warner (33%) in this time-frame.
In Tests since 2012, Cheteshwar Pujara has been India's second-highest impact batsman (after Murali Vijay) whereas Rohit Sharma slots in at the seventh place. Pujara's New Ball Impact (ability to see off the new ball) is the highest for a non-opener in this time-frame whereas his failure rate of 46% is also far superior to that of Rohit's 67%.
In Tests since 2000, Michael Clarke has been the sixth-highest impact batsman for Australia after Hayden, Warner, Ponting, Martyn and Katich. Clarke produced three series-defining performances (joint-highest with Hayden & Ponting) but his failure rate of 50% is the second-worst amongst all specialist Australian batsmen after Shane Watson.
Interestingly, in Tests since 2014, MS Dhoni is India's highest impact batsman and also their highest Pressure Impact (ability to absorb the pressure of falling wickets) batsman. He was sorely missed in the Galle Test.
Dinesh Chandimal registered the second-highest batting performance in the history of Test cricket - next only to Ian Botham's at Headingley in 1981 - against India in the first Test in Galle. The 15 highest impact Test batting performances here.
For a minimum of 25 Tests, R Ashwin has taken the maximum proportion of top/middle order wickets (batsmen batting in positions 1-7) in Indian Test history, ahead of the likes of Anil Kumble and BS Chandrasekhar.
In Tests since 2014, Rohit Sharma has the highest failure rate (71% in 7 Tests) amongst all Indian specialist batsmen. Only Kusal Perera, Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Alviro Petersen and Lahiru Thirimanne have a higher failure rate than Rohit Sharma in the world in this time-frame.
THE GREATEST SERIES-WINNER WITH THE BAT IN TEST CRICKET
Kumar Sangakkara gave 7 series-defining performances (SD) in 131 Tests. Here we see highlights from the first Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle in 2012, where Sangakkara's unbeaten 199 in the first innings helped his side to a massive 209-run win - which ultimately turned out to be an SD performance.