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Dravid, India’s greatest cricketer of all times ?

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Hmm…..this should provide fodder for much analysis, controversy, over-excited chest-thumping and  perhaps even a motion or two tabled in the parliament. I am expecting blogs and newsgroups to explode with raw emotional anger from hordes of fanatical keyboard warriors who are either die-hard Tendulkar or Dravid fans (could be a few Gavaskar or Ganguly fans there as well).

A cricketing website had performed some sort of an in-depth analysis of the performance of Indian cricket players in the last 77 years and come up with a ranking, which runs thus:

  1. Rahul Dravid
  2. Sunil Gavaskar
  3. Virender Sehwag
  4. Sachin Tendulkar
  5. Kapil Dev
  6. Bishen Bedi-BS Chandrasekhar-EAS Prasanna (as one bowling unit)
  7. GR Vishwanath
  8. Anil Kumble
  9. Vinoo Mankad
  10. VVS Laxman
  11. Sourav Ganguly
  12. Md. Azharuddin
  13. Dilip Vengsarkar
  14. Mohinder Amarnath
  15. Vijay Hazare
  16. Subhash Gupte
  17. Polly Umrigar
  18. Javagal Srinath

A very basic description of their rationale (detailed reading  requires registration):

So, here then are the parameters of our ranking.

  1. Overall consistency.
  2. Performances abroad, in matches away, outside the player’s comfort zone; in different pitch/ weather conditions.
  3. Performances in matches won – usually a good indicator to a player’s true value in a team.
  4. Match-winning ability – the solo contribution a player makes in winning efforts and how often he makes them.
  5. Match situations taken into account to determine how a player performs under pressure.

Let the fun begin.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

February 7, 2009 at 8:39 pm