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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 andĀ  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 readingĀ  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

‘Voluntary retirement’

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In the current Indian test team playing against Australia, we have two players who made their debut at the same time (and quite spectacular ones at that); both subsequently went on to be integral parts of the Indian middle-order and played important roles in the resurgence of Indian cricket in the post-Azhar match-fixing era, and both went on to captain the Indian team.

However, over the last few years, the batting form of both players are supposed to have declined, along with that of two other important middle-order players (dubbed together fancifully as the ‘Fab Four’.) Such is the decline that there has been vociferous calls for these ageing players to step down voluntarily and make way for young blood.

Fair enough, after all the young blood has worked wonders for India at the T20 and ODI levels. Thus, one of these two batsmen has decided to call it a day, and will be retiring at the end of the current test series.

But lets have a quick statistical look at the decline: here is player 1’s record in the last two years (Matches-Runs-Highest-Score-Average-Strike Rate-100s-50s): 23 -1842-239-47.23-59.07-4-9.

Here is player #2 during the same period: 23-1292-129-33.12-40.40-2-7.

So, about six hundred more runs, average of 47 versus 33 (even at a higher strike rate of 59 versus 40), two more centuries and half centuries for one player.

Now guess which player is retiring [1]?

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[1]: Even though the said player is retiring voluntarily, make no mistakes that the circumstances forcing his decision were anything but voluntary.

Written by BongoP'o'ndit

October 19, 2008 at 8:01 pm