AR Hemant

  • Like
  • Follow

Somewhat of a contrarian.

Blog Posts by AR Hemant

  • What Happens When You Apply DRS To Real Life

    Watch this funny film about one of cricket's peculiarities.

    N. Srinivasan and Sachin Tendulkar may not agree, but the Decision Review System could have some massive benefits when applied to situations outside cricket. You could instantly find out who is stinking up the room. You could know immediately if you're been robbed. And it could help you score with the opposite sex.

    So -- if you had two challenges per day, how would you spend them?


  • Why A Good Misbah Performance Is Bad For Pakistan

    And why Misbah is not to blame.

    (Note—all stats are from October 30, 2012 to March 1, 2015, the period in which the current ODI rules have been in force.)

    ALSO READ: The Hardest Batsmen To Dismiss At The World Cup


    Yesterday, we had a look at hardest batsmen to dismiss at the World Cup. Kane Williamson and Hashim Amla led that list that also included an anomaly: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.

    The anomaly is not that Misbah can bat for long durations. It is that, unlike other cases, Misbah's batting long typically don't help the team win.

    This needs to be viewed in two contexts. One: Pakistan’s overall stats in this period are poor. That’s a function of consistently underpar team performance. Since October 30, 2012, they have played 56 ODIs, won just 24 and lost 30.

    Two – Misbah, who figures in 52 of those games, has constantly battled the pressure of wickets falling at the other end. This puts him on the defensive and leads to the consumption of a large number of deliveries. In that sense, he’s merely the product

    Read More »from Why A Good Misbah Performance Is Bad For Pakistan
  • This Is The Toughest Batsman To Dismiss At The World Cup

    A look at ODI batsmen who occupy the crease the longest.

    Indulge me for a bit, for this article looks at a rarely-discussed aspect of cricket statistics: average balls faced, and how crease occupation contributes to team’s success—or, in one case, failure.

    At the World Cup in particular, crease occupation and saving wickets for the end overs is proving a winning strategy. Hence, it is vital for key batsmen for any team to get a start and see off the shine.

    But first, here’s the criteria for this study.


    • All stats are from March 1, 2015 to October 30, 2012, the day the new ODI rules for fielding restrictions, two new balls and batting Powerplay kicked in.
    • This list rates batsman by how long they last at the crease, which is a function of number of balls faced. Average Balls Faced (AB) = (Total Balls Faced) / (Innings Played).
    • Average Runs Scored (AR) = (AB) X (Strike Rate). So, if a batsman averages 50 balls per innings at a strike rate of 80, his AR is 40. This completely negates the value provided by not outs.
    • We look at batsmen
    Read More »from This Is The Toughest Batsman To Dismiss At The World Cup
  • The Greatest Rant Against Cricket, Ever

    Cricket haters, this one's for you.

    The World Cup is a particularly traumatic time for those who hate cricket. India’s favourite sporting stars dominate public discourse. Everything else—even matters of national importance—takes a backseat.

    Which is why, in this 1994 Hindi film Tejasvini, the male lead played by Deepak Malhotra lets loose a rant for the ages, touching upon everything from corruption to inflation, and how everyone only cares about Kapil Dev's score while the country is going to pieces.


    As Bill Watterson said, "Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?"

    Read More »from The Greatest Rant Against Cricket, Ever
  • The One Stat That Doesn’t Flatter AB de Villiers

    And it has to do with BMT -- big match temperament.

    By now, you would have received the run-down of AB de Villiers’ ODI records. Fastest hundred, fastest 150, most sixes in an innings, etcetera, etcetera. The purity of AB’s striking has made him deadly effective in the finishing stages of an innings.

    AB now has 942 runs in World Cup games at 58.87 per pop collected at an impressive strike rate of 112.

    And yet, there’s one stat which fails him: his performance against the big teams. In fact, this pairs perfectly with the larger narrative of South Africa underperforming in big World Cup matches.

    AB has four World Cup hundreds, three against the West Indies, one against the Netherlands. But take away his performances against the weaker teams—West Indies, Scotland, Ireland, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Zimbabwe—and what do we have then?

    He has 291 runs in 10 innings against Australia, India, Sri Lanka, England, New Zealand, in which his World Cup average halves to 29.

    This includes failures in key games: the 2007 semifinal and the 2011

    Read More »from The One Stat That Doesn’t Flatter AB de Villiers
  • Join Us On The India-Pakistan Live Chat!

    Have your say on the mother of all cricket rivalries.

  • Why It’s Not Looking Good For India

    THOUGHTS FROM ADELAIDE: Dhawan’s runs were a positive. But other problems persist.

    India lost the World Cup warm-up game in Adelaide on Sunday.India lost the World Cup warm-up game in Adelaide on Sunday.


    First, the most obvious pain-point. India bowled precisely one well-directed yorker all innings, and it resulted in the wicket of Patrick Cummins. Why aren’t they bowling more? Stonehenge might be an easier mystery to crack. True to the trend, India’s wayward seamers lost their radar straightaway as Australia came hard at them. MS Dhoni bowled five seamers today. Of them, only Umesh Yadav had an economy of less than six. Their top spin option, Ravindra Jadeja worryingly bowled only two overs and got smashed for 19 while Ravichandran Ashwin overcame a poor start to do a good holding job against David Warner and George Bailey. Stuart Binny with the new ball may trouble lesser teams in pace-friendly conditions. But teams like South Africa (who open with Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock) would relish his dibbly-dobblies. This is a set of bowlers that is consistently failing to get its basics right. It can neither take wickets in a bunch, nor can it build pressure through

    Read More »from Why It’s Not Looking Good For India
  • AB de Villiers claims three records in one innings

    Fastest fifty. Fastest hundred. Most sixes. The South Africa captain has them all.

    Fastest fifty. Fastest hundred. Most sixes. The South Africa captain has them all.

  • These Notable Cricketers Won't Be Playing The World Cup

    Having made the probables list for their countries, these talented cricketers couldn't survive the final cut.

    Having made the probables list for their countries, these talented cricketers couldn't survive the final cut.

  • Five Thoughts About India’s World Cup Team

    Understanding Binny's selection, Yuvraj's exclusion, and India's biggest weakness.

    Stuart BinnyStuart Binny

    About the Yuvraj Singh situation...

    Remember 2010? Yuvraj almost didn't play the World Cup. He had been dropped from the ODI team due to poor form and fitness. But at the cusp of the World Cup, he was brought back because of the feeling that you couldn’t leave somebody of his age and experience out. Good move. But four years later, Yuvraj is still no better and has failed to grow out of the exact same problems: form and fitness. A hundred against a set of retired international bowlers at Lord’s or one on a Saurashtra featherbed will not have the impact that leads to a comeback. Besides, where does he fit into the line-up that has now been taken over by new players like Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja? It’s a surprise Yuvraj’s name was discussed at all at the selection meet.

    Why Rayudu, Binny & Axar?

    The World Cup is a high-pressure tournament. To win it, you need players with match awareness and the ability to dominate key moments of a game. Their track record shows

    Read More »from Five Thoughts About India’s World Cup Team


(157 Stories)