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  • The magnificent five

    Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Ganguly – who contributed the most during India’s Golden run in Test cricket


    By Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    Part 1 of 2 | Read Part 2 


    It is now clear that the Golden era of Indian cricket is coming to an end. Or more likely, it ended in 2011 itself; it has just taken us this long to confirm it.

    By all accounts, that period began during the early days of Ganguly’s captaincy and ended last year in South Africa – under Dhoni’s leadership, with India still the official No. 1 Test side. The World Cup victory that immediately followed was the last hurrah.

    Besides bowlers like Kumble, Harbhajan and Zaheer Khan, batsmen like Gambhir and wicketkeeper/captain Dhoni, the five people most responsible for this were the members of the famed batting line-up – Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag.

    Impact Index does a Test cricket analysis here to determine who contributed the most, in which period, how they combined with each other and what it all really means at the end of it. We examine certain truisms, identify some myths and

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  • The magnificent five - II

    Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag, Ganguly – who contributed the most during India’s Golden run in Test cricket

    By Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    Part 2 of 2 | Read Part 1


    Continuing the story of the great contemporary Indian batsmen through the five phases of their glorious careers, through the singular prism of Impact Index.

    PHASE 4 - September 2005 to October 2008

    India P 35 W 11 L 9 D 15.

    Notably beat West Indies and England away and Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Australia at home. Lost to Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Pakistan away. Drew with England and South Africa at home.

    Ganguly’s angst-ridden exit as captain and the strange period of cloak-and-dagger politics that followed (with Greg Chappell as coach) saw India dip somewhat from their previous highs. Despite overseas series victories under Dravid in England and West Indies, this side did not have the all-conquering air the previous phase had seen. Dravid’s decline as a player began in 2007, and he gave up the captaincy later that year. Under Kumble (who perhaps got the captaincy too late), the team was effective but not a

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  • Delivering an ace on match point

    India’s batting stars were inexplicably and hopelessly out-of-their depth at Perth.

    - Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    A thrashing once more - India's Team IMPACT on the game was a meagre 1.23 while Australia's touched 2.64 - an embarrassing difference for India.

    The IMPACT scorecard for the match. All figures between 0 to 5.



    * In a career context, these figures will be restricted between 0 and 5, with 5 as the highest on the IMPACT Index scale. In a match context though, the unrestricted figures tell their own stories.



    Observations:

    Most interestingly, David Warner's 180 in this match had a higher impact than Michael Clarke's unbeaten 329 in the Test just before this (Warner had a Batting IMPACT of 10.85. Clarke's was 9.81). It's not so difficult to quite understand why - this is where match context has its say, and corrects the skews of conventional statistics - Warner's 180 came in a team total of 369 where they were all out, and the next highest score was 30, besides his opening partner's 74. Clarke's 329 came in a score of 654 for just 4 wickets and there were two other Read More »from Delivering an ace on match point
  • Not as close as it seemed

    Series Review – Sri Lanka in South Africa, 2011-12

    Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    Here are the scorecards of the matches in the series.

    South Africa won the series 2-1. Overall, South Africa had a Team IMPACT of 2.20 in the series as compared to Sri Lanka’s 1.48, the big margin reflecting the huge defeats that Sri Lanka had in two of the matches, rather than the ostensible narrowness of the series result.
     
    Here is the list of players with their IMPACT in the series (players with 2 or more matches) with the highest impact players at the top.

     

    Matches

    Batting
    IMPACT

    Bowling
    IMPACT

    Captaincy/
    fielding/WK

    IMPACT

    Series
    IMPACT

    Philander

    2

    0.04

    4.61

    0.13

    6.71*

    Kallis

    3

    1.90

    0.38

    0.50

    3.81*

    Steyn

    3

    0.54

    2.64

    0.00

    3.19

    de Villiers

    3

    3.06

     

    0.00

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  • SCG Test: Clarke the differentiator

    The IMPACT INDEX for the Sydney Test showed Australia were miles ahead of India.




    The IMPACT scorecard for the match. All figures between 0 to 5.

    Australia

    Batting IMPACT

    Bowling  IMPACT

    Captain / WK IMPACT

    Fielding IMPACT

    Match IMPACT


    1st Inn

    2nd Inn

    1st Inn

    2nd Inn




    MJ Clarke

    8.36



    0.70

    0.50

    0.25

    5.00 (9.81*)

    BW Hilfenhaus



    1.16

    3.30


    0.13

    4.59

    RT Ponting

    4.06





    0.00

    4.06

    JL Pattinson



    3.34

    0.20


    0.00

    3.54

    PM Siddle



    1.92

    0.98


    0.00

    2.90

    MEK Hussey

    1.70


    0.00

    0.00


    0.13

    1.82

    BJ Haddin





    0.56

    0.38

    0.94

    EJG Cowan

    0.08





    0.38

    0.46

    DA Warner

    0.17





    0.25

    0.42

    SE Marsh

    0.00





    0.25

    0.25

    NM Lyon



    0.00

    -0.30


    0.13

    0.00 (-0.18*)

     

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  • India's best performances against Australia Part II

    Innings that matter: Shastri's 206, Gavaskar's 113 and the others.

    Yesterday, we had put up India's 5 highest impact batting performances in a match context against Australia. Here, we put up the highest impact 10 innings performances. Impact Index calculates the impact of an innings within the context of its match, so how a player's own team-mates perform and how the opposition players fare in the same match all determine a player's impact on the match. Given that, losing causes usually will not figure easily on any Impact list for obvious reasons. When they do (as in 7, 9 and 10 here), invariably the match goes close. Therefore, classic innings like Tiger Pataudi's 75 in Melbourne (1966) or Vijay Hazare's 148 in Adelaide (1948) don't make it as high on the Impact list as some other performances do.

    Those that tend to make it here are feats against the odds (the tough fourth innings chase, for example) - and some high-profile classic performances (like Tendulkar's 155 in Chennai 1998 or Sehwag's 155 in Chennai 2004, or most prominently, Dravid's 233

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  • Australia draw first blood

    The two Australian senior batsmen, who were deemed to be on notice before this Test, produced the best batting performances in the match. Melbourne Test - through Impact Index

    By Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    Even though the match lasted just 4 days, Test cricket was well-served by this match. It was riveting for the first three days, as it seemed an equal battle between bat and ball for most of the match. Till the fourth day, when India went completely flat; first while trying to wait for Pattinson and Hilfenhaus to make a mistake (as opposed to attacking them) during which period they added a demoralising 43 runs. Then, the hallowed Indian batsmen, displaying a painfully familiar pusillanimity in the deciding innings, made it a one-sided game very quickly.

     The IMPACT scorecard for the match. All figures between 0 to 5.

     

    Australia

    Batting IMPACT

    Bowling 

    IMPACT

    Captaincy / WK

    Fielding IMPACT

    Match IMPACT

    IMPACT

     

    1st Inn

    2nd Inn

    1st Inn

    2nd Inn

     

     

     

    BW Hilfenhaus

    0.34

    0.38

    3.42

    1.65

     

    0.00

    5.00 (5.79*)

    JL Pattinson

    0.32

    1.20

    0.95

    2.71

     

    0.00

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  • Australia, you little beauty! India, lost all the booty?

    Impact Index review of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

    - Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    Did a new generation of Australian world-beaters just get established in this series? Have India lost all the gains of their recent conquests? Does this series give us cues?

    Impact Index presents its series report on the India-Australia Test series at the end of the 3rd Test as the series is not open any more and the fourth Test reduced to a formality that will be played out with different levels of motivation and intensity than what has unfolded so far (and clearly, somewhat different personnel too). We felt incorporating the numbers from that match in the overall series report will not provide the truest story of the series.

    In any case, impressionistic viewing and conventional statistics hide some of the compelling stories of this series. Impact Index tries to bring out a few of these.

    Here is an overview of the 25 players who have played in the series from both sides, arranged in descending order of impact made in the series.

    IMPACT numbers in the

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  • The Test India should finally ace

    A preview of the India-Australia Test Series like no other – through Impact Index

    By Jaideep Varma & Jatin Thakkar

    The story of this India-Australia series could be as much about the players who fight it out in the middle as
    about those who are missing.

    Australia’s highest impact Test player of the last 2 years is missing. As is, bizarrely, India’s.

    Shane Watson, with an IMPACT of 3.06 is Australia’s highest impact Test player in the last two years
    (minimum 5 Tests). India’s highest impact player in the same period is Praveen Kumar – he has played all
    his 6 Tests this year, and his IMPACT has been a highly impressive 3.81.

    Even Rahul Dravid, who has an IMPACT of 2.36 in 2011, has had a lower impact than him this year.
    Kumar’s absence is a huge loss to the Indian team, as big as it was when he had to drop out of the World
    Cup earlier this year – if India can cope as well as they did then, they would have done very well. A great
    deal of their challenge would lie in the hands (or rather, hamstring) of Zaheer Khan – India’s highest impact
    player in the current squad in

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