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  • Beware Australia; Sri Lanka mean business

    Sri Lanka might just, narrowly, be on the verge of winning their first CB Series.


    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar

    Sri Lanka 238; Australia 229 (Sri Lanka won by 9 runs)

    The scorecard of the match is here.

    On a day when Australia had more supporters cheering for them (though not at the ground) than ever before in their history (even if by default), the additional Indian fervour could not get them to prevent a hungry Sri Lankan team from reaching the final.

    Only four Australian batsmen reached double figures and only two Australian bowlers took wickets (though the others did not allow the match to get away) - it was not a great team effort by them. Sri Lanka also had just four batsmen reach double figures - but they were brilliant on the field - and showed great heart in defending a target that was possibly a couple of dozen runs short.

    This is the match seen through the Impact Index prism.

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    Australia:


    Observations:

    Two Australians topped the IMPACT charts - three Australians got more than an IMPACT of 5 and yet their team lost - quite a rarity, this.

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  • World’s best T20 batsman wins series for England

    England vs Pakistan T20 Series Review

    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar

    After two consecutive whitewashes in different formats (bizarrely by both teams), the third series at last provided an even contest between the two sides, complete with thrilling decider. And some of the biggest players in both sides had their say.

    Here is an overview of the series through the Impact Index lens.


    Observations:

    KP Pietersen is the world’s highest impact T20 batsman, bar none. Both in T20 internationals and in domestic tournaments, no one has had a greater impact with the bat than he has in the format’s history (whatever little of it there may be).

    It was therefore fitting that he took charge of this series – he was easily its highest impact batsman, and player. His series-defining performance in the deciding match (62 off 52, IMPACT 6.40) was the highest-impact batting performance in that game as well as the entire series. As also befits his status as the batsman with the lowest rate of failure (failing to register an IMPACT of even 1 in

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  • 2012's Kohli reminiscent of 1998’s Tendulkar

    CB Series: India V Sri Lanka 11th ODI at Hobart; 28th February 2012

    Kohli's knock revived memories India's unlikely recovery led by Tendulkar in Sharjah.

    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar

    Scores: Sri Lanka 320/4; India 321/3 (India won by 7 wickets with 13.4 overs to spare)

    1998 is unanimously considered the year Sachin Tendulkar touched his peak. And the most memorable moment in that period was Tendulkar’s 141 against Australia when India needed a stiff target to qualify for the tournament final (knocking out New Zealand). India just about managed to do that (though they lost the match) and then went on to win the tournament.

    Virat Kohli’s finest ODI innings (and India’s best team batting performance after the World Cup final) put him in that hallowed league today – as he produced a performance that could be remembered years from now, if India can finish this tournament like that one.

    This is the match seen through the Impact Index prism.

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    Observations:

    Three days ago, we had put up a piece that seemed to surprise a few people, about how Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir were India’s highest impact chasers in its ODI history

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  • Indian batting self-destructs again

    Indians might have just failed to take their last chance in this series.

    Sachin Tendulkar walks from the field after being run out by David Warner in Sydney.

    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar


    Australia 252/9; India 165 (Australia won by 87 runs)

    The scorecard of the match is here.

    India undid the good work that their bowlers did for them when Australia batted first and soundly repeated their recognizable theme of the Australian summer - resounding failure with the bat. It was only during the 7-over (from the 8th over to the 16th), 44-run stay from familiar quarters - also the biggest partnership of the innings, when India actually looked on even keel, perhaps even ahead. But it all ended abjectly, pusillanimously...familiarly.

    This is the match seen through the Impact Index prism.

    Australia


    India


    Observations:

    David Warner
    , with an innings of 66 in 68 balls, within the context of this match, was easily the highest impact player of the match. He absorbed the pressure of 57 for 3 and was out at 107 (in the 21st over) and was largely responsible for there being no run-rate pressure on the Australians.  His was the highest impact batting performance

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  • Kohli and Gambhir – India’s real chasing giants

    And why these two are ahead of even Dhoni

    Winning the World Cup could be attributed to the excellence of Gambhir, Kohli and Dhoni in big chases.


    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar

    April 2, 2011. Mumbai. The final of the Cricket World Cup. Lasith Malinga and all his Sri Lankan teammates exulted as Sachin Tendulkar was caught behind and India was reduced to 31 for 2, both star openers gone. A nerve-tingling, nervous moment for most Indian fans, who felt their chance of winning the World Cup after 28 years was in serious jeopardy.

    They were wrong.

    They had no way of knowing that the five batsmen India still had left actually had better credentials of delivering in those circumstances than both Sehwag and Tendulkar. To its own surprise, Impact Index discovered that Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni and Raina - all - had a higher Chasing IMPACT than the two openers under pressure situations, and also Finishing IMPACT (chasing and staying not out).  What followed thereafter is the stuff of history of course, but it is interesting to note how consistently the core of this Indian ODI team has maintained this remarkable quality.

    Chasing

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  • All round Lanka outshine Aussies, top the points table

    CB Series: Sri Lanka V Australia 9th ODI at Hobart; 24th February 2012

    By Jatin Thakkar and Soham Sarkhel



    Australia 280/6; Sri Lanka 283/7
    (Sri Lanka won by 3 wickets)

    The scorecard of the match is here.

    Despite the fact that the highest impact batting and bowling performances in the match came from Australians (Peter Forrest and Daniel Christian), their team still eventually ended up on the losing side. Overall, Sri Lanka had a Team IMPACT of 1.74 as compared to Australia’s 1.63 in this match.

    All figures between 0 and 5 unless otherwise mentioned.


    SRI LANKA


    AUSTRALIA


    Observations:

    Mahela Jayawardene deservedly got the Man of the match award for his overall Match Impact of 4.64. He was closely followed by Peter Forrest (4.35) and Michael Clarke (3.86) in the overall Match Impact column.
     
    Jayawardene led the Sri Lankan chase (Chasing Impact) with his attacking knock of 85 off 81 balls and had the second highest Batting Impact in the match (3.89).

    Earlier in the day Peter Forrest notched up his maiden international century and also registered the highest Batting Read More »from All round Lanka outshine Aussies, top the points table
  • New Zealand does a South Africa

    New Zealand vs South Africa: T20 series review


    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar

    An interesting T20 series ended dramatically as South Africa reversed a cricketing cliché. As the series headed to a climax where chasing looked like the only answer to winning these matches, New Zealand, from a position where they needed 24 runs in 28 balls with 7 wickets in hand, choked up as South Africa snatched victory from nowhere.

    Here is an overview of the series through the Impact Index lens.


    Observations:

    JP Duminy was the highest-impact player in the series. His batting performance of 38 runs in just 20 balls followed by a bowling spell where he gave away just 9 runs in 2 overs (increasing the required run rate from 6.3 to 7.2) had a Match IMPACT of 4.16 in the deciding T20I (which was the highest in the match for South Africa - and not Botha's bowling performance which got him the Man-of-the-Match for the drama that unfolded at the end) and therefore earned him Series Defining status as South Africa won the T20I series 2-1 with this match.

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  • The Finn-Cook-Pietersen show

    England vs Pakistan: ODI series review.


    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar


    It is not often when two teams whitewash each other in two different formats. If anything, England would have expected to prevail in the Tests and perhaps find a considerable struggle in ODIs given their recent record in that format in the subcontinent. But exactly the opposite happened in the UAE as after their 0-3 thrashing in the Tests, England hammered Pakistan 4-0 in the ODIs.

    More oddities were in store. In conditions universally considered batting-friendly, 260 was the highest team score in the series. Even more surprisingly, the best bowler was not a spinner.

    Here are the highest impact players of the series.

    Only players who played 2 or more matches in the Series considered for this table.

    All IMPACT numbers between 0 and 5.


    Observations:

    It has been one of the game's oldest blind spots - the batsman's heroic feats overshadowing equivalent or greater feats by the bowler's in the same space. Steven Finn's performances in this series have suffered

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  • Perera, Kulasekara overpower India

    Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera helped Sri Lanka beat India by 51 runs in Brisbane.


    Nuwan Kulasekara celebrates taking the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar in Brisbane.


    By Jatin Thakkar and Soham Sarkhel


    Sri Lanka 289/6; India 238 (Sri Lanka won by 51 runs)

    The scorecard of the match is here.

    Overall, Sri Lanka had a Team IMPACT of 2.28 as compared to India's 1.61 in this match. Sri Lanka with this win moved over India in the points table. However Irfan Pathan's all-round impact performance for India ensured that they didn't get the crucial bonus point.

    All figures between 0 and 5 unless otherwise mentioned.

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    India:


    *Figures in the brackets represent the players' Match IMPACT when it is not restricted between 0 and 5, as it is in a career context.

    Observations:

    Even though Thisara Perera delivered the highest impact performance (Match IMPACT 5.61*) Nuwan Kulasekara got the man of the match award for his figures of 9-0-42-3 (Match IMPACT 4.92). Perhaps the jury though that taking the crucial wickets of Tendulkar and Gambhir upfront made him worthy for the award. But they did not factor in Perera's contribution in finishing the match off for Sri Read More »from Perera, Kulasekara overpower India
  • Ricky Ponting – quick pointers to his One-Day greatness

    Ponting is 5th on a list of highest impact ODI batsmen from Australia.

    By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar


    After failing to reach double figures for the fifth consecutive time, Ricky Ponting has just been dropped from the Australian ODI team. It looks like his swan song has been sung and recorded. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that he went out as captain.

    There is no doubting Ponting’s position in the pantheon of Australian cricketers. He is amongst their very greatest – the last truly great player from the Waugh/ Warne/ McGrath/ Gilchrist era – when Australia was the indisputable champion of the world in all formats. As great a Test player Ponting has been (and that story will hopefully be told later), his position in ODI cricket is quite extraordinary too.  Conventional stats cannot bring out his real place; we attempt to do so using the tools at our disposal.

    This is a table of Australia’s 10 highest impact ODI batsmen in their history.



    Here are some facts about Ricky Ponting – the ODI player, which you cannot get anywhere else.

    Ponting is 5th on a

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