• KC Sangakkara completed
    9000 test runs during the course of his 144 in the third test against Pakistan at
    Sharjah.  He reached the milestone when
    he was on 28 during the course of his 144 on the first day of the test. At the
    end of the Sri Lankan's first innings, his aggregate stood at 9116.

     

    He became
    the 12th batsman in the annals of test cricket to score 9000 plus
    runs and the second Sri Lankan batsman after DPMD Jayawardene who has scored 9934
    runs. DPMD Jayawardene is on the threshold of a land mark as he requires 66
    runs more runs to reach the 10000 run mark.

     

     

    No

    Player

    Team

    Mat

    Inns

    NO

    Runs

    HS

    Ave

    100

    50

    0

    1

    SR Tendulkar

    Ind

    181

    298

    32

    14965

    248*

    56.25

    51

    61

    14

    2

    R Dravid

    Ind

    157

    273

    32

    12775

    270

    53.00

    35

    60

    08

    3

    RT Ponting

    Aus

    154

    263

    28

    12487

    257

    53.13

    39

    56

    14

    4

    BC Lara

    Win

    131

    232

    6

    11953

    400*

    52.88

    34

    48

    17

    5

    JH Kallis

    SAF

    145

    246

    38

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  • Does merit still matter?

    It's indeed a sad day for Indian cricket when the worth of toil isn't recognized anymore. Or, in other words, is replaced by a noticeable departure from the reward and reinforcement system. Toil, in the classical Indian cricketing lexicon is what a first-class cricketer is expected to do (mainly in front of empty stands) - over after over, session after session, day after day, season after season. It is only after these exhaustive years that a traditional Indian cricketer can lay claim to that India Blue cap. That cap is the reason why he undertakes this sweaty, grimy and often exasperating journey of toil in the first place. Ask Ajinkya Rahane that and he'll tell you how exactly he's broken into the Test elite for now. Which is precisely why Rahul Sharma's selection to the Test squad is deflating for the classic through-the-system cricketer - there is no toil, there are no performances, there is nothing that suggests he merits a place, except maybe a talent deficit - a bigger

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  • I was engaged in a couple of conversations this week on who
    are the best ODI batsmen of all time.

     

    Everyone talks about Sachin Tendulkar (but then again it's
    hard to have any cricket conversation about all-time anything without
    mentioning Tendulkar). My Aussie friend was convinced Ricky Ponting would crack
    the top three, while Brian Lara also got some votes. I decided to use some
    numbers to settle the debate.

     

    There are a few basic stats that we can look at for determining
    the best - the Castrol batting
    momentum
    is a measure of overall performance in an innings that combines runs scored and
    strike rate. Applying the same criteria over the course of a career (average
    and strike rate) gives us an adjusted batting momentum. In addition, I have
    thrown in few other factors:

     

    -  Strike rates have been adjusted for the era in
    which a batsman played in. For instance, 
    Viv Richards' strike-rate of 90.2 in the 1980s stood out a lot more in
    that time and has been appropriately increased

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