Australia, India hold the edge, Sri Lanka the dark horses

CB Series Preview — India, Australia and Sri Lanka

India

Batting

Without going into any debatable discussion of what a century might do to Sachin Tendulkar’s career; this will actually be the first time he will be featuring in the Indian ODI line up after the World Cup final win. His one day records are unparalleled and hence there is absolutely no element of surprise in the fact that his career Batting IMPACT of 2.61 is the best amongst all the other Indian batsmen. Tendulkar is also the highest impact batsman in the series when it comes to Big Match performances and Series Defining abilities. His performance in the 2008 CB series also conforms the above mentioned fact.

His partner Virender Sehwag is having a lean form with the bat in Australia and his last one year Batting IMPACT of 1.60 shows a drop in comparison to his career batting impact of 1.75. If one takes out his innings of 219 against the West Indies then it will further drop to 1.30. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli on the other hand have been the lynchpin of India’s batting order lately. Their chasing impact of 0.28 and 0.30 respectively over the last year is right at the top amongst all the current players and shows their effectiveness in the top order for India.

Rohit Sharma had a brilliant series against the West Indies and his pressure impact is the highest amongst all the Indian players. Another player who has a good pressure absorbing capacity is Ravindra Jadeja, his pressure impact of 0.23 is the second highest amongst the Indian team members. The Indian captain on the other hand is having a torrid time presently but if one has a look at his one day records, he has done exceptionally well. Dhoni’s career impact of 4.04 is the highest amongst all the players playing in this tri series. His failure rate is 45% as a batsman (second only to Tendulkar in this series) beyond which he has also handled the burden of captaincy and wicket keeping exceptionally well for India.

Bowling

With Zaheer Khan spearheading the attack, the inexperienced bowling line up will have a lot to prove in the upcoming tri series. The importance of Zaheer Khan who ended as the highest wicket taker in India’s world cup winning campaign is well accentuated by the fact that his bowling impact in the last year has been a staggering 2.84 compared to his career impact of 2.1.

The Indian selectors have shown plenty of faith in Vinay Kumar throughout this tour but if one has to take a look at the numbers, it will come as a bit of a shocker that Irfan Pathan actually has the second highest bowling impact in the team with an impact of 2.06 compared to Vinay’s dismal impact of 1.51. Pathan is also India’s highest impact bowler when it comes to building pressure with quick wickets.

Coming to the spin department, Ashwin will considerably enjoy the change in the format where he has an IMPACT of 2.05 and also is India’s highest impact bowler when it comes to bowling economically as well as breaking partnerships. His failure rate of 23.53% in the last one year shows his importance to the team. Rahul Sharma on the other hand would be looking to make a mark in this tour. The Australian pitches will suit his type of spin bowling and it will be interesting to see what he does if given a chance.

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