The Test India should finally ace

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



INDIA

Reminder – all figures on a scale of 0 to 5.

All figures from December 2009-Dec 2011 only.

 Player

Matches

Batting IMPACT

Bowling IMPACT

PLAYER’s
IMPACT
(2009-11)

Series-defining
performances
 

Sehwag

20

2.15

0.53

2.54

2

Gambhir

17

1.08

0.00

1.14

0

Dravid

23

1.70

0.00

1.81

1

Tendulkar

22

2.26

0.01

2.29

1

Laxman

22

2.32

0.00

2.40

2

Kohli

4

1.23

0.00

1.45

0

Dhoni

24

1.05

0.00

2.48

0

Ashwin

3

0.54

3.53

3.53

0

Zaheer

11

0.79

2.44

3.05

1

Ishant

22

0.58

1.39

1.68

0

Yadav

2

0.00

2.14

2.14

0


First, the batsmen.

VVS Laxman has been India’s highest impact batsman in the last two years. His Batting IMPACT of 2.32
the highest in his team – reaching these heights because of outstanding fourth innings performances and
chasing under pressure.

Sachin Tendulkar has had the second-highest impact amongst Indian batsmen in the last two years.
Unfortunately, the bizarre hype around his impending 100th international hundred (a category no one had
ever kept tabs on before this) seems to have affected him too. He got his 99th international century during
the World Cup and since then, in 7 Tests, his Batting IMPACT has been an uncharacteristically modest
1.23.

For the first time in his career, he missed making a century in England, nor could he manage one in the
home series against the currently unfancied West Indian side. A great pity, because he was in the form of
his life before this inconsequential statistical monument began to be spoken about – in the 15 Tests before
that, his Batting IMPACT had been a formidable 2.60. It is worrying for India if his preoccupation with this
prevents him from being at his imperious best. He hasn’t missed making a century in a single Australian
tour in his career so far either; will this be the first?

Virender Sehwag has had a superb two years too. In fact, he has been India’s best big match player –
along with Laxman, he has two series-defining performances to his name in this period – which is a
remarkable record (most people in their careers have done very well if they have 3 or 4). It also makes him
India’s second-highest impact player, and the highest amongst batsmen (a Bowling IMPACT of 0.53 even
takes him just about halfway towards being an all-rounder).

Rahul Dravid has had two contrasting years, with 2011 the much better one. His high Runs Tally and
Partnership IMPACT figures suggest that the classic Dravid qualities are very much in operation. His
IMPACT of 2.36 for 2011 suggests a return to form and he would undoubtedly see this tour as the
crowning glory of the remaining part of his career now.

Gautam Gambhir has had a poor two years in the longer version (he has been much better as an ODI
player) – his Batting IMPACT of 1.08 does not do justice to his proven talent (as his performance in the
last Test in South Africa showed earlier this year). As one half of India’s finest-ever opening pair, he will be
conscious of the impact he can make in a series like this, where a solid foundation has invariably resulted
in success for India in the past.

Kohli has a good chance to replicate his immense ODI success in this format – this series might be his
chance to seal his place. Here is a closer look at how the batsmen fared in this period on different
parameters.

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