The Test India should finally ace

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



 

Tests

Batting
IMPACT in
the last 2
years

Runs
Tally
IMPACT

Pressure
IMPACT

Partnership
Building
IMPACT

4th Innings
IMPACT

Laxman

22

2.32

1.2

0.24

0.09

0.43

Tendulkar

22

2.26

1.28

0.33

0.09

0.3

Sehwag

20

2.15

1.13

0.07

0.06

0.16

Dravid

23

1.70

1.14

0.16

0.08

0.04

Kohli

4

1.23

0.76

0.03

0.03

0.41

Gambhir

17

1.08

0.71

0.04

0.04

0.08

Dhoni

24

1.05

0.66

0.12

0.04

0.01


It is interesting that Tendulkar has absorbed the maximum pressure amongst Indian batsmen in the last 2
years – this contradicts the notion amongst many Tendulkar critics that he does not produce the tough
runs – the fact is, in the last two years, he has. Not surprising at all that Laxman follows him, as the one
to absorb pressure successfully, as do Dravid and Dhoni thereafter.

Tendulkar and Laxman have also built the most partnerships (or had the biggest partnerships), followed by
Dravid – not surprising, given how the three have fared in Test cricket in this period. Laxman has the
highest impact as a batsman in the fourth innings – he has done it most memorably thrice in the last two
years. Kohli, promisingly, did it once (in his last Test match, though he could not finish the job).

The lower order batting, with reasonably high Batting IMPACT numbers (over 0.5 for Ashwin, Zaheer Khan
and Ishant Sharma) suggests a capacity for a fight there, which augurs well for India.

All this comes to a Batting IMPACT of 1.75 (for top 7 batsmen) and 1.50 (all 11 players; the drop is not
huge, so suggests a strong lower order).

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