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An end of an Innings… Sachin Tendulkar

November 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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Sachin Tendulkar has been the greatest sports icon for India and he inspired Indians from all walks of life. I am just one among the millions who love, admire and awed by the talent of Sachin Tendulkar on the cricketing field. For long time he was the only sports superstar that we had to boast about. Saying this I am not trying to ignore the accolades of our other sporting stars like Vishwanathan Anand, Vijay Amritraj, Prakash Padukone, Milka singh, PT Usha and others. While they were great none of them achieved anything close to what Sachin has achieved in their respective sports. They were always the brides maid never the bride. We can argue at length that cricket has much more budgets, funds and support than any other sport in India, but the fact remains that  we are a cricket crazy nation and that is the only sport where we compete at the highest level. Other than cricket I can not really think of any sport where we would be called a top class team. So why crib?

 While there are few skeptics out there who believe that there are other who were better than him;  that he only plays for records or he should have retired couple of years back, I choose to ignore them as people who speak without out facts in hand.For those who play the tune that Sachin was never a match winner and played for his centuries, pls check this analysis of his win ratio for those games he hit a century, the links are given below.

(“Another Sachin century, another match India couldn’t win…” is there merit in that statistic.) 

Centuries going down the drain….Sachin and his 12 non productive centuries

Those who are convinced that he plays for the records, I just want to add “he plays and the records follow him”. What i really like about Sachin Tendulkar is his humility. The fact that he has been humble all his live even after what he has acheived is in itself a great achievement as a human being.In the two decades we have not come come across any controversy, loose gossip or incidents that have always been associated with super stars.He is always calm, composed and always speaks with  dignity that befitted someone who is not only a great sportstar but a good human too. He is someone who can be a sporting idol for current generation and generations to come.

 As his innings comes to a close and and he walks back in to the pavilion one last time, I tSachin-Tendulkar byehought is is just right to compile all that he has achieved on the green circle. Given below are 200 facts about Sachin that you may like to know.

(Compiled from internet)

1. His father named him after the legendary music director Sachin Dev Burman.

2. During his school days, he grew his hair and tied a band around it to copy his idol, tennis legend John McEnroe.

3. While growing up, Sachin would ask his friend Ramesh Pardhe to dip a rubber ball in water and hurl it at him to see the wet marks left on the bat to know whether he had middled the ball!

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In Tendulkar country

January 30, 2012 2 comments

In Tendulkar country.

An American writer new to cricket, experiences the first couple of weeks of the World Cup, navigating the madness of a billion fans and chasing the soul of the game.  An exception writer and a great story to see Cricket from the perspective of an outsider. This is a brilliant story……..

Rahul Dravid….The last Gentleman

November 19, 2011 3 comments


For eight months now the Indian cricket fan has waited with breathless anticipation for the ultimate cricket icon, Sachin Tendulkar, to score his 100th international hundred. All this while, one man has stayed under the radar, doing what he has done with quiet efficiency for several years now.        Rajdeep Sardesai

A text book technique, herculean determination, impeccable concentration and never-ending commitment to the team describe Dravid… the player, in a single sentence. There is something about Rahul Dravid that has always been awe inspiring. It is not his accolades on the field that mesmerize me, but it is how he gets them. The intensity with which he takes the field is what separates him from the rest of his peers. Books have been written about his technique; some with praise and some scathe his technique as being redundant, in the current high pitch, money driven era of T20. But everyone agrees that he is the last of the generation, who plays the gentleman’s game the way it should be played…Like a Gentleman

Of his contemporaries it is only the master blaster who is ahead of him in runs and tons and when we dig a little deeper we find Dravid actually has a slight edge over mighty Tendulkar. For example, if you exclude Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, Dravid’ s average in overseas series is marginally better than Sachin’s as is his contribution to India’s overseas wins. Quite remarkably, 32 of his 36 test centuries have come in wins or draws, confirming his stature as a true match winner. Add to nearly 13,000 test runs, the small matter of 10,000 runs in a format that is not his specialty and 200 plus test catches, and his place as an all-time great is assured.

I am told batting in Australia and England is the toughest challenge for an Indian batsman, because of playing conditions and Pakistan is tough because of pot boiling pressure that the matches generate. It is sometimes poetic that Dravid earned his prosaic title: THE WALL playing in these countries, I wanted to check how, the two greats of Indian contemporary cricket, fared in these three countries. So cricinfo came to my rescue. The data is given below.

 While the result has not been checked for statistical significance, the result does indicate Dravid brilliance when he plays in tough conditions. What came as a new insight and a surprise to me is the fact that Rahul has a better average even in the limited format version of the game which we generally assume Tendulkar is the clear master.

Century to win ratio is another statistic that Sachin Tendulkar has made popular. It is argues incorrectly that when Sachin score a century India does not win. (Read my previous analysis on this) while it is not a correct statistic, it still is a fun statistic that we can use to compare batsman. So I wanted to see how these legends stand against each other.

Rahul Dravid in a test match is a formidable player. His ability to save a test or win a test for India is well documented and it reflects in his Century to win ratio. When he hits a century he is able to save or win the match about 89% times compared to Sachin being able to do that 78% only.

While Sachin has a lower score I still will not go an record to compare these players. They had different roles in the team and each of them delivered as best as he could. Sachin played a lot more matches and has been playing for India from the age of 16, it is but natural that he has more chances to fail and he did not have Rahul Dravid playing in the initial career. Dravid always had Sachin and Dada to back him up so it is understandable that Dravid has a better score than Sachin


If we want to look at Dravid’s place along with legends of the game, we need to benchmark it with the gold standard of test match batting. Sir Don Bradman’s 99.94 average in 52 consecutive tests. So these are the most productive 52 match streaks as purple as Bradman’s. Ricky pointing stands next to Bradman even though he is 25 runs short of him. Interestingly enough as expected we find Rahul Dravid sitting quietly on the 5th place just after Kallis and Sobers. Sachin is not far. Even though Sachin stands 8th on the table the difference between him and Dravid is almost negligible.


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There is another statistic that I came across and while this was no surprise I was just not expecting it. Dravid is currently the number one batsman for the year 2011 in the long format of the game. This is the Top five batsmen for 2011 as on Nov 20th.

# Batsman Mts Inns Runs Hs Avg 100 50

1

R Dravid (Ind)

10

19

952

146*

59.5

5

2

2

IR Bell (Eng)

8

11

950

235

118.75

5

2

3

AN Cook (Eng)

8

11

927

294

84.27

4

2

4

KC Sangakkara (SL)

9

17

923

211

54.29

3

4

5

DM Bravo (WI)

9

18

735

195

43.23

2

3

Dravid resembles sportsmen of the last era. He often reminds me of Ivan Lendl or Mats Wilander of yesteryears, they never lost their cool on the tennis court, in a win or a loss; they came to the court and did what he was best known for, playing a classic tennis match. But how many of us remember them? We were so enamored by the likes of boom boom Becker, erratic Ivanisevic, or the temperamental McEnroe. Their serve and volley games and their antiques on the court and sometimes off the court made us read about them and follow them like fanatics. I don’t question their talent, they had a style that screamed of their accolades, had a mass appeal. In the same sense as a Star and an Actor, we love our stars but Actors make the movie watchable. Dravid like Lendl and Wilander reaffirms one’s faith in old fashioned values of solidity and integrity. He has shown that true class doesn’t need a megaphone for self-promotion but only needs an unswerving commitment to one’s profession. He is probably the last of the few who help us explain why cricket was called a gentleman’s game.

Rahul Dravid statistics are taken from Cricinfo.

“Another Sachin century, another match India couldn’t win…” is there merit in that statistic.

February 28, 2011 11 comments

“Once I was on a night train winding down from Simla to Kalka that stopped halfway for refreshments at a station lit by flaming torches. On a small television screen wreathed in cigarette smoke in the corner of the dining room Tendulkar was batting in a match in Mumbai. No one moved or spoke or looked away. The train was delayed by 20 minutes. Not until Tendulkar was out could the world resume its normal timetables and rhythms”

 (The above quote is by Greg Baum is a writer with the Melbourne Age)

            I wonder if there is any game, that evokes passion, more or similar  than cricket in India. The game crosses all barriers embedded in the Indian society, and for a brief span of 6 hrs we see a unified India. I realized that, over the period,Cricket has become an inherent part of  Indian culture, etched in to the indian way of life and is an important part of everyday life like the curries, the saffron, the tikka and gol guppas. it evokes same passions as religions and socio-economic conditions do in different parts of the world. It brings in emotions that even local politics or politicians can compete with, that is cricket in india. I  Love the game…but this is not what I want to discuss.

         The world cup match between England and India ended in a draw after Indians and the English did a trapeze show on the field each going up then falling down at speeds that would awe anyone in a circus. While it was by sheer luck that both teams managed a draw it was anyone’s game. Both played well and both goofed up real bad, but it in middle of all this excitement was a small Facebook entry from a very dear friend “Another Sachin century, another match India couldn’t win…” and that made me think is there any merit in that ….. This is find out if there is any

 

So I went on to the stats guru of cricinfo and got the basic data on Sachin:

Match Status Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0
Won matches 224 221 34 10789 200* 57.69 11915 90.54 33 56 8
Lost Matches 194 194 2 6319 175 32.91 7941 79.57 12 35 11
draw/no result 28 20 5 669 120 44.6 744 89.91 2 2 1
Total 446 435 41 17777 200* 45.11 20600 86.29 47 93 20

  Win percentage:

Match Status  Mat Inns NO Runs
Won matches  50%  51%  83%  61% 
Lost Matches 43% 45% 5% 36%
draw/no result 6% 5% 12% 4%

 

Sachin seem to have won 50% of the matches that he has played and about 51% of the innings that he has actually played. Well that does not seem to be great. We can compare it overall Indian team for the period India has played 598 matches and won 303 matches during the same period so that is about 50% win percentage. But the interesting snippet is out of the 598 matches that India played in the last 20 years Sachin has played in 75% of the matches. That itself is no mean feat.

 Not out:

Sachin remains not out about 1/10 games. But considering that he opens the game it is special ask of any batsman. But the interesting fact is if we ignore the games that were drawn or abandoned if a Sachin remains not out then there is a 95% chance that India will win the game.

Total Runs:

61% of his runs came from the matches that India has won. His average in the matches that India has won is a whopping 57.7 and the total runs that he has made in the games that we have won are more than 10,000 runs. The closest next is Ganguly whose contribution in matches that we have won is around 6800 runs with an average of 55

Run Rate

Let’s look at this stat

Match Status Inns Played Runs Balls Faced Ball faced per inning Avg. no of overs played per inning batting average Run rate
Won matches 221 10789 11915 54 8.99 57.69        6.42
Lost Matches 194 6319 7941 41 6.82 32.91        4.82
draw/no result 20 669 744 37 6.20 44.6        7.19
Total 435 17777 20600 47 7.89 45.11        5.72

 From the above stat, in the matches that India won, Sachin maintains an average of 6.4 runs per over compared to 4.8 in the matches that India has lost.

 Now to the main question. Is there a correlation between his centuries and India to win?

Match Status  100’s %
Won matches 33 70%
Lost Matches 12 26%
draw/no result 2 4%
Total 47  

 70% of Sachin’s centuries came in the games that India has won.  He would hit a century every six matches that India won and one in every 12 matches that India lost.  So I guess Sachin centuries contributed to wins more than it contributed to losses if we compare with his general average of 50% wins in his career.

While this is no conclusive research and can be debated by pure statisticians regarding my methodology or the tools that I have used or not used, it would not make any major difference. He is no god and cricket is no religion but If Ian Botham can be seen as the Errol Flynn of cricket, or Viv Richards as the Martin Luther King, or Shane Warne as the Marilyn Monroe, or Muttiah Muralitharan as the hobbit, Tendulkar is surely the game’s secular saint. For twenty years he has been delivering what he has destined to do. Right from the beginning, he appeared to be touched by divinity. He came among us as a boy-god, unannounced. He was 16 and was hit on the head in his first appearance, but neither flinched nor retreated a step. Nothing thenceforth could harm him, temporal or otherwise. Numbers speak for while he remain quiet and number do not take sides…..

sunil varma

Data source : Cricinfo.com,

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