Today, India became the no. 1 Test side in the world. While I may miss an occasional hour or two of a match, I still think that Test cricket is the purest form of cricket. There is no better sight in the world than a fast bowler steaming-in in slightly overcast conditions with four slips, gully, point and cover. And if the batsman on the other end is of the caliber of Dravid, then the contest is simply riveting. Just who can forget the match at Headingly where he blunted everything England threw at him.
This being a lazy Sunday evening, I decided to do some casual number crunching of my own. This was to identify who among the batsmen has the most profound effect in India reaching where it is. And what result this has thrown in.
Any statistical analysis needs to be baselined. Arguably, India reached its cricketing nadir in 1999-2000 series against Australia in Australia. Just mention this series in front of Ajit Agarkar and see him sweat. Nothing went right for India except for Player of the series award to Sachin and that magnificent century by Laxman. Since then India has only gone better. So lets see how India has fared since that series. In this period, India has played 102 Test matches winning 40 and losing 26 with the highest score being 726 and lowest 76.
I have taken the liberty of adding Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh to the Fab Four. Sehwag is a natural inclusion and with the retirement of Ganguly, Yuvraj is a regular feature in the Indian Side. So here is the overall record
Very good record all round. Now lets see how do these batsmen fare in home and away tests.
Lets see how these players fare in won and lost matches.
Matches that India Won
Matches that India Lost
In matches that India has won, Dravid averages whopping 7 runs more than the world’s best batsman. Yet, Dravid would always be the Robin, never the Batman. Its time that we start acknowledging people who just do their job.