Thursday, May 31, 2012

Test Batting And Quality Of Bowling

Please read that follows for an explanation of this table:

Monday, May 28, 2012

A Cricket Format For The IPL

The IPL has over the past 5 years played a double game. When criticized, defenders typically fall back on the "but its different" argument. But the organizers - BCCI - have left no one in any doubt that IPL is a cricket tournament, played by the same players, under the same laws and playing conditions, officiated by the same umpires, and commentated on by the same ex-players - on the surface, and as a presentation, painfully cricket. So much so that they have been unwilling to any change rules, not even the ridiculous 4 over quota per bowler.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Whats the Difference Between Tendulkar, Kallis and Other Batsmen who average 40 or more?

Read the post the follows, and then try and think of a batsman who would fit the profile of batsman Type B. Please write your suggestions in the comments. My hunch currently is, that batsman of Type-B will be very difficult to locate. Such a batsman would be one with a very high number of centuries, but a relative low average and/or not outs.

ODI Batting And Winning

In this post, I look at the wins and losses two cases in ODI Cricket:
1. For Opening Batsmen Batting First
2. For Batsmen in positions 3-8 Batting First
3. For Opening Batsmen Batting Second
4. For Batsmen in position 3-8 Batting Second

I look at 2 cases - first, where batsmen score up to 50 runs in their innings, the second, where batsmen score at least 50 runs in the innings.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Limits to Comparing Batting and Bowling - II

Regular readers may be familiar with my view that bowlers win matches, batsmen prevent them from being lost. This leads to the view that runs are a symptom of the contest between bat and ball, not its cause. This post is a follow up to the previous one. There I showed that bowlers who take at least 5 wickets in a Test match have a more than even chance of ending up on the winning side, and furthermore, are twice as likely to win than to lose. In this post I show this with better data. 

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Limit to Comparing Batting and Bowling in Tests

A few weeks ago, I used a method of comparing batting and bowling, to determine an effective century score by comparing it to the value of a 5 wicket haul. An effective century came to be between 88 and 99. In this post, I involve the match result in my analysis. This presents some of the limits of comparing batting and bowling. The table below is self explanatory.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Umpires Interpretation of Law 19.4 was wrong: MCC

The MCC's Laws Manager Fraser Stewart has this response to my question about the interpretation of Law 19.4 in a recent IPL game. I quote him in full below:

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Confusion in Law 19.4

I came across an episode from the IPL, thanks to this excellent post. I am less certain than the author of that post about the lack of merit in the Umpire's decision. I assume in this post that the ICC's playing conditions apply in the IPL. I have my doubts about the seriousness with which they apply - a referee once suspended an Umpire in the IPL.

ICC considering LBW change due to Switch-Hits: A Summary Of The Problem

NDTV has published a report about this. The main idea under consideration seems to be to consider right-handers playing the switch hit to be left-handers for the purpose of LBWs. Here is a summary of the issue, which I've been covering since 2006. In April this year I also wrote about the ICC's directive which defined a legal switch hit.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Dale Steyn V AB de Villiers

I just saw a run chase destroying over in which AB de Villiers hit Dale Steyn for 23 runs. I am almost certain that this over will go into IPL folklore as one of the top exhibits of a "contest" between two high quality cricketers.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

A Comparison of Bowling Across Formats

I've held for a long time now that cricket is a contest between bat and ball. This is to say, that the rules of dismissal, the rules for counting runs and the respective numerical and skill wise composition of teams in cricket have been designed while keeping in mind the following founding ideas:
1. The purpose of bowling is to dismiss batsmen, and batting sides.
2. The purpose of batting is to prevent bowlers from achieving their goal.
3. Runs are a symptom of this contest, and not its basic purpose. They complicate in interesting ways, the measure of how well bowlers are doing.