Finally, some truth: Dravid scores over Tendulkar

A new study by economists at University of Ulster and University of Queensland that has the India media whining, rates Dravid and Sehwag over Tendulkar. While many fans may express surpize over the results, close watchers of cricket would agree that mere averages do not truly reflect a value of a player and the study brings to light what many of us have been screaming about for years!

This study rates a rough 60 in a total of 200-odd over 200 in total of 600.

There are several tables with rankings for different parameters . The “Top Fifty Batsmen in Test Cricket” rates Dravid, Ponting at 4, Kallis at 5, Tendulkar at 7 and Sehwag and Kambli at 8. This uses the Gini co-efficient to measure the “evenness of results”. We see similar ratings for “Home and Away Certainty Scores”, “The Relation between Individual and the Rest of Team”. In another table “Contributions to Their Team Score by the Top 50 Batsmen in Test Cricket”, Dravid ranks 5, while Sehwag and Tendulkar rank 6. It is noteworthy here to mention that Sehwag is at 6th position, having played in only72 innings; Dravid’s rank was from167 innings and Tendulkar’s was from 209. What is more reflective of this is the “Ranking by Average, Value-Adjusted Average, and Value-Added Adjustment” where Sehwag leads Indian batsmen with a value adjusted average of 79, Dravid with 71 and Tendulkar at 70.

While it can be argued that such studies have their biases (Laxman does not feature here) and uses the right set of parameters to crank out the right set of results, one cannot help but notice that if there is real value, it will shine beyond mere hyperbole.

This paper is a must read for the nerdy amonst cricket fans. It can be downloaded from the Berkeley Electronic Press.


5 Responses to Finally, some truth: Dravid scores over Tendulkar

  1. Joe King says:

    You seem to be anti Sachin. If that paper has rated Sehwag and Dravid over Sachin,then what’s the big deal? You said Tendulkar has played more matches. Dude, that’s the thing. Playing more matches means your cut down in average. You must give him credit to Sachin that he averages 70. That’s wonderful. How much would Bradman have scored had he played so many matches?

  2. Keshav says:

    reaction – 🙂 don’t know how to potray that i am grinning a really wide grin. 😀

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  4. vmminerva says:

    Keshav, good for you. You should check out the report. Any Indian would be proud!

  5. vmminerva says:

    Joe King, welcome to my blog.
    Let me assure you that I’ve got nothing against Sachin. It’s just that some of us Indian cricket fans tend to get bored by the hyperbole around him. True, more the matches, lesser the average. However, the interesting part to this study is that it takes into consideration the “value add” that a player has to a team. Various parameters are taken into consideration, esp, relative contribution. This is where Dravid and Sehwag score. More often than not, they shine when the others don’t do too well, esp on flat tracks. Also contributions to a victory score higher than to a draw. That’s what is interesting about the study. It attempts to give another (balanced) view. There are catches, as one would expect, with any study. But it’s a novel approach.

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