November 9, 2007

A blog for the number nerds

It Figures - the blog for the stats oriented cricket fan

Cricket, more than almost any other sport, lends itself perfectly to analyses by numbers. The game has enough stats to satiate the most voracious appetite but there are so many delightfully different ways of looking at them that there's always scope for debates, arguments and opinions. It Figures is a forum to rake up all those arguments, but also to delight in the quirks of all the trivia that so much stats can throw up. Read on ...

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  • Prakash on February 11, 2008, 9:55 GMT

    Is it possible to quantify who were the better fielders are based on the statistics that are available? ie catches, stumpings and possibly run outs

  • Paul on January 15, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    I'm not a statistician by any means, so this may be faulty for any number of reasons, but I've always wondered whether there is a statistical way to analyse disputes about bowlers who are argued to have taken "easy wickets" either against the tail or weaker teams.

    Could this be done by calculating the mean of the career averages of each batsman dismissed by a given bowler to give a "wicket value" figure, and then multiplying by career wickets for that bowler? Career batting average seems the fairest approach, as opposed to the batsman's average at the time of dismissal, as it will iron out some of the anomalies of dismissing people in their first innings in cricket (and should make the number crunching somewhat easier).

    Admittedly, you can't get the final figure for any bowler until not only they have retired, but every batsman that they ever dismissed as well, but presumably you could analyse the current figures for all bowlers with 400+ career wickets.

  • Sanjeev on November 11, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    A great addition to Cricinfo. I love trivia, especially when it comes to cricket trivia. S Rajesh does great analysis on the site and I look forward to more number crunching of obscure and interesting factoids and trivia at this blog in the future.

  • Prakash on February 11, 2008, 9:55 GMT

    Is it possible to quantify who were the better fielders are based on the statistics that are available? ie catches, stumpings and possibly run outs

  • Paul on January 15, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    I'm not a statistician by any means, so this may be faulty for any number of reasons, but I've always wondered whether there is a statistical way to analyse disputes about bowlers who are argued to have taken "easy wickets" either against the tail or weaker teams.

    Could this be done by calculating the mean of the career averages of each batsman dismissed by a given bowler to give a "wicket value" figure, and then multiplying by career wickets for that bowler? Career batting average seems the fairest approach, as opposed to the batsman's average at the time of dismissal, as it will iron out some of the anomalies of dismissing people in their first innings in cricket (and should make the number crunching somewhat easier).

    Admittedly, you can't get the final figure for any bowler until not only they have retired, but every batsman that they ever dismissed as well, but presumably you could analyse the current figures for all bowlers with 400+ career wickets.

  • Sanjeev on November 11, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    A great addition to Cricinfo. I love trivia, especially when it comes to cricket trivia. S Rajesh does great analysis on the site and I look forward to more number crunching of obscure and interesting factoids and trivia at this blog in the future.

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  • Sanjeev on November 11, 2007, 21:48 GMT

    A great addition to Cricinfo. I love trivia, especially when it comes to cricket trivia. S Rajesh does great analysis on the site and I look forward to more number crunching of obscure and interesting factoids and trivia at this blog in the future.

  • Paul on January 15, 2008, 9:06 GMT

    I'm not a statistician by any means, so this may be faulty for any number of reasons, but I've always wondered whether there is a statistical way to analyse disputes about bowlers who are argued to have taken "easy wickets" either against the tail or weaker teams.

    Could this be done by calculating the mean of the career averages of each batsman dismissed by a given bowler to give a "wicket value" figure, and then multiplying by career wickets for that bowler? Career batting average seems the fairest approach, as opposed to the batsman's average at the time of dismissal, as it will iron out some of the anomalies of dismissing people in their first innings in cricket (and should make the number crunching somewhat easier).

    Admittedly, you can't get the final figure for any bowler until not only they have retired, but every batsman that they ever dismissed as well, but presumably you could analyse the current figures for all bowlers with 400+ career wickets.

  • Prakash on February 11, 2008, 9:55 GMT

    Is it possible to quantify who were the better fielders are based on the statistics that are available? ie catches, stumpings and possibly run outs