November 9, 2007

A blog for the number nerds

S Rajesh

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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Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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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S Rajesh
Stats editor Every week the Numbers Game takes a look at the story behind the stats, with an original slant on facts and figures. The column is edited by S Rajesh, ESPNcricinfo's stats editor in Bangalore. He did an MBA in marketing, and then worked for a year in advertising, before deciding to chuck it in favour of a job which would combine the pleasures of watching cricket and writing about it. The intense office cricket matches were an added bonus.

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