Batting May 22, 2009

Summary tables on Test batsmen

There were a number of useful suggestions to my previous article on Test batsmen, and I am considering incorporating a number of these suggestions

I came out with an article on Test Batsmen a few days back and this article received an unprecedented number of responses. There were a number of useful suggestions and I am considering incorporation of a number of these suggestions. Since this process is going to take some time and I also have a number of T20/IPL analysis to be done, I have come out, in the interim, with a number of useful batsmen tables. The purpose of these are to provide at one place very useful information for comparison. There are no assumptions or parameters in these tables and what is presented are only facts. I have made only some explanatory comments on these tables.

The weighted bowling quality measure, which has been shown as the last column in all the tables, has been derived by using the career-to-date values as suggested by many readers. There is no major difference. However there is no doubt that this is the correct method. The real difference is with the lesser bowlers. For the great bowlers with 300+ wickets in their career, the CtD averages do not show any significant variation once a certain stage of career has been crossed.

1. Top run scorers for 8 periods

Aus Ponting R.T          2000s    8864 @  59.89  36.00
Saf Kallis J.H           2000s    8428 @  58.94  37.69
Aus Hayden M.L           2000s    8365 @  52.94  36.23
Ind Dravid R             2000s    8125 @  53.45  37.62
Ind Tendulkar S.R        2000s    6932 @  52.92  37.74
Slk Jayawardene D.P.M.D  2000s    6581 @  56.25  38.81
Win Lara B.C             2000s    6380 @  54.07  34.43
Saf Smith G.C            2000s    6343 @  50.34  38.70
Win Chanderpaul S        2000s    6342 @  53.29  35.04
Ind Laxman V.V.S         2000s    6115 @  49.72  36.61

Eng Stewart A.J 1990s 6409 @ 40.82 35.22 Aus Waugh M.E 1990s 6371 @ 41.64 36.73 Aus Taylor M.A 1990s 6306 @ 40.95 36.75 Eng Atherton M.A 1990s 6217 @ 38.38 34.31 Aus Waugh S.R 1990s 6213 @ 53.10 36.17 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1990s 5626 @ 58.00 37.97 Win Lara B.C 1990s 5573 @ 51.60 36.12 Slk de Silva P.A 1990s 4448 @ 46.82 37.85 Aus Slater M.J 1990s 4425 @ 45.15 37.02 Aus Boon D.C 1990s 4303 @ 45.29 38.61

Aus Border A.R 1980s 7418 @ 54.54 34.54 Eng Gower D.I 1980s 6196 @ 42.44 33.86 Pak Javed Miandad 1980s 5642 @ 54.78 37.02 Win Richards I.V.A 1980s 5209 @ 49.61 35.04 Win Greenidge C.G 1980s 5151 @ 45.99 35.43

Ind Gavaskar S.M 1970s 5647 @ 55.91 37.72 Ind Viswanath G.R 1970s 4611 @ 46.11 36.56 Aus Chappell G.S 1970s 4357 @ 53.79 36.08 Win Kallicharran A.I 1970s 3917 @ 49.58 34.70 Win Fredericks R.C 1970s 3809 @ 45.89 33.59

Eng Barrington K.F 1960s 6397 @ 59.79 37.82 Eng Cowdrey M.C 1960s 4788 @ 48.86 36.99 Aus Lawry W.M 1960s 4717 @ 49.65 37.27 Win Sobers G.St.A 1960s 4563 @ 60.04 36.48 Eng Dexter E.R 1960s 4232 @ 50.38 36.91

Eng Hutton L 40s-50s 5626 @ 54.62 39.27 Eng Compton D.C.S 40s-50s 5339 @ 49.90 40.02 Aus Harvey R.N 40s-50s 5107 @ 52.65 38.51 Win EdeC Weekes 40s-50s 4455 @ 58.62 37.83 Eng May P.B.H 40s-50s 4182 @ 49.20 36.49

Eng Hammond W.R WW1-WW2 6883 @ 61.46 42.87 Aus Bradman D.G WW1-WW2 5093 @ 97.94 34.50 Eng Sutcliffe H WW1-WW2 4555 @ 60.73 40.35 Eng Hendren E.H WW1-WW2 3525 @ 47.64 41.52 Eng Hobbs J.B WW1-WW2 2945 @ 56.63 39.95

Aus Hill C Pre-WW1 3412 @ 39.22 34.27 Aus Trumper V.T Pre-WW1 3163 @ 39.05 33.66 Eng Hobbs J.B Pre-WW1 2465 @ 57.33 32.64 Aus Gregory S.E Pre-WW1 2282 @ 24.54 31.60 Aus Armstrong W.W Pre-WW1 2247 @ 35.67 32.49

Note the current decade. All the ten batsmen, barring Laxman who chips in with 49.72 have averaged above 50. During the 1990s, only the three great batsmen, Steve Waugh, Tendulkar and Lara exceed 50. During the 1980s, only Border and the incomparable Miandad exceeded 50. Gavaskar, Greg Chappell and Boycott exceeded 50 during the 70's. During the early periods, Sobers, Hammond and Sutcliffe exceeded 60. Note the poor bowling faced by Hammond, however. All these are in the Top-10.

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2. Top 20 aggregate scorers during a calendar year

Pak Mohammad Yousuf      2006  1788 @  99.33  35.80
Win Richards I.V.A       1976  1710 @  90.00  32.31
Ind Gavaskar S.M         1979  1696 @  62.81  32.93
Saf Smith G.C            2008  1656 @  72.00  41.33
Aus Ponting R.T          2005  1540 @  66.96  34.66
Aus Ponting R.T          2003  1503 @ 100.20  41.81
Eng Vaughan M.P          2002  1481 @  61.71  33.95
Aus Langer J.L           2004  1481 @  54.85  36.76
Ind Sehwag V             2008  1462 @  56.23  36.16
Ind Viswanath G.R        1979  1420 @  56.80  32.90
Ind Tendulkar S.R        2002  1392 @  55.68  40.08
Aus Hayden M.L           2001  1391 @  63.23  36.46
Aus Simpson R.B          1964  1381 @  60.04  43.94
Aus Hayden M.L           2005  1380 @  53.08  34.23
Eng Amiss D.L            1974  1379 @  68.95  36.32
Ind Dravid R             2002  1357 @  59.00  39.39
Aus Martyn D.R           2004  1353 @  56.38  35.23
Win Lara B.C             2003  1344 @  74.67  34.35
Eng Pietersen K.P        2006  1343 @  53.72  32.81
Aus Ponting R.T          2006  1333 @  88.87  33.00
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Win Sobers G.St.A        1958  1193 @ 132.56  35.24
Note the fantastic aggregates of the under-rated Mohammd Yousuf, Richards, Gavaskar, Smith and Ponting (twice). Also the 100+ averages of Sobers and Ponting.

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3. Top scorers vs each team

Eng Hobbs J.B            Australia      3636 @  54.27  36.95
Eng Gower D.I            Australia      3269 @  44.78  35.69
Eng Boycott G            Australia      2945 @  47.50  37.25
Win Lara B.C             Australia      2856 @  51.00  31.39
Eng Hammond W.R          Australia      2852 @  51.85  39.95

Ind Gavaskar S.M West Indies 2749 @ 65.45 39.59 Eng Boycott G West Indies 2205 @ 45.94 34.79 Eng Gooch G.A West Indies 2197 @ 44.84 28.55 Aus Waugh S.R West Indies 2192 @ 49.82 34.92 Saf Kallis J.H West Indies 2073 @ 74.04 39.81

Win Lloyd C.H India 2344 @ 58.60 37.37 Pak Javed Miandad India 2228 @ 67.52 39.45 Win Richards I.V.A India 1927 @ 50.71 37.42 Win Sobers G.St.A India 1920 @ 83.48 37.07 Aus Hayden M.L India 1888 @ 59.00 37.76

Aus Bradman D.G England 5028 @ 89.79 34.28 Aus Border A.R England 3548 @ 56.32 36.08 Win Sobers G.St.A England 3214 @ 60.64 34.52 Aus Waugh S.R England 3200 @ 58.18 38.13 Win Lara B.C England 2983 @ 62.15 39.14

Pak Inzamam-ul-Haq Sri Lanka 1559 @ 59.96 39.03 Ind Tendulkar S.R Sri Lanka 1408 @ 56.32 38.56 Ind Azharuddin M Sri Lanka 1215 @ 55.23 40.34 Nzl Fleming S.P Sri Lanka 1166 @ 58.30 39.14 Win Lara B.C Sri Lanka 1125 @ 86.54 33.76

Eng Compton D.C.S South Africa 2205 @ 53.78 43.98 Eng Hammond W.R South Africa 2188 @ 62.51 44.29 Aus Ponting R.T South Africa 2030 @ 56.39 31.34 Win Lara B.C South Africa 1715 @ 49.00 31.96 Aus Harvey R.N South Africa 1625 @ 81.25 43.52

Ind Gavaskar S.M Pakistan 2089 @ 56.46 35.01 Aus Border A.R Pakistan 1666 @ 59.50 34.36 Aus Chappell G.S Pakistan 1581 @ 63.24 37.65 Slk Jayasuriya S.T Pakistan 1490 @ 51.38 35.42 Slk de Silva P.A Pakistan 1475 @ 42.14 35.52

Pak Javed Miandad New Zealand 1919 @ 79.96 42.31 Aus Border A.R New Zealand 1500 @ 51.72 35.72 Ind Tendulkar S.R New Zealand 1406 @ 52.07 34.82 Saf Kallis J.H New Zealand 1356 @ 67.80 40.58 Ind Dravid R New Zealand 1318 @ 59.91 33.63

Slk Atapattu M.S Zimbabwe 1145 @ 95.42 48.01 Ind Dravid R Zimbabwe 979 @ 97.90 42.11 Ind Tendulkar S.R Zimbabwe 918 @ 76.50 42.62 Nzl Astle N.J Zimbabwe 813 @ 50.81 40.86 Pak Inzamam-ul-Haq Zimbabwe 772 @ 42.89 42.03

Slk Sangakkara K.C Bangladesh 876 @ 73.00 46.75 Slk Jayawardene D.P.M.D Bangladesh 863 @ 66.38 47.63 Slk Dilshan T.M Bangladesh 771 @ 77.10 43.68 Saf Smith G.C Bangladesh 743 @ 82.56 51.82 Slk Samaraweera T.T Bangladesh 600 @ 66.67 45.56

Sehwag and Taylor against Pakistan, Kallis against West Indies, Javed Miandad against New Zealand, Sobers and Zaheer Abbas against India, Lara against Sri Lanka, Harvey and Jayawardene against South Africa and of course Bradman against England are the stand-out performers.

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4. Top 20 away scorers

Ind Tendulkar S.R          7165 @  54.28  37.18
Ind Dravid R               6430 @  56.90  37.50
Win Lara B.C               5736 @  47.80  34.12
Aus Border A.R             5431 @  56.57  36.32
Win Richards I.V.A         5404 @  50.50  34.98
Pak Inzamam-ul-Haq         5226 @  47.94  37.92
Aus Waugh S.R              5217 @  55.50  36.68
Ind Gavaskar S.M           5055 @  52.11  36.94
Saf Kallis J.H             4713 @  52.37  36.46
Aus Ponting R.T            4680 @  50.87  35.89
Win Lloyd C.H              4634 @  46.81  34.32
Pak Javed Miandad          4351 @  45.80  34.31
Win Greenidge C.G          4349 @  42.22  35.22
Eng Hammond W.R            4245 @  66.33  43.22
Nzl Fleming S.P            4225 @  45.92  36.68
Eng Cowdrey M.C            4087 @  44.91  35.90
Win Chanderpaul S          4082 @  42.52  34.10
Ind Ganguly S.C            4032 @  41.57  37.68
Aus Waugh M.E              4010 @  40.51  37.17
Win Sobers G.St.A          3957 @  50.73  33.67
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Aus Bradman D.G            2674 @ 102.85  35.18
The list is headed by Tendulkar and followed by two great contemporary batsmen. Tendulkar has been equally effective home and away while Dravid has been better away. Lara has significantly under-performed away from home, but against very good bowling attacks. Hammond has a very high away average, tempered by the fact that a lot of these runs have been scored against weak bowling attackes. For the record, Bradman has the highest away batting average. Note Steve Waugh's excellent away average.

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5. Vs Team performance for selected 5 players

Eng Hobbs J.B            Aus  3636 @  54.27  36.95
Eng Hobbs J.B            Saf  1562 @  60.08  33.52
Eng Hobbs J.B            Win   212 @ 106.00  53.90

Career Total 5410 @ 56.95 36.62

Aus Bradman D.G Eng 5028 @ 89.79 34.28 Aus Bradman D.G Ind 715 @ 178.75 45.15 Aus Bradman D.G Saf 806 @ 201.50 36.54 Aus Bradman D.G Win 447 @ 74.50 45.89 Career Total 6996 @ 99.94 36.39

Win Richards I.V.A Aus 2266 @ 44.43 33.79 Win Richards I.V.A Eng 2869 @ 62.37 35.40 Win Richards I.V.A Ind 1927 @ 50.71 37.42 Win Richards I.V.A Nzl 387 @ 43.00 30.80 Win Richards I.V.A Pak 1091 @ 41.96 32.44 Career Total 8540 @ 50.24 34.84

Ind Tendulkar S.R Aus 2748 @ 56.08 34.45 Ind Tendulkar S.R Bng 556 @ 139.00 44.19 Ind Tendulkar S.R Eng 2150 @ 61.43 40.07 Ind Tendulkar S.R Nzl 1406 @ 52.07 34.82 Ind Tendulkar S.R Pak 1057 @ 42.28 36.08 Ind Tendulkar S.R Saf 1202 @ 35.35 35.16 Ind Tendulkar S.R Slk 1408 @ 56.32 38.56 Ind Tendulkar S.R Win 1328 @ 57.74 41.18 Ind Tendulkar S.R Zim 918 @ 76.50 42.62 Career Total 12773 @ 54.59 37.80

Win Lara B.C Aus 2856 @ 51.00 31.39 Win Lara B.C Bng 173 @ 86.50 45.84 Win Lara B.C Eng 2983 @ 62.15 39.14 Win Lara B.C Ind 1002 @ 34.55 35.36 Win Lara B.C Nzl 704 @ 41.41 39.19 Win Lara B.C Pak 1173 @ 53.32 34.95 Win Lara B.C Saf 1715 @ 49.00 31.96 Win Lara B.C Slk 1125 @ 86.54 33.76 Win Lara B.C Zim 222 @ 55.50 44.09 Career Total 11953 @ 52.89 35.22

Hobbs and Bradman have scored most of their runs against the good attacks of Australia/England and South Africa. Almost all of Richards' runs have come against good attacks. The major difference between Tendulkar and Lara is that Tendulkar has scored nearly 1500 runs against the weak attacks of Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Lara has scored only 400 runs against these attacks. This explains the overall poorer bowling quality faced by Tendulkar.

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6. Career progression for 5 selected players

Eng Hobbs J.B            1908   302 @  43.14  30.01
Eng Hobbs J.B            1909   132 @  26.40  31.70
Eng Hobbs J.B            1910   539 @  67.38  27.25
Eng Hobbs J.B            1911    85 @  42.50  30.89
Eng Hobbs J.B            1912   964 @  68.86  32.53
Eng Hobbs J.B            1913   105 @  52.50  41.95
Eng Hobbs J.B            1914   338 @  67.60  41.78
Eng Hobbs J.B            1920   108 @  54.00  48.56
Eng Hobbs J.B            1921   397 @  49.62  41.40
Eng Hobbs J.B            1924   527 @  75.29  32.94
Eng Hobbs J.B            1925   401 @  57.29  35.82
Eng Hobbs J.B            1926   486 @  81.00  35.17
Eng Hobbs J.B            1928   312 @  62.40  49.64
Eng Hobbs J.B            1929   413 @  51.62  45.54
Eng Hobbs J.B            1930   301 @  33.44  42.62
Career Total               5410 @  56.95  36.61

Aus Bradman D.G 1928 19 @ 9.50 29.26 Aus Bradman D.G 1929 449 @ 89.80 28.28 Aus Bradman D.G 1930 978 @ 122.25 35.37 Aus Bradman D.G 1931 781 @ 111.57 41.82 Aus Bradman D.G 1932 468 @ 234.00 36.57 Aus Bradman D.G 1933 396 @ 56.57 35.79 Aus Bradman D.G 1934 758 @ 94.75 33.14 Aus Bradman D.G 1936 120 @ 30.00 28.27 Aus Bradman D.G 1937 690 @ 138.00 28.98 Aus Bradman D.G 1938 434 @ 108.50 35.44 Aus Bradman D.G 1946 421 @ 210.50 39.76 Aus Bradman D.G 1947 457 @ 65.29 42.49 Aus Bradman D.G 1948 1025 @ 113.89 41.68 Career Total 6996 @ 99.94 36.39

Win Richards I.V.A 1974 199 @ 99.50 32.76 Win Richards I.V.A 1975 272 @ 20.92 33.41 Win Richards I.V.A 1976 1710 @ 90.00 32.31 Win Richards I.V.A 1977 257 @ 28.56 34.98 Win Richards I.V.A 1978 62 @ 31.00 40.15 Win Richards I.V.A 1979 140 @ 140.00 33.86 Win Richards I.V.A 1980 857 @ 65.92 31.39 Win Richards I.V.A 1981 474 @ 67.71 34.03 Win Richards I.V.A 1982 158 @ 39.50 27.15 Win Richards I.V.A 1983 588 @ 39.20 43.49 Win Richards I.V.A 1984 789 @ 46.41 35.58 Win Richards I.V.A 1985 383 @ 54.71 35.01 Win Richards I.V.A 1986 506 @ 50.60 31.38 Win Richards I.V.A 1987 300 @ 42.86 35.19 Win Richards I.V.A 1988 867 @ 51.00 35.39 Win Richards I.V.A 1989 287 @ 35.88 38.29 Win Richards I.V.A 1990 141 @ 28.20 45.25 Win Richards I.V.A 1991 550 @ 39.29 39.13 Career Total 8540 @ 50.24 34.83

Ind Tendulkar S.R 1989 215 @ 35.83 35.40 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1990 373 @ 41.44 37.42 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1991 78 @ 19.50 31.68 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1992 419 @ 41.90 40.75 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1993 640 @ 91.43 40.95 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1994 700 @ 70.00 40.41 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1995 58 @ 29.00 45.67 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1996 623 @ 41.53 39.98 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1997 1000 @ 62.50 37.20 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1998 647 @ 80.88 35.63 Ind Tendulkar S.R 1999 1088 @ 68.00 34.72 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2000 575 @ 63.89 38.69 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2001 1003 @ 62.69 35.61 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2002 1392 @ 55.68 40.08 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2003 153 @ 17.00 37.16 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2004 915 @ 91.50 36.27 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2005 444 @ 44.40 37.39 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2006 267 @ 24.27 37.51 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2007 776 @ 55.43 40.63 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2008 1063 @ 48.32 37.05 Ind Tendulkar S.R 2009 344 @ 68.80 33.11 Career Total 12773 @ 54.59 37.79

Win Lara B.C 1990 49 @ 24.50 29.55 Win Lara B.C 1992 195 @ 32.50 43.13 Win Lara B.C 1993 586 @ 58.60 36.62 Win Lara B.C 1994 996 @ 71.14 39.55 Win Lara B.C 1995 1222 @ 67.89 38.09 Win Lara B.C 1996 226 @ 25.11 43.84 Win Lara B.C 1997 859 @ 40.90 34.98 Win Lara B.C 1998 608 @ 43.43 33.44 Win Lara B.C 1999 832 @ 59.43 28.49 Win Lara B.C 2000 497 @ 29.24 28.28 Win Lara B.C 2001 1151 @ 63.94 29.93 Win Lara B.C 2002 351 @ 35.10 35.93 Win Lara B.C 2003 1344 @ 74.67 34.35 Win Lara B.C 2004 1178 @ 58.90 39.10 Win Lara B.C 2005 1110 @ 65.29 35.12 Win Lara B.C 2006 749 @ 41.61 36.39 Career Total 11953 @ 52.89 35.21

Note how Richards finished his career. The last 5 years have been well below the high standards he had set. The other batsmen have finished well, Tendulkar playing very well and counting. He is going to comfortably maintain the career average of around 55+ to the end.

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So that the readers can download these six tables and study at leisure I have uploaded the zip file.. Please click here to download the zip file.

Finally I have given below an idea of the changes expected to be done when I re-do the Top Test Batsmen analysis.

1. Use CtD bowling values.
2. Use new Wted Bow Index, using Average and Strike rate, based on Arjun Hemnani's suggestion.
3. Remove Scoring Rate measure.
4. Reduce % Team share weight to 5%.
5. Work out Consistency index for 5% based on 10-Test slices for each batsman.
6. Improve the pitch Index calculations.
7. Determine match performance figures based on number of innings played.
8. Prepare two independent sets of tables: Pre-1940 and Post-1945.
9. Finally R-Factor (you have to wait for the article to know about this).

Anantha Narayanan has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket and worked with a number of companies on their cricket performance ratings-related systems

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