April 21, 2010

Two veterans and two young guns

S Rajesh

From two spin partners who are now IPL adversaries to two long-time openers who’ll be pitted against each other. Neither Matthew Hayden nor Adam Gilchrist have had a tournament to remember so far, but all that can change in four days as IPL 2010 reaches its climax. And while they may not have clicked so far, both are such destructive match-winners that you can write them off only at your own peril.

The most disappointing aspect of the performances of these two is the number of balls they’ve lasted per dismissal: Hayden has averaged 17 deliveries per dismissal, and Gilchrist has lasted 11.5. These are terrible numbers, and I’m hoping both last at least 30 deliveries in the semi-final, unlike the two big guns in the Mumbai-Bangalore semis – Sachin Tendulkar and Jacques Kallis both played exactly nine balls.

Gilchrist and Hayden in IPL 2010
Batsman Innings Runs Average Run rate 4s/ 6s Balls per dismissal
Matthew Hayden 14 321 22.92 8.04 34/ 15 17.1
Adam Gilchrist 14 270 19.28 10.06 29/ 15 11.5

The other head-to-head I’m looking forward to is the one between two young players who’ve been seen as the future of Indian middle-order batting for a while now. Both Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma haven’t always justified everything that’s been said or written about them, but both have been stars of the IPL. Raina has the better stats – he has scored more runs, at a better average and a slightly better strike rate, but Rohit has had the edge in the middle overs. (Raina’s way ahead in the Powerplays, with 147 runs in 93 balls to Rohit’s 14 in 27.) Both have been key fielders as well for their teams. I can’t wait to see how their personal battle pans out on Thursday. If I have to choose a winner, I’ll go with Raina.

Raina and Rohit in IPL 2010
Batsman Innings Runs Average Run rate 4s/ 6s Balls per dismissal
Suresh Raina 14 461 46.10 8.51 42/ 19 32.5
Rohit Sharma 14 402 33.50 8.23 36/ 14 24.42
Raina and Rohit in the middle overs (6.1 to 14)
Batsman Runs Dismissals Average Run rate
Suresh Raina 227 7 32.42 7.78
Rohit Sharma 225 5 45.00 8.38
Raina and Rohit in the last six overs
Batsman Runs Dismissals Average Run rate
Suresh Raina 87 1 87.00 9.15
Rohit Sharma 163 7 23.28 9.31

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Posted by Sravan Kumar.N on (April 21, 2012, 21:37 GMT)

A story describing 'Ganguly'.

Ganguly is just isnt a name, young players read him as a character when they try impersonating him,like acting like ganguly,setting the same field as he sets,they try being like him.He is not just a leader , he is a Gladiator who sends his critics a message to cut their tounges.He is a Warrior who takes the challenge when his bowlers are help confident-less.He victimizes himself for the loss of match as he fears that his team-mates may lose even that less confidence they have.He is a ruler,the stratergist,the pressure-taker.He is the lord krishna leaing 10 arjunas.Today the personality he had just became better that all captains were forced to feel a grudge against him.He can control a person suffering from 7 deadly sins,a team is nothing for him.He is the Prince with unlimited armour.He leadership is so strong even if all 11 captains play in one team,they cant out beat him.I swear i will never see such CAPTAIN WARRIOR".DADGIRI is a power with no limits

Posted by Bhupinder Garg on (April 29, 2010, 5:13 GMT)

So the curtain falls on another wonderful edition of a tournament that has brought new dimensions to the game of cricket. Mongoose bats has been overshadowed by harder hitting power willows and cricket takes a backseat. Off-field battles and auctions take a centerstage. As cricketing half of IPL-3 bows out into oblivion let’s ponder over what stood out in this year’s extravaganza.

One of the stated goals of IPL was to provide international exposure to rookie Indian players right At home.And if you look at bonds such as Kevin Peterson and Virat Kohli, you’ll realize how well it has materialized. Seeing Muralidharan celebrate after CSK qualified for the semis makes you wonder whether SriLanka has just won the World Cup. That’s the sort of friendships that’ve built up in the IPL teams. Teams have gelled well and SWOT analysis is much more in place now. Yusuf Pathan & Adam Gilchrist would painfully, but surely vouch for that.

Posted by relashish on (April 28, 2010, 9:47 GMT)

I agree that based on current form and in limited over formate raina is slightly ahead of rohit. But then India needs both of them one at 3 and the other at 6. But has far as who the better player is concerned it depends on the formate of the game you are talking about. In T20 both are sort of equal with one being a very good finisher and the other being a very good slogger in the powerplays. In ODIs raina is far ahead of rohit presently, this is because rohit somehow lacks the middle gear in his batting. He can be either very aggressive or very defence but that middle play of just taking the singles and rotating the strike is presently absent in him. But then imagine a situation when a brett lee or a dale steyn is steaming in on a fast perth or wanderers pitch with 4 slips and 2 gullies behing. How many balls of such hostile bowling and conditions do you think raina would be able to survive. Would he last even an over? I doubt so. This is where Rohit sharma is a clear winner.

Posted by faisal on (April 22, 2010, 16:37 GMT)

Finally a player has emerged who can be placed in the same class as mark waugh,hooper, azharuddin. Yes, I am talking about rohit sharma.The lazy look,silky touch,elegence all speak for cricketing beauty.Does it really matter if he not perform all through? Even a little 15 of him is much more pleasent to watch than raina's power packed 40 something.Cricket is not all about winning,scoring runs, it is also about asthetics. He who not admire this shouldn't call himself a cricket lover.

Posted by Roy on (April 22, 2010, 15:38 GMT)

Ample chances have been wasted by Rohit. Raina steps up and takes ownership and he is a good finisher. I didn't even dream of this nightmare that Rohit will be preferred over Robin Utthapa. Look at Robin's IPL season this time around, he deserved a chance anyday ahead of most in the lot.

Posted by Dave on (April 22, 2010, 15:06 GMT)

Raina fails all the time in crucial matches; he played one of the worst innings in his life today. Rohit is a better player; he plays good cricket under pressure. Bad luck to all you Raina followers... It's all over for CSK. They proved that they suck in crucial matches.

Posted by CANDY on (April 22, 2010, 14:28 GMT)

How many match has rohit won to india,Raina has done it many times .........this will tell u who is best.........rohit=flop ,Raina=victory

Posted by avinash on (April 22, 2010, 14:08 GMT)

what is the use of technique & temperament if it cant win u matches.is performing in IPL the only thing?rohit sharma has disappointed whenever he had the chance to play 4 INDIA.it's not that he hasn't be given chances but he spilled those oppurtunities,whereas raina has done very well to be a regular in INDIAN team. raina is one of the classy left handers which we have now,more importantly he delivers whenever INDIA needs him in ODI's.should 20-20 franchise cricket be d criteria to analyse the talent or a 50 over international cricket match? raina holds an edge over rohit in fielding too.

Posted by Phani on (April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

am DC fan..but still I vote to Raina than Sharma. Raina most consistent and aggressive player than sharma

Posted by ashok on (April 22, 2010, 13:58 GMT)

what else are there don't worry we need only very good hitters t20 that's what i think raina is too good than rohit.

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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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