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The most engaging head-to-head confrontations in Tests

Two gladiators, 22 yards, five days

Anantha Narayanan
Muttiah Muralitharan bowled 265 balls to Stephen Fleming in a single Test match, which is a record for most balls bowled by a bowler to a single batsman in a Test since May 2001  © Associated Press
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This is a special analysis using ball-by-ball data which was compiled recently by Milind and me. For readers who might have come in recently, let me reiterate Milind's outstanding contributions in extracting the ball-by-ball data for all Tests matches, from Test #1546. In turn, I have extracted the key elements, formed my own binary database and done a number of analyses. However, without Milind's stellar efforts, this entire exercise would have been a non-starter, like an Mbangwa innings.

Until now I have analysed the head-to-head confrontations across these 550 Tests and specific team contests, such as the Ashes series. In this analysis I have looked at the huge database, from the perspective of a single Test. Some fascinating facts emerge and offer us hitherto-unavailable insights. The unit of data in this analysis for me is a bowler-batsman combination in a single innings or Test. The analysis centres around the balls bowled, runs scored, scoring rate and percentage of balls bowled in the innings. The wickets captured is not relevant for this analysis since we have gone to the lowest level and there can only be one wicket capture per innings and two wicket captures per Test. Whether the bowler dismissed the concerned batsman or not is (almost) completely irrelevant. I am also not sure whether the boundaries information is relevant. It is obvious that MS Dhoni would have hit Nathan Lyon for quite a few and Faf du Plessis hit virtually nothing off Lyon. Actual number of boundaries probably does not mean much.

I considered doing a similar analysis for the Tests #1-#1545 through extrapolation and post tables in this article itself, but I realised that it was a lot more complex than I envisaged and would warrant a separate article. For some innings such as Len Hutton's 364 at the Kennington Oval in 1938, I have the actual balls faced by Hutton and this analysis would then have required a single extrapolation amongst the Australian bowlers, based on actual balls bowled by each of them. On the other hand, for Hanif Mohammad's 337 in Bridgetown in 1958, I do not have the balls-played information and I would have to do two levels of extrapolation. First one, to determine how many balls Hanif would have faced among the Pakistan batsmen and then, to determine how many balls Hanif would have faced off each West Indies bowler. Hence there is need for two clearly delineated threads for that article. So that analysis would be done in a separate article.

Let us now see the tables.

Single innings HtH: Ordered by balls bowled
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
18102006N BojeDPMD Jayawardene221125 56.6
15632001RW PriceJH Kallis189 68 36.0
19092009M MuralitharanYounis Khan187111 59.4
16412003M MuralitharanSP Fleming185 95 51.4
20612012NM LyonF du Plessis172 20 11.6
20062011Saeed AjmalTMK Mawoyo166 73 44.0
19792010Abdur RehmanAB de Villiers164 74 45.1
20342012MS PanesarAzhar Ali163 66 40.5
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara161130 80.7
17432005A KumbleYounis Khan161 88 54.7

This table of maximum balls bowled by a bowler to a batsman is headed by a very unlikely bowler. Nicky Boje bowled 221 balls to Mahela Jayawardene during the batsman's magnificent innings of 374 against South Africa in Colombo in 2006. This is not surprising since the two Sri Lanka maestros scored 661 of their team's 756 runs. In second place is another unlikely bowler, Ray Price, who bowled 189 balls to Jacques Kallis, interestingly, in Kallis' innings of 189 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo in 2001. In third place is Muttiah Muralitharan's effort against Pakistan at Karachi, when he bowled 187 balls to Younis Khan, who scored a triple-hundred at Karachi in 2009. Muralitharan's tally of 187 balls against Stephen Fleming at Colombo follows next. Then comes the recent bowling stint by Lyon against du Plessis during the latter's defensive match-saving classic of 110 at Adelaide Oval. Look at the scoring rate of this marvellous innings. It is of interest to see that all ten head-to-head confrontations featured here are by spinners. It is understandable. Nowadays even medium pace bowlers rarely bowl more than 40-50 overs in an innings.

Single innings HtH: Ordered by runs scored
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
19772010S RandivCH Gayle154143 92.9
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara161130 80.7
18102006N BojeDPMD Jayawardene221125 56.6
19092009M MuralitharanYounis Khan187111 59.4
16002002DL VettoriInzamam-ul-Haq114109 95.6
19662010S RandivSR Tendulkar153105 68.6
20742013NM LyonMS Dhoni 85104122.4
18702008PL HarrisV Sehwag108100 92.6

This table is ordered by runs scored. Chris Gayle, during his epic innings of 333 against Sri Lanka in Galle, scored an amazing 143 runs off Suraj Randiv. Note the wonderful strike rate. And this haul was out of the 183 runs conceded by Randiv. Next comes Brian Lara, who, during his watershed innings of 400 in St John's, Antigua, took 130 runs off Gareth Batty. It is interesting to note that Batty conceded only 185 runs in this innings. We have already talked of Boje v Jayawardene. Jayawardene took 125 runs off Boje. Again we see only spinners occupying all the bowlers featured here. Marvel at Lyon v Dhoni, about which I will speak more in the next table.

Single innings HtH: Ordered by scoring rate (Min 100 balls or 100 runs)
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
20742013NM LyonMS Dhoni 85104122.4
16002002DL VettoriInzamam-ul-Haq114109 95.6
19772010S RandivCH Gayle154143 92.9
18702008PL HarrisV Sehwag108100 92.6
19332009Harbhajan SinghDPMD Jayawardene102 89 87.3
20462012Abdur RehmanKC Sangakkara104 84 80.8
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara161130 80.7
20952013P UtseyaYounis Khan108 84 77.8
20032011S SreesanthAN Cook103 80 77.7
16342002SCG MacGillMP Vaughan102 79 77.5
16612003RW PriceML Hayden116 89 76.7
20272012I SharmaMJ Clarke121 92 76.0
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15632001CW HendersonDD Ebrahim115 18 15.7
20062011RW PriceYounis Khan112 17 15.2
20612012NM LyonF du Plessis172 20 11.6
15852002M MuralitharanSV Carlisle121 11 9.1

This table is ordered on scoring rate. I have selected confrontations which contained either 100 balls or 100 runs. The recent blitzkrieg of Dhoni in Chepauk is still fresh in everyone's memory. If ever a captain made a statement and placed a marker, this was the occasion. Facing 380, India were 196 for 4 and one would have expected a war of attrition. Instead Dhoni scored a 265-ball innings of 224. Lyon bore the brunt of this effort, conceding 104 off 85 balls: the only effort in these 550 Tests of a better-than-run-a-ball effort with the said criteria.

Inzamam-ul-Haq, in his masterpiece of 329 at Lahore in 2002, took Daniel Vettori for a nearly run-a-ball 114 runs. Gayle also plundered Randiv for 143 runs in 154 balls. Suddenly we see two medium pace bowlers here. S Sreesanth against Alastair Cook, during the latter's 294 at Edgbaston in 2011 and Ishant Sharma, against Michael Clarke, during his triple-century in Sydney in 2012, during those two disastrous tours: both went above an average 75 runs per wicket.

Since this is a table on strike rates I have presented the other end also: the low scoring rates. Muralitharan tied Stuart Carlisle down completely, allowing only 11 runs in 121 balls at Galle in 2002. Similarly Lyon's effort against du Plessis also was similar. Although one must admit that du Plessis was the winner. Price was very good against Younis Khan, although it must be conceded that Younis played a match-winning innings.

Single innings HtH: Ordered by % of bowler balls for inns (Min 100 balls)
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsInnsBowlerBalls%
20092011TM DilshanTaufeeq Umar13419269.8%
17352005Enamul Haque jnrT Taibu14422264.9%
16392003VC DrakesRT Ponting12419862.6%
19712010Wahab RiazIJL Trott10216462.2%
19522010A MishraHM Amla14824061.7%
17862006Mohammad RafiqueWU Tharanga11819261.5%
20272012I SharmaMJ Clarke12119861.1%
15722001M MuralitharanBC Lara13522260.8%
19132009PL HarrisPJ Hughes11318660.8%
20372012CS MartinAN Petersen10216860.7%
17482005UDU ChandanaL Vincent10216860.7%
16402003Enamul HaqueHH Dippenaar11919860.1%

These tables are ordered by the percentage of balls to a specific batsman as compared to the balls in the innings. For some inexplicable reason, this table is headed by a non-regular bowler. Tillakaratne Dilshan bowled 32 overs and he bowled 22 of these to Taufeeq Umar at Abu Dhabi in 2011. Then comes Enamul Haque, who bowled nearly 65% of the innings balls to Tatenda Taibu in Dhaka in 2005. Another unlikely bowler, Vasbert Drakes, bowled 62% of his spell to Ricky Ponting in Port-of-Spain in 2003. Probably the most significant of these entries is Muralitharan's 61% of his spell to Lara during Lara's double hundred at the SSC in Colombo in 2001. More about this later as we move the analysis from single innings to single Test.

Single Test HtH: Ordered by balls bowled
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
16412003M MuralitharanSP Fleming265118 44.5
15722001M MuralitharanBC Lara240164 68.3
20612012NM LyonF du Plessis227 34 15.0
18102006N BojeDPMD Jayawardene221125 56.6
17432005A KumbleYounis Khan208123 59.1
17352005Enamul Haque jnrT Taibu202101 50.0
20582012R AshwinAN Cook195 80 41.0
15632001RW PriceJH Kallis189 68 36.0
19092009M MuralitharanYounis Khan187111 59.4
19522010A MishraHM Amla187 65 34.8

This table is one after my heart. It is headed by two of the greatest confrontations between bowler and batsman in modern Test cricket. Both involved Muralitharan, bowling at home, against two wonderful, if contrasting, left-handers. The first was during 2003 when New Zealand toured Sri Lanka. Fleming was absolutely outstanding in the first Test played at the P Sara Oval, Colombo. He scored 343 runs in 710 balls and faced Muralitharan for 265 out of these. He was not dismissed in the match. He played Murali with circumspection, scoring only 118 runs.

One of the greatest contests ever was enacted during the completely one-sided tour of Sri Lanka by West Indies during 2001. The teams played three Tests, which were won by margins of ten wickets, 131 runs and ten wickets. The West Indians, barring Lara, had no answer for Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. Lara made scores of 178, 40, 74, 45, 221 and 130. The last Test features in this table. Muralitharan v Lara at the SSC, Colombo. Murali bowled 240 balls but could not dismiss Lara even once. Lara scored 164 runs at more than four runs per over. This was a contest the gods would have stopped to watch.

Lyon against du Plessis was an equally stirring contest. Where it lacked excitement like the first two, it did not lack in intensity. Two lesser lights were at work. Lyon, yet to be established. du Plessis, on debut for South Africa. du Plessis had one of the best debut Tests ever for a batsman by battling for 535 balls and 188 runs (less relevant) and saved South Africa. Out of this, Lyon bowled 227 balls but could not breach du Plessis' defence even once. The scoring rate was a lowly 15.0 but really did not matter.

Single Test HtH: Ordered by runs scored
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
15722001M MuralitharanBC Lara240164 68.3
19772010S RandivCH Gayle154143 92.9
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara161130 80.7
18102006N BojeDPMD Jayawardene221125 56.6
17432005A KumbleYounis Khan208123 59.1
19732010NM HauritzSR Tendulkar168121 72.0
16412003M MuralitharanSP Fleming265118 44.5
19092009M MuralitharanYounis Khan187111 59.4
16002002DL VettoriInzamam-ul-Haq114109 95.6
19662010S RandivSR Tendulkar153105 68.6
18522007Danish KaneriaSC Ganguly177105 59.3
20742013NM LyonMS Dhoni 85104122.4
18502007Sohail TanvirW Jaffer119101 84.9
16732003SCG MacGillR Dravid174101 58.0
17352005Enamul Haque jnrT Taibu202101 50.0
18702008PL HarrisV Sehwag108100 92.6

Lara leads the Runs scored table, with 164 runs. Then comes Gayle's 143 off Randiv, already discussed. Lara's 130 runs off Batty follow afterwards. The next two entries are those of Jayawardene and Younis Khan. Sachin Tendulkar makes a rare appearance in these tables with a rich haul of 121 runs off Hauritz in Bangalore during 2010. Younis Khan makes a second appearance in the top-ten with his compilation of 111 runs off Muralitharan during his epic 313 in Karachi. Incidentally, this match produced 1400 runs for 13 wickets in the first innings.

Single Test HtH: Ordered by scoring rate (Min 100 balls or 100 runs)
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsRunsSc Rate
20742013NM LyonMS Dhoni 85104122.4
16002002DL VettoriInzamam-ul-Haq114109 95.6
19772010S RandivCH Gayle154143 92.9
18702008PL HarrisV Sehwag108100 92.6
18502007Sohail TanvirW Jaffer119101 84.9
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara161130 80.7
19732010NM HauritzSR Tendulkar168121 72.0
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20142011HMRKB HerathMisbah-ul-Haq172 36 20.9
16722003M MuralitharanGP Thorpe159 33 20.8
19742010DL VettoriVVS Laxman166 28 16.9
20612012NM LyonF du Plessis227 34 15.0

Dhoni's onslaught against Lyon leads this table also since this confrontation passes the 100-balls or 100-runs test. Inzamam-ul-Haq's clinical dismembering of the usually accurate Vettori follows next. He scored at 95.6. Gayle's 82.9 against Randiv is next. Then comes the brutal innings of Virender Sehwag in Chennai. During his better-than-run-a-ball innings of 319, he scored exactly 100 runs off 108 balls against Paul Harris. One could say that Harris did well, considering that Sehwag scored 211 runs off the other bowlers in 196 balls. There is a surprise entry of the normally sedate Wasim Jaffer against Sohail Tanvir at Eden Gardens in 2007. This table is quite close to the single innings table.

At the other end, unsurprisingly, du Plessis against Lyon props up the table, with a scoring rate of 15. VVS Laxman, facing a disastrous 15 for 5 against New Zealand at Motera, Ahmedabad in 2010, understandably was quite slow against Vettori. Graham Thorpe's two innings were also match-saving efforts.

Single Test HtH: Ordered by % of bowler balls in Test (Min 100 balls)
TestYearBowlerBatsmanBallsTestBowlerBalls%
17862006Mohammad RafiqueWU Tharanga15824664.2
19812010XJ DohertyAN Cook17229358.7
19942011HMRKB HerathIJL Trott15226457.6
18102006N BojeDPMD Jayawardene22139056.7
15722001M MuralitharanBC Lara24043854.8
19732010NM HauritzSR Tendulkar16831154.0
19772010S RandivCH Gayle15429053.1
17432005A KumbleYounis Khan20840251.7
16962004GJ BattyBC Lara16131251.6
17992006Mohammad RafiqueJN Gillespie15029151.5
19522010A MishraHM Amla18736651.1
16412003HDPK DharmasenaSP Fleming16933650.3
16782003A KumbleRT Ponting17334450.3

Tharanga faced 64.2% of the balls bowled by Mohammad Rafique at Shaheed Chandu Stadium, Bogra in 2006. Cook, while scoring 67 and 235 at the Gabba, Brisbane in 2010, faced 58.7% of the balls bowled by Doherty. In his historic double effort, Lara faced 54.8% of the balls bowled by Muralitharan. A very significant entry is to be found later. Jason Gillespie against Mohammad Rafique. Not Gillespie the bowler, but Gillespie the batsman. Gillespie, confirming his position as the best late-order batsman ever, during his farewell innings of 200*, faced 150 of the 291 balls bowled by Rafique in Chittagong in 2006.

At some suitable time in future, depending on when I would be doing the series wrap-up of Pakistan-South Africa, I will do an analysis, similar in intent, but totally different in methodology, of the first 1545 Tests for which ball-by-ball data is not available.

After sending this article for publication, the news of the little maestro's retirement broke. I salute one of the greatest cricketers who ever took the field from the bottom of the heart. Tendulkar was a true gentleman, on and off the field, and was a role model extraordinaire. I will come out with a two-part analytical tribute to the extraordinary cricketer on whose shoulders the word "great" sits very lightly, starting November 24.

One of the best cricket news recently has been Afghanistan's qualification to the 2015 World Cup. They are a much-loved team and possibly the best-supported among the Associates. I love both the Ireland and Afghanistan teams and would be quite happy to see both these charismatic teams make it to the second round. Add to this mix, Netherlands (why cannot they persuade Ryan ten Doeschate to play for them since there will be no T20 bash scheduled at that time) and Scotland (UAE is a team with 11 expatriates - not my cup of tea), the tournament will be colourful.

I have created a document file containing all the qualifying performances. There are 242 Innings-level selections and 61 Test-level combinations. To download/view this document, please CLICK HERE.

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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Posted by   on (October 18, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

Great analysis, as always! Looks like the table is dominated by good-to-great bowlers playing a part in a lousy bowling attack Looking forward to the next level of analysis where we can view batsman vs bowlers at a career level ( for the available data). Was Cullinan really a bunny of Warne? How did Vaas fare against Tendulkar? ( knowing that SRT mentioned Vaas as one who always troubled him).who plays Ajmal best? Did Agarkar actually gave anyone a sleepless night? Etc etc....
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Unfortunately the data is available only for the past 12 years. As such we have to resort to iterative methods to have an idea of the head-to-head confrontations before 2001. You could anyhow look at the two previous articles which looked at bowler vs batsman contests across these 550 matches.
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Posted by Bonehead_maz on (October 16, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Not on track (as always). I have noticed that apart from Murali and perhaps Kumble (extraordinary athletes) even the spinners have had short lives. Or returned as Warne did from injury or enforced layoffs. ( I personally believe he bowled his best after being forced a year off). Noting the number of injuries to all bowlers, I wonder how the old fashioned "time-off" between seasons, compares to the multitude of experts we now have, to keep people able to play ? Seems (without "doing the numbers"a no brainer ?)

On the modern theory, my Uncle for example should have been advised he'd bowled too much recently ? ROFL..........or at least have had 24 advisers explain the dangers of bowling on mats in sprigs (surely must be a OH&S issue for the lmfao employers ;) ) should sue the bastards ! ...... [pls dissociate me from this comment..... Mike Hissey is coaxching me now) ;)
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Mike Hussey ??? I was one of his greatest admireres. His stock has recently slipped with his contrived apology. I understand that he retired wishing to keep IPL as his main work base. He does not want to upset the apple/gravy cart/train. But a great disappointment to people like me.
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Posted by Charith99 on (October 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Nice article and as readers we appreciate your hard work Ananth. A reader has commented that most duels given feature sub continent because of flat tracks. I disagree with him because the innings played by Lara and Fleming were played in very spin friendly tracks. Lara was brilliant , he kept driving muraly even though Mahela was waiting at slip most of the time.Fleming was very defencive and he waited for the loose bowls to punish. However I can still remember a couple of very close lbw decisions going in favor of him. In muraly's defence even though he bowled the doosra at that time he still had not perfected it therefore lefties found it easier to handle him.
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As I have already mentioned no one should ever utter the word flat tracks when playing against Sri Lnaka in Sri Lanka when Murali was at his prime. What Lara did, and Fleming to a lesser extent, was something sensational.
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Posted by vinjoy on (October 14, 2013, 7:30 GMT)

An excellent analysis as usual. Most of these statistics point to the duels when a player is in the zone, and which is fine since this is the scope of this article. I would love to see an extension where the career figures of such top 10-20 duels are available; that will reflect how a batsman or a bowler handled each other throughout the career.
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Problem is that for most of the top players, the ball-by-ball data is available only for part of their careers. We have complete coverage for Cook, Pietersen, Strauss, Hussey, Clarke, Sehwag, Smith, Amla, de Villiers et al
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So often we read about bunnies such as McGrath to Atherton and Warne to Cullinan. For example, Chanderpaul against Kumble, or Dravid against Vettori, or Hayden against Pollock should be interesting though no disrespect to these bowlers.

Posted by abhinandan.chiney on (October 13, 2013, 12:59 GMT)

Very nice analysis. Took me some time to take it all in (as always). Looking forward to the follow up :)

Posted by   on (October 13, 2013, 12:23 GMT)

It is really sad that comprehensive ball by ball data is not available for the matches before 2000s. Had it been so, I would have sure the following two instances would have made it into the list in this article: 1) Zaheer Abbas vs Bedi, Chandra, Prasanna 1978 lahore; 235* runs in 375 minutes: Bedi (34 overs) had an economy rate of 3.82, Chandrashekha (21 overs), 5.19, Prasanna 25 overs (3.76).Almanack reports "The extent of his mastery can be gauged from the fact that of the 395 runs Pakistan accumulated during his six and a half hours at the wicket, his five partners mustered only 148; 2) Jamaica 94 1st Test 2nd Innings, : (http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2009/dec/06/michael-atherton-johannesburg-185-1995) the report link mentions "On that occasion Walsh bowled 14 ferocious consecutive overs, not resting until he had got his man." Almanack corroborates this: "In the second half of an unbroken two-hour spell he bowled harrowingly fast and short to dismiss Atherton and Smith"
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Pawan, the follow-up article should show up most of these contests. Extrapolation has its benefits and drawbacks. But something would be better than nothing.
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Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 12, 2013, 19:50 GMT)

@ Mr. Ananth ; Referring to your response for PadMarley's comment. I suggest you to do an article about Jayasuriya vs Indian medium pacers, NOT Indian spinners. As we've all seen Jayasuriya used to punish Indian medium pacer like Prasad, Prabhakar, Zaheer Khan left to right. I think that such an article would be really interesting to read and the viewership would be very high.
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There is no need to a separate article. The extrapolation article I have talked about in the article covers all bowlers who bowled during long innings. I will also answer specific requests of the distribution of any special innings.
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Posted by IndianEagle on (October 12, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

'I am not sure what exactly you want. There has been an earlier article dedicated to Muralitharan'. I think i failed to say what exactly i wanted (said in my 1st comment) even after my 2nd comment. Anyhow thanx.

Posted by CaptainMurugan on (October 12, 2013, 15:21 GMT)

Your articles are tedious at best but sometime interesting. But what really irks the reader are your responses in the comments section. You have no sense of how to respond .. Please improve your attitude and confine your grumpiness to elsewhere.
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For one such comment such as yours I get 25 comments from readers who say that it is my patience and detailed responses to reader queries which draws them to this blogspace. This is your first comment and you have not made any attempt to read the article and raise a cricketing comment. So the problem is with you.
And when someone posts his comment eleven times, my dear friend, no one will be patient.
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Posted by Blade-Runner on (October 12, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

Interesting stats have been presented here and actually I hadn't really thought about it before. It shows how some batmen have been able to dominate particular bowlers on rare occasions. Having said that, Its very unfortunate that most of the people who have commented here haven't got a clue what this is about. LOL Some try to use these stats to mud sling. Posted by CSK_ku_periya_whistle_adinga says "this article clearly shows, how much sl cricket depended on murali in the past". I don't know how he got that kinda info from this article. Mr.Anantha clearly mentions here that this is about a single match. But Some talk about the no. of matches, particular batman has played. What no. of matches that batsman has played has gotta do with this ? I think these people have got a lot of growing up to do.
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And when I point out that the readers post their comments without reading the article even once, a few others get offended. People forget that these are serious articles. Not ones for which one can post after a cursory perusal.
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Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 12:38 GMT)

Hi. I wanted to ask you if you could compile a list of age wise batting numbers. I mean considering the average age after which performances start declining in general e.g 34, if you could make a list of batsmen who were pretty good before 34, but rather poor after it and also those who performed well irrespective of age, their performances before and after the cut off age against top bowlers. Its a humble request sir. Thanks for all these articles.

Posted by   on (October 12, 2013, 12:19 GMT)

I heard that , Fleming's 274 came in a batting paradise ?& the game ended up in the draw by both teams total scoring 1000+ runs ? .. the pitch should come to an consider before we rate someones innings high . that's why i always rate Lara's innings higher than Fleming's
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I am sorry to say that you guys make no effort to understand the analysis before commenting. This is an analysis of head-to-head confrontations within a single Test. That is all. Is this an innings rating exercise. It is a fact that Fleming (and Lara) went to the lion's den and conquered the lion. Batting paradise ??? Agains Muralitharan in Sri Lanka, it is not advisable to use such terms.
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Posted by IndianEagle on (October 12, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

List of bowlers who bowled more % and also how much % that accounts than any other bowlers in the team.
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This is an analysis restricted to a single Test. As such the maximum any bowler can bowl is 50%. Pl go through the previous analyses which cover multiple matches.
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Posted by drnaveed on (October 12, 2013, 9:51 GMT)

i wanted to see a list in which you select , say about 40 top all time batsmen ,mentioning that how many runs for example bradman , sobers , richards , gavaskar ,border , steve waugh, javed miandad , inzimam. sangakara .jaywardane ,sewagh , and others would have had scored had they played the same number of test matches and innings sachin tendulkar had played , considering the number of runs per test and per innings of each of the batsmen.similarly how many runs each one of the above batsman had scored ,had he played the same number of test matches and innings played by the other batsman in the list.for example , how many runs bradman would had scored had he played 198 test matches and 327 test innings with his average of runs per test and innings respectively and vice versa ,how many runs tendulkar would have scored had he played 52 tests and 80 innings with his average per test and innings respectively , and continue that comparision with all the top other players.
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Completely out of context.
And I suggest next time send one comment. If you send the same comment 10 times, Cricinfo might revoke your User-Id. Thanks.
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Posted by IndianEagle on (October 12, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

this article clearly shows, how much sl cricket depended on murali in the past!. He and vaas contributed much than any other pair, carried burden for more than one decade. I would be nice if narayanan give stats about bowler who contributed more in his carrier
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I am not sure what exactly you want. There has been an earlier article dedicated to Muralitharan.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Anantha Narayanan
Anantha spent the first half of his four-decade working career with corporates like IBM, Shaw Wallace, NCR, Sime Darby and the Spinneys group in IT-related positions. In the second half, he has worked on cricket simulation, ratings, data mining, analysis and writing, amongst other things. He was the creator of the Wisden 100 lists, released in 2001. He has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket, and worked extensively with Maruti Motors, Idea Cellular and Castrol on their performance ratings-related systems. He is an armchair connoisseur of most sports. His other passion is tennis, and he thinks Roger Federer is the greatest sportsman to have walked on earth.

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