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Careers that took off after slow starts

Travis Basevi

December 20, 2005

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Poor Starts - Comparing Career Batting Average with Average After 20 ODIs (qualification: 10 innings in first 20 ODIs, 2000 runs in career)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 Runs Career Diff
DR Martyn (Aust) 1992-2005 18 276 51* 17.25 0 4691 41.88 24.63
ST Jayasuriya (Asia/SL) 1989-2005 17 143 31 8.41 0 10207 31.79 23.38
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2005 19 331 58* 18.38 0 4416 38.73 20.34
Saleem Malik (Pak) 1982-1999 18 230 41 12.77 0 7170 32.88 20.11
ME Waugh (Aust) 1988-2002 19 404 67 23.76 0 8500 39.35 15.58
SB Styris (NZ) 1999-2005 14 178 43 13.69 0 2320 29.00 15.30
Javed Miandad (Pak) 1975-1996 19 423 77* 26.43 0 7381 41.70 15.26
SR Tendulkar (India) 1989-2005 19 492 62 28.94 0 13909 44.01 15.07
Imran Khan (Pak) 1974-1992 15 184 39 18.39 0 3709 33.41 15.01
Shoaib Malik (Pak) 1999-2005 11 145 44 18.12 0 2631 32.88 14.76
Ijaz Ahmed (Pak) 1986-2000 19 323 72 19.00 0 6564 32.33 13.33
A Flintoff (Eng/ICC) 1999-2005 15 306 84 21.85 0 2562 35.09 13.23
HH Streak (Afr/Zimb) 1993-2005 16 166 23* 15.09 0 2943 28.29 13.20
HH Gibbs (SAf) 1996-2005 20 456 125 22.80 1 5646 35.73 12.93
Abdul Razzaq (Asia/Pak) 1996-2005 17 258 60 17.19 0 3944 30.10 12.90
SC Ganguly (Asia/India) 1992-2005 19 501 83 27.83 0 10123 40.65 12.82
RS Kaluwitharana (SL) 1990-2004 18 145 31 9.66 0 3711 22.22 12.55
BC Lara (ICC/WI) 1990-2005 20 549 88* 28.89 0 9359 41.41 12.51
A Jadeja (India) 1992-2000 19 450 59 25.00 0 5359 37.47 12.47
DJ Cullinan (SAf) 1993-2000 19 351 70* 20.64 0 3860 32.99 12.34

Poor Starts - Comparing Career Bowling Average with Average After 20 ODIs (qualification: 500 balls in first 20 ODIs, 100 wickets in career)
Player Span Balls Wkts BBI Ave 5 Wkts Career Diff
SB Styris (NZ) 1999-2005 890 16 4/57 47.06 0 103 30.65 -16.41
M Muralitharan (Asia/ICC/SL) 1993-2005 1014 18 2/6 38.77 0 392 22.39 -16.38
RJ Hadlee (NZ) 1973-1990 1168 19 2/20 35.26 0 158 21.56 -13.69
A Kumble (Asia/India) 1990-2005 1146 17 4/50 43.82 0 329 30.76 -13.05
CH Gayle (ICC/WI) 1999-2005 709 12 2/18 40.66 0 100 31.53 -9.13
M Prabhakar (India) 1984-1996 852 14 4/19 37.35 0 157 28.87 -8.47
Azhar Mahmood (Pak) 1996-2005 825 14 3/34 46.50 0 122 38.86 -7.63
GP Wickramasinghe (SL) 1990-2002 895 14 2/29 45.64 0 109 39.64 -6.00
SP O'Donnell (Aust) 1985-1991 1047 22 2/19 34.63 0 108 28.72 -5.91
GD McGrath (Aust/ICC) 1993-2005 1073 24 4/24 28.00 0 327 22.21 -5.78
JN Gillespie (Aust) 1996-2005 1069 26 4/26 30.96 0 142 25.42 -5.53
EJ Chatfield (NZ) 1979-1989 1147 22 5/34 31.13 1 140 25.84 -5.29
BKV Prasad (India) 1994-2001 914 19 3/36 37.31 0 196 32.30 -5.00
Harbhajan Singh (India) 1998-2005 1080 22 3/36 36.22 0 138 31.31 -4.90
GR Larsen (NZ) 1990-1999 1075 16 3/16 40.18 0 113 35.39 -4.78
DNT Zoysa (SL) 1997-2005 938 19 2/22 33.89 0 108 29.75 -4.14
Saqlain Mushtaq (Pak) 1995-2003 1007 30 4/47 25.89 0 288 21.78 -4.11
RJ Shastri (India) 1981-1992 823 16 3/26 40.12 0 129 36.04 -4.07
WKM Benjamin (WI) 1986-1995 997 19 3/21 34.73 0 100 30.78 -3.94
J Garner (WI) 1977-1987 1174 29 5/38 22.79 1 146 18.84 -3.94

Great Starts - Comparing Career Batting Average with Average After 20 ODIs (qualification: 10 innings in first 20 ODIs, 2000 runs in career)
Player Span Inns Runs HS Ave 100 Runs Career Diff
IVA Richards (WI) 1975-1991 19 971 153* 74.69 3 6721 47.00 -27.69
JC Adams (WI) 1992-2001 12 275 81* 55.00 0 2204 28.62 -26.37
M Kaif (India) 2002-2005 15 563 111* 56.29 1 2431 35.23 -21.06
AL Logie (WI) 1981-1993 13 298 88 49.66 0 2809 28.95 -20.70
GS Chappell (Aust) 1971-1983 20 843 125* 56.20 1 2331 40.18 -16.01
MG Bevan (Aust) 1994-2004 18 621 78* 69.00 0 6912 53.58 -15.41
JG Wright (NZ) 1978-1992 20 745 81 39.21 0 3891 26.46 -12.74
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 17 432 113* 48.00 1 5761 35.34 -12.65
SM Pollock (Afr/ICC/SAf) 1996-2005 12 180 66* 36.00 0 2556 24.34 -11.65
AC Parore (NZ) 1992-2002 16 476 96 36.61 0 3314 25.68 -10.92
AJ Lamb (Eng) 1982-1992 20 852 118 50.11 3 4010 39.31 -10.80
PV Simmons (WI) 1987-1999 20 700 104* 36.84 1 3675 28.93 -7.90
NS Sidhu (India) 1987-1998 18 760 88 44.70 0 4413 37.08 -7.62
AH Jones (NZ) 1987-1995 20 821 90 43.21 0 2784 35.69 -7.51
MW Gatting (Eng) 1977-1993 19 514 96 36.71 0 2095 29.50 -7.20
DI Gower (Eng) 1978-1991 18 518 114* 37.00 2 3170 30.77 -6.22
RL Powell (WI) 1999-2005 19 545 124 30.27 1 2085 24.82 -5.45
AC Hudson (SAf) 1991-1997 19 660 108 34.73 1 2559 29.41 -5.32
KC Wessels (Aust/SAf) 1983-1994 20 706 92 39.22 0 3367 34.35 -4.86
RA Smith (Eng) 1988-1996 19 691 128 43.18 2 2419 39.01 -4.17

Great Starts - Comparing Career Bowling Average with Average After 20 ODIs (qualification: 500 balls in first 20 ODIs, 100 wickets in career)
Player Span Balls Wkts BBI Ave 5 Wkts Career Diff
CZ Harris (NZ) 1990-2004 894 24 3/15 27.87 0 203 37.50 9.62
HDPK Dharmasena (SL) 1994-2004 906 25 4/37 27.19 0 138 36.21 9.01
SK Warne (Aust/ICC) 1993-2005 1074 38 4/19 17.23 0 293 25.73 8.50
M Dillon (WI) 1997-2005 1039 32 4/20 24.50 0 130 32.44 7.94
PAJ DeFreitas (Eng) 1987-1997 1165 26 4/35 25.07 0 115 32.82 7.74
CEL Ambrose (WI) 1988-2000 1085 41 5/17 16.48 2 225 24.12 7.64
IR Bishop (WI) 1988-1997 1087 37 5/27 19.37 1 118 26.50 7.12
CL Hooper (WI) 1987-2003 564 16 3/27 29.50 0 193 36.05 6.55
AB Agarkar (India) 1998-2005 1068 44 4/35 21.22 0 232 27.26 6.03
RA Harper (WI) 1983-1996 1032 24 3/34 28.29 0 100 34.31 6.01
Mudassar Nazar (Pak) 1977-1989 668 17 3/20 25.11 0 111 30.91 5.80
Abdul Qadir (Pak) 1983-1993 1168 34 5/44 21.52 2 132 26.16 4.63
Shoaib Akhtar (Asia/ICC/Pak) 1998-2005 959 35 4/37 19.08 0 199 23.54 4.46
Imran Khan (Pak) 1974-1992 1094 26 3/15 22.96 0 182 26.61 3.65
HH Streak (Afr/Zimb) 1993-2005 1039 28 4/25 26.32 0 239 29.82 3.50
D Gough (Eng/ICC) 1994-2005 1096 31 5/44 22.83 1 235 26.11 3.27
CA Walsh (WI) 1985-2000 1033 25 5/1 27.39 1 227 30.47 3.07
PR Reiffel (Aust) 1992-1999 1062 26 4/38 26.15 0 106 29.20 3.05
WJ Cronje (SAf) 1992-2000 504 10 5/32 32.00 1 114 34.78 2.78
MD Marshall (WI) 1980-1992 1120 25 3/28 24.39 0 157 26.96 2.56

Statistics upto and including:
• Test # 1776: India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 2nd Test, Dec 10-14, 2005
• ODI # 2307: Pakistan v England at Rawalpindi, 4th ODI, Dec 19, 2005


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