What lines and lengths should you bowl to Kohli, Smith, Williamson, Root and Pujara?
What lines and lengths should you bowl to Kohli, Smith, Williamson, Root and Pujara?

An analysis of beehive data of lines and lengths bowled to these batters from 2012 onwards provides some insights

What looking at James Anderson's and Ishant Sharma's careers as collections of spells tells us about them as bowlers
What looking at James Anderson's and Ishant Sharma's careers as collections of spells tells us about them as bowlers

There's a fair bit to be learned by looking at these bowlers in terms of the support (or lack of it) at the other end

How long can a batsman score poorly before it's more serious than just a matter of bad form?
How long can a batsman score poorly before it's more serious than just a matter of bad form?

Why form is more about technique than scores

T20 openers are more conservative than they need to be
T20 openers are more conservative than they need to be

They use up more of the team's innings than they need to for the runs they produce

Which current player is No. 2 among Test batsmen of all time when measured against the performances of the average player?
Which current player is No. 2 among Test batsmen of all time when measured against the performances of the average player?

The Runs Above Average Replacement metric provides a fuller assessment of batsmen than just their average

Is the DRS a good thing? Yes if you're a fingerspinner, no if you're a left-hand batsman
Is the DRS a good thing? Yes if you're a fingerspinner, no if you're a left-hand batsman

How have batsmen and bowlers gained and lost under the various eras of the lbw law?

Why New Zealand should be at the top of the ODI rankings now
Why New Zealand should be at the top of the ODI rankings now

It's a good idea for the ICC to adopt the ELO system to rank teams

Is there an advantage to having left-right pairs at the crease?
Is there an advantage to having left-right pairs at the crease?

In the first half of ODI innings, yes. In Tests, not really

Four-day Tests could be game-changing if they are structured right
Four-day Tests could be game-changing if they are structured right

To be truly successful, Test cricket has to fit better into contemporary life

Kohli and de Villiers in limited-overs chases: who does it better?
Kohli and de Villiers in limited-overs chases: who does it better?

An analysis of their numbers brings distinct patterns to light

How do we rate an ODI century made in 1972 against one made this year?
How do we rate an ODI century made in 1972 against one made this year?

There are ways to account for the fluctuating value of a hundred in one-dayers

Was Dhoni someone who looked to take games to the last over? Not quite
Was Dhoni someone who looked to take games to the last over? Not quite

To see him in that light is to misunderstand what he truly brought to the game

Why Kohli's side is the best Indian ODI team ever
Why Kohli's side is the best Indian ODI team ever

Looking at how they have performed against top-rated opposition bears out the claim

Why the bat-ball balance now is probably the best it has been in ODI history
Why the bat-ball balance now is probably the best it has been in ODI history

The ICC has been on a quest to get it right since 2005; the rules put in place four years ago might be the closest we have come to optimum so far

Keep wickets in hand or go hard? A look at the first 25 years of ODI history
Keep wickets in hand or go hard? A look at the first 25 years of ODI history

A look at how ODI cricket before 2005 approached the question of risking wickets efficiently to score the highest possible total

T20 chases are won and lost in the first ten overs, not the last ten
T20 chases are won and lost in the first ten overs, not the last ten

Conventional wisdom still advocates keeping wickets in hand for sustained attack in the second half of a chase. The results say that's not quite the way to go about things

Why selection in India is not illogical or capricious, contrary to popular opinion
Why selection in India is not illogical or capricious, contrary to popular opinion

There is a clear, sound and well settled pattern to how the country's national sides are selected

How good a year was 2018 for bowlers?
How good a year was 2018 for bowlers?

An analysis of the standout statistical trend from Test cricket in the year gone by

Did the 4-1 scoreline flatter England?
Did the 4-1 scoreline flatter England?

The England-India series was much closer than the margin suggests, but that's not to say that England were undeserving winners

Why there's no such thing as a finisher in ODI cricket
Why there's no such thing as a finisher in ODI cricket

Our insistence on thinking of players this way is because of cognitive biases