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Rankings and Reality

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The test series between South Africa and India were considered as the fight for the world no:1 position for both teams. After the end of the first test, South Africa have gained an almost unassailable edge over the host – Team India. If South Africa manages to secure a draw or a win, they will be at the helm. For India, nothing less than a win will secure their top-spot. Australia, who are currently in the third position, is playing impeccable cricket on the other side of the globe, infact in all forms of cricket. So does this ranking system makes any sense for the spectators and others in the cricketing fraternity?

In the last 12 months, Australia have played 14 test matches, won 8 matches, drew 3 and lost 3matches. In the Same period, India have played 9 test matches, winning 5, drawing 3 and loosing one. South Africa’s performance is – Played 8 tests, won 3, lost 3 and drew 2. So the Winning percentage of Australia, India and South Africa is – 57.14, 55.55 and 37.50 respectively. That means according to the winning percentages, Australia stays at the top, then comes India and the South Africans are way down! According to the ICC Rankings, India have a rating of 125, followed by South Africa with a rating of 120 and Australia at the the 3rd position, with a rating of 118. Australia have played 5 tests against England, 3 each against Pakistan, South Africa and West Indies. India have played 3 each against New Zealand and Sri Lanka, 2 against Bangladesh and 1 (so far) against South Africa. South Africa have played 3 against Australia, 4 against England and 1 (so far) against India.

So, after seeing the aforementioned stats, Does this ranking system makes any sense? The points and ratings are given of the basis of the win/loss at home/away criteria.That’s simply absurd. If a team is playing against comparatively weaker opponents like West Indies, Bangladesh and New Zealand, the chances for getting all the points are much high. Instead, If the ICC implements a weightage system, then it would add some credibility to this ranking system, if they are really serious about this. In the weightage system, teams will get lesser points, when they play weaker oppositions like Bangladesh and will get higher points, when they play Australia. Based on the past 1 year’s performances, teams can be alloted specific weightage and review it after every season. This would make the ranking system more competitive.

Master Proves His Class Yet Again

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Sachin Tendulkar has scored 9 ODI centuries and scored 7 times above 90 in the last 2 years. He is going strong as he gets older like a superior wine and his performance in the crunch matches has been quite exemplary. Sri Lanka didn’t had any clue of how to tame the master blaster when he was playing risk free yet sublime knock.

Sachin has been terrific in the last 3 finals which he played and amassed a mammoth 346 runs including 2 centuries and a fifty. He was accused of not playing to his potential after India lost several finals from 2000 to 2007 although he has played some terrific knock in the 1998 Sharjah cup and several other matches. He has silenced his critics with the help of these innings and the most important thing is that India triumphed in all these 3 finals.

Team India is in the race for the World No: 1 spot along with Australia and South Africa. If India wants to reach there and sustain it, Sachin will have a great role to play; playing solidly at the top and mentoring the youngsters to perform well when it matters. All the mentioned tasks are executed perfectly by Sachin and the performance of the team is a testimony of that.

Choices Galore For Andrew Symonds

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

When Andrew Symonds was sent home from the World ICC Twenty20 in June 2009 it was foreseen by all as the end of his international cricketing career. The reason for his exile from the Australian team in the World ICC Twenty20 was for violating a clause in his personal contract with Cricket Australia (CA) that prohibited him from drinking. Cricket Australia had no other choice, but to send him home.

It is speculated that the Australian all-rounder will announce his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday.

His retirement may actually be a blessing in disguise for him. There are a several franchises and teams who would be thrilled to have him in their team.  The Pro20 franchises in South Africa have expressed their interest and if Symonds is interested, he could earn a fortune playing in South Africa.

Deccan Chargers, the champions of IPL2009 had already made it very clear that they would retain the services of Andrew Symonds no matter what.

Queensland Cricket has also expressed their support to Symonds and seeking to have him in their team.

England is also looking forward to having Symonds as part of the English County cricket.

All in all, the statistics suggest that Symonds has nothing to lose, but loads to gain, money-wise.

However, cricket lovers all over the world will definitely love to see Andrew Symonds turn over a new leaf, quit drinking and continue to play for Australia. Let’s wish him the very best!

Hansie Cronje

Monday, June 1st, 2009

It was on this day in 2002, Hansie Cronje, one of the great captains, died on a plane crash. The moment we hear the name Hansie Cronje, we remember the scandal and his plane crash. But there’s something more worth this man has contributed to the game of cricket. He is one of the best captains cricket has ever had. Under his leadership, the South African team has recorded 99 wins out of 138 one-day internationals.

Hansie is still missed in South Africa. He is regarded as one of the greatest player in both forms of cricket. Hansie never compromised on discipline. It is said that he instilled his discipline in the team when he became the captain. The team as we all know, was excellent in all departments of the game during his captaincy. Fielding standards were at unreachable heights. Above all this, there was professionalism in the team.

Hansie was also a great all rounder. His medium pace deliveries has often served to be turning points of the game. As a middle order batsman, he has also earned many ‘man of the match’ awards. An example to quote would be the one with Australia in 1994, when he guided his team to victory. It was a triangular series that included New- Zealand also. He scored 91 runs and remained unbeaten.

Every man commits mistakes. But it requires great guts to confess that mistake to the whole world and it is obvious that Hansie had that guts.


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