Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sadhagopan Ramesh India's highest Impact test batsman

Ramesh emerges as India's all time highest impact test batsman ever in a Wisden India Impact Index analysis!!!!
This system credits Ramesh with the third-lowest failure rate after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid

Sadhagopan Ramesh (http://prtraveller.blogspot.in/2014/11/sadhagopan-ramesh.html) has emerged as the India’s Highest Impact Indian test batsman ever (minimum 15 test match criteria) as per the Wisden India ranking systems. The Indian batsmen after him on impact are C Pujara, R Dravid, A Wadekar, V Hazare, S Tendulkar, S Gavaskar, M Vijay, MAK Pataudi and D Sardesai.

The rankings are exclusively powered by Impact Index, a system created in March 2009 by Jaideep Varma that is one of the most renowned analytics system in cricket. 

According to Jaideep Varma, Ramesh had the joint second-highest New Ball Impact (ability to see off the new ball by either scoring runs or occupying the crease for a period of time) among all openers in the world during his career time frame after Herschelle Gibbs.

Lowest Failure Rate - 1999-2001
During his career time frame, Ramesh had the joint-lowest failure rate among all openers in the world, along with Michael Atherton. He was better in this respect than the likes of Justin Langer, Sanath Jayasuriya, Herschelle Gibbs and Gary Kirsten.

Jaideep Varma further says that among Indian batsmen, Ramesh had the third-lowest failure rate after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid and the joint seventh-lowest in the world. His consistency in those two and a half years was better than the likes of Brian Lara, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and Steve Waugh. 

(Consistency = Scoring a certain amount of runs based on the match context where the team does not suffer because of his lack of meaningful contributions)

In his last Test series, in the three Tests that he played, Ramesh crossed the score of 40 four times, once above 30-  his last 4 Test innings produced 47, 31, 46 and 55. Ramesh emerged as the third-highest impact batsman for India after Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly in that series. He was India’s most consistent batsman and was the only batsman other than Marvan Atapattu to have a 0% failure rate in the series.

During his career time-frame (Jan 1999 to Sept 2001), according to the Wisden Impact System, Ramesh was the fourth-highest impact Test batsman in the world after Graham Thorpe, Inzamam u-Haq and Justin Langer and the highest impact batsman for India.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Honestly I thought it wasn't sound analysis. They have carefully taken into account the "Opener" tag, they have forgotten that only 3 matches were played outside the subcontinent where he scored 79 runs in 5 completed innings (15.8 as opposed to 37.97 overall).

If I compared this with Vinod Kambli, another left hander who played almost the same number of matches as Ramesh (and most of them in the subcontinent) he has 54.20 overall and that too in less innings (21 completed as opposed to Ramesh's 37).

If you looked at the total runs scored, Ramesh has 283 runs more.

That means, Ramesh scored this 283 runs in the 16 additional innings he played at 17.68.

I would say that this comparison with Lara and Waugh is completely wrong.

Ramesh played most of his cricket in the subcontinent where the match context is dictated by the spinners and therefore India has a better winnability ratio.

Without factoring the home advantage to say that Ramesh is more consistent than Kallis / Ponting / Waugh is preposterous.