Sunday, September 2, 2007

Cricket Combined Stats

I was roaming wisden cricinfo the other day and found that the records page now had combined stats for test, one-day and 20-20 cricket. They are exceedingly interesting in terms of assessing the quality of players. I have always felt that when we put together the different types cricket we get a real feel for the quality of players.

The records reflect some interesting points in terms of great batsmen.
In terms of centuries the rankings are:
1) Tendulkar 78
2) Ponting 56
3) Lara 53
4) Kallis 39
5) M. Waugh 38
6) Hayden 37
7) Dravid 36
8) Ul-Haq, S. Waugh, Ganguly, Haynes, V. Richards 35
Clearly Tendulkar stands out! Then Ponting and Lara are well ahead of the others.

In terms of averages the rankings of the top players are (over 45):
1) Ponting 49.60
2) Kallis 49.46
3) Richards 48.75
4) Hayden 48.58
5) Tendulkar 48.06
6) Miandad 46.99
7) Dravid 46.72
8) Yousuf 46.52
9) Lara 46.28
10) Gavasker 46.20

In terms of total runs the rankings for the top players are (Over 17,000 runs)
1) Tendulkar 26,390
2) Lara 22,358
3) Ul-Haq 20,563
4) Dravid 19,998
5) Ponting 19,941
6) Jayasuriya 18,999
7) S. Waugh 18,496
8) A.Border 17,698
9) J. Kallis 17,609

When one considers these; the top 6 batsmen of the modern era would appear to be:
1) Tendulkar
2) Ponting
3) V. Richards
4) B. Lara
5) Kallis
6) Dravid

The top openers would bre Hayden and Gavasker.

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