Lies and Damn Lies

3 Jan

First you read this:

In his last 10 Tests, Sehwag has scored 529 runs at an average of 31.11…

Not great, but not completely pathetic you think.

Then you read this:

...with the highest score being 180 against the West Indies.

Are you kidding me?! This guy has scored over a third of his runs in one innings out of twenty?! If that’s not a genuine flash in the pan, I don’t know what is. Goes to show you that a batsman’s average is a poor indicator of his consistency and utility to a side. It would be interesting to apply a couple of statistical alternatives to Mean in this case. Median would be an interesting one. So if Sehwag’s median score in the last twenty innings was 31, it would mean that half his scores are over 31 and half his scores are under 31. I’ll bet you that his median score is way lower.

Bottomline, I just don’t get why this guy is still in the team. Powerful friends in high places perhaps? And what of Chappell?  I think the System has housetrained him too…


6 Responses to “Lies and Damn Lies”

  1. Veena Shivanna January 3, 2007 at 7:04 am #

    Cricket doesn’t interest me.. The media part.. yes.. it reminded me DS’s ‘Headlies’ post! 😉

  2. Srik January 3, 2007 at 10:54 am #

    Wonderful analysis and guidelines set. That’ll be interesting if ICC considers this system.

  3. Vijay January 3, 2007 at 11:09 am #

    Good analysis…it would really screw things up…

  4. some body January 4, 2007 at 5:10 pm #

    what beats me is how india’s best batsman was sent home (because he responded to the pace bowler roll call maybe?) and bit players like sehwag and jaffer were retained. sehwag certainly appears to know which side of the bread is buttered (or maybe both sides of his breads are buttered, like i like mine :-)!.

    that said, i guess the selectors know better than me, as jaffer scored that century and sehwag added 40.

    – s.b.

  5. Aditya January 4, 2007 at 5:31 pm #

    S.b., at least Jaffer is a genuine opener.

    I think Sehwag has powerful friends. I have always been struck by what a yerra birri no-fundamentals kolte this guy is. Or if you drink enough kool-aid, he is a destructive opener who can tear attacks apart with his unorthodox play.

  6. some body January 5, 2007 at 1:13 pm #

    hey, i was a big sehwag fan until he lost his wicket to a maiden. and why did they promote him in the second innings after he did ok way down in the order in the first?

    sehwag was also not a genuine opener. i don’t know – still – why ashish chopra was dropped! he was a classic test opener.

    also, i just came after watching laxman getting run out. india is throwing this match (third test) away. first they failed to create and take singles and now going for suicidal runs.

    – s.b.

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