Why Fakhar Zaman finished as the highest impact player of the tournament. Why Chris Woakes' injury hampered England chances considerably. Hashim Amla's strange nature of performances in mega ICC ODI events and many more such stories in our Champions Trophy 2017 review here.
Younis Khan ended his career as the highest impact Asian batsman in 140 years of Test history. And the fifth-highest overall, behind Don Bradman, Peter May, Greg Chappell and Brian Lara (min. 50 Tests).
Four of the five highest impact players in IPL history (min. 30 matches, all ten years) are Australians - Andrew Symonds, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Watson and Shane Warne. Suresh Raina comes in fifth, followed by David Warner and Michael Hussey.
The highest impact players in IPL 2017 so far (as of 1 May, 2017) are: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Andrew Tye & Robin Uthappa (min: 5 games). The highest impact batsmen are: Robin Uthappa, David Warner & Rahul Tripathi. The highest impact bowlers are: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nathan Coulter-Nile & Andrew Tye.
Only two Indians feature amongst the ten highest impact batsmen in IPL history (min. 30 matches) - Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa. The list includes five Australians, two West Indians and a South African.
The highest impact players (min. 6 matches) in IPL 2017 thus far are: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Sunil Narine, David Warner and Rashid Khan.
The highest impact bowlers (min. 5 matches) in IPL 2017 so far are: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Sunil Narine, Imran Tahir and Axar Patel.
The highest impact batsmen in IPL 2017 so far (min. 4 innings) are Manish Pandey, Steven Smith, Rishabh Pant, David Warner and Nitish Rana.
The highest impact batsmen in IPL history (min. 30 matches): Michael Hussey, David Warner, Suresh Raina, Andrew Symonds and Herschelle Gibbs.
There's much ado about Adam Voges' retirement Test average of 61.87. During his career, he was just the 23rd highest impact batsman in the world, and the fourth highest impact for Australia (min. 10 Tests). His highest impact performance came on debut against a weak West Indies who were swatted 2-0.
In the recently concluded Test series between India and Australia, Ravindra Jadeja emerged as the highest impact player and bowler whereas KL Rahul turned out to be the highest impact batsman. Entire series report here.
Steve Smith is the only batsman in Test history to have never failed (within the context of the match) in a Test match in Asia. He has a 0% failure rate in the 10 Tests that he has played in the region. The next best is Gary Kirsten with an 8% failure rate in 13 such Tests.
After producing the second series-defining performance (SD) of his Test career against Sri Lanka in Colombo, Shakib-Al-Hasan is now the fifth-highest impact all-rounder from the subcontinent - after R Ashwin, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Kapil Dev - in the history of Test cricket (min. 40 Tests).
Cheteshwar Pujara is the highest impact batsman in the 83-year history of Test cricket in the subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and UAE; min. 20 Tests), where he has had a higher impact than the likes of Sangakkara, Dravid, Younis, Inzamam, Gavaskar, Miandad and Tendulkar.
Only two batsmen (Don Bradman and Jack Hobbs) have scored a higher proportion of runs (in a match context) than Steven Smith in the history of Test cricket (min. 50 Tests).
Ken Mackay (1959/60), Les Favell (1959/60), Simon Katich (2004/05), Michael Clarke (2004/05) and Adam Gilchrist (2004/05) are the only Australians to have registered a series-defining performance (SD) with the bat on Indian soil.
While KL Rahul (90 and 51) was declared ‘man of the match’ in the recently concluded Test in Bangalore, he was actually the second highest impact player – behind Cheteshwar Pujara (17 and 92). Find out why here.
Cheteshwar Pujara (17 and 92) and KL Rahul (90 and 51) produced the highest impact performance of their respective Test careers in Bangalore. They scored a high proportion of runs in a relatively low-scoring match and absorbed pressure (of falling wickets), ultimately ensuring a 75-run victory.
Matthew Hayden has the highest New Ball Impact (ability to occupy the crease and score runs against the new ball) in Test cricket in the subcontinent (min. 15 Tests). He has also absorbed the maximum pressure (of falling wickets) for any opener in the region.
Steven Smith is now the most consistent batsman in the history of Test cricket (min. 50 Tests). His failure rate (an impact of less than 1 in a match constitutes a failure) of 26% (failed in only 13 of the 50 Tests he has played) is even better than Don Bradman's (27%; failed in 14 of the 52 Tests he played).
While Ben Stokes has been the second-highest impact all-rounder (after Mitchell Marsh) in ODI cricket since 2015, he is not even amongst the twenty-five highest impact in T20 cricket (min. 20 matches) in the same period. He has a 44% failure rate with only 4 high impact performances in 25 matches in this time-frame.
Ravindra Jadeja has been the most restrictive bowler in Test cricket since 2015 (min. 10 Tests). His Economy Impact is three times higher than the next best in this regard - Rangana Herath.
Historically, Arjuna Ranatunga has been the highest impact Sri Lankan batsman in ODIs played in South Africa (min. 5 matches). He is followed by Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Alastair Cook's impact as a player went up by 12% after he took over Test captaincy (from 15th November, 2012). As captain (min. 20 Tests), Cook's impact with the bat is the fourth-highest in England's Test cricket history after Graham Gooch, Peter May and Len Hutton.
Allan Donald went 28 Tests - from November 1995 (second Test, vs England, Johannesburg) to December 1998 (second Test, vs West Indies, Port Elizabeth) - without registering a failure (a Bowling Impact of less than 1 in a match constitutes a failure). This is the longest such streak for a bowler in Test cricket history.
Dale Steyn is the most restrictive pace bowler in Twenty20 (domestic and international) cricket history (min. 60 matches).
Among Test batsmen, no one produced series-defining performances (SD) across as many countries as Inzamam-ul-Haq. Inzy registered SDs across seven different cricketing nations - viz. Zimbabwe (1), Pakistan (2), Bangladesh (1), England (1), New Zealand (1), India (1) and West Indies (1).
Among those who have played Test and ODI cricket, AB de Villiers is the only batsman in history who makes the list of the ten highest impact batsmen in both formats.
Four of India's five highest impact ODI batsmen of all time (min. 60 ODIs) - Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma - are part of the present Indian line-up. No contemporary Indian bowler ranks amongst the country's five highest impact. R Ashwin and Ishant Sharma feature in the top 10.
AB de Villiers, who has registered 4 series-defining performances in ODI cricket in the last couple of years, has been the highest impact batsman in the world during this period (min. 20 matches). He is followed by Glenn Maxwell, Hashim Amla, Joe Root and Virat Kohli.
Since making his Test debut in February 2013, Kyle Abbott has been the third-highest impact Test bowler for South Africa after Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada (min: 10 Tests). He has also been their highest Economy Impact bowler in this period.
Steve Waugh is the lowest impact bowler (min. 40 matches) in Test history to register a series-defining performance with the ball. He produced two series-levelling performances in back to back series against South Africa - 4-26 and 0-4 in Adelaide in 1994 and 0-20 and 5-28 in Cape Town a couple of months later.
Brendon McCullum's 195 in just 134 balls in the first innings against Sri Lanka in Christchurch in 2014 is the highest impact performance in a Boxing Day Test in history. New Zealand won the Test by 8 wickets.
The highest impact non-Asian batsmen in Tests in India since 2000 (min: 4 Tests) are Jacques Kallis, Andrew Strauss, Damien Martyn, Andy Flower and Alastair Cook.
Jimmy Adams has absorbed the maximum pressure in winning Tests (min. 15 matches) in Test cricket history. He is followed by Gundappa Viswanath, Kane Williamson, Brian Lara and Angelo Mathews.
Don Bradman, Joe Root, Brian Lara, Saeed Anwar and Jimmy Adams have the highest Batting Impact in winning Tests (min. 20 matches) in the history of Test cricket. The highest impact Indian batsman in Tests won is interestingly, Gundappa Viswanath, who is next on this list.
Faf du Plessis is the highest impact South African batsman in Test matches played in Australia (min. 5 Tests). His ability to absorb pressure (of falling wickets) is currently the best for any batsman in the history of Test cricket in Australia.
Only two batsmen - Cheteshwar Pujara and Jacques Kallis - have scored a higher proportion of runs than Alastair Cook has in India in Test cricket in the new millennium (min. 5 Tests). Interestingly, Rohit Sharma is next on this list, followed by Virat Kohli.
Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook produced series-defining performances when England last toured India (2012) and won 2-1. It was only the third series India had lost at home in the new millennium, following defeats to South Africa (2000) and Australia (2004).
The five highest impact openers (min. 60 innings) in ODI history are: Hashim Amla, Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar, Gordon Greenidge and Rohit Sharma.
Andy Flower is the highest impact batsman to never give a series-defining performance in Test cricket. It did not help that he was part of a weak Zimbabwe team that barely won a handful of Test matches against major Test playing nations.
Alec Bedser (51 Tests) is the highest impact bowler (min. 50 Tests) to have never produced a series-defining performance (SD) in Test cricket. Interestingly, James Anderson - England's leading wicket-taker - has played 119 Tests without producing an SD with the ball and is next on this list.
Dion Ebrahim of Zimbabwe is the lowest impact ODI player (min. 60 innings) of all time. He is also the only player in ODI history to have comprehensively failed over a career (i.e., a Career Impact less than 1).
Virender Sehwag was the highest impact Test batsman in the world between Jan 2008 and Feb 2010 - a period in which he registered all his 3 series-defining performances. Interestingly, this coincided with his best phase in ODIs - June 2008 to August 2010 - when he was the second-highest impact batsman, behind Dilshan.
Glenn McGrath went 26 ODIs without failing with the ball (A Bowling Impact of less than 1 in a match is a failure). His consistency streak - the longest in history - stretched from the 9th match of the Carlton Series against Zimbabwe at the SCG in January, 2001 to the 5th ODI against South Africa in Durban in April, 2002.
Glenn McGrath (66 innings), Ewen Chatfield (48) and Allan Donald (40) are the only three players who have a 100% failure rate with the bat in ODI cricket history (min. 40 innings). Not surprisingly, they are also the three lowest impact batsmen in ODI cricket (min. 40 innings).
No batsman has a higher Runs Tally Impact (proportion of runs scored to team and opposition totals) in ODI cricket history (min. 50 innings) than Zaheer Abbas. He scored 21% of Pakistan's total runs over his career - which is the highest percentage of team runs scored in ODI history.
Considering their first 20 Test matches at home, R Ashwin's Bowling Impact in India is 55% higher than Anil Kumble's. In this stretch, Ashwin has registered 3 series-defining performances (SDs) to go with a failure rate of just 5%. Kumble had 2 SDs while recording a failure rate of 21%.
Richie Benaud is the only bowler - from among touring nations - to have produced two series-defining performances in India in Test cricket (1956 and 1959-60).
Max Walker was the fourth-highest impact bowler in the world during his career (1972-1977) after Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson and Andy Roberts. Overall, he had a higher impact as a bowler for Australia than Mitchell Johnson, Geoff Lawson, Ray Lindwall, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee did. He was no mere support act.
R Ashwin has now produced 16 high impact performances in just 37 Tests. His frequency of producing such a performance is the fourth-best in Test cricket history (min. 30 Tests) after Clarrie Grimmett (17 in 37 Tests), Garry Sobers (41 in 93 Tests) and Hugh Trumble (14 in 32 Tests).
Mohammad Azharuddin is the highest impact Indian batsman at home in Test cricket (min. 20 Tests). His 4 series-defining performances (in 45 Tests) are the maximum by any batsman in India.
Rahul Dravid has produced 22 high impact performances in 164 Tests. His frequency of producing such a performance is the best for any batsman in Indian Test history. He is followed by Sachin Tendulkar who produced a high impact performance once every 8 matches (25 such performances in 200 Tests).
Allan Lamb has the lowest frequency of producing a high impact performance amongst all specialist batsmen in Test cricket history. He produced just one such performance in 79 Test matches.
Tillakaratne Dilshan has produced 14 very high impact performances with the bat in 77 completed innings - the most by any Sri Lankan. He has also displayed the best ability to build partnerships and is the highest impact chaser for his country in T20I cricket.
Tillakaratne Dilshan retires from ODIs as the fifth-highest impact Sri Lankan player ever after Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Aravinda de Silva. He has been their second-highest impact player (after Sangakkara) since 2010, and has also been among the ten highest impact ODI players.
In an all-time list of the highest impact Australian ODI players (min: 30 ODIs), three players from the present squad make it into the top 10, namely, Mitchell Marsh, Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner. The great Australian World Cup winning squad of 2007 had five such players in the top 10.
Rohit Sharma is amongst the three lowest impact specialist batsmen in Test cricket (min. 10 matches) since 2014. Marlon Samuels and Lahiru Thirimanne are the only batsmen who have a lower impact than Rohit in this time-frame.
Hanif Mohammad's 17 & 337 against West Indies at Bridgetown in 1958 (after Pakistan followed-on 473 behind) is the second-highest impact batting performance by a Pakistani batsman (after Inzamam's 329). That famous 337 also makes it the sixth-highest impact performance by any opener in Test history.
Chris Woakes had a miserable start to his Test career, failing with the ball in five of his first six Tests. Since then, he has had a 0% Failure Rate (five Tests, commencing with the home series against Sri Lanka) and his Bowling Impact has shot up by an incredible 576%!
With the ball, Ranagana Herath has failed - comprehensively - just once in nine completed Test matches against Australia (and never at home). He also has four high impact performances in his last six Tests against them. Continues to ride that wave and claims a hat-trick as Australia fold for 106 in Galle.
Kusal Mendis’ combined match performance of 8 & 176 against Australia in the 1st Test in Pallekelle was the 13th-highest impact batting performance in the history of Test cricket and the third-highest by a Sri Lankan. More here.
Len Hutton went 19 Tests without failing (An impact of less than 1 in a match constitutes a failure). His consistency streak, the longest in Test cricket history for a batsman, stretched from the 4th Ashes Test at Leeds in July, 1948 to the 5th Ashes Test at the MCG in February, 1951.
The three highest impact left-arm pace bowlers (min. 40 Tests) in Test cricket history - Alan Davidson, Wasim Akram and Mitchell Johnson.
Wasim Akram is the highest impact tail-end batsman (batting positions 9 to 11; min. 40 Tests) in Test cricket history. He is followed by Daniel Vettori and Stuart Broad.
After 41 Tests in their respective careers: Sunil Gavaskar's Batting Impact is 33% higher than Virat Kohli's and 72% higher than Sachin Tendulkar's while Kohli has a 29% higher Batting Impact than Tendulkar.
The highest impact number 11 batsman in the history of Test cricket is Derek Underwood (minimum 20 Tests). He is followed by Zaheer Khan and Nathan Lyon.
MS Dhoni is the most consistent player in the history of Test, ODI and T20 cricket. His failure rate is just 6% in Test cricket (min. 50 matches), 9% in ODI cricket (min. 60 matches) and 20% in T20 cricket (min. 60 matches).
Highest Strike Rate Impact batsmen in ODI history (min. 50 innings): Vivian Richards, Glenn Maxwell, Shahid Afridi, Jos Buttler, Lance Cairns.
Kumar Sangakkara, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Kane Williamson and AB de Villiers have the unique double of being the highest impact batsmen in both Tests and ODIs for their country.
Although he has not produced any series or tournament defining performances, Jonathan Trott is the most consistent batsman in England’s ODI history (min. 60 innings).
Alastair Cook became the 12th batsman in Test history to cross the 10,000-run mark during the recent series against Sri Lanka. However, only four from this club - Brian Lara, Kumar Sangakkara, Jacques Kallis and Rahul Dravid - feature amongst the twenty highest impact Test batsmen of all-time.
David Warner has been the second-highest impact (after Steven Smith) Australian batsman and also the most consistent one (failure rate of 33%) in ODI cricket the last couple of years. His loss due to injury will hurt Australia in the remainder of the ongoing tri-series in the Caribbean.
Angelo Mathews, Asad Shafiq and Jonny Bairstow are the three highest impact lower middle-order batsmen (batting positions 6, 7 and 8; min. 5 Tests) in the last couple of years in Test cricket.
Mitchell Starc has made a comeback to international cricket in the ongoing tri-series in the Caribbean. He is the second-highest impact bowler (after Dennis Lillee) in Australia's ODI history (min. 40 innings).
For the fourth time in six IPL tournaments, Impact Index got at least 3 of the 4 projected semi-finalists right. The only team to miss out on a playoff spot (from our expected four) was Mumbai Indians, and they were heavily undone by the shifting of their home venue. More here.
Highest Strike Rate Impact batsmen in IPL 2016 (min: 7 inns): Krunal Pandya, Chris Morris and David Warner.
Highest Economy Impact bowlers in IPL 2016 (min: 7 inns): Sunil Narine, Rajat Bhatia and Sreenath Aravind.
RCB: 179 for 5, after 18 overs
Bhuvneshwar Kumar: 3-0-17-0
He is still searching for his first wicket tonight, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar has had a 70% Success Rate against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL.
RCB: 158 for 3, after 15 overs
Shane Watson: 7 not out, off 4 balls
Shane Watson's only high impact innings of note against SRH came way back in 2013. Since then, he has suffered 4 failures in 7 innings against them.
RCB 149 for 3 in 14 overs.
Rahul 8 not out in 5 balls.
With a failure rate of just 18% with the bat, Lokesh Rahul is the third-most consistent batsman (after Andre Russell and Ambati Rayudu; min. 7 innings) in the tournament. Can he see RCB through here today?
RCB: 129 for 1, after 12 overs
Virat Kohli: 44 not out, off 31 balls
Virat Kohli has a 75% Success Rate against Sunrisers Hyderabad. In fact, he has five very high impact performances in eight innings against them in the IPL.
RCB 69 for 0 in 7 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman 0-4 in 1 over.
Mustafizur Rahman is the second-most restrictive pace bowler in IPL 2016 after Rajat Bhatia.
His overs from hereon will be crucial to SRH's chances in the match.
RCB 18 for 0 in 2 overs.
Chris Gayle 11 runs off 8 balls.
Chris Gayle is not a great big-match player in T20 cricket.
His failure rate as a batsman in big-matches (in all T20 cricket) increases to 55% (in 29 knockout games) compared to 40% in group games. Gayle has played in 35 T20 tournaments but has provided a defining performance (a high impact performance in a knockout match where his team has won) in only two of them.
Can he set the record straight today?
RCB: 5 for no loss in 1 over.
Chris Gayle is the highest impact batsman and the most consistent one (min. 10 innings) at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in IPL history. He has 11 high impact performances with the bat in 28 innings at the venue.
Can he produce a big one today?
RCB 1 for 0 in 0.3 overs.
Virat Kohli 0 run off 1 ball.
If Virat Kohli fails with the bat tonight, he will not finish as the tournament's highest impact batsman.
SRH 168 for 6 in 18 overs.
SRH's second (Ben Cutting) and third-highest (Bipul Sharma) Strike Rate Impact batsmen in their playing XI at the crease right now. Can they score big at the end?
SRH 147 for 4 in 16 overs.
Hooda dismissed by Aravind for 3.
Deepak Hooda has failed in 10 out of his 15 innings with the bat in the tournament. His last high impact performance with the bat came against Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015 when he scored 54 in just 25 balls playing for Rajasthan Royals.
SRH 120 for 2 in 13 overs.
Jordan 1-21 in 2 overs.
Although Chris Jordan has the knack of bowling yorkers at the death, he is a very low impact T20 bowler. He picks up a low proportion of top/middle order wickets and also has a high failure rate of 69%.
SRH 97 for 2 in 9.5 overs.
Henriques dismissed for 4.
Moises Henriques has failed in 10 out of 14 innings in the tournament.
That is a 71% failure rate with the bat.
SRH 65 for 1 in 7 overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal 1-0-6-1.
Yuzvendra Chahal is not only the highest impact bowler in IPL 2016 but his proportion of top/middle order wickets is the highest for any bowler in IPL history (min. 30 innings).
SRH 46 for 0 in 5 overs.
Shane Watson 1-0-19-0.
If RCB go on to win IPL 2016, Shane Watson will only be the second player after Yusuf Pathan to produce two tournament-defining performances for two different teams in the history of the IPL. Hasn't had a great start today though.
SRH 21 for 0 in 3 overs.
Sreenath Aravind 2-0-16-0.
Sreenath Aravind is the only bowler in IPL 2016 to not have failed in any match (min. 7 inns.). It makes him the most consistent bowler of the tournament so far.
SRH 9 for 0 in 1.4 overs.
Even though Sunrisers Hyderabad have had the highest Bowling Impact during the tournament, Royal Challengers Bangalore are marginally behind them (thanks to their mid-season recovery) as the second-highest Bowling Impact team of the tournament.
SRH win the toss and opt to bat first.
Amongst the 20 highest Chasing Impact batsmen in IPL 2016, there are three RCB batsmen (Kohli, de Villiers and Rahul) compared to only one SRH batsman (Warner). SRH have won the toss and have chosen to play to their strengths (defending) which in turn also means RCB playing to theirs (chasing). Should be a fascinating contest.
Highest Strike Rate Impact batsmen in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns)- Krunal Pandya, Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite.
Highest Economy Impact bowlers in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns)- Sunil Narine, Rajat Bhatia and Mustafizur Rahman.
SRH 117 for 6 in 15.5 overs.
Bipul Sharma comes in to bat.
SRH need 46 runs off 25 balls.
Bipul Sharma's Strike Rate Impact in T20s is third only to Ben Cutting and David Warner amongst the SRH playing XI today.
SRH 85 for 5 in 12.5 overs.
Naman Ojha 1 run off 2 balls.
Naman Ojha has failed nine out of the 11 times he has batted in this IPL. Can he provide a high impact performance today?
SRH 83 for 4 in 12 overs.
Ben Cutting 7 runs off 5 balls.
Ben Cutting has the third-highest Strike Rate Impact in BBL history after Glenn Maxwell and Chris Lynn. Can he tonk a few today?
SRH: 75 for 3 after 11 overs
Shivil Kaushik: 3-0-13-1
Shivil Kaushik had failed with the ball comprehensively in his last three innings. Quite a return so far. A wicket of Yuvraj and three tight overs.
SRH 62 for 3 in 9 overs.
Yuvraj Singh dismissed for 8 runs off 13 balls.
Yuvraj Singh has now failed in two of the three knockout games he has played in the IPL. His only success came in the last match against KKR.
SRH 43 for 2 in 5 overs.
Warner 25 not out in 18 balls.
David Warner's Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match norm) is the fourth-best in the tournament after Krunal Pandya, Chris Morris and AB de Villiers.
SRH 11 for 1 in 2 overs.
Warner 10 not out in 8 balls.
David Warner is the second-highest impact batsman (min. 7 innings) in IPL 2016 after Virat Kohli. He has produced seven high impact performances with the bat in 15 innings in the tournament.
SRH: 6 for 1 after 1.1 overs
Shikhar Dhawan: run out for 0
Shikhar Dhawan has now failed in three of his last four innings this IPL.
GL 162 for 7 in 20 overs.
During the death overs (16-20) against SRH in the two previous encounters, GL scored 72 for 5 off 10 overs. They have scored 53 runs off 5 overs for the loss of two wickets today. SRH have missed Mustafizur Rahman badly.
GL 148 for 6 in 18.3 overs.
During the death overs (16-20) against SRH in the two previous encounters, GL scored 72 for 5 off 10 overs. They have already scored 39 runs off 3.3 overs for the loss of a wicket today. How badly will SRH miss Mustafizur?
GL 102 for 5 in 14.2 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja 4 runs off 3 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja has failed 11 times out of the 14 times he has batted in IPL 2016. Can he deliver a surprise with the bat today?
GL 81 for 4 in 12 overs.
Finch 14 not out in 14 balls.
Aaron Finch has been the highest impact batsman for GL this season. Only Virat Kohli, David Warner, AB de Villiers and Steven Smith have scored a higher proportion of runs than Finch in the tournament.
Can he produce a big one for GL, today?
GL 64 for 3 in 9.3 overs.
Moises Henriques 1.3-0-7-0.
Without taking big-match performances into account, Moises Henriques has been the fourth-highest impact all-rounder in the IPL since making his debut (in 2009) after Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds and Jacques Kallis.
GL 28 for 2 in 4.5 overs.
Dinesh Karthik 4 runs off 4 balls.
Dinesh Karthik has failed in six out of his eight outings against SRH. A failure rate of 75%. His Batting Impact against them drops by 56%.
GL 17 for 1 in 2.3 overs.
Brendon McCullum 9 runs off 7 balls.
The only time Brendon McCullum produced a high impact performance in a T20 knockout match was back in 2006 where he scored 62 runs off 22 balls against Auckland in the final of the New Zealand Twenty20 competition.
Highest Strike Rate Impact batsmen in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns)- Krunal Pandya, Chris Morris and AB de Villiers.
Highest Economy Impact bowlers in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns)- Sunil Narine, Rajat Bhatia and Mustafizur Rahman.
KKR 118 for 5 in 16.3 overs.
45 runs needed off 21 balls.
R Sathish 1 run off 1 ball.
R Sathish was amongst the five highest Strike Rate Impact batsmen in this year's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He has the ability to tonk a few. None of his high impact performances came while chasing though.
KKR 88 for 4 in 12.4 overs.
Manish Pandey 21 runs off 14 balls.
In the five knockout matches that he has played in the IPL, Manish Pandey has produced two very high impact performances. In fact, Pandey's impact increases by 60% in knockout matches in the IPL.
KKR 69 for 4 in 10.5 overs.
Yusuf Pathan dismissed for 2.
Yusuf Pathan is the highest impact batsman for KKR this season. And also the one with the highest Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match standard).
That is a massive wicket for SRH.
KKR 69 for 3 in 10.4 overs.
Yusuf Pathan 2 runs off 5 balls.
Yusuf Pathan is one of the only four players to have produced two tournament-defining performances in the IPL. Others are Kieron Pollard, Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. Yusuf is the only one to do it with two separate teams (RR & KKR) though.
KKR: 63 for 2 after 9 overs
Gautam Gambhir: 28 not out, off 27 balls
In all IPL matches played at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Gautam Gambhir emerges as the highest impact batsman (min. 7 innings). He is also KKR's best chaser. Can he navigate these tricky waters and lead his team to victory?
KKR 34 for 1 in 4 overs.
Munro 8 not out in 7 balls.
Good choice to send in Colin Munro (high Strike Rate Impact) ahead of Manish Pandey.
Pandey is amongst the lowest Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match norm) batsmen amongst all taking part in IPL 2016. Gambhir also has a high negative Strike Rate Impact in his T20 career. This means he also scores his runs at a rate lower than the match norm.
KKR 15 for 1 in 1.5 overs.
Uthappa dismissed for 11 by Sran.
Robin Uthappa is the second-highest impact batsman (after Virat Kohli) in T20 cricket in the last couple of years. That is a huge blow for KKR.
SRH: 162 for 8 in 20 overs.
KKR were amongst the highest Chasing Impact teams coming into IPL 2016. Not surprisingly, they won six out of their seven matches batting second in the tournament.
Gautam Gambhir is their best chaser.
Can he produce a high impact performance today and lead his team to victory?
SRH 162 for 8 in 20 overs.
Bipul Sharma 14 runs off 6 balls.
Bipul Sharma's Strike Rate Impact in T20s is third only to Ben Cutting and David Warner in the SRH playing XI. Has played a very handy cameo today.
SRH 95 for 3 in 13.2 overs.
Yuvraj Singh 19 runs off 14 balls.
Yuvraj Singh has suffered comprehensive failures in only three out of his 14 appearances against KKR in the IPL. A failure rate of only 21% compared to his overall failure rate of 44% in the IPL.
He has never produced a high impact performance against KKR though which indicates that he has thrown away good starts in the past. What will he do today?
SRH 82 for 3 in 12 overs.
Yuvraj Singh 7 runs off 8 balls.
Yuvraj Singh has played in only one knockout match in his IPL career thus far. The last and only IPL knockout match he played was for KXIP in 2008 where he scored only four runs off eight balls against Chennai Super Kings.
SRH 71 for 3 in 10 overs.
Kuldeep Yadav 2-0-14-2.
The last time Kuldeep Yadav played in a T20 knockout match, he produced a tournament-defining performance. He picked up 2-12 in 4 overs against Baroda in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final in 2016.
SRH 55 for 1 in 8.2 overs.
Sunil Narine 1-0-12-0.
Sunil Narine's impact in knockout matches increases by 19% in T20s. He has already produced three tournament-defining performances (high impact performance in a knockout match leading to the team winning the tournament) in his T20 career but none in the IPL so far.
SRH 21 for 1 in 4 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan dismissed for 10 runs off 10 balls.
Shikhar Dhawan in knockout matches in IPL: 5, 12, 0, 33 and 10. Four failures in five such opportunities.
SRH: 12 for 1 after 2 overs
Morne Morkel dismisses Shikhar Dhawan for 10
Morne Morkel has an 80% success rate in five previous innings against SRH.
Shikhar Dhawan has now failed in three of his last four innings against KKR.
KKR win the toss and elect to field.
David Warner is the second-highest impact batsman (min. 7 innings) in IPL 2016 after Virat Kohli. He has produced 7 high impact performances with the bat in 14 innings in the tournament.
Can he again produce a big one today?
GL 158 all out in 20 overs.
RCB 159 for 6 in 18.2 overs.
AB de Villiers 79 not out in 47 balls.
AB de Villiers produced the highest impact performance in a knockout match in his T20 career (and the third-highest impact overall) to take RCB to the final of IPL 2016.
RCB 71 for 6 in 10.3 overs.
AB de Villiers 30 runs off 22 balls.
AB de Villiers' impact as a batsman drops by 17% in chases in knockout matches. His failure rate increases to 67% compared to his career failure rate of 45%.
In the six times he has played in knockout chases in T20s, he has failed four times. Can he produce his greatest T20 performance under such odds?
RCB 65 for 5 in 9 overs.
Kulkarni 4-14 in 4 overs.
Dhawal Kulkarni produced the highest impact bowling performance of his T20 career today. He picked up four top/middle order wickets and was also very restrictive.
RCB 25 for 2 in 3.2 overs.
Lokesh Rahul joins AB at the crease.
Lokesh Rahul has been the most consistent batsman in IPL 2016 thus far.
A rare failure for him today.
RCB 12 for 1 in 1.2 overs.
Kohli dismissed by Kulkarni for a duck.
Virat Kohli is the highest impact batsman in IPL 2016. He had produced 9 high impact performances with the bat in 14 innings prior to this match.
That is a huge wicket for GL.
RCB: 11 for no loss after 1 over, chasing 159
Chris Gayle: 5 off 5 balls
Chris Gayle is the second-highest impact batsman (after MS Dhoni) in all IPL games played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore (min. 5 innings).
GL 108 for 5 in 16 overs.
Jadeja dismissed for 3 in 7 balls.
Ravindra Jadeja's Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match standard) has gone down by 300% in the last couple of years in T20 cricket.
GL 72 for 3 in 12 overs.
Dwayne Smith 45 not out in 29 balls.
Dwayne Smith has 5 tournament-defining performances (TDs) with the bat in his T20 career. And four of those have been as an opener. He is a big-match player. Can he produce a match-changing innings here for GL?
GL 25 for 3 in 6.1 overs.
GL were 9 for 3 in 3.4 overs.
Only once in IPL history has a team, batting first, gone on to win after losing three or more wickets within 10 runs on the board. Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to do that against Rajasthan Royals in 2013.
GL 9 for 2 in 3.3 overs.
Suresh Raina 1 run off 8 balls.
Suresh Raina has been the highest Pressure Impact batsman for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2016. Can he salvage them from this position?
GL 2 for 0 in 1 over.
Sreenath Aravind 1-0-2-0.
Sreenath Aravind has been the highest impact bowler in IPL games played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. He has failed only once in seven games there. More importantly, he has also been the most consistent bowler in IPL 2016 having not failed in any of the seven games as a bowler.
Highest impact batsmen in IPL 2016 (min: 7 inns)- David Warner, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.
Highest impact bowlers in IPL 2016 (min: 7 inns)- Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Andre Russell.
Highest impact batsmen in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns.): Virat Kohli, David Warner and Steve Smith.
Highest impact bowlers in IPL 2016 (min. 7 inns.): Yuzvendra Chahal, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell.
RCB 91 for 3 in 12.4 overs.
Shane Watson 3 runs off 9 balls.
Shane Watson's Batting Impact has dropped by 70% in IPL 2016 compared to his overall Batting Impact in rest of the IPL seasons. He is amongst the ten lowest impact batsmen in IPL 2016. Good chance to get into some form here.
RCB 32 for 2 in 4.1 overs.
Lokesh Rahul 9 runs off 4 balls.
Lokesh Rahul has failed in only one out of his nine innings in the IPL and has been the most consistent batsman of the tournament. Consistency here doesn't imply a string of big scores, it means that the batsman has got regular starts and has regularly provided the bare minimum performance in a match for his innings to not be deemed as a failure.
RCB 5 for 1 in 1.3 overs.
Chris Gayle dismissed for 1 run off 4 balls.
Chris Gayle had failed only once in his previous five IPL outings at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi. This is only his second failure. Big strike for DD.
DD 93 for 4 in 14 overs.
Pawan Negi 5 runs off 10 balls.
Amongst the five most expensive players in the IPL 2016 auction, Pawan Negi has the worst cost to impact ratio.
DD 76 for 3 in 10.1 overs.
Sam Billings 3 runs off 2 balls.
Sam Billings has produced six very high impact performances with the bat in T20s since making his debut in 2011. He has produced five of them since July 2015.
DD 62 for 2 in 8 overs.
Sanju Samson 10 runs off 6 balls.
Sanju Samson has failed in five out of the six innings he has batted against RCB. The only instance where he did not, he produced a high impact performance scoring 63 runs off 41 balls in IPL 2013. Which Samson will turn up today?
DD 42 for 2 in 5.3 overs.
Yuzvendra Chahal 0.3-0-1-1.
Yuzvendra Chahal has been the highest impact bowler in IPL 2016 having picked up the highest proportion of top/middle order wickets. Can he pick up the key wicket of Quinton de Kock here?
SRH 136 for 6 in 17.5 overs.
Moises Henriques 11 runs off 9 balls.
SRH need 36 runs off 13 balls.
Moises Henriques is the only SRH batsman amongst the remaining to have contributed successfully to a chase in IPL 2016. Uphill task for SRH from here on.
SRH 109 for 3 in 14 overs.
Kane Williamson 3 runs off 5 balls.
None of Kane Williamson's five highest impact knocks in T20s have come from a batting position below 3. SRH should have sent Williamson instead of Ojha at number 3 today.
SRH 70 for 1 in 9 overs.
Jason Holder 2-0-14-0.
Jason Holder has failed in the last nine of his 10 T20 bowling innings. A failure rate of 90%. His overall career bowling failure rate of 65% doesn't inspire much confidence as well.
SRH 59 for 1 in 8 overs.
Colin Munro 1-0-8-0.
Colin Munro has failed in 23 out of the 27 times he has bowled in T20s.
SRH 34 for 1 in 4.3 overs.
Sunil Narine 1-0-7-1.
Sunil Narine has been the third-highest impact bowler in IPL 2016 after Yuzvendra Chahal and Andre Russell. He also has the highest Economy Impact amongst all bowlers in the tournament.
SRH 11 for 0 in 2 overs.
Ankit Rajpoot 1-0-7-0.
Ankit Rajpoot was the highest impact bowler in the last edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Can he prise out a wicket here?
KKR 142 for 3 in 15.1 overs.
Yusuf Pathan 40 runs off 23 balls.
This has been Yusuf Pathan's highest impact and his most consistent season with the bat since IPL 2011. It is also the third-best season of his IPL career after the inaugural edition in 2007 and 2011.
KKR 128 for 3 in 13.5 overs.
Mustafizur Rahman 2-0-20-0.
Compared to his first seven games in the IPL, Mustafizur Rahman's Bowling Impact has dropped by 35% in his next six games. His Economy Impact has also dropped by 62%. Is fatigue playing a part?
KKR 77 for 3 in 9 overs.
Manish Pandey 18 runs off 10 balls.
Manish Pandey's Strike Rate Impact has increased by 35% in IPL 2016 compared to IPL 2015.
KKR 28 for 0 in 3 overs.
Uthappa 25 not out in 15 balls.
Robin Uthappa is not only the highest impact but also the most consistent batsman at the Eden Gardens in IPL history (min. 10 innings). He has produced six high impact performances (in 19 innings) with the bat at the venue.
Can he produce another today?
GL 157 for 4 in 16 overs.
Dwayne Smith 34 not out in 20 balls.
GL need another 16 runs in 24 balls.
Dwayne Smith is the third-highest impact batsman (after Shaun Marsh and Jacques Kallis; min 10 innings) against Mumbai Indians in IPL history.
He has again produced a high impact performance with the bat against them.
GL 122 for 4 in 12.2 overs.
Bumrah gets rid of Raina for 58.
Jasprit Bumrah has a 62% failure rate with the ball in IPL 2016. He has failed in 8 out of the 13 matches he has played in the tournament.
But interestingly, he has also produced 4 high impact performances with the ball in IPL 2016.
GL 100 for 2 in 10 overs.
Harbhajan Singh 1-14 in 2 overs.
Harbhajan Singh's ability to make inroads in the opposition top/middle order has been amongst the lowest for any specialist bowler in the tournament. It is not a surprise then that he has not produced any high impact performance with the ball in 13 innings in IPL 2016.
But can the prized scalp of McCullum spur him to produce an inspired spell for MI today?
GL 90 for 1 in 8 overs.
Raina 42 not out in 24 balls.
Suresh Raina has 4 high impact performances with the bat against Mumbai Indians (in 23 innings) in the IPL. He looks set for another one today.
GL 51 for 1 in 5 overs.
McCullum 28 not out in 15 balls.
Brendon McCullum is the highest Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match norm) batsman in the GL squad in the last couple of years. He is giving a glimpse of his hitting prowess today.
GL 7 for 1 in 1.5 overs.
Suresh Raina is the highest Pressure Impact batsman in this GL lineup. He came in to bat under pressure in the last game against KKR as well and steered his team through in a tricky chase. Can he do the same today as well?
MI 172 for 8 in 20 overs.
There is no Gujarat Lions bowler amongst the ten highest impact bowlers in IPL 2016. The only team in the competition to not have a representation in the top ten.
MI 120 for 4 in 13.5 overs.
Nitish Rana 43 runs off 24 balls.
No batsman has scored a higher proportion of runs at a Strike Rate Impact higher than Nitish Rana in the last two seasons of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
MI 67 for 3 in 9 overs.
Jos Buttler 17 runs off 17 balls.
Since January 2014, Jos Buttler has produced a high impact performance once every 7 T20 innings. It has been 14 innings since he has produced one. Will he click for MI today?
MI 41 for 2 in 4.3 overs.
Dhawal Kulkarni 2-0-23-1.
Dhawal Kulkarni's failure rates:
Before 2016: 59% in 70 T20s.
Since 2016: 26% in 19 T20s.
MI 8 for 0 in 1 over.
Rohit Sharma 8 runs off 6 balls.
No batsman has produced more high impact performances than Rohit Sharma in IPL history. He has produced 34 very high impact performances with the bat; next best is Chris Gayle with 28 such performances.
RPS 80 for 4 in 11.5 overs.
RPS require 93 runs off 49 balls.
MS Dhoni's Strike Rate Impact in IPL 2016 has dropped by 141% compared to his Strike Rate Impact in T20Is for India in 2016. Can he rediscover his hitting prowess?
RPS 59 for 2 in 9 overs.
Usman Khawaja 23 runs off 21 balls.
Usman Khawaja hasn't suffered even a single comprehensive failure in his last seven T20 batting innings but hasn't produced a very high impact performance either. He has been unable to convert his starts. Can he change that today?
RPS 36 for 1 in 5.4 overs.
Sandeep Sharma 3-0-14-1.
Sandeep Sharma has been the most consistent Indian pacer in the history of the IPL with a failure rate of only 26% and the second-most consistent pacer overall after Lasith Malinga.
KXIP 160 for 6 in 19 overs.
Ashwin 4-34 in 4 overs.
R Ashwin's ability to pick top/middle order wickets has been amongst the lowest for a specialist bowler in IPL 2016. He has made some amends for that today.
KXIP 140 for 3 in 17 overs.
Gurkeerat Singh 41 not out in 27 balls.
Gurkeerat Singh had failed with the bat in eight of his 10 previous innings in T20 cricket.
KXIP 81 for 2 in 11 overs.
Zampa 1-9 in 2 overs.
Adam Zampa is amongst the five most restrictive bowlers in the world in T20 cricket in the last couple of years. Another miserly opening spell from him today.
KXIP 56 for 0 in 7 overs.
Vijay 26 not out in 18 balls.
Murali Vijay is the highest impact batsman for KXIP in IPL 2016. He has produced 3 high impact performances with the bat in 13 innings in the tournament.
KXIP 10 for 0 in 2 overs.
Amla 9 not out in 8 balls.
Hashim Amla has failed with the bat in four out of his five innings in IPL 2016. Can he produce a substantial performance today?
Highest impact batsmen in IPL 2016 so far (min. 7 inn.): Virat Kohli, David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Highest impact bowlers in IPL 2016 so far (min. 7 inn.): Yuzvendra Chahal, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine.
DD require 52 runs from the last 5 overs
Carlos Brathwaite has the highest Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match norm) among all batsmen participating in IPL 2016 (min. 20 innings). Delhi Daredevils ought to send him ahead of Sanju Samson should a wicket fall now.
DD: 103 for 2 in 14 overs
JP Duminy: 11 not out, off 7 balls
All five of JP Duminy's highest impact performances in IPL have come from the top five batting positions. DD have repeatedly batted him at number 6 this year, but have finally promoted him tonight. Can he resurrect this chase?
DD 10 for 1 in 2.3 overs.
Barinder Sran dimisses Quinton de Kock ofr 2 runs off 9 balls.
Amongst the ten most consistent bowlers in IPL 2016, four are from Sunrisers Hyderabad- Moises Henriques, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman and Barinder Sran.
DD: 8 for no loss after 1 over, chasing 159
Quinton de Kock: 2 off 6 balls
Quinton de Kock has produced three high impact performances in four previous innings against SRH. As DD's highest impact batsman thus far in this IPL, his team will hope he delivers today too.
SRH 158 for 7 in 20 overs.
Nathan Coulter-Nile 4-0-36-1.
Nathan Coulter-Nile's Bowling Impact has dropped by 50% in IPL 2016 as compared to the 2015 IPL season.
SRH: 120 for 5 in 16 overs
David Warner is dismissed
Eoin Morgan: 4 not out, off 4 balls
Eoin Morgan's Failure Rate in all T20 cricket (domestic and international): 59%
Eoin Morgan's Failure Rate in his last ten T20 innings (domestic and international): 70%
The last thing SRH need now is a walking wicket.
SRH 97 for 3 in 12.4 overs.
David Warner 63 runs off 47 balls.
Only Matthew Hayden, Shaun Marsh, Chris Gayle and Michael Hussey have scored a higher proportion of runs (in a match context) than David Warner in IPL history.
SRH 63 for 2 in 9 overs.
Yuvraj Singh 10 not out in 10 balls.
Yuvraj Singh has an impressive record against the Delhi Daredevils. He has four very high impact performances in 12 innings against them.
SRH 42 for 0 in 5 overs
David Warner 33 off 24 balls
Shikhar Dhawan 9 off 6 balls
David Warner has never failed in four previous outings against Delhi Daredevils. Shikhar Dhawan, meanwhile, has weathered a 57% drop in his Batting Impact against DD in the four innings since May 2014 (IPL 7) - including two failures.
SRH 1 for 0 in 1.3 overs.
Zaheer Khan 1-0-1-0.
Zaheer Khan has the second-highest Economy Impact for an Indian pacer in IPL history after Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Highest impact batsmen in IPL 2016 so far (min. 7 inn.): Virat Kohli, David Warner and Aaron Finch.
Highest impact bowlers in IPL 2016 so far (min. 7 inn.): Yuzvendra Chahal, Mustafizur Rahman and Andre Russell.
GL: 95 for 3 in 9.4 overs
Aaron Finch: 26 not out, off 23 balls
Aaron Finch is the third-highest impact batsman thus far in IPL 2016, behind Virat Kohli and David Warner.
GL 61 for 3 in 6.1 overs.
Shakib Al Hasan produces a moderately high impact performance with the ball once every seven innings on an average in the IPL. It has been 10 innings since his last such performance. Will Gambhir give him the ball with a well set left-handed batsman (Suresh Raina) at the crease?
GL: 0 for 1 in 0.1 overs.
Ankit Rajpoot dismisses Dwayne Smith.
Ankit Rajpoot was the highest impact bowler in this year's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
KKR 103 for 6 in 17 overs.
Yusuf Pathan 31 not out in 33 balls.
Yusuf Pathan is the highest impact batsman for KKR in IPL 2016. He also has the highest Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match standard) amongst all KKR batsmen in the tournament. Can he provide some boost to the KKR score here?
KKR: 55 for 4 in 9.2 overs
Dwayne Smith: 2.2-0-6-3
The last time Dwayne Smith had a high impact performance with the ball in a T20 was back in 2013 for Sussex against Surrey. It is also the first time since, that he has taken two or more wickets in a T20 match.
KKR 44 for 3 in 6.2 overs.
Piyush Chawla 7 runs off 8 balls.
In the last 10 times he has got a chance to bat in T20s, Piyush Chawla has failed eight times. Suryakumar Yadav would have been a better choice as a pinch hitter. His Strike Rate Impact (scoring rate relative to match standard) is higher than Piyush Chawla's.
KKR 23 for 0 in 3 overs.
Gautam Gambhir 8 runs off 8 balls.
In terms of consistency, this has been Gautam Gambhir's second-most consistent year in the IPL with a failure rate of 25%. He was most consistent in the inaugural season of the IPL where he had a failure rate of only 21%.
Virat Kohli has now produced 15 very high impact performances in his last twenty T20 innings. In that time period, no other batsman in the world has registered more than 5 such performances.
KXIP 77 for 4 in 7.2 overs.
Varun Aaron 1-0-17-0.
Varun Aaron is the second-lowest impact specialist bowler in this season's IPL after James Faulkner. He has failed in six out of the seven matches he has played in.
KXIP: 53 for 3 in 4.4 overs
Hashim Amla dismissed for 9
Hashim Amla has now failed in four of his last five innings.
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Matthew Hayden was part of an all-time great Test team - one that featured Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey. Three of them had a higher batting average than him, and two had more centuries. Yet, Hayden finished higher impact than his batting teammates - including Waugh and Ponting. Find out more here.
Yes, anything that ensures every game counts. Cricket’s calendar is so full of flab.
So, all told, 22 or 23 Tests.
Eventually, don’t both teams have to bat/bowl on the same surface twice? It’s not like the advantage lies with just one team.
Muralitharan’s numbers get a boost from playing a majority of his Tests at home. He picked up 493 wickets at 19.56 apiece. His average drops to 28 outside Sri Lanka.
Muralitharan is the highest impact bowler in home conditions in the history of Test cricket. One tends to romanticize an English fast bowler doing well in England but look down upon the performances of spinners in conditions suited to slow bowling?
Yes, Walsh’s rise in the second-half of his career is quite stunning but Ambrose still has a higher impact than Walsh and is the highest impact West Indian bowler in that period.
How significant was Imran Khan as captain? He is seen as one of the most inspiring captains ever; is that the view Pakistanis still have of him?
"Given that Test cricket shows no signs of being the focus in West Indies, does this really signify a sort of 'rebirth' as some people are calling it?"