About Us

 

Impact Index was accidentally created in March 2009 by Jaideep Varma for an exercise that culminated in a presentation at the ICC Centenary Conference at Oxford that same year. Since then, Impact Index has undergone a few transformations, developed an automated backend and been covered more in the media more than any other analytics system in cricket.It is today a part of FidelisWorld. There are currently four custodians.

JAIDEEP VARMA’S

lifelong love for cricket and a growing disquiet with the way cricketers were being evaluated, over the last two decades particularly, led to the ideas that eventually formed Impact Index in 2009. As the main idea evolved and began holding up to all kinds of scrutiny, he decided to commit himself full-time to it to take it to its fullest potential. Otherwise, he has been a writer/filmmaker whose novel Local was published in 2005. He has also made four feature films – including Hulla (2008) and Leaving Home – the Life & Music of Indian Ocean (2010) – the latter opened the Indian Panorama at the International Film Festival of India at Goa, in November 2010. It also won the National Film Award. In Feb-March 2011, he also did a 30-episode video diary (with Gokul Chakravarthy) on the Cricket World Cup for Cricinfo called Running Between the Cricket. He is the chief custodian of Impact Index currently and the editor of this website.

NIKHIL NARAIN

is an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College and the London School of Economics. He has worked at Citibank, on the Commonwealth Games team, Cricbuzz and Star Sports, which he left in order to fully utilise his educational skill-set of Mathematics and Statistics to help take the world’s only proper cricket analytics system to its next level. He hopes matching his training with his biggest passion will help in expressing himself to the fullest, something which his second-biggest passion (food) does not always.

SOHAM SARKHEL’S

initial belief of cracking it as a professional cricketer backfired miserably when he realised that his angular batting stance led to an increase of 463% when it came to his chances of getting bowled. The very same day he realised that quantifying such an anomaly was exceptional on his part and instead decided to dab his hands with numbers and cricket. After a Bachelors’ degree in Media & Communication from Symbiosis and particularly inspired by how the system viewed his two childhood heroes Sadagoppan Ramesh and Roger Twose, he has been working with Impact Index since 2012.

KARTHIK SWAMINATHAN

was a telecom consultant in the Middle East before graduating from the University College London. Management Consultancy beckoned but then a tryst with entrepreneurship, coupled with an interest in social media, opened up unexplored avenues. A burgeoning sports analyst, his views on top-tier tennis and cricket events, including Grand Slams and the World Cup, have been featured on live television and published on leading portals. Karthik is a contributing writer at Impact Index and also works towards enhancing its brand identity.

 

Impact Index currently functions from Mumbai, India.

 

For queries, please email: info@impactindexcricket.com

 

Illustrations by Vasim Maner
Special thanks to RS Prakash

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