Responding to Cricinfo’s recent list on “Greatest Test Performances”, Impact Index produces proof on how they left out far more substantial performances. All the evidence is presented simply here – you decide.
This is not a subjective exercise. At least, should not be, by any means. There is no justification for the choices made by the ICC here; you do not need any special tools to figure this out.
Six of the ten awards were given for excellence on the field by male cricketers, and four of those six were palpably given to the wrong man. We may have spotted that through Impact Index but we prove it here through plain cricketspeak.
Who comes after the Don? How many contemporary batsmen feature in the top 10? Who is Asia’s highest impact batsman? Which are the top batting performances of all-time? A few surprises. Some big names missing.The highest impact batsmen in 138 years of Test cricket.
Why Rahul Dravid is on top and Viswanath is high impact, as is Sidhu. Why Pujara and Murali Vijay also figure. 84 years of Indian Test cricket. 21 batsmen discussed. 20 highest impact Test batting performances listed.
Why both Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh are judged harshly. Why Ishant Sharma’s impact is not borne out by plain averages. Why R Ashwin is set to be an all-time great. 83 years of Indian Test cricket. 29 bowlers discussed. 20 highest impact Test bowling performances listed.
Why India supposedly being the land of batsmen is a myth. Why R Ashwin and Amit Mishra have the potential to be genuine all-rounders. Why 45% of India’s highest impact all-round performances are not by genuine all-rounders. The highest impact players and all-rounders in 83 years of Indian Test cricket.
The ability to rise to the occasion and perform in the big-matches is the main reason behind David Warner being a higher impact batsman than Virat Kohli at the end of IPL 2016.
Impact Index looks at the Ashes XI, both pre-war and post-war. How ‘balanced’ do you think the squads will be?
Many ‘cricket writers’ feel that any new finding should ‘chime in’ with their gut feeling and “the received wisdom of the sport”. How deluded and misled are they about their infallibility?
Impact Index examines some of the responses that have come in the wake of MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket.
‘Playing It My Way’ amplifies a few controversies in a manner that appears selectively sensitive to fact, and Impact Index examines some of the flashpoint facts in an effort to see what unravels.
From longevity, to his greatest phases, to his weaknesses – the true legacy of the retiring Sachin Tendulkar, unravelled.
While ‘Sir’ Jadeja has taken everyone by storm, here’s why the man himself is probably having the last laugh.
Impact Index reviews an amazing Champions Trophy 2013 and highlights why the victorious skipper would savour this the most.
It may have been historic, but it was also the second-lowest impact century in Sachin Tendulkar’s entire career. And it cost India the match.
By not combining the various facets of batsmanship and bowling, and only awarding the highest tallies, the sport is actually unable to acknowledge those who performed the best in various aspects.
India’s recent success in ODI cricket, and its emergence as a strong batting outfit in all conditions, has a lot to do with the triumvirate of Kohli, Gambhir and Dhoni – two to hold the innings together, and the finisher who does what he is best known for.
Where Virender Sehwag’s famous 219 ranks on Impact charts and, more importantly, why.
Impact Index does a Test cricket analysis to determine who contributed the most, in which period, how they combined with each other and what it all really means at the end of it.
Did you know that Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar were the least likely batsmen in the Indian team to take them to victory in the final?
Impact Index reviews the 2012 IPL auction and sheds light on some of the unexpected deals.