THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL TEST CRICKET PERFORMANCES OF THE LAST 50 YEARS

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.

NO PLACE FOR CONTEXT AT THE ICC

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.

WHY FOUR OF ICC’S SIX AWARDS HAVE GONE TO THE WRONG MAN

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.

THE HIGHEST IMPACT BATSMEN IN TEST HISTORY

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.

INDIA’S HIGHEST IMPACT TEST BATSMEN OF ALL TIME

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.

INDIA’S HIGHEST IMPACT TEST BOWLERS OF ALL TIME

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.

INDIA’S HIGHEST IMPACT TEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME

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.

WHY DAVID WARNER ENDED UP HIGHER IMPACT THAN VIRAT KOHLI

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.

PRE AND POST-WAR ASHES XI

Impact Index looks at the Ashes XI, both pre-war and post-war. How ‘balanced’ do you think the squads will be?

IGNORANCE + INSECURITY = HATRED

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?

DHONI, KOHLI, FRYING PAN, FIRE?

Impact Index examines some of the responses that have come in the wake of MS Dhoni’s retirement from Test cricket.

REPLAYING IT HIS WAY

‘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.

HUMAN FIRST, GENIUS LATER

From longevity, to his greatest phases, to his weaknesses – the true legacy of the retiring Sachin Tendulkar, unravelled.

SIR RAVINDRA JADEJA – THE JOKE IS ON US

While ‘Sir’ Jadeja has taken everyone by storm, here’s why the man himself is probably having the last laugh.

DHONI’S DREAM TEAM GIFTS HIM PERFECT ENDING

Impact Index reviews an amazing Champions Trophy 2013 and highlights why the victorious skipper would savour this the most.

HISTORIC TENDULKAR CENTURY LOSES INDIA MATCH

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.

WHY THE ORANGE AND PURPLE CAPS ARE FLAWED

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.

KOHLI AND GAMBHIR- INDIA’S REAL CHASING GIANTS

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.

WHY SEHWAG’S 219 WASN’T HIS HIGHEST IMPACT INNINGS

Where Virender Sehwag’s famous 219 ranks on Impact charts and, more importantly, why.

THE MAGNIFICENT FIVE

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.

11 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT WORLD CUP 2011

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?

REVIEW OF THE IPL AUCTION 2012

Impact Index reviews the 2012 IPL auction and sheds light on some of the unexpected deals.