Ian Bishop played just 43 Tests for West Indies, and yet finished higher impact than his two illustrious colleagues - Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh. Find out more here.
Was anyone really higher impact than Don Bradman and Garry Sobers? The answer is yes. Find out more here.
One of the most important batsmen in India's Test cricket history. Why is he not remembered? Perhaps it is because he played 37 Tests, scored a solitary century and averaged a paltry 31. Find out more here.
He played 67 matches and claimed 73 wickets, and is India's second-highest impact bowler in One Day International cricket. Why? How come? Think 'big performances'. Find out more here.
He is remembered for his captaincy, and for playing the sport with one eye. He played 46 Tests and averaged 35. Yet, he was the best in the world - at something never accomplished in Test cricket history. Numbers couldn't lie more. Find out more here.
Quiz people about noteworthy Indian batting performances in the 1983 World Cup and the most likely responses will be Kapil Dev's 175 not out (that it came in an inconsequential match is lost on people), or Mohinder Amarnath's performances in the semifinal and final, or even K Srikkanth's innings in the final. India’s highest impact batsman in that tournament, however, was someone else. Find out more here.
Shakib Al Hasan represents a relatively weak international team. In ODI cricket, he averages 35 with the bat and 28 with the ball. Yet, there is no better all-rounder in ODI cricket today. Flabbergasted? Find out more here.
The central parameter to judge the greatest Indian Test batsman is never spoken about. Rather than runs and centuries scored, or various averages, it is the ability to help the team win series. So... Which Indian Test batsman has won his team the most series? Find out more here.
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.
As a youngster, Inzamam realised the value of 'playing for the team'; he saw Imran Khan back those who did, even if they scored a middling twenty, as opposed to those who didn't even when they scored big. Not surprisingly, Inzy went on to become the biggest series-winning batsman - not just for Pakistan, but in Test cricket history. Find out more here.
Part of the famous, original pace quartet, Colin Croft was widely considered a support act when he was in fact the lead bowler during his career. Yes, lead bowler, with august company in the form of Holding, Garner and Roberts. Croft played the least number of Tests and yet, amongst them, had the highest impact. Bewildered? Find out more here.
Ask anyone what they remember from the 2011 World Cup and the most likely responses will be Dhoni's winning six, Yuvraj's heroics, Sehwag's pyrotechnics, Gambhir's innings in the final, or even Tendulkar's centuries. No one, however, remembers the crucial contributions by someone who was just getting established in the Indian team then. Find out more here.
While MS Dhoni's place as a limited-overs great is undisputed, he is considered mediocre in Tests. The fact that he has accomplished something significant, something never seen in the 140 years of Test cricket, is lost on everyone. What has he done? Find out more here.
2011 World Cup final, featuring a much vaunted batting lineup. However, given the pressure chase against a good opposition, guess which two batsmen were the least likely to take India home? A staggering find. Find out more here.
That Don Bradman is the highest impact Test batsman ever doesn't surprise. But the one after him, will. In fact, his batting average isn't even half of Bradman's. He played in the lowest-scoring decade in the last 100 years and was the main reason why his team was the best in the world. Intrigued? Find out more here.
Vivian Richards is the highest impact ODI batsman of all time. But who is second? Bevan? Ponting? Dhoni? Tendulkar? What if we told you it is someone who averaged less than 45 and had a strike rate less than 75. Find out more here.
Famous for their mic skills, under-appreciated for their on-field display; Richie Benaud and Tony Greig played distinct roles in shaping their respective country’s history. What did they do? Find out more here.
Can India, a land of batsmen, have a bowler as its highest impact Test player of all time? Why is a bowler more important than a batsman in winning Tests? Find out more here.
His conventional numbers are jaw-dropping and yet there is something about AB de Villiers’ dominance that is hard to quantify through prevalent cricket statistics. What is it? Find out more here.
Brian Lara’s two highest impact Test innings don’t add upto his record-breaking effort of 400. They don’t even add upto 375. The answer lies in the context. Find out more here.