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After cracking 277 in the first Test match in a drawn cause, Smith followed up with another double-hundred in this game, this time in a winning cause. This innings registers a very high impact primarily because of South Africa needing only one innings to win the match and also marks his second-highest impact innings in his career in a match context.





Shahid Afridi's belligerent knock of 34 runs off 18 balls made him emerge as the second-highest impact batsman for Pakistan in their Asia cup tie against India and also marked his highest impact knock in his last 20 outings as a batsman. Being the dazzling player that he is, it undoubtedly had to come against India in a storybook finish for the Pakistanis. A kind of finish which was visualised in this Star Sports advertisement only for it to happen the other way around.



Ravindra Jadeja's ability to play under pressure (2nd-highest Pressure Impact batsman for India in ODIs) came to the fore as he rescued India from an improbable situation against New Zealand to keep the series alive. His performance in this match was also the third-highest impact all-round performance of his career.




Mitchell Johnson was easily the highest impact player of the series and was rightfully adjudicated the Man of the series for his tally of 37 wickets and 165 runs in 5 matches. Johnson had the highest Wickets Tally Impact, third-highest Economy Impact, highest Pressure-Building Impact (ability to take wickets in quick succession) and the second- highest Efficiency Impact (wickets/runs ratio) in the series (after Harris). Here is a compilation of all of his 37 wickets in the series.



Peter May is one of the highest impact batsmen in Test cricket history who never got his due credit. His high impact is mainly because of his ability to play crucial knocks in his team's second innings of a Test match (particularly the 3rd innings of the match) and also because of his ability to absorb pressure. Here is one such pressure innings where after coming in at 7/3, May cracked a century to give his team's total a sense of respectability.



Kallis' greatest qualities in Test cricket were his ability to absorb pressure and the propensity to build partnerships, neither of which is particularly photogenic. A video that celebrates Kallis' ability to leave the ball - the cornerstone of his success in this format.





Virat Kohli's masterful knock of 119 in the first innings was the 2nd-highest Batting Impact performance (after du Plessis' 134) in the first Test match between India and South Africa. Kohli came into bat when India were struggling at 24-2 and had a considerable Pressure Impact in his innings, he also got additional impact for staving off the new ball (New Ball Impact) at the start of the innings.His knock in the 1st innings almost had thrice the impact than his knock in the 2nd innings.



Sachin Tendulkar's twin centuries in the finals of the CB series in 2008 constitutes his highest impact ODI performances in his career. In the first final, he helped India chase down 240 before following it up with a 91 in the 2nd final to set a target of 259 for the Australians which India went on to win. The result and the tournament was monumental in the fact that this was India's first tri-series win in Australia and this was also only the third time Australia had lost a tri-series at home in the last 11 years.



India levelled a series in England after a long time in a match where Dravid, Ganguly and Tendulkar all got centuries. It was the foundation given by Bangar and Dravid in difficult conditions that led the way for the team making 628-8 and winning by an innings (which is what gives Tendulkar’s highest score of the match such a big impact). India drew the series 1-1, the first time in 16 years when they did not lose a series outside Asia. This innings also happens to be Tendulkar's highest impact Test performance in a series context.


We still think no.10 should have been no.1 - and Inzamam should have featured more than once surely, but still, nice compilation.




Stuart Broad emerged as the highest impact performer in the 4th Ashes Test match against Australia with his match figures of 11-121 (which included 7 top-order batsmen) and had an exceptionally high Pressure-Building Impact (taking quick wickets to build pressure) to seal the series for England. He took the wickets of Clarke, Smith, Haddin and Harris in the 2nd innings in a space of 25 runs to swing the momentum towards England after Australia's strong and positive reply at the start.



Shahid Afridi's superhuman display against West Indies in the first ODI was the highest impact performance (all-round) of all-time in ODI cricket history. Interestingly, it was also the highest impact batting and bowling performance (individually) of his career. He came in with Pakistan struggling at 47/5 after 20.1 overs and had a huge Pressure and Strike Rate Impact (76 off 55 balls) before returning with the ball (7-12 off 9 overs) to dismantle the West Indian middle-order.



After his unbeaten knock of 174 runs off 159 balls against India at Jamaica, Upul Tharanga went past Asanka Gurusinha as the eighth-highest impact batsman in Sri Lankan ODI history. He is also the fourth-highest impact Sri Lankan opener after Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya and Tillakaratne Dilshan.



Ravindra Jadeja produced the second-highest bowling impact performance of his career in this Champions Trophy encounter against West Indies by taking 5-36 off his 10 overs. West Indies were cruising at 103-1 off only 19 overs before Jadeja sparked a mini collapse and restricted them to a paltry total of 233 runs. In the end, India chased down the target with 8 wickets to spare.



Coming in at 15/3 against a spirited West Indian attack, Misbah-ul-Haq played the highest impact innings of the tournament by scoring an unbeaten 96 off 127 balls to lead Pakistan to a challenging total of 170. His innings had an exceptionally high Pressure Impact and the total in the end almost proved to be enough for Pakistan.



Coming in at 10-1, chasing 294 against England in a must win game for Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara played the best chasing knock by any batsman in this edition of Champions Trophy by slamming an unbeaten 134 off 135 balls to guide his team home. His innings was also the third-highest impact batting performance in this year's Champions Trophy.


Coming in to bat at 82-3, chasing 265 against India in this ICC Champions Trophy final encounter in 2000, Chris Cairns delivered a performance of the highest quality and produced one of his two series-defining performances (SD) in his career with the bat to see New Zealand through the chase and their first ever victory in a ICC multi-nation tournament (their only one so far).



Perhaps the best moment of this year's IPL, Adam Gilchrist with his first (and last) ball ever in a professional T20 match ended up with a wicket and finished his career where both his batting as well as his bowling records would be hard to surpass.The amount of impact it had? After that Gangnam, it just blasted through the scale.




Brad Hodge's innings of 54 runs off 29 balls in the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad was not only the highest impact innings of his IPL career but also the second-highest Chasing Impact innings of this year's IPL (Miller's knock against RCB is the highest).His innings also had an exceptionally high Pressure, Strike Rate and Partnership-building Impact.





Coming in at 51-3, chasing 191 against RCB, David Miller produced the second-highest impact knock of this year's IPL (second only to that of Gayle's 175) by blasting 101 off only 38 balls to take his team through. His innings also had an exceptionally high Chasing (highest in this year's tournament so far), Pressure and Strike Rate Impact.




Mitchell Johnson produced his second-highest impact performance of this year's IPL by taking 3-27 off his 3 overs against CSK to bundle them out for a paltry score of 79 runs. With that performance Johnson also pipped past Harbhajan Singh as Mumbai Indians' second-highest impact bowler of the tournament (after Ojha).




Ambati Rayudu produced the highest Pressure Impact performance of IPL 2012 (alongwith Kieron Pollard) against RCB in a match where Mumbai Indians were reduced to 51-5 in 9 overs chasing a target of 172 runs.With 81 runs off 54 balls, Rayudu not only absorbed pressure for his team but also made sure that he stayed till the end to see Mumbai Indians home in this terrific encounter.




Shikhar Dhawan’s debut Test innings (187 off 174 balls) was most remarkable for its strike rate – for which he earned a considerable Strike Rate Impact . Not for nothing was this the fastest century by a debutant in the history of Test cricket. This also happened to be the second highest Batting Impact performance of the series (behind Pujara's 204).



Cheteshwar Pujara’s innings of 204 in the 2nd Test match against Australia actually registered a higher impact than Dhoni’s blistering innings of 224 in the 1st Test match. Pujara edged ahead primarily because of how poorly Australia batted (thereby reducing the overall base of the match) and also due to the considerable amount of pressure he absorbed (Pressure Impact) after India were initially reduced to 17-1 in the first innings.



MS Dhoni walked in at 196-4 (no mathematical pressure yet but it could have easily have kicked in if India had lost a couple of wickets then) – still 184 behind Australia’s score, match wide open at that stage. He comprehensively did a Gilchrist (fittingly against Australia) and was the only batsman to eventually get a Strike Rate Impact in the match (a rarity in Test cricket).



In a display of breathtaking fast bowling at Johannesburg, Dale Steyn ripped apart the Pakistani batting line-up and gave them the ignominy of the third side to be dismissed below 50 in the last 18 months in South Africa (in Tests). This also happens to be Steyn's best bowling figures in a Test innings in South Africa.




Kevin Pietersen produced one of the most memorable and entertaining knocks in his Test career in the 2nd test match against India at Mumbai when he scythed through a spin-heavy attack on a turning track to wrest the initiative from the Indians almost single-handedly. Even on Impact charts, he emerged as the highest impact player of the match (ahead of Monty Panesar) mainly because it made sure that England weren't left chasing much in their second innings.



An old documentary on 45 years of Indian cricket (1932-1976). Despite the romantic slant (which gives a somewhat misleading picture of its real import), and the old-style narration (sometimes dreary), there is no doubt about the value of documenting these moments.



Marlon Samuels' batting in the final (78 off 56; Batting IMPACT 10.36) is the highest impact performance in T20 Internationals history in a Series/Tournament context (and easily the highest impact batting performance of this tournament). Not only did he have to stabilize the innings from 14-2 (with the massive figure of Gayle gone), he also registered a substantial Strike Rate IMPACT of 2.04 (making 1.4 runs off every ball when the match average was barely 1) and he did it at the most crucial juncture in the game.



West Indies may have beaten England but the credit of this becoming a match that lasted till the last over goes to Eoin Morgan.Morgan’s innings (71 off 36) had everything – Pressure IMPACT (0.26), Partnership-Building (0.63), the second-highest Runs Tally IMPACT (4.55) and by far the highest Strike Rate IMPACT (1.32).




Imran Nazir(who is Pakistan’s highest impact T20 batsman) played a whirlwind knock of 72 off 36 balls (highest Strike Rate IMPACT in the match) to dismiss Bangladesh from the T20 World Cup. He had a high Partnership-Building IMPACT alongwith Mohammad Hafeez and also had the highest Chasing IMPACT to emerge as the highest impact performer for Pakistan in the match.




Harbhajan Singh took 4-12 off his 4 overs (Match IMPACT 7.51), to emerge as the highest impact player of the match against England.Harbhajan came into the attack with England at 39-2 and reduced them to 60-8 which resulted in him having the highest Pressure-Building IMPACT in the match, he also had the highest Economy Rate IMPACT in the match.






Jacques Kallis with his spell of 4-15 in 4 overs knocked Zimbabwe out of the T20 World Cup 2012 and in the process also registered his highest ever Bowling IMPACT (14.44) in the T20 format.





Shane Watson did his reputation of being the best Australian T20 player no harm by turning in an all-round performance (51 off 30; 3-26 in 4 overs) of the highest quality against the Irish and setting up Australia’s first win of the 2012 T20 World Cup. He opened with both bat and ball for Australia and finished the match single-handedly both times.




One of the most under-rated bowlers in the T20 format of the game (maybe because he was found wanting in the Test arena), Ajantha Mendis is infact the highest impact bowler in the world when it comes to T20Is and turned in yet another superlative bowling display in this inaugural game of the T20 World Cup 2012 against the Zimbabweans with phenomenal figures of 6-8 off his 4 overs.




Virat Kohli was identified by Impact Index in January 2012 as the greatest chaser in ODI history. The observation was derided then till Hobart, and then later Bangladesh. Earlier this week, against New Zealand, he proved he could do the same in Test cricket too.





One of the great ODI innings in recent times helped South Africa gain an upper hand (1-0 lead) in the ongoing ODI series against England.Amla's evident superiority in this innings got South Africa to a match-winning total of 287 and his excepional Runs Tally IMPACT (proportion of runs scored in the innings) also helps one understand how he emerges as the highest impact batsman for South Africa in their entire ODI history.



Chasing 253 in this CB Series final encounter, England were struggling at 15-3 after the first 6 overs when Paul Collingwood stepped in and along with Ian Bell launched a recovery act of the highest quality. He showed all the qualities of a great ODI batsman and eventually chased down the intimidating target with 4 wickets and 3 balls to spare to give England their first CB Series victory in Australia.



In a stage as big as the 1975 World Cup final, Clive Lloyd walked in to bat with his team in dire straits at 50-3 only to produce the highest impact batting performance of his career (in a series context). Despite being under considerable pressure, this was also Lloyd's highest Strike Rate IMPACT performance in his entire ODI career.



Brett Lee's highest impact bowling performance in a match context came against the South Africans in this VB series group encounter in 2006. Chasing 246, the South Africans were treated by Lee's barrage of fast and accurate bowling and by the time he finished, he had accounted for five of the top 7 South African batsmen to virtually knock them out of the match.



Chasing a modest target of 173 runs against West Indies in this World Series group encounter, Australia were reeling at 38-6 before Michael Bevan alongwith the tail-enders produced a comeback of epic proportions to see them through; scoring 4 runs off the last ball to win the match. This innings also happens to be the 2nd-highest Batting IMPACT performance by an Australian in their entire ODI history (match context).



Andrew Symonds’ highest impact performance (all-round) in a series context came against the Sri Lankans in this VB Series final encounter. Coming in at 10-3, Symonds alongwith Ponting launched a counter-attack of the highest quality propelling Australia to a massive score of 368. Symonds also picked up two wickets while bowling to register this performance as the 2nd highest impact all-round performance for Australia in their ODI history after Gary Gilmour's effort in the 1975 World Cup semi-finals.



Coming in to bat at 82-3, chasing 265 against India in this ICC Champions Trophy final encounter in 2000, Chris Cairns delivered a performance of the highest quality and produced one of his two series-defining performances (SD) in his career with the bat to see New Zealand through the chase and their first ever victory in a ICC multi-nation tournament (their only one so far). 



Remarkably,5 out of Shane Bond's top 10 impact performances in ODIs are against the greatest team of his era- Australia.Here is his highest impact performance against them in the 2003 World Cup where he took 6-23 off his 10 overs to reduce Australia to 84-7 only to see his side lose by a margin of 96 runs.Undoubtedly,one of the most remarkable bowling performances in the annals of World Cup history. 



In reply to New Zealand’s fighting total of 200, Australia started on the worst note possible and were reduced to 6-2. Shane Bond, along with Kyle Mills, dominated the proceedings so much that Australia faced 73 dot balls in the first 15 overs. Watson, though, bid his time and by the time he finished, his knock of 105 off 129 balls had won Australia the match along with the ICC Champions Trophy for the second consecutive time.



Chasing 214 to win in this classic World Cup semi-final, South Africa were 48-0 after 12 overs when it took a moment of brilliance from Warne, a delivery reminiscent of the Gatting dismissal to get rid of Gibbs.In a span of 8 balls he had accounted for Gibbs, Kirsten and Cronje and in his last spell got rid of Jacques Kallis to boost the Australians even further.



At a stage as big as the 1979 World Cup final, Viv Richards stepped in and rose to the occasion magnificently. Coming in when West Indies were under a bit of pressure at 22-1, he attacked the English bowling disdainfully and helped West Indies to a total of 286. In reply, England could muster up only 194 runs which eventually meant a second consecutive world title for West Indies – till now, their last.




On a pitch where India made heavy weather of scoring 216 (perhaps weighed down with the series at 1-1), Ijaz Ahmed finished the match off (with Afridi) before a relatively weakened Indian attack knew what hit it.





In Pakistan’s happy hunting ground yet again, Sri Lanka chased a seemingly gettable 212 in the Coca-Cola Cup final, but Akram and Razzaq had Sri Lanka at 40-3 before Mahmood came on to bowl – he took the next 5 wickets and finished off the match swiftly, as Sri Lanka collapsed for 123 in 36 overs.




Chasing 259, Australia were jolted early by Praveen Kumar’s triple strike and were reduced to 32-3 in the first 9 overs. They never really recovered from that position and even though Michael Hussey and James Hopes led a spirited fight-back, Kumar had done enough to seal the series in India’s favour which till date remains their only ODI series win in Australia.



After Jayasuriya had initially played a breathtaking knock of 125 runs to boost the Sri Lankan total to 275 runs, Mendis drove in all the final nails in the coffin to wrest away the initiative Sehwag had generated for India. Mendis prised open the entire Indian middle-order alongwith the wicket of Sehwag and by the time he had finished India were tottering at 154-8 off 32 overs with their chances of winning the Asia Cup gone.



With Sri Lanka faltering at 66-4 in 12 overs, the much needed change of course in their innings was provided by their veteran opener.  Jayasuriya steadied the ship alongwith Dilshan and in his usual aggressive manner gave the Sri Lankan innings a much needed thrust to take them to a total of 275 runs.  In reply, India fell short by a margin of 100 runs which resulted in an Asia Cup win for the Lankans.




Chasing 300, India had earlier been tormented by a Jayasuriya classic and to their misery and dismay had to endure the brilliance of Chaminda Vaas’ bowling display in the second half. Vaas took out the Indian top four in his first spell of 4 overs to reduce them to 18-4 before coming back to finish off the match to give a thumping 245 runs victory to Sri Lanka.




In an exhibition of brutal hitting, Sanath Jayasuriya blasted open the Indian bowling attack in this final encounter of the Coca Cola Champions Trophy in 1999. Jayasuriya’s knock came at a time when Sri Lanka were struggling at 116-4 off 28 overs and propelled them to a score of 299 runs. Jayasuriya’s innings till date is not only the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in an ODI innings but is also the highest impact batting performance in the history of ODI cricket.





In this 1st final of the Silver Jubilee Independence Cup at Dhaka, Pakistan after electing to bat first managed to post a competitive total of 212 runs in a fog reduced 46 overs match. India in reply, rolled off to a blazing start with Tendulkar being the main initiator. By the time he was dismissed India needed only a further 54 runs to win off 21 overs. Undoubtedly, one of Tendulkar’s most unheralded ODI innings.




After being reduced to 18-3 in the first six overs, the Indian innings got its much needed boost through Azharuddin’s blistering counter attack against a dominant South African bowling attack in this Hero Cup semi-final encounter. Even though India posted only 195 runs on board (with Azharuddin scoring 46% of it) it proved to be enough for them to seal the deal against the South Africans.



Chasing 226, West Indies were at 101-4 on a sluggish track before Anil Kumble put them out of their misery with a six-wicket haul. Kumble accounted for the last 6 West Indian wickets within a space of 26 balls and in the process conceded only 4 runs. His overall figures of 6-12 till date remains the best individual performance by an Indian bowler.



Though chasing in crunch situations has never been Sachin Tendulkar’s forte, this particular innings will undoubtedly go down as one of his best while chasing (other than the Sharjah one) for India’s cause. With India struggling at 87-3 chasing 240 against a disciplined Aussie bowling attack, Tendulkar not only held and scored from one end but also guided a young Rohit Sharma on the other. His contribution led to India winning the 1st CB series final and eventually the series.



In this Natwest series final encounter, New Zealand after batting first, posted a competitive score of 266 for the West Indians to chase. West Indies, in reply crashed from 105-3 to 159 all out. Out of those seven wickets, five were taken by Vettori which led to New Zealand winning their first ever Natwest trophy. This is also the highest impact bowling performance by a New Zealander in a series context in their ODI history.



With the series tied at 2-2, New Zealand had a strong start to their chase of 219 when suddenly a mini-collapse reduced them from 55-0 to 80-3. It was up to Nathan Astle to save the day for the New Zealanders. Did he manage to do it? Not for nothing is Nathan Astle New Zealand's biggest series-defining player in their ODI history.



The bowling equivalent of Miandad’s famous last-ball six off Chetan Sharma was Aaquib Javed’s hat-trick in the same venue 5 years later in the Wills Trophy Final. Chasing 263, India were 47-1 when Shastri, Azharuddin and Tendulkar were dismissed off successive balls – all lbw, by Javed who went on to take 7-37 as India were dismissed for 190 in 46 overs. This effort is also the highest impact bowling performance in Pakistan's ODI history.




Chasing 285 against Pakistan in this Champions Trophy final encounter, Brian Lara made sure that he gave an attacking start as an opener. His flaying of the Pakistani attack, (which was a bit weakened by the absence of Aaqib Javed and Wasim Akram) saw him smacking 21 boundaries and by the time he was dismissed, West Indies were only 11 runs short of the target.




In this third final of the Benson and Hedges World Series Cup, Australia were tottering at 23-2 due to Garner's (highest impact bowler in West Indies’ history) fiery brand of pace bowling. When he returned for his next spell, Australia collapsed from 185-5 to 212-8. In reply, West Indies easily chased down the target with six wickets to spare.




Michael Holding (2nd highest impact bowler in West Indies’ history) made sure the Benson & Hedges trophy stayed with the West Indians in the 1984-85 series. In a devastating spell of fast bowling he tore open the Australian middle order. When Holding came in to bowl, Australia were 51-1, when he left they were reeling at 89-7.



The second final against Australia in the VB Series of 2003. England chasing 230, crumble to 20-3 due to Lee’s fiery opening spell but a middle-order recovery leaves them needing only 14 runs of the last 3 overs. Match over? Check it out. Not for nothing is Brett Lee Australia’s highest impact player in ODI history.




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Continued from yesterday’s video. Chasing 94 to win (thanks to Gilmour’s 6-14), Australia were 39-6 when out came Gilmour. His 28 off 28 finished off the match and put the cap on one of the great all-round feats. More here.




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The second-highest impact performance in the history of ODI cricket came in the 1975 World Cup semi-final encounter between England and Australia. Under overcast conditions, Gilmour produced 6-14 off a single spell of 12 overs – a landmark performance. And he had only done half the work.




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