NUMBERS DO LIE

What makes Rahul Dravid India’s most significant Test batsman?
Why was Sandeep Patil India’s most important batsman in the 1983 World Cup?
Why is Inzamam-ul-Haq the greatest series-winning batsman in Test history?
Why was Richie Richardson almost as high impact as Viv Richards in Test cricket?
Why is Peter May the second highest impact batsman in Test history after Bradman?

Besides these five, 56 more such tantalising questions are answered in the recently-released book “Numbers Do Lie” by Impact Index and Aakash Chopra (published by HarperCollins). Simply by taking all of cricket history through the statistical sieve of Impact Index, but explaining each story in a very accessible way in everyday cricketspeak (more such stories on our website here).

The book is available online and in bookstores in the subcontinent.

 

(from L to R) Nikhil Narain, Jaideep Varma, Kapil Dev, Aakash Chopra and Amrit Mathur
[from left to right] Nikhil Narain, Jaideep Varma, Kapil Dev, Aakash Chopra and Amrit Mathur at the launch of ‘Numbers Do Lie’ in Delhi (India International Centre, 14th February 2017).

 

(from L to R) Sanjay Manjrekar, Jaideep Varma, Aakash Chopra and VVS Laxman
[from left to right] Sanjay Manjrekar, Jaideep Varma, Aakash Chopra and VVS Laxman participate in a panel discussion at SporTale in Pune (Courtyard by Marriott, 22nd February 2017)

 

[from left to right] Aakash Chopra, R Ashwin, Matthew Hayden, Jaideep Varma, Soham Sarkhel and Nikhil Narain at the launch of ‘Numbers Do Lie’ in Bangalore (The Ritz-Carlton, 2nd March 2017)

 

Jaideep Varma with Rahul Dravid at his home
Jaideep Varma with Rahul Dravid at his home

 

[from left to right] Nikhil Narain, Jaideep Varma, Zaheer Khan, Aakash Chopra, Harsha Bhogle and Soham Sarkhel at the launch of 'Numbers Do Lie' in Mumbai (Crossword, Kemp's Corner, 14th March 2017)
[from left to right] Nikhil Narain, Jaideep Varma, Zaheer Khan, Aakash Chopra, Harsha Bhogle and Soham Sarkhel at the launch of ‘Numbers Do Lie’ in Mumbai (Crossword, Kemp’s Corner, 14th March 2017)

 

A snippet from SporTale – Jaideep Varma of Impact Index tells Sanjay Manjrekar something about his career that he doesn’t know.

 

The entire conversation between Aakash Chopra, R Ashwin, Matthew Hayden and Jaideep Varma at the book launch of “Numbers Do Lie” in Bangalore.

 

A slightly abridged video of the discussion that took place in Mumbai.

 

 

This book has started a fascinating conversation that will change the face of the way we look at the game and those who have played it.” – Greg Chappell

 

If the stories in Numbers Don’t Lie are anything to go by, Impact Index has the potential to change the very vocabulary of cricketing debates.” – The Hindu

 

This book provokes you and makes you think about the game more deeply than you would have. It challenges existing thought and for that alone, it is valuable.” – Harsha Bhogle, Writer/Commentator

 

I was a passionate follower of the game who had more or less given up on it – this book got my interest back once more.” – G Sampath, Writer/Journalist

 

More media coverage (about the book and launch):

India Today (16th January 2017)

Press Trust of India (16th January 2017)

The Hindu (18th January 2017)

Mid-Day (22nd January 2017)

CricketCountry (14th February 2017)

Scroll (14th February 2017)

News18 (15th February 2017)

News World India (15th February 2017)

The Week (15th February 2017)

The Times of India (15th February 2017)

Khaleej Times (16th February 2017)

The Quint (16th February 2017)

Asian Age (19th February 2017)

Deccan Chronicle (21st February 2017)

Sakal Times (25th February 2017)

Deccan Chronicle (3rd March 2017)

New Indian Express (3rd March 2017)

Yahoo! (3rd March 2017)

Rediff (10th March 2017)

The Telegraph (10th March 2017)

Shekhar Gupta (Founder, ThePrint) referenced Numbers Do Lie in a post on LinkedIn Pulse (11th March 2017)

Hindustan Times (15th March 2017)

Mid-Day (15th March 2017)

G Sampath’s review of Numbers Do Lie was published in The Hindu (1st April 2017)

Gautam Chintamani’s review of Numbers Do Lie was published in The New Indian Express (29th April 2017)

(Marathi translation): “The special feature of this book is outspokenness… if you are not prejudiced toward any player, this book will prove interesting to you.” – Loksatta (20th May 2017)

V Ramnarayan’s review of Numbers Do Lie was published in Sportstar. (7th June 2017)

Aasheesh Sharma’s review of Numbers Do Lie was published in Hindustan Times (9th June 2017)

 

 

Excerpts were published in The Times of India on 12th February 2017, albeit with a misleading headline.
Excerpts were published in The Times of India on 12th February 2017, albeit with a misleading headline

 

Why Rahul Dravid matters, Mumbai Mirror, 13th February 2017
Why Rahul Dravid matters, Mumbai Mirror, 13th February 2017

 

Sometimes I think Virat is over-fit: Kapil, The Times of India, 15th February 2017
Sometimes I think Virat is over-fit: Kapil, The Times of India, 15th February 2017

 

What's in a number?, The Asian Age, 20th February 2017
What’s in a number?, The Asian Age, 20th February 2017

 

Book launch makes quirky impact, The New Indian Express, 3rd March 2017
Book launch makes quirky impact, The New Indian Express, 3rd March 2017