Sachin Tendulkar was the leading run-scorer of the 1996 World Cup scoring 523 runs at a batting average of 87. Brian Lara was at number 10 on the runs tally charts and scored just 269 runs from 6 innings at an average of 54. Yet, amazingly, Lara had almost the same impact as Tendulkar.

Tendulkar scored a higher proportion of his team’s runs (as compared to Lara), but the West Indian scored them at a much faster pace (higher strike rate impact ).

Both the batsmen gave high-impact performances with the bat in the knock-out stages – Tendulkar against Sri Lanka in the semi-final (65 in 88 balls) and Lara against the South Africans in the quarter-final (111 in 94 balls). But Lara’s knock had a 32% higher impact than Tendulkar’s and this negated the advantage Tendulkar had got courtesy his Runs Tally Impact throughout the tournament.

Nikhil Narain

NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016