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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

captaincy records

I have never been too hot on TOI articles ... and neither on statistics coz I always believe they don't give the complete story.

But I found this one interesting. I am not vouching here for the stats shown in the article ... I have not checked and I am not gonna check it either ... but if correct, then it is pretty interesting.


The Chuckster

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Dravid has best ODI success rate among Indian captains


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NEW DELHI: With the World Cup around the corner and the top eight teams gunning to lift the most coveted trophy in the West Indies, there is good news for Indian skipper Rahul Dravid. Statistics show that the 'Wall' is India's most successful One-day captain among all those who have captained India in at least 20 matches.

Under Dravid, India have won 32 of the 58 matches that have produced results during his tenure. That's a success rate of 55%, just a little higher than the 54% success rate that Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin and Kapil Dev had. This may seem like a fine point, but the statistics actually understate how much more successful Dravid has been than his predecessors.

That's because, of the 62 One-day matches in which Dravid has captained, only two have been played against a traditional minnow — Zimbabwe in 2005 — while the rest have all been against the top teams in world cricket.

In contrast, Ganguly had 31 wins against the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Namibia and Netherlands boosting his success rate and Azhar had the benefit of 20 wins against the whipping boys of international cricket.

Exclude matches against the minnows and Dravid's success rate drops to 54%, but Ganguly's goes down to 43% and Azhar's to 49%.

Only Kapil Dev, with a 51% success rate against the better teams, comes close to matching Dravid's record.

Kapil, in fact, has a better record leading away from home — excluding minnows — than even Dravid. On foreign soil, Kapil won 49% of the matches he led in, whereas Dravid has won 10 out of 23 completed matches for a 43% success rate. That put's him in third place behind Gavaskar, who had a 46% success rate with 11 wins in 24 matches.

Ganguly's record abroad (23%) is the worst among the six captains who have led India at least in 20 matches each.

Azhar has the best record at home (excluding minnows) with a 65% win rate, but Dravid is not far behind at 61%. On this list, Ganguly finishes in fifth spot, ahead of Gavaskar, who could captain India to only 14 wins in 35 completed matches.



  • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 1:27:00 AM, Anonymous S on Cricket said…

    Yov Chuck!! Enna pa! Surathey illatha oru post! I was expecting some interesting and juicy post from you. Looks like you are a bit wary after the flak you took from the Rediff article j/k :)

    Anyways - what do you feel about the Pathan selection? I feel it is quite strange that he was selected despite being clearly unfit.

  • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 11:49:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    One thing that most people do not consider when mentioning minnows is that Zim during the late 90's and early 00's were definitely much better than what Zim are now(which is probably even worse than Zim teams of the 80's)

    And with respect to records abroad,they dont reflect much of a story. For instance, 4 of Dravid's away victories as Captian have come in Pakistan,whose tracks are very similar to Indian tracks.

    Another aspect which has probably not been considered is the number of wins Dravid has as captain when he was standing in for Ganguly(during the Ganguly-JW reign that is, when Ganguly was injured). I suppose the number of such matches is high enough for us to divide the two into distinct stats.

    What I do remember is Dravid's last two away ODI series had results of 1-4 and 0-4 and the only other away series was in Pakistan where we won 4-1.So Dravid's away ODI win %age ought to be 5/14(roughly 35%) or if you include the SL WI triangulars prior to that (when he was appointed captain for an entire series) it is 7/19(roughly 38%)

  • At Thursday, February 22, 2007 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I forgot to include the DLF cup and I guess that kinda means that the stats quoted probably do consider only those ODI's after Dravid became capatin(and not the stand in ones).

  • At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:20:00 PM, Blogger Cricket Blog said…

    It is no doubt that Dravid has really proved to be a "Wall" for men in blues. It seems like he has the knack of handling pressures. He knows how to hit the ball under pressure and where to hit it.

    Even his performance level does not suffer with the burden of captaincy. He is really a talented player and can be responsible for number of team's winnings.

  • At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:26:00 PM, Blogger Cricket Blog said…

    It is no doubt in the fact that Dravid has always proved to be a "Wall" for men in blue. He has the knack of handling pressures. Even his performance level does not affect with the load of captaincy.

    He knows when and where to hit the ball for scoring runs. His performance has always been taking Indian team out of problematic situations. In fact, he can be the one cricket captains responsible for winning matches for the country.

  • At Thursday, March 08, 2007 2:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is something very interesting news floating around regarding Match Fixing of World cup matches... Must read


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