Cricket’s New Statistics Era

Posted In Sports - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Thursday, February 17th, 2011 With 0 Comments






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From last 10 years or so we have been seeing ICC cricket rankings in all forms of cricket varying from Test, ODIs and T20s now categorized in batsmen, bowlers, fielders, team etc.

Ranking goes up and down after every match. Players scoring runs get more points then players with low scores. Similarly with bowlers and with teams. We have seen Australia ruling the team rankings for about a decade with few others coming to top for few weeks.

ICC cricket rankings have been the only source of seeing player’s performance so far.

But, Impact Index have landed to redefine the cricket statistics with their new methodology and algorithms which have gained not only popularity but also acknowledgment from the media and authorities.

They define it as:

Impact Index is a statistical system that is based on the hard black and white figures on the score-sheet page. Nothing outside of that. And it uses all that information in a holistic way. More than a complicated stats system with intimidating algorithms, Impact Index is more a new way of looking at cricket scorecards and using that information to account for match conditions, strength of opposition, crunch performances and series/tournament defining performances.

Impact Index, simply put, measures the performance of every player in every match on a scale of 0 to 5.

The most important thing about Impact Index is unlike other stat systems, it is a completely transparent system. You can yourself understand their methodology.

So far they have only come up with the ODI rankings based upon the ODI records from 1971 to 2010 (ODI matches period).

Joel Garner of West Indies is at the top of ODI great bowlers list with Impact index of 2.35 followed by Shane Bond, Glen McGrath, Murlitharan and Brett Lee. Only Indian in the top 20 is Harbhajan Singh at 17th position proving they are not India-biased as majority of stat systems these days are.

In ODI great batsmen list, Viv Richards of West Indies is leading with Impact Index 2.6 followed by Dean Jones, Gordon Greenidge, Sachin Tendulkar and Hayden.

In greatest ODI players ranking, Sir Viv Richards is again on the top followed by Imran Khan and Richard Hadlee. From India, Kapil Dev, Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar are in the list at 9th, 13th and 18th position respectively. It looks  like Sachin Tendulkar still needs to improvise.

Over all a great effort by the Impact Index team and wish them all the best. Hope they stay here longer.