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Jumbo : Dada’s potent weapon

January 26, 2012

Last time round I had mentioned how Dada had something EXTRA, a trick up his sleeve which Dhoni simply can never put to use. The often-used, clichéd statement says– ‘TO WIN A TEST MATCH YOU GOTTA GET THOSE 20 WICKETS’. It is easier said than done though. You need bowlers who can actually do that. Ganguly had this lion-hearted bowler though, who would toil hard and pick wickets by the buckets. And mind you – not only on the subcontinent pitches but anywhere.  He was our specialist spinner. Of course, he was not very famous for turning the ball and ironically he was the fastest slow bowler ever (Of course Afridi is a fast bowler 😛 )

You don’t realize the importance of a person till you start missing him. Going by this logic, I thought it would be a nice idea take a look at Ganguly’s captaincy record with and without some important players.

There has not been a single instance where Ganguly has played without Dravid so ‘With Dravid’ pretty much means the same as ‘overall Ganguly record’. Out here in the table I have stats for VVS Laxman (VVS), Virender Sehwag (VS), Sachin (SRT) and Anil Kumble (AK). Interestingly enough, in the absence of these players (individually i.e.), Ganguly’s captaincy record has gone down a bit less than his average and with them it has gone up a bit. For instance, without Virender Sehwag, the Win/Loss has come down to 1.5 from the usual 1.61 and with him; it has gone up to 1.71. But both Sehwag and Laxman have not been able to increase the Win percentage. What this probably means is that they have been able to save the matches with a draw, thus lowering the win percentage.

Sachin has had a higher impact on Ganguly’s results than both VVS and Sehwag since without him we have lost as many matches as we have won and with him we have a Win/Loss ratio of 1.8. But even Sachin couldn’t help to get a better Win Rate as coincidentally, the ratio is exactly same with or without Sachin.

Now, let’s come to our man Kumble. Out of Ganguly’s 13 losses, 8 have come in the absence of Kumble.  Also we can see that without Kumble, Ganguly has a Win/Loss ratio of 0.875 and with him, a whopping 2.8. Also Kumble has been able to achieve a better Win rate than the others.

I digged a bit deeper and compared stats for the presence of Kumble and absence of the other player and vice-versa.

So, Ganguly hasn’t lost a single match without Sehwag and with Kumble, whereas we hasn’t won a single match without Kumble but with Sehwag. Even while comparing similar stats beteen Sachin and Kumble, Kumble comes an easy winner with the WIN/LOSS ratio double and Win %age comfortably higher.

Matches Won Lost Draw Win/Loss Win Rate
Ganguly

49

21

13

15

1.615385

42.85714

w/o VVS

6

3

2

1

1.5

50

W/O VS

18

9

6

3

1.5

50

W/o SRT

7

3

3

1

1

42.85714

w/o AK

18

7

8

3

0.875

38.88889

with VVS

43

18

11

14

1.636364

41.86047

with VS

31

12

7

12

1.714286

38.70968

with SRT

42

18

10

14

1.8

42.85714

with AK

31

14

5

12

2.8

45.16129

w/o VS w AK

4

2

0

2

#DIV/0!

50

w/o AK w VS

4

0

2

2

0

0

w/o SRT w AK

4

2

1

1

2

50

w/o AK w SRT

15

6

6

3

1

40

w/o VVS w AK

1

1

0

0

#DIV/0!

100

w/o AK w VVS

13

5

6

2

0.833333

38.46154

To give Dada due credit, Kumble has not been able to perform that well after dada’s reign i.e.in Dravid’s and Kumble’s own captaincy. Though he has got a better average under Azhar’s captaincy, still he has got a huge number of wickets ( and higher 5 wickets per inng and 10 wickets per match) under dada as compared to that of Azhar.

Bowlers like Kumble come once in a lifetime – worth their weight in gold. A captain having such a player in his playing eleven must be extremely fortunate

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