Finally, some analysis

Amidst all the brouhaha about the performance of the Indian cricket team, finally, Rediff has done some analysis. Amazing stuff, analysis – actually gives you facts to talk about!

Ganguly vis-a-vis Dravid as captain in ODIs

Captaincy record

Mts Won Lost NR Won% Lost%
Ganguly 146 76 65 5 52.05 44.52
Dravid 53 27 23 3 50.94 43.39
Ganguly after 53 matches 53 27 26 0 50.94 49.06

Hmm… seems to me they are *exactly tied* at this stage in their captaincy careers. So I guess the moral of the story is that the Indian team has in fact been this pathetic before. Hopefully, this too shall pass.

Here’s the full analysis.

  • The big problem with Indian cricket is that it’s fans are usually high on hallucinogens. India has never had a truly great team, and has never been the best team in the world. Yet the considered expectation is that they will beat all-comers, and it is therefore no surprise when hopes are dashed on a regular basis. We have a truly great cricketer in Rahul Dravid – let’s just enjoy and appreciate that. The team is middle-tier, and the sooner we realise that the happier we will all be as fans. I don’t for a moment condone embracing mediocrity, but a dose of reality is always helpful on the road to future success.

    As for the Rediff analysis, it’s for pyjama cricket – who cares?

  • Shripriya

    Great point.

    FYI, the Rediff analysis I quoted is for ODIs, but if you click through the link and read the whole article, they also look at Tests as well.

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  • libertarian

    The solution to such mediocrity in the midst of big money is a private cricket league – like the NFL – think Kerry Packer on steroids. India currently funds cricket all over the world. The audience pie is certainly big enough to support the useless “national team” as well as some hungry private teams. I’d bet that private teams will do the management and “national team” what Reliance, Airtel, and Hutch did to BSNL and MTNL, or what Jet, Sahara and Air Deccan did to Indian Airlines/Air India.

    As a complete contrast to those fat losers in the Indian team, management and babudom, watch what Pete Carroll has done with USC football – a case study for continued performance while facing continuous challenges.