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Result-oriented Test Captain

27 Mar

I was going through some Cricinfo Stats on most capped Test Captain. I was somewhat struck by the number of draws by Kapil Dev which is a staggering 22 of the 34 Test Matches he had captained. I tried to figure out who were the most result-oriented captains as per lowest number of draws. I just copied the stats provided in the Cricinfo page and added a percentage of draws coloumn to the right and ranked the captains accordingly. The result is in the attached PDF file (Result Oriented Test Captains).

The Top 10 International Result-Oriented Test Captains (Minimum 25 Matches)

Rank Player Span Mat
1 SR Waugh (Aus) 1999-2004 57
2 WM Woodfull (Aus) 1930-1934 25
3 RT Ponting (Aus) 2004-2010 77
4 MJ Clarke (Aus) 2011-2014 37
5 Wasim Akram (Pak) 1993-1999 25
6 ST Jayasuriya (SL) 1999-2002 38
7 DPMD Jayawardene (SL) 2006-2013 38
8 MA Taylor (Aus) 1994-1999 50
9 BC Lara (WI) 1997-2006 47
10 MS Dhoni (India) 2008-2014 53

It is no surprise that the last 3 Australian Test Captains are all in the top bracket. Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting have led Australia through their Golden Age which is evident from their stunning 62.50% Winning record. A W/L ratio of 3.03 is no revealation of the fact that during the period from 1994 – 2010 they were the side to beat. They were undoubtedly result-oriented with only 16.85% of the matched Australia played in the 16 years during the trio’s captaincy resulting in draws. It speaks volumes of their captaincy as well as the winning appetite of the Australian cricket system.

CricketMS Dhoni is now in that club with Rank 10. If only he could better his overseas captaincy record somewhat, he will undoubtedly end-up as one of the most result-oriented captains of the present generation along with MJ Clarke (Aus).

I then did the same with the List of Indian Test Captains. The criteria was a minimum of 5 matches as captain and atleast 1 win.

The Top Indian Result-Oriented Test Captians 

Rank Player Span Mat
1 BS Bedi 1976-1978 22
2 MS Dhoni 2008-2014 53
3 Nawab of Pataudi 1962-1975 40
4 DB Vengsarkar 1987-1989 10
5 SC Ganguly 2000-2005 49
6 GS Ramchand 1959-1960 5
7 M Azharuddin 1990-1999 47
8 A Kumble 2007-2008 14
9 R Dravid 2003-2007 25
10 L Amarnath 1947-1952 15
11 SR Tendulkar 1996-2000 25
12 PR Umrigar 1955-1958 8
13 AL Wadekar 1971-1974 16
14 VS Hazare 1951-1953 14
15 SM Gavaskar 1976-1985 47
16 N Kapil Dev 1983-1987 34
17 NJ Contractor 1960-1962 12

Kapil Dev is Rank 51 in this list of International Captains and Rank 16 in the List of Indian captains. This does not speak much of the quality of his captaincy. Rather, it shows the nature of Indian game play during that period (1983 -87). Md. Azharuddin who was the next regular Test Captain after Kapil Dev, somewhat changed the system but it was ultimately Sourav Ganguly who brought-in the culture of winning which is evident from the following:

Player Span Mat Won Lost Tied Draw %D
N Kapil Dev 1983-1987 34 4 7 1 22 64.71%
M Azharuddin 1990-1999 47 14 14 0 19 40.43%
SR Tendulkar 1996-2000 25 4 9 0 12 48.00%
SC Ganguly 2000-2005 49 21 13 0 15 30.61%
R Dravid 2003-2007 25 8 6 0 11 44.00%
A Kumble 2007-2008 14 3 5 0 6 42.86%
MS Dhoni 2008-2014 53 26 14 0 13 24.53%

Bishen Singh Bedi remains the most result-0riented captain as per the following criteria till date. However, I left him out as it was not the times to compare with the team having won only 6 of the 22 matches he captained in.

(The complete list is attached.)


Obama in India

3 Nov

Barrack Obama and IndiaObama is reaching Mumbai on November 6, 2010 for a 4 day trip. As usual here in India, visit of the president of United States is a big event. This will be his longest stay in a foreign country in still early days of his tenure. Moreover, by not visiting Pakistan on this tour, the US wants to send out a clear message about the importance it gives on its relations with the rising Asian power. Continue reading

Obituary : Gayatri Devi

29 Jul

gayatriMaharani Gayatri Devi is a personality that attracted me since childhood. Recognized as one of the ten leading beauties of the world by the fashion magazine Vogue, the Maharani of Jaipur breather her last today at a Jaipur hospital at the age of 90.

She was a successful politician and known for her philanthropic activities. She was a strong activist for the right for education of the girl child. She started schools for girls’ education in Jaipur, most prominent of which is the Maharani Gayatri Devi Girls’ Public School. She also promoted the dying art of blue pottery. Continue reading

A Lifetime Eclipse

19 Jul

July 22, 2009 is going to be one special day in our lives being the day of the longest total solar eclipse of our lifetime. The eclipse will commence soon after sunrise starting in the Gulf of Cambay at Surat, Gujarat and then pan across India. The shadow of the moon will be so large during this eclipse that even at sunrise the duration of totality will be over three minutes. The shadow very quickly moves across the breadth of India towards Arunachal Pradesh. It spans a third of the entire path in India, 900 km out of 2,500 km. Continue reading

Malathi Holla – a story of will power

9 Jul

As I grew up I realised that you need legs to run and wings to fly. I was hurt. But I didn’t give up. I knew, one day, I would run… – Malathi K. Holla

malathiMalathi Holla is a character to emulate, a personality to admire and a sportsperson to idolize. She did not let her physical handicap which kept her bound to her wheel-chair since when she was just a 15 month old girl because of polio.

Malathi Holla launched her first authorized biography A Different Spirit on July 8, 2009. Clearly, it was an evening that celebrated the triumph of the human spirit over physical handicap. Cricket legend Syed Kirmani released the book authored by enior journalist and CorpCom Head of Hindustan Aeronauticals Limited M. Anantha Krishnan. Continue reading

How will budget affect your shopping list?

6 Jul

pranab-mukherjeePranab Mukherjee as Finance Minister presented the first budget of the new Congress government.The stock market tanked by almost 850 points as expectations were more than what was delivered in the 100 minute budget speech. However, the main concerns were addressed by the 73 year old minister –  stimulus on growth, focus on infrastructure development, simplicity in taxes, job creation and modernization of the police and army. Continue reading

Full Text of Budget Speech – 2009

6 Jul

pranab-mukherjeeMadam Speaker,

I rise to present the Budget for 2009-10.

2. Just 140 days back, I had the privilege to present the Interim Budget for 2009-10. It is a rare honour that I have been called upon to present the regular budget after the new government assumed office.

3. The Congress-led UPA government has come back to power with a renewed mandate. As Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, said recently “It is a mandate for continuity, stability and prosperity. It is a mandate for inclusive growth and equitable development.” It is a mandate that we accept with humility and a firm resolve to do all that we can for the welfare of this nation.

4. I am deeply conscious of the faith reposed by the people in our government and the responsibilities that come with it. I am sensitive to the great challenge of rising expectations of a young India. It reflects a population that is restless, yet engaged and is ready to seize the opportunities that it is presented with. There are new and powerful reasons for us to create, facilitate and sustain those opportunities. Continue reading

Bangladesh rewinds clock to save energy

20 Jun

dstUnable to cope with massive load-sheddings, Bangaldesh joins the group of about 70 countries including Pakistan which set clocks forward to use daylight better and save energy.

Bangladesh’s daylight saving time (DST) started at 11pm (23:00) local time on Friday, June 19, 2009. The clocks moved one hour forward at this time to midnight (00:00) between June 19 and June 20.

“This means Bangladeshis would practically begin their work an hour earlier than usual. Many establishments that run till sundown would actually close before sundown and thus reduce pressure on power demands,” The Daily Star newspaper said on the enforcement of a government decision taken last month. Continue reading

Oceansat-2 and GSAT-4

14 Jun

After attracting world attention last month by launching the country’s first “spy satellite,” the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is already planning to launch the indigenously built Oceansat-2 satellite by July end or July.

G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, ISRO

“It will be a unique mission and the satellite would enable us to study the sea surface, wind and also track down the fishing zones,” Nair told reporters on the sidelines of a national seminar on ‘Aerospace Expanding Frontiers-Technologies and Challenges’. Continue reading

Bandra Worli Sea Link

7 Jun


UPDATE: The bridge is to be opened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi on June 30,2009.

Finally, the much hyped infrastructure masterpiece Bandra Worli Sea Link is to opened in the middle of this month after a five year delay. Started in 2001, the construction of the 5.6 km sea link was embroiled in numerous issues like logistical, environmental clearance and public interest litigation, leading to its delay and cost escalation.

And tourist operators are busy trying to get permission to get permission to halt their tourist buses on the bridge! Continue reading