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Sunday, February 06, 2011

World Cup 2011 - Comparing the experience of all teams

The World Cup comes once in four years and it is no wonder that all teams start planning for it years in advance. They try to ensure that by the time the event starts, they have players who have a good amount of experience and exposure in international cricket. How do the current teams stack up against each other, was one question that I had on my mind. Thanks to my friend Hari, I was able to get this data that compares teams participating in the World Cup.

If one looks at the runs scored as a percentage of the overall runs scored by test-playing teams, no surprises for guessing who turns up first. Similarly, the number of centuries and fifties scored by each of the teams as a percentage reveals the experience that the teams carry with them. The figures are bolstered by one man, Sachin Tendulkar, who has almost all the records in ODI cricket

Similarly, the bowling records tell their own tale. The Indians top the wickets column while the number of times bowlers have taken 5 wickets or 4 wickets in an innings is topped by Sri Lanka - no wonder when they have a certain Muttiah Muralitharan in their ranks. Pakistan is helped by Razzaq while Brett Lee brings in the experience for the Oz.

Thus, India and Sri Lanka have definitely an edge over the other teams not only with their experience of home pitches but also the amount of runs and wickets they have taken as a team. Will the results justify this? Let us wait and watch.

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