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    October 17, 2005

    Dravid, Greig and Reid star in consecutive appearances list

    I noticed this morning that Dravid's appearance, and not feats(!), in the Super Test gave him his 92nd test match. I know for sure that he hasn't missed a single test match since he made his debut. So I did some digging up and found that among current players, he has played the most number of consecutive tests. Just to remind you, he already has the second highest batting average among those with over 7000 test runs.

    Tony Greig and John Reid, take a bow! They went through their entire career (50-odd matches admittedly) without missing a game through injury or being dropped for whatever reasons. Of course, it is highly likely that Tony Greig's career would have gone on for a few more years if he hadn't been an active recruiter for Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket.
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    By Blogger One Salient Oversight (18-Oct-2005, 8:30:00 AM)  

    Dravid's one BIG class act; 92 consecutive tests and almost 8000 runs at about 58 is a record that speaks for it self. It speaks of remarkable consistency. And he's only going to turn 33 this January, so he still probably has 3 years or more left in him. He might well play on without ever being dropped or injured throughout his entire career!
    And boy will that be some feat!

    Even if that doesn't happen, I reckon this record of 92 consecutive tests at it is would be hard if not impossible to break, even despite the increased amount of cricket on the international calendar and the ICC's eagerness to play around with the sanctity of test matches, I just can't see any of the younger generation having the capability to show the same levels of selflessness as he's done through out his career.

    It will be interesting to note though how he handles the additional burdens of leadership, in his previous stints he has had mixed results, but I wouldn't dwell on them too much since it's altogether a different mindset you are in when you're captaining as stand by and when captaining full time. I do note though that whenever he's captain India in tests his batting hasn't fired as much as it usually does, again, as I said it'll be foolish to predict how he goes in the long term on the basis of that alone, but it will be an interesting period nevertheless.

    By Blogger Zainub (18-Oct-2005, 9:38:00 AM)  

    Being incredibly bored, I have discovered at one statistic in which Dravid performs poorly: lowest batting average. Of the top 50 batsmen by average, Dravid is only fourteenth with an average of 34.61 after his eighth Test.

    Top, naturally, is Herbert Sutcliffe (average never less than 60) followed by Javed Miandad (never less than 50).

    By Anonymous Geoff (18-Oct-2005, 5:58:00 PM)  

    Geoff, I'm assuming one of the below two:
    * You're nitpicking on my fetish for stats showing Dravid in a good light :)
    * You're not a Dravid fan :)

    Jagadish

    By Blogger Jagadish (18-Oct-2005, 7:27:00 PM)  

    It's definitely the former. I am actually quite edgy about Dravid being made BCCI captain simply because I (selfishly) don't want to see his batting suffer.

    And, as I said, I was bored, and I've been wondering about that stat for a while now. Thilan Samaraweera is sixth, incredibly, just ahead of Strauss and Gilchrist.

    In ODIs Dravid also does poorly, finishing 41st. Still, that's better than Tendulkar and Ponting, among others.

    By Anonymous Geoff (18-Oct-2005, 7:53:00 PM)  

    I think Dravid is good enough to ensure that he compartmentalizes his batting and his captaincy. I know captains of late have tended to fare poorly with the bat - Vaughan, Ganguly come to mind while Ponting's returns were also poor for a while (it wasn't until his 10th test in charge that he got a century). But there're also the likes of Fleming (of late only), Inzamam and Chanderpaul who've done better with the bat as captain.

    Thilan Samarweera's average is bloated by not-outs, if I remember right.

    By Blogger Jagadish (19-Oct-2005, 11:42:00 AM)  


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