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    October 10, 2008

    Batting partnerships hurting India

    In 17 innings (across 11 tests) since the first test against Australia at Melbourne late last year (till the on-going first Australian innings at Bangalore), India have conceded 48 partnerships above 50, i.e. nearly three every innings and a little over 4 every test. On the instances that India won, there were 4 at Perth, 2 at Kanpur and 3 at Galle.

    How do some of the top teams stack up in terms of the rate at which they concede 50 partnerships?

    TeamInningsTestsPartnerships above 50Pship per inngPship per test
    South Africa1812392.23.3
    Sri Lanka84141.753.5
    Clearly, the table above indicates that India are the worst decent team of the lot. Do you put that down to good batting by the opposition, luck, bad bowling, bad captaincy, bad fielding, or a combination of some or all of those factors? South Africa and England are the best of the lot, with Australia not far behind.

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    Surely 48 partnerships is a very bad number and a major cause for us not pushing enough for the top spot. I'd like to know how many of those partnerships are by the lower middle order, which seems to plague us more than most other teams. I feel that makes up the difference between us and other teams, that we can't finish of the tail.

    By Blogger Raodyboy (10-Oct-2008, 3:28:00 PM)  

    Just sort by the 'Wkt' field in the Statsguru link. 7 out of the 48 are for wickets #7 to #10.

    Actually if you're looking at lower order wickets, 50 is perhaps too much of a threshold. 25 run partnerships are also painful. There have been 18 of those, the most prominent ones being the 173 & 114 that Hogg-Symonds and Lee-Symonds had at Sydney. In my opinion, Hussey's 100 and the failure of India's middle order (barring Dravid & Ganguly) turned the game.

    By Blogger Jagadish (13-Oct-2008, 12:48:00 AM)  

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