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Mathematics to the rescue – Ajit Agarkar Edition December 5, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in numbers-in-my-life, sport, statistics.

I couldnt resist putting this up.

Ajit Agarkar reading this will be a fan of statistical analysis. I am more a fan of Statistical analysis than Agarkar, the bowler. While I wouldnt say that measurement shoud always and completely instruct our decisions, but as a dominant partner in the decision making process, it cannot be ignored.

In 174 matches, he has picked up 263 wickets at 27.44, at an economy rate of 5.06, which is more than acceptable in these days where 300 isn’t a safe score in the sub-continent.

Compare that with some other Indian fast bowlers. Agarkar’s most recent contemporary, a man who has been accorded far more respect, Javagal Srinath, played 229 matches for 315 wickets at 28.08, at an economy rate of 4.44. Less runs per wicket, but a wicket every 37.8 balls to Agarkar’s 32.5. Then there’s the king of them all, Kapil Dev, who picked up 253 wickets from 225 matches at an economy rate of 3.71 – well in keeping with the times when 250 was a safe score – but a strike rate of a wicket every 44.2 balls. Agarkar has four wickets or more in an innings more than any bowler in Indian one-day cricket history, forget just fast bowlers, Anil Kumble included.

And I agree with Gaurav when he says :

Agarkar is not a “great” in any sense of the word. But he deserves more credit than is given to him. And he certainly has been one of the best pacemen India has produced.



1. Ashith Hegde - December 7, 2006

Some times statistics cannot prove everything.. Anand vasu just goes by statistics and he is not right in doing so.. he should look at actual groud reality and admit that Agarkar is in team just because of some god-father….

He ofcourse can form a world record for most come backs..

2. Sharath Rao - December 7, 2006

How about Abhishek Bachan who had 17 flops before he got a single hit :p.

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