49% of the Story: Who is the Greatest West Indian Batsman of All-Time?

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published December 21, 2015

 

Top: Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, The Honorable Brian Lara Bottom: George Headley, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott

Who is the Greatest West Indian Batsman of All-time? Who is your choice?
Top: Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, The Honorable Brian Lara
Bottom: George Headley, Sir Everton Weekes, Sir Clyde Walcott
(Edit credit: Zaheer Clarke)

Last year, West Indies (WI) joined Australia and England as the only teams to have played 500 or more matches in Test cricket history. To commemorate the 500th Test match for West Indies, I looked at significant West Indian batting, bowling, and fielding records. In part one of these evaluations, I’ll share some outstanding batting records by West Indian greats. For those who love West Indies history and records, walk with me. For those who don’t, keep reading. Continue reading

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THE DECADE ANALYSIS: Batting and Bowling in Test Cricket

By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published December 14, 2015

Original caption: One of the leading theoretical physicists of CERN, retired Professor Dick works in his office. Despite the look of his office, he is still the master of his universe. His individual stacking order is world famous since he only needs a maximum of 5 seconds to find ANY paper in his office. Many colleagues used his "filing" method to shortcut their own search for publications. --- Image by © Peter Ginter/Science Faction/Corbis

One of the leading theoretical physicists of CERN, retired Professor Dick works in his office. Despite the look of his office, he is still the master of his universe. His individual stacking order is world famous since he only needs a maximum of 5 seconds to find ANY paper in his office. Many colleagues used his “filing” method to shortcut their own search for publications. — Image by © Peter Ginter/Science Faction/Corbis

Like any scientist, I returned to my dungeon – the statistical one to be exact – focused and never so committed to unearthing what the average untrained eye hasn’t apprehended from a coup d’oeil at cricket’s statistics. Statistical mentors or idols, such as S Rajesh and Anantha Narayanan, have delved into various decade-by-decade cricket analyses.

Notwithstanding, a few months ago, I promised a few friends that I’d delve into my own decade-by-decade analysis of both batting and bowling in Test cricket. This task on the surface sounded simplistic and unequivocal. I quickly learned that this task might take months – let’s hope, not years – if an intense and inductive approach was explored over a deductive or abstemious one. Nevertheless, what are the a priori or the a posteriori revelations unveiled so far from my analysis? Continue reading

Narine: Conspiracy or Negligence?


By Zaheer E. Clarke

Published  December 7, 2015

Republished December 13, 2015

Sunil Narine has been banned for all forms of cricket by the International Cricket Council until his bowling action is remedied.

Sunil Narine has been banned for all forms of cricket by the International Cricket Council until his bowling action is remedied.

In June 2014, after the International Cricket Council (ICC) held its annual conference in Melbourne Australia, I read the reports coming out of the conference with the foresight of the storms clouds on the horizon in world cricket.

For many years, cricketers, umpires, officials and fans of the game suspected one or more bowlers of illegal bowling actions (chucking). However, in their eyes, enough wasn’t being done to weed out and correct these disfigurations that threatened to deface the sanctimonious game. One outspoken legend, Bishan Singh Bedi, in 2013, equated chucking to match-fixing and accused the ICC of negligence in reining in this malformation in the sport. Since their 2014 conference, that perception has been retired to bed with the ICC’s suffusive crackdown on chucking. Continue reading