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Ahmed_B
April 21, 2006, 02:38 PM
This is another review into the just-finished BD-AUS test series about our batting performance... but this one is not just about who scored how much runs. I tried to evaluate the Test Playing maturity of our batsmen as reflected in the 4 innings that all of our batsmen played in these two test matches and rank them accordingly.

IMO, test matches are not just about scoring runs. Rather they are about the temperament of the players also. How steady and stable they are, how good are they as partners in the game... all these factors count in test matches. Here, staying in the wicket for long and building important partnerships are as important as scoring runs itself.

In ODI matches, it is of the bowler’s interest to finish off the overs as quickly as possible.... but in Test matches, it is a completely different scenario... where finishing off the overs and extending his personal as well as team-innings-length is solely a matter of interest for the batsmen. That is why I am interested in going further than just runs scored for analyzing the batting performance of this series. Here are 3 different rankings for our batsmen in the series:

Ranking-1: In terms of Total Runs scored by each batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 250
Rajin 161
Bashar 141
Rafiq 104
Aftab 82
Ashraful 68
JO 66
Pilot 62
Mashrafee 11
Shahadat 7

Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 410
Rajin 384
Bashar 216
Pilot 208
Aftab 194
Rafiq 110
JO 102
Ashraful 100
Shahadat 45
Mashrafee 37

Ranking-3: In terms of Partnerships (how many run’s partnerships They built in 4 innings)
S. Nafees 487
Rajin 397
Bashar 318
Aftab 206
Pilot 175
JO 151
Rafiq 133
Ashraful 115
Shahadat 79
Mashrafee 18


My observations from these values which I felt I must mention:
01) Nafees, Rajin & Bashar are clearly the top performers in all respect.
02) Number of balls faced by each batsman is a vital data for anyone in case of Test matches. In that way, Nafees & Rajin are way ahead of any other in the team.
03) Bashar maybe quite close to Rajin by runs scored, but he still is far behind Rajin or Nafees when you look at the number of Balls he faced. It’s true that Bashar has a high strike-rate. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is allowed to stay on the wicket for lesser time. He needs to increase his innings-length and try to play bigger ones and maybe extend his 50’s into 100’s more often.
04) Pilot is ranked-8 in scoring runs. But once again he proved his ‘Test-maturity’ by staying longer in the game. He is ranked-4 in facing balls and ranked-5 in partnership lengths.
05) Even though Aftab scored only 82 runs, he did not do that bad in staying on the wicket or building partnerships.
06) Rafiq-the-the-quick-scorer is ranked-4 in scoring runs. Surely commendable. But considering his batting ability he should probably try to play more balls and stay longer in there.
07) JO has been quite pathetic. The only place he got bit better rank was when it comes to partnership values.
08) In this series, Ashraful almost proved that he is not a Test-Match-material at the moment. His ranks in terms of Balls played and Partnership values are only better than Mashrafee & Shahadat.

Miraz
April 21, 2006, 02:42 PM
Good analysis mod.

cricket_pagol
April 21, 2006, 02:58 PM
ery good analysis... just shows where ashraful belongs among our performing batsmen. Rajin and SN's consistency is a welcoming change.

Sauron
April 21, 2006, 03:08 PM
Great Analysis!!!

I took the liberty of taking your analysis a little further and awarded points from 10 down to 1 and tried to come up with a consolidated rating. The final ranking is derived by the sum of all three.

Ranking-1: In terms of Total Runs scored by each batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 250 - 10
Rajin 161 - 9
Bashar 141 - 8
Rafiq 104 - 7
Aftab 82 - 6
Ashraful 68 - 5
JO 66 - 4
Pilot 62 - 3
Mashrafee 11 - 2
Shahadat 7 - 1

Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 410 - 10
Rajin 384 - 9
Bashar 216 - 8
Pilot 208 - 7
Aftab 194 - 6
Rafiq 110 - 5
JO 102 - 4
Ashraful 100 - 3
Shahadat 45 - 2
Mashrafee 37 - 1

Ranking-3: In terms of Partnerships (how many run’s partnerships They built in 4 innings)
S. Nafees 487 - 10
Rajin 397 - 9
Bashar 318 - 8
Aftab 206 - 7
Pilot 175 - 6
JO 151 - 5
Rafiq 133- 4
Ashraful 115 - 3
Shahadat 79 - 2
Mashrafee 18 - 1

Cumulative Ranking (Based on AhmedB's rankings):
#1. S. Nafees - 30
#2. Rajin - 27
#3. Bashar - 24
#4. Aftab - 19
#5. Pilot - 16
#6. Rafiq - 16
#7. JO - 13
#8. Ashraful - 11
#9. Shahadat - 5
#10. Mashrafee - 4

Now, for the easy decisions -
- JO sucks, as always.
- Ash needs to be dropped and taught to value his position in the team
- Rafique performed as good as a regular middle order batsman
- Pilot and Aftab were not relatively as bad as it seemed
- Bashar gets less credit than he deserves (I am as guilty as any)
- Nafees and Rajin are the only two real bright spots in batting

sadi
April 21, 2006, 03:27 PM
good analysis AhmedB bhai... I think aftab did okay in this series... obviously expectation was higher but what i liked most about his stay in the wicket is he tried... he tried to slow play his game and build partnership.... he should definately get more chances in the future... well for ashraful, I have nothing to say.... he needs to grow up

TheWatcher
April 21, 2006, 03:31 PM
I want to add that I found Shahadat quite impressive as a tail ender, better than Masri, Enamul, or Razzak.

Frost
April 21, 2006, 04:04 PM
Good analysis. We need to add a few more lists (although very difficult to come up with such list and needs subjective analysis).

1. How many rash shots (wild swings and misses, lofty shots close to fielders, chased balls outside off stump, etc.) they played during their innings.
2. How many chances the gave (survived caughts, LBWs, inside edges, etc.)
3. How they got out (to a great, good, decent, bad, very bad delivery or running like an evening walk, bad decision from umpire, etc.)

shamster
April 21, 2006, 06:21 PM
This is excellent, it shows the clear difference between Aftab and ashfarul !

Omio
April 21, 2006, 07:40 PM
Rajin saleh..

layperson
April 21, 2006, 08:18 PM
wen u r asking for the best attitude i wud hv to say shahadat .... that guy impressed he a hell lot with his aggreession against the aussie batsmen....he has the attitude of a genuine fast bowler .... very aggressive nd not afraid to give the batsmen a piece of his mind or the stare... nd i loved the fact he made some aussies batsmen jump around with his bouncers even in the slow pitches .... i wonder how he wud do in faster pitches against these players .....

zakirc
April 21, 2006, 11:15 PM
wen u r asking for the best attitude i wud hv to say shahadat .... that guy impressed he a hell lot with his aggreession against the aussie batsmen....he has the attitude of a genuine fast bowler .... very aggressive nd not afraid to give the batsmen a piece of his mind or the stare... nd i loved the fact he made some aussies batsmen jump around with his bouncers even in the slow pitches .... i wonder how he wud do in faster pitches against these players .....

Right ... we need to have a similar analysis for our bowlers and just by observation I think all four of our specialist bowlers Mash, Shahadat, Rafiq & Enam would qualify as having test match attitude.

cricket_pagla
April 22, 2006, 03:45 AM
Rajin Saleh.. as batsman..
Rafiq as bowler.. :)

Carte Blanche
April 22, 2006, 04:00 AM
Good analysis Ahmed_B. You can elaborate a little on your observation points and we'll have an excellent front page article.

karimjay.
April 22, 2006, 04:24 AM
Shahadat. He put 100% into his bowling, and didn't get carried away with the bat either, knew his abilities and limitations and didn't push them more than necessary.

Ahmed_B
April 22, 2006, 09:58 AM
Thanks everyone and well done Sauron...
Great Analysis!!!

I took the liberty of taking your analysis a little further and awarded points from 10 down to 1 and tried to come up with a consolidated rating. The final ranking is derived by the sum of all three.


Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 410 - 10
Rajin 384 - 9
Bashar 216 - 8
Pilot 208 - 7
Aftab 194 - 6
Rafiq 110 - 5
JO 102 - 4
Ashraful 100 - 3
Shahadat 45 - 2
Mashrafee 37 - 1


The idea of overall grading average is good...but just one opinion about the Grading... why the grades are equal to Ranking? If you take 410 as equivallent to 10.. than other values probably should be converted proportionally. For example... Aftab will get a grade of 4.73 (=194/410*10). That way... the grading will reflect their comparative positions more honestly. :)

Ahmed_B
April 22, 2006, 10:05 AM
Good analysis. We need to add a few more lists (although very difficult to come up with such list and needs subjective analysis).

1. How many rash shots (wild swings and misses, lofty shots close to fielders, chased balls outside off stump, etc.) they played during their innings.
2. How many chances the gave (survived caughts, LBWs, inside edges, etc.)
3. How they got out (to a great, good, decent, bad, very bad delivery or running like an evening walk, bad decision from umpire, etc.)
Bhai... it took me several hours to produce the number of balls and partnarship values and their ranking. It's easy to find scores from the list and add them.. but I doubt that even if the most professional Cricket Archives preserve the kind of infromation that you are thinking about here. Anyway.. it's probably better not to go too analytic also. Even the best batsmen in the world get lives and also play and miss many times.

AsifTheManRahman
April 22, 2006, 10:56 AM
good analysis. however, i think rajin looked more solid than nafees. he might have played fewer deliveries and scored fewer runs, but nafees did seem play and miss/get beaten a lot more compared to rajin.the aussie bowlers seemed to have found more edges off the former's bat too. nafees also got a bit cocky in the second innings of the first test, and i was surprised to see he lasted that long.

but then again they are both young men in learning. i didn't mean to be highly critical of nafees' performance - after all a 138 (especially the way that he made those runs) and a patient 79 against the world's best is no joke - i was just comparing the two based on their performances in this test series.

Tanzie`s thoughts
April 22, 2006, 02:56 PM
In my opinion:

1. Nafees : 10:flag:
2. Rafique:10:
3. Rajin : 10:
4. Ha Ba Suman: 7 ( o.k):
5.Shahadat: 7 ( Taking less exprience than Masrafe in count did graeat job)
6. Masrafe: 6 ( Good effort)
7. Enamul: 5 ( Tried his best.. opponent wasn`t easy either)
8. K Masud: 3 ( Time is running out... Musfiqur Rahim is there...):
9. Aftab: 0 ( Should have been replaced by Alok Kapali in second test):
10. Ashraful: 0 ( ? ):E
11. Jaobe Golla: -10:mad: (Selectors if u put national cap again on his head u`ll commit a sin)

sar2005
April 22, 2006, 03:18 PM
This is an excellent work. Thank you so much for your time in analysing such a wonderful way and then present it in BC. Yeah, S.Nafees and R. Saleh were the real discovery of the serries as they performed consistently. Let's hope they will also perform regularly now onwards. They can definitely take us to long way, specially as they both are very young. Let's hope their good health.

By the way, we should see Shariar/Saleh as the opening pair in ODI and they should continue their good run. All the best.

Locutus
April 22, 2006, 03:49 PM
Interesting stats. Awsome work. That clears up lot of things.

ammark
April 22, 2006, 04:01 PM
Excellent report. This perspective speaks Volumes about how are team really was. Seeing how there are many Pilot and Aftab bashers out there, I especially agree with the following:


03) Bashar maybe quite close to Rajin by runs scored, but he still is far behind Rajin or Nafees when you look at the number of Balls he faced. It’s true that Bashar has a high strike-rate. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that he is allowed to stay on the wicket for lesser time. He needs to increase his innings-length and try to play bigger ones and maybe extend his 50’s into 100’s more often.
04) Pilot is ranked-8 in scoring runs. But once again he proved his ‘Test-maturity’ by staying longer in the game. He is ranked-4 in facing balls and ranked-5 in partnership lengths.
05) Even though Aftab scored only 82 runs, he did not do that bad in staying on the wicket or building partnerships.
However, I still maintain my position on Bashar: as a batsman he is invaluable. As a captain, it'd be nice if he still had a steeper learning curve, especially since we dont really have anyone else to take over captaincy.

Tigers_eye
May 17, 2006, 11:03 AM
You are too generous Sauron,
In my grading system, Only SN and Rajin passed.
Ranking-1: In terms of Total Runs scored by each batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 250 – 10 – 250/250 = 1
Rajin 161 – 9 – 161/250 = .644
Bashar 141 – 8 – 141/250 = .564
Rafiq 104 – 7 – 104/250 = .461
Aftab 82 – 6 = .328
Ashraful 68 – 5 = .272
JO 66 – 4 = .264
Pilot 62 – 3 = .248
Mashrafee 11 – 2 = .044
Shahadat 7 – 1 = .028

Ranking-2: In terms of total Balls faced by each Batsman in 4 innings
S. Nafees 410 – 10 = 1
Rajin 384 – 9 = .936
Bashar 216 – 8 = .526
Pilot 208 - 7 = .507
Aftab 194 - 6 = .473
Rafiq 110 – 5 = .268
JO 102 – 4 = .248
Ashraful 100 – 3 = .243
Shahadat 45 – 2 = .109
Mashrafee 37 – 1 = .090

Ranking-3: In terms of Partnerships (how many run’s partnerships They built in 4innings)
S. Nafees 487 – 10 = 1
Rajin 397 - 9 = .815
Bashar 318 - 8 = .652
Aftab 206 - 7 = .422
Pilot 175 - 6 = .359
JO 151 - 5 = .310
Rafiq 133- 4 = .273
Ashraful 115 - 3 = .236
Shahadat 79 - 2 = .162
Mashrafee 18 - 1 = .03
Ashraful the bomb, performed and contributed only (.272 + ..243 + .236)/3 = .25 or 25% of what Shariar Nafees did. If Shariar gets an A, Ash gets 4Fs. For below 60% gets an F. for 10% less gets another F.<O:p</O:p
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Except Rajin (got a B- barely) everyone failed in Batting. Even Bashar got an F grade. Only 58.8% of what SN contributed.
Do not consider Mash as an all rounder from here onwards. He managed to get the Highest 6Fs.

JO Sucked. Ash sucked more. Bashar sucked, Aftab the whole lot sucked in this series everyone got a F or worse comparing to the best performer of our team. Can we make sure they all get a packet of suckers?</IMG>

Mohiul
May 17, 2006, 01:07 PM
It's a very nice work. Ahmed_B, Please keep this type of great effor up!!!!!