Originally Posted by layperson
While conversion rate is an indicator it is not the only factor in determining mental and physical fitness. Ashraful has 6 hundred's and 8 fifties. Exceptional conversion rate but i would take a sakib over ashraful any day. You have to look at the stats as a wholistic point of view and not in isolation. Sakib's numbers are very good compared to bangladeshi batsmen and given the fact he is an allrounder and not a specialist batsmen his numbers are world class. The all time great allrounders of the world had similar batting averages and conversion rates. If he was a specialist batsmen then I would judge his numbers differently. You cannot expect one man to do everything. He bowls, takes wickets, bats, scores runs and is a decent fielder. The specialist batsmen in the top order need to worry about conversion and consistency. Sakib is fairly consistent in all facets of his game.
Gotta put stats in context rather than justify a somewhat iffy proposition through the use of decontextualized statistics. Holistic approach it is.
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