Rahul Dravid Tops All Time Indian Test Rankings
Reading this a day after watching Vijay Mallaya, in typical bad-taste, rubbish Rahul Dravid,
was very satisfying indeed. Granted, the context there was Twenty20 and here we are talking Test cricket but still, after ICC's must reviled list,
here most-satisfyingly is the first Holdingwilley Top20 of Test cricket:
The parameters of ranking.
1. Overall consistency.
2. Performances abroad, in matches away, outside the player's comfort zone; in different pitch/ weather conditions.
3. Performances in matches won - usually a good indicator to a player's true value in a team.
4. Match-winning ability - the solo contribution a player makes in winning efforts and how often he makes them.
5. Match situations taken into account to determine how a player performs under pressure.
Under these parameters, this is the ranking we have:
1. Rahul Dravid
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. Virender Sehwag
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Kapil Dev
6. Bishen Bedi-BS Chandrasekhar-EAS Prasanna (as one bowling unit)
7. GR Vishwanath
8. Anil Kumble
9. Vinoo Mankad
10. VVS Laxman
11. Sourav Ganguly
12. Md. Azharuddin
13. Dilip Vengsarkar
14. Mohinder Amarnath
15. Vijay Hazare
16. Subhash Gupte
17. Polly Umrigar
18. Javagal Srinath
Before the flaming begins, please do visit the methodology and remember these are the Test rankings. And as they explain:
The ability to absorb pressure and deliver when the team needs it the most, perform when the match is on edge - that is what reveals true character in a sportsman. This quality does not usually reflect in the averages. A player's contribution to a match that is still at stake is more valuable than a bigger numerical contribution in a match which is either headed for a draw or certain defeat. The latter is usually a great opportunity for natural talent to showcase itself without the edge of match pressure. These are akin to Tennis without a net in a way, since the true edge of competition is missing, and those performances do not get a high rating on our book.
We have also tried to get past the sentimentality involved in evaluating players from a bygone era. Many were legends because of their performances on the domestic front (Vijay Merchant) or the indisputable talent they had (Lala Amarnath) but their sample size of international matches is often too small to make it to the main list. We have paid tribute to them elsewhere.
Finally, just to reiterate, this is a ranking based on black-and-white performances, not reputations. Style of play is of no consequence, nor is its aesthetic or spectacle value. We've just taken what is recorded in the history books of cricket, and run it through our prisms that combine objective analyses and solely based on those, made some subjective judgments. Fundamentally, this is a qualitative analysis juxtaposing parameters rather than developing formulae to determine rankings.