RARELY do critical wisdom and the popular mind agree so resoundingly: So what light can cold statistics throw on a batsman about whom every superlative has been used? Quite a lot, says CricketX, a sophisticated analytical system that rates cricketers by measuring current form and career performance after adjusting scores for rival strength and pitch quality.
Once scores are adjusted, CricketX derives index points for each innings. Indexing allows Test and one-day cricket points to be compared, which means we can make a composite index. Now, is Sachin No.1?
For one, don't be in a hurry—not yet. But several indicators, much like the ones that the stock market uses, point to a future place in the pantheon of greatness. AD 1998, though, has really been his. The raw numbers don't reveal that; CricketX does. To understand why, think overall domination.
The word 'overall' is the key: we use average form to measure it, and there are arguably stronger claimants to the Batsman of the Year 1998, in both Test and one-day cricket. It's when you combine the two...