Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Sachin's match winning centuries

Sorry, the analyst in me couldn't resist doing this. I recently came across this photo.

"Sachin has more match winning centuries than Ricky Ponting has in total" - that's the stupidest argument, mathematically. So I just went ahead and did a little bit of analysis.

Ricky Ponting: 30 centuries, 25 of them victories - win % when Ponting Scores a 100 - 83.33%

Okay, now the argument becomes - "hey, Australia was a much better team than India during that time and they won a lot of their games invariably". Well, I say - "very good call".

So I went ahead and studied another Indian who had significant success in ODI Cricket and was a peer to Sachin - Saurav Ganguly.

Saurav Ganguly: 22 centuries, 18 of them victories - win % when Saurav scores a 100 - 81.81%.

Sachin Tendulkar: 49 centuries, 33 of then victories (according to the image) - win % when Sachin scored a 100 - 67.34%

That is *significantly* lower than the two considered above.

I'm not under-mining Sachin's achievement at all. But when someone says Sachin has more match winning centuries than any other player, he also has more centuries in lost causes than any other player, even as a percentage.