Is Rahul Dravid Worth His IPL Money?

Over at Cricket With Balls, J Rod makes the case against Rahul Dravid (whom I praised in a recent post):

‘08: 14 matches, 371 runs, High score of 75*, Average of 28, Strike rate of 124. Throw in the dodgy captaining as well. He also had the 2nd worst strike rate of anyone in the top 12 run scores, only Graeme Smith had a lower strike rate, but he averaged 48.

Cricket players are notoriously difficult to measure, in spite (or because) of all the statistics. But in this case, I disagree with the Aussie blogger. Saying that Dravid had the second worst strike rate of the best batsmen in the tournament is like saying, “Out of the three best batsmen ever, Ricky Ponting comes in dead last, after Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.” It’s really not that damning.

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8 thoughts on “Is Rahul Dravid Worth His IPL Money?

  1. Jrod says:

    I made the case against him last tournament because his strike rate, average and captaincy were all below a million dollar output. The reason I mentioned the strike rate factoid was because Rahul fans kept saying he was good last tournament and using the amount of runs he made, even though many others made more runs quicker. Obviously the point of the article was using ’08 as a counterpoint for how much better he has been this year.

    • duckingbeamers says:

      Fair enough…though, you know, for a million dollars, I’d expect a super-cricketer, maybe a combination of Warne-Steyn-Sehwag-Gilchrist (for the right-left combo).

    • Gagan says:

      Here are the stats of Indian batsman only [who played more than one IPL] Dravid scores at a lower rate is obvious. The higher than average numbers are highlighted

      Inns Runs Average BF SR 4s 6s No of IPLs
      Ajinkya 21 685 32.6 532 128.8 82 13 2
      Sachin 62 1978 31.9 1655 119.5 249 24 5
      Gautam 68 2021 29.7 1570 128.7 236 30 5
      Virender 64 1868 29.2 1110 168.3 224 79 5
      Shikhar 51 1469 28.8 1186 123.9 160 34 4
      Suresh 75 2154 28.7 1562 137.9 183 91 5
      Rohit 73 1961 26.9 1510 129.9 167 82 5
      Rahul 63 1659 26.3 1416 117.2 199 23 5
      MS 65 1695 26.1 1267 133.8 128 60 5
      Murali 42 1072 25.5 803 133.5 90 51 3
      Sourav 52 1294 24.9 1196 108.2 134 40 4
      Yusuf 53 1294 24.4 828 156.3 113 74 4
      Ambati 44 1073 24.4 841 127.6 97 36 3
      Manish 35 806 23 683 118 84 23 4
      Virat 67 1524 22.7 1281 119 143 46 5
      Yuvraj 55 1237 22.5 938 131.9 93 67 4
      Robin 69 1530 22.2 1211 126.3 137 59 5
      Manoj 38 839 22.1 745 112.6 68 22 3
      Mayank 18 365 20.3 276 132.2 35 19 2
      Dinesh 61 1225 20.1 990 123.7 120 28 5
      Ravindra 47 903 19.2 746 121 65 35 4
      Naman 48 907 18.9 763 118.9 79 48 4
      Irfan 56 914 16.3 710 128.7 71 34 5

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  3. […] alluded to this in my earlier post on Rahul Dravid, but I wanted to flesh the theory out a bit more: why do we care so much about a player’s IPL […]

  4. Rishav says:

    yes dravid worth his ipl money.

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