To all numbers-minded cricket bloggers (i.e., Devanshu Mehta): can you design a statistical index that tracks a batting line-up’s brittleness? Definition: hard, but liable to break up.
After watching the Indian line-up over the past few months (in England, and in ODIs against the West Indies), it occurs to me that despite its obvious formidable powers, it can still be broken in half. This isn’t a new story; before the team’s No. 1 Test ranking, India did display an alarming tendency to collapse in a heap for no apparent reason. I don’t how you’d rigorously measure this trend — something that allows for high averages (as India has), but also a high likelihood to collapse (defined by wickets falling over a short number of overs) and a collection of low scores (i.e., if one does badly, most in the top six do badly). V.V.S. Laxman will probably ruin the curve here, so you might consider excluding him.
I can only hope that when this team heads down to Australia, Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir will put aside whatever blues have been dogging them and help Dravid and Laxman.