Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

Category: Aside

Comprehensive Statistical Analysis of Why Irfan Pathan Should Play in Australia

Comprehensive Statistical Analysis of Why Pathan Should Play in Australia

Comprehensive Statistical Analysis of Why Pathan Should Play in Australia

New Design

Sneakily introduced a new design here a few days ago. Let me know what you think. Primary focus is readability. Don’t care if you notice the gadgets and gizmos in sidebars and dropdown menus. You read, I’ll keep writing.

Twenty20 Hindsight, the Tshirt

On a whim, I had designed a t-shirt. I have one. You’re free to buy one too. Or not. Lots of colors, sizes, genders, species available.

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What Makes Trott So Fascinating to Geeks

I’ve harped on Trott a lot. I wrote three very long posts trying to present numbers that quantify the uneasiness he generates.

That is what makes him so interesting– the most popular metrics used to judge a cricketer fail when judging Jonathan Trott. Batting average, strike rate, gross runs, 100s, 50s, are an inadequate set. Those of us who pay attention to numbers have known about the inadequacy of traditional statistics, but Jonathan Trott personifies this struggle. Any time anyone says, what’s wrong with traditional stats? We can say, “Jonathan Trott,” and smile knowingly.

He has scored enough runs on average. He has scored at a decent stike rate on average. And he has scored a lot of runs in aggregate. But what the numbers don’t tell you is whether he scored the runs at the appropriate time, at the appropriate rate. And that’s why I keep writing about him.

And Misbah. I need to write about Misbah.


You Want to Start Fixing Indian Cricket? Start Here->

Reports the Times of India:

The BCCI president-elect, N Srinivasan, has admitted that the board was not vigilant in tackling financial irregularities in the IPL under Lalit Modi’s watch.

Chennai Super Kings owner and BCCI president-elect N Srinivasan was not vigilant in tackling financial irregularities in the IPL.

As an aside, the Times of India or Cricinfo don’t seem it’s important to mention this.

For the Handful of You Waiting for My Song on the Trent Bridge Test

… it’s coming soon :).
Edit: Here it is, at last.

Why India Lost, in short

It’s not because of lack of passion.

It’s not because of the IPL.

It’s not because they were undercooked.

It’s not because of an underperforming spinner.

It’s not because Bell was re-called.

It’s not because of Erasmus’ umpiring.

It’s not because India missed Sehwag.

Or Zaheer.

Or Gambhir.

It is because they were outplayed. England played better cricket.

Anyone who says otherwise is trying to evade the truth. Trying to avoid accepting reality. The reality that, at the moment, England are the better team.


All the High-Paying Jobs Have Moved to Bangalore

Fake Royal Challengers Bangalore Advertisement

West Indies have learned what other industries have known for some time-- all the high-paying jobs have moved to Bangalore!

You Mean I Could Be Dating That Hair?

For the Seinfeld fans:

Dhoni's Hair

You mean I could be dating that hair?