One-Day Mataram

Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Hi all,

Its your friendly statistician again !!!
It certainly feels good to be back in action after a bout of flu over the weekend !!! Sorry for not posting the 'Top 5s' over the last couple of days.

I feel it is a good time to take a look at the Top 13 among all the players as per our own unique points system !!
These points include all games till close of play yesterday - 24/02/2003.

1. Herschelle Gibbs - 290 (Gibbs has rushed to the top of the charts by striking yet another brilliant century, albeit in a losing cause, against the Kiwis)
2. Chaminda Vaas - 270 (Devastating bowling by Vaas has seen him maintain his position at the top)
3. Jon Davison - 266 (A true all-rounder, has scored 150 runs with a good strike rate + 5 wickets with a good economy rate)
4. Sachin Tendulkar - 258 ('Back-in-business' or 'business-as-usual', you decide. Has scored 321 runs so far which is the maximum number of runs in this edition of the cup)
5. Muttiah Muralitharan - 224 ('Vaas' partner-in-crime, 10 wickets already at a measly economy rate)
6. Lance Klusener - 217 (Just cannot keep Zulu down for long, 90 runs in 2 innings at more-than-healthy strike rate + 5 wickets)
7. Brian Lara - 210 (Seems to be backing his instincts in this World Cup, the glorious innings against SA was followed by spectacular hitting against Canada)
8. Grant Flower - 196 (The lesser-known of the two Flower brothers is making his presense felt this time around)
9. Gary Kirsten - 195 (Like Lara, Kirsten has also made a good comeback to his side.. some people still argue that had he opened with Gibbs against the Kiwis, instead of Graeme Smith, it would have been better for the SA cause)
10. Sanath Jayasuriya - 193 (Deadly batsman, good flat-bowler, excellent fielder and a decent captain, what more can you ask for ? ... perhaps a better innings against Kenya ?)
11. Wasim Akram - 188 (Like old wine, he seems to be getting better with age. Has 499 ODI wickets, who can bet against him getting #500 against Holland today ?)
12. Wavell Hinds - 187 (Surprisingly he has bowled well in this tournament with 5 wickets to his name + he hit 64 runs in 31 balls as WI blitzed past the Canadians score)
13. Andrew Symonds - 178 (Still seems to be enjoying the fruits of the big knock against Pakistan ... well who can say that he doesn't deserve to ?)

Cheers all !!!

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