One-Day Mataram

Deconstructing the gentleman's game

Hi all,

The registration for the contest is over now and we have 33 teams fighting it out for the honours.

Here's a peek into the psyche of all us contestants ...

The top 13 with respect to the number of teams the players feature in (does anybody have exactly the same team ??)

Adam Gilchrist - 32
Virendra Sehwag - 26
Sanath Jayasuriya - 25
Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis - 23
Glenn McGrath, Shaun Pollock - 22
Sachin Tendulkar - 21
Wasim Akram - 18
Matthew Hayden, Rahul Dravid - 17
Muttiah Muralitharan - 14
Shane Bond - 12

The rest ...

Marcus Trescothick - 10
Yousuf Youhana, Shoaib Akhtar - 9
Ricky Ponting, Brett Lee, Chris Cairns - 8
Lance Klusener, Carl hooper - 7
Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle - 6
Zaheer Khan, Michael Vaughan, Nathan Astle, Yuvraj Singh - 5
Mark Boucher, Abdur Razzaq - 4
Andy Flintoff, Nick Knight, Shiv Chanderpaul, Shahid Afridi - 3
Sourav Ganguly, Jonty Rhodes, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Daryl Tuffey, Mahela Jayawardene, Andy Flower - 2
Harbhajan Singh, Damien Martyn, Brad Hogg, Jason Gillespie, Michael Bevan, Nicky Boje, Taufeeq Umar, Waqar Younis, Azhar Mahmood, Jacob Oram, Stephen Fleming, Craig McMillan, Marvan Attapattu, Wavel Hinds, Mervyn Dillon, Alec Stewart, Paul Collingwood, Alok Kapali and RD Shah - 1

The remainder don't find favour in any of the 33 teams, the chief omissions being that of Aravinda De Silva and Saeed Anwar, who are probably out of contention just because of the nature of this contest.

Now for a list of countries and the number of different players selected from it.

Australia - 10 players
Pakistan - 9 players
India, West Indies, South Africa, New Zealand - 7 players
England - 6 players
Sri Lanka - 4 players
Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Kenya - 1 player each.

The player and team analysis both show the Aussies to be the favourites, with South Africa, India and Pakistan playing catchup.

But really, statistics can all go out of the window once the games start ...

Best of Luck to all !!!

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