Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Lahore, not a bad place...

With the first Test between India and Pakistan about to start there in a couple of days, I thought it might be interesting (for some) to get an idea of what type of cricket to expect at the Gadaffi stadium (Lahore) in terms of Run rates, Strike Rates, Averages, etc. And for good measure, I have thrown in a comparison with Eden Gardens, Lord's and MCG.

So here is the comparative analysis of these four grounds for the last 5, 10, 15, 20 and overall* games:

Run rates (which also indicates the changing nature of Test cricket overall),

averages (runs per wicket),

strike Rates (balls per wicket),

and lastly, result %

All in all, the Gadaffi stadium does not seem a bad place to be watching cricket. Hey, add a sexy media centre, tilt the ground a bit, and it will even start resembling Lord's. And a few bowler hats might even confuse your die-hard MCC member.

Hmm, never mind the last bit...

* For an apples to apples comparison, in the overall records figures, I have only included Tests played at Melbourne, Lords and Eden Gardens since 1959 (i.e., after the Gaddafi stadium hosted its first Test).


Raju said...

I have been a silent reader of all your posts, Saurabh.. Great job..Amazing stats. I am a big fan of your page already..

I used to have graphs of runs, average, 100s, 50s etc. until last year..

Plz Check out my post on the recent trend in the Ind-Pak tests (the last 10 matches).

Saurabh Wahi said...

Thanks Raju.

Will check your post later as I am busy today; with work, not blogging :-)