Month: February 2015

Graphical Review: 25/Feb/14

Sachin Pakistan 0 803 1066 309 194 2372
Rahul New Zealand 75 620 233 744 167 1839
Anshul West Indies 50 442 563 447 86 1588
Chirag Sri Lanka 25 625 504 333 76 1563
Piyush South Africa 25 839 353 233 56 1506
Romy Australia 50 631 250 361 161 1453
Rachit India 50 389 576 70 12 1097
Dishin England 25 370 347 164 72 978




From the two charts, we can clearly see that Rahul dominates the All Rounder category and Sachin just pretty much blows everyone away in the bowling category. His bowling points of 1066 is the highest in all disciplines and is a huge reason for his number 1 position.

The charts are a little skewed in favor of players who did not buy into many Aussies & Bangladeshi’s, i.e. the rain affected teams and there will be catch-up once these teams play. Prior to the deadline of March 15, all teams are expected to play all 6 qualifying matches and look for the above table to turn a lot.

It is interesting to note that the total number of batsmen sold in the auctions have a cumulative total of 4,719 points compared to that of the 3,892 points total of the bowlers. The batsmen points are scattered closer together where we have a high of 839 [Piyush] and low of 370 [Dishin]. The bowlers points are where the data really shines, Sachin has a high of 1,066 points and the second highest is 576 points by Rachit, i.e. Sachin is a cool minimum 500 points ahead of everyone in the bowling department at this point. Mind Boggling!

Other interesting pieces of data:

  • Rachit has only 82 points contributed from his all rounders and wicker keeper!
  • Piyush has 839 points from his batsmen but only 642 points from his bowlers, all-rounders and wicket keeper combined!
  • Sachin has zero points from his Pakistan team and is still number 1!
  • Rahul has 233 points contributed from his bowlers which is the lowest among all and he still sits number 2 in the overall points!

Weekly Battle: Sachin V Rahul [24 Feb 2015]

BATSMEN 620 803
BOWLER 233 1066
TEAM 75 0
1839 2372

Rahul’s best formation of 3 Batsmen, 3 Bowlers, 4 All-Rounders, 1 Wicket Keeper brings him 1839 points with his all rounders out-scoring Sachin’s comfortably. His team New Zealand have 3 out of 3 wins and bring him 75 points compared to 0 points for Sachin. Due to the compulsory formation rule of minimum 3 batsmen and bowlers, this is hurting him. His 3 bowlers only give him 233 points and leaves on the bench 126 points!!! His bench has W Porterfield (-2 points), S Maqsood (65 points), D Smith (61 points), R Bopara (0 points) which is clearly hurting him due to the unspent points.

Sachin’s best performance of 3 Batsmen, 5 Bowlers, 2 All – Rounders, 1 Wicket Keeper brings him 2372 points. Sachin’s performance so far in the auctions is just plain scary. His crystal ball has gazed into the future and picked him a treasure of points. His 5 bowlers have 1066 points which is more than Dishin’s entire team of 11 at this point! His team points have brought him zero but that will soon change with Pakistan to play easy games. His bench has Y Khan (-14 points), A Shehzad (18 points), K Roach (-30 points), L Ronchi (96 points) which is not hurting him unlike Rahul.

The difference between the 2 players is a whopping 533 points and Rahul has 126 points he cannot use due to formation woes. This is playing into Sachin’s hands and could hurt Rahul in the long run for not buying more than 3 bowlers. Sachin has played the formation rules perfectly and even has a second keeper in Ronchi whose points he does not need as his Taylor has 194 points!

The future is looking good for Sachin as his players are playing consistently and for Rahul the formation woes may be too big a hurdle to cross.



Round 1: Rahul Reaches For The Stars!

Name WC TEAM Points
Rahul New Zealand 1,252.00
Sachin Pakistan 1,164.00
Romy Australia 1,053.00
Anshul West Indies 981.00
Chirag Sri Lanka 772.00
Piyush South Africa 658.00
Rachit India 622.00
Dishin England 578.00

Everyone’s players having played one game and of course NZ played twice, the auction charts have a new hero. One who has not visited the hallowed realms of the penultimate positions, none other than our very own Rahul!

Rahul’s team has absolutely destroyed the field and his uncanny picks have confirmed his underlying knowledge of our beautiful game. His 3 all rounders [Marsh, Duminy, Hassan] have combined to give him a whopping 616 points! There’s no good news for his competitors as his non-starting Sri Lankan players [Senanayake, Perrera] are pencilled in to start the game against Afghanistan and this though good news for him is probably not comforting for us who chase. The only downside in the time is the 3 bowler pick strategy but so far it is not causing any harm. Hats off to you my friend! Rating: 5/5.

Sachin’s teams always do well in the auctions and this round was no different. His picks of Miller, Boult, Finn and Vettori combined for a cool 817 points which is more than 50% of his overall score! His trade of Finch and not spending his entire purse had raised some eye-brows but who are we to argue with the man who have never been out of the top 3 since the auctions started. The only downside is will this team have the legs in Vettori to play the entire World Cup and will West Indies go far so that his 3 players [Gayle, Roach, Sammy] can extract the maximum points for him? Time will tell. Rating: 4/5.

Romy’s teams have been magical in the sense that the gamble of trades have paid off. The two trade players in Finch and Taylor have brought him 393 points which is not bad business at all! The downside is that the chunk of points are coming from the Irish and the Bangladeshi’s which could prove deterrent in the later stages of the tournament. Rating: 3.5/5.

Anshul’s two all-rounders [Anderson & Maxwell] brought him a humungous 447 points and look in great form. The downside is NZ have played twice and Australia’s game looks like a washout, so round 2 might prove tricky to climb the charts. Rating: 3.5/5.

Chirag’s three non-starters in Roussow, Mills and Abbott have cost this team a higher position in the charts. The consistency is there in this team in Kohli, Misbah, Sangakarra, Masakadza and it looks in prime position to profit from their form. The downside is the slight injury to Steyn, the woeful form of Russell & Holder and the lack of starters might hurt this team in the deep end of the tournament. Rating: 3/5.

Piyush’s teams baffle the statistics and it is maybe a good sign for the others that this team will need to recover to catch-up. The good news is catch-up is easy as Amla, McCullum, Dilshan, Bell, Rahane, Simmons, Matthews can destroy the charts if they all click and thus this team will climb rapidly. The bad news is the non-starters in Benn and B Kumar have made this a one sided batting team which could fail if tosses are not in favor and team bowlers don’t allow these batsmen to shine. Rating: 3/5.

Rachit’s team is a source of frustration as starts for Warner, Samuels were not converted. The nervousness of the most in-form batsmen Rohit Sharma got him out whereas Jimmy Anderson bowled better than the stats would have you believe. The performances were there but the end result hurt. The good news here is that it is very early and this team is too good to be here. Watch for this team to climb. Rating: 2/5.

Dishin’s team has been here before but we all know his capability for great recovery. Round 2 might be tricky as his NZ batsmen [Williamson & Taylor] have played twice and the high chance of washout in Australia’s game could negate his powerful combo of Starc & Hazlewood. But make no mistake this team is designed to shine at the back end of the tournament and it will absolutely zoom in the latter stages of the tournament but till then it could be a nervous time for this team owner. Rating: 1/5.

Auction Teams Preview: Romy

Romy: Finch, S Smith, J Root, J Taylor, E Joyce, M Rahim, M Ali, R Berrington, Philander, Kulasekera, McClenaghan, C Young, G Dockrell

Players Bought:13

Pot Luck Team: Australia

Most Expensive Player: S Smith [440]

Non Starting/Injury Risk Player: None

Trades: None

Rating: 3/5

The disappointing thing here was the 20 units left over, with another 5 units a back-up keeper could have strengthened the team. Playing shot-gun and finishing the trades might come back to haunt. The balance is there but surprise knock-outs could hurt. The combination of Smith, Root, M Ali could be bountiful and look out for this team.

Auction Teams Preview: Sachin

Sachin: Gayle, Shehzad, Y Khan, E Morgan, D Miller, L Ronchi, S Afridi, D Sammy, Roach, Malinga, Boult, Vettori, Ashwin

Players Bought: 14

Pot Luck Team: Pakistan

Most Expensive Player: C Gayle [200]

Non Starting/Injury Risk Players: Vettori, Roach

Trades: 1 Left

Rating: 2.5/5

There are a lot of strange going-ons in this team. There was 400 units left in the purse, there are no players from the non-test playing nations. This team pretty much has all starters and is very solid in explosiveness. The million dollar question here is why was the 400 not spent? Why was this team not strengthened more to fulfill it’s potential? Yes, this team is good enough to win but why not insure it further when you have units left? There are many questions surrounding this team and hopefully one day that mystery will solve itself. Great combination of players but criminal not to strengthen it.

Auction Teams Preview: Rahul

Rahul: D Smith, S Maqsood, W Porterfield, Dhawan, Raina, Bailey, D Ramdin, M Marsh, S Al Hassan, Bopara, JP Duminy, T Perrera, Senanyake, I Tahir, M Johnson

Players Bought: 15

Pot Luck Team: New Zealand

Most Expensive Player: M Johnson [340]

Non Starting/Injury Risk Players: D Smith, Bopara

Trades: 2 Left

Rating: 3/5

This is a bag of mixed tricks. All-rounders rich and bowler savvy, this is a rockstar bowling side with wickets galore. Personally, the trades need to bring in a good batsmen and this will add more kick to the team. Watch out for the trades on this one!

Auction Teams Preview: Rachit

Rachit: Warner, R Sharma, M Samuels, Thiramane, T Iqbal, Q De Kock, Watson, Jadeja, M Morkel, Shami, J Anderson, Faulkner, S Zadran, R Hossain, W Riaz

Players Bought: 15

Pot Luck Team: New Zealand

Most Expensive Player: D Warner [370]

Non Starting Player/Rotation Risk Players: Thiramane, Q De Kock, Faulkner

Trades: 1 Left

Rating: 3/5

The batting line-up is solid with Warner, Rohit, Samuels and the all-rounding potential of Watson is exciting.  The bowling of J Anderson, Shami & Morkel will keep this team in the top half for sure! With 1 trade left, this team is my pick to surprise all! You have been warned.

Auction Teams Preview: Piyush

Piyush: Dilshan, Amla, McCullum, Rahane, Bell, Simmons, Dhoni, Matthews, Chihumbura, Milne, B Kumar, Benn, Lakmal, Panyangara, M Haq

Players Bought: 15

Pot Luck Team: South Africa

Most Expensive Player: H Amla [430]

Non Starting/Injury Risk Players: Simmons, Lakmal

Trades: 2 Left

Rating: 4/5

This team gives me the goose bumps! The batting line-up alone is enough to instill the fear of God in you, I mean if Dilshan don’t get you, you have Amla, McCullum, Rahane, Bell, Mathews and Dhoni! Wow. The bowling might allow the others to sneak up on this team but if trades can strengthen the bowling, then this is my team to win!


Auction Teams Preview: Dishin

Dishin: K Williamson, R Taylor, F Du Plessis, U Akmal, A Rayudu, J Butler, Binny, Elliott, Sohail, A Patel, Starc, Hazlewood, Herath, Mortaza

Players Bought: 14.

Pot Luck Team: England

Most Expensive Player: K Williamson [320]

Non-Starting/Injury Risk Players: Rayudu, Akmal, A Patel, Binny

Trades: 2 Left.

Rating: 3.5/5.

This is a gorgeous team for the cricketing aficionados. It is a classic 11 packed with technically gifted  batsmen, fast swinging bowlers and an explosive wicket keeper. The lacking quadrant is the all rounder where the trades will come and take this team to the next level. As expected, an intelligent team assembled with great technical ability. Good Stuff.

Auction Teams Preview: Chirag

Chirag: Masakadza, Roussow, Misbah-Ul-Haq, Guptill, Kohli, Sangakarra, K O’Brian, A Russell, Chibabha, Holder, Abbott, Steyn, Mills, Broad, Woakes.

Players Bought: 15.

Pot Luck Team: Sri Lanka

Most Expensive Player: V Kohli [310]

Non-Starting/Injury Risk Players: Roussow, Abbott, Mills

Trades: 2 Left.

Rating: 3/5.

There are 12 starting players in this team! There are no spinners in this team but dependable and consistent batsman are married with the explosiveness of Steyn. This team could surprise and the 2 trades will need to being in a batsman and an all rounder to push it to the next level.