Category: World Cup Cricket 2015

The Genius Of Sachin: An Apology Deserved

C Gayle S Finn D Sammy L Ronchi
D Miller T Boult S Afridi B Taylor
A Shehzad L Malinga
Y Khan R Ashwin
E Morgan K Roach
D Vettori

According to the ICC rankings just before the World Cup started, Sachin’s highest rated batsmen is David Miller [ranked 23], his highest rated bowler is D Vettori [ranked 9] in the world and his all rounders do not even make the top 10. Add to these statistics:

  • Gayle has not hit a century for over a year;
  • E Morgan’s & Y Khan have no form whatsoever to speak of;
  • Shehzad is nursing an injury;
  • Malinga had not played for over six months;
  • Roach is not even up for team selection and is the lowest point getter in the auctions at -30;
  • Finn & Ashwin were one of the least economical bowlers in 2014 and were rotated at every opportunities by their respective countries;
  • Sammy & Afridi bat so low down the order, that even Cricinfo & ICC list them as bowlers!

The above gives us a grand total of 10 players who one would say had a buyer beware tag next to them! But here in lies the magic, the brilliance of our friend Sachin whose team not only sits atop the auctions but does so dominantly. His team cost an economical 1600 units to construct and his players were bought astutely to reflect his position at the top of our table.

A genius is a person who displays exceptional superior intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge.

The above is the definition of genius from Wikipedia and I think is apt for my wonderful friend who never ceases to amaze me. He may or may not finish top by the end of the World Cup but one thing is for sure, that he deserves an unabashed apology from me for the low rating I bestowed upon him before the start of the World Cup. I humbly apologize my friend and well done so far!

Sachin’s team rating: 4.5/5.


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!

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.

Auction Teams Preview: ANSHUL

Anshul: Jayawardane, AB DeVilliers, Jamshed, Stirling, Clarke, Haddin, Maxwell, C Anderson, M Irfan, Southee, Adil, Cottrell, Yadav

Players Bought: 13.

Pot Luck Team: West Indies.

Most Expensive Player: C Anderson [450 Units].

Non-Starting Players / Injury Risk Players: M Clarke, S Cottrell, U Yadav.

Controversial: Hafeez not cleared to bowl. And replaced by N Jamshed.

Trades: 2 Left.

Rating: 4/5.

One of my favorite teams in the auctions this year. The batting is immensely strong and with excellent all-rounders and an experienced wicket keeper, this is the team to beat. The bowling is the Achilles heel here and if the two trades can be used to strengthen the bowling, then this is a top 3 team for me.