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    Tibarn got a reaction from coffee_rules in We are Indians, Not South Asians   
    I agree with that.
     
    The University I am at currently threw a Holi celebration sponsored by South Asian Students Org, and the president of that org said that Holi has nothing to do with religion. It's just a South Asian color throwing festival  However, I think it is usually them appropriating/stealing Hinduism as South Asian.
     
    I think that it is a problem within India as well. Those who claim that things like Yoga has nothing to do with religion or some Bengali leftists who claim that Durgo Pujo isn't a religious event. 
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    Tibarn reacted to Adamant in Babar Azam the real deal?   
    Azam is not a good player of spin.He was struggling in uae and I haven't seen him play a good innings against a quality spinner.
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    Tibarn reacted to Gollum in Babar Azam the real deal?   
    From what I remember he was loose outside off stump, used to hang his bat, close the face etc. like batsmen do in shorter formats. Used to get squared up more often with the old stance, also get caught in the crease (neither fully forward nor back) making him a prime LBW candidate.
     
    I still think he is suspect against quality spin, hasn't been tested properly till now....I am sure Ashwin/Jadeja/Kuldeep will fancy their chances against him if we ever play a test series. 
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    Tibarn reacted to Gollum in Babar Azam the real deal?   
    He was a white ball specialist initially, found his groove in tests from Jan 2018. Somewhat similar to Kohli's trajectory, remember that before 2014 Adelaide test VK's batting average was below Ashwin's...but we knew he was going to make it big. Just by watching Babar bat one gets the feeling ki he isn't an ordinary batsman. He gets into position so early, has wonderful balance, so many other features which mark him out as a good batsman. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from maniac in Is Virat Kohli’s bollywood connection a concern?   
    I don't think it has anything to do with the underworld or ISI. One just has to visit his Instagram page to see how many padosis are drooling over him...
     
    He is maximizing his marketability. 
     
    His wife rubbed off on him by making him do more nautanki for sure though. Chew wears his ring around his neck and kisses it after a century and has his wife appear during away tours with the team. The latter is low level corruption. Like only he has a wife among all the players, staff, coaches on the team. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from zen in Top test batting performances in a series   
    Picking 3 different than Zen: no order
     
    Dravid 2011 England. One man army vs the #2 test side. The rest of the team folded. 
     
    Pujara in Sri Lanka(although he only played one match in that series 2015). He gets replaced by Rohit but he gets a second life as an opener. He carries the bat to the next innings and arguably saves his test career. It was a green pitch as well. 
    That innings will be a big milestone after his career is over. If he ends up an Indian great, then that innings will be the one that saved his career. If he ends up a mediocre player, that one will be an innings that set Indian cricket back a few years.   
     
    Gambhir in NZ 2009, particularly Napier. We are leading the series 1-0 after the first test, but the 2nd test they have scored over 600. Gambhir plays over 400 balls when we are forced to follow on, making it impossible for NZ to win the test. We go on to draw the 3rd test as well and win a series in NZ. Gambhir basically denied NZ a drawn series in the 2nd match. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Norman in ICC Announces ODI World Cup Super League   
    Gearing this toward the WC makes it a pointless format. There are hardly that many cricket playing nations to make "top 7 qualify for the WC" meaningful. Also the gap between the 8th, 9th, 10th teams and the rest is so large, that they aren't in any danger of not qualifying.  
     
    I rather see this league culminate in a series-based ODI tournament two years between the ODI WC which replaces the CT. Take the top 4 teams and make them play 3-game series SF and a 5-game series Final to determine the champion. This would make ODIs have two different trophies: a single elimination World Cup and a series based Trophy. ODIs need something to differentiate them more from T20s. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from coffee_rules in Funny videos/pranks thread   
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    Tibarn got a reaction from SK_IH in ICC Announces ODI World Cup Super League   
    Gearing this toward the WC makes it a pointless format. There are hardly that many cricket playing nations to make "top 7 qualify for the WC" meaningful. Also the gap between the 8th, 9th, 10th teams and the rest is so large, that they aren't in any danger of not qualifying.  
     
    I rather see this league culminate in a series-based ODI tournament two years between the ODI WC which replaces the CT. Take the top 4 teams and make them play 3-game series SF and a 5-game series Final to determine the champion. This would make ODIs have two different trophies: a single elimination World Cup and a series based Trophy. ODIs need something to differentiate them more from T20s. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Rightarmfast in India's Greatest ODI cricketer   
    Zak deserves an honorable mention for fast bowling, maybe over Shami as well, considering Shami doesn't bowl well in the death, while Zak does.
     
    Yuvi deserves a mention as an AR. He was Man of the Series in 2011, and his bowling was crucial then. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Gollum in At least 25 killed in Kabul gurdwara attack, IS claims responsibility   
    I've heard people say we should be friendly with Iran because of our shared "Aryan" heritage 
     
    The problem is that even though we have been helping fund Afghanistan's development post removal of the Taliban, having close ties with their government, helping train their soldiers, letting their cricketers train/play here, and even letting students from that country come to India to study, they have still basically caused an exodus of the Hindu and Sikh families from Afghanistan. There was an article I read a few years ago where the Dharmic families there in Afghanistan claimed that their lives got worse since the fall of the Taliban and institution of democracy there. 
     
    We should maintain cordial relations for now with the government and whatever decent people are there, but that place will be backwards hell for the foreseeable future and IMO certain people shouldn't delude themselves into thinking in hyperbole about some sort of "brotherhood" with them. Use them for our interests as long as they are useful, and drop them from our consciousness when they are no longer useful to us. The same with the Baloch.  
     
     
     
     
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Gollum in At least 25 killed in Kabul gurdwara attack, IS claims responsibility   
    The link Coffee_Rules posted is mostly true regarding the definition , but not entirely accurate, in terms of how people use it. 
    https://www.opindia.com/2019/10/rayta-trad-and-everything-in-between-a-gentle-introduction-to-the-indian-non-left/
    I'll just clarify some things:

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    Tibarn got a reaction from saik in Twitter messages   
    I don't know why, but Kuldeep reminds me of an evil mother in-law 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Gollum in At least 25 killed in Kabul gurdwara attack, IS claims responsibility   
    I don't see why people, especially Raytas, have so much love for Afghanistan, Balochistan, Iran, et al.  I get we have a common enemy in Bakistan, but it's not like the people who live in those countries are particularly beneficial for us. 
     
    The same, to a lesser extent, is with those people who are obsessed over Israel, to the extent of putting an Israeli flag in their twitter bios. Clown World. 
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Mariyam in Anti-mask US senator who called coronavirus a hoax tests positive for Covid-19   
    Natural selection might take its toll on him, let's see. 
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    Tibarn reacted to Moochad in Why is SRK a global star?   
    I doubt he is really a global star. No one watches bollywood movies except for people from the subcontinent/diaspora. 
     
    Only Priyanka chopra is probably a global star as she actually has a hollywood tv show
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    Tibarn got a reaction from Gollum in Defensive Batting Rankings Since 2014   
    Most of the stats in this post can be read here:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29075630/which-current-test-batsmen-best-defences
     
    Cricinfo did a analysis of balls per dismissal of Test batsmen as a measure of their defensive batting ability. I collated the data and ran a simple linear regression as will be seen below. 
     Based on the data, 55.2 % of all shots played in Test cricket are defensive shots. FYI, Cricinfo defines a defensive shot as both a block and as a leave. 
     
    Here is a table I made of all the players whose stats were shared by the cricinfo article. Cricinfo analyzed 52 players, but only listed the stats and rankings of about 24. I thought it was interesting regardless. 
     
    The table shows a player's rank(if available), balls per dismissal, overall average, the average of the player since April 1st, 2014(the period the data includes), the false shots a player plays per dismissal, the control percentage for a player when playing a shot, and the percent of times a player is dismissed when playing a defensive shot. 
     
    Table 1: Overall Data
     
     
    Interesting things to note on this list:
    Steve Smith is far and away the best defensive batsman in Test cricket. His balls/dismissal is 193.1. The 2nd ranked batsman is Latham who plays almost 26 less ball per dismissal than Smith!
     
    Kohli is also a top 5 player in terms of defense in Test cricket, 5th best at 144 balls per dismissal. I think most people agree that Smith and Kohli are the two best Test batsmen in the world right now, and it shows the important of a great defense that they are both top 5 batsmen when playing defensively.
     
    On the other hand, the other two members of the so-called "Big 4" Root and Williamson are ranked 18th and 21st out of the 52 players analyzed. 
     
    Both South Africa and the Padosis have 3 batsmen each in the top 10, although 2 of the 3 Padosi batsmen are now retired. 
     
    Rahane is our 2nd highest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. Cricinfo didn't share his ranking but it is between 10 and 14.
     
    Rahul is the 5th lowest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. He plays an average of 69.2 balls before being dismissed. 
     
    Shai Hope and QDK are the two worst on the list, with both playing less than 60 balls per dismissal. 
     
    I ran a linear regression of the data in the table, and am sharing it for those who are interested:

    An R-squared of .3554 is pretty strong for a multi-factorial discipline such as batting, so it shows that defense is really a key component of being a great Test batsman. 
     
    They then did a limited analysis of players in terms of spin vs pace. They analyzed how players performed vs Spin bowling in Asia and Pace bowling in SENA. 
     
    Table 2: Pace in SENA

     
    Smith is far and away the best batsman player of pace, over 50 balls better than the number two batsman.
     
    Kohli comes in at 6 best defensive batsman vs pace.
     
    3 of the top 5 players of pace are Kiwis. Surprisingly, Williamson isn't on of those three. He only plays 91.4 balls/dismissal. 
     
    Table 3: Spin in Asia

     
    Smith really comes tumbling down in this ranking. He plays only 81 deliveries before getting dismissed. 
     
     Kohli is the undisputed best player of spin in Asia, playing 318.6 deliveries(53 overs!) before getting dismissed by spinners in Asia. 
     
    4 non-Asian batsmen: Latham, Watling, Bairstow, and M. Ali make up the top 5 in this list. 
     
    Root has an atrocious record playing spin in Asia, playing on 67 balls before being dismissed. 
     
     
    Some Further Thoughts on Indian and other key players
     
    Rahane
    As mentioned earlier. Rahane is overall our second best batsman when it comes to playing defense, ranking either 11th, 12th, or 13th in the world overall. I supposed this is a testament to his technique and why he was so successful early on in his career while playing overseas in SENA. 
     
    What's more surprising is that Rahane is also our second best batsman playing spin in Asia, averaging 124.4 balls per dismissal. This somewhat flies in the face of our general consensus as Indian fans that Rahane is a poor/terrible player of spin. In my opinion, these stats imply that he has a weakness of scoring against spin, rather than being overall poor versus spin. If that is the case, it is absolutely bizarre that an Indian batsman struggles to score against what should be our player's bread and butter.
     
    Another stat to note is that Rahane actually has the 2nd highest control percent among all batsmen in Asia.
       
     
    I am not sure what to make of Rahane. He clearly has a good defense vs spin, and he has great control when playing shots against spin, yet he averages so low in India (below 40 average currently).
     
    What are your thoughts? Is he living up to his name "Jinks" in that he is unluckly, or is there some other factor which explains why he seems so sound against spin, yet averages so little in India? 
     
    Pujara
    Pujara comes in at number 27 overall, playing an average of 97.9 balls before dismissal. His spin vs pace split isn't very different:
    vs pace in SENA: 98.9
    vs spin in Asia: 105.1
     
    This shows that it isn't necessarily true that he is a spin bully, in fact, according to the data, he is even better than Williamson in SENA in terms of defense. 
     
    The most interesting stat for Pujara however, comes from Table 1 above: Pujara is dismissed 67.4% of the time when defending!
     
    This is an absurd statistic. The only other player in that stratosphere is Hope, who is dismissed 69.1 percent of the time defending, and is ranked dead last of all 52 players analyzed. 
     
    In my opinion this lends credence to the view that many people I think share that Pujara blocks too much. He likely lets opposing bowlers set up on him by refusing to play shots to get off of strike.  In my opinion, if he took a more proactive approach and tried to take more singles and rotate strike, he would statistically improve much more than a typical batsman. He will never play in the style of an aggressive batsman like Sehwag, but he definitely needs to be more proactive.  
     
    Rohit
    Rohit strangely comes in at number 28 on the overall rankings, just .1 behind Pujara. This is very strange considering most people don't consider Rohit much of a Test batsman, specifically when he steps out of India. 
     
    Cricinfo didn't breakdown his pace vs spin, so the explanation could simply be that he has a great performance vs spin and poor vs pace, but we don't know for sure. 
      
    Rahul 
    Rahul is arguably the biggest story for India fans from these data. He is the 5th worst performing batsman in the world overall in terms of defense. Again, Cricinfo doesn't show his pace vs spin splits, but they likely won't show him in a good light.  Rahul has played his entire test career, all 36 Tests, in the timeframe that cricinfo analyzed, so he is one of the players whose peaks and valleys are included in the data. 
     
    What is jarring is that Rahul has played opener for India in 54 of the 60 innings he has played for India, yet the data show that he has one of the 5 worst defensive techniques in the world. It is no wonder our batting was struggling so much overseas with a player not suited at all to batting at a position where defense is arguably the most important.   
     
    One other interesting stat regarding Rahul from Cricinfo is this:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27433342/williamson-karunaratne-two-ends-control-spectrum
     
     Since 2017, KL Rahul has one of the 5 lowest control percentages, so even when playing offensive shots, he doesn't seem to do all that well (at least since 2017). 
     
    The question is: Is Rahul and his technique overrated or is he simply not cut-out to be an opener? 
     
    Latham and Watling
    These two kiwis are the only players in the top 5 of all three lists: Overall,  Pace in SENA and Spin in Asia lists. It's safe to say these two are the most consistent defensive batsmen overall.
     
    Kohli, Smith, Williamson
    Finally, as I already wrote about these 3 batsmen earlier above, I won't repeat them again down here.  However here is an interesting stat  regarding these 3 batsmen(refer to Table 1):
     
    Kane  gets out once for every 9.6 false shots played
    Kohli gets out once for every 16.2 false shots played
    Smith gets out once for every 17.6 false shots played
     
    That difference is profound. It is even moreso when one looks at this stat from Wisden-Cricviz
    https://wisden.com/stories/stats-analysis/cricviz-analysis-35-false-shots-in-94-balls-how-warner-exploited-good-fortune
    Kohli and Smith both play significantly more false shots than 12 before getting out, implying both have been incredibily lucky so far in their careers. On the other hand, Williamson gets out much earlier than a typical batsmen 9.6 vs 12 false shots per dismissal. He is arguably the most unlucky player currently. Even-still, he averages almost 51. 
     
    It will be interesting to see how these three's averages look at the end of their careers. If Kohli, Smith, and/or Kane approach 12 false shots per dismissal at the end of their careers, one may end up rating the three more similarly than one currently does. 
     
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    Tibarn reacted to I6MTW in Anime/Manga Thread   
    Well GITS is like a franchise now. I suggest you watch the movie first and then the series.
     
    I'd recommend Steins Gate, it's really good.
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    Tibarn got a reaction from zen in Defensive Batting Rankings Since 2014   
    Most of the stats in this post can be read here:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29075630/which-current-test-batsmen-best-defences
     
    Cricinfo did a analysis of balls per dismissal of Test batsmen as a measure of their defensive batting ability. I collated the data and ran a simple linear regression as will be seen below. 
     Based on the data, 55.2 % of all shots played in Test cricket are defensive shots. FYI, Cricinfo defines a defensive shot as both a block and as a leave. 
     
    Here is a table I made of all the players whose stats were shared by the cricinfo article. Cricinfo analyzed 52 players, but only listed the stats and rankings of about 24. I thought it was interesting regardless. 
     
    The table shows a player's rank(if available), balls per dismissal, overall average, the average of the player since April 1st, 2014(the period the data includes), the false shots a player plays per dismissal, the control percentage for a player when playing a shot, and the percent of times a player is dismissed when playing a defensive shot. 
     
    Table 1: Overall Data
     
     
    Interesting things to note on this list:
    Steve Smith is far and away the best defensive batsman in Test cricket. His balls/dismissal is 193.1. The 2nd ranked batsman is Latham who plays almost 26 less ball per dismissal than Smith!
     
    Kohli is also a top 5 player in terms of defense in Test cricket, 5th best at 144 balls per dismissal. I think most people agree that Smith and Kohli are the two best Test batsmen in the world right now, and it shows the important of a great defense that they are both top 5 batsmen when playing defensively.
     
    On the other hand, the other two members of the so-called "Big 4" Root and Williamson are ranked 18th and 21st out of the 52 players analyzed. 
     
    Both South Africa and the Padosis have 3 batsmen each in the top 10, although 2 of the 3 Padosi batsmen are now retired. 
     
    Rahane is our 2nd highest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. Cricinfo didn't share his ranking but it is between 10 and 14.
     
    Rahul is the 5th lowest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. He plays an average of 69.2 balls before being dismissed. 
     
    Shai Hope and QDK are the two worst on the list, with both playing less than 60 balls per dismissal. 
     
    I ran a linear regression of the data in the table, and am sharing it for those who are interested:

    An R-squared of .3554 is pretty strong for a multi-factorial discipline such as batting, so it shows that defense is really a key component of being a great Test batsman. 
     
    They then did a limited analysis of players in terms of spin vs pace. They analyzed how players performed vs Spin bowling in Asia and Pace bowling in SENA. 
     
    Table 2: Pace in SENA

     
    Smith is far and away the best batsman player of pace, over 50 balls better than the number two batsman.
     
    Kohli comes in at 6 best defensive batsman vs pace.
     
    3 of the top 5 players of pace are Kiwis. Surprisingly, Williamson isn't on of those three. He only plays 91.4 balls/dismissal. 
     
    Table 3: Spin in Asia

     
    Smith really comes tumbling down in this ranking. He plays only 81 deliveries before getting dismissed. 
     
     Kohli is the undisputed best player of spin in Asia, playing 318.6 deliveries(53 overs!) before getting dismissed by spinners in Asia. 
     
    4 non-Asian batsmen: Latham, Watling, Bairstow, and M. Ali make up the top 5 in this list. 
     
    Root has an atrocious record playing spin in Asia, playing on 67 balls before being dismissed. 
     
     
    Some Further Thoughts on Indian and other key players
     
    Rahane
    As mentioned earlier. Rahane is overall our second best batsman when it comes to playing defense, ranking either 11th, 12th, or 13th in the world overall. I supposed this is a testament to his technique and why he was so successful early on in his career while playing overseas in SENA. 
     
    What's more surprising is that Rahane is also our second best batsman playing spin in Asia, averaging 124.4 balls per dismissal. This somewhat flies in the face of our general consensus as Indian fans that Rahane is a poor/terrible player of spin. In my opinion, these stats imply that he has a weakness of scoring against spin, rather than being overall poor versus spin. If that is the case, it is absolutely bizarre that an Indian batsman struggles to score against what should be our player's bread and butter.
     
    Another stat to note is that Rahane actually has the 2nd highest control percent among all batsmen in Asia.
       
     
    I am not sure what to make of Rahane. He clearly has a good defense vs spin, and he has great control when playing shots against spin, yet he averages so low in India (below 40 average currently).
     
    What are your thoughts? Is he living up to his name "Jinks" in that he is unluckly, or is there some other factor which explains why he seems so sound against spin, yet averages so little in India? 
     
    Pujara
    Pujara comes in at number 27 overall, playing an average of 97.9 balls before dismissal. His spin vs pace split isn't very different:
    vs pace in SENA: 98.9
    vs spin in Asia: 105.1
     
    This shows that it isn't necessarily true that he is a spin bully, in fact, according to the data, he is even better than Williamson in SENA in terms of defense. 
     
    The most interesting stat for Pujara however, comes from Table 1 above: Pujara is dismissed 67.4% of the time when defending!
     
    This is an absurd statistic. The only other player in that stratosphere is Hope, who is dismissed 69.1 percent of the time defending, and is ranked dead last of all 52 players analyzed. 
     
    In my opinion this lends credence to the view that many people I think share that Pujara blocks too much. He likely lets opposing bowlers set up on him by refusing to play shots to get off of strike.  In my opinion, if he took a more proactive approach and tried to take more singles and rotate strike, he would statistically improve much more than a typical batsman. He will never play in the style of an aggressive batsman like Sehwag, but he definitely needs to be more proactive.  
     
    Rohit
    Rohit strangely comes in at number 28 on the overall rankings, just .1 behind Pujara. This is very strange considering most people don't consider Rohit much of a Test batsman, specifically when he steps out of India. 
     
    Cricinfo didn't breakdown his pace vs spin, so the explanation could simply be that he has a great performance vs spin and poor vs pace, but we don't know for sure. 
      
    Rahul 
    Rahul is arguably the biggest story for India fans from these data. He is the 5th worst performing batsman in the world overall in terms of defense. Again, Cricinfo doesn't show his pace vs spin splits, but they likely won't show him in a good light.  Rahul has played his entire test career, all 36 Tests, in the timeframe that cricinfo analyzed, so he is one of the players whose peaks and valleys are included in the data. 
     
    What is jarring is that Rahul has played opener for India in 54 of the 60 innings he has played for India, yet the data show that he has one of the 5 worst defensive techniques in the world. It is no wonder our batting was struggling so much overseas with a player not suited at all to batting at a position where defense is arguably the most important.   
     
    One other interesting stat regarding Rahul from Cricinfo is this:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27433342/williamson-karunaratne-two-ends-control-spectrum
     
     Since 2017, KL Rahul has one of the 5 lowest control percentages, so even when playing offensive shots, he doesn't seem to do all that well (at least since 2017). 
     
    The question is: Is Rahul and his technique overrated or is he simply not cut-out to be an opener? 
     
    Latham and Watling
    These two kiwis are the only players in the top 5 of all three lists: Overall,  Pace in SENA and Spin in Asia lists. It's safe to say these two are the most consistent defensive batsmen overall.
     
    Kohli, Smith, Williamson
    Finally, as I already wrote about these 3 batsmen earlier above, I won't repeat them again down here.  However here is an interesting stat  regarding these 3 batsmen(refer to Table 1):
     
    Kane  gets out once for every 9.6 false shots played
    Kohli gets out once for every 16.2 false shots played
    Smith gets out once for every 17.6 false shots played
     
    That difference is profound. It is even moreso when one looks at this stat from Wisden-Cricviz
    https://wisden.com/stories/stats-analysis/cricviz-analysis-35-false-shots-in-94-balls-how-warner-exploited-good-fortune
    Kohli and Smith both play significantly more false shots than 12 before getting out, implying both have been incredibily lucky so far in their careers. On the other hand, Williamson gets out much earlier than a typical batsmen 9.6 vs 12 false shots per dismissal. He is arguably the most unlucky player currently. Even-still, he averages almost 51. 
     
    It will be interesting to see how these three's averages look at the end of their careers. If Kohli, Smith, and/or Kane approach 12 false shots per dismissal at the end of their careers, one may end up rating the three more similarly than one currently does. 
     
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    Tibarn got a reaction from beetle in Twitter messages   
    From intsagram,  

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    Tibarn got a reaction from Mosher in Twitter messages   
    From intsagram,  

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    Tibarn got a reaction from maniac in Twitter messages   
    From intsagram,  

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    Tibarn got a reaction from Forever Indian in Twitter messages   
    From intsagram,  

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    From intsagram,  

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    Tibarn got a reaction from sandeep in Defensive Batting Rankings Since 2014   
    Most of the stats in this post can be read here:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29075630/which-current-test-batsmen-best-defences
     
    Cricinfo did a analysis of balls per dismissal of Test batsmen as a measure of their defensive batting ability. I collated the data and ran a simple linear regression as will be seen below. 
     Based on the data, 55.2 % of all shots played in Test cricket are defensive shots. FYI, Cricinfo defines a defensive shot as both a block and as a leave. 
     
    Here is a table I made of all the players whose stats were shared by the cricinfo article. Cricinfo analyzed 52 players, but only listed the stats and rankings of about 24. I thought it was interesting regardless. 
     
    The table shows a player's rank(if available), balls per dismissal, overall average, the average of the player since April 1st, 2014(the period the data includes), the false shots a player plays per dismissal, the control percentage for a player when playing a shot, and the percent of times a player is dismissed when playing a defensive shot. 
     
    Table 1: Overall Data
     
     
    Interesting things to note on this list:
    Steve Smith is far and away the best defensive batsman in Test cricket. His balls/dismissal is 193.1. The 2nd ranked batsman is Latham who plays almost 26 less ball per dismissal than Smith!
     
    Kohli is also a top 5 player in terms of defense in Test cricket, 5th best at 144 balls per dismissal. I think most people agree that Smith and Kohli are the two best Test batsmen in the world right now, and it shows the important of a great defense that they are both top 5 batsmen when playing defensively.
     
    On the other hand, the other two members of the so-called "Big 4" Root and Williamson are ranked 18th and 21st out of the 52 players analyzed. 
     
    Both South Africa and the Padosis have 3 batsmen each in the top 10, although 2 of the 3 Padosi batsmen are now retired. 
     
    Rahane is our 2nd highest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. Cricinfo didn't share his ranking but it is between 10 and 14.
     
    Rahul is the 5th lowest ranked batsmen in terms of defense. He plays an average of 69.2 balls before being dismissed. 
     
    Shai Hope and QDK are the two worst on the list, with both playing less than 60 balls per dismissal. 
     
    I ran a linear regression of the data in the table, and am sharing it for those who are interested:

    An R-squared of .3554 is pretty strong for a multi-factorial discipline such as batting, so it shows that defense is really a key component of being a great Test batsman. 
     
    They then did a limited analysis of players in terms of spin vs pace. They analyzed how players performed vs Spin bowling in Asia and Pace bowling in SENA. 
     
    Table 2: Pace in SENA

     
    Smith is far and away the best batsman player of pace, over 50 balls better than the number two batsman.
     
    Kohli comes in at 6 best defensive batsman vs pace.
     
    3 of the top 5 players of pace are Kiwis. Surprisingly, Williamson isn't on of those three. He only plays 91.4 balls/dismissal. 
     
    Table 3: Spin in Asia

     
    Smith really comes tumbling down in this ranking. He plays only 81 deliveries before getting dismissed. 
     
     Kohli is the undisputed best player of spin in Asia, playing 318.6 deliveries(53 overs!) before getting dismissed by spinners in Asia. 
     
    4 non-Asian batsmen: Latham, Watling, Bairstow, and M. Ali make up the top 5 in this list. 
     
    Root has an atrocious record playing spin in Asia, playing on 67 balls before being dismissed. 
     
     
    Some Further Thoughts on Indian and other key players
     
    Rahane
    As mentioned earlier. Rahane is overall our second best batsman when it comes to playing defense, ranking either 11th, 12th, or 13th in the world overall. I supposed this is a testament to his technique and why he was so successful early on in his career while playing overseas in SENA. 
     
    What's more surprising is that Rahane is also our second best batsman playing spin in Asia, averaging 124.4 balls per dismissal. This somewhat flies in the face of our general consensus as Indian fans that Rahane is a poor/terrible player of spin. In my opinion, these stats imply that he has a weakness of scoring against spin, rather than being overall poor versus spin. If that is the case, it is absolutely bizarre that an Indian batsman struggles to score against what should be our player's bread and butter.
     
    Another stat to note is that Rahane actually has the 2nd highest control percent among all batsmen in Asia.
       
     
    I am not sure what to make of Rahane. He clearly has a good defense vs spin, and he has great control when playing shots against spin, yet he averages so low in India (below 40 average currently).
     
    What are your thoughts? Is he living up to his name "Jinks" in that he is unluckly, or is there some other factor which explains why he seems so sound against spin, yet averages so little in India? 
     
    Pujara
    Pujara comes in at number 27 overall, playing an average of 97.9 balls before dismissal. His spin vs pace split isn't very different:
    vs pace in SENA: 98.9
    vs spin in Asia: 105.1
     
    This shows that it isn't necessarily true that he is a spin bully, in fact, according to the data, he is even better than Williamson in SENA in terms of defense. 
     
    The most interesting stat for Pujara however, comes from Table 1 above: Pujara is dismissed 67.4% of the time when defending!
     
    This is an absurd statistic. The only other player in that stratosphere is Hope, who is dismissed 69.1 percent of the time defending, and is ranked dead last of all 52 players analyzed. 
     
    In my opinion this lends credence to the view that many people I think share that Pujara blocks too much. He likely lets opposing bowlers set up on him by refusing to play shots to get off of strike.  In my opinion, if he took a more proactive approach and tried to take more singles and rotate strike, he would statistically improve much more than a typical batsman. He will never play in the style of an aggressive batsman like Sehwag, but he definitely needs to be more proactive.  
     
    Rohit
    Rohit strangely comes in at number 28 on the overall rankings, just .1 behind Pujara. This is very strange considering most people don't consider Rohit much of a Test batsman, specifically when he steps out of India. 
     
    Cricinfo didn't breakdown his pace vs spin, so the explanation could simply be that he has a great performance vs spin and poor vs pace, but we don't know for sure. 
      
    Rahul 
    Rahul is arguably the biggest story for India fans from these data. He is the 5th worst performing batsman in the world overall in terms of defense. Again, Cricinfo doesn't show his pace vs spin splits, but they likely won't show him in a good light.  Rahul has played his entire test career, all 36 Tests, in the timeframe that cricinfo analyzed, so he is one of the players whose peaks and valleys are included in the data. 
     
    What is jarring is that Rahul has played opener for India in 54 of the 60 innings he has played for India, yet the data show that he has one of the 5 worst defensive techniques in the world. It is no wonder our batting was struggling so much overseas with a player not suited at all to batting at a position where defense is arguably the most important.   
     
    One other interesting stat regarding Rahul from Cricinfo is this:
    https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/27433342/williamson-karunaratne-two-ends-control-spectrum
     
     Since 2017, KL Rahul has one of the 5 lowest control percentages, so even when playing offensive shots, he doesn't seem to do all that well (at least since 2017). 
     
    The question is: Is Rahul and his technique overrated or is he simply not cut-out to be an opener? 
     
    Latham and Watling
    These two kiwis are the only players in the top 5 of all three lists: Overall,  Pace in SENA and Spin in Asia lists. It's safe to say these two are the most consistent defensive batsmen overall.
     
    Kohli, Smith, Williamson
    Finally, as I already wrote about these 3 batsmen earlier above, I won't repeat them again down here.  However here is an interesting stat  regarding these 3 batsmen(refer to Table 1):
     
    Kane  gets out once for every 9.6 false shots played
    Kohli gets out once for every 16.2 false shots played
    Smith gets out once for every 17.6 false shots played
     
    That difference is profound. It is even moreso when one looks at this stat from Wisden-Cricviz
    https://wisden.com/stories/stats-analysis/cricviz-analysis-35-false-shots-in-94-balls-how-warner-exploited-good-fortune
    Kohli and Smith both play significantly more false shots than 12 before getting out, implying both have been incredibily lucky so far in their careers. On the other hand, Williamson gets out much earlier than a typical batsmen 9.6 vs 12 false shots per dismissal. He is arguably the most unlucky player currently. Even-still, he averages almost 51. 
     
    It will be interesting to see how these three's averages look at the end of their careers. If Kohli, Smith, and/or Kane approach 12 false shots per dismissal at the end of their careers, one may end up rating the three more similarly than one currently does. 
     
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