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Some simple maths to outwit Tendulkar

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2011 01:33 IST
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A mathematician's plan and modern technology have helped England keep Sachin Tendulkar’s bat quiet in the ongoing Test series against the Indian cricket team, a report in London claimed.

England has relied on drawing Tendulkar outside his offstump in the early part of his innings rather than let him get his runs on the onside and this ploy is the result of a computer simulator plan, created by team analyst Nathan Leamon.

“We feed into the simulator information about pitches and the 22 players who might play, nd it plays the game a number of times and tells us likely outcomes.” Leamon was quoted as saying in a British newspaper.

Run jam
England believe Tendulkar largely gets his runs on the onside until he has made 50 and they have denied him the advantage completely.

Of the 261 balls bowled to Tendulkar by England's fast bowlers till the Edgbaston Test, 254 have pitched outside his off-stump, six have been in the line of the stump and just one beyond leg-stump.

Leamon, nicknamed “Numbers” by England players, breaks down the target area of the pitch into 20 blocks, each 100cm x15cm, in his software and bowlers begin to get a better idea of where to aim against a particular opponent.

'No rocket science’
England might claim they have sorted out Tendulkar but Sunil Gavaskar sees no great science behind such a discovery.

“Every batsman has his style of batting. It emerges from his grip. One with a heavy top hand, like the one Sourav Ganguly used to have, would be better on the off-side than he would be on the on-side.

“Tendulkar, if you notice, has a round top grip. It gives him a natural advantage on the onside. So that becomes your preferred mode of run-making,” said Gavaskar.

“So it's no rocket science. I'm glad it took the world to discover Tendulkar's style after he has nearly 15,000 Test runs under his belt.”