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Friday, October 15, 2004

VVS Laxman - "Clean Bowled" tendency

Have you noticed how often VVS Laxman gets Clean Bowled of late ? I used to admire his batting but his recent mode of dismissals have just left me a little frustrated. The "Clean Bowled" trend started off some time during the India-Pakistan tour in the beginning of this year and it has just continued on. For some reason, no one has raised this topic and neither does the batsman seem to remedy this problem.

I dug a little into the Statistics of VVS Laxman (courtesy of StatsGuru on the Cricket Info site) and what I found were not surprising. I compared his stats with the other 3 key Indian batsmen - Sachin, Dravid & Ganguly. The stats clearly show that he has indeed the highest tendeny of getting bowled among the current key Indian batsmen. Also, Ganguly has the least tendency of getting clean bowled. Also, the ranks of the 4 batsmen is the same in both the forms of cricket. In short, VVS Laxman has the highest tendency among the 4 batsmen to get Clean Bowled.

Here is the data (updated till the Bangalore Test, 2004) :

PlayerTest Innings#Clean Bowled%
VVS891820% (highest tendency)

Player1-day Innings#Clean Bowled%
VVS791317% (highest tendency)

Can someone inform him about this ? - it's about time !