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Stats based Analytical view point on Edging a seaming New Ball & other Modes of Dismissals faced by Openers/Front Order Batsmen

Facing Pace bowlers, the openers & front-order batsman mostly get out caught, due to new ball movement induced edging. Basically most of those catches resulted from not-middling well enough to tackle the new ball movement they are especially vulnerable (movement in the air & off the deck) compared to other batters. Therefore, it is a good indicator to see how often they have got out CAUGHT facing PACE BOWLERS ONLY in each opener/ front order batsman’s dismissal record in their career stats to judge their ability to handle the ball movement properly (middle it) without edging catches to get out: 

Overall Dismissal modes of some front order batsmen facing Pace Bowlers ONLY in their careers:

Sanga:    210 dismsls  –   25b  –   168c    –  15 lbw   –  80.0 % caught
Dilly :      154 dismsls –    35b   –   112c    –    6 lbw   –  72.7% caught
Upul :      119 dismsls  –   23b  –     90c    –    6 lbw   –  75.6 % caught  
Mahela:   218 dismsls  –   25b  –   167c   –    25 lbw  –  76.6 % caught
Sanath:   311 dismsls  –    42b  –   223c  –    41 lbw  –   71.6 %  caught         

Percentage of deferent dismissal modes in their careers facing Pace Attacks:  

Sanga :   80.0%  Caught  –  7.1 % lbw – 11.9 %  Bowled
Mahela:   76.6 % Caught –   11.4% lbw – 11.5% Bowled
Upul :      75. 6 % Caught –  5.0 % lbw  – 19.3 % Bowled
Dilshan:   72.7% Caught –    3.8 % lbw – 22.7 % Bowled
Sanath :  71.6 % Caught –  13.2 % lbw – 13.5 % Bowled

According to the above stats, this is the dismissal-vulnerability-order ranked according to the each mode of dismissal facing seam attacks in their careers (five front-order batsmen compared in this analysis). 

Dismissal-Vulnerability-Order (facing Pace Bowlers):

Getting Caught: 
                           1) Sanga:  80.0% 
                           2) Mahela: 76.6% 
                           3) Upul:     75.6%  
                           4) Dilshan: 72.7% 
                           5) Sanath: 71.6%

Getting lbw :      
                           1) Sanath: 13.2%
                           2) Mahela: 11.4%  
                           3) Sanga:    7.1%   
                           4) Upul:       5.0 %   
                           5) Dilshan:  3.8%

Getting Bowled: 
                           1) Dilshan:  22.7% 
                           2) Upul:      19.3%
                           3) Sanath:   13.5% 
                           4) Sanga:    11.9 % 
                           5) Mahela:   11.5%

This analysis gives the realistic picture of each batsman’s capability & vulnerability in different areas concerned including the most important aspect of handling the new ball movement of seam bowlers without edging catches.

This proves the fact that every front-order batsman is more vulnerable to get out caught, facing pace bowlers as the high probability ranges from 70 to 80% . It also proves that Upul Tharanga’s tendency is medium & he doesn’t have any unusual weakness of edging & getting caught facing pace, compared to others (UT’s 75.6% is better than Sanga/ Mahela & close to Dilshan’s) as repeatedly speculated by some critics with Selective Perceptions. They have even disregarded Tharanga’s 2nd best all time batting record in such countries, conducive to seam bowling:  48 in- 1631 runs – 35.45 Av, just behind Sanga (37.59 Av), when picking him for every single occasion he edges the ball like any other opener. These stats show, even UT’s frequency of other dismissal modes (lbw or bowled) are not in the top bracket of compared players.

As evident from this, most criticism are baseless speculations blown out of proportion to suit ulterior motives of some, who propagate such fabrications targeting the gullible fans.!      

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