Who are the best batsmen and bowlers in one-day cricket matches?

David Beaudoin recently completed his M.Sc. project where he developed a new method to rank players and assessed the top 12 batters and bowlers in one-day international cricket matches for the last 5 years.

Current methods used to rank players all suffer from a serious drawback - they only use two of the three widely recognized ingredients of player performance in cricket. His new method combines all three statistics - runs, overs, and wickets - to create a new measure that better reflects a player's performance. As well, in any ranking, there is always debate among spectators as to the magnitude of the difference between the top rated players. David also developed a method to examine if there are statistically significant differences among the top bowlers and batters.

His conclusion - there is little difference in performance among the top five batters and top two bowlers.

This type of interdisciplinary work is a hallmark of our program in Applied Statistics at Simon Fraser University. For more information, please contact David Beaudoin (dbeaudoin (at) stat.sfu.ca) or his joint supervisors Tim Swartz (tim (at) stat.sfu.ca) or Paramjit Gill (pgill (at) ouc.bc.ca).