DJ Showcase: (22 August 2014)

This one chart tells you everything you need to know about the state of Indian cricket

In yet another brilliant data journalism story, tells us the problem of Indian cricket in just one chart. Of course, you will appreciate the analysis a little better, if you are above 40. The chart shows that the cribbing that the 40-pluses do about T20 ruining test cricket may actually be right.

This chart is the gist of the story, This one chart tells you everything you need to know about the state of Indian cricket. 

Well, the chart pretty much tells you the entire story, if you know basics of cricket.   We like the story because of a number of reasons.

  1. It is application of data journalism in an area that that interests a large section of people in India. The story puts to rest a debate: whether or not the glamorous T20 format is impacting test cricket.  Whats more, it is extremely topical in the wake of India’s disastrous test series in England.
  2. You do not have to read the text at all. If you are tuned in to contemporary cricket, you get the story right away from the chart.
  3. It busts the myth that you need a lot of data analysis in the background to produce a good data journalism story. In this case, it is just simple addition, which a class II student can do.

In our showcase series on good data journalism stories, has clearly come out on top so far, even though it does not claim to be a data journalism site per se. It proves what DataJourno believes as its core philosophy: a good data journalism story must be a good story first. How much of data it contains or how great the visualization looks are not what determine the quality of a data journalism story.



Which players have actually taken the most “runs” in IPL?

Who are the most hardworking among the successful batsmen in the IPL 2014? Well, depends on how you define hardworking. One way we did is to actually see how much they have run between the wickets?

We are sure, you will not be surprised. Among those who have been successful (scored 200 or more runs) in IPL 2014, only five have got more runs by running between wickets compared to what they have scored through boundaries. This is till the end of league matches. The qualifiers and the eliminator have not been included.

So, here they are: Manish Pandey, du Plessis, Raydu, Rahane, and Gambhir. And you thought Indians are lazy?



For the sake of completeness, who are the most prominent boundary heaters? Maxell, Dwayne Smith and Sehwag. No suprise here. Only these three batsmen have scored more than 200 runs and more than 70% of those runs have come from boundaries,