World Cup is an event in which every keen follower of Cricket would like tobe part of. While 15 players of each of the participating countries actually paly on the field, there will be millions of those who watch and re-live the onfiled experiences. In order to given them a little more to cheer about, contests of various types do make their rounds.

Amongst such contests, “Predict the Man of 2007 World Cup” is a contest which would excite observers since it gives them the opportunity to follow the game and the movemen of their favourite player. 

For example some may have their own perception of who will be the “Player of the World Cup”. It could be the Indian Comeback Prince, Saurav Ganguly or even the unpredictable Sehwag. It could also be Ponting or Lara. Could be Shaun Pollock or Daniel Vettori.

Each of these players and many others have it in them to be the best player of the tournament. Often we are not satisfied with the official Man of the Match awards or Man of the Tournament awards. We feel that the system of identifying the best player is somewhere wrong.

Now netizens and bloggers have an opportunity to follow their favourite player’s performance through  Naavi Cricket Rating, a scientific rating methodology ideally suited for a closed tournament like the world cup where all players perform more or less on similar playing conditions.

South Africa’s win in Durban and New Zealand’s win in Eden Park may be irrelevant for what happens in Port of Spain or Trinidad. Unless a rating system is built with this understanding, the results would not be fair.

Similarly, a Century against Australia cannot be equated to a Century against Zimbabwe and the rating system should factor this. Further, a Century playing first without any pressure of a target is not the same with a Century scored when a stiff target is in place. Some players seem to succeed when they play first but fail miserably when they chase a score because the “Expectation” is too difficult to handle.

Yet another point is “When the target is 4 runs per over, a batsmen scores a century at around the same rate playing cautiously”. Can it be equated with another batsmen who scores a century at run a ball though the target was only 4 runs per over? Also, how do we reward a bowler who cannot bowl more than 60 balls in an innings with a batsmen who can effectively play 150 balls or more?. If the most efficient batsmen therefore can score 200 runs in an innings, can a bowler match this performance in 10 overs?. In terms of rating that has to find a common base for wickets taken versus runs scored, does any rating system be fair if the best possible bowling performance and the best possible batting performance is not equated in terms of rating points? These are some of the issues that confront a cricket enthusiast when performance ratings are brandished in promotions and contests.

Naavi Cricket Rating tries to address all these issues and more in its methodology. Naavi Cricket Rating is therefore one of the most appropriate ways to follow the performance of players in the world cup. The system which was a great success during the 1999 world cup is now being re introduced with a few more innovations. For more details and to record your prediction of “Who would be your Man of World Cup 2007”, visit http://www.naavi.org/cwc_2007 .

It may also be noted that  some nominal prizes would be given away by Naavi’s Cyber Law College for winners who predict

a) Man of World Cup 2007 at the end of the Group Matches

b) Man of the World Cup 2007 at the end of Super Eight Stage

c) Man of the World Cup 2007 at the end of the Finals.

For more details visit http://www.naavi.org/cwc_2007

Naavi

19/02/07

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