In the race for being the “Man of Worldcup 2007″, D R Smith of West Indies (WI)Â took the ealrly lead by emerging as the “NCR Hero” ofÂ the cup opener. (NCR=Naavi Credit Rating)
Â D.R Smith, with a quick fire 32 of 15 balls and 3 wickets for 36 runs accumulated a total of 134 NCR points to emerge a clear leader over Bravo who clocked 112 points.
While WI set a target of 242 to Pakistan (0.8 per ball), Smith occupied the crease for 15 balls scoring at a pace of 2.1 runs per ball. Again while bowling he held his economy rate at 3.6 pulling down Pakistan by 120 decimal points over the 10 overs he bowled.
In comparision, Bravo also took 3 wickets for 42 runs over 9 overs. But he took two catches which gave him a 20 point haul and with 16 batting points ran a creditable second to Smith and became the second NCR Centurion scoring 112 points.
The best Pakistani player on display was Rao Iftikhar who collected 96 points for his 3 wickets at above par rate and 7 batting points besides a direct runout.
The NCR system also threw up the worst player of the match whom we call the “Villain of the Match” and this dubious credit went to Rana Naved with a -6 NCR score. Chanderpaul was a close second with -4 because of his slow batting. Gayle who is one of the favourites for the tournament also clocked a negative rating with a -1 score.
It is still early days but NCR is providing the focus on the positive and negative impact of playersÂ in a match like no other rating can do.
Let’s watch how Gayle and Chanderpaul make grounds in the forthcoming matches.
(A detailed working of the NCR points for the match is available at http://www.naavi.org/cwc_2007)