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Key Players and Key Groups in Teams

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Using data for 2008-2009, we determine winning strategies for the game in two different formats: 50-over one-day internationals and 20-over games from the Indian Premier League and Twenty20 Internationals. We find that attacking batting and defensive bowling outperform all other strate- gies in determining the probability of winning in both formats despite the thirty over difference between them. Moreover, in both versions of the game, good fielding turns out to be an important complement to these two strategies. We speculate that this will have implications for the future of cricket, especially for the popularity of formats and the composition of teams.

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  • Sudipta Sarangi & Colin Cannonier & Bibhudutta Panda, 2011. "Key Players and Key Groups in Teams," Departmental Working Papers 2011-14, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
  • Handle: RePEc:lsu:lsuwpp:2011-14
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