To find the best test batsman of the modern era, or the era of Sachin Tendulkar, we selected the time period of 01 January 1985 to 31 December 2015. The dates were so selected as Steve Waugh, Sachin’s early competitor, made his debut in 1985 while Kumar Sangakkara, a late competitor of Sachin, retired in 2015. We have not included current batsmen in the list as they are yet to complete their careers and it would be unfair to judge them before that. The selection criteria of the list was that the batsman should have completed his career during the above mentioned dates. Moreover, he should have scored at least 7,500 runs in the period at an average of more than 50.0. 10 batsmen fulfilled all these criteria and now they compete against each other across 10 disciplines for the title of Stat Sensei Greatest Modern Test Batsman.
The 3 most important stats in which a player can earn a maximum of 200.0 points. The other batsmen are given points as a ratio of their performance to the top batsman.
#01 Prolific: Points given for number of runs scored in the period
#2 Consistent: Points given for average in the period
#3 Dominant: Points given for strike rate and balls per boundary
7 other criteria in which a player can earn a maximum of 100.0 points. The other batsmen are given points as a ratio of the their performance to the top batsman.
#1 Big Innings Consistency: Points given for number of innings per hundred
#2 Big Innings Potential: Points given for the 10 highest scores in the period
#3 In Top Form: Points given for most runs scored in a calendar year
#4 In Victories: Points given for average in innings in which their nation won the match
#5 In Asia: Points given for average while handling spin/reverse swing in Asian conditions
#6 Outside Asia: Points given for average while handling pace/ swing in conditions outside Asia
#7 Top Opposition Away: Points given for average away from home against the top 6 teams in their conditions, which have a better than 1.4 Win Loss Ratio in the period. These teams are Australia, India, South Africa, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and England.
The Final Rating
Total number of points in the 10 criteria reduced to per 1,000 points.