An Outline of the Quadrant Scorecard Methodology

This post is to provide readers with an overview of the Quadrant Scorecard I will be employing to categorize player performances at the end of a day of a Test match, or during the post match review. The analysis combines objective elements from the actual output produced by the players, as well as subjective aspects like effort, skills and luck factor.

The two axes of the analysis are Output and Effort, measured on the X and Y axis, respectively.

As the name suggests, Output considers the final numbers turned in by the player at the end of the analysis period. So, the further to the right of the X-axis a player finds himself, the greater has he scored runs or captured wickets.

Effort, captured on the Y-axis, looks at factors beyond numbers. It would take into account the workload taken up by the batsman or bowler, irrespective of whether the effort gets converted into output or not.

This should be simple once we consider each of our Quadrants:

High Performer: As the name suggests, this is the best place to be on the graph. Players in this Quadrant have combined high output with high effort. Most centuries/five-wicket hauls would fall into this category.

Underachiever: Players in this Quadrant are those who have, on the day, displayed skills required to go on and make  a big score, or take several wickets, but are unable to do so because of certain factors. Some of these factors include:

  • A bowler sending down excellent spells without picking up a wicket, either because of the batsman’s skill, luck factor, or poor umpiring decisions.
  • A batsman concentrating for a reasonable period of time to get set (without making too many runs) and then getting out either due to an unplayable delivery, bad luck, or a poor umpiring decision.

Lazy Hi-Flyer: Players in this Quadrant are the exact opposite of Underachievers. They look the least deserving for making runs or picking up wickets, but by fluke or umpiring error, end up doing so, without putting in too much effort.

Slacker: They are the laggards in the pack, and for a team which has lost the day’s battle, several representatives should be found in this Quadrant. Lackluster batting or bowling usually translates into  poor output, and most average to poor performers in the day will find themselves here.

I have used the sample Quadrant Scorecard from Day 1 of the Brisbane Test to illustrate the methodology. Read the complete analysis here.