Quadrant Scorecard Methodology V2

This is a rebooted (and I would like to believe, improved) version of Quadrant Scorecard V1, about which you can read here.

The first and most important change from V1 is that I have classified batsmen and bowlers in separate charts. The snapshot above is grabbed from the ‘Batsman’ chart of the recently concluded Brisbane Test of the 2014 Border Gavaskar Series.

The X-axis remains mostly the same as V1, with ‘Output’ being rechristened as ‘Runs’ or ‘Wickets’ for the Batsman or Bowler charts, respectively. A notable addition is the quantification of Runs/Wickets along the axis.

The Y-axis has been completely revamped. Based on reader feedback, ‘Effort’ was rather ambiguous, and it has been replaced by the more scientific ‘Impact-Meter’. Though subjective still, it measures the impact of an individual’s performance on the match, 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest, irrespective of the quantity of runs scored or wickets captured.

The names in the previous chart have been replaced by colored numbered balls. Each team will be assigned a color code (India – Blue and Australia – Yellow, in this case), and numbers will correspond to the code provided alongside (the code has not been provided in the above snapshot). This is to reduce clutter on the graph and ensure more accurate representation of performances.

The new Quadrants are as follows:

Top Performer: This Quadrant contains the high-output-high-impact players of the match under consideration. Along the X-axis, these would be men who have scored more than a 100 runs or taken at least 6 wickets in the match. 9 out of 10 times, players with these kind of numbers are bound to have a significant impact on the match, but the exceptions to this rule, will be found in the second Quadrant, going clockwise.

Individual Contributor: This Quadrant will contain those players who have racked up the runs/wickets, but eventually do not have much impact on the match under consideration. The Quadrant is likely to remain vacant in relatively close matches, as was the case in Brisbane, but strong individual performances in big losses will guarantee an entry here. To cite an example, VVS Laxman’s contribution in the 1999-00 Sydney Test, where he slammed 167 in the second innings, but Australia still won with an innings to spare, would count as a brilliant Individual Contribution without much impact on the game.

Slacker: Similar to V1, this Quadrant captures, as the title suggests, the poor performers of the match under consideration.

Gamechanger: Top Performers are definitely gamechangers, but this Quadrant is dedicated to those players who have created a significant impact on the game without scoring tons of runs or picking up a bagful of wickets. Such instances can be quite common in Test matches, where a match-saving 40 or a quick burst of 2-3 wickets can change the course of the game. To cite an example, the yellow ball numbered 8 in the snapshot above captures Mitchell Johnson’s performance with the bat. He aggregated 90 in the Test match, but his innings of 88 in the first innings was the turning point of the match, which rescued Australia from a precarious 247-6 to a commanding total.

Check out the complete Brisbane Test Quadrant Scorecard here.