London, August 21: A mathametician's formula and computer simulation technology have aided England in their bid to keep Sachin Tendulkar at bay while batting in the current Test series, say reports
England has depended on drawing Tendulkar outside his offstump in the initial part of his innings rather than let him get his runs on the onside and this strategy is the effect of a computer simulator plan, created by team analyst Nathan Leamon.
"We feed into the simulator information about pitches and the 22 players who might play, and it plays the game a number of times and tells us likely outcomes." Leamon was quoted as saying in a British newspaper.
England have been of the opinion that Tendulkar mostly gets his runs on the onside till he has notched up 50 and the home attack has prevented him from using this opportunity completely.
From the 261 balls bowled to Tendulkar by England's pacers till the Edgbaston Test, 254 have pitched outside his off-stump, six have been in the line of the stump and just one beyond leg-stump.
Tendulkar, world's greatest run-maker ever and on the verge of his 100th international century, has so far got 34,12, 16, 56, 1, 40 and 23 from seven innings for a combined total of 182 from the series at an average of 26.00. Howzatt for a numbers' game?