Bear with me, while I throw a few numbers around. Whenever under attack from those on the other side of the argument (or abuse), the wall I build is based on facts driven from Cricinfo’s stats-guru. I was lambasted for saying Sangakkara’s bowling choices were quite ordinary against Peshawar last night on a couple of forums.
Let’s look at some irrefutable numbers and facts. So far, in this Pakistan Super League, Sammy has got out to Yasir Shah’s googlie, in a game Peshawar just scrapped through chasing 59. Anyone who has remotely followed Yasir Shah, knows that googlie is by far his least effective ball. Sammy also struggled a fair bit against the leg spin of Shahdab Khan.
In International Cricket T20s, against right arm spin, Sammy averages 3.66 with a strike rate of 94 (innings where has been picked up spinners). In 9 innings, he has crossed single figure once (with the highest innings being 19). These bowlers include Ajantha Mendis, Steve Smith, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Mohammad Ashraful, Greame Cremer, Sachithra Senanayake, Nasim ul Hasan, Saeed Ajmal, and Imran Tahir. 8 of 9 bowlers with the ability to spin the ball away from Sammy. Against left arm pacers his average goes up to 15 and the strike rate goes up to 148. Karachi were bowling two left arm pacers to him. Even if we look at individual bowlers, Ravi Bopara has got Sammy out twice whilst giving away 8 runs. I am sure that the Karachi management are aware of these stats. If they are not, can I have their job? I also realise that it is challenging to remember these things in the heat of the battle. But big bucks are given to you to deliver under pressure situations. When the other team is 69-6 in 11.2 overs chasing 175, it shouldn’t really come down to a ‘gamble’ (Sanga’s words).
I understand, that when myths are broken, it is hard to take. Especially regarding someone you admire. You may hold a certain belief for a long time but that doesn’t make it true. If you believe it is the absolute truth, you my friend are following the doctrine of President Trump and/or religious extremist. Everything you don’t like isn’t fake news. We don’t live in the world of alternative facts. Nobody needs to play international cricket to know that Sammy struggles against leg spin. The data and the facts speak for themselves. It is certainly not haram to criticise Sangakkara for any calls he makes on the field. If you think it is, then I’ll happy to be play Melissa Mccarthy to your Sean Spicer.