I Watched Numbers In Cricket

Prasant Nair | 20-Nov-2014

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I have been a cricket fan since my childhood days. I still remember how it used to thrill [and sometimes trouble] me and my family members, the numbers shown in big letters on tv screen during the ending hours of the live cricket match-

36 runs needed in 31 balls.

It almost got imprinted inside my head every time and remained swimming and twirling in my mind for many hours even after the match finished. Many of them remained in my head even after days and many years. I still remember a match where 32 runs were needed in just 16 balls, South African player Lans Klusner was batting and he did it - hit 4s and 6s in required numbers to win the match.

Also, the imagery of few matches often flash before my eyes- Indian batsman getting out, walking to the pavilion, drooped shoulders and the tv telecast mercilessly flashing the details

Tendulkar out 55 runs 64 balls. And then,

Nayan mongia 32 runs 28 balls. Very soon, ,

Jadega out 0 runs 2 balls,

This runs and balls stats have always been living with us. Interesting it is that we never gave it a second thought as to why it is there? Have they got any second meanings too?

Cricket is nothing but a game of numbers, filled with stats and figures. Players score high or his strike rate is attractive, they become our instant favorites. That bowler is adjudged competent who allows minimum runs in maximum balls. And yes, the winner or match outcome is based on score/target - a specific figure.

The record of all the matches goes into the files of history in the form of scorecard. The format of these recordings is almost the same, as if like a rule. We see the batsman’s name column, how did he got out and then his runs balls section.

Like most of the fans, it had been my habit to count the numbers of cricket. Adding the digits of the target and seeing whether it is coming in three, six or nine. We know that India name, according to number science, adds to 3. When the target comes in similar figures, fans felt relaxed that at least this match will be pulled off by Indian team.

There developed many experts who began to feel the bonding between cricket score/stats and the player’s birth date. Strange it is that even a layman expects a good date/huge score from his favorite batsman on his birth date. Or say maximum number of wickets from the birth day boy. This recalls me several instances in which it really happened so.

It is, we can say, strong expectation or a subtle belief that he will perform well on his birth day- it will be his day. As if there is a deep bond between a player’s birth day number and his match performance that day. And it is so true!

What we see in runs scored and balls faced stats of the out batsman is a direct reflection of his personal numbers [sometimes birth date, sometimes destiny]. And it shapes the match result. And this is now a confirmation from the number science. Pleasant to know, though hard to believe.

We might be feeling disappointed seeing the batsman walking back to the pavilion crushing our expectations for more fun. But while on his walk, subtly, he has almost revealed the match results- who will win the match.

Those 5-10 seconds flash of his stats on the screen - runs scored and balls faced- [which has been living with us ever] has already told us which team will win.

The first batsman out sends us the message of winning team, and the second batsman about the losing team. Sitting on my sofa, relaxed, I secretly decipher the hints and smile at the other nervous faces around me!

What does a person have as personal numbers? His full birth date, that’s it. And numbers similar or equal to it comes in his runs balls stats. I am talking about the captain only, no other player.

For finding the relation between numbers in cricket, the birth date of the captain plays the key role. There are three types of numbers which we extract from his full birth date, namely birth day, added total of his birth day month and year. And then [the third one] adding the birth day again to this total.

Like Kapil Dev has his birth date 6 Jan, 1959. We get three info from this-

06, 31 [0+6+0+1+1+9+5+9=31] and 37 [06+ 31=37].

We have read and dealt with so many cricket stats- few simple ones, few complex ones. This birth date adjustments feels so fresh and easy.

Duckworth and Louis, the cricket mathematicians, had gone many steps ahead of mere ‘visible’ stats and figures. They came up with future score selecting many key stats from the stage where the rain stopped the play. He counted the fallen wickets, present score and numerical advanced logs.

Sometimes, though not often, I felt that finding relations between fallen wickets stats and match outcome might be mere imagination of my mind. But then, even D/L too had thought on similar lines. And, that too so many years ago, itself. It is surely something near reality

Calculating something for future from the present figures got inter-wined in cricket, nature seems to have provided this. The present figures must be having some hidden meanings inside them- related with match outcome. He felt them, I felt them. And I have felt it every time, since few years since when I started relating the runs scored and balls faced figures with that player’s birth numbers.

As said, when it came similar to the team captain’s numbers, his team has succeeded that day. The same runs/balls pattern has also gone ahead to form the score too. Like D/L, a few simple and complex steps applied on those stats had shown the final score value beforehand.

When we talk about cricket, the first thing that comes to our mind is the India’s victory in the world cup 1983 final. The fallen wicket details were strongly related with Kapil’ birth info [third one] 37.

1st batsman who got out had scored 2 runs in 12 balls. The two figures added to 5 which is a strong matching for 1 [37]]. Sun [1] goes hand in hand with mercury [5]. And our captain brings the prestigious trophy to us. The first batsman going back to the pavilion, itself, had hinted at the upcoming win of India!

Leisure hours and streaks of imaginations often lead to most powerful revelations from subtle things. I have plenty of time, my mind always finding relations between numbers in new patterns and I am happy that they have pointed me to good and correct things.

Left 2 digits

Captain’ birth day, the first thing, or else his destiny get embedded on the left side of the score almost as a rule. Mostly, those two digits belong to the winning captain’ destiny.

Here, the strong point is that score is purely ‘mathematical’ based because of the above logic.

Digit reversal

What does it matter if we neglect as subtle a difference as digit reversal in the live stats of cricket match? Say, the cricketer managed to score 23 instead of 32. For years, even I didn’t pay heed to it. But, observations clearly revealed that they were hinting at mission failure. Why did I miss them, I could have enjoyed things a little more!

It has the same feel as if we are sleeping with head facing west [a grave mistake as per vaastu/fenshui]. The energy fields of sun, flowing west to east direction warns us that we are going against the nature’s flow of things.

When the captain has his birth stats in 32, he can’t control and win a 23. Chris Lloyd’s birth date total stands 30 and he was offered the score 183 [03], WI failed because of digits placement on reversed positions.

After so many years only, I got the feel that the first innings score and the target set for the 2nd batting team has numbers from the captain’ birth date/destiny embedded in it. Mostly the first two digits of the score carry the winning/losing hint.

Just the three digits of the live cricket might be carrying all the pleasures. If I had observed these simple things in the live cricket stats fifteen years back, I would have experienced the most intense pleasure.

Hidden defeat signals, generally includes digit reversals, presence of zero or 9/8. The first two digits of the score are exactly the same as one of the captains’ destiny number, BUT in reversed digits order. Or else, there is zero or a 9 or an eight after the first two digits. These represent weakness for the team.

Indians were filled with tears to see our team facing humiliating defeat at the hands of Ponting’ team Australia in the 2003 final. Had we known that the first wicket has already pointed at Ind’ defeat chance, we could have sustained lesser emotional turmoil.

Here, it is interesting fact [one more thing related with cricket stats] that runs at which the first and second wicket fell could also give victory/defeat signals. But for that, the above point is very vital- 0 leads to defeat.

The first wicket means the winning team, the second wicket losing team. And the first batsman Gilchrist got out when aus were 105. Number 15, when we recall, is India’s independence date. And the zero between it meant clear things likewise- our upcoming defeat.

Gilchrist made 57 runs in 48 balls. Simply add them, we get 105 again. We could have moderated our emotions and hopes from the first instance itself.

Then the second wicket fell at 125 runs. Now, isn’t 35 our country’ destiny number- the added total of 15 aug, 1947?

Hayden, the second wicket, made 37 runs in 54 balls. The stats add to 91 which is reverse of Ponting’ birth date December 19. Reverse in the second wicket meant his victory. It confirmed our defeat.