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Greatest ODI Cricket Team Ever? Investing Lessons From India’s Cricket Dominance

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I love sports. I have played football, cricket, rugby and more at different levels across many countries. Many of us that love Football have been fortunate enough to see the Messi & Ronaldo era – and Messi’s sheer passion and drive to win the World Cup was arguably one of the greatest moments not just as a football fan, but as a sports fan. As a cricketing nation that lives and breathes cricket, its superstars’ dominance and our love for the sport, this Cricket World Cup has far exceeded our dreams and imaginations.

Well, the current winning streak for the Indian Cricket Team in the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup is quite possibly unparalleled not just in Cricket, but maybe even in all of sports history. Could we be seeing the greatest ODI cricket team ever, if not in this generation? And can we as investors explore some of the reasons for this dominance and apply them from Cricket to the world of investing, stock markets & beyond?

Today’s article is much more relaxed befitting the Cricket World Cup theme and will include a mix of sports and investing. We will first dive into the sheer dominant performance on display from the Indian Cricket Team, and then jump into some of the investing lessons we can derive from it.

How Far Ahead was the Indian Cricket Team compared to Others This World Cup?

The Indian Express did a detailed analysis and study of the cricket tournament so far. They looked at the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian team compared to the combined performance of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand (referred to as SAN). Data was broken down into different phases of the game for a comprehensive understanding:

  • 1st Powerplay of 1-10 overs
  • 2nd Powerplay of 11-40 overs
  • Final Powerplay of 41-50 overs

Let’s summarize key findings of their analysis:

1. Opening Powerplay (1-10 overs)

  • India: They have excelled in the opening overs, largely due to Rohit Sharma’s aggressive approach, setting a high pace from the start.
  • Australia: Comparable to India in terms of aggression, with notable contributions from Travis Head, David Warner, and Mitchell Marsh. They scored 581 runs, just 26 runs shy of India.
  • South Africa: Adopted a contrasting strategy of playing cautiously in the initial overs and relying on power hitters later. They scored the lowest in this phase among the top four teams.
  • New Zealand: Scored 521 runs, showcasing a balanced approach.
Phase of playIndia (runs scored on average per game)Total Wickets lost in the phaseSAN (runs scored on average per game)Total wickets lost in the phase
1 – 10 overs67957.3312
11 – 40 overs1652317132
41 – 50 overs62.141280.2820

2. Middle Overs (11-40 overs):

  • SAN Teams: Made a concerted effort to accelerate scoring. They have been aggressive in this phase but at the cost of losing more wickets.
  • India: Adopted a more conservative strategy, focusing on rotating the strike and waiting for bad balls. This approach could be due to a longer batting tail, necessitating a more cautious approach to maintain momentum.

3. Final Powerplay (41-50 overs):

  • South Africa: Dominated this phase, especially in matches against England, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, scoring 722 runs.
  • Australia: Scored 513 runs, showing proficiency but not as high as South Africa.
  • New Zealand: Scored the least (453 runs) among the three.
  • India: Batted in this phase in 7 of 9 games, but their average was impacted by finishing games early, particularly against Bangladesh and Australia.

4. Bowling

  • Key Indian Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah whilst isn’t the leading wicket-taker for India, his presence creates pressure on the opposition. Mohammed Shami has been performing at the highest level (more on him later), and with Mohammed Siraj, they both have been effective in taking wickets and maintaining pressure. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja provide no respite to the opposing batsman in the middle overs with their spin bowling.
Phase of playIndia (wickets picked in each phase)EconomySAN (wickets picked in each phase)Economy
1 – 10 overs19 wickets4.315 wickets5.6
11 – 40 overs45 wickets4.541 wickets5.4
41 – 50 overs22 wickets5.819 wickets7.6
  • SAN Teams’ Performance:
    • South Africa: Marco Jansen’s opening bursts have been significant, particularly in pacer-friendly conditions. They have taken more wickets in the initial powerplay than India.
    • Australia: Struggled in the initial overs due to Mitchell Starc’s lack of impact. However, they improved in the middle and final phases, with Adam Zampa playing a key role. They excelled in the death overs, taking 24 wickets.
    • New Zealand: Their performance seems balanced but not as dominant in any specific phase

5 Key Investing Lessons from India’s Cricket Dominance this World Cup

The Indian cricket team’s recent victory over South Africa and New Zealand reflects the team’s rigorous training and exceptional skill. Like cricket, investing requires a blend of skill, strategy, and teamwork. Let’s see what we have understood from the Indian cricket team’s performance for effective investment strategies.:

Cricket World Cup Investing Lesson #1: Understand Yourself & The Game

Understanding the financial market is critical for investors. This is similar to how cricketers analyze the pitch and weather conditions before a match. Investors need to assess their financial position, objectives, and risk tolerance to make informed decisions. Investors, much like cricketers, need to understand their risk tolerance, financial goals, and investment timeframe. This understanding helps in tailoring investment strategies to individual needs and circumstances.

Understand your risk tolerance , conduct a thorough portfolio review of all your assets to understand where things stand for you. List down your financial goals and make sure you track them.

Cricket World Cup Investing Lesson #2: Diverse & Balanced Team

Just as a successful cricket team comprises players with varied skills, a strong investment portfolio is diversified across different asset classes. This diversification reduces risk and has the potential to increase returns.

Cricket World Cup Investing Lesson #3: Focus on Your Long-Term Strategy

Regular investing, akin to consistent performance in cricket, is key to building wealth. Investing fixed amounts regularly, regardless of market conditions, can yield significant benefits over time. Both cricket and investing involve navigating uncertainties and challenges. Resilience, patience, and a clear strategy are essential for success in both fields.

Cricket World Cup Investing Lesson #4: Learn from Your Mistakes

Learning from mistakes is crucial in cricket and investing alike. Investors should review past decisions, learn from them, and refine their strategies for better future performance. The investment world, like cricket, is dynamic and requires adaptability. Investors should be prepared to adjust their strategies in response to changing market conditions and personal circumstances.

Cricket World Cup Investing Lesson #5: Find Right Experts & Mentors

Just as cricketers benefit from the guidance of coaches, investors can gain from consulting registered investment advisors. These experts provide insights, guidance, and tailored strategies, helping navigate the complex world of finance. Engaging with these professionals can lead to more informed and effective investment decisions.

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