November 20, 2002 

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V.Jayadevan, Assistant Director, Kerala Engineering Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur

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V.Jayadevan, an Assistant Director at the Kerala Engineering Research Institute, Peechi, Thrissur has devised a method for computing the revised target scores in rain-interrupted limited over cricket matches.

His method, which has been presented before Board of Cricket Control India (BCCI), is considered superior to the current Duckworth-Lewis formula, which often gives illogical numbers.  BCCI in turn has forwarded his idea to International Cricket Council (ICC), which is expected to take up the issue for discussion after 2003 World Cup.

Wisden (Asia) magazine published details of his computation and felt it was better than the current D-L method.  The journal, Current Science, also featured his method in a recent issue.

Is he overawed by the fact that his brainchild could be accepted by the ICC? “Slightly,” says Jayadevan, a civil engineer.  “But the Boar method which preceded D-L method was developed by a South African school boy,” he says easily.




Courtesy: M.G.Radhakrishnan (text), Shankar (photo), India Today, November 4, 2002

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