Mumbai, Feb 5: Cricket Statistician's job is more difficult than scorer's, according to Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, the Indian cricket board's Development manager (planning).
Speaking at a function at the Wankhede Stadium, where a book (World Cup records-1975-2011), complied by Pune-based scorer cum statistician Gangaram Satpal was released, Prof. Shetty said, "the game of cricket needs more statisticians to come up and challenge the role. The scorer's job gets over with the end of the game, while a statistician job continues 24 x 7 as he has to upload the scores and records".
"We need more cricket Statistician in our country. Late Anandji Dossa's work is being carried forward by Sudhir Vaidya and Mohandas Menon and these Statisticians have been encouraging others to come forward", he further added.
The game's both World- renowned Staticians, whose well-wishing messages have been appearing in the book, were present at the function.
"Gangaram Sapkal has worked very hard to come up with this record book which will be very useful for all fans", remarked Vaidya.
"I have been knowing Gangaram Sapkal since last more than two decades and this cricket enthusiast always wakes me up when any new record is being made. He is always alert with the records and figures when any record is broken", Menon said.
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has promised to buy 100 copies of the book and have planned to distribute among fans. The MCA officials-Nitin Dalal and Vinod Deshpande-were present at the occasion.