Why Virender Sehwag is the greatest test cricket opening batsman of all time?

ICC is selecting the greatest test team of all time in July 2011...
ICC has nominated following opening batsmen as possible contenders: Geoffrey Boycott, Sunil Gavaskar, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Hanif Mohammad, Virender Sehwag, Herbert Sutcliffe and Victor Trumper

I feel that Virender Sehwag is the best opener among all the nominees for following reasons:
Commanding test average of 53.43
·    Virender Sehwag scored his 7,694 runs in 87 tests at an commendable average of 53.43 runs per innings
·    No other opening batsman of modern era has better average than him
·    All three players who fared better than him played their cricket before emergence of One Day cricket
Strike rate of 81.91
·    Virender Sehwag changed the way openers should play the test cricket. He has strike rate of 81.91 runs per 100 balls faced
·    No other nominee is anywhere close to this figure to make any sensible comparison
·    Just to provide some clarity, Sehwag’s strike rate of 81.91 is greater than ODI strike rate of all the other nominees
Only opener to score two triple hundreds
·    Virender Sehwag is the only test opener in the world with two triple centuries, 319 against South Africa and 309 against arch rivals Pakistan
·    It took only 530 and 531 minutes, respectively, for Sehwag to make these massive scores. Len Hutton took 797 minutes while Hanif Mohammad made with 970 minutes at the crease
Highest number of double hundreds by the opener
·    Virender Sehwag scored 6 double centuries till date as a test opening batsman
·    While Len Hutton and Sunil Gavaskar scored 4 doubled centuries each in their career
·    This shows tendency of Virender Sehwag to make bigger scores more frequently compared with other nominees
Fastest double and triple centuries
·    Sehwag features 5 times in the top 10 fastest double centuries of all time. His slowest double hundred came in 227 balls speaks lat about his devastating style of batting
·    While both his triple centuries came in quick time in 278 balls and 364 balls, respectively
·    Needless to say that none of other nominees feature in either of these lists
Highest runs in a day
·    Virender Sehwag ranks 1st in terms of most runs scored in a day by the opening batsman among all the nominees
·    He scored 284 runs against Sri Lanka in 2009
·    2nd and 3rd rank goes to none other than Viru with scores of 257 and 228 runs in a single day
Highest runs in a calendar year
·    Among all nominees, Sehwag ranks 1st and 2nd with scores in excess of 1,400 during 2008 and 2010
·    He scored 1,462 in 2008 while1,422 in 2010
·    Only Sunil Gavaskar could offer some competition to great Sehwag with 1,407 in 1979 and 1,310 runs in 1983

Conclusion
·    Sehwag in not only one of most gifted opening batsman of all time but he is the greatest opener in the history of test cricket
·    One must notice that he is playing in an era where demanding versions such as ODI and 20-20 cricket are occupying significant time of calendar year for the cricketer
·    Due to his devastating style of batting, on many occasions he has sealed the result of test match in the first session itself
·    Sehwag plays the game in most positive manner in which batsman’s role is to score runs and not to spend minutes. He plays for a win and not for a draw!
·    Most importantly, while all other nominees are not active cricketers, Sehwag is still playing. This can take him to the levels where “nominee list” could become just a formality!
Source for Statistics: ESPN Cricinfo

Global spend on gaming to reach $112.2 billion by 2015, at a CAGR 10.8%

Source: Gartner
Worldwide spend on gaming to reach $74.4 billion in 2011...
·        Global spending on gaming ecosystem is likely to touch $74.4 billion by 2011, an increase of 10.4% over 2010
·        Robust consumer demand for gaming would result in overall gaming spend to rise at an CAGR of 10.8% during 2011-2015 to reach $112.2 billion
·        Emergence of newer platforms such as social networking gaming and mobile gaming are likely to be key growth drivers for the industry

Online gaming is expected to grow at 24.2% during 2011-2015….
·        During 2011, gaming software would continue to remain largest segment in gaming ecosystem with 60% market share followed by hardware (24%) and online gaming (16%)
·        By 2015, online gaming would expand its market share to 25% mainly due to decline in share of software gaming to 50% while hardware segment would continue to have 25% market share
·        Revenue model for gaming industry is expected to experience strategic shift from subscription based to ‘freemium’ model
·        In freemium model, games are offered at the free of cost to customers while revenue is generated primarily from advertising (both in-game advertising and display advertising) and in-game microtransactions

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in India: Gujarat leads with more than 1 million porting requests by May 2011

Source: TRAI
MNP porting requests in India crossed 10.57 million by May 2011….
·    MNP requests in India increased from 8.54 million in April 2011 to 10.57 million in May 2011, an increase of 23.7% in a month
·    As a result more than 1.8% of total active mobile users in India submitted request for change in mobile service provider since November 2010
·    Mobile Number Portability (MNP) allows customer to change its service provider without changing the mobile number
·    Considering the fact that on an average 15 million new wireless subscribers are added in India, MNP has not been a game changer for the industry
Gujarat has highest number of porting requests while Haryana has highest proportion….
·    Gujarat with 1,052,582 people wanting to change their mobile operator has highest porting requests followed by Rajasthan with 825,432 and Karnataka (794,865)
·    Haryana with 4.4% mobile subscribers requesting change in wireless telecom service provider  experienced highest proportion of churn in India
·    Gujarat came 2nd with 3.0% churn followed by Karnataka with 2.6%
·    Among larger mobile telecom markets, Bihar and U.P. (East)  experienced lesser churn rate at 0.6% and 1.1%, respectively

Note: Churn Rate is calculated with respect to active mobile subscriber base at the end of May 2011

India Wireline (Landline) Telecom Market May 2011 – BSNL holds 3/4th of share in continuously shrinking market

India wireline telecom subscriber base touched 34.40 million at the end of May 2011 …
·        Indian landline telecom market ends May 2011 with subscriber base of 34.40 million
·        Due to cord-cutting trend about 0.15 million users disconnected their wireline connections resulting into negative monthly growth rate of -0.44%
·        Overall wireline teledensity stands at 2.88% (Urban: 7.19%, Rural:  1.02%)
·        Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 75.19% to 24.81%
·        Going forward, wireline telephony is unlikely to witness any positive momentum mainly driven by increasing adoption of mobile phones among Indian consumers
·        Landline market is most likely to restrict in corporate & government offices and affluent households
BSNL leads Indian wireline telecom market with 72.3% share of overall subscriber base ….
·        BSNL which is a Public Sector Unit (PSU) leads Indian landline telecom market with 72.3% share
·        MTNL which is another PSU focusing on metro markets of Delhi and Mumbai has 10.0% share
·        Bharti Airtel is the largest private wireline telecom operator with 9.6% market share followed by Tata (3.8%) and Reliance (3.6%) 
Tamil Nadu has highest number of landline users with 9.9% market share in India ….
·        Tamil Nadu has highest number of wireline telecom subscribers with 9.9% share in India
·        Another South Indian state Kerala comes close second with 9.5% share followed by financial capital of India, Mumbai with 8.7%
·        Delhi ranks 4th with 8.3% share followed by Maharashtra at 5th position with 8.2% wireline users
·        Top 5 markets accounts for 44.6% of total Indian wireline subscriber base indicating high degree of imbalance as far as penetration levels are concern

India Mobile Telecom Market May 2011 – U.P. (East) beats Maharashtra to become largest wireless telecom market in India

Source: TRAI
India mobile subscriber base touched 840.28 million in May 2011 …
·    Indian wireless telecom market ends May 2011 with subscriber base of 840.28 million with addition of 13.35 million during May 2011, monthly growth rate of 1.61%
·    Overall mobile teledensity stands at 70.23% (Urban – 154.18%, Rural – 34.13%)
·    Urban to rural subscriber ratio is 66.02% to 33.98%
·    Rural market with growth of 2.15% continue to outperform urban wireless telecom which grew by 1.34%
·    According to VLR data, India had 588.13 million active mobile subscribers. Hence, actual wireless teledensity in India is 49.16% by May 2011
U.P. (East) becomes the largest mobile telecom market in India….
·    Maharashtra lost its status as the largest wireless telecom market to U.P. (East) during May 2011
·    U.P. (East) with 49.27 million active mobile subscribers has taken decisive lead over Maharashtra with 47.86 million active mobile users
·    During May 2011, Maharashtra added 0.79 million mobile subscribers compared with U.P. (East) which added 1.64 million wireless users
·    However, in terms of active mobile subscriber base proportion, Maharashtra still has an edge with 85.11% active users compared with 73.82% for U.P. (East)
·    Andhra Pradesh is 3rd largest wireless telecom market in India followed by Tamil Nadu (4th) and Bihar (5th) 

Top 5 mobile telecom players account for 83% of overall subscriber base ….
·    Bharti Airtel has maintained its leadership position with 25.3% market share in India
·    Idea has largest proportion of active mobile users at 92.33%
·    Top 5 players in Indian wireless telecom industry accounts for 83% market share in terms of active subscriber base
·    Reliance (18.75%) added highest amount of subscribers in May 2011 followed by Airtel (18.35%), Vodafone (18.33%) and Idea (13.49%)
·    Reliance is facing tough competition from Idea for 3rd place as gap between their market share has come down to just 0.3%