Thank God, India’s out of cup

28 Mar

I got the following from a friend of mine who in turn quoted it from Times of India… Thought it was interesting to share…

There’s a brighter side to India’s exit from the World Cup. Something that can cheer up disappointed fans and angry advertisers. Sri Lanka has done a great favour to Indian economy by ousting the cricket team from the World Cup.

There are about 80 million cable and satellite viewing homes in India. According to TAM ratings, the average viewership of all World Cup matches held till now stands at about 3%, with India vs Bangladesh touching a high of 7.25%. To reach the finals, India would have played at least seven more matches. Considering a TV Rating of 7.25%, at least 5.8 million people would have watched the match. This would have resulted in a productivity loss of 371.2 million man hours (5.8 million x 8 hours x 8 matches), apart from stress faced by mothers during exams.

About 3% of 81 million TV viewers (2.4 million) were ardent cricket fans and would have sat through all eight hours in the remaining 28 matches. Thus overall, Indian team’s ouster would result in a productivity gain of 481 million man hours of work (28×2.4×8 man hours), if put to use. The Sri Lankans have given a boost to the Indian economy by saving 54,902 man years of work (one year = 8,761 hours). Indians can build seven phases of the Golden Quadrilateral connecting Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai spread over 5,846 kilometres all over again, with this time saved.

A daily wage skilled labourer in Delhi earns Rs 17 per hour. If put to productive use, the 481 million man hours can produce Rs 817 crore of GDP, which is 63% more than BCCI’s annual revenues of Rs 500 crore, last year. It’s 401% more than the Rs 163 crore losses, corporate India has predicted to incur due India’s ouster.

The state electricity boards are also thanking Sri Lanka for the great favour. A TV consumes 45 watts per hour. Assuming a viewer will now switch off his TV by 12 midnight, it will save Rs 135 watts at least per viewer (not considering the electricity consumed by other appliances running simultaneously.) This will save the electricity boards 324 million watts of electricity ( 3.24 lakh kilowatts) in just 28 days. According to estimates, SEB losses in India will touch Rs 1 lakh crore by 2008. If disappointed viewers completely switch off their TVs for eight hours, it will save the government at least 8,64,000 kilowatts, along with many more lives — at least three Indian citizens have been reported to die due to cardiac arrest or suicide after India’s defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka.


Posted by on March 28, 2007 in From AM-KICKING blog


11 responses to “Thank God, India’s out of cup

  1. sdpal

    March 28, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    Amazing numbers…
    My vote is for parents/students who are stressed out because of the exam times, can concentrate more now (as the +2 and tenth exams determine the most students future plans (which can be a topic for another blog!))

  2. Survivor

    March 28, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    Good one !! Definitely good for Indian economy…But, what about those who have booked their tickets to the carribean to watch the cup ..:-)

  3. BrainWaves

    March 28, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    On a unrelated note, do you think the “betting algorithms” we were planning in this blog (and others) would’ve caught this eventual results?

    India’s odds of winning against Srilanka even before Bangladesh match was 1/2.2
    i.e If you put 1$ on INdia you would have got 2.2$ back. (Prediction was titling towards India’s loss)

  4. Mindframes

    March 28, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    @survivor: Veetukku dhaane varanum…parthukkaren…

    @brainwaves: I dont know if Mad-Max did any simulations to figure out the odds… All I wonder is that, how no-one did any match fixing to get India into the super-8… That is certainly a big loss for the betting community… I bet on the betting and match-fixing community for once and hoped to see India’s game and it backfired..:)

  5. sdpal

    March 28, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    Oh yeah.. I remember you guys booking tickets to watch the games.. what happened to that ? Are you guys still going ?

  6. Mindframes

    March 28, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    @sdpal: Yes, I am going to Antigua with Sarin… But, I have cut short my trip since India is not playing in Super 8…:(

  7. Anup

    March 29, 2007 at 2:50 am

    @ folks: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr….i aint talking here…i want to say a lot of things but you guys will probably bump me off this blog if I ever say what i really feel….thoroughly disgusting…losing to a bunch of teenagers (with all due respect to bangladesh), is just ridiculous…

  8. Anup

    March 29, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Considering the SA vs. SL match today and also the Aus vs. WI game, I think it is good that we are not likely to suffer any further humiliation…given the calibre of teams like SA and Aus, it would have been a story of elephants trampling over insects..

  9. Mindframes

    March 29, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    @anup: I am certainly with you on that… These matches have clearly proven that India is a weak team… Though one could argue that they should have entered the Super-8, I think they would have been crushed mercilessly by other teams…

  10. sdpal

    March 29, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    World Cup 2007……
    Chances are that India might qualify to super 8…Three Bangladeshi players including captain tested positive for Dope Test.
    If Bangladesh is banned from WC, next team in same pool will take its place, which is India
    – Is this news true, I got this mail floating around in our company today…

  11. Mad Max

    March 29, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    @ Sdpal: Thats got to be a hoax…i dont think there is any news running in the wires now regarding this..but if its true…the chance is better given to Bermuda…


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