Lets talk about people who inspire us. People who show us that anything is possible. People who prove that commitment, hard work and perseverance are true ingredients of a genius.
I am talking about Sachin Tendulkar. Those of you who never heard his name, he is the most prolific cricketer in the world. He is the leading scorer in both tests (15,921 runs) and one day matches (18,426 runs). Read more about him here.
Tendulkar has been an inspiration for me (and millions of others around the world) since I was a kid. The amount of dedication & excellence he has shown constantly motivates me. It is a pity that the great man is retiring from test cricket. He is playing his last test match (200th, most by any person) as I am writing this.
So as a small tribute, I have decided do something for him. Of course, I have never been a cricketer in my life. Once in college I was reluctantly asked to be a stand-by player in a game with seniors. I did not get a chance to pad up though. That is the closest I have been to a cricketer. So I did what I do best. I made an Excel dashboard celebrating Sachin’s test career.
Thank you Sachin – his test career in a dashboard
Here is a dashboard I made visualizing his test cricket statistics. It is dynamic, fun & awesome (just like Sachin).
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How is this made?
Data from Cricinfo website came in multiple tables. So it took a fair bit of massaging to get everything flow in to dashboard.
For some of the calculations, I have also used Pivot tables.
PS: All the calculations & pivot tables are hidden. Unhide them to go Indian Jones on the dashboard.
The output dashboard is generated by using various ideas.
- Thermo-meter chart for % charts in the report
- Conditional formatting to show run heat map & India vs. Abroad bars.
- Area charts to show cumulative runs over the years.
- Form controls to capture user choices.
- Sortable country list using pre-sorted pivot tables.
- Picture links to show country flags.
- Text areas & shapes to make the layout of the dashboard.
I have used similar concepts in earlier dashboards. So I am not explaining everything in detail. Instead, let me point you to few detailed tutorials so you get the idea.
Thank you Sachin
Thanks for inspiring me Sachin. For 24 years, if there is a cricket match on TV, I would invariably ask, “Is Sachin playing?”. It would be hard to watch the sport knowing that you will not grace it with your presence. But you have given me and lots of people in my generation something even more valuable. You motivated us to excel in our life. For that I thank you.
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