> > Hm...IMO, OP's idea is not a bad one. ?Right now, there is no
> > difference between finishing 1st or 4th in the IPL. ?Rewarding the top
> > place finsher with a won coin toss in the semifinal game is (at the
> > very least) an idea worth considering.
> If you think about it for about 3 seconds you'll realise it's a
> terrible idea.
If you think about what you are saying for 4 seconds you will realize
that it is not as clear as you think it is..
> You're giving the best team an advantage. Especially
> when you consider that you might come first because you scored a
> single run more than the team coming 2nd (if based on a close table
> and net run rate).
But the team is not the best team especially if they have won by 1
run! It may just be that they had the better nerves that day or may
have been just lucky winning the toss or something that helped them
> We've had many discussions about LESSENING the effect of the toss...
> and that's because it can play too big a part in a game.
> Aus, ODI, winning % all games = 61.24%
> Aus, ODI, winning % when winning toss = 62.22%
> Eng, ODI, winning % all games = 47.83%
> Eng, ODI, winning % when winning toss = 50.20%
> India, ODI, winning % all games = 48.38%
> India, ODI, winning % when winning toss = 49.73%
> If anything I'd rather give the lower ranked team the toss!
> Besides, doesn't 1 get to play 4? Isn't that enough?
There are two different issues here.
1) The luck factor associated with winning the toss and thoughts on
how to minimize it.
2) Giving an advantage to the better team entering the playoff stage.
The OP was referring to 2) and not 1).
You are just confusing the two together..