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BCCI settles payment with ‘VJD method’ creator Jayadevan after 25-year wait

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has recently paid the long-overdue remuneration to the creator of the “VJD method”, a popular process used for calculating target scores in cricket matches that are interrupted by rain. This development comes after a staggering 25 years since the creation of the method.

While the Duckworth-Lewis method is the widely-known process for setting winning targets in international matches disrupted by rain, the VJD method has been extensively used in domestic cricket matches in India since 1998. The VJD method was named after its creator, V Jayadevan, who developed it as a casual project for teaching a BTech student.

Jayadevan, a science background holder, expressed his joy over the recognition and the due remuneration. However, he also mentioned that the BCCI failed to recognize the worth of his creation and provided him only a meagre one-time payment, which he used to develop an updated version of the software.

Speaking to TNIE, Jayadevan said, “I made many attempts to bring the method to the notice of BCCI. It was Sunil Gavaskar who finally understood its merits and assured to take it forward.”

After 25 years, the BCCI finally acknowledged the value of Jayadevan’s creation and paid him his long-pending remuneration. Jayadevan also expressed his desire to have the VJD method used in IPL matches and plans to continue discussions with the IPL chairman and other dignitaries.