Saturday, September 29, 2012

How T20 Innings Develop

I've been curious for a long time about the effect of a wicket in T20 cricket. Here is a way to think about it.

The adjoining table gives the average number of runs scored in each over of a T20 game depending on the number of wickets lost by a team at the start of that over. It is derived using all T20 1st innings in matches involving only the top 8 Test playing nations (Zimbabwe, Bangladesh excluded) from January 1 2008 onwards - a total of about 131 T20 international. There haven't been enough T20 internationals played between the top 8 Test playing nations yet to make good conclusions about this, but what follows is a proposal for a method to analyze hat happens in this form. The T20 format, much like baseball, is likely to allow plenty of measurement.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

T20 (and ODI) is a separate sport and needs to be seen as such

Warm up matches for the ICC World T20 Championships are being played this week in Sri Lanka. The format has taken the game by storm. It has attracted large amounts of capital to the game and for the first time, franchise based cricket has become an end in itself rather than a feeder for the international game. Some of the game’s finest contemporary players like Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle have found themselves in trouble with their respective Cricket Boards due to their understandable desire to participate in lucrative franchise based tournaments where their particular talents are in high demand. It is reasonable to argue that at the start of the 21st century, two simultaneous upheavals have changed the face of cricket in ways that could not have been imagined in the 20th – the first is the advent of the Decision Review System and its rule allowing players to dispute umpiring decisions, and the second is the T20 format which is more lucrative per minute than longer forms and is tailor made for growing prime time television audiences with disposable incomes.

Friday, September 14, 2012

On The Effect Of The Powerplay On Bowling In ODI Cricket

Along the same lines as mybatting average inflation and Test Ratings method, I have devised a way to measure the batting and bowling strengths of ODI sides.

At the start of each match, I look at the career batting and bowling record of each player in the starting XI on each side. I then create a batting average for the team by determining the total number of runs scored by all eleven players in their careers, and dividing by the total number of dismissals of all eleven players. In a similar way, I create a batting strike rate (runs/ball) for the team.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Hashim Amla Compared To The Best ODI Batsmen

Hashim Amla's ODI record today reads 60 innings, 3216 runs, average 59.55, strike rate 91.72.

It is a phenomenal record - an average over 55 built, not on not outs (as in the case of Bevan), but at the top of the order. Amla is the fastest man to reach 3000 ODI runs beating Viv Richards' mark by 12 innings. Batting at the top of the order in South Africa, England and Australia (37 out of those 62 matches have been played there), it is hard to imagine more difficult circumstances in which a batsman could build a record like Amla's.

Monday, September 03, 2012

India Win At Bangalore: Bowling Remains A Worry

In conditions where bowling a decent line and length, even with the old ball, provided the bowlers with some movement off the pitch, and there was some turn on offer, India won a hard fought Test Match. One view of this is that India's batting remains a worry. I disagree with this view. Despite the fact that India's bowlers took 20 New Zealand wickets twice - at Hyderabad and Bangalore, in any serious sense, it must be the bowling which remains the worry.