Common Cricket Stats – What do they mean?

In India and around the world, especially in the Indian sub-continent, cricket is followed by over a billion people; even more watch it all over the world! The way cricket is televised has changed leaps and bounds over the years! One of the most important things that have changed is the statistics that are shown on television. As years have progressed, stats in a crickets match have become even more of a common place. In this post, we will try to decipher what some of the common statistics mean in cricket. Keep in mind that since the game of cricket is played over a period of time, most stats are based on the time – what this means is that the concept of the statistic remains the same over time. For example, batting average of a batsman can be calculated for 2 matches, a completed series, an entire career etc. – the concept and the formula remains the same.

Common Bowling Stats

Bowling is probably the most underrated skill in the game of cricket but one that produces or results in the most statistics. Let’s look at some of the common bowling stats:

Strike Rate

Strike rate is essentially the average number of bowls that it takes a bowler to get a wicket. For example, if a bowler has a career strike rate of 48; it means that the bowler takes a wicket every 48 deliveries he/she bowls. The formula to calculate the strike rate is:

Strike Rate = Number of Deliveries Bowled over Time / Number of Wickets Taken

Bowling Average

Similar to strike rate, bowling average is also a function of mean (averages). Bowling average is simply the average number of runs that a bowler gives away before taking a wicket. For example, the bowling average of a bowler is 35.6; it means that a bowler concedes 35.6 runs for every wicket that he/she takes. The formula is:

Bowling Average = Total Number of Runs Conceded by a Bowler / Total Number of Wickets Taken

Economy Rate

Economy rate is another stat which is an average in nature. Economy rate is nothing but average number of runs a bowler gives away in an over. The formula to calculate economy rate is:

Economy Rate = Total Number of Runs Conceded by a Bowler / Total Number of Overs Bowled

Based on these 3 stats, you can tell how good or bad a bowler is. Let us give you a comparison between two bowlers and you have to tell which bowler is better:

 

Bowler Strike Rate Bowling Average Economy Rate
Bowler 1 22.6 42.9 4.9
Bowler 2 34.1 37.9 4.2

 

What’s you answer? Assuming that both these bowlers have played similar number of matches, this writer’s choice is bowler number 2. Because, the second bowler takes a lot more wickets in a match than the second bowler with similar runs conceded. We all know that wickets wins matches.

Common Batting Stats

Calculating batting stats can be slightly difficult as there are some basic rules. Let’s see the two most common batting stats:

Batting Strike Rate

Batting strike is essentially the number of runs a batsman scores for every 100 balls he/she faces. For example, if a batsman has a strike rate of 86.5; it means that for every 100 balls that the bowler faced, he/she scored 86.5 runs on an average. The formula to calculate batting strike rate is:

Batting Strike Rate = (Total Number of Runs Scored / Total Number of Balls Faced) X 100

Why do we need to multiply by 100? Because “Total Number of Runs Scored / Total Number of Balls Faced” gives you the number of runs scored for each ball. We multiply by 100 to get the result for every 100 balls.

Batting Average

This one is a bit tricky. Batting average means the average number of runs a batsman get before he/she gets out. The phrase “he/she gets out” is the key here because even though the number of runs scored for a ‘not out’ / unbeaten innings is considered in calculations, the number of innings is not accounted for. The formula is:

Batting Average = Total Number of Runs Scored / (Number of Innings Played – Number of Innings Not Out)

So, why is the number of innings a batsman was not out when the match finished is subtracted from the total number of innings played? That is because, when a batsman is not out, he/she could have scored more runs before getting out and there is no way to find out how many more runs they could have scored.

What does batting average of 48 means? It means that for every innings that a batsman played and got out; he/she scored an average of 48 runs.

Let’s give you comparative example:

Player Matches Innings NOs BF Runs Ave SR
Player 1 463 452 41 21367 18426 44.83 86.23
Player 2 404 380 41 18048 14234 41.99 78.87

 

Based on the batting average and strike rate, which of the above batsman is better? Obviously, the first player. There can be nobody better than the great Sachin Tendulkar.

Hope you enjoyed our article and it will help make more sense of stats i

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