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Friday, June 05, 2015

IPL8 hangover - why are Aussies doing well?

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Apologies for the delay in this post - this was due a while ago. I did analyze the statistics of top batsmen and bowlers in IPL8 and did additional calculations in terms of Rotation Rate and Boundary Ratio for batsmen and a combination of Economy, Strike Rate and Average for bowling.

Batting statistics

The list is dominated by Australians and West Indians followed by South Africans and the lone Black Cap (McCullum). Of course, there are a number of Indians but quite a few of them are not in the reckoning of the national cap (not yet at least). The likes of Gayle, McCullum and Dwayne Smith are good in boundaries but not so great in rotating the strike - no wonder, their teams failed at the last hurdle(s). Similarly, someone like Murali Vijay and Faf Du Plessis do well in rotating the strike but not hitting boundaries.

The batsmen who have done well in both rotation of strike and striking boundaries (more than 60% in both) are the likes of Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, AB De Viliers, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel (really!), David Warner. These are the players who are really doing well and have starred for their teams within IPL and have the potential to do well for their team (sadly for Pollard and Russell, they are currently considered for T20 version alone).

Bowling statistics

The bowling charts also show the similar pattern in terms of representations from countries (West Indies and Australians). The bowlers who have done well on all three counts (Economy Rate, Strike Rate, Average) are highlighted from Green to Red (with gradients). The ones in green or color close to it are Moses Henriques and Mitchell Starc, Yajurvendra Chahal, Dwayne Bravo, Lasith Malinga, Harshal Patel. The Indians, again, are not there in the national reckoning just like Henriques. It is surprising to see that despite appearing in both the lists above, Henriques and Russell are not getting the recognition within their teams in the way they deserve to be.

Will this year change this pattern?
With respect to the title, do I need to add anything more?
I would go to the extent of making Australia favorites to win the next World T20

Monday, May 25, 2015

IPL8 - Mumbai Indians are the champions

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Picture Courtesy: Cricinfo
Mumbai Indians were crowned the Champions of the eighth edition of IPL at Eden Gardens. The Mumbai team won the title for the second time after defeating CSK by 41 runs. The result was not in doubt after Mumbai had scored a 200+ batting first.

The R-B chart shows how well the Mumbai team had managed to keep their opponents at bay

CSK's strategies seemed to fail on the big day. MSD's decision to ask Mumbai to bat first was probably the first risky decision. Dwayne Smith's slow batting was instrumental in failure of the chase. The Mumbai batsmen, especially Lendl Simmons and Rohit Sharma, were unstoppable at first. This was continued by a final assault by Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu. The end result proved too much for Chennai. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

IPL-8 - Qualifier-II - CSK beat RCB once again

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For the third time this season, CSK defeated RCB, this time by a narrow margin, to go through to the finals.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

IPL-8 - Eliminator - RCB crush Rajasthan

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Setting a huge target, RCB put enough runs to crush Rajasthan on their way to the second Qualifier.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

IPL-8 - Qualifier-1 - Mumbai go past Chennai

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Chennai's record against Mumbai in knock-out matches took a beating thanks to Simmons, Pollard and Malinga.

IPL-8 Match-56 - Mumbai crush Hyderabad

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Mumbai Indians made the last four in style, crushing Hyderabad in the last league match.

IPL-8 - Match-54 - Watson takes Royals to the last four

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Rajasthan go past KKR through to the last four, thanks to Shane Watson's heroics

Saturday, May 16, 2015

IPL-8 - Match-53 - CSK finish on top of table

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CSK thumped Punjab to finish the league engagements with a win.

Friday, May 15, 2015

IPL-8 Match-51 - Mumbai beat KKR

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Though KKR maintained a steady run-rate, Mumbai through Pollard kept them at bay till the end.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

IPL-8 Match-49 - Delhi beat table toppers CSK

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CSK's winning run was brought to a halt by the bowling of Zaheer Khan and batting of Shreyas Iyer.