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Friday, June 05, 2015

IPL8 hangover - why are Aussies doing well?

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
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