Strike rate

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Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how frequently a batsman achieves the primary goal of batting, namely scoring runs. Bowling strike rate is a measure of how frequently a bowler achieves the primary goal of bowling, namely taking wickets (i.e. getting batsmen out).

Both strike rates are relatively new statistics, having only been invented and considered of importance after the introduction of One Day International cricket in the 1970s.

Batting strike rate

International batting strike rates as of January 2004

Batting strike rate is defined for a batsman as the average number of runs scored per 100 balls faced. The higher the strike rate, the more effective a batsman is at scoring quickly.

In Test cricket, a batsman's strike rate is of secondary relevance to his ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batsman's most important statistic is generally considered to be his batting average, rather than his strike rate.

In limited overs cricket, strike rates are of considerably more importance. Since each team only faces a limited number of balls in an innings, the faster a batsman scores, the more runs his team will be able to accumulate. Strike rates of over 150 are becoming common in Twenty20 cricket.[1] Strike rate (s/r) is probably considered by most as the key factor in a batsman in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batsmen with the higher strike rate, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rates.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)

Retired players
Strike rate Player Balls Faced Runs scored
150.75 Pakistan Shahid Afridi 932 1405
145.38 India Virender Sehwag 271 394
145.32 Australia Shane Watson 1006 1462
142.28 South Africa Albie Morkel 402 572
141.51 England Kevin Pietersen 831 1176

Qualification: 250 balls
Last updated: 9 September 2017[2]

Bowling strike rate

Bowling strike rate is defined for a bowler as the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken. The lower the strike rate, the more effective a bowler is at taking wickets quickly.

Although introduced as a statistic complementary to the batting strike rate during the ascension of one-day cricket in the 1980s, bowling strike rates are arguably of more importance in Test cricket than One-day Internationals. This is because the primary goal of a bowler in Test cricket is to take wickets, whereas in a one-day match it is often sufficient to bowl economically - giving away as few runs as possible even if this means taking fewer wickets.

Best career strike rate (Tests)

Retired players
Strike rate Player Balls Wickets
34.1 England George Lohmann 3,830 112
37.7 Australia / England J. J. Ferris 2,302 61
38.8 New Zealand Shane Bond 3,372 87
41.6 England Sydney Barnes 7,873 189
43.1 South Africa Bert Vogler 2,764 64

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 8 January 2017[3]

Active players
Strike rate Player Balls Wickets
37.1 South Africa Kagiso Rabada 2,156 58
41.4 South Africa Dale Steyn[4] 17,286 417
46.8 Australia James Pattinson 3,279 70
47.1 South Africa Vernon Philander 7,304 155
49.6 Australia Mitchell Starc 7,103 143

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 8 January 2017[3]

References

  1. ^ "Records - Twenty20 Internationals - Batting records - Highest career strike rate - ESPN Cricinfo". 
  2. ^ "T20I matches – Batting records – Best batting strike rate". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Test matches – Bowling records – Best career strike rate". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "16634 balls, 400 wickets". 
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