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IPL's best batsmen, bowlers and fielders

April 20, 2010 20:14 IST

Sachin TendulkarA look at the best batsmen, bowlers and fielders in the third edition of the Indian Premier League at the end of the league stage.

Best batsmen:

To determine the best batsman, we consider the total runs scored and add 'bonus' runs if the batsman has scored at a higher-than-par strike rate. For example, Murali Vijay has scored 417 runs so far in 263 balls. Given that average IPL innings scores are around 160 in 120 balls, we would expect Vijay to score 263 not out (160/120) = 350.7 runs in his 263 balls faced. But he scored 417, i.e. 66.3 runs more. We add these runs as a 'bonus'. So Vijay is credited with 417 + 66.3 = 483.3 runs.

Based on this formula, here's the list of IPL's top 30 batsmen. It is no surprise that Sachin Tendulkar tops the list. Jacques Kallis, who has scored just 19 runs less than Tendulkar is fifth because of a poorer strike rate.

It is instructive to look at other variables: Kieron Pollard and Robin Uthappa have the best strike rates, Murali Vijay and Mahela Jayawardene have the two highest scores, and Kallis and Sourav Ganguly have faced the most balls.

 

Player Name

Team

From

Runs scored

Balls faced

Sixes

Fours

Top score

Strike Rate

Bat Pts

1

S Tendulkar

MI

IND

561

411

3

77

89

136.5

574.0

2

Suresh Raina

CSK

IND

465

326

19

43

83

142.6

495.3

3

Murali Vijay

CSK

IND

417

263

23

34

127

158.6

483.3

4

M Jayawardene

KXI

SL

439

298

11

55

110

147.3

480.7

5

Jacques Kallis

BRC

SA

542

453

9

62

89

119.6

480.0

6

Sourav Ganguly

KKR

IND

493

419

15

58

88

117.7

427.3

7

Robin Uthappa

BRC

IND

350

205

26

18

68

170.7

426.7

8

V Sehwag

DD

IND

356

218

14

47

75

163.3

421.3

9

Rohit Sharma

DC

IND

402

293

14

36

73

137.2

413.3

10

Yusuf Pathan

RR

IND

333

201

24

22

100

165.7

398.0

11

A Symonds

DC

AUS

404

311

18

32

54

129.9

393.3

12

Naman Ojha

RR

IND

377

285

15

42

94

132.3

374.0

13

K Sangakkara

KXI

SL

357

257

5

47

56

138.9

371.3

14

Saurabh Tiwary

MI

IND

367

276

14

26

61

133.0

366.0

15

Chris Gayle

KKR

WI

292

184

16

30

88

158.7

338.7

16

Ambati Rayudu

MI

IND

295

194

12

29

55

152.1

331.3

17

Adam Gilchrist

DC

AUS

270

161

15

29

54

167.7

325.3

18

M Hayden

CSK

AUS

321

239

15

34

93

134.3

323.3

19

Virat Kohli

BRC

IND

298

205

12

25

58

145.4

322.7

20

David Warner

DD

AUS

282

191

14

27

107

147.6

309.3

21

Irfan Pathan

KXI

IND

276

186

10

21

60

148.4

304.0

22

Michael Lumb

RR

SA

278

192

6

45

83

144.8

300.0

23

S Badrinath

CSK

IND

305

251

5

36

55

121.5

275.3

24

T Suman

DC

IND

303

253

13

22

78

119.8

268.7

25

G Gambhir

DD

IND

277

217

2

32

72

127.6

264.7

26

Kieron Pollard

MI

WI

213

124

12

19

45

171.8

260.7

27

MS Dhoni

CSK

IND

235

163

8

19

66

144.2

252.7

28

Yuvraj Singh

KXI

IND

255

199

14

20

43

128.1

244.7

29

Dinesh Karthik

DD

IND

278

237

6

26

69

117.3

240.0

30

Manoj Tiwary

KKR

IND

237

186

5

23

75

127.4

226.0

Best bowlers:

Our formula to spot the best bowlers is based on a combination of the wickets taken and economy rate. We assume that every wicket is worth 20 runs (because teams score 160 runs and lose 8 wickets on the average in an innings). We also consider the par economy rate to be 8/6, i.e., conceding 8 runs in 6 balls (since the par strike rate was scoring 8/6 i.e., scoring 8 runs in 6 balls).

Anil Kumble has so far taken 12 wickets. So we credit him with 12 x 20 = 240 runs. Kumble has bowled 335 balls and conceded 361 runs. In 335 balls, Kumble was expected to concede 446.7 runs; he therefore conceded 85.7 runs less. We add these runs as a bonus. So Kumble's bowling performance is worth 240 + 85.7 = 325.7 runs.

The table below lists IPL's 30 best bowlers. It is interesting to note that the top five bowlers are all spinners, and the two most successful fast bowlers are also probably the two fastest bowlers. R Ashwin and Anil Kumble have the best economy rates, and Ashwin has matched the bowling performance of his more illustrious team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan.

Note too that India's selected second spinner Piyush Chawla has been outperformed by both Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.

 

Player Name

Team

From

Balls bowled

Runs conceded

Econ rate

Wickets

Bowl Pts

1

Pragyan Ojha

DC

IND

306

380

7.5

20

428.0

2

Amit Mishra

DD

IND

318

363

6.8

17

401.0

3

Harbhajan Singh

MI

IND

273

303

6.7

15

361.0

4

Anil Kumble

BRC

IND

335

361

6.5

12

325.7

5

Ravichandran Ashwin

CSK

IND

240

255

6.4

12

305.0

6

Dale Steyn

BRC

SA

312

352

6.8

12

304.0

7

Lasith Malinga

MI

SL

246

287

7.0

13

301.0

8

Zaheer Khan

MI

IND

242

308

7.6

14

294.7

9

Muttiah Muralitharan

CSK

SL

240

296

7.4

13

284.0

10

Vinay Kumar

BRC

IND

266

376

8.5

15

278.7

11

Piyush Chawla

KXI

IND

294

367

7.5

12

265.0

12

Andrew Symonds

DC

AUS

276

337

7.3

11

251.0

13

Irfan Pathan

KXI

IND

278

426

9.2

15

244.7

14

Kieron Pollard

MI

WI

174

212

7.3

11

240.0

15

Murali Kartik

KKR

IND

234

253

6.5

9

239.0

16

Shane Warne

RR

AUS

300

381

7.6

11

239.0

17

Siddharth Trivedi

RR

IND

209

260

7.5

11

238.7

18

RP Singh

DC

IND

228

337

8.9

13

227.0

19

Ryan Harris

DC

AUS

142

190

8.0

11

219.3

20

Chaminda Vaas

DC

SL

132

139

6.3

9

217.0

21

Ashok Dinda

KKR

IND

139

152

6.6

9

213.3

22

Shadab Jakati

CSK

IND

186

221

7.1

9

207.0

23

SE Bond

KKR

NZ

186

224

7.2

9

204.0

24

Jacques Kallis

BRC

SA

318

448

8.5

11

196.0

25

Dirk Nannes

DD

AUS

205

224

6.6

7

189.3

26

Shaun Tait

RR

AUS

187

264

8.5

10

185.3

27

Pradeep Sangwan

DD

IND

186

258

8.3

9

170.0

28

DE Bollinger

CSK

AUS

138

163

7.1

7

161.0

29

Harmeet Singh

DC

IND

114

145

7.6

7

147.0

30

Angelo Mathews

KKR

SL

225

314

8.4

8

146.0

Best fielders:

Our method to calculate the best fielders can be improved. Currently, it gives 5 'runs' for every catch taken, and divides the 20 'runs' obtained for a run out among all the fielders participating in the run out dismissal. If it is a direct throw, then the fielder picks up all the 20 'runs'. We are not considering dropped catches and misfields.

This method can be improved if an intelligent observer watches ball-by-ball and adds/subtracts runs for runs saved/runs conceded by the fielder. Further, if the observer thinks that a run out was chiefly because of an excellent run, pick up and throw, he can give the fielder 15 or more of the 20 'runs' credited for a run out dismissal.

The table below lists IPL's best fielders. It is no surprise that wicketkeepers dominate -- indeed, that is why we argue that wicket-keepers don't need any extra credit in any player performance appraisal scheme.

 

Player Name

Team

From

catches|stumpings

Field Pts

1

Dinesh Karthik

DD

IND

12

150

2

Robin Uthappa

BRC

IND

9

115

3

Kumar Sangakkara

KXI

SL

11

115

4

Kieron Pollard

MI

WI

6

90

5

Adam Gilchrist

DC

AUS

12

90

6

MS Dhoni

CSK

IND

9

85

7

Suresh Raina

CSK

IND

8

80

8

Naman Ojha

RR

IND

6

78

9

Abhishek Jhunjhunwala

RR

IND

3

71

10

Amit Mishra

DD

IND

4

70

11

RP Singh

DC

IND

4

70

12

AB de Villiers

DD

SA

6

70

13

Yusuf Pathan

RR

IND

9

65

14

Ambati Rayudu

MI

IND

3

65

15

Mithun Manhas

DD

IND

5

65

16

David Warner

DD

AUS

8

60

17

Piyush Chawla

KXI

IND

3

55

18

Rajagopal Sathish

MI

IND

3

55

19

Mahela Jayawardene

KXI

SL

5

55

20

Matthew Hayden

CSK

AUS

5

55

21

Sourav Ganguly

KKR

IND

7

55

22

Andrew Symonds

DC

AUS

10

50

23

Rohit Sharma

DC

IND

8

50

24

Rahul Dravid

BRC

IND

4

50

25

Faiz Fazal

RR

IND

8

46

26

Albie Morkel

CSK

SA

3

45

27

Harbhajan Singh

MI

IND

6

40

28

Jacques Kallis

BRC

SA

4

40

29

Dwayne Bravo

MI

WI

4

40

30

Murali Vijay

CSK

IND

8

40


 

Purnendu Maji and Srinivas Bhogle