Best T20 players

Written by kobus. Posted in Events, T20 World Cup 2012


Published on September 17, 2012 with No Comments

Predicting the T20 World Cup winner can be more difficult than predicting the winning powerball numbers in the national lottery. As we saw in the last T20 match between SA and ENG, the game can be won or lost in just a single over. There was a time when playing in the subcontinent was a mystery, it was a massive challenge for teams like South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, and England. But times have changed. And they have the IPL to thank for that. The IPL is now 5 years old, and Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have their own IPL equivalent leagues as well. Playing in the subcontinent is not that much of a mystery anymore for the overseas players. They know what to expect.

However, I found some awesome stats on Cricinfo that might make the prediction a bit easier.

We know that dot-balls are gold dust for the bowling team and the complete opposite for the batting team. As a coach, you would obviously want your batsmen to have the lowest dot-ball percentage right? Right? Andy Flower?

See the batsmen with the lowest dot ball percentage

Batsman Country Runs Balls/ Dots Dot ball %
Kevin Pietersen England 1176 831/ 255 30.69
Michael Hussey Australia 566 403/ 126 31.27
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 801 562/ 182 32.38
Cameron White Australia 652 484/ 163 33.68
Paul Collingwood England 583 459/ 155 33.77
Yuvraj Singh India 601 400/ 139 34.75
Mahela Jayawardene Sri Lanka 981 706/ 246 34.84
Jacques Kallis South Africa 642 525/ 185 35.24
Suresh Raina India 658 477/ 169 35.43
JP Duminy South Africa 846 687/ 244 35.52

Now let’s look at the opposite, the batsmen with the highest dot ball %. Something to note here is that most of the batsmen below are opening batsmen. Generally they do have more dot balls because it’s more difficult to bat at the start of the innings.  The ball is still new so it moves around more, fielding restrings are set, and the batsmen needs a few balls to asses the batting conditions.

Batsman Country Runs Balls/ Dots Dot ball %
Mohammad Hafeez Pakistan 647 575/ 279 48.52
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 629 487/ 234 48.05
Graeme Smith South Africa 982 770/ 340 44.16
Kamran Akmal Pakistan 778 619/ 271 43.78
Salman Butt Pakistan 595 551/ 240 43.56
Chris Gayle West Indies 757 526/ 223 42.4

However, if you have an opening batsmen who has a fairly high dot-ball percentage, what you want is, when he does score runs, it should preferably be a boundary. Like the guys below, the guys with highest % boundaries. Note most of them are opening batsmen except Yuvraj and Albie.

Batsman Country Runs 4s/6s Boundary %
Sanath Jayasuriya Sri Lanka 629 76/ 23 70.27
Chris Gayle West Indies 757 67/ 43 69.48
Shane Watson Australia 731 56/ 47 69.22
Graeme Smith South Africa 982 123/ 26 65.99
David Warner Australia 978 91/ 46 65.44
Yuvraj Singh India 601 35/ 40 63.23
Brendon McCullum New Zealand 1443 139/ 57 62.23
Albie Morkel South Africa 502 28/ 33 61.75
Martin Guptill New Zealand 818 71/ 35 60.39

Let’s turn (pun intended) to the bowlers. Similiar to the batsmen, dot ball’s are extremely important. Ideally you would want your bolwers to have a very high dot ball percentage. See the highest dot ball percentages below:

Bowler Country Wickets Average Dot %
Morne Morkel South Africa 34 17.26 50.29
Trent Johnston Ireland 25 20.28 49.8
Shane Bond New Zealand 25 21.72 48.82
Dale Steyn South Africa 31 17.87 46.99
Mitchell Johnson Australia 36 20.11 45.32
Sohail Tanvir Pakistan 21 25.47 45.32
Stuart Broad England 41 23.7 44.28
Umar Gul Pakistan 59 16.66 44.17
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 60 15.48 44.16
Abdur Razzak Pakistan 29 17.96 44.03

Now you know why South Africa has the best opening bowling combination. And by the looks of it, Pakistan has quite a lethal bowling attack as well so keep an eye out for them. And their 5th bowler is Afridi who is arguably the best limited over leg spinner in the world.

And looking at the bowlers with the lowest boundary percentages. Hey, there’s Afridi.

Bowler Country Wickets Run Rate Boundary %
Daniel Vettori New Zealand 35 5.5 31.12
Harbhajan Singh India 18 6.44 32.53
Graeme Swann England 44 6.39 34.5
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka 39 5.69 38.29
Shahid Afridi Pakistan 57 6.1 41.02
Johan Botha South Africa 36 6.24 42.37
Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 60 6.03 42.41
Sohail Tanvir Pakistan 21 6.99 44.86

Good to see Johan Botha in the list. Interesting to see that these bowlers are predominantly spin bowlers. Ideally these bowlers are used between overs 8 – 16.

You can compile a very effective bowling line up by combining the last 2 tables. Some ideal front line bowlers who regurarly bowl dot balls (with wickets hopefully). and then middle order bowlers who can keep the run rate down and thereby applying pressure on the batting team. And with pressure comes wickets.

And finally, the bowlers with the highest boundary percentages. Unlucky for these guys, they probably always bowl in the death overs where the batsmen try to slog almost every ball. And it’s for this reason that it is the most difficult stage of the match to bowl in, your accuracy has to be perfect and the room for error is extremely small. But it can be done, ask Malinga.Hmmm ineresting that he didn’t feature in any of the lists.

Bowler Country Wickets Run rate Boundary %
Kyle Mills New Zealand 31 8.39 64.13
Tim Southee New Zealand 28 8.49 62.61
Shane Bond New Zealand 25 7 60.41
Brett Lee Autralia 28 7.86 57.42
Albie Morkel South Africa 20 7.94 55.19
Morne Morkel South Africa 34 6.76 54.86
Jacob Oram New Zealand 14 8.63 54.71
Stuart Broad England 41 7.33 54.53

Most of these guys will play in this World Cup so it should be exciting. If you are playing in a fantasy league you should definitely use some of the guys mentioned in this article. Just remember to share some of your winnings with U&U and Cricinfo!





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