IPL 2014 May 8, 2014

Uncapped Indian bowlers finally make presence felt

Uncapped Indians have clearly outbowled their international counterparts, halfway into IPL 2014

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In previous IPLs, we have seen uncapped Indian bowlers show flashes of brilliance. A Karn Sharma here, a Mohit Sharma there... In IPL 2014, though, the uncapped bowlers have made more than the occasional contribution; their performances have been consistent enough to give the impression India's bowling stocks are not as thin as it had seemed to be.

Of the nine Man-of-the-Match awards that have gone to bowlers, five have been won by uncapped Indians. Kings XI Punjab's Sandeep Sharma and Rajasthan Royals' Pravin Tambe have won two apiece. Royal Challengers Bangalore's Yuzvendra Chahal has won the other. But it has not been only about these handful of performances. Almost every team has such a bowler consistently making useful contributions to their cause. Kings XI has three of them - apart from Sandeep, Rishi Dhawan and Akshar Patel have also done well; both have economies that are well below seven runs an over. Ishwar Pandey started well for Chennai Super Kings and Jasprit Bumrah hasn't done too badly in the few opportunities he has got for Mumbai Indians. The wily Rajat Bhatia has also been as consistent as ever with his performances for Royals.

Last year, at a similar stage (after 28 games), uncapped Indians had taken 43 wickets at an economy of 6.8, which is marginally better than their economy this year (68 wickets at 7.0). However, last year, the tournament had a lot of low totals in the first half of the tournament. There were fewer match-winning performances too: Sidharth Trivedi was the only uncapped Indian bowler to win the Man-of-the-Match award in the first 28 matches of last season.

The more significant difference this year has been the number of overs these bowlers have sent down. While in 2013 they sent down only 154 overs in the first 28 matches, this year they have bowled almost a hundred more overs in the first half of the league phase. Their inexperience in terms of bowling at international batsmen hasn't deterred teams from giving them their full quota of four overs. Of the 71 instances when uncapped bowlers have bowled at least an over in a match, they have gone on to complete their quota on 44 occasions (55%). In 2013, this percentage was significantly lower at 32% (18 out of 56). Remarkably, of these 44 instances, bowlers finished the match with an economy of six runs or less 23 times. Last year, there were only ten such instances.

India's uncapped bowlers - season-wise stats*
Season Wkts Conc Ovrs Mdns Eco SR Ave
2013 43 1049 153.5 2 6.82 21.5 24.40
2014 68 1720 246.3 5 6.98 21.8 25.29
2011 54 1721 216.1 2 7.96 24.0 31.87
2009 41 1235 153.0 0 8.07 22.4 30.12
2012 60 1984 241.2 1 8.22 24.1 33.07
2008 70 2081 248.3 1 8.37 21.3 29.73
2010 53 1816 203.2 1 8.93 23.0 34.26

*All stats are for the first 28 games in each season

India's uncapped bowlers - No. of times full quota bowled and eco <=6
Season Bowler-inns Full quota bowled
Eco <=6
2014 71 44 23
2013 56 18 10
2011 79 27 9
2012 77
37 9
2009 56 18 8
2008 86 34 7
2010 65 35 4

*All stats are for the first 28 games in each season

Some of India's international bowlers have had a good season so far but they, collectively, have not been able to match the performance of their domestic counterparts. They have taken 49 more wickets, but have bowled 185 more overs. Their strike rate, economy and average have been inferior. India's capped bowlers have gone on to finish their quota of four overs on 75 occasions. Of these, they have ended up giving six runs or less an over on only 21 occasions.

Bowlers' stats IPL 2014 - first 28 matches
Wkts Conc Ovrs
Mdns Eco SR Ave
India uncapped
68 1720 246.3 5 6.98 21.8 25.29
India internationals 117 3417 432.0 3 7.91 22.2 29.21
Overseas bowlers
107 3031
399.0 1 7.60 22.4 28.33

Pravin Tambe is the leading wicket-taker among India's uncapped players, and at half-way stage of the tournament he was the joint-leading wicket-taker overall, with Sunil Narine. He has won two Man-of-the-Match awards, including one for his hat-trick against Kolkata Knight Riders. Yuzvendra Chahal tops the list of the most economical uncapped India bowlers and is the only spinner to have an economy of less than six half way into the league stage.

Uncapped bowlers - top five wicket takers*
Bowler Wkts Conc Ovrs
Mdns Eco SR Ave
Pravin Tambe
12 178 28.0 0 6.36 14.0 14.83
Sandeep Sharma 9 91 14.1 2 6.42 9.4 10.11
Yuzvendra Chahal
8 161 27.0 1 5.96 20.3 20.13
Rishi Dhawan 6 105 17.2 0 6.06 17.3 17.50
Akshar Patel 6 143 22.0 0 6.50 22.0 23.83
Rajat Bhatia 6 160 22.0 0 7.27 22.0 26.67

*Stats for the first 28 matches

Uncapped bowlers - top economies (min 10 overs bowled)*
Bowler Wkts Conc
Mdns Eco SR Ave
Yuzvendra Chahal
8 161 27.0 1 5.96 20.3 20.13
Rishi Dhawan 6 105 17.2 0 6.06 17.3 17.50
Pravin Tambe
Sandeep Sharma 9
Akshar Patel 6 143 22.0 0 6.50 22.0 23.83

*Stats for the first 28 matches

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  • madhvi on May 11, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    impressive analysis. India is always in a need of good fast bowlers. Many bowlers are coming up and this IPL is going to be a boon for indian cricket as well. Out of these some can be seen as playing for india as well. Point here is that can these play the same way for india as well and come up as a bright bowler in the long run.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Its true that indian bowlers have made their presence felt in IPL 7, performances by Tambe, B Kumar, Bhatia ,Mohit Sharma were exceptionally remarkable.Its good to see that the top most wicket takers in IPL 7 are Indians. But the question is what bowlers like Ashwin and Mishra are doing? I feel that bowlers like tambe,mohit sharma, sandeep sharma should be groomed and given a chance at international level.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Its a pity still that among the medium pacers we have only sandeep sharma and rishi dhawan and if we raise the bar of bowlers bowling at 140 kmph , none.

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    A very interesting and insightful analysis. Uncapped players, particularly Tambe and Sandeep Sharma have been impressive. On top of it there is improvement seen in Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Rajat Bhatia and Rishi Dhawan. All in all if they are groomed properly we may have less troubles with our bowling at international level

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 11:02 GMT

    Uncapped bowlers shud they be given an opportunity at the top level is the key question. Sandeep sharma was a revelation at the u19 level his performances for India u19 were superb, and I felt this kid could go all the way, he may not be 145kph plus bowler but his control over swing is as good if not better then Bhuvanesh Kumar although he is quicker than Bhuvi..both of them will IF selected for the England series would be a real handful in English conditions.

    Now that brings me to Tambe my favourite of the lot, his age his passion could he be given a chance ? Why not infact the backend of the English summer may just be ideal for him to come and work his magic. If BCCI did pick him I wouldnt be surprised if he did really well.

    Another talent but a younger one is Chahal of RCB this kid def has the X factor if not for his bowling but for his dynamic fielding also. See him a few times now and very impressive.

    Shivlal Yadav, Kedhar Jadhav, Sanju Samson can def make the leap also

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