Australians in IPL 2009 May 10, 2009

Hayden versus the hapless bowlers

Three weeks into the IPL, and Matthew Hayden continues to hog the IPL limelight, with an aggregate that is far higher than anyone else in the tournament so far

Three weeks into the IPL, and Matthew Hayden continues to hog the IPL limelight. While some of his other Australian mates have been told by their board to rest before tougher challenges later in the season, and others have performed only intermittently, Hayden has notched up scores of 44, 65, 57, 49, 1, 30, 43, 89 and 48 in nine matches so far. To understand how far he has towered over the rest of the batsmen, you only need to look at the stats for highest run-scorers in IPL 2009: Hayden leads with 426, and in second place is Suresh Raina, who has played the same number of innings but has scored 117 fewer runs.

Hayden has handled both pace and spin pretty well in the tournament so far, but clearly he has shown a preference for the ball coming on to the bat: both seamers and spinners have dismissed him four times each (he's been run-out once), but against pace he has scored at a much faster clip - 307 runs in 177 balls at an average of almost 77. Spinners have reined him in far more successfully, going for 119 runs in 104 balls, at an average of less than 30 runs-per-wicket. Clearly, Shane Warne knew what he was doing when he handed Yusuf Pathan the ball to open the attack against Chennai, and it's a ploy other teams will probably employ against him as well.

Hayden against pace and spin in IPL 2009
  Balls Runs Dismissals Average Runs per over
Pace 177 307 4 76.75 10.40
Spin 104 119 4 29.75 6.86

In the four matches he played in the last IPL, he had a better time against spin, scoring 34 off 26 balls without being dismissed once. That's another indication that conditions have been more favourable for spinners this time in South Africa.

Hayden against pace and spin in IPL 2008
  Balls Runs Dismissals Average Runs per over
Pace 105 155 2 77.50 8.85
Spin 26 34 0 - 7.84

Among bowlers who've bowled at least ten balls to Hayden in this IPL, Sreesanth has been the most expensive, going at more than ten per over. Clearly, he meant it when he called Sreesanth an over-rated bowler after the match against Punjab.

Yusuf Pathan has done well against him despite bowling with the new ball with fielding restrictions in place: in 17 balls he has only conceded 18 and dismissed Hayden once. Harbhajan Singh, another offspinner, has handled the Hayden challenge well too.

Hayden against each bowler in IPL 2009 (Qual: 10 balls bowled)
Bowler Balls Runs Dismissals Aveerage Runs per over
Sreesanth 19 32 1 32.00 10.10
RP Singh 18 29 0 - 9.66
Yusuf Pathan 17 18 1 18.00 6.35
Dirk Nannes 16 27 0 - 10.12
Pradeep Sangwan 12 16 2 8.00 8.00
Harbhajan Singh 11 11 0 - 6.00
Shane Warne 11 16 1 16.00 8.72
Karan Goel 10 9 0 - 5.40
Ravindra Jadeja 10 9 0 - 5.40
Rohit Sharma 10 14 0 - 8.40

Overall check on Australians in IPL 2009

As was indicated last time, the Australian batsmen have continued to fare well, with the average runs-per-wicket and runs-per-over higher than the overall tournament average. Despite only 14 Australians having batted in the tournament so far, they've still managed more than 15% of the total runs scored off the bat.

Australian batting contribution in IPL 2009
Aus runs Average Run rate Total runs Average Runs per over % runs by Aus
1462 34.00 7.67 9420 22.75 7.11 15.52

The bowlers haven't had as much success, though, with 30 wickets at an average and economy rate slightly poorer than the tournament average.

Australian bowling contribution in IPL 2009
Aus wkts Average Econ rate Total wkts Average Econ rate % Aus wkts
30 29.03 7.73 385 25.41 7.41 7.79

Apart from Hayden, Brad Hodge is the other Australian batsman whose performance has improved significantly in the last few games - he has scored 240 in six games and is fast catching up on Gilchrist's tally of 255. Gilchrist's form has in fact fallen away somewhat recently - in the last five innings he has scored 92. Lee Carseldine has done well too in the few opportunities he has got, but the significant late entry into the IPL has been Andrew Symonds - in his first innings of the tournament he scored an unbeaten 60 off 36 balls. If he continues this form, he could be the next big Australian performer.

Top Australian batsmen in IPL 2009
Batsman Runs Dismissals Average Runs per over
Matthew Hayden 426 9 47.33 9.09
Adam Gilchrist 255 9 28.33 8.45
Brad Hodge 240 6 40.00 6.72
David Warner 108 3 36.00 6.96
Simon Katich 106 4 26.50 7.75
Lee Carseldine 64 2 32.00 7.83
Shane Warne 84 4 21.00 6.07
Andrew Symonds 60 0 - 10.00

Among the bowlers, Warne remains the highest wicket-taker, with Dirk Nannes following him closely. The major late entry here was Brett Lee, who showed good rhythm in his debut game, taking 1 for 24 against Deccan Chargers.

Australian bowlers in IPL 2009
Bowler Wickets Average Runs per over  
Shane Warne 10 25.30 7.44  
Dirk Nannes 8 28.50 7.47  
Brad Hodge 6 17.00 7.84  
Shane Harwood 3 24.33 7.30  
Brett Lee 1 24.00 6.00  
Moises Henriques 1 72.00 8.81  
Ryan Harris 0 - 8.45  

All stats updated till the 37th match of the IPL, which finished on Saturday, May 9.

S Rajesh is stats editor of Cricinfo