Peformance analysis March 21, 2015

Hazlewood four-for enters top ten

An analysis of performances in the World Cup after the third quarter-final of the World Cup

Though Wahab Riaz's 2 for 54 could not find a place among the best, his fiery spell was one of the best displays of fast bowling in recent times © Getty Images

This analysis will be done at suitable points during the World Cup 2015 so that the readers can see the way the Performance tables evolve. As more matches get played the top performance mosaic changes and readers can identify with what happened in the past few days. The qualifying bar for inclusion moves higher as more matches get played.

On the scorecard the win seemed to be an easy win. However the match was fought very well by the Pakistani bowlers, especially Wahab Riaz. However the match was won by a collection of 5/6 Australians and no truly great individual performance.

Top Batting performances in WC 2015: in 44 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Batsman For VsRuns Balls
1 57920153616100AB de Villiers South Africa Win162* 66
2 57320153612100CH Gayle West Indies Zim215 147
3 46920153641111RG Sharma India Bng137 126
4 46120153615100TM Dilshan Sri Lanka Bng161*146
5 45920153610100S Dhawan India Saf137 146
6 45420153636100BRM Taylor Zimbabwe Ind138 110
7 44820153623100DA Warner Australia Afg178 133
8 44220153624100KJ Coetzer Scotland Bng156 134
9 42820153634100Mahmudullah Bangladesh Nzl128*123
10 39720153601100DA Miller South Africa Zim138* 92

No truly great batting performance. The Australian win was led by three batsmen and they shared the rating points. There was no change to the batting table.

Top Bowling performances in WC 2015: in 44 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Bowler For VsAnalysis
1 67120153617100MA Starc Australia Nzl 9.0 - 0 - 28 - 6
2 59820153607100TG Southee New Zealand Eng 9.0 - 0 - 33 - 7
3 49320153617100TA Boult New Zealand Aus10.0 - 3 - 27 - 5
4 44520153600100MR Marsh Australia Eng 9.0 - 0 - 33 - 5
5 43020153602100Sohail Khan Pakistan Ind10.0 - 0 - 55 - 5
6 35620153616100Imran Tahir South Africa Win10.0 - 2 - 45 - 5
7 34820153640111Imran Tahir South Africa Slk 8.2 - 0 - 26 - 4
8 33520153620100Mohammad Irfan Pakistan Zim10.0 - 2 - 30 - 4
9 32920153642111JR Hazlewood Australia Pak10.0 - 1 - 35 - 4
10 32220153608100JE Taylor West Indies Pak 7.0 - 1 - 15 - 3

Josh Hazlewood's top quality bowling spell of 4 for 35 got into the 9th position with 329 rating points. There is no doubt that the increased match weight was the main reason for this entry.

What does one say of a bowling performance which secured 134 rating points but was showered with praise by all knowledgeable people as one of the great spells of pace bowling. My heart goes out to Wahab Riaz. During 2011 he bowled a match winning spell against India but six dropped catches cost Pakistan the match. During 2015, one catch could easily have made a difference. My dear friend, Wahab, you are my man of the match.

Top Player performances in WC 2015: in 44 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Player For Vs Runs Balls Analysis
1 70020153612100CH Gayle West Indies Zim215 147 6.0-0-35-2
2 57920153615100TM Dilshan Sri Lanka Bng161*146 8.0-0-35-2
3 49620153600100MR Marsh Australia Eng 23 20 9.0-0-33-5
4 44720153620100Wahab Riaz Pakistan Zim 54* 46 9.4-1-45-4
5 43420153611100MM Ali England Sco128 10710.0-0-47-2
6 40320153627100SC Williams Zimbabwe Ire 96 83 9.0-0-72-3
7 36320153634100Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Nzl 23 18 8.5-1-55-4
8 35320153608100AD Russell West Indies Pak 42* 13 8.0-2-33-3
9 34520153638100Amjad Javed U.A.E. Win 56 99 8.0-0-29-2
10 31120153614100RD Berrington Scotland Afg 25 4610.0-0-40-4

Once more no real all-round performance. Hence there is no change to the table.

Top Team performances in WC 2015: in 44 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Team Own score Vs Other score
1 75020153640111South Africa 134 for 1 in 18.0Slk133 for 10 in 37.2
2 72120153616100South Africa 408 for 5 in 50.0Win151 for 10 in 33.1
3 71420153607100New Zealand 125 for 2 in 12.2Eng123 for 10 in 33.2
4 69020153610100India 307 for 7 in 50.0Saf177 for 10 in 40.2
5 68820153623100Australia 417 for 6 in 50.0Afg142 for 10 in 37.3
6 67820153621100South Africa 411 for 4 in 50.0Ire210 for 10 in 45.0
7 66920153631100India 260 for 2 in 36.5Ire259 for 10 in 49.0
8 66820153635100England 101 for 1 in 18.1Afg111 for 7 in 36.2
9 66620153608100West Indies 310 for 6 in 50.0Pak160 for 10 in 39.0
10 66420153618100India 104 for 1 in 18.5Uae102 for 10 in 31.3

Australia lost 4 wickets which is more than 50% of the resources. So, even though they won with 16 overs to spare, they do not get too many rating points. They won quite comfortable and this reflected in the 608 rating points they got.

A brief introduction into the methodology of Performance Analysis.

The Batting Performance Ratings analysis takes into account the Runs scored, Balls faced, Next highest score (if this is the highest score), % of Team score, Innings status at entry, Bowling quality, Pitch information, Team strengths, Target score in front, Match location, Result and Match importance. These parameters are given appropriate weights. The calculations are done in such a way that Rating points of 1000 would be allotted to a mind-blowing and match-winning score of 200 in 150 balls in a WC final.

The Bowling Performance Ratings analysis takes into account the Wickets captured, Quality of batsmen dismissed, Scores at which batsmen were dismissed, Bowling accuracy, Batting quality, Pitch information, Team strengths, Target being defended, Match location, Result and Match importance. The calculations are done in such a way that Rating points of 1000 would be allotted to a magnificent and match-winning analysis of 10-2-15-6 in a WC final.

The Player Performance Ratings analysis takes into account the Batting Rating points, Bowling Rating points and the Fielding Rating points, which is a combination of catches and stumpings. There are minimum criteria for batting and bowling stints to ensure that these are genuinely all-round performances.

The Team Performance Ratings analysis takes into account the Result, Margin of win, Resources utilized, Team strengths, Match location and Match importance. The calculations are done in such a way that Rating points of 1000 would be allotted to an overwhelming win by 150 runs or 8 wickets in a WC final.

Anantha Narayanan has written for ESPNcricinfo and CastrolCricket and worked with a number of companies on their cricket performance ratings-related systems

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