Peformance analysis March 26, 2015

Smith's century at No.8

An analysis of performances in the World Cup after the second semi-final of the World Cup

Steven Smith's century against a good Indian bowling attack gets him the eighth place. © Quinn Rooney/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.

I had pencilled this match as an overall 60-40 for Australia. Unfortunately the Indian supporters, media and even the former knowledgeable players had let their enthusiasm override common sense and it was a surprise to see the normally balanced Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly pinning the match at 50-50 even after the toss. By that time I had made the match 70-30 for Australia. Their bowling could have defended 270 runs comfortably. Despite losing about 30 runs in the middle overs, Australia won by nearly 100 runs.

Top Batting performances in WC 2015: in 47 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Batsman For VsRuns Balls
1 83320153643111MJ Guptill New Zealand Win237*163
2 57920153616100AB de Villiers South Africa Win162* 66
3 57320153612100CH Gayle West Indies Zim215 147
4 46920153641111RG Sharma India Bng137 126
5 46120153615100TM Dilshan Sri Lanka Bng161*146
6 45920153610100S Dhawan India Saf137 146
7 45420153636100BRM Taylor Zimbabwe Ind138 110
8 44820153645125SPD Smith Australia Ind105 93
9 44720153623100DA Warner Australia Afg178 133
10 44220153624100KJ Coetzer Scotland Bng156 134

Steven Smith's excellent innings gathered just enough points to get into the table in the eighth position with 448 points. Let me say that this was a surprise for me since I felt that his dismissal just after he crossed 100 would hurt him a bit. But the scoring rate and the good quality of Indian bowling helped.

Top Bowling performances in WC 2015: in 47 matches played so far
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Bowler For VsAnalysis
1 67920153617100MA 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 36120153643111TA Boult New Zealand Win10.0 - 3 - 44 - 4
7 35520153616100Imran Tahir South Africa Win10.0 - 2 - 45 - 5
8 34820153640111Imran Tahir South Africa Slk 8.2 - 0 - 26 - 4
9 33520153620100Mohammad Irfan Pakistan Zim10.0 - 2 - 30 - 4
10 32920153642111JR Hazlewood Australia Pak10.0 - 1 - 35 - 4

No single great bowling performance in the semi-final. Umesh Yadav secured 311 rating points. Let us not forget that India lost the match.

Top Player performances in WC 2015: in 47 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 36420153634100Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Nzl 23 18 8.5-1-55-4
8 35620153644125CJ Anderson New Zealand Saf 58 57 6.0-0-72-3
9 35320153608100AD Russell West Indies Pak 42* 13 8.0-2-33-3
10 34420153638100Amjad Javed U.A.E. Win 56 99 8.0-0-29-2

Johnson 260 points for his cameo and two important wickets but missed the cut-off.

Top Team performances in WC 2015: in 47 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 67120153645125Australia 328 for 7 in 50.0Ind233 for 10 in 46.5
8 66920153631100India 260 for 2 in 36.5Ire259 for 10 in 49.0
9 66820153635100England 101 for 1 in 18.1Afg111 for 7 in 36.2
10 66620153608100West Indies 310 for 6 in 50.0Pak160 for 10 in 39.0

The importance of the match, size of win and the quality of Indian batting got, the semi-final win got Australia 671 rating points and got them into the seventh position. They batted very well, despite the 7-over wobble in the middle and bowled with a lot more fire and intent.

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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