World Cup performance analysis April 1, 2015

Guptill and Starc in all-time top five

An analysis of top performances over all the 11 World Cups so far

Martin Guptill's unbeaten 237 against West Indies is the second-best innings ever played in any World Cup game © 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.

This is the last article and presents the tables across all 11 World Cups. The recently concluded World Cup 2015 entries are highlighted to get a perspective. This is a logical conclusion to the last set of tables issued before the World Cup started.

Top Batting performances across all eleven World Cups
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Batsman For VsRuns Balls
1 85520072581150AC Gilchrist Australia Slk149 104
2 83320153643111MJ Guptill New Zealand Win237*163
3 7381983 216100N Kapil Dev India Zim175*138
4 6621979 74150IVA Richards West Indies Eng138*157
5 62520031993150RT Ponting Australia Ind140*121
6 61820031945104A Symonds Australia Pak143*125
7 58720072555105ML Hayden Australia Win158 143
8 58420031944104SB Styris New Zealand Slk141 125
9 57920153616100AB de Villiers South Africa Win162* 66
10 57320153612100CH Gayle West Indies Zim215 147
11 55419961083150PA de Silva Sri Lanka Aus107*124
12 54119991463100SC Ganguly India Slk183 158
13 53420113100100V Sehwag India Bng175 140
14 5281987 457100IVA Richards West Indies Slk181 125
15 5241975 33150CH Lloyd West Indies Aus102 85
16 5151992 747100Rameez Raja Pakistan Nzl119*155
17 50620031955104SP Fleming New Zealand Saf134*132
18 5061987 476125GA Gooch England Ind115 136
19 49620113110100AJ Strauss England Ind158 145
20 49120072547 95Imran Nazir Pakistan Zim160 121

Adam Gilchrist's explosive hundred stays at the top of the batting performance table. Before the World Cup, Kapil Dev's magnificent 175 was in second place, some distance behind. However the unforgettable innings Martin Guptill played in the quarter final against West Indies gathered 833 rating points and got into the second place. The fact that this was a knock-out match helped a lot. In 9th place is AB de Villiers' multiple-record-breaking 162, also against West Indies, with 579 rating points. A few points behind this innings, in 10th place, is Chris Gayle's double-hundred against Zimbabwe.

Top Bowling performances across all eleven World Cups
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Bowler For VsAnalysis
1 9081975 31125GJ Gilmour Australia Eng12.0 - 6 - 14 - 6
2 81920031976104AJ Bichel Australia Eng10.0 - 0 - 20 - 7
3 72120031986111SE Bond New Zealand Aus10.0 - 2 - 23 - 6
4 67920153617100MA Starc Australia Nzl 9.0 - 0 - 28 - 6
5 59820153607100TG Southee New Zealand Eng 9.0 - 0 - 33 - 7
6 59220031969104A Nehra India Eng10.0 - 2 - 23 - 6
7 5861975 33150GJ Gilmour Australia Win12.0 - 2 - 48 - 5
8 56520113147125Wahab Riaz Pakistan Ind10.0 - 0 - 46 - 5
9 5581992 730100MW Pringle South Africa Win 8.0 - 4 - 11 - 4
10 5551979 74150J Garner West Indies Eng11.0 - 0 - 38 - 5
11 53219991483125SK Warne Australia Saf10.0 - 4 - 29 - 4
12 5111992 748 90EA Brandes Zimbabwe Eng10.0 - 4 - 21 - 4
13 49619991476111BKV Prasad India Pak 9.3 - 2 - 27 - 5
14 49420153617100TA Boult New Zealand Aus10.0 - 3 - 27 - 5
15 48519991483125SM Pollock South Africa Aus 9.2 - 1 - 36 - 5
16 4831983 207100KH MacLeay Australia Ind11.5 - 3 - 39 - 6
17 47920113110100TT Bresnan England Ind10.0 - 1 - 48 - 5
18 47820031973104WPUJC Vaas Sri Lanka Win10.0 - 3 - 22 - 4
19 4581983 223150S Madan Lal India Win12.0 - 2 - 31 - 3
20 4581992 752150DR Pringle England Pak10.0 - 2 - 22 - 3

Three bowling spells, essayed during the early part of the World Cup, have got into the top-20 table of bowling performances across all World Cups. Mitchell Starc's 6-wicket spell against New Zealand, which nearly won the match for Australia, is in fourth position, despite this being in a losing cause. This spell gathered 679 rating points and could easily have gone ahead of Shane Bond's spell if Australia had won the match. Trent Boult's match-winning spell in the same match is in 14th position while Tim Southee's seven-wicket destruction of England is in fifth position.

Top Player performances across all eleven World Cups
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Player For Vs Runs Balls Analysis
110611975 31125GJ Gilmour Australia Eng 28* 2812.0-6-14-6
2 95620031976104AJ Bichel Australia Eng 34* 3610.0-0-20-7
3 94119961083150PA de Silva Sri Lanka Aus107*124 9.0-0-42-3
4 8261983 216100N Kapil Dev India Zim175*13811.0-1-32-1
5 7451979 74150IVA Richards West Indies Eng138*15710.0-0-35-0
6 70020153612100CH Gayle West Indies Zim215 147 6.0-0-35-2
7 6551975 33150CH Lloyd West Indies Aus102 8512.0-1-38-1
8 6391975 33150GJ Gilmour Australia Win 14 1112.0-2-48-5
9 60720031973104WPUJC Vaas Sri Lanka Win 28* 2510.0-3-22-4
10 60319991483125SK Warne Australia Saf 18 2410.0-4-29-4
11 60219991477111NC Johnson Zimbabwe Aus132*144 8.0-0-43-2
12 59420113125100TM Dilshan Sri Lanka Zim144 131 3.0-1- 4-4
13 58319991468100NC Johnson Zimbabwe Saf 76 117 8.0-1-27-3
14 57920153615100TM Dilshan Sri Lanka Bng161*146 8.0-0-35-2
15 56920072560105ST Jayasuriya Sri Lanka Win115 101 8.3-0-38-3
16 5641983 199 90DAG Fletcher Zimbabwe Aus 69* 8411.0-1-42-4
17 5621983 223150S Madan Lal India Win 17 2712.0-2-31-3
18 56219991483125SM Pollock South Africa Aus 20 14 9.2-1-36-5
19 5601975 33150KD Boyce West Indies Aus 34 3712.0-0-50-4
20 5521992 752150DR Pringle England Pak 18* 1610.0-2-22-3

Gayle's 215 was followed by two key wickets and this all-round performance is in sixth position, with 700 rating points. Similarly Tillakaratne Dilshan's 161 was followed by two wickets and this performance gathered 579 rating points. When we see that Gary Gilmour's all-round performance in the 1975 semi-final gathered in excess of 1000 rating points, we realize that this is one performance which will never be bettered.

Top Team performances across all eleven World Cups
SNo Rating Pts Year ODI# MatchIdx# Team Own score Vs Other score
1 85919991484150Australia 133 for 2 in 20.1Pak132 for 10 in 39.0
2 8181983 223150India 183 for 10 in 54.4Win140 for 10 in 52.0
3 79720031993150Australia 359 for 2 in 50.0Ind234 for 10 in 39.2
4 78319961083150Sri Lanka 245 for 3 in 46.2Aus241 for 7 in 50.0
5 77520153646150Australia 186 for 3 in 33.1Nzl183 for 10 in 45.0
6 77320113101100New Zealand 72 for 0 in 8.0Ken69 for 10 in 23.5
7 76920113118100West Indies 59 for 1 in 12.2Bng58 for 10 in 18.5
8 76520113142111Pakistan 113 for 0 in 20.5Win112 for 10 in 43.3
9 76520072575105Sri Lanka 81 for 2 in 10.0Ire77 for 10 in 27.4
10 7611979 74150West Indies 286 for 9 in 60.0Eng194 for 10 in 51.0
11 75720072570105Australia 92 for 1 in 12.2Ire91 for 10 in 30.0
12 75720113138100South Africa 284 for 8 in 50.0Bng78 for 10 in 28.0
13 75020153640111South Africa 134 for 1 in 18.0Slk133 for 10 in 37.2
14 74520072574105South Africa 157 for 1 in 19.2Eng154 for 10 in 48.0
15 74320031985111India 292 for 6 in 50.0Slk109 for 10 in 23.0
16 73920031951104Australia 128 for 1 in 22.2Ind125 for 10 in 41.4
17 73520072580125Australia 153 for 3 in 31.3Saf149 for 10 in 43.5
18 7331975 31125Australia 94 for 6 in 28.4Eng93 for 10 in 36.2
19 73320072581150Australia 281 for 4 in 38.0Slk215 for 8 in 36.0
20 7241992 719100South Africa 171 for 1 in 46.5Aus170 for 9 in 49.0

Australia's seven-wicket destruction of New Zealand in the final secured 775 rating points and is in fifth position. Everything worked perfectly for Australia. They had seven wickets and over 100 balls still available. South Africa's more effective dismantling of Sri Lanka secured 750 rating points since nine wickets and nearly 200 balls were still available. But the higher match index for the final gave the Australian win the edge.

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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