World Twenty20 2012 performance analysis October 9, 2012

Samuels, Mendis lead the way

An analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in the World Twenty20 2012

The analysis looked at every batting and bowling performance in Twenty20 internationals, with each one getting a score. As in the IPL analysis, there's extra emphasis on the scoring rates and economy rates, given the constraints of the number of deliveries available in this format. The performances were compared against the match stats, which means batsmen were rewarded for scoring quickly in a low-scoring game, while bowlers got more points for a tidy spell in a high-scoring match than in a low-scoring one. For batting performances, the innings were compared against the average scores at each batting position - that gave a deserved push to significant innings lower down the order, given that many of them were in high-pressure situations in which quick runs were required with few balls remaining.

Marlon Samuels, the Man of the Match in the World Twenty20 final, and Ajantha Mendis, the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, have emerged the best batsman and bowler according to ESPNcricinfo's analysis of individual performances in the World Twenty20 2012. Samuels, who has been consistent across all formats in the last year, extended his run through the tournament and ended it as West Indies' highest run-getter (third overall). Mendis, who had struggled with injuries in the last few months, started the tournament with an extraordinary performance against Zimbabwe and ended it with 4 for 12 in the final against West Indies. The study also ranked Brendon McCullum's superb 123 against Bangladesh as the best batting display and Mendis' six-wicket haul against Zimbabwe as the best bowling performance.

McCullum became the first batsman to score two centuries in Twenty20 internationals when he smashed the Bangladesh attack in New Zealand's opening game. In a game where the other batsmen managed to score at just over a run a ball, McCullum's strike rate of 212.06 stood out. Samuels rescued West Indies in the final after they were struggling at 14 for 2 at the end of the Powerplay. His effort is ranked high not just because of the strike rate (139.28) in a low-scoring game but also because the runs came against a high-quality Sri Lankan attack in a crunch game. Luke Wright figures twice in the top ten for his knocks of 76 against New Zealand and 99 against Afghanistan. Two other stand-out performances (both in defeats) in the top ten include Eoin Morgan's 71 against West Indies and Faf du Plessis' 65 against India in the final Super Eights game. Watson, the Player of the Tournament, did not make it to the top ten but ended with two performances in the top 15. It is interesting to note that apart from the West Indies (three in top ten), no batsman from the other three semi-finalists features in the top ten.

Top ten batting performances in World Twenty20 2012
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Balls faced Points
Brendon McCullum New Zealand Bangladesh 123 58 73.07
Marlon Samuels West Indies Sri Lanka 78 56 61.73
Luke Wright England New Zealand 76 43 53.96
Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh Pakistan 84 54 52.77
Eoin Morgan England West Indies 71 36 50.56
Chris Gayle West Indies Australia 75 41 48.18
Virat Kohli India Pakistan 78 61 47.82
Faf du Plessis South Africa India 65 38 44.50
Luke Wright England Afghanistan 99 55 44.28
Johnson Charles West Indies England 84 56 43.80

Mendis' 6 for 8 is certainly not a surprise at the top. Although the performance did not come against a higher-ranked team, the economy rate (2.00) and strike rate (4.00) are phenomenal. Mendis figures in second position too for his 4 for 12 against West Indies in the final. His wickets included those of the dangerous Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard, who had both combined to put the game beyond Australia in the semi-final. Harbhajan Singh's four-wicket haul against England was one of the few bright spots for India in an otherwise disappointing tournament. Two West Indian bowlers slot in at four and five. Ravi Rampaul bowled an aggressive spell in the semi-final against Australia and finished with figures of 3 for 16 that included the wickets of Cameron White and David Hussey. Sunil Narine conceded just nine runs off his 3.4 overs in the final and dismissed Mahela Jayawardene before returning to halt Sri Lanka's fightback by picking up the wicket of Nuwan Kulasekara. Lasith Malinga, who went for 54 runs off his four overs in the final, had a below-par tournament by his standards. However, his performance against England (5 for 31), which is ranked ninth, stood out because all five of his wickets were those of top-seven batsmen.

Top ten bowling performances in World Twenty20 2012
Bowler Team Opposition Wickets Runs conceded Points
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka Zimbabwe 6 8 58.62
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka West Indies 4 12 56.67
Harbhajan Singh India England 4 12 54.28
Ravi Rampaul West Indies Australia 3 16 50.59
Sunil Narine West Indies Sri Lanka 3 9 49.24
Xavier Doherty Australia South Africa 3 20 47.44
Steve Finn England New Zealand 3 16 47.00
Ajantha Mendis Sri Lanka West Indies 2 12 45.70
Lasith Malinga Sri Lanka England 5 31 44.50
Pat Cummins Australia India 2 16 43.97

Samuels scored three half-centuries in the tournament and ended with 230 runs. None of his knocks, however, was as crucial as his stunning performance in the final which lifted West Indies from a hopeless 32 for 2 at the end of ten overs to a competitive 137 at the end of 20 overs. Gayle, who comes in second, hit the most sixes in the tournament (16). In the semi-final against Australia, he played a highly responsible knock batting through the 20 overs pushing West Indies to a huge total of 205. Watson was in exceptional form early in the tournament, winning four consecutive Man-of-the-Match awards. He ended the tournament as the top run-scorer (249 runs) but came up short in the last two matches against Pakistan and West Indies. McCullum, the highest run-getter In Twenty20 internationals comes in fourth ahead of Virat Kohli, who was India's best batsman by a distance. The top ten is rounded off by Michael Hussey, who was dismissed only twice in five innings in the tournament while scoring 155 runs.

Top ten batsmen overall in the World Twenty20 2012 (min 100 runs)
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate Points
Marlon Samuels 6 230 38.33 132.94 26.16
Chris Gayle 6 222 44.40 150.00 24.32
Shane Watson 6 249 49.80 150.00 23.24
Brendon McCullum 5 212 42.40 159.39 22.97
Virat Kohli 5 185 46.25 122.51 20.49
Luke Wright 5 193 48.25 169.29 20.36
Mahela Jayawardene 7 243 40.50 116.26 17.91
Ross Taylor 5 147 49.00 145.54 16.98
Suresh Raina 4 110 36.66 126.43 15.90
Michael Hussey 5 155 77.50 123.01 15.81

With 15 wickets at an average of 9.80 and economy rate of 6.12, Mendis ended the tournament as the best bowler. Narine, who came in second, had an even better economy rate (5.63) than Mendis but did not pick up wickets with the same regularity. Samuel Badree, who is third, played a vital role for West Indies in the latter stages of the tournament ending with a healthy economy rate of 5.56. Fifth-placed Watson's all-round skills were on display throughout the tournament as he finished with 11 wickets at an average of 16.00. Raza Hasan, Pakistan's left-arm spinner, maintained an exceptional economy rate of just 4.93 despite operating during the Powerplay overs. The top-ten list is completed by Saeed Ajmal, the leading wicket-taker in Twenty20 internationals, and Dale Steyn, who had the best economy rate (4.82) among all bowlers who bowled 15 or more overs in the tournament.

Top ten bowlers overall in World Twenty20 2012 (min 15 overs bowled)
Bowler Matches Wickets Average Economy rate Points
Ajantha Mendis 6 15 9.80 6.12 35.65
Sunil Narine 7 9 15.44 5.63 27.90
Samuel Badree 4 4 22.25 5.56 27.53
Steve Finn 5 8 15.37 6.15 27.22
Shane Watson 6 11 16.00 7.33 25.94
Raza Hasan 4 3 24.66 4.93 25.83
Graeme Swann 5 7 16.71 6.15 25.27
Mitchell Starc 6 10 16.40 6.83 24.64
Saeed Ajmal 6 9 18.11 6.79 23.42
Dale Steyn 5 6 13.66 4.82 23.07

For the performance analysis of Twenty20 internationals, click here.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Satish on October 10, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    My 11 purely based on how they fared in respective positions. Gayle, Watson(Mahela misses out because of Gayle's impact and Watson's all round balance), Kohli, Samuels, Morgan, Dhoni(Brendan statistically is more than Dhoni but Dhoni is the best WK at this position), Umar Akmal, Ajmal, Finn, Narine, Starc. Mike Hussey is missed out as he can't be squeezed in at 3. I don't want him to be at 6 as he didn't play at that position in this tournament. Baz could have been my keeper but he will be wasted at 6/7. Umar was probably the only No.6 to shine(atleast tot hat level). Ajmal was tough to drop but Mendis and Narine just pipped him into my 11. Picking the captain is the tough thing. Dhoni was not at his best in captaincy during the tournament.

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    gayle, watson, kohli, wright, samuels, hussey, mccullum, sammy, narine, starc, mendis

  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    How did Gulldozing of South Africa in Super 8 bu Umer Gul's Gullish innings missed this list of top 10 individual batting performances?

  • Girik on October 10, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    This tournament was a bad one for wicketkeepers. McCullum fired in one match and that too against Bangladesh. Dhoni continued his terrible form. De Villiers shouldn't be keeping. Neither should Sangakkara. Most other teams had nobodies as keepers. Wade, Ramdin, Kieswetter, Akmal, etc. No wonder everyone is struggling to pick a wickie in their XI!

  • Paul on October 9, 2012, 21:09 GMT

    Shane Watson almost single-handedly wins four games in a row and barely rates a mention? Oh dear. That should have been your first sanity check - that an intuitively obvious result is either reflected in the stats or simply explained away early in the article. It wasn't, so I never got deeper into this article than a search for the word "Watson". Sometimes the simplest stats don't lie.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    ESPN seem to have forgotten Luke Wright's 99* against Afghanistan...

  • Pradeep on October 9, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @ Muttee..yes Ajmal is the King of Doosra NOW, but he is no Murali is he? (true that Saqlain invented the Doosra, but Murali mastered it, ...and even though i think Ajmals' doosra is a better than Murali's as a standalone ball, the overall effect is not the same)

    but easily the best spinner in the world now is Ajmal, a whole lot better than overrated Swann

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Hats off to ESPN for covering the WT20. The quality of the coverage was great and to think that it was free was indeed wonderful. I see that the Champions League is also being covered by ESPN and for free. Thank you ESPN.

  • Muttee on October 9, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    cool1sl1party1team: king of doosra? you can only wish for that. its Saeed Ajmal.

  • kumar on October 9, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    @ cool1sl1party1team - I am a choker, i am a king maker but never a king(probably once in 96), i come to the finish line and fall flat on my face.

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