IPL 2012 performance analysis May 28, 2012

Steyn, Gayle take pole position

An analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in IPL 2012

Just when it seemed like Chennai Super Kings would continue their march towards a third consecutive title, Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis produced their best batting performances of IPL 2012 to give Kolkata Knight Riders their first IPL championship. Bisla, who was only included because of an injury to L Balaji, made a superb 89 and added 136 with Kallis, who scored 69. Super Kings, who qualified for the play-offs with great difficulty, were outstanding in the two play-off games before the final. They batted first on both occasions and registered comfortable wins after posting huge totals of 187 and 222. M Vijay, badly out of form in the league phase, turned it around with a stunning century against Delhi Daredevils. His 113, scored at a strike-rate of 194.82, is fifth on the list of top batting performances in IPL 2012. The rest of the batsmen in the game managed a strike-rate of 141.61. Another notable performance from last week (in 12th position) was MS Dhoni's rapid half-century against Mumbai Indians. Dhoni scored at an outstanding strike-rate of 255 in a match where the other batsmen managed a combined strike-rate of 122.22.

Chris Gayle, the leading run-getter in IPL 2012, with 733 runs, is on top of the list of best batting performances for his 128 against Daredevils. Shane Watson is second and is followed by AB de Villiers, who scored a brilliant 59 against Rajasthan Royals. While six of the top ten innings are centuries, the lowest score to make the top-20 list is Dhoni's 51 against Mumbai Indians. David Warner, who scored his second IPL century in the game against Deccan Chargers, is the only player with two innings in the top ten. Interestingly, there are only three innings in the top 20 (two for Knight Riders and one for Super Kings) for the finalists. This is a strong indicator of the fact that the teams were not overly reliant on one or two players like Royal Challengers Bangalore and Daredevils.

Top 20 innings in IPL 2012
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Points
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore Delhi Daredevils 128 61.54
Shane Watson Rajasthan Royals Pune Warriors 90 61.18
AB de Villiers Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals 59 59.31
Rohit Sharma Mumbai Indians Kolkata Knight Riders 109 58.38
M Vijay Chennai Super Kings Delhi Daredevils 113 57.29
Mayank Agarwal Royal Challengers Bangalore Mumbai Indians 64 54.89
David Warner Delhi Daredevils Deccan Chargers 109 54.73
Ajinkya Rahane Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 103 54.25
Kevin Pietersen Delhi Daredevils Deccan Chargers 103 53.46
David Warner Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab 79 53.33
Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 93 52.82
MS Dhoni Chennai Super Kings Mumbai Indians 51 52.40
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils Pune Warriors 87 52.09
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils Rajasthan Royals 73 50.03
JP Duminy Deccan Chargers Royal Challengers Bangalore 74 49.89
Owais Shah Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 60 49.83
Ajinkya Rahane Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab 98 47.72
Manvinder Bisla Kolkata Knight Riders Chennai Super Kings 89 47.22
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore Kings XI Punjab 87 46.16
Cameron White Deccan Chargers Pune Warriors 78 46.14

Needless to say, Gayle ended as the top batsman in IPL 2012. Remarkably, his points tally is more than 30% higher than that of the second-placed Gautam Gambhir. Gayle, without cutting down on his aggression, has managed a high average of 61.08. Kevin Pietersen played just eight matches but was exceptional in the short period. He finished marginally behind Gambhir in third position. Chargers finished second from bottom but spoilt Royal Challengers' party in their final game. They were able to compete on the batting front purely because of the form of Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan, who are in fourth and fifth positions respectively. Faf du Plessis, who is in sixth position, could not find a place in the Super Kings team towards the end of the tournament but did his bit in the league phase when the rest of the line-up was struggling for runs. Steven Smith's presence in the top ten is also ironic because his team (Pune Warriors) lost nine consecutive games towards the end of the league phase.

Top batsmen in IPL 2012 (min 300 runs)
Batsman Matches Runs Average Strike rate Points
Chris Gayle 15 733 61.08 160.74 27.85
Gautam Gambhir 17 590 36.87 143.55 20.99
Kevin Pietersen 8 305 61.00 147.34 20.23
Cameron White 13 479 43.54 149.68 20.08
Shikhar Dhawan 15 569 40.64 129.61 19.10
Virender Sehwag 16 495 33.00 161.23 17.70
Faf du Plessis 13 398 33.16 130.92 17.10
Ajinkya Rahane 16 560 40.00 129.33 16.93
AB de Villiers 16 319 39.87 161.11 16.58
Steven Smith 15 362 40.22 135.58 14.88

Gayle's top-class run in IPL 2012 has clearly established his status as the best batsman across all the seasons of the IPL. Shaun Marsh started the season on top but fell away as the tournament went on. Watson, who is in third place, had a spectacular 2008 season, when he was player of the tournament and has been fairly consistent ever since. The last six positions include five Indian batsmen and Michael Hussey. Dhoni, who was outside the top-ten, has moved up after making some vital middle-order contributions in the league phase and play-offs.

Top batsmen overall in IPL
Batsman Matches Runs Average Strike rate Points
Chris Gayle 43 1804 50.11 161.79 24.30
Shaun Marsh 42 1603 45.80 135.96 20.11
Shane Watson 39 1242 40.06 146.80 18.75
Matthew Hayden 32 1107 36.90 137.51 18.55
Virender Sehwag 66 1879 30.30 167.31 16.24
Sachin Tendulkar 64 2047 37.90 119.21 15.90
Michael Hussey 29 958 39.91 120.65 15.86
Gautam Gambhir 72 2065 33.30 128.90 15.52
Suresh Raina 81 2254 33.64 139.39 15.41
MS Dhoni 78 1782 37.12 136.44 14.82

In a week dominated by the bat, there were hardly any noteworthy bowling performances. Even the mysterious Sunil Narine found the going tough in the final as he leaked 37 runs off his four overs, his most expensive analysis this season. Ravindra Jadeja and Dale Steyn continue to retain the top two spots on the list of best bowling performances in IPL 2012. Ben Hilfenhaus, who returned figures of 2 for 25 in the final, was highly effective for Super Kings, especially in the opening overs. He is in fourth position for his superb spell of 2 for 8 against Rajasthan Royals. Steyn often bowled superbly for Chargers only to see the other bowlers fritter away the advantage. He, however, is the only bowler to figure twice in the top ten. Surprisingly, Morne Morkel, the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2012, does not have a single performance in the top ten and has his best performance of 4 for 20 coming in at 17th position.

Top 20 bowling performances in IPL 2012
Bowler Team Opposition Spell Points
Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings Deccan Chargers 5/16 59.08
Dale Steyn Deccan Chargers Royal Challengers Bangalore 3/8 59.06
Ajit Chandila Rajasthan Royals Pune Warriors 4/13 57.96
Ben Hilfenhaus Chennai Super Kings Rajasthan Royals 2/8 52.95
KP Appanna Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals 4/19 52.22
Pavan Negi Delhi Daredevils Rajasthan Royals 4/18 51.96
Sunil Narine Kolkata Knight Riders Kings XI Punjab 5/19 51.40
Dale Steyn Deccan Chargers Mumbai Indians 3/12 49.66
Dimitri Mascarenhas Kings XI Punjab Pune Warriors 5/25 49.33
L Balaji Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/18 49.10
Munaf Patel Mumbai Indians Deccan Chargers 4/20 48.40
Shaun Tait Rajasthan Royals Pune Warriors 3/13 47.38
Shahbaz Nadeem Delhi Daredevils Deccan Chargers 3/16 47.14
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Royal Challengers Bangalore 2/13 47.06
Siddharth Trivedi Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/25 46.87
Muttiah Muralitharan Royal Challengers Bangalore Chennai Super Kings 3/21 46.38
Morne Morkel Delhi Daredevils Kings XI Punjab 4/20 45.66
Kevon Cooper Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab 4/26 45.60
Dhawal Kulkarni Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals 3/18 44.90
Ashok Dinda Pune Warriors Mumbai Indians 4/18 44.80

Narine's poor performance in the final meant that he dropped down slightly to second on the list of top bowlers in IPL 2012. Steyn, on the other hand, produced impressive spells in his last few matches including the game against Royal Challengers. He picked up 18 wickets in 12 matches at an excellent economy rate of 6.10 and finishes IPL 2012 as the best bowler. Muttiah Muralitharan, who is in third position, provided Royal Challengers' weak bowling attack with the much-needed experience. Lasith Malinga and the leading wicket-taker Morne Morkel are in fourth and fifth positions. Brad Hogg rolled back the years and picked up ten wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.02. The presence of Parvinder Awana and Azhar Mahmood in the top ten showcases the strength of Kings XI Punjab's pace attack.

Top bowlers in IPL 2012 (min 35 overs)
Bowler Matches Wickets Average Economy rate Points
Dale Steyn 12 18 15.83 6.10 29.12
Sunil Narine 15 24 13.50 5.47 28.02
Muttiah Muralitharan 10 15 17.33 6.50 27.67
Lasith Malinga 14 22 15.90 6.30 25.76
Morne Morkel 16 25 18.12 7.19 24.75
Parvinder Awana 12 17 21.88 7.91 23.60
Brad Hogg 9 10 25.30 7.02 22.49
Azhar Mahmood 11 14 23.50 7.71 22.00
Zaheer Khan 16 17 26.64 7.55 20.86
Munaf Patel 12 15 24.46 7.86 20.80

Malinga retains top spot on the list of best bowlers across the IPL seasons followed by Muralitharan and Steyn. The next two spots have been taken by two spinners Amit Mishra and Anil Kumble. Morne Morkel, by virtue of his recent display. is in sixth spot. R Ashwin, who conceded 41 runs in Super Kings' defeat in the final, finds a place in the top ten because of his economy rate of 6.22 across the five seasons. The top ten is rounded off by Ryan Harris, who has a highly impressive value of wickets per match (1.29), and Ashish Nehra.

Top bowlers overall in IPL
Bowler Matches Wickets Average Economy rate Points
Lasith Malinga 56 83 16.63 6.36 25.44
Muttiah Muralitharan 55 57 24.47 6.48 23.50
Dale Steyn 52 59 22.10 6.58 23.49
Amit Mishra 59 74 20.67 7.10 23.08
Anil Kumble 42 45 23.51 6.57 22.97
Morne Morkel 31 38 23.26 7.36 22.23
R Ashwin 49 49 22.95 6.22 22.05
Munaf Patel 57 70 21.48 7.37 21.51
Ryan Harris 34 44 22.15 7.69 21.45
Ashish Nehra 44 48 24.83 7.55 20.93

In the final, Kallis once again proved the value of an allrounder in the line-up. He bowled an important spell in the end overs and picked up the crucial wicket of Hussey before scoring 69 off 49 balls to set up Knight Riders' chase. Dwayne Bravo did better than Kallis with the bat but finished marginally behind on the bowling front. Kieron Pollard often came in lower down the order for Mumbai Indians but still managed to make a strong impact. His bowling in the middle overs also proved crucial to Mumbai Indians' run to the play-offs. Pollard, Bravo and Kallis are the only allrounders with strong performances on both the batting and bowling fronts (ten-plus points in batting and bowling). Shakib Al Hasan and Albie Morkel had an ordinary run with the bat but did much better with the ball. Considering he came at such a huge price, Jadeja was a disappointment. Mahmood, however, justified his inclusion with a fairly consistent all-round run. Watson, who managed six wickets in seven matches, had a terrific impact with bat and ball for Royals. His total tally of points was 41.88 with a distribution of 23.88 for batting and 18.00 on the bowling front.

Top allrounders in IPL 2012 (min 75 runs and 10 wickets)
Player Batting points Bowling points Total points
Shakib-Al-Hasan 6.53 24.52 31.05
Kieron Pollard 11.17 19.48 30.65
Azhar Mahmood 8.52 22.00 30.52
Dwayne Bravo 13.27 16.82 30.09
Jacques Kallis 10.68 17.06 27.74
Piyush Chawla 2.21 19.78 21.99
Albie Morkel 3.18 16.93 20.11
Ravindra Jadeja 6.56 10.72 17.28

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