IPL 2012 performance analysis May 1, 2012

Sehwag makes his move

ESPNcricinfo staff
An analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in IPL 2012

As IPL 2012 went past its halfway stage in the previous week, the focus was clearly on the form of Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams have displayed consistency with both bat and ball. Among the batsmen, Virender Sehwag, who is one of the leading run scorers across the five seasons, has hit a rich vein of form, scoring four consecutive half-centuries, while Gautam Gambhir has provided Knight Riders with the much-needed batting boost given the poor form of Yusuf Pathan. With most teams enjoying a good run with the bat in the last week, few bowlers were able to make a mark. Dale Steyn was spectacular again with a stunning spell of 2 for 10 against Mumbai Indians in a low-scoring encounter. Sunil Narine, who has proved to be extremely difficult to read for most batsmen, was highly economical in the game against Royal Challengers, finishing with impressive figures of 2 for 11 off his four overs. The stand-out performance of the week, however, came from the lesser known KP Appanna (Royal Challengers), who spun out Rajasthan Royals with a remarkable spell of 4 for 19 off his four overs.

In the analysis of batting performances in this tournament so far, AB de Villiers takes over the top spot from Ajinkya Rahane for his unbeaten 59 against Royals. de Villiers came in with Royal Challengers in trouble at 67 for 3 in the 12th over. He smashed 59 off just 23 balls at a strike rate of 256.52 and shared a 122-run stand with Tillakaratne Dilshan in just 50 balls to lift Royal Challengers to a winning total of 189. de Villiers' strike rate was well above the combined strike rate of the rest of the batsmen in the game (146.37). Gambhir's 93 against Royal Challengers helped Knight Riders post a massive 190 on a sluggish pitch in Kolkata, He scored at a strike rate of 182.35 while the rest of the batsmen managed to score at a strike rate of just 121.69.

Sehwag, who became only the fourth player to score four consecutive half-centuries in Twenty20 matches, cracked 87 against Pune Warriors to enable Daredevils to win the return fixture after Warriors had won the first game by 20 runs. In a comfortable eight-wicket win, Sehwag scored his runs off just 48 balls (strike rate 181.25) while the other batsmen scored at a strike rate of only 116.07. Cameron White, who recently lost his place as Australia's Twenty20 captain, set up Deccan Chargers' first win with 78 off 46 balls (strike rate 169.56) in a game where the other batsmen scored at a strike rate of 122.68.

All tables updated till the end of the matches on April 30, 2012

Top ten batting performances in IPL 2012
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Points
AB de Villiers Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals 59 59.31
Ajinkya Rahane Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 103 54.25
Kevin Pietersen Delhi Daredevils Deccan Chargers 103 53.46
Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 93 52.82
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils Pune Warriors 87 52.09
Owais Shah Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 60 49.83
Ajinkya Rahane Rajasthan Royals Kings XI Punjab 98 47.72
Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore Kings XI Punjab 87 46.16
Cameron White Deccan Chargers Pune Warriors 78 46.14
Dwayne Bravo Chennai Super Kings Deccan Chargers 43 45.35

Sehwag and Gambhir have both been extremely consistent for their respective teams in this IPL and as a result, they have taken the top two positions on the list of top batsmen in IPL 2012. Gayle, who is one of five batsmen to score over 300 runs so far in this IPL, is ranked third followed by the leading run-getter Rahane. Faf du Plessis, who has excelled as an opener for Chennai Super Kings scoring three half-centuries, is ranked eighth followed by Steve Smith, who has scored over 200 runs for Warriors at a strike rate of 157.

Top ten batsmen in IPL 2012 (min 200 runs scored)
Batsman Matches Points
Virender Sehwag 9 24.11
Gautam Gambhir 8 23.69
Chris Gayle 8 23.63
Ajinkya Rahane 9 22.57
Kevin Pietersen 7 20.84
Shikhar Dhawan 7 19.90
AB de Villiers 9 19.89
Faf du Plessis 9 19.84
Steven Smith 9 17.71
Owais Shah 9 17.57

Appanna's superb display against Royals is the only bowling spell from last week's matches that features in the top ten IPL 2012 bowling performances. He bowled his four overs for just 19 runs (economy rate of 4.75) in a game where the scoring rate was 8.30. His bowling performance also stood out because all four wickets were those of top-order batsmen. Ravindra Jadeja remains in the top position for his five-wicket haul against Chargers while Narine is third for his 5 for 19 against Kings XI. Steyn, whose 3 for 12 against Mumbai Indians is in fourth position, also has another performance (2 for 10 against Mumbai Indians) in the top 20. The rest of the performances in the top ten remain the same as in last week's analysis with Siddharth Trivedi's 4 for 25 against Royal Challengers slotting in at tenth position.

Top ten bowling performances in IPL 2012
Bowler Team Opposition Spell Points
Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings Deccan Chargers 5/16 59.08
KP Appanna Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajasthan Royals 4/19 52.22
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
Shahbaz Nadeem Delhi Daredevils Deccan Chargers 3/16 47.14
Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians Rajasthan Royals 2/13 47.06
Siddharth Trivedi Rajasthan Royals Royal Challengers Bangalore 4/25 46.87

Malinga's brilliant form in the previous years has extended into this season too. He has 15 wickets at an average of 9.40 and an economy rate just over five runs per over. Steyn, who has bowled with hostility and pace, is second followed by his South African fast-bowling partner Morkel, who is the highest wicket-taker in this year's tournament. Narine, who is fourth on the list, has picked up 12 wickets and also boasts an excellent economy rate of 5.53. Kevon Cooper, who has been one of Royals' most valuable players, is sixth. Three of the last four positions in the top ten belong to spinners with Brad Hogg making a remarkably successful comeback.

Top ten bowlers in IPL 2012 (min 20 overs bowled)
Bowler Matches Points
Lasith Malinga 6 35.06
Dale Steyn 6 32.13
Morne Morkel 9 28.65
Sunil Narine 7 28.14
Parvinder Awana 5 26.99
Kevon Cooper 6 25.55
Piyush Chawla 9 23.87
Brad Hogg 7 23.19
Munaf Patel 7 23.19
Shahbaz Nadeem 9 21.63

Chris Gayle, the leading run-getter in IPL 2011, has burst into his awesome hitting form after a slow start to this season. He has scored four half-centuries already and his consistent display has kept him on top of the overall list for batsmen. Gayle is closely followed by Shaun Marsh who continues to be Kings XI's most reliable batsman. Sehwag, with his incredible recent run, slots in at fifth between Shane Watson and Michael Hussey, who have returned to IPL action following Australia's tour of the West Indies. While Sachin Tendulkar has fallen from from sixth to ninth, Pietersen and Gambhir have risen up the rankings by virtue of their excellent run in the last few games.

Top ten batsmen overall in IPL
Batsman Matches Points
Chris Gayle 36 22.75
Shaun Marsh 37 22.11
Matthew Hayden 32 18.55
Shane Watson 32 17.59
Virender Sehwag 59 17.05
Michael Hussey 22 16.82
Kevin Pietersen 20 16.48
Sachin Tendulkar 56 16.19
Suresh Raina 72 15.51
Gautam Gambhir 64 15.21

Malinga, the leading wicket taker in the IPL, continues to retain top spot after yet another successful week during which he picked up 4 for 16 against Chargers. Amit Mishra has had an ordinary run in the tournament so far and has averaged nearly 34 while going at over eight runs per over. This has resulted in the gap between him and the rest of the bowlers below him in the top five reducing drastically. The South African pace duo of Steyn and Morne Morkel have been top class in this edition and it is no surprise that both feature in the top ten. However, in contrast, both R Ashwin and Doug Bollinger have slipped down the rankings after a below-par run this season. While Bollinger has picked up wickets regularly, he has been very expensive conceding nearly nine runs per over. Ashwin, on the other hand, has been economical (economy rate of 6.44) but has managed only five wickets in ten matches at an average of 43.80.

Top ten bowlers overall in IPL
Bowler Matches Points
Lasith Malinga 48 26.55
Amit Mishra 51 23.76
Farvez Maharoof 20 23.37
Muttiah Muralitharan 49 23.18
Dale Steyn 46 23.14
Anil Kumble 42 22.97
Morne Morkel 24 22.96
Doug Bollinger 27 22.86
R Ashwin 40 22.36
Munaf Patel 52 21.89

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

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  • surya on May 3, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    @Umaesh Palle. U have excellent cricketing knowledge.

  • Alex on May 3, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    I think india should drop non performing dhoni as captain. Gambhir can do captaincy duties and DK can do wicket keeping. Kohli can be Vice captain. Drop VVS and Sachin also. They are just there for their own average, not helping team to win. They score ineffective runs in garbage time to make it look like they had better tour than it was.

  • Dummy4 on May 3, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @satish619chandar..First of all you should understand the meaning of rotation policy...It means giving chances to upcoming youngster for a small period to see how promising that player is and improve the bench strength.But in that series what dhoni did he choosed the name of rotation policy and gave chances to suresh raina, jadeja...etc who have been playing in the indian team for considerable amount of time if you say these are upcoming youngsters who are promising and did not get enough chances in indian team then probably you should improve your skills on watching the game.And moreover he is not even trying to make up a stand by keeper at least he should have given a chance in one match....I feel he is worried if he gives a chance to a keeper then definitely questions will raise about his place in the team.....dhoni is just a luckiest person in the world to get these many chances and people not understanding the game well and commenting on the players by just looking the score card.

  • Satish on May 2, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    Well.. People, as always are trying to use their chance when they go up.. I am not defending Dhoni but still, we need to support him.. Rotation policy started in Match-1 in VB series and this particular piece of answer was made around 5th game.. and, in between too the same question came up some 10 times and he really tackled it very well until that point.. But even there, he mentioned that "It is not the only thing".. weren't we guys who were calling for one senior to be rested and more chnace for youngsters? Almost each of us want atleast one of Viru, Gauti and Sacin out of team before this IPL started.. Almost every comment stated it.. But when a captain does it, we all come in heaps to down him.. Same Sachin, Dravid, Viru, gauti and VVS failed in all chances barring Dravid in tests in England and Gauti in ODI in Australia in the debacles.. Can u guys defend it? IPL is not intl to be emotive and if u still respect it, don't blame it for failures of Indian team.. Please publish..

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    @MikeyP.nz...I Agree with dhoni but you cant blame sehwag for poor performance of indian team in overseas.First of all people should understand india started doing well in overseas because of sehwag performance at the top of the order he failed once in austrailia and you can see the disaster performance by India.People should improve analyzing the game well.He failed in only one series that too with some clashes with dhoni.Dont ever try to compare sehwag with any other youngster NO ONE CAN BAT LIKE SEHWAG AT THE TOP.Loosing sehwag at the top will require another era for indian team to win at overseas and find a player like him.

  • arjun on May 2, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    @MikeyP.nz agree with you mostly. Very balanced comment (which are rare around here). One thing I want to add that Dhoni's himself has been pathetic in tests during the same time all these seniors were out of form. It is not a mere coincidence that India's fall from No. 1 ranking and losses in foreign land have come with fall of Sachin tendulkar's form. He has been vital cog in india's overseas performance. I would rather suggest Dhoni to first drop himself and show that he has really best interests of team in mind.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    Lol i wonder how people easily forget pathetic performances of Sehwag and Gambhir over the past 2 yrs in the international matches. The youngsters were pity good with the limited chances they have got in International cricket. IPL anyone who is even out of form can score runs by smashing or targeting young inexperienced bowlers but thats not the same in International cricket. Coming back to Kohli he was one of the best batsmen of world cricket before IPL. He is the future of Indian cricket and not these unfit and arrogant sehwag and gambhir. Its time to move on with the Rahane's, Kohli's and the Raina's..

  • Varun on May 2, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    @Anand Prakash, u r absolutely right!!

  • Mike on May 2, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Remember that this is Ipl and not international test cricket, which is where Sehwag, Gambhir, Dhoni etc have been crticized. Clearly these older players have something to offer in the shorter formats of the game, but after the tours of Eng and Aus only Dravid and Sachin could hold their heads high in the tests. Obviously not everyone can go at once, and I still think Gambhir should be kept as he has a lot to offer. But I feel Dhoni and Sehwag are quite out of their depth in regards to their roles and performances to the test team. So bring in someone like Rahane or Pujara to fill Dravid's spot, and keep Kohli where he is for now, give him an extended run at 6 to prove himself and then move him up the order when he has a little more experience under his belt.

  • Dummy4 on May 2, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    +1 @Sandeep Rai and @Anand Prakash

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