IPL 2012 performance analysis May 15, 2012

Muralitharan takes top spot

Analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in IPL 2012

Almost all Australian players, who have entered IPL 2012 late following the tour of the West Indies, have made an immediate impact. While Shane Watson's unbeaten 90 off just 51 balls in Royals' seven-wicket win over Pune Warriors has taken the top spot on the list of best batting performances in IPL 2012, Hilfenhaus is in third position on the list of top bowling performances for his excellent spell of 2 for 8 in the win over Royals. Rohit Sharma also found form at the right stage and set up Mumbai Indians for a comfortable win over Kolkata Knight Riders with a superb century, which is third on the list of top knocks in IPL 2012. Royals dominated the bowling performances too with Ajit Chandila picking up a hat-trick on his way to a four-wicket haul against Warriors.

Watson, during his 90 against Warriors, scored at a high strike rate of 176.47 in an otherwise low-scoring encounter. The rest of the batsmen, in sharp contrast, managed to score at a strike rate of only 90.41. Rohit's century, his first in the IPL, comes in at No.3 behind AB de Villiers' 59 against Royals. In the crucial match, Rohit came in at 15 for 1 and scored 109 off 60 balls enabling Mumbai Indians to reach 182. Rohit's strike rate of 181.66 stood out in comparison to the rest of the batsmen who managed a combined strike rate of 121.66. Two other knocks from the previous week have made it into the top ten. While Mayank Agarwal's 64 off 30 balls, which is ranked fourth, helped Royal Challengers recover from a shaky start against Mumbai Indians, David Warner's blitz against Deccan Chargers made light work of a competitive target of 188. Warner's hundred, his fifth in Twenty20s, is the fourth 100-plus score to find a spot in the list of top ten performances this season. Virender Sehwag is the only batsman to figure twice in the top ten, for his scores of 87 and 73 against Warriors and Royals respectively.

All stats updated till the end of the matches played on May 14, 2012

Top ten batting performances in IPL 2012
Batsman Team Opposition Runs Points
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
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
Gautam Gambhir Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore 93 52.82
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils Pune Warriors 87 52.09
Virender Sehwag Delhi Daredevils Rajasthan Royals 73 50.03

Chris Gayle, the highest run-getter in IPL 2011, has lifted himself to the top of the run-scoring chart yet again in this year's IPL. Gayle has five half-centuries this season and has scored his runs at an impressive strike rate of 151. Gautam Gambhir, who slots in at second position, has also had a remarkable season scoring 519 runs in 13 matches. Cameron White and Shikhar Dhawan have been the stand-out batsmen for Chargers who have otherwise had a dismal run. AB de Villiers has been outstanding in the middle order for Royal Challengers and is ninth while Faf du Plessis, his South African teammate, is in tenth position following his highly successful run for Super Kings.

Top batsmen in IPL 2012 (min 250 runs scored)
Batsman Matches Runs Points
Chris Gayle 13 578 25.55
Gautam Gambhir 13 519 24.29
Cameron White 11 477 23.73
Virender Sehwag 13 476 21.54
Shikhar Dhawan 13 538 21.07
Kevin Pietersen 8 305 20.23
Ajinkya Rahane 14 541 19.09
Tillakaratne Dilshan 8 271 18.63
AB de Villiers 14 315 17.94
Faf du Plessis 13 398 17.10

Chandila's 4 for 13 against Warriors was comfortably the best bowling performance in the previous week. His economy rate of 3.25 was excellent in a match where the run-rate was 7.40 and all his wickets were those of top-order (top four) batsmen. In the Super Kings-Royals match, Hilfenhaus produced a superb spell of 2 for 8 and helped restrict Royals to just 126. Although the match by itself was not a very high scoring one (run-rate 6.62), Hilfenhaus' economy rate of 2.00 was exceptional. Incidentally, three of the top five bowling performances have come against Royals. Sunil Narine, who is sixth on the list for his 5 for 19 against Kings XI Punjab, was brilliant once again (2 for 14 off four overs) in the game against Super Kings which ended in a last-ball defeat for Knight Riders.

Top ten bowling performances in IPL 2012
Bowler Team Opposition Spell Points
Ravindra Jadeja Chennai Super Kings Deccan Chargers 5/16 59.08
Ajit Chandila Rajasthan Royals Pune Warriors 4/13 57.96
Ben Hilfenhaus Chennai Super Kings Rajasthan Royals 2/8 52.95
KP Appanna Royal Challenges 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

Muttiah Muralitharan, who has had a great run so far, has displaced Lasith Malinga from the top of the list of best bowlers in IPL 2012. Muralitharan has picked up 13 wickets in eight matches at an excellent average of 14.30 and economy rate of 5.81. Malinga, the leading wicket-taker in the IPL, is above Narine, who has a stunning economy rate of just 5.29. Dale Steyn, Chargers' best bowler by a distance, and Morne Morkel, the highest wicket-taker in IPL 2012, are in fourth and fifth positions respectively. A strong indicator of Kings XI's bowling strength is the fact that three of their bowlers (Parvinder Awana, Azhar Mahmood and Piyush Chawla) are in the top ten for IPL 2012.

Top bowlers in IPL 2012 (min 35 overs bowled)
Bowler Matches Wickets Points
Muttiah Muralitharan 8 13 30.08
Lasith Malinga 11 20 28.88
Sunil Narine 11 17 28.47
Dale Steyn 10 13 25.66
Morne Morkel 13 21 25.50
Brad Hogg 8 10 23.74
Azhar Mahmood 8 10 22.28
Parvinder Awana 9 12 22.00
Piyush Chawla 13 15 21.99
Munaf Patel 11 14 20.45

Gayle's run of good form sees him maintain top spot on the list of top batsmen across all IPL seasons. Shaun Marsh, who has had a slightly below-par season, has slipped down in terms of points but continues to hold second spot. Watson's recent performances have lifted him to third spot while Sehwag has fallen from fourth to sixth position. Sachin Tendulkar has averaged just 25.33 at a low strike rate of 115.73 and has dropped from sixth spot at the start of IPL 2012 to eighth presently. Suresh Raina, who has failed to score a single half-century this season, is likely to be displaced from his position by the in-form Rohit, who is currently in 12th position.

Top batsmen overall in IPL
Batsman Matches Runs Points
Chris Gayle 41 1649 23.44
Shaun Marsh 41 1590 20.52
Shane Watson 37 1184 18.99
Matthew Hayden 32 1107 18.55
Michael Hussey 25 828 17.26
Virender Sehwag 63 1860 16.97
Kevin Pietersen 21 634 16.46
Sachin Tendulkar 61 1951 15.98
Gautam Gambhir 68 1994 15.83
Suresh Raina 77 2137 15.39

When it comes to the overall list of bowlers, Malinga retains the top spot with a comfortable lead over the second-placed Muralitharan. Muralitharan, by virtue of his superb show, has gone above Amit Mishra, who has dropped down to fifth owing to his ordinary performance this season. While Steyn has moved up one spot to seventh, Morkel has dropped three spots and is now ranked eighth. R Ashwin, who has a high average (35.77) but an impressive economy rate (6.31) this season, is in ninth position followed by Munaf Patel.

Top bowlers overall in IPL
Bowler Matches Wickets Points
Lasith Malinga 53 81 26.07
Muttiah Muralitharan 53 55 23.70
Farvez Maharoof 20 27 23.37
Anil Kumble 42 45 22.97
Amit Mishra 57 70 22.88
Doug Bollinger 27 37 22.86
Dale Steyn 50 54 22.57
Morne Morkel 28 34 22.31
R Ashwin 45 44 21.80
Munaf Patel 56 69 21.45

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