IPL 2012 performance analysis

Muralitharan takes top spot

Analysis of individual batting and bowling performances in IPL 2012

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

May 15, 2012

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Muttiah Muralitharan exults after taking two wickets in two balls, Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai, IPL, May 9, 2012
Muttiah Muralitharan's excellent performances have seen him rise to the top of the list of best bowlers in IPL 2012 © AFP
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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

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Posted by   on (May 18, 2012, 16:47 GMT)

LOL.. What are these stats even based on? If Shane watson's 90 makes it to the top sure does Gayles and AB De's innings deserve a mention in the top 10. Even Albie's innings deserve a mention there. and looking at the stats, indians as such are not even performing. For instance, Viru is sitting at 6th best and Kumble is at 4th. Our neighbours Sri Lanka have found best bowlers, Pakistan have found best bowlers, but we havent found a single best even with all these advent of IPL.

Posted by ameen85 on (May 17, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

Murali, the legend on top even in IPL. he is well suited for any formats. Hats off to u dude....

Posted by Alexk400 on (May 17, 2012, 2:06 GMT)

I only want to know all bastman strike rate in all IPL. It must be Sehwag.

Posted by Alexk400 on (May 17, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

I am sehwag fan , sehwag did n't play any critical inning when team needed him to perform. There are better batting happened than sehwag 2 innings. I also think murali should not be in there at all. u never see murali bowl last over like malinga do often. Sunil narine is my mvp for this year. Because he won many games with his 4 overs by taking critical wickets. Batsman start get cautious. When csk went gun blazing he stopped them and csk own by fluke six.

Posted by   on (May 17, 2012, 2:00 GMT)

How does Sunil Narine's 4 for 15 today factor into this equation now ?

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (May 16, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

Sunil Narine has been a revelation this season. A very good find for the Indians. The IPL 2012 has for sure thrown a few oddities. Murali, is bowling and is fit and actually looks like how he is10 years ago. Fit and focused. Modest and humble as usual, and has his humorous times too. Picking Gayle's Orange Cap was sure funny. Having fewer foreign players in the tournament, has not really highlighted more local talent except a few. Gayle as usual is the master batsman no one will take that away from him. Shane Watson having played less games is making a statement. He may be the leader by the time the IPL2013 is at its end. Nice analysis to rate the players. Sunil Narine is going places on his performance this season. This IPL has been the best and most open (barring DC) so far Philip Gnana, Surrey

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 17:10 GMT)

no wonder murali is the greatest of all time in any format - even on going IPL vetori the captain had to step out for this 40year old warhouse who is in great form ..

Posted by sirajmlk on (May 16, 2012, 16:21 GMT)

Sad that no one picked FARVEEZ MAHAROOF after 2009 :( He did a great job for Delhi as an allrounder, bowling in tandem with McGrath and some good batting down the order. Still remember how he took 28 runs of a bowler called Shane Warne.

3 Sri Lankan Bowlers in the top 3, 1st and 2nd Word class. 3rd Highly under-rated

Posted by drinks.break on (May 16, 2012, 15:15 GMT)

@Krishna Chovishya, the reason Watson is above Rohit is because it's not simply the number of runs, nor even the strike rate that counts in measuring how good a performance is. Every cricket fan knows that the conditions is the biggest factor in judging an innings - no one ever says that Lara's 400* was his greatest innings, because the wicket was so flat.

In the context of their respective games, then, Watson's was a more impressive innings: as one indication, Watson's S/R was 1.8 times better than the other batsmen from both sides; Rohit's was only 1.4 times better. In other words, if Watson and Rohit had swapped teams (Watson for MI & Rohit for PWI), and played equivalent innings, Rohit would have scored 71 off 51 balls, and Watson would have scored 139 off 60 balls.

In the context of their games, Rohit played an excellent innings; Watson was on a different planet from everyone else. That's why his innings is #1.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 16, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

hahaha, no sacchin on the list? prepare yourself for trouble Mr. Ramakrishnan .....

Sacchin is a poor 20/20 batsman .. average at best.... but his fans will not hear it ...

I see someone talk about Sacchin's 74 off 44 ..... but De Villure's 47 of 17 did not even make the list !

Though, i think you should indicate HOW exactly the points were calculated! I don't think you should play down the quality of someone's innings based on the performance of the other batsmen ...

Suppose I make 100 of 40 deliveries, but because I am batting with Chris Gayle who make 80 of 30, does that mean that someone who makes 90 off 50 but batting with Dravid who was going at 40 of 35.....does that mean that the 90 off 50is better than 100 off 40? ...... well according to your analysis .. the 90 off 50 is better if your team mates suck ........

Posted by SasiGladi on (May 16, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

I feel most the stats slided towards foriegn players to bring more foreign audeince, I cant deny Murali, Malinga, watson, sunil, Gayle, ABD they realy dominated...but still I feel little biased with Marsh, mahroof I dont remember them performing on top Marsh aprt from IPL 1 he never blasted for Maharoof I dont remember when performed to reach thrid place among best bowlers in all IPL. I feel Raina and Ashwin deserves best in ranking then most of the others...Ashwin is one main reason for CSK to get the cup especialy last year..CANT anyone remember the way he removed Gayle twice in playoff last year..Raina played many crucial innnings..

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Murali is the greatest bowler ever I have seen . No one can be compared with him in the future , percent or past .

Posted by 18988 on (May 16, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

Even master sachin score 74 off just 44 balls could'nt understand how they are putting this type of bad ratings.

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

about all those wondering about dominance of foreign players....they are dominating all over the world, that's why they have been picked here... So its not as interesting as you may find to see them dominating the chart.... :P

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Rayudu's 81 and 62 deserve no space in best batting performances either.... they found a place for Watson's, Sehwag's scores against PWI and RR in chasing very low scores, with no pressure whatsoever on them but not for 51/5 in 10.0 overs, team chasing 172 in a Do or Die match


Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

@johny - Why are u getting tensed dude... he is talkin abt IPL 2012 and based on stats Faf has scored more.. now just bec rahul is indian and u lov him.. that doesnt give me a better spot... grow up.. and btw IPL is not a sport its an entertainment.. so chill n relax

Posted by   on (May 16, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

Please anyone tell me how do they calculate points ?? Like how have they calculated that Murali got 23.70 points and gayle got 23.44 ???

Posted by praveen_007 on (May 16, 2012, 4:57 GMT)

Mr.Murali is really a gud bowler and i think next IPL they should retain Mr.Murali

Posted by Balumekka on (May 16, 2012, 3:22 GMT)

Murali is the greatest bowler ever appeared on a cricket ground. Even post-retirement stage, no current player is close enough to compare with him! If Sachin is the god of batting, Murali is the god of bowling!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

Murali is the greatest bowler in the history of cricket by a country mile

Posted by ansram on (May 15, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

Goes on to show the dominance of foreign players in IPL, even though they are fewer in number.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Dear Elbee Dubya Murali is a gentle man from kandy. he knows the purpose ofhis life.True defenitly he is the best performer among the retired players, at 40 he is far better than many current intl players But Murali will not come back for intl cricket

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

As mentione bt praveen it surprise no one picked maharoof, he is a capable allrounder and he proved his ability both with bat and bowl in IPL.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (May 15, 2012, 19:23 GMT)

Wow, Sri Lankans own the IPL bowling. Thats very impressive. Of course, nobody can stop Murali from doing well. He is, after all, the best bowler of all time. It is surprising though that Maharoof has been dropped out of the IPL. I always thought he was good, he always managed to get at least one wicket every match and his economy rate was always below 7. Not only that, but he could hit the ball. I remember when he hit 4 sixes off Shane Warne for Delhi in the first or 2nd IPL

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 18:00 GMT)

Top 3 bowlers dominated by Sri Lanka. Really surprised that Maharoof is not playing. He's way better than some overrated players like Dan Cristian,Franklin,David Miller etc. but most coaches are Aussies and they pick their players

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 17:49 GMT)

Faf du Plessis is more performed than rahul dravid ah good joke this is wht u people respect someone who played this game with love and passion he has scored more than what du plessis has scored

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 17:09 GMT)

@ waheed. SL bowler Ajantha Mendis ranked 2 in T20 higher than Ajmal and rest of Pak Bowlers. We all know murali and malinga don't play tests

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

Totally baffling why Rohit is below Watson and AB! He scored at a higher strike rate (at least higher than Watto), scored a century!!, against arguably the best bowling attacking so far this season of KKR and displayed classic stroke making with hardly any slogs! There are tons of quick cameos (not to belittle AB's innings) but it takes something special to score a century in a T20 and that too against a better quality attack (KKR is certainly better bowling unit than Pune and Royals - the ones Watson and AB played against). Rohit should have been #1 in that list... I watched that whole innings and was awed by his class and mostly traditional strokes to get maximum results...

Posted by ElBeeDubya on (May 15, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Will Murali make a COMEBACK to play in the 2012 T20 World Cup for Sri Lanka?

Posted by waheed on (May 15, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Travis Thomas : Yes Indeed good perfomance by Lankans but there are no Pakistani bowlers in IPL since 2009 thats why my Lankans friends are on Top in the presence of Pakistani bowlers Lankans cant take top spots.... :) Check ICC top 10 bolwers

Posted by LMalinga on (May 15, 2012, 14:27 GMT)

Sri Lankan Bowlers running the show at the moment.Specially with the skills they got it is not a surprise.I really wonder why no maharoof in this IPL coz he is a wicket taker as just as a good hitter.I think most of guys still remember where Maharoof hit warney for 26 runs in an over in 2008 IPL.

Posted by drinks.break on (May 15, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@Travis Thomas, SL and Aus are opposites! Top 3 bowlers from SL; 4 of the top 5 batsmen from Aus.

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

Lankans rock... Top 3 bowlers overall in IPl are srilankans.. Damn proud to be a srilanka

Posted by samindashj2002 on (May 15, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

When it comes to the overall list of bowlers see first 3 SRI LANKAN its indian Premier League.sri lankan bowlers did well...

Posted by   on (May 15, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

Muralithran always was and clearly appears to always be the greatest bowler. RCB are so lucky to have him. A team like Deccan could have benefitted so much from this man's magic. Interesting to note that the top 3 bowlers through the years in IPL are Sri Lankans, but none of the batsmen made the list.

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