IPL 2013 April 2, 2013

The IPL in numbers

Shiva Jayaraman
Most entertaining match-ups, most runs in boundaries, and other significant stats from the IPL

  • A total of 96,722 runs have been scored in the IPL in the first five editions, at an average of 25.61 runs for every wicket. These runs have been scored at a rate of 7.89 runs an over. An average of 5.87 wickets has been taken in every innings at a strike rate of 19.49 balls per wicket.

  • The average 20-over score in the IPL has been 157.71. Quite predictably, the 2009 edition that was played in South Africa had the lowest average, of 149.60. The 2010 edition was the most batsman-friendly, with an average score of 166.

  • A total of 3,086 sixes and 8,555 fours have been struck, with a four or a six every 6.32 balls, and a six every 24 balls. The opening edition was the hardest on the bowlers in terms of boundaries scored, with a four or a six every 5.57 balls and a six every 21 balls.

  • Chennai Super Kings have scored the highest number of runs by a team in the tournament, 12,736, at an average of 30.18 runs per wicket - significantly higher than the tournament average of 25.61. Deccan Chargers have been the underperformers with the bat (among teams that have played all the seasons) with an average of 23.73 runs per wicket.

  • Mumbai Indians have been the best bowling team in the IPL. Mumbai have taken the highest number of wickets by any team in the IPL - 485 at an average of 22.94 (best in the IPL). Mumbai also have been the most economical, conceding 7.34 runs an over.

  • What won Chargers their only IPL trophy in 2009 was largely their bowling. Chargers took 110 wickets in that year, the most by any IPL team in a season, at an average of 21.70. The best bowling team in a season in terms of average, though, is Delhi Daredevils in 2009 - they took 106 wickets that year at an average of 20.35.

  • IPL 2009 was the best edition for bowlers: they enjoyed the helpful conditions in South Africa, averaging 23.41 per wicket. This is significantly lower than the overall IPL average of 25.61. The bowlers had a strike rate of 18.77 in 2009, against the tournament average strike rate of 19.49.

  • Matches between Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the ones to watch out for, in terms of runs and wickets. Twelve matches between the two teams have produced 3750 runs, the most runs involving any two teams, and 150 wickets, again the highest involving any pair of teams.

  • Teams batting second have won 53.87% (174 out of 323) of matches in the IPL. Super Kings have the highest win percentage (65.52%, 19 wins out of 29) for teams batting second. The highest number of wins batting second, though, have been recorded by Daredevils and Royal Challengers - 26. Mumbai have the highest win percentage (56.41%, 22 wins out of 39) batting first, with Super Kings winning the most number of matches batting first - 28.

  • Scoring rates have been the slowest in over numbers one and seven in the IPL. The first over has gone for 3,834 runs at 5.96 and the seventh for 4,174 runs at 6.51 runs an over. Teams have scored the fastest in the 20th, achieving a run-rate of 10.46. Splitting the 20 overs into three parts, the average rate in the Powerplay overs (one to six) is 7.42, between seven and 14 is 7.34, and between 15 and 20 it's 9.29. Daredevils score at 8.18 runs an over in the Powerplay overs, the highest for a team in the IPL, followed by Super Kings at 8.05 runs an over.

  • The overall numbers for pace and spin are pretty similar. Fast bowlers have taken 67% of the wickets (2261 of 3363) to have fallen to bowlers, but they have also bowled an equivalent share (65%) of deliveries. Mumbai and Daredevils have relied heavily on their fast bowlers, with more than 75% of their wickets going to fast bowlers.

  • The MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai has produced the most runs by any ground that has hosted more than 15 matches in the IPL - 9920 runs at an average of 26.31 (also the highest). Batsmen have found scoring runs tough at the DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai; they have scored 4490 runs from 17 matches at an average of 20.78. The DY Patil Stadium has been the best for spin bowlers too - they have taken 69 wickets at an average 21.76.

  • Of a total of 323 IPL matches, there have been 15 instances of teams chasing down targets off the last ball of a match. There have been four instances of teams winning by a margin of one run, while two games have been tied - between Super Kings and Kings XI in 2010, and Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals in 2009.

  • Royal Challengers have scored the highest percentage of runs in boundaries among all teams in the IPL - 59%. They've scored 6506 runs in boundaries (1004 fours and 415 sixes). However, Super Kings have scored the most sixes, 449, and fours, 1075, in the IPL.

  • Gautam Gambhir has the best win-loss ratio of 1.61 among captains who have led in at least 20 matches in the IPL. He is followed by MS Dhoni (1.48) and Sachin Tendulkar (1.42). Dhoni is the captain with most IPL wins - his 46 wins have come in 78 matches.

Shiva Jayaraman is sub-editor, stats, at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Great stats work from the sub editor- "making statistics interesting to read"... And it's going to be interesting to witness the Gambhir Dhoni rivalry on the ground...

  • Vikram on April 3, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    Great work by cricinfo's sub-editor... Finally got to know how deccan chargers managed to pull off a tournament victory...:-) IPL and T20 have enough admirers and followers than test cricket and both are here to stay. If statistics is important for test cricket which is admired by purists, then it is an absolute necessity for t20 which is the best seller in the market. With perfect test players like Jacques kallis and Rahul Dravid enjoying and excelling in t 20, with legends like Wasim Akram and Anil Kumble involved in coaching teams, who are we to comment on relevance of stats for ipl... Waiting for stats on some of the best test players and their t 20 performance...:-) Thank you...

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    scintillating statistics!! u always get your money worth if it is between CSK and RCB.. its like mother of all IPL matches.. Both these teams play with a never lose attitude..

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    Great stats of IPL by cricinfo that;s why IPL is the biggest T20 tournament in the world. IPL is about chance for young players of those are playing this tournament because it gives better chance to each & every player to show their talent at this level if you perform their it will give you a biggest chance to picked up by your respective countries selectors.

  • Rahul on April 3, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    IpL is the best league

  • Aswathram on April 3, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Very good analysis.Good work CricInfo.

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    I respect lots of indians after they reacting the incident on Sri Lankan players and understood there are lots of indians back us.thank you guys.

  • Axel on April 3, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    And ... who cares??? Oh, that's right, non cricket lovers. Great, keep them enthralled with an bunch of useless statistics. How many wickets have fallen to poor strokes? What is the average number of hitting across the line shots per innings versus straight bats? How many so called spinners have actually got their wickets by skill as opposed to batsmen throwing their wickets away? What is the percentage of sixes that have come from top edges and mis hits? What impact is all this dribble having on Test matches? Are T20 specialists gaining favour in Test line-ups to appease TV marketers after signing IPL contracts? Millionaire Maxwell perhaps? Do your cricinfo writers have no problem with Tests being put on hold for this puff? Where's the revulsion from cricinfo? The next generation of players with no idea how to bat or bowl is already here. Please report impartially cricinfo as this sickens rather than excites some. Twenty Twenty is just "Plenty of wasted Spenty" to many.

  • Vikram on April 2, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    "Gautam Gambhir and MS Dhoni have the highest win-loss ratios as captains in the IPL" - ha ha. How convenient to leave the number of matches at a convenient number of "20".

  • Dummy4 on April 2, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    It is quite evident from the statistics, why Chennai Super Kings have been dominant and consistent throughout the 5 seasons. 5 playoffs, 4 finals, 2 titles. not because of luck or other political factors. it's truly performance.

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