IPL 2013 performance analysis

Gayle and Kallis take top spots

A look at the top batting and bowling displays from IPL 2013

S Rajesh

April 24, 2013

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Jacques Kallis picked up three wickets in a miserly spell, Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL, Kolkata, April 14, 2013
Jacques Kallis' 3 for 13 against Sunrisers Hyderabad is the best bowling performance © BCCI
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Chris Gayle's unbeaten 175 against Pune Warriors, and Jacques Kallis' 3 for 13 against Sunrisers Hyderabad have emerged as the top performances so far in IPL 2013, according to an analysis by ESPNcricinfo.

Gayle's hurricane hundred, which broke several records - it's the highest individual score, the innings with the most sixes in Twenty20 cricket, as well the fastest hundred in the format - is miles ahead of the rest of the competition. The next-best so far in the tournament is Virat Kohli's 93 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad during a run-chase of 161 in Bangalore. The two other heavyweights in the side, Gayle and AB de Villiers, totalled only 28 in that match, but Kohli guided them home with a superb unbeaten 93 off 47 balls.

Kohli's effort is about a couple of points ahead of David Miller's matchwinning unbeaten 80 for Kings XI Punjab against Warriors in Mohali, after Warriors had scored 185 batting first. Kings XI fell to 5 for 2 and then 58 for 3, before Miller got together with Mandeep Singh and put on 128 for the fourth wicket to guide Kings XI to victory. Miller was the dominant partner, scoring 80 off 41, while Mandeep's unbeaten 77 is in 23rd place. MS Dhoni's 51 off 26 against Mumbai Indians is next, even though that effort was in a losing cause. Chasing a modest target of 149, Super Kings fell far behind the asking rate before Dhoni brought them back with some frenetic hitting. It required a superb catch by Keiron Pollard at the midwicket boundary to curtail that innings and end Super Kings' chase.

Gayle features twice in the top five, and three times in the top eight, while the first century of this IPL, Shane Watson's 101 against Super Kings, is seventh. However, the innings that upstaged that century and ensured a successful chase of 186, Michael Hussey's 88 off 51, is a slot above Watson in sixth place.

Hussey also features at No.14, while the first sub-50 score in the list is Ravindra Jadeja's unbeaten 36 off 14 balls, which helped Super Kings over the line in a low-scoring run-chase against Knight Riders.

Top batting performances in IPL 2013
Batsman Innings Against Strike rate Points
Chris Gayle (RCB) 175* Pune Warriors 265.15 74.86
Virat Kohli (RCB) 93* Sunrisers Hyderabad 197.87 55.38
David Miller (Kings XI) 80* Pune Warriors 195.12 53.58
MS Dhoni (CSK) 51 Mumbai Indians 196.15 52.68
Chris Gayle (RCB) 92* Mumbai Indians 158.62 52.31
Michael Hussey (CSK) 88 Rajasthan Royals 172.55 50.64
Shane Watson (RR) 101 Chennai Super Kings 165.57 49.26
Chris Gayle (RCB) 85* Kolkata Knight Riders 170.00 48.57
Virender Sehwag (DD) 95* Mumbai Indians 166.67 48.45
Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) 36* Kolkata Knight Riders 257.14 46.83
Manpreet Gony (Kings XI) 42 Kolkata Knight Riders 233.33 46.35
AB de Villiers (RCB) 64 Chennai Super Kings 200.00 46.00
Keiron Pollard (MI) 57* Chennai Super Kings 150.00 45.65
Michael Hussey (CSK) 86* Kings XI Punjab 159.26 44.89
Dinesh Karthik (MI) 86 Delhi Daredevils 179.17 44.38

Though the bowlers have generally done well in the tournament, there haven't been too many stand-out performances in terms of a bowler taking a clutch of wickets. Only three times has a bowler taken four wickets, which includes Amit Mishra's hat-trick.

However, the top bowling performance according to this analysis is Jacques Kallis' 3 for 13 against Sunrisers in a fairly high-scoring match: the match aggregate was 312 in 40 overs, a run rate of 7.80. Kallis took three top-order wickets, dismissing Parthiv Patel, Cameron White, and Thisara Perera, and went at only 3.25 runs per over, less than half the match run rate.

Next-best is Umesh Yadav's 4 for 24 for Delhi Daredevils against Rajasthan Royals in the fourth match of the season, largely because all his wickets were of top-order batsmen, and among the batsmen he dismissed were Rahul Dravid and Brad Hodge. That was also a high-scoring match, with a run rate of 8.13, which also pushed Yadav's overall points higher than if the match run rate had been lower. Mohit Sharma's 3 for 10 for Super Kings against Daredevils is next, largely because he dismissed three top-order batsmen - Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Manprit Juneja.

With James Faulkner and Praveen Kumar taking the next two positions, the top five are all seamers. The first spinner in the list is Sunil Narine, for his 4 for 13 against Daredevils in the first match of the tournament. What reduced his overall points tally for the performance was the quality of his wickets - only one of the batsmen he dismissed was among the top six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar features twice in successive positions, while Mishra's top performance so far is his 3 for 19 against Warriors. The batsmen he dismissed in that match were Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh and Abhishek Nayar. In the return game between the two teams, when he took the hat-trick, three of his wickets were those of Nos.9, 10, and 11, which pushed that performance down to No.26.

Top bowling performances in IPL 2013
Bowler Figures Econ rate Against Points
Jacques Kallis 3 for 13 3.25 Sunrisers Hyderabad 57.90
Umesh Yadav 4 for 24 6.00 Rajasthan Royals 56.90
Mohit Sharma 3 for 10 3.33 Delhi Daredevils 53.70
James Faulkner 3 for 20 5.00 Chennai Super Kings 51.99
Praveen Kumar 2 for 10 2.50 Rajasthan Royals 49.82
Sunil Narine 4 for 13 3.25 Delhi Daredevils 49.50
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 12 3.00 Chennai Super Kings 47.95
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3 for 18 4.50 Sunrisers Hyderabad 45.73
Azhar Mahmood 3 for 21 5.25 Kolkata Knight Riders 44.74
Vinay Kumar 3 for 27 6.75 Mumbai Indians 44.13
Kevon Cooper 3 for 15 3.75 Kolkata Knight Riders 43.48
RP Singh 3 for 27 6.75 Sunrisers Hyderabad 42.47
Amit Mishra 3 for 19 4.75 Pune Warriors 42.22
RP Singh 3 for 13 3.25 Rajasthan Royals 41.91
Vinay Kumar 3 for 18 4.50 Rajasthan Royals 41.89

The main factors that were considered

  • Match strike rate: Each batting and bowling performance was weighted against the scoring rate in that match. Thus, an 80 off 40 balls got more points if it comes in a match in which the other batsmen struggle to score quickly, compared to one in which several other batsmen make quick runs. Similarly, an economical spell gets more points in a high-scoring game.

  • Batting position: Since the 20-over game is one in which top-order batsmen get many more opportunities than even middle-order ones, the runs scored were weighted against the average scores by batsmen in those batting positions. A middle- or lower-order batsman thus gets more credit for a half-century compared to a top-order batsman.

  • Quality of wickets taken: In T20 matches, bowlers often taken lower-order wickets in a cluster towards the end of an innings. In this analysis, the lower-order wickets fetch lesser rewards for a bowler compared to a top-order wicket.

Analysis conducted by Senthilkumar

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Posted by Ahgg on (April 27, 2013, 10:24 GMT)

recipe for srh success Team - dhawan,dekok,vihari,samantray/akshath/sangunam,Perera,sammy,reddy,karn,mishra,steyn,ishanth This line up should target 50 runs in the first 6 overs (dekok and dhawan) and 50 in last 5 overs (Perera,sammy and reddy) between 6 and 15 the Indian lads can score 50 which is even less than 6 rpo. Am sure this is asking not much from this team and 150 should be a score they can defend on most days.

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 6:34 GMT)

Where is Mishra... his match winning over against Kings XI....

Posted by   on (April 27, 2013, 3:57 GMT)

When it comes down to Jacques Kallis, which ever format of cricket it might be in, according to me he is the most complete cricketer in the modern era. Usually when you think of the best all rounder in cricket, the first name that jumps into everyone's mind is the legendary Garry Sobers. With all due respect to Kallis, I don't think there will be many people who know their cricket who will disagree with me in calling Garry Sobers the most complete cricketer and the best All Rounder the game has ever seen. But after Gary Sobers, in todays day and age, Jacques Kallis is definitely the best all rounder. It may be in test cricket, ODI's, or T20's, there is no doubt he will be the first person to be picked in the side. And when you talk about Chris Gayle, there is nothing you can say if you are talking about batting in T20's. He is simply the greatest and most horrific batsmen in the format for bowlers to face. Dhoni was very correct in stating he made the right choice of choosing to keep.

Posted by shahidnasir on (April 26, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

jacq. kallis for me is the best player going around.. see how many hundreds he has scored and the amount of wickets he takes .add sme blinders he takes in slips.. really i feel disheartened that he doesnt get the praise that he needed. sachin has been a heavy rungetter but has never been a matchwinner... kallis for me is the player of the decade.

Posted by   on (April 26, 2013, 15:47 GMT)

and KXIP has only one best performance against them.

Posted by nVision on (April 26, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Surprisingly, none of the best performances came against RCB indicating RCB to be one of the best teams this time

Posted by Harmony111 on (April 26, 2013, 9:21 GMT)

IF Amit Mishra's Hattrick over (actually 4 wickets in an over) is not the top bowling performance of this IPL so far then something is fundamentally wrong with the metrics of this analysis. And why is Bhuvi's spell vs RCB not there? Whether he bowled to Gayle is irrelevant. The match situation was such that Bhuvi's spell should have been rated highly. I usually agree with cricinfo's analysis but here they have bungled big time. I request them to reconsider and assign new weightage to their metrics.

Posted by r0adrunn3r on (April 26, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

@Aman Agarwal No it was not outstanding bowling. The 3 overs he bowled earlier were all bowled to Dilshan who was playing painfully slow. Gayle only faced 3 balls of his first 3 overs. The one over he bowled later in the innings which gayle actually faced went for 15 runs. So that bowling performance was nothing special.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (April 25, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Other than Gayle, Keiron Pollard's 57* v CSK to pull M.I a win out of the hat from what looked like certain humiliation was my favourtie innings along with Millers 80*

Posted by warun_sharma on (April 25, 2013, 17:31 GMT)

One person missing, that is Quinton De Kock, what a inform player he is ! WOW !

Posted by cricket-india on (April 25, 2013, 15:19 GMT)

@ aturianilk : that's the beauty of the SRH performances as a whole; look at the batting performances table, not a single SRH batsman in there, and only one top performance against them. so they have thrived as a team, feeding off each other's successes and jointly strangling the opposition instead of relying on individual performances.

Posted by aturianilk on (April 25, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

SRH has won 5 matches just because of their bowling performances and I could see only one player in the top bowling performances list that to at the bottom...I don't agree with the analysis....

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 11:59 GMT)

Hey, Kumar's bowling against RCB when Gaylestorm hit Pune was outstanding. He had figures of 3 overs, 8 runs while the team had 8 overs 109 runs to Gayle/Dilshan implying the rest of the 5 overs had gone for 101 runs while Kumar only 8 in his 3. That was just outstanding bowling.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT)

It might also be useful to factor in "match situation". Perhaps there is more value in wickets taken during the powerplay, the end overs, as well as those that break partnerships greater than, say, 50.

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 9:39 GMT)

13th place for amit mishra ?? LOL

Posted by NKSathya on (April 25, 2013, 9:01 GMT)

What ridiculous selection for the best bowling performance!! How was Amit Mishra's 4 wickets in one over including a hat-trick missed in the bowling list?? His was a stand out performance turning the match on its head and clinching a WIN in a low scoring game which everyone expected them to lose!! How was 95 n.o. of Sehwag vs. Mumbai Indians missed in the batting list?????

Posted by soumyas on (April 25, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

Qualitative approach is good, but also quality is not just one dimensional... you can't measure the milk in container with the measuring tape.

Posted by soumyas on (April 25, 2013, 8:26 GMT)

" A middle- or lower-order batsman thus gets more credit for a half-century"... What abt openers facing quality bowlers and also when the new ball swings more than any time. A middle order batsmen usually don't face best bowling attack....

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 6:20 GMT)

kritetz...ofcourse it was match winning performance--but since the factors considered are overall match strike rate and quality of wickets taken amit mishra's performance is just average(all his wickets were lower order wickets--match was a low scoring one..)

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Strangely enough Gambhir was awarded mom for a modest 53 off 45 while Kallis had 41 in 27 plus 3 wkts for 13..who decides?

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 5:40 GMT)

Are we forgetting Sehwag's 95 not out here? The next-best so far in the tournament is Virat Kohli's 93 not out

Posted by Venkiviru on (April 25, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

sehwag's inns was d best !!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (April 25, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

Faulkner against CSK was the best bowling performance to me.

Posted by hayagriva on (April 25, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Its incredible... CSK is number two in this series so far. Yet the most prominent batting performances are from one man - Michael Hussey. And there is no bowler who features in the top bowling performances list. I wonder where they will be at the table, and more importantly in the tournament when they start firing.

Posted by   on (April 24, 2013, 22:29 GMT)

I am an old timer and friend of the fire in Babylon group. the nonchalent 6's from Viv. Nobody, Nobody Nobody Nobody can beat him with the ferocity. Even Adam Gilchrist.

Or maybe there is someone, ow heck, he is from West Indies too!

Posted by kriketz on (April 24, 2013, 22:02 GMT)

Amit Mishra's hattrick Vs Pune Warriors is not listed as top bowling performance??. It was crucial and that too with 5 runs in 2 overs with 2 wickets in hand.. Hard to believe.

srry 4 wickets in Hand....

Posted by kriketz on (April 24, 2013, 21:52 GMT)

Amit Mishra's hattrick Vs Pune Warriors is not listed as top bowling performance??. It was crucial and that too with 5 runs in 2 overs with 2 wickets in hand.. Hard to believe.

Posted by srajesh1989 on (April 24, 2013, 20:20 GMT)

my vote goes with 1)Gayle for clean Hitting 2)Sehwag classical shots 3) MSD for pewerand bowers

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