IPL 2014 April 24, 2014

Maxwell's big-hitting, Gambhir's duck hunting

Bishen Jeswant
Stats highlights from the first 10 matches of IPL 2014

CSK's successful defence of a below-par 140 signalled the end of the first half the UAE leg of the 2014 edition of the Indian Premier League. Here's a look at some of the key numbers from the first ten games, which spanned eight days and three venues.

66.55 Percentage of King XI Punjab's runs that have been scored by Glenn Maxwell and David Miller. In three matches the Kings have scored 592 runs, off which 394 runs have been scored by either Maxwell (95, 89, 95) or David Miller (54, 51, 10).

90 Percentage of King XI's sixes that have been scored by either Maxwell or Miller. Out of the 30 sixes that Kings XI have scored in three matches, 27 have been by either Maxwell (17) or Miller (10). The remaining three sixes were scored by Virender Sehwag. In stark contrast, the Mumbai Indians as a team have only scored two sixes in two matches.

7.91 The average run rate in the season so far. Despite the frenetic pace at which batsmen like Dwayne Smith and Maxwell have scored their runs, the average runs per over this season is merely along the lines of what has been achieved in previous years. The average run-rate has ranged between 7.48 and 7.82 in four of the last six seasons - only the 2008 and 2010 season finished with run-rates in excess of eight.

100 Number of sixes in the season so far, which means that an average of 10 sixes have been scored per match. The only other season where the average number of sixes per match was 10 or over was the 2010 season - 10.72 (622 sixes in 58 matches).

26.07 The average runs per wicket in the 10 games that have been played this season. Once again, this figure follows the trend that has been set in previous seasons. In four of the previous six seasons, the average has ranged from 26.01 to 26.20. Only the 2009 and 2013 broke this trend with the average runs per wicket for those seasons being 23.41 and 24.79.

Overall stats in each IPL season
Season Matches Runs per wicket Runs per over
2008 58 26.03 8.30
2009 57 23.41 7.48
2010 60 26.20 8.12
2011 73 26.01 7.72
2012 75 26.19 7.82
2013 76 24.79 7.67
2014 10 26.07 7.91

2.37 The ratio of fours to sixes so far this season, which is far lower than the previous six seasons - which means that a larger proportion of this year's boundaries have been sixes. This is in stark contrast to the last season (2013) where the four to six ratio was 3.04 - the only season where the ratio exceeded three.

6.89 Balls per boundary (fours plus sixes) in this season's IPL. This is one of the lowest ratios for all seasons of the IPL - only the 2009 season had a lower ratio (7.22). Considering that the number of sixes per match (10) for this season is well above par, this statistic shows that batsmen have not been able to score as many fours as in previous years. That's probably because of the slower outfields in the UAE - the rate of scoring fours will probably increase when the tournament shifts to India.

Boundary stats for each IPL season
Season Balls 4s/6s 4:6 ratio Total Boundaries Balls per boundary
2008 13032 1702/622 2.73 2324 5.60
2009 13158 1316/506 2.60 1822 7.22
2010 13991 1709/585 2.92 2294 6.09
2011 16508 1913/639 2.99 2552 6.46
2012 17270 1911/731 2.61 2642 6.53
2013 17674 2051/674 3.04 2725 6.48
2014 2322 237/100 2.37 337 6.89

25.69 The average runs per wicket for pace bowlers in the season so far. This is the best that the fast bowlers have averaged for any season of the IPL. However, the fast bowlers have been expensive, going for 7.80 runs per over, which is among the worst for any season (only the 2008 and 2010 seasons were worse). A combination of these two facts means that the fast bowlers have been taking wickets quite frequently: their strike rate of 19.7 is the best for any season.

7.72 The economy rate for spinners in this season of the IPL. This is marginally better than the fast bowlers (7.80), but this is the most expensive that spinners have been since the inaugural season of the IPL, when they went at 8.18 per over. Their average of 30.60 is also the poorest of any season. However, with the matches shifting to India in a week, the spin stats should improve over the second half of the tournament.

Pace v spin stats for each IPL season
Season Wickets (Pace) Average (Pace) Economy (Pace) Wickets (Spin) Average (Spin) Economy (Spin)
2008 467 28.42 8.05 134 30.38 8.18
2009 388 26.25 7.65 226 24.77 6.77
2010 405 29.64 8.32 210 28.80 7.34
2011 449 28.62 7.79 268 27.60 7.11
2012 531 27.09 7.79 241 31.35 7.41
2013 604 26.78 7.78 225 26.17 6.88
2014 75 25.69 7.80 35 30.60 7.72

6 The highest number of wickets that any bowler has taken in this edition of the IPL so far - a tie between L Balaji and Ravindra Jadeja. The usual suspects, Lasith Malinga and Sunil Narine, are close behind with five wickets, but both of them have only played two games each while Balaji and Jadeja have played three each.

4.37 Yuzvendra Chahal's economy rate in this IPL so far. He has not conceded a single boundary in the tournament and his economy rate is superior to that of even Sunil Narine (4.75). Among the less-heralded names, Ishwar Pandey (5.62), Akshar Patel (6.33) and Pravin Tambe (6.33) have all been very economical.

20 Number of 50-plus scores that Suresh Raina has now scored in the IPL, after his 56 against the Delhi Daredevils. He now has the highest number of such scores in the IPL - tied with Chris Gayle and Gautam Gambhir. Rohit Sharma is next with 19.

9 The number of ducks that Gautam Gambhir has scored in the IPL, after his back-to-back zeroes against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils. This is the highest for any batsman in the IPL - tied with Jaques Kallis (who also scored a duck against Daredevils) and Amit Mishra.

Bishen Jeswant is a stats sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo