Michael Hussey and Dale Steyn the most diligent players of World T20 2012
By CricLens Staff Report on October 8th, 2012

Criclens is grateful to Ammar Ashraf for providing all these stats which he collected bit by bit during ICC World Twenty20 2012. 

We have put various aspects of ‘numbers’ of the batsmen and the bowlers. Michael Hussey and Dale Steyn, one the best Test players, have shown how the basic skill matters even in the shortest version of the game. The former has stunning percentage of singles which proves his sedulity while the latter was hard nut to crack for batsmen willing to get off the strike.

Batting

While Luke Wright and the two reputed T20 willow-wielders, Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle, lead the chart, Ross Taylor is the odd one out in the following batsmen with best Strike Rates, for he didn’t bat as opener or in Power Plays. The batsmen of upper order have luxury of field restrictions to have a go at bowlers and deal in boundaries. That is why most of the batsmen seen here are openers. Wright opened only once in World T20 but, due to England’s poor openings, he appeared to bat inside Power Plays in every innings.

Rather than having a look at lowest Strike Rates, we look for batsmen with highest percentage of dot balls faced – however it does not mean these batsmen have poor strike rates as Chris Gayle and Imran Nazir would suggest. Johnson Charles leads the way, his innings in Final of World T20 would add more to the notion that how he struggled to rotate strike.

Chris Gayle and Imran Nazir might seem as surprise package in the table above but, certainly, not in below. The duo dealt mostly in boundaries. Gayle, Nazir, Charles, Warner, Jaywardene are found in the both the tables ( percentage of most dot balls played and runs scored in boundaries).

The stat that Michael Hussey has the best percentage of singles scored vindicates his diligency while at the crease. He also adds to the belief how rotating strike is important even in Twenty20 Cricket. Barring Dilshan, every else is from the lot of middle-order batsmen who work through nudges and dabs in open fields. Second is JP Duminy who played on such innings in game against Pakistan and forestalled a batting collapse. Pakistan’s Nasir Jamshed perhaps has a lesson, for his fellow batsmen, to work through singles if boundaries are not coming.

Rohit Sharma is surprise appearance here but he faced only 63 balls.

Bowling

Dale Steyn and Raza Hassan are the only bowlers who leaked runs at less than 5 per over, but Steyn also grabbed 6 wickets in contrast to Hassan’s three. Steyn and Angelo Mathews are the lone pacers, rest of the eight are spinners. Mendis appears to be most promising as he also took 15 wickets, the most in one edition of World Twenty20.

Steyn is to bowling what Hussey is to batting. While his Economy suggests that he didn’t let the runs flow, in addition to that he didn’t allow batsmen to rotate strike. Steyn’s Dot Ball percentage is 57.8, next best is 51.8 by Sohail Tanvir. Tanvir, however, bowled only 54 balls. Ajantha Mendis bowled 144 deliveries in this World T20 and half of those were Dot Balls.

Tanvir had Economy Rate of 7.66 notwithstanding his Dot Ball percentage of 51.8 while Zaheer Khan’s Economy is 7.23. That also shows how batsmen prefer to score runs in boundaries at start of the innings rather than going for single. [For that reason, Gayle and Nazir despite having high percentage of dot balls still managed better strike rates].

Gayle and Akila Dananjaya have the worst Dot Ball percentages, but concern here is for Shahid Afridi who delivered 144 balls and could produce only 42 Dot Balls.

Ravichandran Ashwin shows how tough it was for batsmen to have him for boundaries. The 95 balls he bowled, only on 6 occasion batsmen managed to clear the rope. Sunil Narine bowled 148 balls, the most by any bowler in World T20 2012, and just 11 times he was hit for boundary.

All the 10 bowlers below are spinners.

Jacob Oram seems to be the easiest pick for batsmen to look for boundaries as his Ratio nearly 4 is depicting here. Pat Cummins bowled 144 balls, 27 of those were sent for boundaries.

Save Marlon Samuels, 9 of the bowlers in this table are fast bowlers. But the speed at which Samuels bowled in this World T20 despite being a spinner, you could be forgiven for considering him a pacer too.

The names appearing in the table below are quite similar to the above.

PS: The stats are not extracted through any online available filter. They were taken in bits through matches and scorecards. The statsman kept note of batsmen’s and bowlers’ dot balls, boundaries, singles etc. A slight or no difference can be expected in some tables as the Leg Byes in the stats are accounted for Dot Balls too.

Ammar Ashraf is a Cricket junkie, he tweets here.



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