IPL 2012 stats: Gayle dominates field, but Aussies dominate as a nation

Chris Gayle has redefined batting in the T20 format. His exploits are simply unbelievable and defied logic – over 700 runs in only 15 games © AFP

Nishad Pai Vaidya does a statistical study of how players from different nationalities have fared in the league stage of the Indian Premier League 2012.

 

 

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 has witnessed a number of batsmen scoring runs at a torrential rate. Compared to the previous seasons, batsmen have clearly raised the bar.

 

Chris Gayle, in particular, has redefined batting in the T20 format. His exploits are simply unbelievable and defied logic – over 700 runs in only 15 games.

 

It would be interesting to examine a country-wise break-up of the top performers from each nation till the league stage of IPL5.

 

The performances of Australians, Sri Lankans, West Indians and of course the Indians have been considered as they form the chunk of the players in the IPL. England, New Zealand and Bangladesh do not have a sizable representation and hence haven’t been considered for this study. But it must be said that Englishmen Kevin Pietersen’s record in the IPL 2012 would easily beat the numbers of some of the players mentioned below.

 

The Clinical Australians

 

Australians

M

Runs

Average

Strike-rate

Highest

50s

100s

Cameron White

13

479

43.54

149.68

78

5

0

David Hussey

16

396

33.00

129.83

68*

2

0

Steve Smith

15

362

40.22

135.58

47*

0

0

Shaun Marsh

13

336

30.54

120.00

68*

2

0

Shane Watson

7

255

42.50

151.78

90*

2

0

David Warner

6

246

49.20

172.02

109*

1

1

Brad Hodge

12

245

30.62

140.00

48*

0

0

Adam Gilchrist

7

172

34.40

120.27

64*

1

0

Daniel Christian

7

145

29.00

122.88

39

0

0

Michael Hussey

5

138

27.60

104.54

56

1

0

 

Cameron White leads the Australian batsmen in the IPL 2012 with 479 runs to his name. In an otherwise disappointing campaign for Deccan Chargers, White was one of the few positives to emerge for his team. He lost his spot in the Australian team a few months ago and has made a strong statement with this performance.

 

The Australian batsmen have been very clinical in their approach as the above table indicates. All of them average over 25, which is a good number for T20 cricket and with the exception of Michael Hussey, all others have scored at a strike-rate of above 120.

 

The big-hitting West Indians

 

West Indians

M

Runs

Average

Strike-rate

Highest

50s

100s

Chris Gayle

15

733

61.08

160.74

128*

7

1

Dwayne Bravo

16

305

38.12

128.15

48

0

0

Kieron Pollard

13

204

25.50

145.71

64

2

0

Marlon Samuels

8

124

17.71

100.81

46

0

0

Dwayne Smith

6

119

39.66

156.57

87*

0

1

 

Gayle leads the pack by miles with 733 runs and a fabulous strike-rate of 160.74. In fact, the most impressive feature about the West Indians has been their fearless approach to T20 cricket. Players like Andre Russell and Kevon Cooper – men who haven’t batted a lot this season – boast of strike-rates over 190.

 

The other striking feature of the West Indians has been that they add multi-dimensional value to the side. Bravo, Pollard, Samuels and Smith are quick fielders and can also contribute tremendously with the ball. Gayle may not be the quickest in the park, but makes up for it with the big hits and can also roll his arm over. No wonder, the West Indians are the most sought after players in T20 leagues around the globe.

 

Mixed fortunes for the South Africans

 

South Africans

M

Runs

Average

Strike-rate

Highest

Fifties

100s

Faf du Plessis

13

398

33.16

130.92

73

3

0

AB de Villiers

16

319

39.87

161.11

64*

3

0

Jacques Kallis

15

310

22.14

102.64

79

1

0

Jean-Paul Duminy

9

244

81.33

128.42

74

2

0

Albie Morkel

13

107

17.83

159.70

28

0

0

David Miller

6

98

32.66

130.66

34*

0

0

Richard Levi

6

83

13.83

113.69

50

1

0

Herschelle Gibbs

3

81

40.50

92.04

66*

1

0

 

While Faf du Plessis, AB de Villiers and JP Duminy have been fantastic for their respective sides, some of their compatriots haven’t been able to produce the goods in the IPL 2012. Kallis has scored runs, but has been disappointing with his strike-rate and the average of 22.14 would reflect the fact that it hasn’t been the easiest tournament for him. Levi faltered after an impressive start and is yet to establish his credentials on slow wickets. Morkel has batted too low down the order at times and hasn’t got the opportunity to make a huge impact.

 

The surprisingly subdued Sri Lankans

 

Sri Lankans

M

Runs

Average

Strike-rate

Highest

Fifties

100s

Tillakaratne Dilshan

10

285

35.62

109.19

76*

3

0

Mahela Jayawardene

14

240

24.00

105.72

56*

2

0

Kumar Sangakkara

12

200

18.18

108.69

82

1

0

Angelo Mathews

9

127

18.14

117.59

35

0

0

 

Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan are among the most dangerous batsmen in world cricket. However, the above stats clearly reflect that they have been under-performers. Dilshan’s surprisingly low strike-rate of 109.19 may be attributed to his role in the Royal Challengers Bangalore team. While Gayle swung merrily, Dilshan may have been expected to maintain composure – the probable reason for the low number. Jayawardene has played a few good knocks, but an average of 24 and a strike-rate of 105.72 says that it hasn’t been the best tournament for him.

 

However, the biggest surprise has been Sangakkara’s form, or the lack of it. Apart from his knock of 82, the Deccan captain hasn’t had too many moments to rejoice. It reached a point where he kept himself out of the team for a greater cause.

 

The Indians

 

Indians

M

Runs

Average

Strike-rate

Highest

Fifties

100s

Shikhar Dhawan

15

569

40.64

129.61

84

5

0

Ajinkya Rahane

16

560

40.00

129.33

103*

3

1

Gautam Gambhir

15

556

39.71

142.19

93

6

0

Virender Sehwag

14

484

37.23

164.62

87*

5

0

Rahul Dravid

16

462

28.87

112.13

58

2

0

Mandeep Singh

16

432

27.00

126.31

75

2

0

Rohit Sharma

16

419

32.23

129.72

109*

3

1

Robin Uthappa

16

405

27.00

118.07

69

2

0

Virat Kohli

16

364

28.00

111.65

73*

2

0

Suresh Raina

16

341

24.35

126.76

44

0

0

 

The gulf between Gayle and the rest of the batsmen is humongous, but there is little to choose between the top four Indian run-getters of IPL 2012. Sehwag, Rahane, Gambhir and Dhawan have been close to each other for majority of the tournament and it augurs well for India’s hopes at the ICC World T20 2012. The selectors have now four openers to choose from. Sehwag has been himself and his success wouldn’t surprise anyone. On the other hand, Gambhir has evolved into a more destructive batsman and his strike-rate of 142.19 would bear testament to that fact. Rahane has gone about his prolific ways very classically and is a delight for the purists.

 

The make-up of this table is pretty similar to the Australian roster. The averages are good and most of the strike-rates are fantastic.

 

However, the real disappointments of this season have been Uthappa, Kohli and Raina. They may have scored runs, but their calibre commands better results. With the four openers doing well, Uthappa may have been edged out of contention for the World T20. Kohli had been fantastic for India in the lead-up to the IPL and a lot would have been expected of him. Sadly for Bangalore, the results haven’t been as prolific. Raina – Chennai’s trump card – hasn’t stamped his authority and his numbers reflect Chennai’s patchy campaign.

 

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a club-level cricketer with an analytic mind and a sharp eye. It was this sharpness which spotted a wrong replay in IPL4 resulting in Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal. Some of his analytical pieces have come in for high praise from cerebral former cricketers. Nishad can also be followed on Twitter)