New Delhi. Who has been the fastest batsman ever in the history of IPL? If this question is asked to you or any general cricket lover, then probably the name of AB de Villiers first comes in everyone’s mind, or Chris Gayle or Andre Russell? If we talk about the Indian batsmen, then Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are among the biggest names of this tournament for the last one and a half decade but they may not naturally come in the list of the most powerful batsmen on the strength of the bat alone. The reason for this is the lack of balance between their average and strike rate in the IPL.
Staying not out increases the average
Batting average means that how many runs you usually score in every match. Meaning that if you scored 100 runs in one match, 50 in the second and zero in the third then your average would be 50 because you scored a total of 150 runs in three innings and got out three times. If you remain not out in any one innings, then your average will increase directly to 75 and if you are not out twice, then your average will directly increase to 150. That’s why not out was given more importance in white ball cricket. This is the reason why former Australia batsman Michael Bevan got the status of greatness because even though he used to score less runs, played less big innings but used to win matches by being not out. That’s why his average used to be top. More or less the same thing applies with Dhoni as well.
Is strike rate only important in T20 cricket?
Now let’s talk about strike rate. It simply means how many runs you scored per ball. This means that if 1 run is scored by playing 1 ball, then the strike rate of 100. If you score 20 runs by playing 10 balls then strike rate of 200 and if you complete a century by playing 20 balls then strike rate of 500! As big as the format is i.e. Test cricket, average has always been considered as the biggest measure of greatness. The shorter the format i.e. T20 cricket, the more importance was given to the strike rate because you have the challenge of scoring more runs by playing less balls. In a way, the real greatness in ODI cricket has been recognized by whether your average and strike rate are both good or not. This is the reason why Sachin Tendulkar is considered the Don Bradman of ODI cricket.
Now the batsmen need to be weighed on a new criterion
In recent years, with the popularity of T20 cricket and the organization of different leagues around the world, it has also been felt that the batsmen should now be weighed on a new criterion. This means that even though the T20 format is short and strike rate is the most important thing here, but to become great in this format too, any player has to show consistency. Otherwise it is possible that a player can play only 5-10 balls in every match and score 20-25 runs at a strike rate of 150. But, this will not measure the greatness properly. Therefore, it is important that there is a balance between the average and strike rate of the players. From which it can be estimated that not only does it matter how fast a batsman scores runs, it is also important that his contribution in each innings is usually how many runs.
Andre Russell most dangerous foreign batsman in ‘BASRA’ formatAnd due to this logic, there has been a debate among modern experts about whether the time has come to change the criteria for measuring greatness in T20 cricket? Moving away from the traditional, now in T20 format, a new type of parameter is being prepared keeping in mind the strike rate along with the average, where both average and strike rate are being combined. ‘BASRA’ It is calculated… BASRA means aggregate of batting average and strike rate. For this it will be necessary that the player has to play at least 50 innings. If we look at this criterion, then Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders emerges as the most dangerous batsman, whose average in 75 innings is more than 30 and strike rate is close to 180 and if these two are combined, then the Jamaican batsman’s BASRA is around 210. reaches. In this sense, Russell can be called the most powerful batsman in the history of IPL.
AB de Villiers IPL’s evergreen batsman, Chris Gayle will also be left behind
But, de Villiers’ fans can argue that after playing 170 innings, if the South African batsman’s BASRA is more than 191 then the greatest batsman of all time will be of this tournament and not Russell. Chris Gayle, who has a BASRA of about 190 after 141 innings, is also behind de Villiers in this matter. Now you must be thinking that who among the Indian batsmen is at the top of this list, then Virender Sehwag, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya also make their place in this list. But, the average of Sehwag and Pandya in the IPL is around 27 and the strike rate is above 150, while Rahul’s average is above 46 but the strike rate is close to 136. That is, here in BASRA there is a problem in balancing both the factors.
Rishabh Pant will be heaviest among Indian batsmen
In that sense, only Pant can naturally stake his claim in the category of legends as he averages above 35 in IPL and strike rate is close to 147, which makes his BASRA (182) Sehwag (183), Rahul (182) and In terms of quality, it is heavier than Pandya(179). And perhaps when Pant ends his career, he can be counted along with legends like Russell, de Villiers and Gayle. But, for that we will have to wait a long time.
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