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Cricinfo nailing it

 

Talking Points: Is KL Rahul being too conservative at the top?

And what has led to the transformation in Dhawan's strike rate over the years?

 

 

Is KL Rahul being too conservative at the top?
This was a more or less constant debate during IPL 2020. Rahul then started IPL 2021 with a sparkling 91 off 50 balls against the Rajasthan Royals. However, he reverted to 2020 type in the third match against the Capitals, ending up with 61 off 51 balls for a strike rate of less than 120, while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal smashed 69 off 36 in a game where 196 was chased down with 10 balls to spare.

Since IPL 2020, there have been only five instances of a batter facing 50 balls in the first innings and ending up with a strike rate of less than 140. The lowest three are all by Rahul, and the Punjab Kings have lost the game each time.

As Shiva Jayaraman from ESPNcricinfo's stats team pointed out: "Rahul got seven scores of 40 or more in IPL 2020, all but one helping them to post scores in excess of 170. But five of those scores by Rahul were at a strike rate of less than 130, and the Kings ended up losing four of those games. Even the only game they won was off the last ball of the match. Perhaps the Kings are getting the 'big' scores with their captain batting through the innings, but these totals are not proving enough for the conditions."

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KL Rahul's strike rates have not been too hot since the start of IPL 2020 

 

ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats calculated that Rahul's 61 runs were worth only 44, taking into account his low strike rate, and even though he was one of only three players to score a fifty, his impact was only the tenth-best in the match. More damningly, Luck Index calculated that Steven Smith dropping Rahul in the second over actually cost the Kings 16 runs. Which is another way of saying that the Capitals benefitted more from Rahul staying at the crease than the Kings did.

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4 hours ago, Stan AF said:

Cricinfo nailing it

 

Talking Points: Is KL Rahul being too conservative at the top?

And what has led to the transformation in Dhawan's strike rate over the years?

 

 

Is KL Rahul being too conservative at the top?
This was a more or less constant debate during IPL 2020. Rahul then started IPL 2021 with a sparkling 91 off 50 balls against the Rajasthan Royals. However, he reverted to 2020 type in the third match against the Capitals, ending up with 61 off 51 balls for a strike rate of less than 120, while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal smashed 69 off 36 in a game where 196 was chased down with 10 balls to spare.

Since IPL 2020, there have been only five instances of a batter facing 50 balls in the first innings and ending up with a strike rate of less than 140. The lowest three are all by Rahul, and the Punjab Kings have lost the game each time.

As Shiva Jayaraman from ESPNcricinfo's stats team pointed out: "Rahul got seven scores of 40 or more in IPL 2020, all but one helping them to post scores in excess of 170. But five of those scores by Rahul were at a strike rate of less than 130, and the Kings ended up losing four of those games. Even the only game they won was off the last ball of the match. Perhaps the Kings are getting the 'big' scores with their captain batting through the innings, but these totals are not proving enough for the conditions."

Story Image

 

 

 

KL Rahul's strike rates have not been too hot since the start of IPL 2020 

 

ESPNcricinfo's Smart Stats calculated that Rahul's 61 runs were worth only 44, taking into account his low strike rate, and even though he was one of only three players to score a fifty, his impact was only the tenth-best in the match. More damningly, Luck Index calculated that Steven Smith dropping Rahul in the second over actually cost the Kings 16 runs. Which is another way of saying that the Capitals benefitted more from Rahul staying at the crease than the Kings did.

so in some sense Steve Smith deserved the MoM for dropping Rahul.. if this is true, we can expect Pandey to remain not out in all the games

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5 minutes ago, Stan AF said:

Sad to add young cricketers in this list.

 

Dube 17 off 20.

I'd beg to differ.

 

You HAVE to categorize tuk tuk vs others on the basis of intent.

 

Tuk tuk are those guys who don't even try and score fast. They are happy with defending and running ones and twos.

 

Dubey at least tried to hit a few. He wasn't able to connect and when he did they were mishits. Not a total Tuk tuk yet.

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It is a function of fanbase and national utility value. KL, Manish get ridiculed here, but somebody plays safe to get to 150 with similar SR is hailed as a genius. Dhoni today was at no fault, just ensured no panic in setting score, same strategy any MI batsman to reach 150 is a hero. ICF loves slam bang cricket when it matters, but if you see how matches are won, it is about batters setting scores that their bowlers can defend. A team sport. When batters like KL fail to score at a 150 SR , he is ridiculed, because his bowlers can’t defend anything lesser. Juvenile cricket followers, here.

 

Just look at how posters were crying about Dhoni. Jadeja’s SR when I posted this at the end of CSK innings

SR is overrated. Par score for your bowlers to defend is basic minimum for batters. Remember, bowlers win matches

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