As the auctions for IPL 2020 auction comes closer, TV Conal’s CricAlgorithmics looks at 10 unique insights and observations from the previous season – these range from probabilities of winning to parameters on which different teams stood out and the outstanding batsmen and bowlers of the season.
1. CSK – THE BEST BOWLING BUT THE WORST BATTING UNIT
CSK had a combined bowling average of 22.74 and bowling strike rate of 18.5 – both the best in the season. Not only were the CSK bowlers the most threatening and potent with the ball, they were also the most restrictive with an economy rate of 7.37.
Four of their bowlers took 15-plus wickets in the series – Imran Tahir (26), Deepak Chahar (22), Harbhajan Singh (16) and Ravindra Jadeja (15).
They also had the best economy at the death (overs 17-20) conceding 8.75 runs per over in this phase of play.
But contrastingly, it was CSK who was the worst batting unit of the tournament. At 26.66, they had the third-worst batting average of the season. They also had the worst scoring rate in the tournament of 117.36. They registered the maximum number of scores (6) of below 140 and the least number of scores (3) of above 170. CSK also had the lowest run aggregate in the tournament (2043).
Not surprisingly, they made the most of home-advantage winning the maximum number of matches in their own backyard (6).
2. RAHUL’S SECOND SUCCESSIVE EXPLOSIVE SEASON
KL Rahul aggregated 593 runs in 14 innings at an average of 53.9 and strike rate of 135.38 in the tournament. He was the second-highest scorer of the season. He is the only batsman to have scored 500-plus runs in the last two seasons of the IPL.
Kings XI won 4 of the 7 matches when he crossed 50 – an indicator of how dependent they were on his batting in IPL 2019.
3. WARNER – A GREAT COMEBACK
David Warner amassed 692 runs in just 12 innings at an average of 69.2 and strike rate of 143.86 including 8 fifties and one hundred in IPL 2019. He had missed the previous season after being banned for his involvement in the ball tampering scandal against South Africa.
Warner scored 30.24% of the total runs scored by SRH in the season.
He is the highest overseas scorer of the IPL with the best average of 43.17 (min. 1500 runs) in the tournament’s history.
4. THE WARNER-BAIRSTOW OPENING PARTNERSHIP
David Warner and Jonny Bairstow recorded 4 hundred and 3 fifty partnerships in 10 innings in IPL 2019. The pair put together 791 runs for the opening wicket for SRH in just 482 deliveries at a strike rate of 164.1.
CricAlgortithmics outlier statistics reveal that SRH, on an average, faced 44 deliveries for the opening partnership and scored 67 runs – by far, the best amongst all the teams. The mean balls faced by the other teams for the opening stand was 23 scoring 32 runs per partnership.
5. TWO SOUTH AFRICANS TOP THE BOWLING CHARTS
Imran Tahir (CSK) and Kagiso Rabada (DC) were the two highest wicket takers of the season. While Tahir picked 26 wickets in 17 matches at 16.57 per dismissal at an economy of 6.69, Rabada bagged 25 in just 12 innings at an average of 14.72.
It was the first time in IPL history that two non-Indian bowlers from the same country had topped the wicket-taking charts.
6. DEEPAK CHAHAR – SENSATIONAL IN THE POWERPLAY
Deepak Chahar was the highest wicket-taker amongst fast bowlers in IPL 2019. He picked 22 wickets in 17 matches at 21.9 per dismissal at a strike rate of 17.5. In particular, Chahar was sensational in the powerplay and gave CSK the early ascendancy in the tournament – the franchise won five of its first six matches.
Chahar picked 7 wickets in these 6 innings in the powerplay and conceded just 101 runs in the 108 deliveries he bowled in this phase of play. 58.33% of his deliveries weren’t scored off in this period.
Overall, it was not surprising that CSK took 23 wickets in the powerplay – the maximum for any team in the tournament – as CricAlgorithmics’ outlier data revealed.
7. DELHI’S BATTING WOES AND KKR’S BOWLING ISSUES
Delhi Capitals (DC) had the worst batting average (22.6) in the tournament. Prithvi Shaw could only muster two fifties in 16 innings and averaged 22.06 in the season while the two Colin’s didn’t set the stage on fire either! While Munro aggregated just 84 runs in 4 innings, Ingram was more disappointing failing to register a fifty in as many as 12 innings in the tournament finishing with an average of 18.4.
KKR had the worst bowling performance of the season across parameters. They had the worst bowling average (44.33), worst bowling strike rate (29.59) and the worst economy (8.99).
None of their bowlers averaged more than one wicket per innings bowled and as many as 6 (of 8) of them (min. 10 overs bowled in tournament) had an economy of above 8 runs per over.
8. CSK’S ACCELERATION WOES
CSK had a double problem with acceleration. They had the worst strike rate of just 102.93 during the powerplay and again the lowest strike rate of 150.97 in the death overs (17-20) during the season.
9. RUSSELL – HE-MAN OF IPL 2019
Andre Russell aggregated 486 runs and recorded 8 scores of 40-plus in his first 11 innings of IPL 2019. Apart from the sheer volume of the runs, what stood out was his mind boggling strike rate of 207.69!
10. CSK STARTED FAVOURITES IN FINAL
Based on the starting XI of both the teams, it was CSK who were favourites to win the IPL 2019 final with a 69% chance of winning at the beginning of the match.
MI’s chances hovered around 40% for the most part of their innings.
CSK were firm favourites to lift the title till almost the half way stage into their innings when the three quick wickets of Raina, Rayudu and Dhoni coupled with some brilliantly restrictive bowling from Bumrah and Rahul Chahar turned the match on its head.