April 14, 2009

IPL 2008: Most Aggressive Batsman

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IPL 2008 started off with a big match in which Brendon McCullum plundered as many as 158 runs in the twenty overs and remained not out. He had been at his best in the match against Bangalore Royal Challengers. It was unfortunate that he could play only 4 matches in the entire IPL tournament.

The following is the list of aggressive batsmen in IPL 2008, based on their strike rate. Strike Rate is the number of runs scored per 100 balls. In preparing the list, I have selected only players who have scored at least 100 runs in the tournament. This criteria is included to ensure that the list contains players who consistently plays aggressively. For example, if some one plays just one delivery and scores a boundary or six, he would end up at the top of the list with a strike rate of 400.00 or 600.00, which would be meaningless.

1. Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders - 188 runs, 92 balls, SR 204.34
2. Virender Sehwag, Delhi Daredevils - 406 runs, 220 balls, SR 184.54
3. Ross Taylor, Bangalore Royal Challengers - 149 runs, 81 balls, SR 183.95
4. Yusuf Pathan, Rajasthan Royals - 435 runs, 243 balls, SR 179.01
5. Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings - 168 runs, 100 balls, SR 168.00

In my opinion, I would give the "Most Aggressive Batsman of IPL 2008" title to Yusuf Pathan, because he has been able to keep his strike rate intact for 16 matches. Sehwag has played 14 matches while McCullum, Taylor and Hussey have each played only 4 matches.

Just for record, Umar Gul was the player with the highest strike rate in IPL 2008. Umar Gul scored 39 runs from 19 deliveries, amounting to a strike rate of 205.26.

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