Strike rate

Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how quickly a batsman achieves the primary goal of batting, namely scoring runs. Bowling strike rate is a measure of how quickly a bowler achieves the primary goal of bowling, namely taking wickets (i.e. getting batsmen out).

Both strike rates are relatively new statistics, having only been invented and considered of importance after the introduction of One Day International cricket in the 1970s.

Batting strike rate

Batting strike rate (s/r) is defined for a batsman as the average number of runs scored per 100 balls faced. The higher the strike rate, the more effective a batsman is at scoring quickly.

In Test cricket, a batsman's strike rate is of secondary relevance to his ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batsman's most important statistic is generally considered to be his batting average, rather than his strike rate.

In limited overs cricket, strike rates are of considerably more importance. Since each team only faces a limited number of balls in an innings, the faster a batsman scores, the more runs his team will be able to accumulate. Strike rates of over 150 are becoming common in Twenty20 cricket.[1] Strike rate is probably considered by most as the key factor in a batsman in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batsmen with the higher strike rate, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rate.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)

Strike rate Runs scored Balls faced Batsman Team T20I career span
173.43 470271Hazratullah Zazai  Afghanistan2016–present
160.00 1,576985Glenn Maxwell  Australia2012–present
159.35 647406Evin Lewis  West Indies2016–present
158.73 1,500945Colin Munro  New Zealand2012–present
156.50 1,8781,200Aaron Finch  Australia2011–present

Qualification: 250 balls.
Updated: 23 September 2019[2]

Highest career strike rate (ODI)

Strike rate Runs Balls faced Player Period
130.22 1,034794 Andre Russell2011–present
123.37 2,8772,332 Glenn Maxwell2012–present
119.83 3,8433,207 Jos Buttler2012–present
117.06 590504 Lionel Cann2006–2009
117.00 8,0646892 Shahid Afridi1996–2015
Qualification: 500 balls faced

Last updated: 24 July 2019[3]

Bowling strike rate

Bowling strike rate is defined for a bowler as the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken. The lower the strike rate, the more effective a bowler is at taking wickets quickly.

Although introduced as a statistic complementary to the batting strike rate during the ascension of one-day cricket in the 1980s, bowling strike rates are arguably of more importance in Test cricket than One-day Internationals. This is because the primary goal of a bowler in Test cricket is to take wickets, whereas in a one-day match it is often sufficient to bowl economically - giving away as few runs as possible even if this means taking fewer wickets.

Best career strike rate (ODI and T20I)

Best career strike rate (Tests)

Retired players
Strike rate Player Balls Wickets
34.2 George Lohmann3,830112
37.7 / J. J. Ferris2,30261
38.8 Shane Bond3,37287
41.7 Sydney Barnes7,873189
43.2 Bert Vogler2,76464

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 8 January 2017[4]

Active players
Strike rate Player Balls Wickets
38.8 Kagiso Rabada6,830176
42.3 Dale Steyn[5]18,608439
46.0 Mohammad Abbas3,03666
46.2 Pat Cummins4,668101
48.4 James Pattinson3,48972

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 6 August 2019[4]

References

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