Strike rate

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Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how quickly a batter achieves the primary goal of batting, namely scoring runs, measured in runs per 100 balls; higher is better. Bowling strike rate is a measure of how quickly a bowler achieves the primary goal of bowling, namely taking wickets (i.e. getting batters out)measured in balls per wicket; lower is better.


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.[ citation needed ]

Batting strike rate

International batting strike rates as of January 2004 CricketBattingStrikeRateHistogram.png
International batting strike rates as of January 2004

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

In Test cricket, a batter's strike rate is of secondary relevance to their ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batter's most important statistic is generally considered to be their batting average, rather than their 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 batter scores, the more runs their 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 batter in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batters with higher strike rates, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rate. Strike rate is also used to compare a batter’s ability to score runs against differing forms of bowling (i.e. spin bowling, fast bowling), often giving an indication to the bowling team as to how to successfully mitigate a batter's ability to score.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)

Rank Strike rate Runs scoredBalls facedBatsmanTeamT20I career span
1184.52775420 Ramesh Satheesan Dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 2019–2022
2182.42633347Taranjeet SinghDagger-14-plain.png2021–2022
3182.01506278 Saber Zakhil Dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2019–2022
4168.34569338 Sarfaraz Ali Dagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Bahrain.svg  Bahrain 2019–2022
5165.54490296Heinrich GerickeDagger-14-plain.pngFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 2020–2022
Qualification: 250 balls. Last updated: 12 June 2022 [2]

Highest career strike rate (ODI)

Strike rate RunsBalls facedPlayerTeamPeriod
130.221,034794 Andre RussellWestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg  West Indies 2011–present
126.273,3742,672 Glenn MaxwellFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 2012–present
121.034,0343,333 Jos ButtlerFlag of England.svg  England 2012–present
117.311,28671,100 Hardik Pandya Flag of India.svg  India 2016–present
117.06590504 Lionel Cann Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda 2006–2009
Qualification: 500 balls faced. Last updated: 21 June 2022 [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 ratePlayerCountryBalls Wickets
34.1 George Lohmann Flag of England.svg 3830112
37.7 J. J. Ferris Flag of Australia (converted).svg / Flag of England.svg 230261
38.8 Shane Bond Flag of New Zealand.svg 337287
41.7 Sydney Barnes Flag of England.svg 7873189
42.3 Dale Steyn Flag of South Africa.svg 18608439

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 26 February 2021 [4]

Active players
Strike ratePlayerCountryBalls Wickets
30.0 Duanne Olivier Flag of South Africa.svg 144048
33.3 Kyle Jamieson Flag of New Zealand.svg 120236
40.8 Kuldeep Yadav Flag of India.svg 106326
41.7 Kagiso Rabada Flag of South Africa.svg 8431202
47.1 Pat Cummins Flag of Australia (converted).svg 7734164
48.5 Anrich Nortje Flag of South Africa.svg 189439
48.9 James Pattinson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 396381
49.0 Hasan Ali Flag of Pakistan.svg 210743
49.0 Jasprit Bumrah Flag of India.svg 407583
49.2 Lungi Ngidi Flag of South Africa.svg 118324
49.3 Mitchell Starc Flag of Australia (converted).svg 12575255
49.9 Mohammad Shami Flag of India.svg 8999180

Qualification: 1,000 balls
Last updated: 30 January 2021 [4]

Related Research Articles

Cricket is a sport that generates a variety of statistics.

In cricket, a player's batting average is the total number of runs they have scored divided by the number of times they have been out, usually given to two decimal places. Since the number of runs a player scores and how often they get out are primarily measures of their own playing ability, and largely independent of their teammates, batting average is a good metric for an individual player's skill as a batter. The number is also simple to interpret intuitively. If all the batter's innings were completed, this is the average number of runs they score per innings. If they did not complete all their innings, this number is an estimate of the unknown average number of runs they score per innings.

Economy rate

In cricket, a player's economy rate is the average number of runs they have conceded per over bowled. In most circumstances, the lower the economy rate is, the better the bowler is performing. It is one of a number of statistics used to compare bowlers, commonly used alongside bowling average and strike rate to judge the overall performance of a bowler.


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