refers to two different statistics
in the sport
. Batting strike rate
is a measure of how frequently a batsman
achieves the primary goal of batting
, namely scoring runs
. Bowling strike rate
is a measure of how frequently 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 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. However, given players of similar batting averages, the one with the higher strike rate would be considered a better batsman.
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. Strike rate or s/r as it is abbreviated to, is probably considered by most as the key factor... Read More