In my previous post on T20 I had mentioned opening batsmen score maximum No. of 50+ scores for their team. Here in this analysis have gone further to find contribution made by the top 4 batsmen(including opening pair) in terms of runs scored and balls faced. Its never easy for batsmen to aclimatise themselves to various format as one can observe steep fall in runs scored in this format. Although T20 has benefited players (Batsmen, bowlers and fielders) in promoting themselves to other formats, but as a unit they no team has been dominating effectively for even small period of time. In below table one can clearly see the % of balls faced while scoring those runs by TOP4 batsmen. This figure was far less and much closer to % runs scored. In Australia case its very apparent. In 2009, their top4 batsmen consumed 71% of balls while scoring 62% of team’s score, however now its risen to 83.22%!!.
|Teams||Mts||%Runs by Top4 Batsmen||% of balls faced by Top 4 Batsmen|
|Year||Mts||Avg score(1st Bat)||% Win -Chasing Targets|
Progressive stats are updated at end of Pak -SL T20 series (June 2012)
Another major reason for team’s inability to score big in last 2 years(since 2010)…
* These debutants had a very little impact as a batsmen. Only 2 batsmen made 50s on their debut.
* There were 43 various captains(11 for associate members) leading their side in this format
* Bowling wise, 8 of them picked three or more wickets on their debut
Above points only suggest that if there is constant change in numbers of personal in a team,l (players and captains) then it disturbs team dynamic and thinking, leading to constant change of strategy and tactics(trying to accommodate different players), which has very less effect on win factor. Although individually players have been performing brilliantly, and most got promoted to ODIs & Test matches, but as a unit all teams have suffered..Cricket being an individual game with team being its frame does not apply in this format, not yet!.