A wicket-keeper is the only player in the team who watches every ball bowled, and where it ended. Ideally he is a better judge of a run, because of their awareness on what is happening on the field.
Awareness Key to Decision Making skills
Hence keepers have awareness in what is happening on the field. While keeping they have their eyes all over the field which gives them sense of how many runs can be taken based on field position. Therefore when they are batting, they can be a better judge of a run irrespective how fast or slow they run between the wickets.
Run-out Dismissals – 27.27 % Keeper’s involvement
In the ongoing IPL(2018) we had 44 run outs – 8.39% of total wickets, which is regular outcome of this particular dismissals in limited over tournament of any level. Nevertheless shockingly keepers were involved in 12 run-outs which constitutes 27.27% of total run-outs!.
Interestingly only twice keepers were run-out, but 9 times were involved as a partner to those run-outs!. Here I am suggesting being a keeper they have better understanding of field placements and making a right call.
I have penned down a list of all run-outs in this year’s IPL – (all data at end of 48th game).
The red marked are keepers that were either run-outs or were involved in one. Here I took the liberty of including Brendon McCullum’s name in the below table, however for stats calculation I have excluded him, as he was not keeping for RCB.
Rishab Pant, they young Delhi’s wicket-keeper was involved in 4 run-outs!.
|Match No.||Over No.||Team||Run out batsman||Partner involved in run out(non-striker’s end)|
|5||9||KKR||Uthappa||D Karthik (wk-keeper)|
|15||20||RR||D Kulkarni||Buttler (wk-keeper)|
|18||10||KKR||N Rana||C Lynn|
|19||5||RCB||De Kock (wk-keeper)||Kohli|
|23||17||SRH||S Kaul||Yusuf Pathan|
|30||7||DD||S Iyer||Pant R (wk-keeper)|
|31||15||RCB||B McCullum (former-keeper)||Kohli|
|36||17||DD||N Ojha||R Pant (wk-keeper)|
|39||20||SRH||Rashid K||Bhuv K|
|39||20||SRH||S Kaul||Bhuv K|
|41||10||KKR||D Karthik (wk-keeper)||N Rana|
|42||8||DD||S Iyer||Pant R (wk-keeper)|
|42||14||DD||H Patel||Pant R (wk-keeper)|
|47||12||KKXI||R Ashwin||Axar P|
|47||12||KKXI||M Sharma||Axar P|
|47||12||KKXI||A Rajpoot||Axar P|
Here is a list of teams that were involved in run-outs
|IPL-2018||Wkts lost||Run-outs||% run outs|
A quick check on No. of run-outs in the history of Int. cricket.
Here is a table on run-outs at Int. cricket. All data taken from Cricinfo and are updated at end of Day 3 of Ireland v Pakistan test inaugural test match.
I also took the liberty of finding its regularity- It seems since last year (Jan 1, 2017) there is considerable drop in this dismissals(run-outs).
To conclude this post – there is rise in Run outs in ongoing IPL tournament. Since the 40th game 12.63% of them were run-outs – rising from 7.52 to 12.63!!.