If a batsman's strike rate is any criteria to judge the entertainment factor of the IPL, the..
THE FIFTH edition of the Indian Premier league has been one of the most exciting with nail-biting finishes, individual performances, and new strategies. There have been matches where teams have scored at 9 runs per over. Still, they have lost the match. The batsmen in the fifth edition has been striking the ball handsomely over the boundary ropes consistently. Hence, the strike rates of batsmen have witnessed, on an average, an increase while compared to the past editions.
Out of the top 25 run scorers for IPL this season, 8 of these players have a strike rate of above 140, which will play an important role in bringing favourable results for their team. If one compares the average strike rate of this edition with other editions of IPL, it has been one of the best. For some editions, on an average comparison, the strike rates are on the lower side.
In the last edition, there were only 4 players with a strike rate of above 140 out of the top 25 players. The IPL 2010 was the best year in the IPL with 12 players exceeding a strike rate of above 140. In 2009 and 2008, there were 4 and 11 players respectively who crossed this mark, as per cricbuzz.com. The above given figures are representative of all the matches played in the IPL in that particular season. Whereas, for the 2012 edition, the tournament is at the business
end of the competition, so we can expect some more players entering into the bracket of players with such strike rates.
IPL, over all, has seen an improvement over the past editions. It has not only to do with tight matches, number of sixes but also the crowd, which has been flooding stadiums across the country. More importantly, it is the quality of cricket that has grabbed headlines.
Hold on tightly to your seat belts for the IPL has just entered the phase, where cricketers would be giving it their all. So one can expect a flurry of boundaries every time a batsmen walks in. In IPL 5, Virender Sehwag
has been in tremendous form, and has been consistently scoring runs for Delhi Daredevils at a strike rate of 166.