The rate at which a batter score or their ability to score is referred to as their strike rate. In other words, we could call it the measure of the batter’s ability to score points. This is measured by the average. In figures, we could define it as the score made from a batter on 100 balls is called its hitting rate.
It is directly proportional to the runs scored. If more points are scored in 100 balls that it shows a higher striking rate and when low scores are made that it shows lower striking rate.
If a batsman asked to score 120 runs in 100 balls, then he is striking at 120 on the other hand, if a batsman scores 80 runs in 100 balls then his strike rate is 80.
How to calculate batting strike rate?
Calculating batting strike rate is very easy. It is the result of a ratio in which we divide number of runs scored by number of balls faced by the batsman. After the division multiply the rate with hundred and you’ll get the average strike rate. The procedure is as same as we calculate percentage.
If the balls faced are less than the runs scored then the strike rate is more than 100 but if the balls faced are more than the runs chased then the strike rate is less than 100.
Importance of strike rate
To measure the ability of a batsman, his strike rate plays an important role.
Especially in Faster formats of limited over cricket, strike rate causes a huge impact on the batsman’s selection and survival. Let’s talk thoroughly about the importance of strike rate compared with different formats:-
Strike rate and its importance in test cricket
Test cricket is also called the real test for a cricket side. It’s super long but still preferred as the best way to test any player’s abilities. Strike doesn’t matters much in this format. For a batsman, average is the key to make your name in test cricket.
As we know, test cricket is a long format where we have total of 450 overs for 4 innings. As per average, every inning can get equal share of 675 balls or 112.5 overs. This is far more than a team could get in limited overs cricketing.
As a batsman if you’ve a strike rate of 100 or above, it’s excellent for test matches. If you’ve a strike rate between 70 to 100 it’s good. There’s no concept of low strike rate in test cricket. Strike rate less than 70 is average one.
Strike rate and one day cricket
As compared to test matches, in one day matches every team gets 50 overs only with the same number of wickets so the importance of strike rate increase a bit here but average in one day should still be the first priority of a batsman. In one day matches, strike rate above than 130 is excellent. If it’s between 110 and 130 than its good strike rate. If the strike rate is between 80 and 110 percent than the strike rate is said to be average but strike less than 80 percent is referred as low and very low for batsman and it could be lethal for you from a batsman’s perspective.
Strike rate and T20 cricket
T20 cricket is smallest international form of cricket where team with same number of wickets get only 20 overs per innings. This is the thing where things get little tricky and strike rate becomes most critical part to test a person’s ability. As we all know that T20 cricket is all about scoring runs. It is also referred as HIT OR MISS form of cricket.
It is said that you’ve no time to waste in it. If you can’t score then give your wicket instead of wasting balls. In this format strike rate above than 150 is excellent. If it’s between 120 and 150 then it’s good strike rate. Between 100 and 120 is decent strike rate but under 100 is very bad for you as a batter.
Complications with strike rate
There are a lot of complications to relate to strike rate. Sometimes the wicket is batting friendly so they score at good strike rate or they come and hit then lose the wicket in early stages but have an excellent strike rate. Sometimes you’re playing against weak teams or in your home conditions or the you’re out of pressure.
All these things show that the strike isn’t the best way to check a batsman’s abilities. Good strike rate doesn’t means that he’s always a good batsman’s or vice versa.