Cricket Statistics

Statistics are and have always been a large part of cricket with massive databases of figures dating as far back to the 1800’s in all forms of the game (tests, first class, limited overs and Twenty20).

For those new to the game – don’t worry none of them are particularly difficult to grasp...

Here are the most commonly used cricket statistical terms:

Batting

Not outs (NO)

The number of occasions a batsman has finished an innings not-out

Runs

The cumulative total number of runs the batsman has scored in all of his innings.

Highest Score (HS)

The highest score a batsman has recorded in a single innings.

Average (Ave)

Runs ÷ (Innings-Not outs)

Balls Faced (BF)

The cumulative total number of balls a batsman has faced in all of his innings

Strike Rate (SR)

(Runs ÷ Balls Faced) x 100

Measured in runs per 100 balls

100s

The number of occasions a batsman has scored 100 runs or more in a single innings (note double and triple centuries do not count as 2 or 3 hundreds respectively)

50s

The number of occasions a batsman has scored 50 to 99 runs in a single innings

4s

The cumulative number of occasions a batsman has hit the ball for four runs during all of his innings

6s

The cumulative number of occasions a batsman has hit the ball for six runs during all of his innings

Bowling

Balls

The cumulative total number of balls a bower has bowled in all his innings

Runs

The cumulative total number of runs the bowler has had scored against him whilst bowling.

Wickets (Wkts)

The cumulative total number of times the bowler has dismissed opposition batsmen (run-outs excluded).

Best Bowling in an innings (BBI)

The best bowling figures a bowler has produced in a single innings.

Best bowling in an innings is ranked by most wickets taken first – if the bowler has taken that many wickets or more than one occasion, then the innings where he had the least runs scored against his bowling is his best figures.

Best Bowling in a match (BBM)

The best bowling figures a bowler has produced in a single match (combined wickets taken by and runs scored against in both innings).

Best bowling in a match is also ranked by most wickets taken first – if the bowler has taken that many wickets or more than one occasion, then the match where he had the least runs scored against his bowling is his best figures.

Average (Ave)

Wickets ÷ Runs

Economy (Econ)

Runs ÷ Overs Bowled

NOTE: Overs Bowled = Balls ÷ 6, as an over is 6 balls

Measured in runs per over.

Strike Rate (SR)

Balls ÷ Wickets

Measured in balls per wicket taken.

4 wickets in an innings (4w)

The number of occasions a bowler has taken exactly 4 wickets in an innings.

5 wickets in an inning (5w)

The number of occasions a bowler has taken exactly 4 wickets in a single innings

10 wickets in a match (10m)

The number of occasions a bowler has taken 5 to 9 wickets in an innings

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