In modern cricket, with its distinct limited overs formats, the issue of strike rate is one that has become increasingly important. A high strike rate makes a batsman more valuable to their team and it’s also likely to attract the attention of high-paying global franchises.
What is the Batting Strike Rate?
A strike rate is the ratio of runs scored to the number of balls faced and it will usually be measured over an average of 100 deliveries. It is very significant in ODI cricket as it tells us how quickly a batter scores his or her runs.
Selectors may also use strike rate as a guide for picking batsmen moving forward.
Strike rate isn’t seen as much in test cricket where the pace of scoring isn’t as important but you may still see it mentioned.
How to Calculate Batting Strike Rate?
Strike rate is an average and the calculation is carried out over every 100 balls that a batsman faces. The calculation for this is actually quite simple:
Take the number of runs scored by the batsman and divide that figure by the actual number of deliveries that they have faced. Multiply that answer by 100 and you have the strike rate.