Batting under pressure in the IPL
By examining the fall of wickets column in the scorecard, taken within the context of the match, it is possible to measure how much pressure a batsman absorbs in a match.
By Impact Index | Yahoo! Cricket – Tue 17 Apr, 2012 10:48 AM IST
By Jaideep Varma and Jatin Thakkar
Impact Index is the only statistical system in cricket that measures the pressure absorbed by a batsman in the middle. This is only based on the circumstances precipitated by the fall of wickets – and no other factor. So, by examining the fall of wickets column in the scorecard, taken within the context of the match, it is possible to measure how much pressure a batsman absorbs in a match, and right through his career.
Below, we present the batsmen who did that the best during the four years of IPL so far.
The five batsmen who absorbed the maximum pressure in IPL history (minimum 15 matches) are:
1. AD Mathews (Pressure IMPACT 0.22, 15 matches)
2. SR Tendulkar (0.17, 51)
3. SK Raina (0.15, 62)
4. S Badrinath (0.15, 62)
5. SR Watson (0.15, 32)
Angelo Mathews’ presence here is not a surprise – batting under pressure is a speciality for him.
Sachin Tendulkar’s presence may well be a surprise – given how obviously absorbing pressure has not been his strong suit in other formats. But by giving himself the sheet-anchor’s role in Mumbai Indians (which also gives him a very low strike rate), Tendulkar has redefined his batting in this format with considerable success.
Suresh Raina has been a big match player for CSK – the complete T20 batsman – one of the best in the world.
S Badrinath has played a big part in CSK’s success – often unheralded. Absorbing pressure has been his biggest strength.
Shane Watson – he is not just the highest impact player in the IPL, and its most complete player, but a complete batsman – absorbing pressure is just one of the things he has excelled in................................................ ................