IPL 2014: The franchises in cold hard statistics

It is very easy to get sidetracked by the rhetoric of glitz, the star names and dollar signs and  when assessing the strengths of this year’s franchises in the Indian Premier League 2014. Matt Carter has gone one step beyond and dug deep into the franchise squads to see exactly where the strengths are.

Read the Indian Premier League 2014 in cold hard stats and tell us who you think will be lifting the trophy this time around…

AVERAGE AGE

There is little to choose between the franchises in relation to the average ages of their overall squads, although Bangalore and Chennai have built the two oldest, coming in at 27.6 and 27.3 years respectively.

Delhi possess the most youthful group with an average age of just 25.5 years, whilst Hyderabad are not far behind at 25.6.

Focusing solely on capped players Punjab have the eldest collection (29.33), Delhi are again the spring chickens here. In terms of uncapped players only Bangalore average over 25 and in contrast to their capped players, Punjab have the youngest group at just 22.1 years.

There appears to be a more youthful look the complexion to this year’s squads, with the overall average age of players a mere 26.4 years.

LAST YEAR’S BEST PLAYERS

Leading run scorers

Virat Kohli
Virat KohliRoyal Challengers Bangalore / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Mumbai (Mike Hussey & Rohit Sharma), Chennai (Suresh Raina & MS Dhoni), Bangalore (Virat Kohli & Chris Gayle) and Rajasthan (Shane Watson & Ajinkya Rahane) can all boast two batsmen who made the top ten leading scorers in 2013. Of those all were retained by their Franchises bar Hussey and Smith.

Neither Kolkata nor Punjab can claim a player on the list, although The Knight Riders do at least have three in the top twenty list, compared to just the one for Punjab.

Hyderabad will be delighted to have picked up Australia pair David Warner and Aaron Finch both who were amongst the top fifteen. Delhi will also be cheerful having purchased number seven on the list Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay who also featured in the top twenty, that and the fact they can call on the service of Kevin Pietersen who will surely be amongst this year’s top scorers.

HIGHEST STRIKE RATES

Chris Gayle & AB De Villiers
Chris Gayle & AB De VilliersRoyal Challengers Bangalore / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

Chennai have emerged powerful in this regard, with Dhoni, Raina and Ravi Jadeja all ranked in the top ten highest strike rates for those who scored at least 170 runs. Bangalore also look to possess plenty of firepower with four players in the top twenty, including AB de Villiers at two, Gayle at eleven and Kohli at eleven.

Punjab and Rajasthan both vaunt two players in the top ten incidentally Punjab can brag the number one in the form of David Miller. Mumbai may only be able to call on one of the top ten, but they still look solid with four in the top 20.

Delhi contain nobody in the top 20, although arrivals such as Pietersen, Ross Taylor and Quinton de Kock should go some way to addressing this. Kolkata can only proclaim Yusuf Pathan and unlike Delhi don’t look to have the recruits to genuinely change that.

LEADING WICKET TAKERS

Mitchell Johnson
zoonabar / Foter / CC BY-SA

The 2013 stats may not favour Kolkata batting wise; however they do have at their disposal four players who were in the top twenty wicket takers, of whom Sunil Narine and Vinay Kumar were in the top ten. Hyderabad, Chennai and Mumbai all stack up well here with each possessing two of the top ten and three in the overall top twenty.

Things don’t look quite so rosy for Delhi who can’t claim a single bowler in the top twenty, whilst Bangalore and Punjab can each only call on two, although the later of those sides can at least turn to the trump card of Mitchell Johnson.

LOWEST ECONOMY RATES

If the other categories were fairly close to call, Hyderabad are way ahead here with Dale Steyn, Amit Mishra, Karn Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar all taking up a place in the top ten of those who bowled at least twenty overs.

Outside of the Sun Risers there is little disparity between the sides, with all possessing a minimum of two bowlers on the top twenty list, although Rajasthan are worth a mention with three in the top 15 including Watson in the top ten.

SQUAD BALANCE

Focusing primarily on the most expensive 15 players for each side, Rajasthan on the surface look to have done excellent work with seven all-rounders meaning there should be plenty of versatility within their line-up.

Delhi look a little rigid given that they can only claim the one all-rounder, whilst Bangalore and Punjab could find themselves in similarly tricky selection positions with just two apiece. Mumbai appear a little light on batting with 53% of their top buys all bowlers.

The rest come across as having well thought out their choices, Hyderabad and Kolkata both seem particularly well rounded with the exception of a keeper, however Hyderabad were able to pick up Naman Ojha at a steal and Manvinder Bisla look a solid budget choice for Kolkata.

INTERNATIONAL CAPS AND DOMESTIC APPEARANCES

Shane Watson. Basin Reserve. Wellington. New Zealand-3
Shane WatsonGouldy99 / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Chennai have without doubt the greatest degree of international experience with their most expensive 15 accounting for 267 caps, with that return being influenced by seasoned campaigners such as Dhoni and Brendon McCullum. Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi and Mumbai are also packed with experience, each containing 200 plus international appearances within their sides.

In terms of the least experienced Rajasthan are some way behind the rest with just 118 appearances, of which Watson and Tim Southee are responsible for 61%.

Relating to all twenty20 matches played Kolkata (1456) and Chennai (1434) top the charts, with the former possessing a remarkable ten players who have played over 100 games. Hyderabad are the most inexperienced side with just 1082 appearances, although even that is still an average of 72 games per player.

PREDICTED LINE UP STATISTICS – BATTING

Virender Sehwag Jat
Virender Sehwagsihagjat / Foter / CC BY-SA

Based on a predicted top seven Bangalore and Punjab look well clear in reference to average strike rates, working out at 135.7 & 135.2 respectively. The Royal Challengers being enhanced by Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers and Yuvraj Singh, with Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell and Miller doing the same job for the Kings Eleven.

Despite the stunning strike rates though Punjab actually have the lowest amount of total runs of any of the predicted sides, whereas Bangalore are able to back up the firepower with the second highest amount of overall runs. Only Chennai can trump them in this aspect.

PREDICTED LINE UP STATISTICS – BOWLING

Hyderabad have the lowest combined average economy rate (6.9) of all the franchises, perhaps unsurprising given the earlier findings in relation to players on last year’s lowest economy rate list. Rajasthan are not far behind with 7 and both Punjab and Kolkata come in at 7.2.

Rajasthan and Kolkata are also in the luxurious position of encompassing seven genuine bowling options within their predicted side, in comparison both Punjab and Delhi look squeezed for options with just five realistic candidates to take the ball.

Chennai (7.6) and Bangalore (7.4) look on paper at least to have the two most expensive attacks; despite Chennai owning two of the tightest from last year in R Ashwin and Mohit Sharma.

TABLES

Predicted top 7 batting stats

SR 50+ scores Int Caps Runs Combined Runs per Innings Average
RCB

135.7

121

184

20560

186

KP

135.2

51

75

9821

124

DD

130

84

111

14520

152

CSK

129.4

119

230

22573

148

SH

128

94

128

15393

148

RR

126.8

96

76

15304

143

MI

125

89

119

14911

134

KKR

124

104

123

18058

154

 

Predicted bowling attack stats

Bowlers Wickets Economy
KKR

7

835

7.2

RR

7

428

7

DD

5

246

7.3

MI

7

778

7.3

RCB

6

508

7.4

SH

6

578

6.9

CSK

6

469

7.6

KP

5

327

7.24

 

Last year’s stats

Players in top 20 – 2013 stats

Run Scorers Wickets Economy Strike Rates
CSK

4

3

2

3

RCB

3

2

2

4

DD

1

0

2

0

KKR

3

4

2

1

SH

3

3

4

2

MI

3

3

3

4

KP

1

2

2

3

RR

2

3

3

3

 

Make up of squads

Bats All-rounders Wicket Bowlers
CSK

3

4

2

6

RCB

4

2

2

7

KKR

5

4

0

6

MI

3

3

1

8

SH

4

5

0

6

DD

7

1

2

5

KP

7

2

1

5

RR

3

7

1

4

 

Overall – Most expensive 15 players

Caps

100s

50s

Average SR (batsmen, all-rounders & WK)

Runs

Wickets

Economy

CSK

267

3

24

129

5199

82

7.7

RCB

237

1

25

145

3912

117

7.4

KKR

216

0

17

154

2815

173

7.3

MI

206

0

11

136

1870

140

7.9

SH

181

1

13

129

2248

127

8.3

DD

201

0

17

115

3752

35

8.1

KP

156

0

4

137

1852

78

7.5

RR

118

0

11

136

1526

100

8.2

 

 

James Buttler

James Buttler

James has been working as a cricket journalist and broadcaster since 2006.
As the editor of Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author and a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications.
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