[Cricket Review] – Runs Galore – Top 2014 Batsman

The 7th edition of the Indian Premier Twenty20 Cricket tournament featured 18,909 total runs and spectators were dazzled by 716 sixes. With an average run rate of 8.20 per over, this was the second highest scoring tournament and the 11.9 sixes stuck per match shattered the previous record. With ball by ball match data processed by the blazing speed of SAP HANA we can examine some of the tournament’s best individual run scorers and their performances with insight-laden graphics created in SAP Lumira and SAP Crystal Reports.

With SAP Lumira we can quickly visualize the number of batting runs the tournament’s top five run-scorers struck and what percentage were smashed via boundaries. Robin Uthappa’s 660 runs earned the Knight Riders’ opening batsman the Orange Cap, which is awarded to the tournament’s leading run-scorer. Uthappa scored over 61 percent of runs via boundary shots as he averaged nearly six boundaries an innings. The next two top scoring batsmen were Chennai’s Dwayne Smith and Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell who scored over 71 and 74 percent of their respective 566 and 552 runs via boundary shots. The Sunrisers’ David Warner and the Super Kings Suresh Raina round out the top five as they were the only two other batsmen to finish the tournament with over 500 runs.

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In 10 straight matches Uthappa scored 40 or more runs during his innings, the longest streak of consecutive 40 plus runs innings in the tournament’s history. With SAP Lumira in the Cloud we can quickly plot the number of runs Uthappa scored per match with an area chart and split the graphic by boundary runs to visualize Uthappa’s reliance on powerful shots. On May 14th 54 of Uthappa’s 80 runs came from boundary shots while on his highest scoring innings on May 22nd, Uthappa only scored 55 percent of his 83 runs from boundary shots.

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Using SAP Lumira we can create a chart that plots the number of four and the number of sixes that the batsmen with the 10 highest number of sixes struck to discover who were the most powerful best batsman. Uthappa smashed 74 fours during his 16 innings and his 92 total boundaries were the most in the tournament. Both Smith and Maxwell hit 84 combined boundaries shots.

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The Kings XI’s Virender Sehwag had the best individual innings of the tournament when he scored 122 runs off of 58 balls in the second qualifier. With SAP Crystal Reports we can create a Wagon Wheel that shows the line, length, and result of each of Sehwag’s 44 run scoring shots. Sehwag scored a decent portion of his runs that evening in Mumbai with drive shots and also successfully executed five reverse sweep shots to score boundaries.

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Keep your eyes peeled for more visualizations created in SAP Lumira and SAP Crystal Reports using historical Indian Twenty20 data processed by SAP HANA. Please check back for additional post season analysis. Also, watch out for our continuing series of tutorial videos on how we utilize SAP HANA in this Cricket demo.

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-Tom Flanagan

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