[Cricket Review] – Best 2014 Bowlers

The 2014 Indian Premier Twenty20 Cricket tournament featured some tremendous bowling performances as the team that took the most wickets throughout the tournament, the Kings XI Punjab, were defeated by the team with the best aggregate economy, the Kolkata Knight Riders, in the final. 671 Wickets were taken in the 60 matches of the tournament with just over 60 percent of them coming from catches. By loading ball by ball data from every match of the 2014 tournament we can create insight-laden visualizations in SAP Lumira and SAP Crystal Reports to examine some the best bowling performances of the tournament.


With SAP Lumira we can chart out the top of the final standing for the tournament’s Purple Cap, which is awarded throughout the competition to the bowler who has taken the most wickets. Chennai’s Rohit Sharma’s 23 wickets earned the right-handed medium bowler the Purple Cap at the end of the tournament. Kolkata’s Sunil Narine’s and Chennai’s Ravindra Jadeja were the only players to have multiple four wicket performances and each wore the cap at one point in tournament. Narine’s 21 wickets and Jadeja’s 19 wickets at the conclusion of the tournament placed them in second and fourth place respectively while Hyderabad’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar was sandwiched in between them in the standings with 20 scalps.

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Jadeja had the best individual bowling performance of the tournament when he took four wickets while conceding only 12 runs against the Kolkata Knight Riders on May 2nd. Using SAP Crystal Reports we can examine the line, length, and result of each of the 24 balls Jadeja delivered throughout his attack. Relying heavily on off stump deliveries, Jadeja didn’t concede a single boundary as only 10 of his balls resulted in runs. Jadeja’s most utilized and effective deliveries were outside off stump length balls where he took three of his four wickets. Jadeja recorded 70 percent of his dot balls with length ball deliveries.

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Also with SAP Crystal Reports we can deeply dive into the statistics of the bowler with the best economy (for bowlers who regularly bowled for their attack) in the tournament, Kings XI Punjab’s Akshar Patel. The 20 year old Patel made his IPL debut this season and the southpaw orthodox spinner emerged as one of the rising young starts of the game. Patel nearly only conceded a run off of every ball he bowled as his 396 balls resulted in 405 runs for a tournament economy rate of 6.13. While Patel delivered a majority of his balls off stump, his middle stump balls were his most effective as those 92 deliveries resulted in a boundary only 7.6 percent of the time, resulting in an impressive economy of 4.36.

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Deeper down in the bowler grid report we can see that over 70 percent of Patel’s deliveries were length balls. Patel conceded a boundary shot on less than 10 percent of his 279 length balls and recorded a dot on 43 percent of those tosses. It’s really no surprise that middle stump length balls were Patel’s best as he didn’t conceded a single maximum in 67 of those deliveries and had an economy of 4.11. For further insight’s on Patel’s phenomenal bowling please check out the full bowler grid that is attached as a PDF.

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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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