To find out the best ODI batsmen of all time, we considered all the batsmen who had a chance of coming in the top 25 based on our criteria. We then judged the batsmen who qualified on the basis of 4 Primary criteria, 5 Secondary criteria and 6 Tertiary criteria to arrive at the final top 25 batsmen of all time. It is to be noted that we have mentioned only the final 25 batsmen in all the criteria to make things uncomplicated.
The Trend Setter (TS) is the batsmen who does the best in a criteria. It is not necessary that he is ranked among the top 25. However, his rating is taking as the benchmark.
All ratings are based on some basis. Our rating favours batsmen who have scored more runs at a high average and a good strike rate. Thus runs scored, average and strike rate are the most important criteria. It is to be noted that all stats in the article are till 31/12/2020. We will update the Rankings periodically. So, without further ado, lets find out who are the best ODI batsmen of all time.
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This criteria gives points for number of runs scored. Runs scored by batsmen in ODI cricket have increased with time as more cricket has been played. To make things fair, we have divided the time from when ODI cricket began into three eras. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1971 to 1984 come under ERA 1. All batsmen who have made their debut from 1985 to 1999 come under ERA 2. All batsmen who have made their debut after 1999 come under ERA 3.
Now, pay attention as this is a complicated feature of the rating:-
- Sachin Tendulkar in ERA 2 has scored the most runs in ODI cricket, i.e. 18426. So he will get the maximum 3000.00 points in this criteria. All batsmen in his era are given points as a ratio to his runs.
- Aravinda de Silva has scored the most runs in ERA 1, i.e. 9284 runs. If we compare him to Sachin, he will only get 1511.56 (9284/18426X3000) points.
- To allow batsmen of his era to compete in the rating, we took the percentage of the runs scored by De Silva compared to Sachin, i.e. 51.47%. We then arrived at the round figure of 500 (100% – 50%) and deducted it from the total points to arrive at a figure of 2500.00 points for De Silva.
- All batsmen in the ERA of De Silva will get points as a ratio to his runs and not of Sachin’s runs.
- We have applied similar mathematics to all the Eras. I hope this has made things clear.
Note: To be a TS in Prolific, the batsman should have scored the maximum runs in his era.
In this criteria, points are given for your average. Average of batsmen in ODI cricket has gone up with time. Moreover batsmen who play in the top order usually have a higher average. To negate these advantages, we found out the averages of all batsmen in the period a player was active and at a particular position in the batting order. Also, we found out their averages against different opposition so that a player doesn’t get advantage of playing against weak oppositions. All this data was combined to get the Comparative Average or the C AVE. This average is the average of players who played in the same era as the batsmen, at similar positions and against same oppositions.
We then found the Relative Average or R AVE. This average is: A batsman’s average divided by C AVE and then multiplied by 35. It may be considered as an average of a batsman if all batsmen played in the same era. A batsman can earn a maximum of 2500.00 points for his R AVE. Everyone else is given points according to their ratio of the average of Trend Setter (TS), i.e. the batsman with the best R AVE. To remind you again, it is not necessary that TS is among the top 25 batsmen.
Note: To be a TS in Consistent, the batsman should have the best R Average while scoring a minimum of 2,500 runs.
This criteria gives points for Strike Rates (SR). Like in Average, we have found the Comparative SRs of batsmen and then their Relative SRs. Points too are given in the same way. A maximum of 2500.00 points can be earned for your R SR.
Note: To be a TS in Dominant, the batsman should have the best R Strike Rate while scoring a minimum of 2,500 runs at a R Ave of more than 30.
#4 BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL
The last Primary criteria; in which we found out the top 5 scores of a batsman. Ave Big Score (BS) is simply the top 5 scores divided by 5. As in the Prolific criteria, we have split the batsmen in ERAs and given points accordingly.
Note: To be a TS in BIP, the batsman should have the best Average High Score in his era.
The total of the above four criteria comes out to be 10,000.00 points. The Primary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the four criteria reduced to 1,000.00 points. We have used high numbers in our Overall Rating to make it apparent that in comparison to our other ratings, a player gets more points for his overall numbers.
#1 WORLD CUPS
For Secondary Ratings, we have applied the four criteria of the Primary Rating to various scenario. World Cup Rating gives points for performance of a batsman in World Cups. A player can earn a maximum of 2,000.00 points in this criteria.
To see the full rating and how it was calculated, click here
#2.1 AWAY RATING
Away/Home Ratings gives points for performance of a batsman in away and home matches. While Away Rating is out of 1,000 points, the Home Rating is out of 500 points.
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The total of the above five criteria comes out to be 5000.00 points. The Secondary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the five criteria reduced to 500.00 points.
#2 BIG INNINGS CONSISTENCY
This criteria gives points for consistency in scoring 100s. It calculates the number of innings a batsman takes to score a century. Like in Average and Strike Rate, players are judged according to their era, position and the oppositions they have faced.
Note: To be a TS in BIC, the batsman should have the lowest Relative Innings per Hundred while scoring at least 10 hundreds.
#3 QUICK INNINGS POTENTIAL
This criteria gives points for the five quickest innings a batsman has played. An inning is counted in the top five only if it is of more than 50 runs. The C SR is the same as used in Attacking criteria in Primary Rating.
Note: To be a TS in QIP, the batsman should have the highest Relative Strike Rate in his top 5 quickest innings.
#4.1 TOP FORM – RUNS
This criteria gives points for most runs scored in a calendar year. The batsmen are divided into Eras like in prolific to make things fair.
Note: To be a TS in TF-RNS, the batsman should have scored the maximum runs in a calendar year in his era.
#4.2 TOP FORM – AVERAGE
This criteria gives points for best average in a calendar year while scoring a minimum of 500 runs in the year. The C Ave of batsmen are used to arrive at the R Ave.
Note: To be a TS in TF-AVE, the batsman should have the best R Ave in a calendar year.
#4.3 TOP FORM – STRIKE RATE
This criteria gives points for best strike rate in a calendar year while scoring a minimum of 500 runs in the year. The C SR of batsmen are used to arrive at the R SR.
Note: To be a TS in TF-SR, the batsman should have the best R SR in a calendar year.
The total of the above six tertiary criteria comes out to be 5000.00 points. The Tertiary Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the six criteria reduced to 500 points.
The total of all the criteria in the rating comes out to be 20,000 points. The Final Rating is the addition of all those criteria reduced to 1,000 points. As you know we have already divided the ratings into sections to make them more legible. So here are the top 25 ODI batsmen of all time.