Top 25 Chase Masters In ODI Cricket

To find out the best ODI batsmen in run chases, 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 five criteria to arrive at the final top 25 batsmen in run chases. 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.

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 in run chases.

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#1 PROLIFIC

This criteria gives points for number of runs scored in successful run chases. 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 successful run chases, i.e. 5490. So he will get the maximum 200.00 points in this criteria. All batsmen in his era are given points as a ratio to his runs.
  • Desmond Haynes has scored the most runs in ERA 1, i.e. 3321 runs. If we compare him to Sachin, he will only get 120.98 (3321/5490X200) points.
  • To allow batsmen of his era to compete in the rating, we took the percentage of the runs scored by Haynes compared to Sachin, i.e. 60.49%. We then arrived at the round figure of 40 (100% – 60%) and deducted it from the total points to arrive at a figure of 160.00 points for Haynes.
  • All batsmen in the ERA of Haynes 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.

To be a TS in Prolific, the batsman should have scored the maximum runs in his era.

#2 CONSISTENT

In this criteria, points are given for your average in successful run chases. 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 200.00 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 1,500 runs.

#3 DOMINANT

This criteria gives points for Strike Rates (SR) in successful run chases. 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 200.00 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 1,500 runs at a R Ave of more than 40.

#4 BIG INNINGS POTENTIAL

In this criteria; we found out the top 5 scores of a batsman in successful run chases. 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.

#5 FINISHING THE CHASE

In this criteria, we found out the number of times a batsman had the chance of finishing the chase, that is the number of 2nd innings. We then found out the number of times he was Not Out in successful chases. Points are then given for the percentage of times he was successful in being at the crease in a successful chase. The maximum points in this criteria is 200.00.

Note: To be a TS in this criteria, the batsman should have the best Not Out percentage while playing a minimum of 50 second innings.

FINAL SUCCESSFUL CHASES RATING

The total of the above five criteria comes out to be 1000.00 points. The Successful Chases (SC) Rating is the addition of the points a batsman scored in the five criteria. So, here are the top 25 Chase Masters in ODI cricket.

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