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*.