Over rates…

This post is motivated by the constant chirp from the radio and TV commentary here in Australia about the unprofessional behaviour of the Indian team with respect to over-rates.

I am a bit tired of the Australian radio and TV commentators carrying on about the slow over rates of the Indians. So, I am going to tabulate proceedings for each Test of this series and am going to periodically fling the stats in the faces of the comms teams. Hopefully they will learn to shut up over time. Either that or they will learn to open the other eye. Either that or they will learn to see past the end of their noses to actually realise that there is a world out there!

I urge readers of i3j3Cricket to send the comms teams your emails on this too. The carry on from the commentators is getting to be a little tiring actually…

Now, let’s see…

In the ongoing Australia V India Test at the SCG, Australia had bowled 60 overs by 17:55 and 62 overs by the close of play on day-2 — which was at 18:02.

The close time for day-1 was also 18:02 (or thereabouts).

These 62 overs that Australia bowled had taken two full sessions plus 10 minutes (the time that they bowled at the Indians prior to the lunch break, when 3 overs were bowled) plus the extra 32 minutes from 17:30 (the official close time) to the actual close of days’ play. In other words Australia had taken a full 282 minutes to bowl its 62 overs at a rate of slightly over 4 and a half minutes an over!

Now, let us contrast this with the Indian over rate. The Indians bowled 113 overs in 3 sessions yesterday, plus an extra 32 minutes of added time, plus 100 minutes this morning. In other words, the Indians bowled their 113 overs at a rate of 4.35 minutes per over.

So, at this stage of the game, Indias’ over rate is superior to the Australian over rate even though (a) more Australian wickets have fallen up until now and (b) the Australian scoring rate is about 0.7 percentage points higher than the Indian scoring rate. The above two additional conditions would, in most circumstances, slow down the Indian bowling rate (each wicket loss chews up additional time and the fact that the Indian scoring rate is slower might suggest that more balls were being defended or left alone). In spite of this, India has a superior bowling rate than the Australians.

The fact that India bowled with two spinners is immaterial. A team bowls with the resources it has. After all, there was nothing stopping Australia from picking 11 spinners in its side!

If I am wrong in my calculation, please do let me know.

The next time an Australian commentator whinges about over rates, could someone please slap this statistic in their faces and ask them to shut up?

I plan to write to the Jim Maxwells of the ABC and the Mark Taylors of the Channel-9 commentary team. The utter sanctimony of these guys just has to stop. And there is no better way to stop it than flinging actual data with force on their sheepish faces.

— Mohan

One response to “Over rates…

  1. Ian Chappell was the biggest moaner on TV about India’s over rates. The other aspect that I wanted to mention, Mohan, was, that the supposedly slow over rate of India was induced to a large extent by the aussie batsmen. If you took a close look at the partnership between Hogg and Symonds, the irritating Hogg would chat with Symonds during the middle of overs. This seemed to be a regular feature. They took longer to settle between overs as well, Kumble would be at his bowling mark and the two would still in the middle of the pitch sharing stories on apes…

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