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Strike rate

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Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how quickly a batter achieves the primary goal of batting, namely scoring runs, measured in runs per 100 balls; higher is better. Bowling strike rate is a measure of how quickly a bowler achieves the primary goal of bowling, namely taking wickets (i.e. getting batters out)measured in balls per wicket; lower is better. For bowlers, economy rate is a more frequently discussed statistic.

Both strike rates are relatively new statistics, having only been invented and considered of importance after the introduction of One Day International cricket in the 1970s.[citation needed]

Batting strike rate

International batting strike rates as of January 2004

Batting strike rate (s/r) is defined for a batter as the average number of runs scored per 100 balls faced. The higher the strike rate, the more effective a batter is at scoring quickly.

In Test cricket, a batter's strike rate is of secondary importance to ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batter's most important statistic is generally considered to be batting average, rather than strike rate.

In limited overs cricket, strike rates are of considerably more importance. Since each team only faces a limited number of balls in an innings, the faster a batter scores, the more runs the team will be able to accumulate. Strike rates of over 150 are becoming common in Twenty20 cricket.[1] Strike rate is probably considered by most as the key factor in a batter in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batters with higher strike rates, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rate. Strike rate is also used to compare a batter’s ability to score runs against differing forms of bowling (eg spin bowling, fast bowling), often giving an indication to the bowling team as to how successfully to limit a batter's ability to score.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)

Rank Strike rate Runs scored Balls faced Batsman Team T20I career span
1 173.97 508 292 Kayron Stagno†  Gibraltar 2022–2023
2 171.55 2,141 1,248 Suryakumar Yadav  India 2021–2023
3 171.42 852 497 Taranjeet Singh†  Romania 2021–2024
4 167.24 771 461 Kushal Malla    Nepal 2019–2024
5 166.72 1,012 607 Faisal Khan†  Saudi Arabia 2019–2024
Qualification: 250 balls. Last updated: 14 May 2024[2]

Highest career strike rate (ODI)

Rank Strike rate Player Team Runs Balls faced Period
1 130.22 Andre Russell  West Indies 1034 794 2011–2019
2 126.91 Glenn Maxwell  Australia 3895 3069 2012–2023
3 117.11 Jos Buttler  England 5022 4288 2012–2023
4 117.06 Lionel Cann  Bermuda 590 504 2006–2009
5 117.00 Shahid Afridi  Pakistan 8064 6892 1996–2015
Last updated: 3 November 2023[3]
Qualification: Faced at least 500 balls.
Highest strike rate
Strike rate Player Runs Balls faced Period
111.58 Australia Ashleigh Gardner 973 872 2017–2024
99.77 South Africa Chloe Tryon 1,806 1,810 2011–2024
97.98 Australia Alyssa Healy 3,011 3,073 2010–2024
95.93 England Nat Sciver-Brunt 3,443 3,604 2013–2024
92.20 Australia Meg Lanning 4,602 4,991 2011–2023
Qualification: 500 balls faced.

Last updated: 8 February 2024.[4]

Bowling strike rate

Bowling strike rate is defined for a bowler as the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken. The lower the strike rate, the more effective a bowler is at taking wickets quickly.

Although introduced as a statistic complementary to the batting strike rate during the ascension of one-day cricket in the 1980s, bowling strike rates are arguably of more importance in Test cricket than One-day Internationals. This is because the primary goal of a bowler in Test cricket is to take wickets, whereas in a one-day match it is often sufficient to bowl economically - giving away as few runs as possible even if this means taking fewer wickets.[original research?]

Best career strike rate (ODI and T20I)

Best career strike rate (Tests)


  1. ^ "Records - Twenty20 Internationals - Batting records - Highest career strike rate - ESPN Cricinfo".
  2. ^ "Records–Twenty20 Internationals–Batting records–Highest career strike rate–ESPN Cricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 11 May 2024.
  3. ^ "Highest strike rate in One Day International cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2022.
  4. ^ "Batting records / Women's One-Day Internationals / Cricinfo Statsguru /". Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Test matches – Bowling records – Best career strike rate". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Women Test matches | Bowling records | Best career strike rate". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 27 July 2023.
  7. ^;filter=advanced;orderby=bowling_strike_rate;qualmin2=1000;qualval2=balls;size=200;template=results;type=bowling
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