Ranji Trophy Performance Analysis of Team J&K: Batsmen Statistics-II

  • ASIF M D HAJRA
  • Publish Date: Dec 17 2018 2:25AM
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  • Updated Date: Dec 17 2018 2:25AM
Ranji Trophy Performance Analysis of Team J&K: Batsmen Statistics-IIRepresentational Pic

OPENERS – Shubham Khajuria, Adil Reshi, Imran Haroon,  A O Banday

The first two batsmen stand discussed in the previous issue.

Imran Haroon

Imran had a sensational first-class debut against mighty Bengal in Ranji Trophy Group A match in January 2015, scoring an unbeaten century (102*) in the second innings while facing bowlers like Ashok Dinda and LaxmiRatan Shukla who have represented India in international matches at different points of time. 

Right-hand opening batsman Imran did reasonably well overall in his debut Ranji season attaining a batting average of 38.75 in 5 innings he played during the season. Moreover, Imran struck well, at the rate of 50 per 100 balls. However, Imran failed to carry on with his debut performance as he could not build on it, scoring only 155 runs in 5 innings including 102*, implying that he managed to score only 53 runs in the remaining 4 innings at a poor average of 13.25 per innings in 14/15 debut season.

Look at the table above, it is clear that in the two Ranji seasons following his debut, Imran performed abysmally poor. In the season 2015-16, he scored a paltry 33 runs in 4 innings he was given a chance in, averaging below 10, at 8.25 per innings, the highest number of runs he scored in an innings that season was 17. Further, in the season 2016-17, Imran performed the worst in his Ranji career, scoring a single run in 2 innings he played and as a result, Imran was dropped from J&K squad.

Further analysing the above data, it indicates that the batsman has not been able to score even a single fifty during his entire Ranji career, 11 innings to be precise. Moreover, after his maiden century on debut, he has not been able to make another big score.             

The drastic fall in average is depicted from the sharp slope of the line in the graph trouncing almost zero in the last Ranji season Imran played in.

A O Banday

95 born Ahmad Omar Farooq Banday, a promising cricketer of the State, plays as an opening batsman for Jammu and Kashmir State team across all formats at national level. 

Banday made his Ranji debut against Hyderabad in December 2016, season 2016/17. His debut match, which J&K lost by a huge margin of 286 runs, was not encouraging for the player either. In his debut innings, he scored a 4-ball duck and in the second innings as well, he managed to score 16 runs only, albeit at a blistering strike rate of 123.07. It was the only match that Banday played in Ranji 16/17 season.

In the Ranji season 2017/18 following his debut, Banday emerged as the best batsman for J&K scoring a decent 414 runs in 11 innings at an average of 37.64. His performance included a century and two fifties as well. In that season, Banday figured at 52nd place among the top 100 batsmen across the tournament. Banday was followed by fellow opener ShubhamKhajuria with 327 runs in aggregate that season.

In recently concluded Vijay Hazare 2018 trophy, Ahmed was again J&K top run scorer with aggregate of 274 runs scored at an average of 54.80 which includes three fifties. Additionally in 2018 under 23 BCCI one day league, Ahmed was once again J&K top run scorer with an average of 49 with three fifties from 6 matches. Although, the period of reference for this analysisis between 2013/14 to 2017/18, however given the fact that Banday has made his debut a few seasons back only, it is pertinent to present some information regarding his present performance. Currently, Banday plays for J&K State team for Ranji Trophy and has cemented his place as an opener. In the ongoing Ranji trophy, Banday has scored a mediocre 269 runs in 9 innings so far, at an average of 29.88, that includes a hundred and a fifty as well, standing at 4th place among J&K batsmen in terms of the number of runs scored.

During the last 2 Ranji seasons, Ahmad has scored a total 430 runs in 13 innings at an average of 33.08 and strike rate of 72.21. These include a century and two fifties as well.

From the graph above, it is clear that Banday has exhibited an improvement in his batting performance and there is a sharp increase in his batting average over the last two Ranji seasons he has played in. Moreover, given the performance the batsman has delivered till now in the ongoing Ranji Trophy, it is clear that the batsman holds a lot of promise.

To conclude the analysis of J&K’s openers, it has been found that while Ahmad holds a lot of promise, Shubham has performed reasonably well over the period, albeit inconsistently. In absence on any stiff competition in the opening slot, Shubham has been able to maintain his place in the playing eleven. Also, AdilReshi and Imran Haroon have failed to deliver over the period. It is high time for the authorities to look for other openers to create a back-up in the squad and also create a competitive environment in the team at every specialized position. 

To be continued…..