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

  • Asif M D Hajra
  • Publish Date: Dec 9 2018 12:26PM
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  • Updated Date: Dec 9 2018 12:26PM
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In the previous write-up, it was deduced that over the last 5 Ranji seasons, J&K’s winning percentage has been dismal at 18% with only 7 wins in 39 matches played by the team over the reference period.

In an attempt to understand the reasons behind poor performance of the team, we analyse the individual player’s performance – batting to start with - based on the data over the period of 5 Ranji seasons.

Batting is one of most vital ingredient of every cricket match and batsmen at every position have sets of responsibilities and challenges to cope with. Therefore, the batsmen are analysed in order of their batting position and to begin with, we look at the performance of the J&K opening batsmen:

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

Shubham Khajuria       

Shubham, 23-year old right-hand batsman, has been part of the J&K team for all Ranji Trophy seasons (2013/14 to 2017/18). Shubham who made his first-class debut in November 2011 against Maharashtra, scored 34 & 13 runs (1st and 2nd innings) playing at number 4 position in the match. Over the years, Shubham has moved up the order and consolidated his position as an opening batsman for the State team.

The following table presents the performance summary of opener Shubham in the last 5 Ranji Trophy seasons:

* Simple average of strike rates over 5-year period 

As depicted in the table above, Shubham has scored a total of 1795 runs in 54 innings at an average of 33.24, struck at the rate of 43.59. His cumulative score includes 4 hundreds and 11 fifties. 

Starting season 2013-14 did not prove to be a good one for the batsman, as he scored a total of 24 runs in 4 innings pathetic average of 6 runs per innings, the highest score being 12. However, Shubham improvised his batting significantly in the next season and went on to aggregate 311 runs in 7 innings he played including a hundred and two fifties. He averaged 44.42 the season striking at 51.74 per 100 balls. 

In 2015-16, Shubham did not do well in terms of averages as there was a drastic fall from 44.42 to 23.06, compiling on 346 runs in 17 innings he played in. Moreover, he did not score even a single ton during that Ranji season.

However, 2016-17 was the most successful Ranji season for Shubham Khajuria during which he emerged as the topmost batsman for J&K in terms of total runs scored, the scoring average and the number of hundreds scored. He amassed 777 runs in 17 innings at an average of 51.80 and strike rate of 42.67, including two hundreds and four fifties. 

In fact, Shubham stood as the 13th topmost batsman in Ranji that season, well ahead of some India international cricketers like Parthiv Patel (Gujrat), Shreyas Iyer (Mumbai) and Dinesh Karthik ((Tamil Nadu). 

But continuing his flip-flop trend every season, 2017-18 saw another nosedive in performance of the batsman in comparison to the previous season, as Shubham was able to score 337 runs in 11 innings, averaging 30.64.

The following graph present the performance trend of the batsman over the reference period:



Analysing the graph, it suggests that rising from average 6 in season 2013-14, Shubham went on to score runs at an average of 44.42 the next season and next-to-next, there was another sharp decline at 23.06, followed by a steep rise to 51.80 during the season 2016-17. The next season (2017-18), it was another sharp decline.     

Steep slopes in the graph depict inconsistency in the performance of the batsman, ranging from 6 in season 2013/14 to 51.80 in season 2016-17. 

Adil Reshi

Srinagar-born Adil Reshi represented J&K in 4 Ranji Trophies during 2013/14 to 2017/18. Adil made his first-class debut at home against Assam in November 2011 during a Ranji Trophy match in Srinagar and scored a reasonable 47 runs including 9 fours on debut while playing as the opener.

Over the Ranji seasons 13/14 to 17/18, Adil’s performance deteriorated consistently touching the lowest in season 16/17 during which Adil scored miserably poor at 8.16 runs per innings and as a result, the batsman was dropped from the J&K’s Ranji squad for season 17/18.     

To analyse Adil’s performance over the reference period (13/14 to 17/18), the following table presents the batsman’s performance statistics:

Table 1 – Adil Reshi’s performance summary in the last 5 Ranji Trophies 

Adil has scored a total of 1069 runs in 43 innings he has played during the Ranji Trophies between 13/14 to 16/17, averaging poor 24.86 per innings. Besides, Adil has been able to score a single century in 4 Ranji trophies he has played in suggesting lack of apatite to play big innings.    

Starting season 13/14 which was good for the batsman as he scored 670 runs in 18 innings at an average of 39.41, Adil also scored the runs at an impressive strike rate of 66.27 per hundred balls. However, since then, with every passing season Adil has failed to deliver goods, averaging only 18.45 in Ranji Trophy 14/15 followed by batting average of 18.37 the next season.          

During Ranji season 16/17, Adil performed dismally poor – scoring only 49 runs in 6 innings at an average of 8.16, owing which he lost his place in the J&K squad for season 17/18 onwards.

Data on Adil’s batting performance plotted on the graph as under:


From the above graph, it is clear that Adil Reshi’s batting performance measured in terms of batting averages has been shown a declining trend over the period from 2013/14, reaching the lowest point in season 16/17 at 8.16 runs per innings, after which Adil was rightly dropped from the J&K squad.     

To be continued…