A major trait of a great batsman lies in how well he rotates the strike and lets the scoreboard moving. We have already seen some big totals in Cricket World Cup 2019, however, pitches like the one in Southampton where India faced Afghanistan tested the temperament of both the batting lineups.
You put the bad balls away for boundary and keep the strike rotating when pressure mounts heavily upon you. This is the most basic rule of batting.
We have compiled some data and made a graph showing Boundary percentage and Non-Boundary Strike Rates for Cricket World Cup teams for both during the current World Cup and also prior to the World Cup, from 1 Jan 2018 (against World Cup teams).
As far as the hosts are concerned, you will notice that not much has changed from a scoring rate perspective at least. World Cup has seen a slight drop in boundary % and slight rise in non-boundary strike rate (rotation) but it is more than clear that they have continued with their general batting style on the whole.
The Aussies have dramatically increased their batting boundary percentage this World Cup, while slightly improving their non-boundary strike rate as well. Could this be variance, or return of David Warner in particular or the impact of Justin Langer as head coach?
There can be a number of explanations for this. The Aussies have stepped up big time at the biggest stage in cricket and it is paying off rich dividends.
The Indian side is not a particularly boundary-driven unit and their boundary percentage this tournament is slightly lower than pre World Cup.
However, their non-boundary strike rate this World Cup has rocketed hinting at a priority towards strike-rotation & potential risk averse strategy.
A real increase in both boundary percentage and non-boundary SR. Is this variance? Impact of Steve Rhodes as head coach? Continued improvement of players?
The gap is considerable and they are making a real shout for the fourth spot while we are at it.
Similar style in both World Cup and pre World Cup. Slight increase in boundary % this World Cup, slight drop in non boundary SR. Overall, it looks pretty solid.
Their batting issues in this World Cup are evident – massive drop in boundary % with only a slight rise in non-boundary strike rate. Ageing squad and given this, are they selecting the best batting line-up/squad possible?
No player has scored a century for South Africa in 2019 World Cup. Quinton De Kock holds the highest individual score of 68.
In West Indies case, you can notice a massive increase in boundary % but also marked drop in non-boundary strike rate this World Cup compared to the year and a half prior.
Is this due to the return of the big names (who tend to exhibit a boundary hitting/poor rotation dynamic)?
Pakistan have a fairly stable non-boundary strike rate but we’ve seen a big increase in their boundary hitting during this World Cup.
Sri Lanka has a very poor boundary % this World Cup – just over 7% isn’t great at all, particularly in conjunction with a mediocre non-boundary SR.
Their middle order has let them down big time this World Cup 2019 and their position in the points table is a proof of it.
This WC has seen a very marginal increase in their boundary % but massive drop in non boundary SR – Is it lack of intent?
It doesn’t help when they drop their most attacking batsmen (Shahzad, Zazai and occasionally Najibullah, who should be batted up the order).