Hi folks! We all have a fancy for statistics, don’t we? Don’t you constantly keep an eye on the ICC rankings to see whether our very own Virat is at the top of the pile among ODI batsmen, or whether Ravindra Jadeja is among the best all-rounders in the world? To satiate our hunger for these statistics, SPORTZWIKI presents to you an all-new section ‘STATS’ in which we would cover the most interesting stats in the cricketing world.
Today, we shift focus from test matches to limited overs cricket and cast your eyes on the Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over. With the continuous evolution of limited overs cricket due to the advent of T20 cricket, teams are now scoring at a much increased rate, and the alarming rate at which totals over 300 are being toppled with ease suggests that ODI cricket is evolving with each passing day.
10. NEW ZEALAND – 4.66 RPO
The most underrated team in world cricket, New Zealand have enjoyed considerable success in ICC competition in recent times, although their only major honor is the ICC Champions Trophy under Stephen Fleming‘s captaincy. With big hitters like Jacob Oram and Scott Styris in their ranks, New Zealand’s run rate of 4.66 earnes them th1 10th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over.
9. ENGLAND – 4.69 RPO
England‘s middle and lower order batting strength coupled with quality batsmen at the top of the order ensures England have a healthy run rate of 4.69 in ODI cricket. The inventors of the game are 9th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over.
8. WEST INDIES – 4.69 RPO
The men from the Caribbean, thanks to big-hitters such as Chris Gayle in their ranks boast of an impressive run rate of 4.69 in ODIs and take the 8th spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over.
7. AFGHANISTAN – 4.73 RPO
Anyone who saw Afghanistan go shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the heavyweight nations in the recently concluded Asia Cup will conclude that Afghanistan have the potential to rattle some of the big boys in the coming years. With talented batsmen such as Mohammad Shahzad, Asghar Stanikzai and Nawroz Mangal at their disposal, Afghanistan’s run rate in ODI cricket stands at 4.73.
6. PAKISTAN – 4.74 RPO
Pakistan have traditionally been a side which bats deep, with the likes of Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq in recent times known to the chief destroyers of bowling attacks. With a run rate of 4.74, Pakistan are 6th in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over.
5. IRELAND – 4.75 RPO
Ireland are not minnows anymore in international cricket. Upsets against England in the 2011 World Cup proves beyond doubt that Ireland can very well mix with the big guns. Their run rate in ODI cricket is an extremely prolific 4.75.
4. SRI LANKA – 4.81 RPO
Sri Lanka can boast the likes of Jayasuriya, Attapattu, Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Ranatunga in their ranks over the years, and with a run rate of 4.81 in ODI matches, the island nation takes the 4th place in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over.
3. AUSTRALIA – 4.90 RPO
Australia are the most successful team in the history of ODI cricket with 4 world championships to their name. And its no surprise the Aussies boast a strong run rate of 4.90 in limited overs cricket.
2. INDIA – 4.95 RPO
The men in blue are one of the most prolific teams in ODI cricket, boasting the highest runs by any nation in ODIs as well as one of the most impressive run-rates. The two-time world champions have the 2nd best ODI run rate in the world.
1. SOUTH AFRICA – 4.96 RPO
South Africa are undoubtedly the best side never to have won the World Cup. The perennial chokers have traditionally had one of the strongest batting line-ups in the game, with the likes of Shaun Pollock, Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener ensuring the Proteas bat deep. South Africa take the 1st spot in SPORTZWIKI’s Top 10 ODI teams with highest runs per over with a run rate of 4.96.