The year 2015 was an exciting cricketing year. It has given us many moments to remember. We have seen the debut of some of the exciting talents and performances from players in all aspects of the game across the three different formats. Youngsters appeared in the international cricket with a bang. Many records created and many have broken.
In the aspect of numbers, the year has produced some of the magic numbers that are incredible. Here we have sailed through the numbers and identified 10 of the most mind-blowing statistics that we witnessed but forgot.
Let’s have a look:
1) 338.63 strike rate AB de Villiers maintained during his fastest century
The year 2015 belongs to South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers. ICC has declared him ODI Player of the year for his mindblowing performances throughout the year. De Villiers has broken the record of fastest 50, 100 and 150 in this year. His innings against West Indies at New Wanders, Johannesburg has drawn appreciation from every nook and corner of the world. He completed his hundred off 31 balls. On the way to his fastest hundred, he broke Sanath Jayasuriya’s 17 balls fifty and Corey Anderson’s 36 ball century. What was astounding was his strike rate of 338.63, which is the best ever for an innings of over 50 runs.
2) 60.4 the best bowling strike rate in Test matches since 1923 has recorded this year
Bowlers who have bowled with the best strike rate in 2015. Bowlers have broken the 92 years old record. With the years, the strike record of bowlers is increasing. This year in 43 matches 1337 wickets has been scalped by the bowlers at a strike rate of 60.4. The last time bowlers bowled with a better strike rate in 2005. 1508 wickets had taken at a strike rate of 61.3. This year’s striking rate is best since 1923.
3) 37 number of five wickets haul Test cricket
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has had a great exploit in 2015. He has taken 62 wickets in just 9 matches at an economical average of 17.20. R Ashwin has registered some of the exciting records in this year. This year he claimed, 7 five wickets hauls, the highest by a bowler in Test. The next best bowler who has taken fifer was Pakistan’s Yasir Shah, who has taken three five wickets haul. Seven wickets haul in a calendar year is rare in cricket.
4) Brendon McCullum scored 96 percent of his run from boundaries in World Cup 2015
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has played some of the most rollicking innings in 2015. His 25 balls 77 against England at WestPack stadium, Wellington was the fastest half-century of the World Cup. McCullum scored 74 runs out of his 77 from boundaries which are jaw-dropping 96 percent of his runs came in boundaries.
5) 463 most World Cup sixes scored in 2015
With the biggest cricket jamboree, World Cup has happened at the beginning of 2015 it has drawn limelight. The tournament had produced centuries, huge totals and a crazy number of sixes. There were 463 sixes in 48 matches in the 2015 World Cup, the next best in a World Cup was in 2007, when 51 games produced 373 sixes.
6) 11 batsmen scored 750 plus runs in 2015
This year as many as 11 batsmen have scored 750 plus runs in 2015 which is the highest in a calendar year. The list is comprised of three South Africans- AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla- three New Zealand batsmen- Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka had two while Bangladesh, Australia and India have one each. This is the highest number of batsmen scored 750 plus runs in a calendar year, the next highest is nine in 2013.
7) 12.34 bowling average of Mustafizur Rahman in ODIs
Bangladesh’s teenage bowling sensation has made a dream debut in 2015. He played an instrumental role in Bangladesh’s first ODI series victory against India and South Africa. In his debut match, he took a fifer and in the second match he has taken six wickets with a hat trick. In 2015, he played 9 matches and taken 26 wickets. His bowling is 12. 34 which is far better than any other international bowlers.
8) 0.99 South Africa’s batting average against India
The African lions who have not lost a single away series since 2006 has caved in front of Indian spinners. After losing the Test series 2-0, they tried to draw the Delhi Test, where they miserably collapsed and even their best batsmen’s defense looked flawed. Hashim Amla’s boys had one and half day in hand to draw the Test, so they opted to play defensively. In the age of T20 cricket, South Africa recorded 0.99 batting average which is the lowest in the history of completed Test match.
9) 236 runs scored by West Indies in the successful T20 chase
South Africa batting first scored 231 in a T20 match against West Indies; however Chris Gayle bludgeoned South Africa bowlers as he scored 90. Gayle’s innings helped West Indies to chase down the target with 4 balls to spare. In the process, they have broken the record off 2009 when India defeated Sri Lanka by chasing down 211.
10) 542 Adam Voges’ average against The West indies
Australian middle-order batsman Adam Voges had made a beautiful Test debut in 2015. He scored 1,000 runs at an average of 86 and highest score 269 not out. The most interesting thing about him is his average against West Indies. His unbelievable average of 542 against The West indies is a result of his unbeaten three unbeaten innings in four innings.