Strike rate

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Strike rate refers to two different statistics in the sport of cricket. Batting strike rate is a measure of how quickly a batter achieves the primary goal of batting, namely scoring runs. Bowling strike rate is a measure of how quickly a bowler achieves the primary goal of bowling, namely taking wickets (i.e. getting batters out).

Both strike rates are relatively new statistics, having only been invented and considered of importance after the introduction of One Day International cricket in the 1970s.[citation needed]

Batting strike rate[edit]

International batting strike rates as of January 2004

Batting strike rate (s/r) is defined for a batter as the average number of runs scored per 100 balls faced. The higher the strike rate, the more effective a batter is at scoring quickly.

In Test cricket, a batter's strike rate is of secondary relevance to their ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batter's most important statistic is generally considered to be their batting average, rather than their strike rate.

In limited overs cricket, strike rates are of considerably more importance. Since each team only faces a limited number of balls in an innings, the faster a batter scores, the more runs their team will be able to accumulate. Strike rates of over 150 are becoming common in Twenty20 cricket.[1] Strike rate is probably considered by most as the key factor in a batter in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batters with higher strike rates, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rate. Strike rate is also used to compare a batter’s ability to score runs against differing forms of bowling (i.e. spin bowling, fast bowling), often giving an indication to the bowling team as to how to successfully mitigate a batter's ability to score.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)[edit]

Strike rate Runs scored Balls faced Batsman Team T20I career span
184.52 775 420 Ramesh Satheesan double-dagger  Romania 2019–2022
182.42 633 347 Taranjeet Singh double-dagger  Romania 2021–2022
168.34 569 338 Sarfaraz Ali double-dagger  Bahrain 2019–2022
165.54 490 296 Heinrich Gericke double-dagger  Malta 2020–2022
161.32 463 287 Rayyan Pathan double-dagger  Canada 2021–2022
Qualification: 250 balls. Last updated: 15 May 2022[2]

Highest career strike rate (ODI)[edit]

Strike rate Runs Balls faced Player Team Period
130.22 1,034 794 Andre Russell  West Indies 2011–present
124.99 3,171 2,537 Glenn Maxwell  Australia 2012–present
118.66 3,872 3,263 Jos Buttler  England 2012–present
117.31 1,267 1,080 Hardik Pandya  India 2016–present
117.06 590 504 Lionel Cann  Bermuda 2006–2009
Qualification: 500 balls faced. Last updated: 28 March 2021[3]

Bowling strike rate[edit]

Bowling strike rate is defined for a bowler as the average number of balls bowled per wicket taken. The lower the strike rate, the more effective a bowler is at taking wickets quickly.

Although introduced as a statistic complementary to the batting strike rate during the ascension of one-day cricket in the 1980s, bowling strike rates are arguably of more importance in Test cricket than One-day Internationals. This is because the primary goal of a bowler in Test cricket is to take wickets, whereas in a one-day match it is often sufficient to bowl economically - giving away as few runs as possible even if this means taking fewer wickets.

Best career strike rate (ODI and T20I)[edit]

Best career strike rate (Tests)[edit]

Retired players
Strike rate Player Country Balls Wickets
34.1 George Lohmann England 3830 112
37.7 J. J. Ferris Australia / England 2302 61
38.8 Shane Bond New Zealand 3372 87
41.7 Sydney Barnes England 7873 189
42.3 Dale Steyn South Africa 18608 439

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 26 February 2021[4]

Active players
Strike rate Player Country Balls Wickets
30.0 Duanne Olivier South Africa 1440 48
33.3 Kyle Jamieson New Zealand 1202 36
40.8 Kuldeep Yadav India 1063 26
41.7 Kagiso Rabada South Africa 8431 202
47.1 Pat Cummins Australia 7734 164
48.5 Anrich Nortje South Africa 1894 39
48.9 James Pattinson Australia 3963 81
49.0 Hasan Ali Pakistan 2107 43
49.0 Jasprit Bumrah India 4075 83
49.2 Lungi Ngidi South Africa 1183 24
49.3 Mitchell Starc Australia 12575 255
49.9 Mohammad Shami India 8999 180

Qualification: 1,000 balls
Last updated: 30 January 2021[4]


  1. ^ "Records - Twenty20 Internationals - Batting records - Highest career strike rate - ESPN Cricinfo".
  2. ^ "Records–Twenty20 Internationals–Batting records–Highest career strike rate–ESPN Cricinfo". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 2 February 2020.
  3. ^ "Highest strike rate in One Day International cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Archived from the original on 22 June 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Test matches – Bowling records – Best career strike rate". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 26 February 2021.