The fastest century in ODI history does not have the highest Strike Rate Impact . In fact it is at number 9 on the list.

Corey Anderson smashed the fastest ton in ODI history (off 36 balls) against West Indies in Queenstown in January, 2014. New Zealand made 283 in a 21-over a side contest and restricted the West Indies to 124. Anderson remained unbeaten on 131 off 47 balls (strike rate 279).

Yet, shockingly, his innings has the ninth highest Strike Rate Impact in the history of ODI cricket.

The highest Strike Rate Impact ODI innings was Sanath Jayasuriya’s 161-ball 189 (strike rate 117) against India in the final of the Coca-Cola Champions Trophy in Sharjah in 2000. Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 299 off their allotted 50 overs. In reply, India were skittled for 54 in just 26.3 overs.

Strike Rate Impact is a function of average run-rate, the match total and the number of balls faced by the concerned batsman. A combination of all these coupled with the fact that India were bowled out for just 54 gave Jayasuriya a very high Strike Rate Impact .

Vivian Richards smashed an unbeaten 189 off 170 balls (strike rate 111) against England in the first ODI of the Texaco Trophy in 1984. West Indies amassed 272/9 of their allotted 55 overs. England were bowled out for 168 in 50 overs. This is another example of an innings where the conventional strike rate was less than half of the Anderson innings but which featured higher on the Strike Rate Impact charts.

 

 

Nikhil Narain

NOTE: This piece is up-to-date as of August 2016