The 2014 IPL in Numbers and Stats: From Zero to 6,000 in IPL 7
Six is often the most prominent number in the IPL, but in a game of runs, wickets, averages, economy strike rates and run rates, there is also a mountain of illuminating numbers and statistics to pore over when all is said and done.
Some numbers will be worn as a badge of pride for certain teams and players. Kolkata Knight Riders' will long celebrate their formidable winning streak that took them all the way to the title, while Yusuf Pathan's record-breaking, blink-and-you'll-miss-it half-century could be the benchmark for briskness for years to come.
Other numbers represent decline and fall that many will want to hide from now and put right next year. This includes the risible form of Delhi Daredevils, whose losing streak edges ever closer to uncharted territory, and Dale Steyn, who will be itching to get back into his whites in the Test arena where the sort of mauling that was all to frequent in this year's IPL is unthinkable.
Read on for the stories behind the numbers that represent what was for many the best edition of the IPL yet.
The number of runs the skipper who lifted the trophy, Gautam Gambhir, scored in his first three completed innings.
After being clean bowled for a duck after eight balls by Mumbai Indians' Lasith Malinga in the opening game, Gambhir suffered a four-ball duck against Delhi Daredevils before reaching his nadir with a golden duck against Royal Challengers Banaglore.
Things improved—marginally—when he made one against Kings XI Punjab, before things really started ticking over with 45 in 44 balls against Rajasthan Royals. Once things were back in India, Gambhir hit a rich vein of form with three successive half-centuries to put his miserable start behind him.
The number of games Delhi Daredevils won under Kevin Pietersen's leadership.
This came way back in April, when Pietersen recovered from the finger injury that kept him out of the Daredevils' opening three games to lead his side to victory against Mumbai Indians in his second game back.
That was the Daredevils' second victory in five games and left them level on points with 3rd place Rajasthan Royals, albeit 6th overall on net run rate.
KP declared himself "absolutely happy," adding "we need to keep doing the right things and more often than not we'll be successful."
They didn't and they weren't: The Daredevils went on to lose nine on the trot and finished bottom, six points behind Royal Challengers Banaglore in seventh.
The number of team totals scored by Kings XI Punjab that were higher than the best totals registered by every other side.
Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey and Wriddhiman Saha proved irresistable as a top six, taking big-hitting consistency to new heights in this edition of the IPL.
The top four highest team totals of the season—231/4, 226/6, 211/4 and 206/4—were registered by KXIP, with the aforementioned top six doing most of the heavy lifting.
KXIP also had a habit of putting big runs on the board when it mattered: Two of the above four totals were successful run chases, while a third was posted in the qualifier against Chennai Super Kings to help book their place in the IPL final.
Even there they put a strong target on the board, only for Kolkata Knight Riders to chase it down.
Five is both the number of games Kolkata Knight Riders lost out of their first seven games, and their ranking in the table when they lost to the Royals on May 5th.
An IPL record of nine consecutive victories later, they were champions.
The winning streak, which they will look to continue next year, topped the record set by KXIP earlier in the season after they added five straight wins at the start of IPL7 to their three victories at the end of last year's edition to make it eight in a row.
Prior to this, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore shared the record for seven wins on the trot in a single season.
The average number of sixes hit per game.
2014 best year for sixes in all #IPL This year recorded one six every 19.45 balls bettering the previous best of 20.95 balls per six in 2008— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 3, 2014
It was truly a year when fans were more likely to take a catch in the crowd than players were in the outfield.
The total of 714 sixes is the second-highest ever in a tournament after 2012, when 731 were recorded, but that was scored over 75 games compared with 60 this year.
The only other time an average of more than ten sixes per game had been scored was back in the very first edition in 2008, when 58 games yielded 623 maximums at an average of 10.74 per game.
The number of balls it took Yusuf Pathan to smash the fastest 50 in IPL history.
One ball quicker than MS Dhoni's record from last year, Pathan was dropped first ball when Srikkanth Anirudha shelled a dolly from his under-hit slog sweep. Pathan gratefully took a single, as he did for his next three deliveries.
Then he went berserk.
The next 11 deliveries saw him score 48 runs, including six sixes and two fours, to bring up a breathtaking 50 that he immediately celebrated by battering another six and two fours from the rest of the over.
Yusuf Pathan hit the fastest IPL fifty ever, in 15 balls, finished with 72 that included seven sixes and five fours. http://t.co/5B4mGZdyza— Kol Knight Riders (@KKRiders) May 26, 2014
Parez Rasool and Dale Steyn suffered most, Pathan flaying them for 21 and 26, respectively, off single overs, with Karn Sharma looking relatively economical in conceding just 15 to Pathan in the four balls he faced from him in the over between.
The number of runs the debutant off-spinner Vijay Shankar went for from his only over in the IPL season.
Making his debut for CSK, Shankar found Shane Watson in unforgiving mood as he greeted him with a four through cover then sent him packing from the attack with consecutive blasts over the ropes.
Shankar did not play again, and his sole over going for 19 runs means he may not again.
The number of runs, on average, Sunil Narine's 21 wickets cost.
Though far from shabby, this was considerably down on previous seasons. Having taken 24 wickets at 13.5 in his first edition in 2012 and 22 wickets at 15.9 in 2013, Narine found batsmen going after him slightly more this year.
Stats: 46 Runs conceded by Sunil Narine in his four overs, which equals the most runs he has ever conceded in a Twenty20 match #IPLFINAL— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 2, 2014
Fortunately for KKR, Narine still found many batsmen getting out to him too, with only Purple Cap winner Mohit Sharma taking more as KRR romped their way to the title.
The number of runs Dale Steyn's wickets cost on average.
39.18 per wicket is poor by Steyn's exceptionally high standards and statistically, which ever way you cut it, Dale Steyn suffered his worst season in the IPL, with many feeling that he kept his place on reputation alone.
If an Indian bowler had Steyn's stats, he'd have been dropped long ago. This is Steyn's worst IPL by a distance: ER: 7.46 S/R: 28.3
— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) May 22, 2014
Ignoring 2009, when Steyn featured only three times, his worst average was 27.06 in 2010. In the last two seasons he has been highly effective, taking wickets at 15.83 in 2012 and 20.21 in 2013.
Steyn's final strike rate of a wicket every 30.54 deliveries was, again, an all-time low and almost twice as long as his best effort of one every 15.55 balls in 2012. Taking out the strike rate of 27 in his 3 games back in 2009, it had never been above 23.6 before.
His economy rate also went above seven per over for the first time in an IPL season, finishing at 7.69 per over as MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers, George Bailey and Yusuf Pathan all took big runs from Steyn at the death.
Has Steyn been worked out by the big-hitters? It will be fascinating to see how he fares next year.
The number of runs scored by third-highest run scorer Glenn Maxwell in the previous two editions of the IPL.
Going into IPL7, Maxwell had a good international reputation but a mediocre IPL record: six runs in two games for Delhi Daredevils in 2012 and 36 runs in three games for Mumbai Indians in 2013, which probably wasn't quite what the latter had in mind when they splashed out $1m on him at auction.
IPL 2013: Million-dollar man Glenn Maxwell unrecognised by Indian public http://t.co/pw8XDGUlt5— Pune Warriors Page (@SaharaPuneWarr) May 13, 2013
Five hundred and fifty-two runs later, 2014 has proven rather kinder to the Aussie all-rounder.
His immense potential was realised in the most explosive ways this season as he endeared himself to KXIP fans.
The lowest total registered in this year's IPL.
Royal Challengers Bangalore put in a strong challenge for the lowest total in IPL history against Rajasthan Royals, but from 46/7 they scraped past the 58 runs they were dismissed for by RCB back in 2009 and KKR's nadir of 67 from 2008.
Still, 70 all out was a desperate effort and the lowest total posted in the IPL for five years. Seven batsmen were out for single figures, with three making ducks. Captain Virat Kohli was the only man in the top seven to make double figures.
The Royals barely got out of first gear and cruised to the target in 13 overs, hitting just eight boundaries.
The 42 balls left was also the most remaining upon completion of a run chase in this year's IPL.
The largest victory margin in runs in this edition.
Delhi Daredevils' miserable campaign was littered with discouraging defeats, but none more so than in Game 8, when they fell fully 93 runs short against CSK.
Chasing 178, the Daredevils never got going, with only two partnerships making double figures—the best of those was only worth 25.
Five Daredevils batsmen fell for single figures as CSK sauntered their way to the biggest winning margin ever and the most comprehensive managed this season.
Number of runs scored by Virender Sehwag in boundaries against CSK in the 2nd qualifier.
KXIP's stunning form in the group stages had left them top of the points table with two opportunities to earn a place in the final. After the first was denied by the KKR juggernaut, the second came against CSK, winners of the Eliminator versus Mumbai Indians and with designs on a third title.
Sehwag had other ideas, blasting his way to 122 form just 58 balls, 12 of which went for four and eight sailed into the stands for six. He was eventually caught in the 19th over going for what would have been a century in boundaries alone. Unsurprisingly, he still left fairly pleased with himself.
How can you not love Sehwag? Shastri: "It was a brilliant display by you" Sehwag: "Yes, I know" #Sehwagology— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) June 1, 2014
The number of runs scored by Wriddhiman Saha in the IPL Final.
Saha stepped up when other more celebrated players such as Sehwag, Maxwell, Ghambir and Uthappa failed to make it into double figures, and in doing so became the first player to make it into triple figures in an IPL Final.
Wicketkeeper Saha's batting record coming into this year was modest at best: He had been in and out of KKR and CSK sides in the past and only made more than 100 runs in a season once before, back in the first edition of the IPL in 2008.
This season Saha stepped up his game, scoring 362 runs for KXIP, and though in vain, his 115 not out from 55 balls in this year's final will live long in the memory.
The Number of consecutive games Suresh Raina has played for Chennai Super Kings.
Very much the Brad Friedel of the IPL, Raina has remarkably played in every game in their seven year history, amounting to 115 IPL matches and a further 19 over four editions of the T20 Champions League.
Raina's 3,325 runs at an average of 35.75 are more than anyone else had accumulated in IPL history, and with more than 400 runs in each edition and more than 500 in three of those, it is understandable why CSK are so loath to do without him.
S Raina #IPL Record; Most Runs, Most Matches, Most Fifties, Most MOM Awards By Indians, Most Catches, Most 400+ Runs, 2nd Fastest Fifty— Cricket tweets (@csuinfo) May 31, 2014
The number of runs Robin Uthappa exceeded his previous best IPL season by.
Once Glenn Maxwell's fireworks went out, it was Uthappa's remarkable consistency that stood out as he claimed the Orange Cap that once seemed destined for the KXIP man.
— Updates of Cricket (@WorldCricketPAK) May 29, 2014
Ten of his 11 scores over 40 came consecutively during an incredible run that echoed that of KKR, who won nine on the bounce on their way to the title.
Uthappa had been a steady if unremarkable accumulator in past editions, and only in 2010 did his strike-rate rise above 130.
This season, however, he was extraordinary in the way he valued his wicket so highly and kept the scoreboard ticking over.
His upward trend started in 2012, as he put one of his poorest seasons behind him to compile 343 runs in 16 games, a feat he bettered by 28 runs one year later.
This year, Uthappa made a stunning 660 in the same number of games—226 more than his previous best at an average of 44s.
Uthappa has truly arrived.
The strike rate of Suresh Raina in making 87 versus Mumbai Indians.
After Virender Sehwag's 122 put KXIP on the brink of the final, Suresh Raina threatened to pull them right back away from it with a blistering knock in response. Coming in on third ball of the innings after Faf du Plessis was removed for a golden duck, Raina threatened to outdo even Sehwag.
After flicking Johnson's first ball for four down the leg-side, a further four boundaries, including one six in his next five balls, saw him off to a flyer that did not let up.
Raina lasted fewer than 6 overs, but when he was run out by George Bailey the score was 100/3 and Raina scored 87 in just 25 balls. His strike rate of 348 was the highest in a single innings in this year's edition.
The number of runs Chris Gayle fell short of matching his total runs accumulated in 2013.
Chris Gayle can lay serious claim to being the most destructive batsman in IPL history. He boasts the highest individual score, the most sixes and the fastest hundred. However, 2014 was far from a vintage year for the West Indian.
After a reasonably mediocre first few seasons, Gayle truly found his mojo in recent years, hitting more than 600 runs in 2011 and more than 700 in 2012 and 2013. Two hundreds were registered in 2011 and one each in the two editions that followed, making Gayle one of the most feared batsmen in the league.
This year, though, Gayle was patently unfit and struggled for form. After smashing 708 runs with a top score of 175 not out last year, 196 with a top score of 46 was a desperately poor return.
The number of runs scored by two batsman discarded by 2013 Champions Mumbai Indians.
Second and 3rd behind Robin Uthappa in the race for the Orange Cap were Dwayne Smith and Glenn Maxwell, who made more than 1,000 runs between them. The total of 1,118 runs can be split pretty evenly, with the West Indian thrashing 566 and the Aussie belting his way to 552.
They also led the sixes table, with Maxwell this time coming out ahead with 36 maximums to Smith's 34.
When they lined up against each other for CSK and KXIP, respectively, in the qualifier to fight it out for a place in the final, Mumbai Indians could be forgiven for kicking themselves as they watched on.
Though neither notably influenced the game, both had left the Indians after last year's triumph and then left an indelible mark on this year's edition.
Throw in the 30 wickets that fellow Mumbai rejects Rishi Dhawan and Akshar Patel contributed to KXIP's charge to the final, and many fans of the Indians will be looking back at this year's auction with a sense of regret.
Did you know? Akshar Patel,Rishi Dhawan,Glen Maxwell & Dwayne Smith were part of Mumbai Indians 2013 IPL squad! #IPL
— Umang Shah (@umang7shah) June 1, 2014
The amount of runs Glenn Maxwell would have scored if he faced every ball of every Kings XI Punjab innings.
His remarkable strike rate of 187.75 in 16 innings while compiling 552 runs was bettered only by James Faulkner when counting players who played in more than 4 games, and Faulkner made only 181 runs in total.
To put this in perspective, KXIP as a team scored 3,015 runs in this edition at a strike rate of 158, so Maxwell alone went at the rocket pace of 30 more runs per hundred balls than the rest of the team combined, who, it must be said, were no slouches in the strike rate stakes.
Robin Uthappa and Dwayne Smith both outscored Maxwell, but at a strike rate of 50 fewer runs per innings. This really was a remarkable tournament for Maxwell, despite the desertion of his form at the crucial stages culminating in a duck in the final.
The milestone Chris Gayle and Brad Hodge both passed in career T20 runs in all forms of the game.
Hodge was first to 5,000 in last year's IPL, but Gayle overtook him and reached this landmark in the first game of this edition. Hodge later reached this mark towards the end of May.
Brad Hodge (6025) has become the 2nd player after Chris Gayle (6168) to reach 6000 T20 runs. Hodge was the first to 5000 last year. #IPL
— Cricket Record (@cricinfo_record) May 19, 2014