# cricketr sizes up legendary All-rounders of yesteryear

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# Introduction

This is a post I have been wanting to write for several months, but had to put it off for one reason or another. In this post I use my R package cricketr to analyze the performance of All-rounder greats namely Kapil Dev, Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Richard Hadlee. All these players had talent that was natural and raw. They were good strikers of the ball and extremely lethal with their bowling. The ODI data for these players have been taken from ESPN Cricinfo.

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**All Rounders**

- Kapil Dev (Ind)
- Ian Botham (Eng)
- Imran Khan (Pak)
- Richard Hadlee (NZ)

I have sprinkled the plots with a few of my comments. Feel free to draw your conclusions! The analysis is included below

if (!require("cricketr")){ install.packages("cricketr",) } library(cricketr)

The data for any particular ODI player can be obtained with the getPlayerDataOD() function. To do you will need to go to ESPN CricInfo Playerand type in the name of the player for e.g Kapil Dev, etc. This will bring up a page which have the profile number for the player e.g. for Kapil Dev this would be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/30028.html. Hence, Kapils’s profile is 30028. This can be used to get the data for Kapil Dev’s data as shown below. I have already executed the below 4 commands and I will use the files to run further commands

#kapil1 <- getPlayerDataOD(30028,dir="..",file="kapil1.csv",type="batting") #botham11 <- getPlayerDataOD(9163,dir="..",file="botham1.csv",type="batting") #imran1 <- getPlayerDataOD(40560,dir="..",file="imran1.csv",type="batting") #hadlee1 <- getPlayerDataOD(37224,dir="..",file="hadlee1.csv",type="batting")

## Analyses of batting performances of the All Rounders

The following plots gives the analysis of the 4 ODI batsmen

- Kapil Dev (Ind) – Innings – 225, Runs = 3783, Average=23.79, Strike Rate= 95.07
- Ian Botham (Eng) – Innings – 116, Runs= 2113, Average=23.21, Strike Rate= 79.10
- Imran Khan (Pak) – Innings – 175, Runs= 3709, Average=33.41, Strike Rate= 72.65
- Richard Hadlee (NZ) – Innings – 115, Runs= 1751, Average=21.61, Strike Rate= 75.50

## Plot of 4s, 6s and the scoring rate in ODIs

The 3 charts below give the number of

- 4s vs Runs scored
- 6s vs Runs scored
- Balls faced vs Runs scored

A regression line is fitted in each of these plots for each of the ODI batsmen

A. **Kapil Dev**

It can be seen that Kapil scores four 4’s when he scores 50. Also after facing 50 deliveries he scores around 43

par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsman4s("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") batsman6s("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") batsmanScoringRateODTT("./kapil1.csv","Kapil")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

B. **Ian Botham**

Botham scores around 39 runs after 50 deliveries

par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsman4s("./botham1.csv","Botham") batsman6s("./botham1.csv","Botham") batsmanScoringRateODTT("./botham1.csv","Botham")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

C. **Imran Khan**

Imran scores around 36 runs for 50 deliveries

par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsman4s("./imran1.csv","Imran") batsman6s("./imran1.csv","Imran") batsmanScoringRateODTT("./imran1.csv","Imran")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

D. **Richard Hadlee**

Hadlee also scores around 30 runs facing 50 deliveries

par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsman4s("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee") batsman6s("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee") batsmanScoringRateODTT("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Cumulative Average runs of batsman in career

Kapils cumulative avrerage runs drops towards the last 15 innings wheres Botham had a good run towards the end of his career. Imran performance as a batsman really peaks towards the end with a cumulative average of almost 25 runs. Hadlee has a stead performance

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./kapil1.csv","Kapil")

batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./botham1.csv","Botham")

batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./imran1.csv","Imran")

batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Cumulative Average strike rate of batsman in career

Kapil’s strike rate is superlative touching the 90’s steadily. Botham’s strike drops dramatically towards the latter part of his career. Imran average at a steady 75 and Hadlee averages around 85.

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./kapil1.csv","Kapil")

batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./botham1.csv","Botham")

batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./imran1.csv","Imran")

batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Relative Mean Strike Rate

Kapil tops the strike rate among all the all-rounders. This is really a revelation to me. This can also be seen in the original data in Kapil’s strike rate is at a whopping 95.07 in comparison to Botham, Inran and Hadlee who are at 79.1,72.65 and 75.50 respectively

par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) frames <- list("./kapil1.csv","./botham1.csv","imran1.csv","hadlee1.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBatsmanSRODTT(frames,names)

## Relative Runs Frequency Percentage

This plot shows that Imran has a much better average runs scored over the other all rounders followed by Kapil

frames <- list("./kapil1.csv","./botham1.csv","imran1.csv","hadlee1.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeRunsFreqPerfODTT(frames,names)

## Relative cumulative average runs in career

It can be seen clearly that Imran Khan leads the pack in cumulative average runs followed by Kapil Dev and then Botham

frames <- list("./kapil1.csv","./botham1.csv","imran1.csv","hadlee1.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

## Relative cumulative average strike rate in career

In the cumulative strike rate Hadlee and Kapil run a close race.

frames <- list("./kapil1.csv","./botham1.csv","imran1.csv","hadlee1.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

## Percent 4’s,6’s in total runs scored

The plot below shows the contrib

frames <- list("./kapil1.csv","./botham1.csv","imran1.csv","hadlee1.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") runs4s6s <-batsman4s6s(frames,names)

print(runs4s6s) ## Kapil Botham Imran Hadlee ## Runs(1s,2s,3s) 72.08 66.53 77.53 73.27 ## 4s 21.98 25.78 17.61 21.08 ## 6s 5.94 7.68 4.86 5.65

## Runs forecast

The forecast for the batsman is shown below.

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanPerfForecast("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") batsmanPerfForecast("./botham1.csv","Botham") batsmanPerfForecast("./imran1.csv","Imran") batsmanPerfForecast("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## 3D plot of Runs vs Balls Faced and Minutes at Crease

The plot is a scatter plot of Runs vs Balls faced and Minutes at Crease. A prediction plane is fitted

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) battingPerf3d("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") battingPerf3d("./botham1.csv","Botham")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1 par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) battingPerf3d("./imran1.csv","Imran") battingPerf3d("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Predicting Runs given Balls Faced and Minutes at Crease

A multi-variate regression plane is fitted between Runs and Balls faced +Minutes at crease.

BF <- seq( 10, 200,length=10) Mins <- seq(30,220,length=10) newDF <- data.frame(BF,Mins) kapil <- batsmanRunsPredict("./kapil1.csv","Kapil",newdataframe=newDF) botham <- batsmanRunsPredict("./botham1.csv","Botham",newdataframe=newDF) imran <- batsmanRunsPredict("./imran1.csv","Imran",newdataframe=newDF) hadlee <- batsmanRunsPredict("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee",newdataframe=newDF)

The fitted model is then used to predict the runs that the batsmen will score for a hypotheticial Balls faced and Minutes at crease. It can be seen that Kapil is the best bet for a balls faced and minutes at crease followed by Botham.

batsmen <-cbind(round(kapil$Runs),round(botham$Runs),round(imran$Runs),round(hadlee$Runs)) colnames(batsmen) <- c("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") newDF <- data.frame(round(newDF$BF),round(newDF$Mins)) colnames(newDF) <- c("BallsFaced","MinsAtCrease") predictedRuns <- cbind(newDF,batsmen) predictedRuns ## BallsFaced MinsAtCrease Kapil Botham Imran Hadlee ## 1 10 30 16 6 10 15 ## 2 31 51 33 22 22 28 ## 3 52 72 49 38 33 42 ## 4 73 93 65 54 45 56 ## 5 94 114 81 70 56 70 ## 6 116 136 97 86 67 84 ## 7 137 157 113 102 79 97 ## 8 158 178 130 117 90 111 ## 9 179 199 146 133 102 125 ## 10 200 220 162 149 113 139

## Highest runs likelihood

The plots below the runs likelihood of batsman. This uses K-Means . A. Kapil Dev

batsmanRunsLikelihood("./kapil1.csv","Kapil")

## Summary of Kapil 's runs scoring likelihood ## ************************************************** ## ## There is a 34.57 % likelihood that Kapil will make 22 Runs in 24 balls over 34 Minutes ## There is a 17.28 % likelihood that Kapil will make 46 Runs in 46 balls over 65 Minutes ## There is a 48.15 % likelihood that Kapil will make 5 Runs in 7 balls over 9 Minutes

B. Ian Botham

batsmanRunsLikelihood("./botham1.csv","Botham")

## Summary of Botham 's runs scoring likelihood ## ************************************************** ## ## There is a 47.95 % likelihood that Botham will make 9 Runs in 12 balls over 15 Minutes ## There is a 39.73 % likelihood that Botham will make 23 Runs in 32 balls over 44 Minutes ## There is a 12.33 % likelihood that Botham will make 59 Runs in 74 balls over 101 Minutes

C. Imran Khan

batsmanRunsLikelihood("./imran1.csv","Imran")

## Summary of Imran 's runs scoring likelihood ## ************************************************** ## ## There is a 23.33 % likelihood that Imran will make 36 Runs in 54 balls over 74 Minutes ## There is a 60 % likelihood that Imran will make 14 Runs in 18 balls over 23 Minutes ## There is a 16.67 % likelihood that Imran will make 53 Runs in 90 balls over 115 Minutes

D. Richard Hadlee

batsmanRunsLikelihood("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

## Summary of Hadlee 's runs scoring likelihood ## ************************************************** ## ## There is a 6.1 % likelihood that Hadlee will make 64 Runs in 79 balls over 90 Minutes ## There is a 42.68 % likelihood that Hadlee will make 25 Runs in 33 balls over 44 Minutes ## There is a 51.22 % likelihood that Hadlee will make 9 Runs in 11 balls over 15 Minutes

## Average runs at ground and against opposition

A. Kapil Dev

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanAvgRunsGround("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("./kapil1.csv","Kapil")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

B. Ian Botham

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanAvgRunsGround("./botham1.csv","Botham") batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("./botham1.csv","Botham")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

C. Imran Khan

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanAvgRunsGround("./imran1.csv","Imran") batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("./imran1.csv","Imran")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

D. Richard Hadlee

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanAvgRunsGround("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee") batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Moving Average of runs over career

The moving average for the 4 batsmen indicate the following

Kapil’s performance drops significantly while there is a slump in Botham’s performance. On the other hand Imran and Hadlee’s performance were on the upswing.

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) batsmanMovingAverage("./kapil1.csv","Kapil") batsmanMovingAverage("./botham1.csv","Botham") batsmanMovingAverage("./imran1.csv","Imran") batsmanMovingAverage("./hadlee1.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Check batsmen in-form, out-of-form

[1] “**************************** Form status of Kapil ****************************\n\n

Population size: 72

Mean of population: 19.38 \n

Sample size: 9 Mean of sample: 6.78 SD of sample: 6.14 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Kapil ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Kapil ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence interval of population average\n\n

Kapil ‘s Form Status: Out-of-Form because the p value: 8.4e-05 is less than alpha= 0.05

“**************************** Form status of Botham ****************************\n\n

Population size: 65

Mean of population: 21.29 \n

Sample size: 8 Mean of sample: 15.38 SD of sample: 13.19 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Botham ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Botham ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence interval of population average\n\n

Botham ‘s Form Status: In-Form because the p value: 0.120342 is greater than alpha= 0.05 \n

“**************************** Form status of Imran ****************************\n\n

Population size: 54

Mean of population: 24.94 \n

Sample size: 6 Mean of sample: 30.83 SD of sample: 25.4 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Imran ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Imran ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence interval of population average\n\n

Imran ‘s Form Status: In-Form because the p value: 0.704683 is greater than alpha= 0.05 \n

“**************************** Form status of Hadlee ****************************\n\n

Population size: 73

Mean of population: 18 \n

Sample size: 9 Mean of sample: 27 SD of sample: 24.27 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Hadlee ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Hadlee ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence interval of population average\n\n

Hadlee ‘s Form Status: In-Form because the p value: 0.85262 is greater than alpha= 0.05 \n *******************************************************************************************\n\n”

## Analyses of bowling performances of the All Rounders

The following plots gives the analysis of the 4 ODI batsmen

- Kapil Dev (Ind) – Innings – 225, Wickets = 253, Average=27.45, Economy Rate= 3.71
- Ian Botham (Eng) – Innings – 116, Wickets = 145, Average=28.54, Economy Rate= 3.96
- Imran Khan (Pak) – Innings – 175, Wickets = 182, Average=26.61, Economy Rate= 3.89
- Richard Hadlee (NZ) – Innings – 115, Wickets = 158, Average=21.56, Economy Rate= 3.30

Botham has the highest number of innings and wickets followed closely by Mitchell. Imran and Hadlee have relatively fewer innings.

To get the bowler’s data use

#kapil2 <- getPlayerDataOD(30028,dir="..",file="kapil2.csv",type="bowling") #botham2 <- getPlayerDataOD(9163,dir="..",file="botham2.csv",type="bowling") #imran2 <- getPlayerDataOD(40560,dir="..",file="imran2.csv",type="bowling") #hadlee2 <- getPlayerDataOD(37224,dir="..",file="hadlee2.csv",type="bowling")

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# Wicket Frequency percentage

This plot gives the percentage of wickets for each wickets (1,2,3…etc).

par(mfrow=c(1,4)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./kapil2.csv","Kapil") bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./botham2.csv","Botham") bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./imran2.csv","Imran") bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Wickets Runs plot

The plot below gives a boxplot of the runs ranges for each of the wickets taken by the bowlers.

par(mfrow=c(1,4)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./kapil2.csv","Kapil") bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./botham2.csv","Botham") bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./imran2.csv","Imran") bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Cumulative average wicket plot

Botham has the best cumulative average wicket touching almost 1.6 wickets followed by Hadlee

par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./kapil2.csv","Kapil")

bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./botham2.csv","Botham")

bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./imran2.csv","Imran")

bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1 par(mfrow=c(1,3)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./kapil2.csv","Kapil")

bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./botham2.csv","Botham")

bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./imran2.csv","Imran")

bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Average wickets in different grounds and opposition

A. Kapil Dev

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerAvgWktsGround("./kapil2.csv","Kapil") bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./kapil2.csv","Kapil")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

B. Ian Botham

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerAvgWktsGround("./botham2.csv","Botham") bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./botham2.csv","Botham")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

C. Imran Khan

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerAvgWktsGround("./imran2.csv","Imran") bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./imran2.csv","Imran")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

D. Richard Hadlee

par(mfrow=c(1,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerAvgWktsGround("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee") bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Relative bowling performance

It can be seen that Botham is the most effective wicket taker of the lot

frames <- list("./kapil2.csv","./botham2.csv","imran2.csv","hadlee2.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBowlingPerf(frames,names)

## Relative Economy Rate against wickets taken

Hadlee has the best overall economy rate followed by Kapil Dev

frames <- list("./kapil2.csv","./botham2.csv","imran2.csv","hadlee2.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBowlingERODTT(frames,names)

## Relative cumulative average wickets of bowlers in career

This plot confirms the wicket taking ability of Botham followed by Hadlee

frames <- list("./kapil2.csv","./botham2.csv","imran2.csv","hadlee2.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

## Relative cumulative average economy rate of bowlers

frames <- list("./kapil2.csv","./botham2.csv","imran2.csv","hadlee2.csv") names <- list("Kapil","Botham","Imran","Hadlee") relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

## Moving average of wickets over career

This plot shows that Hadlee has the best economy rate followed by Kapil

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerMovingAverage("./kapil2.csv","Kapil") bowlerMovingAverage("./botham2.csv","Botham") bowlerMovingAverage("./imran2.csv","Imran") bowlerMovingAverage("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Wickets forecast

par(mfrow=c(2,2)) par(mar=c(4,4,2,2)) bowlerPerfForecast("./kapil2.csv","Kapil") bowlerPerfForecast("./botham2.csv","Botham") bowlerPerfForecast("./imran2.csv","Imran") bowlerPerfForecast("./hadlee2.csv","Hadlee")

dev.off() ## null device ## 1

## Check bowler in-form, out-of-form

“**************************** Form status of Kapil ****************************\n\n

Population size: 198

Mean of population: 1.2 \n Sample size: 23 Mean of sample: 0.65 SD of sample: 0.83 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Kapil ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval \n of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Kapil ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence\n interval of population average\n\n

Kapil ‘s Form Status: Out-of-Form because the p value: 0.002097 is less than alpha= 0.05 \n

“**************************** Form status of Botham ****************************\n\n

Population size: 166

Mean of population: 1.58 \n Sample size: 19 Mean of sample: 1.47 SD of sample: 1.12 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Botham ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval \n of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Botham ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence\n interval of population average\n\n

Botham ‘s Form Status: In-Form because the p value: 0.336694 is greater than alpha= 0.05 \n

“**************************** Form status of Imran ****************************\n\n

Population size: 137

Mean of population: 1.23 \n Sample size: 16 Mean of sample: 0.81 SD of sample: 0.91 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Imran ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval \n of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Imran ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence\n interval of population average\n\n

Imran ‘s Form Status: Out-of-Form because the p value: 0.041727 is less than alpha= 0.05 \n

“**************************** Form status of Hadlee ****************************\n\n

Population size: 100

Mean of population: 1.38 \n Sample size: 12 Mean of sample: 1.67 SD of sample: 1.37 \n\n

Null hypothesis H0 : Hadlee ‘s sample average is within 95% confidence interval \n of population average\n

Alternative hypothesis Ha : Hadlee ‘s sample average is below the 95% confidence\n interval of population average\n\n

Hadlee ‘s Form Status: In-Form because the p value: 0.761265 is greater than alpha= 0.05 \n *******************************************************************************************\n\n”

# Key findings

Here are some key conclusions **ODI batsmen**

- Kapil Dev’s strike rate stands high above the other 3
- Imran Khan has the best cumulative average runs followed by Kapil
- Botham is the most effective wicket taker followed by Hadlee
- Hadlee is the most economical bowler and is followed by Kapil Dev
- For a hypothetical Balls Faced and Minutes at creases Kapil will score the most runs followed by Botham
- The moving average of indicates that the best is yet to come for Imran and Hadlee. Kapil and Botham were on the decline

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