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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 batsman 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 batsmen 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 rateEdit

International batting strike rates as of January 2004

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

In Test cricket, a batsman's strike rate is of secondary relevance to his ability to score runs without getting out. This means a Test batsman's most important statistic is generally considered to be his batting average, rather than his 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 batsman scores, the more runs his 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 batsman in one day cricket. Accordingly, the batsmen with the higher strike rate, especially in Twenty20 matches, are more valued than those with a lesser strike rate.

Highest career strike rate (T20I)Edit

Strike rate Runs scored Balls faced Batsman Team T20I career span
173.43 470 271 Hazratullah Zazai     Afghanistan 2016–present
160.00 1,576 985 Glenn Maxwell     Australia 2012–present
159.35 647 406 Evin Lewis     West Indies 2016–present
158.73 1,500 945 Colin Munro     New Zealand 2012–present
156.50 1,878 1,200 Aaron Finch     Australia 2011–present

Qualification: 250 balls.
Updated: 23 September 2019[2]

Highest career strike rate (ODI)Edit

Strike rate Runs Balls faced Player Period
130.22 1,034 794   Andre Russell 2011–present
123.37 2,877 2,332   Glenn Maxwell 2012–present
119.83 3,843 3,207   Jos Buttler 2012–present
117.06 590 504   Lionel Cann 2006–2009
117.00 8,064 6892   Shahid Afridi 1996–2015
Qualification: 500 balls faced

Last updated: 24 July 2019[3]

Bowling strike rateEdit

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 Balls Wickets
34.2   George Lohmann 3,830 112
37.7   /   J. J. Ferris 2,302 61
38.8   Shane Bond 3,372 87
41.7   Sydney Barnes 7,873 189
43.2   Bert Vogler 2,764 64

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 8 January 2017[4]

Active players
Strike rate Player Balls Wickets
38.8   Kagiso Rabada 6,830 176
42.3   Dale Steyn[5] 18,608 439
46.0   Mohammad Abbas 3,036 66
46.2   Pat Cummins 4,668 101
48.4   James Pattinson 3,489 72

Qualification: 2,000 balls
Last updated: 6 August 2019[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". Cricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  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 8 January 2017.
  5. ^ "16634 balls, 400 wickets".