Analyzing batsmen and bowlers with cricpy template

Introduction

This post shows how you can analyze batsmen and bowlers of Test, ODI and T20s using cricpy templates, using data from ESPN Cricinfo.

The cricpy package

The data for a particular player can be obtained with the getPlayerData() function. To do you will need to go to ESPN CricInfo Player and type in the name of the player for e.g Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli  etc. This will bring up a page which have the profile number for the player e.g. for Rahul Dravid this would be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/28114.html. Hence, Dravid’s profile is 28114. This can be used to get the data for Rahul Dravid as shown below

1. For Test players use batting and bowling.
2. For ODI use batting and bowling
3. For T20 use T20 Batting T20 Bowling

Please mindful of the  ESPN Cricinfo Terms of Use

My posts on Cripy were
a. Introducing cricpy:A python package to analyze performances of cricketers
b. Cricpy takes a swing at the ODIs
c. Cricpy takes guard for the Twenty20s

You can clone/download this cricpy template for your own analysis of players. This can be done using RStudio or IPython notebooks from Github at cricpy-template. You can uncomment the functions and use them.

The cricpy package is now available with pip install cricpy!!!

1 Importing cricpy – Python

# Install the package
# Do a pip install cricpy
# Import cricpy
import cricpy.analytics as ca 
## C:\Users\Ganesh\ANACON~1\lib\site-packages\statsmodels\compat\pandas.py:56: FutureWarning: The pandas.core.datetools module is deprecated and will be removed in a future version. Please use the pandas.tseries module instead.
##   from pandas.core import datetools

2. Invoking functions with Python package cricpy

import cricpy.analytics as ca 
#ca.batsman4s("aplayer.csv","A Player")

3. Getting help from cricpy – Python

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#help(ca.getPlayerData)

The details below will introduce the different functions that are available in cricpy.

4. Get the player data for a player using the function getPlayerData()

Important Note This needs to be done only once for a player. This function stores the player’s data in the specified CSV file (for e.g. dravid.csv as above) which can then be reused for all other functions). Once we have the data for the players many analyses can be done. This post will use the stored CSV file obtained with a prior getPlayerData for all subsequent analyses

4a. For Test players

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#player1 =ca.getPlayerData(profileNo1,dir="..",file="player1.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#player1 =ca.getPlayerData(profileNo2,dir="..",file="player2.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])

4b. For ODI players

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#player1 =ca.getPlayerDataOD(profileNo1,dir="..",file="player1.csv",type="batting")
#player1 =ca.getPlayerDataOD(profileNo2,dir="..",file="player2.csv",type="batting"")

4c For T20 players

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#player1 =ca.getPlayerDataTT(profileNo1,dir="..",file="player1.csv",type="batting")
#player1 =ca.getPlayerDataTT(profileNo2,dir="..",file="player2.csv",type="batting"")

5 A Player’s performance – Basic Analyses

The 3 plots below provide the following for Rahul Dravid

  1. Frequency percentage of runs in each run range over the whole career
  2. Mean Strike Rate for runs scored in the given range
  3. A histogram of runs frequency percentages in runs ranges
import cricpy.analytics as ca
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
#ca.batsmanRunsFreqPerf("aplayer.csv","A Player")
#ca.batsmanMeanStrikeRate("aplayer.csv","A Player")
#ca.batsmanRunsRanges("aplayer.csv","A Player") 

6. More analyses

This gives details on the batsmen’s 4s, 6s and dismissals

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsman4s("aplayer.csv","A Player")
#ca.batsman6s("aplayer.csv","A Player") 
#ca.batsmanDismissals("aplayer.csv","A Player")
# The below function is for ODI and T20 only
#ca.batsmanScoringRateODTT("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")  

7. 3D scatter plot and prediction plane

The plots below show the 3D scatter plot of Runs versus Balls Faced and Minutes at crease. A linear regression plane is then fitted between Runs and Balls Faced + Minutes at crease

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.battingPerf3d("aplayer.csv","A Player")

8. Average runs at different venues

The plot below gives the average runs scored at different grounds. The plot also the number of innings at each ground as a label at x-axis.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanAvgRunsGround("aplayer.csv","A Player")

9. Average runs against different opposing teams

This plot computes the average runs scored against different countries.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("aplayer.csv","A Player")

10. Highest Runs Likelihood

The plot below shows the Runs Likelihood for a batsman.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanRunsLikelihood("aplayer.csv","A Player")

11. A look at the Top 4 batsman

Choose any number of players

1.Player1 2.Player2 3.Player3 …

The following plots take a closer at their performances. The box plots show the median the 1st and 3rd quartile of the runs

12. Box Histogram Plot

This plot shows a combined boxplot of the Runs ranges and a histogram of the Runs Frequency

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("aplayer002.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("aplayer003.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("aplayer004.csv","A Player004")

13. Get Player Data special

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#player1sp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile1,tdir=".",tfile="player1sp.csv",ttype="batting")
#player2sp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile2,tdir=".",tfile="player2sp.csv",ttype="batting")
#player3sp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile3,tdir=".",tfile="player3sp.csv",ttype="batting")
#player4sp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile4,tdir=".",tfile="player4sp.csv",ttype="batting")

14. Contribution to won and lost matches

Note:This can only be used for Test matches

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("player1sp.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("player2sp.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("player3sp.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("player4sp.csv","A Player004")

15. Performance at home and overseas

Note:This can only be used for Test matches This function also requires the use of getPlayerDataSp() as shown above

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("player1sp.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("player2sp.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("player3sp.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("player4sp.csv","A Player004")

16 Moving Average of runs in career

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanMovingAverage("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanMovingAverage("aplayer002.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanMovingAverage("aplayer003.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanMovingAverage("aplayer004.csv","A Player004")

17 Cumulative Average runs of batsman in career

This function provides the cumulative average runs of the batsman over the career.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("aplayer002.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("aplayer003.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("aplayer004.csv","A Player004")

18 Cumulative Average strike rate of batsman in career

.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("aplayer002.csv","A Player002")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("aplayer003.csv","A Player003")
#ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("aplayer004.csv","A Player004")

19 Future Runs forecast

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.batsmanPerfForecast("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")

20 Relative Batsman Cumulative Average Runs

The plot below compares the Relative cumulative average runs of the batsman for each of the runs ranges of 10 and plots them.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["aplayer1.csv","aplayer2.csv","aplayer3.csv","aplayer4.csv"]
names = ["A Player1","A Player2","A Player3","A Player4"]
#ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

21 Plot of 4s and 6s

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["aplayer1.csv","aplayer2.csv","aplayer3.csv","aplayer4.csv"]
names = ["A Player1","A Player2","A Player3","A Player4"]
#ca.batsman4s6s(frames,names)

22. Relative Batsman Strike Rate

The plot below gives the relative Runs Frequency Percetages for each 10 run bucket. The plot below show

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["aplayer1.csv","aplayer2.csv","aplayer3.csv","aplayer4.csv"]
names = ["A Player1","A Player2","A Player3","A Player4"]
#ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

23. 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

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.battingPerf3d("aplayer001.csv","A Player001")
#ca.battingPerf3d("aplayer002.csv","A Player002")
#ca.battingPerf3d("aplayer003.csv","A Player003")
#ca.battingPerf3d("aplayer004.csv","A Player004")

24. Predicting Runs given Balls Faced and Minutes at Crease

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

import cricpy.analytics as ca
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
BF = np.linspace( 10, 400,15)
Mins = np.linspace( 30,600,15)
newDF= pd.DataFrame({'BF':BF,'Mins':Mins})
#aplayer = ca.batsmanRunsPredict("aplayer.csv",newDF,"A Player")
#print(aplayer)

The fitted model is then used to predict the runs that the batsmen will score for a given Balls faced and Minutes at crease.

25 Analysis of Top 3 wicket takers

Take any number of bowlers from either Test, ODI or T20

  1. Bowler1
  2. Bowler2
  3. Bowler3 …

26. Get the bowler’s data (Test)

This plot below computes the percentage frequency of number of wickets taken for e.g 1 wicket x%, 2 wickets y% etc and plots them as a continuous line

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#abowler1 =ca.getPlayerData(profileNo1,dir=".",file="abowler1.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#abowler2 =ca.getPlayerData(profileNo2,dir=".",file="abowler2.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#abowler3 =ca.getPlayerData(profile3,dir=".",file="abowler3.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])

26b For ODI bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#abowler1 =ca.getPlayerDataOD(profileNo1,dir=".",file="abowler1.csv",type="bowling")
#abowler2 =ca.getPlayerDataOD(profileNo2,dir=".",file="abowler2.csv",type="bowling")
#abowler3 =ca.getPlayerDataOD(profile3,dir=".",file="abowler3.csv",type="bowling")

26c For T20 bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#abowler1 =ca.getPlayerDataTT(profileNo1,dir=".",file="abowler1.csv",type="bowling")
#abowler2 =ca.getPlayerDataTT(profileNo2,dir=".",file="abowler2.csv",type="bowling")
#abowler3 =ca.getPlayerDataTT(profile3,dir=".",file="abowler3.csv",type="bowling")

27. Wicket Frequency Plot

This plot below plots the frequency of wickets taken for each of the bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

28. Wickets Runs plot

The plot below create a box plot showing the 1st and 3rd quartile of runs conceded versus the number of wickets taken

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

29 Average wickets at different venues

The plot gives the average wickets taken bat different venues.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

30 Average wickets against different opposition

The plot gives the average wickets taken against different countries.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

31 Wickets taken moving average

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerMovingAverage("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerMovingAverage("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerMovingAverage("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

32 Cumulative average wickets taken

The plots below give the cumulative average wickets taken by the bowlers.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

33 Cumulative average economy rate

The plots below give the cumulative average economy rate of the bowlers.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("abowler1.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("abowler2.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("abowler3.csv","A Bowler3")

34 Future Wickets forecast

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerPerfForecast("abowler1.csv","A bowler1")

35 Get player data special

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#abowler1sp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile1,tdir=".",tfile="abowler1sp.csv",ttype="bowling")
#abowler2sp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile2,tdir=".",tfile="abowler2sp.csv",ttype="bowling")
#abowler3sp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(profile3,tdir=".",tfile="abowler3sp.csv",ttype="bowling")

36 Contribution to matches won and lost

Note:This can be done only for Test cricketers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("abowler1sp.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("abowler2sp.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("abowler3sp.csv","A Bowler3")

37 Performance home and overseas

Note:This can be done only for Test cricketers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("abowler1sp.csv","A Bowler1")
#ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("abowler2sp.csv","A Bowler2")
#ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("abowler3sp.csv","A Bowler3")

38 Relative cumulative average economy rate of bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["abowler1.csv","abowler2.csv","abowler3.csv"]
names = ["A Bowler1","A Bowler2","A Bowler3"]
#ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

39 Relative Economy Rate against wickets taken

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["abowler1.csv","abowler2.csv","abowler3.csv"]
names = ["A Bowler1","A Bowler2","A Bowler3"]
#ca.relativeBowlingER(frames,names)

40 Relative cumulative average wickets of bowlers in career

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["abowler1.csv","abowler2.csv","abowler3.csv"]
names = ["A Bowler1","A Bowler2","A Bowler3"]
#ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

Clone/download this cricpy template for your own analysis of players. This can be done using RStudio or IPython notebooks from Github at cricpy-template

Important note: Do check out my other posts using cricpy at cricpy-posts

Key Findings

Analysis of Top 4 batsman

Analysis of Top 3 bowlers

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Cricpy takes a swing at the ODIs

No computer has ever been designed that is ever aware of what it’s doing; but most of the time, we aren’t either.” Marvin Minksy

“The competent programmer is fully aware of the limited size of his own skull. He therefore approaches his task with full humility, and avoids clever tricks like the plague” Edgser Djikstra

Introduction

In this post, cricpy, the Python avatar of my R package cricketr, learns some new tricks to be able to handle ODI matches. To know more about my R package cricketr see Re-introducing cricketr! : An R package to analyze performances of cricketers

Cricpy uses the statistics info available in ESPN Cricinfo Statsguru. The current version of this package supports only Test cricket

You should be able to install the package using pip install cricpy and use the many functions available in the package. Please mindful of the ESPN Cricinfo Terms of Use

To know how to use cricpy see Introducing cricpy:A python package to analyze performances of cricketers. To the original version of cricpy, I have added 3 new functions for ODI. The earlier functions work for Test and ODI.

This post is also hosted on Rpubs at Cricpy takes a swing at the ODIs. You can also down the pdf version of this post at cricpy-odi.pdf

You can fork/clone the package at Github cricpy

Note: If you would like to do a similar analysis for a different set of batsman and bowlers, you can clone/download my skeleton cricpy-template from Github (which is the R Markdown file I have used for the analysis below). You will only need to make appropriate changes for the players you are interested in. The functions can be executed in RStudio or in a IPython notebook.

The cricpy package

The data for a particular player in ODI can be obtained with the getPlayerDataOD() function. To do you will need to go to ESPN CricInfo Player and type in the name of the player for e.g Virat Kohli, Virendar Sehwag, Chris Gayle etc. This will bring up a page which have the profile number for the player e.g. for Virat Kohli this would be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/253802.html. Hence, Kohli’s profile is 253802. This can be used to get the data for Virat Kohlis shown below

The cricpy package is a clone of my R package cricketr. The signature of all the python functions are identical with that of its clone ‘cricketr’, with only the necessary variations between Python and R. It may be useful to look at my post R vs Python: Different similarities and similar differences. In fact if you are familar with one of the lanuguages you can look up the package in the other and you will notice the parallel constructs.

You can fork/clone the package at Github cricpy

Note: The charts are self-explanatory and I have not added much of my owy interpretation to it. Do look at the plots closely and check out the performances for yourself.

1 Importing cricpy – Python

# Install the package
# Do a pip install cricpy
# Import cricpy
import cricpy.analytics as ca 

2. Invoking functions with Python package crlcpy

import cricpy.analytics as ca 
ca.batsman4s("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

3. Getting help from cricpy – Python

import cricpy.analytics as ca 
help(ca.getPlayerDataOD)
## Help on function getPlayerDataOD in module cricpy.analytics:
## 
## getPlayerDataOD(profile, opposition='', host='', dir='./data', file='player001.csv', type='batting', homeOrAway=[1, 2, 3], result=[1, 2, 3, 5], create=True)
##     Get the One day player data from ESPN Cricinfo based on specific inputs and store in a file in a given directory
##     
##     Description
##     
##     Get the player data given the profile of the batsman. The allowed inputs are home,away or both and won,lost or draw of matches. The data is stored in a <player>.csv file in a directory specified. This function also returns a data frame of the player
##     
##     Usage
##     
##     getPlayerDataOD(profile, opposition="",host="",dir = "../", file = "player001.csv", 
##     type = "batting", homeOrAway = c(1, 2, 3), result = c(1, 2, 3,5))
##     Arguments
##     
##     profile     
##     This is the profile number of the player to get data. This can be obtained from http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/index.html. Type the name of the player and click search. This will display the details of the player. Make a note of the profile ID. For e.g For Virender Sehwag this turns out to be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/35263.html. Hence the profile for Sehwag is 35263
##     opposition      The numerical value of the opposition country e.g.Australia,India, England etc. The values are Australia:2,Bangladesh:25,Bermuda:12, England:1,Hong Kong:19,India:6,Ireland:29, Netherlands:15,New Zealand:5,Pakistan:7,Scotland:30,South Africa:3,Sri Lanka:8,United Arab Emirates:27, West Indies:4, Zimbabwe:9; Africa XI:405 Note: If no value is entered for opposition then all teams are considered
##     host            The numerical value of the host country e.g.Australia,India, England etc. The values are Australia:2,Bangladesh:25,England:1,India:6,Ireland:29,Malaysia:16,New Zealand:5,Pakistan:7, Scotland:30,South Africa:3,Sri Lanka:8,United Arab Emirates:27,West Indies:4, Zimbabwe:9 Note: If no value is entered for host then all host countries are considered
##     dir 
##     Name of the directory to store the player data into. If not specified the data is stored in a default directory "../data". Default="../data"
##     file        
##     Name of the file to store the data into for e.g. tendulkar.csv. This can be used for subsequent functions. Default="player001.csv"
##     type        
##     type of data required. This can be "batting" or "bowling"
##     homeOrAway  
##     This is vector with either or all 1,2, 3. 1 is for home 2 is for away, 3 is for neutral venue
##     result      
##     This is a vector that can take values 1,2,3,5. 1 - won match 2- lost match 3-tied 5- no result
##     Details
##     
##     More details can be found in my short video tutorial in Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9uMPFVsXsI
##     
##     Value
##     
##     Returns the player's dataframe
##     
##     Note
##     
##     Maintainer: Tinniam V Ganesh <tvganesh.85@gmail.com>
##     
##     Author(s)
##     
##     Tinniam V Ganesh
##     
##     References
##     
##     http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/stats/index.html
##     https://gigadom.wordpress.com/
##     
##     See Also
##     
##     getPlayerDataSp getPlayerData
##     
##     Examples
##     
##     
##     ## Not run: 
##     # Both home and away. Result = won,lost and drawn
##     sehwag =getPlayerDataOD(35263,dir="../cricketr/data", file="sehwag1.csv",
##     type="batting", homeOrAway=[1,2],result=[1,2,3,4])
##     
##     # Only away. Get data only for won and lost innings
##     sehwag = getPlayerDataOD(35263,dir="../cricketr/data", file="sehwag2.csv",
##     type="batting",homeOrAway=[2],result=[1,2])
##     
##     # Get bowling data and store in file for future
##     malinga = getPlayerData(49758,dir="../cricketr/data",file="malinga1.csv",
##     type="bowling")
##     
##     # Get Dhoni's ODI record in Australia against Australua
##     dhoni = getPlayerDataOD(28081,opposition = 2,host=2,dir=".",
##     file="dhoniVsAusinAusOD",type="batting")
##     
##     ## End(Not run)

The details below will introduce the different functions that are available in cricpy.

4. Get the ODI player data for a player using the function getPlayerDataOD()

Important Note This needs to be done only once for a player. This function stores the player’s data in the specified CSV file (for e.g. kohli.csv as above) which can then be reused for all other functions). Once we have the data for the players many analyses can be done. This post will use the stored CSV file obtained with a prior getPlayerDataOD for all subsequent analyses

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#sehwag=ca.getPlayerDataOD(35263,dir=".",file="sehwag.csv",type="batting")
#kohli=ca.getPlayerDataOD(253802,dir=".",file="kohli.csv",type="batting")
#jayasuriya=ca.getPlayerDataOD(49209,dir=".",file="jayasuriya.csv",type="batting")
#gayle=ca.getPlayerDataOD(51880,dir=".",file="gayle.csv",type="batting")

Included below are some of the functions that can be used for ODI batsmen and bowlers. For this I have chosen, Virat Kohli, ‘the run machine’ who is on-track for breaking many of the Test & ODI records

5 Virat Kohli’s performance – Basic Analyses

The 3 plots below provide the following for Virat Kohli

  1. Frequency percentage of runs in each run range over the whole career
  2. Mean Strike Rate for runs scored in the given range
  3. A histogram of runs frequency percentages in runs ranges
import cricpy.analytics as ca
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
ca.batsmanRunsFreqPerf("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanMeanStrikeRate("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanRunsRanges("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

6. More analyses

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsman4s("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsman6s("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanDismissals("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanScoringRateODTT("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")


7. 3D scatter plot and prediction plane

The plots below show the 3D scatter plot of Kohli’s Runs versus Balls Faced and Minutes at crease. A linear regression plane is then fitted between Runs and Balls Faced + Minutes at crease

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.battingPerf3d("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

Average runs at different venues

The plot below gives the average runs scored by Kohli at different grounds. The plot also the number of innings at each ground as a label at x-axis.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanAvgRunsGround("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

9. Average runs against different opposing teams

This plot computes the average runs scored by Kohli against different countries.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

10 . Highest Runs Likelihood

The plot below shows the Runs Likelihood for a batsman. For this the performance of Kohli is plotted as a 3D scatter plot with Runs versus Balls Faced + Minutes at crease. K-Means. The centroids of 3 clusters are computed and plotted. In this plot Kohli’s highest tendencies are computed and plotted using K-Means

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanRunsLikelihood("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

A look at the Top 4 batsman – Kohli, Jayasuriya, Sehwag and Gayle

The following batsmen have been very prolific in ODI cricket and will be used for the analyses

  1. Virat Kohli: Runs – 10232, Average:59.83 ,Strike rate-92.88
  2. Sanath Jayasuriya : Runs – 13430, Average:32.36 ,Strike rate-91.2
  3. Virendar Sehwag :Runs – 8273, Average:35.05 ,Strike rate-104.33
  4. Chris Gayle : Runs – 9727, Average:37.12 ,Strike rate-85.82

The following plots take a closer at their performances. The box plots show the median the 1st and 3rd quartile of the runs

12. Box Histogram Plot

This plot shows a combined boxplot of the Runs ranges and a histogram of the Runs Frequency

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("./jayasuriya.csv","Sanath jayasuriya")

ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("./gayle.csv","Chris Gayle")

ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("./sehwag.csv","Virendar Sehwag")

13 Moving Average of runs in career

Take a look at the Moving Average across the career of the Top 4 (ignore the dip at the end of all plots. Need to check why this is so!). Kohli’s performance has been steadily improving over the years, so has Sehwag. Gayle seems to be on the way down

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanMovingAverage("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("./jayasuriya.csv","Sanath jayasuriya")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("./gayle.csv","Chris Gayle")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("./sehwag.csv","Virendar Sehwag")

14 Cumulative Average runs of batsman in career

This function provides the cumulative average runs of the batsman over the career. Kohli seems to be getting better with time and reaches a cumulative average of 45+. Sehwag improves with time and reaches around 35+. Chris Gayle drops from 42 to 35

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./jayasuriya.csv","Sanath jayasuriya")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./gayle.csv","Chris Gayle")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("./sehwag.csv","Virendar Sehwag")

15 Cumulative Average strike rate of batsman in career

Sehwag has the best strike rate of almost 90. Kohli and Jayasuriya have a cumulative strike rate of 75.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./jayasuriya.csv","Sanath jayasuriya")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./gayle.csv","Chris Gayle")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("./sehwag.csv","Virendar Sehwag")

16 Relative Batsman Cumulative Average Runs

The plot below compares the Relative cumulative average runs of the batsman . It can be seen that Virat Kohli towers above all others in the runs. He is followed by Chris Gayle and then Sehwag

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./sehwag.csv","./gayle.csv","./jayasuriya.csv","./kohli.csv"]
names = ["Sehwag","Gayle","Jayasuriya","Kohli"]
ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

Relative Batsman Strike Rate

The plot below gives the relative Runs Frequency Percentages for each 10 run bucket. The plot below show Sehwag has the best strike rate, followed by Jayasuriya

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./sehwag.csv","./gayle.csv","./jayasuriya.csv","./kohli.csv"]
names = ["Sehwag","Gayle","Jayasuriya","Kohli"]
ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

18. 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 3D prediction plane is fitted

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.battingPerf3d("./kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

ca.battingPerf3d("./jayasuriya.csv","Sanath jayasuriya")

ca.battingPerf3d("./gayle.csv","Chris Gayle")

ca.battingPerf3d("./sehwag.csv","Virendar Sehwag")

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

From the plot below it can be seen that Sehwag has more runs by way of 4s than 1’s,2’s or 3s. Gayle and Jayasuriya have large number of 6s

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./sehwag.csv","./kohli.csv","./gayle.csv","./jayasuriya.csv"]
names = ["Sehwag","Kohli","Gayle","Jayasuriya"]
ca.batsman4s6s(frames,names)

20. Predicting Runs given Balls Faced and Minutes at Crease

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

import cricpy.analytics as ca
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
BF = np.linspace( 10, 400,15)
Mins = np.linspace( 30,600,15)
newDF= pd.DataFrame({'BF':BF,'Mins':Mins})
kohli= ca.batsmanRunsPredict("./kohli.csv",newDF,"Kohli")
print(kohli)
##             BF        Mins        Runs
## 0    10.000000   30.000000    6.807407
## 1    37.857143   70.714286   36.034833
## 2    65.714286  111.428571   65.262259
## 3    93.571429  152.142857   94.489686
## 4   121.428571  192.857143  123.717112
## 5   149.285714  233.571429  152.944538
## 6   177.142857  274.285714  182.171965
## 7   205.000000  315.000000  211.399391
## 8   232.857143  355.714286  240.626817
## 9   260.714286  396.428571  269.854244
## 10  288.571429  437.142857  299.081670
## 11  316.428571  477.857143  328.309096
## 12  344.285714  518.571429  357.536523
## 13  372.142857  559.285714  386.763949
## 14  400.000000  600.000000  415.991375

The fitted model is then used to predict the runs that the batsmen will score for a given Balls faced and Minutes at crease.

21 Analysis of Top Bowlers

The following 4 bowlers have had an excellent career and will be used for the analysis

  1. Muthiah Muralitharan:Wickets: 534, Average = 23.08, Economy Rate – 3.93
  2. Wasim Akram : Wickets: 502, Average = 23.52, Economy Rate – 3.89
  3. Shaun Pollock: Wickets: 393, Average = 24.50, Economy Rate – 3.67
  4. Javagal Srinath : Wickets:315, Average – 28.08, Economy Rate – 4.44

How do Muralitharan, Akram, Pollock and Srinath compare with one another with respect to wickets taken and the Economy Rate. The next set of plots compute and plot precisely these analyses.

22. Get the bowler’s data

This plot below computes the percentage frequency of number of wickets taken for e.g 1 wicket x%, 2 wickets y% etc and plots them as a continuous line

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#akram=ca.getPlayerDataOD(43547,dir=".",file="akram.csv",type="bowling")
#murali=ca.getPlayerDataOD(49636,dir=".",file="murali.csv",type="bowling")
#pollock=ca.getPlayerDataOD(46774,dir=".",file="pollock.csv",type="bowling")
#srinath=ca.getPlayerDataOD(34105,dir=".",file="srinath.csv",type="bowling")

23. Wicket Frequency Plot

This plot below plots the frequency of wickets taken for each of the bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

24. Wickets Runs plot

The plot below create a box plot showing the 1st and 3rd quartile of runs conceded versus the number of wickets taken. Murali’s median runs for wickets ia around 40 while Akram, Pollock and Srinath it is around 32+ runs. The spread around the median is larger for these 3 bowlers in comparison to Murali

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

25 Average wickets at different venues

The plot gives the average wickets taken by Muralitharan at different venues. McGrath best performances are at Centurion, Lord’s and Port of Spain averaging about 4 wickets. Kapil Dev’s does good at Kingston and Wellington. Anderson averages 4 wickets at Dunedin and Nagpur

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

26 Average wickets against different opposition

The plot gives the average wickets taken by Muralitharan against different countries. The x-axis also includes the number of innings against each team

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

27 Wickets taken moving average

From the plot below it can be see James Anderson has had a solid performance over the years averaging about wickets

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerMovingAverage("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerMovingAverage("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerMovingAverage("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerMovingAverage("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

28 Cumulative average wickets taken

The plots below give the cumulative average wickets taken by the bowlers. Muralitharan has consistently taken wickets at an average of 1.6 wickets per game. Shaun Pollock has an average of 1.5

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

29 Cumulative average economy rate

The plots below give the cumulative average economy rate of the bowlers. Pollock is the most economical, followed by Akram and then Murali

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./murali.csv","M Muralitharan")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./akram.csv","Wasim Akram")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./pollock.csv","Shaun Pollock")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("./srinath.csv","J Srinath")

30 Relative cumulative average economy rate of bowlers

The Relative cumulative economy rate shows that Pollock is the most economical of the 4 bowlers. He is followed by Akram and then Murali

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./srinath.csv","./akram.csv","./murali.csv","pollock.csv"]
names = ["J Srinath","Wasim Akram","M Muralitharan", "S Pollock"]
ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

31 Relative Economy Rate against wickets taken

Pollock is most economical vs number of wickets taken. Murali has the best figures for 4 wickets taken.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./srinath.csv","./akram.csv","./murali.csv","pollock.csv"]
names = ["J Srinath","Wasim Akram","M Muralitharan", "S Pollock"]
ca.relativeBowlingER(frames,names)

32 Relative cumulative average wickets of bowlers in career

The plot below shows that McGrath has the best overall cumulative average wickets. While the bowlers are neck to neck around 130 innings, you can see Muralitharan is most consistent and leads the pack after 150 innings in the number of wickets taken.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["./srinath.csv","./akram.csv","./murali.csv","pollock.csv"]
names = ["J Srinath","Wasim Akram","M Muralitharan", "S Pollock"]
ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

33. Key Findings

The plots above capture some of the capabilities and features of my cricpy package. Feel free to install the package and try it out. Please do keep in mind ESPN Cricinfo’s Terms of Use.

Here are the main findings from the analysis above

Analysis of Top 4 batsman

The analysis of the Top 4 test batsman Tendulkar, Kallis, Ponting and Sangakkara show the folliwing

  1. Kohli is a mean run machine and has been consistently piling on runs. Clearly records will lay shattered in days to come for Kohli
  2. Virendar Sehwag has the best strike rate of the 4, followed by Jayasuriya and then Kohli
  3. Shaun Pollock is the most economical of the bowlers followed by Wasim Akram
  4. Muralitharan is the most consistent wicket of the lot.

Important note: Do check out my other posts using cricpy at cricpy-posts

Also see
1. Architecting a cloud based IP Multimedia System (IMS)
2. Exploring Quantum Gate operations with QCSimulator
3. Dabbling with Wiener filter using OpenCV
4. Deep Learning from first principles in Python, R and Octave – Part 5
5. Big Data-2: Move into the big league:Graduate from R to SparkR
6. Singularity
7. Practical Machine Learning with R and Python – Part 4
8. Literacy in India – A deepR dive
9. Modeling a Car in Android

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Introducing cricpy:A python package to analyze performances of cricketers

Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear;
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.

            Thomas Gray, An Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard
            

Introduction

It is finally here! cricpy, the python avatar , of my R package cricketr is now ready to rock-n-roll! My R package cricketr had its genesis about 3 and some years ago and went through a couple of enhancements. During this time I have always thought about creating an equivalent python package like cricketr. Now I have finally done it.

So here it is. My python package ‘cricpy!!!’

This package uses the statistics info available in ESPN Cricinfo Statsguru. The current version of this package supports only Test cricket

You should be able to install the package using pip install cricpy and use the many functions available in the package. Please mindful of the ESPN Cricinfo Terms of Use

This post is also hosted on Rpubs at Introducing cricpy. You can also download the pdf version of this post at cricpy.pdf

Do check out my post on R package cricketr at Re-introducing cricketr! : An R package to analyze performances of cricketers

If you are passionate about cricket, and love analyzing cricket performances, then check out my 2 racy books on cricket! In my books, I perform detailed yet compact analysis of performances of both batsmen, bowlers besides evaluating team & match performances in Tests , ODIs, T20s & IPL. You can buy my books on cricket from Amazon at $12.99 for the paperback and $4.99/$6.99 respectively for the kindle versions. The books can be accessed at Cricket analytics with cricketr  and Beaten by sheer pace-Cricket analytics with yorkr  A must read for any cricket lover! Check it out!!

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This package uses the statistics info available in ESPN Cricinfo Statsguru.

Note: If you would like to do a similar analysis for a different set of batsman and bowlers, you can clone/download my skeleton cricpy-template from Github (which is the R Markdown file I have used for the analysis below). You will only need to make appropriate changes for the players you are interested in. The functions can be executed in RStudio or in a IPython notebook.

The cricpy package

The cricpy package has several functions that perform several different analyses on both batsman and bowlers. The package has functions that plot percentage frequency runs or wickets, runs likelihood for a batsman, relative run/strike rates of batsman and relative performance/economy rate for bowlers are available.

Other interesting functions include batting performance moving average, forecasting, performance of a player against different oppositions, contribution to wins and losses etc.

The data for a particular player can be obtained with the getPlayerData() function. To do this you will need to go to ESPN CricInfo Player and type in the name of the player for e.g Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Alastair Cook etc. This will bring up a page which have the profile number for the player e.g. for Rahul Dravid this would be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/28114.html. Hence, Dravid’s profile is 28114. This can be used to get the data for Rahul Dravid as shown below

The cricpy package is almost a clone of my R package cricketr. The signature of all the python functions are identical with that of its R avatar namely  ‘cricketr’, with only the necessary variations between Python and R. It may be useful to look at my post R vs Python: Different similarities and similar differences. In fact if you are familiar with one of the languages you can look up the package in the other and you will notice the parallel constructs.

You can fork/clone the cricpy package at Github cricpy

The following 2 examples show the similarity between cricketr and cricpy packages

1a.Importing cricketr – R

Importing cricketr in R

#install.packages("cricketr")
library(cricketr)

2a. Importing cricpy – Python

# Install the package
# Do a pip install cricpy
# Import cricpy
import cricpy
# You could either do
#1.  
import cricpy.analytics as ca 
#ca.batsman4s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")
# Or
#2.
from cricpy.analytics import *
#batsman4s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

I would recommend using option 1 namely ca.batsman4s() as I may add an advanced analytics module in the future to cricpy.

2 Invoking functions

You can seen how the 2 calls are identical for both the R package cricketr and the Python package cricpy

2a. Invoking functions with R package ‘cricketr’

library(cricketr)
batsman4s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

2b. Invoking functions with Python package ‘cricpy’

import cricpy.analytics as ca 
ca.batsman4s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

 

3a. Getting help from cricketr – R

#help("getPlayerData")

3b. Getting help from cricpy – Python

help(ca.getPlayerData)
## Help on function getPlayerData in module cricpy.analytics:
## 
## getPlayerData(profile, opposition='', host='', dir='./data', file='player001.csv', type='batting', homeOrAway=[1, 2], result=[1, 2, 4], create=True)
##     Get the player data from ESPN Cricinfo based on specific inputs and store in a file in a given directory
##     
##     Description
##     
##     Get the player data given the profile of the batsman. The allowed inputs are home,away or both and won,lost or draw of matches. The data is stored in a <player>.csv file in a directory specified. This function also returns a data frame of the player
##     
##     Usage
##     
##     getPlayerData(profile,opposition="",host="",dir="./data",file="player001.csv",
##     type="batting", homeOrAway=c(1,2),result=c(1,2,4))
##     Arguments
##     
##     profile     
##     This is the profile number of the player to get data. This can be obtained from http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/index.html. Type the name of the player and click search. This will display the details of the player. Make a note of the profile ID. For e.g For Sachin Tendulkar this turns out to be http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/35320.html. Hence the profile for Sachin is 35320
##     opposition  
##     The numerical value of the opposition country e.g.Australia,India, England etc. The values are Australia:2,Bangladesh:25,England:1,India:6,New Zealand:5,Pakistan:7,South Africa:3,Sri Lanka:8, West Indies:4, Zimbabwe:9
##     host        
##     The numerical value of the host country e.g.Australia,India, England etc. The values are Australia:2,Bangladesh:25,England:1,India:6,New Zealand:5,Pakistan:7,South Africa:3,Sri Lanka:8, West Indies:4, Zimbabwe:9
##     dir 
##     Name of the directory to store the player data into. If not specified the data is stored in a default directory "./data". Default="./data"
##     file        
##     Name of the file to store the data into for e.g. tendulkar.csv. This can be used for subsequent functions. Default="player001.csv"
##     type        
##     type of data required. This can be "batting" or "bowling"
##     homeOrAway  
##     This is a list with either 1,2 or both. 1 is for home 2 is for away
##     result      
##     This is a list that can take values 1,2,4. 1 - won match 2- lost match 4- draw
##     Details
##     
##     More details can be found in my short video tutorial in Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9uMPFVsXsI
##     
##     Value
##     
##     Returns the player's dataframe
##     
##     Note
##     
##     Maintainer: Tinniam V Ganesh <tvganesh.85@gmail.com>
##     
##     Author(s)
##     
##     Tinniam V Ganesh
##     
##     References
##     
##     http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/stats/index.html
##     https://gigadom.wordpress.com/
##     
##     See Also
##     
##     getPlayerDataSp
##     
##     Examples
##     
##     ## Not run: 
##     # Both home and away. Result = won,lost and drawn
##     tendulkar = getPlayerData(35320,dir=".", file="tendulkar1.csv",
##     type="batting", homeOrAway=[1,2],result=[1,2,4])
##     
##     # Only away. Get data only for won and lost innings
##     tendulkar = getPlayerData(35320,dir=".", file="tendulkar2.csv",
##     type="batting",homeOrAway=[2],result=[1,2])
##     
##     # Get bowling data and store in file for future
##     kumble = getPlayerData(30176,dir=".",file="kumble1.csv",
##     type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1],result=[1,2])
##     
##     #Get the Tendulkar's Performance against Australia in Australia
##     tendulkar = getPlayerData(35320, opposition = 2,host=2,dir=".", 
##     file="tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv",type="batting")

The details below will introduce the different functions that are available in cricpy.

3. Get the player data for a player using the function getPlayerData()

Important Note This needs to be done only once for a player. This function stores the player’s data in the specified CSV file (for e.g. dravid.csv as above) which can then be reused for all other functions). Once we have the data for the players many analyses can be done. This post will use the stored CSV file obtained with a prior getPlayerData for all subsequent analyses

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#dravid =ca.getPlayerData(28114,dir="..",file="dravid.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#acook =ca.getPlayerData(11728,dir="..",file="acook.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
import cricpy.analytics as ca
#lara =ca.getPlayerData(52337,dir="..",file="lara.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])253802
#kohli =ca.getPlayerData(253802,dir="..",file="kohli.csv",type="batting",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])

4 Rahul Dravid’s performance – Basic Analyses

The 3 plots below provide the following for Rahul Dravid

  1. Frequency percentage of runs in each run range over the whole career
  2. Mean Strike Rate for runs scored in the given range
  3. A histogram of runs frequency percentages in runs ranges
import cricpy.analytics as ca
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
ca.batsmanRunsFreqPerf("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanMeanStrikeRate("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanRunsRanges("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid") 

5. More analyses

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsman4s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsman6s("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid") 

ca.batsmanDismissals("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

6. 3D scatter plot and prediction plane

The plots below show the 3D scatter plot of Dravid Runs versus Balls Faced and Minutes at crease. A linear regression plane is then fitted between Runs and Balls Faced + Minutes at crease

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.battingPerf3d("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

7. Average runs at different venues

The plot below gives the average runs scored by Dravid at different grounds. The plot also the number of innings at each ground as a label at x-axis. It can be seen Dravid did great in Rawalpindi, Leeds, Georgetown overseas and , Mohali and Bangalore at home

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanAvgRunsGround("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

 

8. Average runs against different opposing teams

This plot computes the average runs scored by Dravid against different countries. Dravid has an average of 50+ in England, New Zealand, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanAvgRunsOpposition("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

9 . Highest Runs Likelihood

The plot below shows the Runs Likelihood for a batsman. For this the performance of Sachin is plotted as a 3D scatter plot with Runs versus Balls Faced + Minutes at crease. K-Means. The centroids of 3 clusters are computed and plotted. In this plot Dravid’s  highest tendencies are computed and plotted using K-Means

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanRunsLikelihood("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

10. A look at the Top 4 batsman – Rahul Dravid, Alastair Cook, Brian Lara and Virat Kohli

The following batsmen have been very prolific in test cricket and will be used for teh analyses

  1. Rahul Dravid :Average:52.31,100’s – 36, 50’s – 63
  2. Alastair Cook : Average: 45.35, 100’s – 33, 50’s – 57
  3. Brian Lara : Average: 52.88, 100’s – 34 , 50’s – 48
  4. Virat Kohli: Average: 54.57 ,100’s – 24 , 50’s – 19

The following plots take a closer at their performances. The box plots show the median the 1st and 3rd quartile of the runs

11. Box Histogram Plot

This plot shows a combined boxplot of the Runs ranges and a histogram of the Runs Frequency

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("../acook.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("../lara.csv","Brian Lara")


ca.batsmanPerfBoxHist("../kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")


12. Contribution to won and lost matches

The plot below shows the contribution of Dravid, Cook, Lara and Kohli in matches won and lost. It can be seen that in matches where India has won Dravid and Kohli have scored more and must have been instrumental in the win

For the 2 functions below you will have to use the getPlayerDataSp() function as shown below. I have commented this as I already have these files

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#dravidsp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(28114,tdir=".",tfile="dravidsp.csv",ttype="batting")
#acooksp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(11728,tdir=".",tfile="acooksp.csv",ttype="batting")
#larasp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(52337,tdir=".",tfile="larasp.csv",ttype="batting")
#kohlisp = ca.getPlayerDataSp(253802,tdir=".",tfile="kohlisp.csv",ttype="batting")
import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("../dravidsp.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("../acooksp.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("../larasp.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.batsmanContributionWonLost("../kohlisp.csv","Virat Kohli")


13. Performance at home and overseas

From the plot below it can be seen

Dravid has a higher median overseas than at home.Cook, Lara and Kohli have a lower median of runs overseas than at home.

This function also requires the use of getPlayerDataSp() as shown above

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("../dravidsp.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("../acooksp.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("../larasp.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.batsmanPerfHomeAway("../kohlisp.csv","Virat Kohli")

14 Moving Average of runs in career

Take a look at the Moving Average across the career of the Top 4 (ignore the dip at the end of all plots. Need to check why this is so!). Lara’s performance seems to have been quite good before his retirement(wonder why retired so early!). Kohli’s performance has been steadily improving over the years

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanMovingAverage("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("../acook.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("../lara.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.batsmanMovingAverage("../kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

15 Cumulative Average runs of batsman in career

This function provides the cumulative average runs of the batsman over the career. Dravid averages around 48, Cook around 44, Lara around 50 and Kohli shows a steady improvement in his cumulative average. Kohli seems to be getting better with time.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("../acook.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("../lara.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.batsmanCumulativeAverageRuns("../kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

16 Cumulative Average strike rate of batsman in career

Lara has a terrific strike rate of 52+. Cook has a better strike rate over Dravid. Kohli’s strike rate has improved over the years.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("../acook.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("../lara.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.batsmanCumulativeStrikeRate("../kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")


17 Future Runs forecast

Here are plots that forecast how the batsman will perform in future. Currently ARIMA has been used for the forecast. (To do:  Perform Holt-Winters forecast!)

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.batsmanPerfForecast("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")
##                              ARIMA Model Results                              
## ==============================================================================
## Dep. Variable:                 D.runs   No. Observations:                  284
## Model:                 ARIMA(5, 1, 0)   Log Likelihood               -1522.837
## Method:                       css-mle   S.D. of innovations             51.488
## Date:                Sun, 28 Oct 2018   AIC                           3059.673
## Time:                        09:47:39   BIC                           3085.216
## Sample:                    07-04-1996   HQIC                          3069.914
##                          - 01-24-2012                                         
## ================================================================================
##                    coef    std err          z      P>|z|      [0.025      0.975]
## --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
## const           -0.1336      0.884     -0.151      0.880      -1.867       1.599
## ar.L1.D.runs    -0.7729      0.058    -13.322      0.000      -0.887      -0.659
## ar.L2.D.runs    -0.6234      0.071     -8.753      0.000      -0.763      -0.484
## ar.L3.D.runs    -0.5199      0.074     -7.038      0.000      -0.665      -0.375
## ar.L4.D.runs    -0.3490      0.071     -4.927      0.000      -0.488      -0.210
## ar.L5.D.runs    -0.2116      0.058     -3.665      0.000      -0.325      -0.098
##                                     Roots                                    
## =============================================================================
##                  Real           Imaginary           Modulus         Frequency
## -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
## AR.1            0.5789           -1.1743j            1.3093           -0.1771
## AR.2            0.5789           +1.1743j            1.3093            0.1771
## AR.3           -1.3617           -0.0000j            1.3617           -0.5000
## AR.4           -0.7227           -1.2257j            1.4230           -0.3348
## AR.5           -0.7227           +1.2257j            1.4230            0.3348
## -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
##                 0
## count  284.000000
## mean    -0.306769
## std     51.632947
## min   -106.653589
## 25%    -33.835148
## 50%     -8.954253
## 75%     21.024763
## max    223.152901
## 
## C:\Users\Ganesh\ANACON~1\lib\site-packages\statsmodels\tsa\kalmanf\kalmanfilter.py:646: FutureWarning: Conversion of the second argument of issubdtype from `float` to `np.floating` is deprecated. In future, it will be treated as `np.float64 == np.dtype(float).type`.
##   if issubdtype(paramsdtype, float):
## C:\Users\Ganesh\ANACON~1\lib\site-packages\statsmodels\tsa\kalmanf\kalmanfilter.py:650: FutureWarning: Conversion of the second argument of issubdtype from `complex` to `np.complexfloating` is deprecated. In future, it will be treated as `np.complex128 == np.dtype(complex).type`.
##   elif issubdtype(paramsdtype, complex):
## C:\Users\Ganesh\ANACON~1\lib\site-packages\statsmodels\tsa\kalmanf\kalmanfilter.py:577: FutureWarning: Conversion of the second argument of issubdtype from `float` to `np.floating` is deprecated. In future, it will be treated as `np.float64 == np.dtype(float).type`.
##   if issubdtype(paramsdtype, float):

18 Relative Batsman Cumulative Average Runs

The plot below compares the Relative cumulative average runs of the batsman for each of the runs ranges of 10 and plots them. The plot indicate the following Range 30 – 100 innings – Lara leads followed by Dravid Range 100+ innings – Kohli races ahead of the rest

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["../dravid.csv","../acook.csv","../lara.csv","../kohli.csv"]
names = ["Dravid","A Cook","Brian Lara","V Kohli"]
ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

19. Relative Batsman Strike Rate

The plot below gives the relative Runs Frequency Percetages for each 10 run bucket. The plot below show

Brian Lara towers over the Dravid, Cook and Kohli. However you will notice that Kohli’s strike rate is going up

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["../dravid.csv","../acook.csv","../lara.csv","../kohli.csv"]
names = ["Dravid","A Cook","Brian Lara","V Kohli"]
ca.relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

20. 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

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.battingPerf3d("../dravid.csv","Rahul Dravid")

ca.battingPerf3d("../acook.csv","Alastair Cook")

ca.battingPerf3d("../lara.csv","Brian Lara")

ca.battingPerf3d("../kohli.csv","Virat Kohli")

21. Predicting Runs given Balls Faced and Minutes at Crease

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

import cricpy.analytics as ca
import numpy as np
import pandas as pd
BF = np.linspace( 10, 400,15)
Mins = np.linspace( 30,600,15)
newDF= pd.DataFrame({'BF':BF,'Mins':Mins})
dravid = ca.batsmanRunsPredict("../dravid.csv",newDF,"Dravid")
print(dravid)
##             BF        Mins        Runs
## 0    10.000000   30.000000    0.519667
## 1    37.857143   70.714286   13.821794
## 2    65.714286  111.428571   27.123920
## 3    93.571429  152.142857   40.426046
## 4   121.428571  192.857143   53.728173
## 5   149.285714  233.571429   67.030299
## 6   177.142857  274.285714   80.332425
## 7   205.000000  315.000000   93.634552
## 8   232.857143  355.714286  106.936678
## 9   260.714286  396.428571  120.238805
## 10  288.571429  437.142857  133.540931
## 11  316.428571  477.857143  146.843057
## 12  344.285714  518.571429  160.145184
## 13  372.142857  559.285714  173.447310
## 14  400.000000  600.000000  186.749436

The fitted model is then used to predict the runs that the batsmen will score for a given Balls faced and Minutes at crease.

22 Analysis of Top 3 wicket takers

The following 3 bowlers have had an excellent career and will be used for the analysis

  1. Glenn McGrath:Wickets: 563, Average = 21.64, Economy Rate – 2.49
  2. Kapil Dev : Wickets: 434, Average = 29.64, Economy Rate – 2.78
  3. James Anderson: Wickets: 564, Average = 28.64, Economy Rate – 2.88

How do Glenn McGrath, Kapil Dev and James Anderson compare with one another with respect to wickets taken and the Economy Rate. The next set of plots compute and plot precisely these analyses.

23. Get the bowler’s data

This plot below computes the percentage frequency of number of wickets taken for e.g 1 wicket x%, 2 wickets y% etc and plots them as a continuous line

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#mcgrath =ca.getPlayerData(6565,dir=".",file="mcgrath.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#kapil =ca.getPlayerData(30028,dir=".",file="kapil.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])
#anderson =ca.getPlayerData(8608,dir=".",file="anderson.csv",type="bowling",homeOrAway=[1,2], result=[1,2,4])

24. Wicket Frequency Plot

This plot below plots the frequency of wickets taken for each of the bowlers

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerWktsFreqPercent("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

25. Wickets Runs plot

The plot below create a box plot showing the 1st and 3rd quartile of runs conceded versus the number of wickets taken

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerWktsRunsPlot("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

26 Average wickets at different venues

The plot gives the average wickets taken by Muralitharan at different venues. McGrath best performances are at Centurion, Lord’s and Port of Spain averaging about 4 wickets. Kapil Dev’s does good at Kingston and Wellington. Anderson averages 4 wickets at Dunedin and Nagpur

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsGround("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

27 Average wickets against different opposition

The plot gives the average wickets taken by Muralitharan against different countries. The x-axis also includes the number of innings against each team

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerAvgWktsOpposition("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

28 Wickets taken moving average

From the plot below it can be see James Anderson has had a solid performance over the years averaging about wickets

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerMovingAverage("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerMovingAverage("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerMovingAverage("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

29 Cumulative average wickets taken

The plots below give the cumulative average wickets taken by the bowlers. mcGrath plateaus around 2.4 wickets, Kapil Dev’s performance deteriorates over the years. Anderson holds on rock steady around 2 wickets

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgWickets("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

30 Cumulative average economy rate

The plots below give the cumulative average economy rate of the bowlers. McGrath’s was very expensive early in his career conceding about 2.8 runs per over which drops to around 2.5 runs towards the end. Kapil Dev’s economy rate drops from 3.6 to 2.8. Anderson is probably more expensive than the other 2.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("../kapil.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate("../anderson.csv","James Anderson")

31 Future Wickets forecast

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerPerfForecast("../mcgrath.csv","Glenn McGrath")
##                              ARIMA Model Results                              
## ==============================================================================
## Dep. Variable:              D.Wickets   No. Observations:                  236
## Model:                 ARIMA(5, 1, 0)   Log Likelihood                -480.815
## Method:                       css-mle   S.D. of innovations              1.851
## Date:                Sun, 28 Oct 2018   AIC                            975.630
## Time:                        09:28:32   BIC                            999.877
## Sample:                    11-12-1993   HQIC                           985.404
##                          - 01-02-2007                                         
## ===================================================================================
##                       coef    std err          z      P>|z|      [0.025      0.975]
## -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
## const               0.0037      0.033      0.113      0.910      -0.061       0.068
## ar.L1.D.Wickets    -0.9432      0.064    -14.708      0.000      -1.069      -0.818
## ar.L2.D.Wickets    -0.7254      0.086     -8.469      0.000      -0.893      -0.558
## ar.L3.D.Wickets    -0.4827      0.093     -5.217      0.000      -0.664      -0.301
## ar.L4.D.Wickets    -0.3690      0.085     -4.324      0.000      -0.536      -0.202
## ar.L5.D.Wickets    -0.1709      0.064     -2.678      0.008      -0.296      -0.046
##                                     Roots                                    
## =============================================================================
##                  Real           Imaginary           Modulus         Frequency
## -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
## AR.1            0.5630           -1.2761j            1.3948           -0.1839
## AR.2            0.5630           +1.2761j            1.3948            0.1839
## AR.3           -0.8433           -1.0820j            1.3718           -0.3554
## AR.4           -0.8433           +1.0820j            1.3718            0.3554
## AR.5           -1.5981           -0.0000j            1.5981           -0.5000
## -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
##                 0
## count  236.000000
## mean    -0.005142
## std      1.856961
## min     -3.457002
## 25%     -1.433391
## 50%     -0.080237
## 75%      1.446149
## max      5.840050

32 Get player data special

As discussed above the next 2 charts require the use of getPlayerDataSp()

import cricpy.analytics as ca
#mcgrathsp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(6565,tdir=".",tfile="mcgrathsp.csv",ttype="bowling")
#kapilsp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(30028,tdir=".",tfile="kapilsp.csv",ttype="bowling")
#andersonsp =ca.getPlayerDataSp(8608,tdir=".",tfile="andersonsp.csv",ttype="bowling")

33 Contribution to matches won and lost

The plot below is extremely interesting Glenn McGrath has been more instrumental in Australia winning than Kapil and Anderson as seems to have taken more wickets when Australia won.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("../mcgrathsp.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("../kapilsp.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerContributionWonLost("../andersonsp.csv","James Anderson")

34 Performance home and overseas

McGrath and Kapil Dev have performed better overseas than at home. Anderson has performed about the same home and overseas

import cricpy.analytics as ca
ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("../mcgrathsp.csv","Glenn McGrath")

ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("../kapilsp.csv","Kapil Dev")

ca.bowlerPerfHomeAway("../andersonsp.csv","James Anderson")

35 Relative cumulative average economy rate of bowlers

The Relative cumulative economy rate shows that McGrath has the best economy rate followed by Kapil Dev and then Anderson.

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["../mcgrath.csv","../kapil.csv","../anderson.csv"]
names = ["Glenn McGrath","Kapil Dev","James Anderson"]
ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

36 Relative Economy Rate against wickets taken

McGrath has been economical regardless of the number of wickets taken. Kapil Dev has been slightly more expensive when he takes more wickets

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["../mcgrath.csv","../kapil.csv","../anderson.csv"]
names = ["Glenn McGrath","Kapil Dev","James Anderson"]
ca.relativeBowlingER(frames,names)

37 Relative cumulative average wickets of bowlers in career

The plot below shows that McGrath has the best overall cumulative average wickets. Kapil’s leads Anderson till about 150 innings after which Anderson takes over

import cricpy.analytics as ca
frames = ["../mcgrath.csv","../kapil.csv","../anderson.csv"]
names = ["Glenn McGrath","Kapil Dev","James Anderson"]
ca.relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

Key Findings

The plots above capture some of the capabilities and features of my cricpy package. Feel free to install the package and try it out. Please do keep in mind ESPN Cricinfo’s Terms of Use.

Here are the main findings from the analysis above

Key insights

1. Brian Lara is head and shoulders above the rest in the overall strike rate
2. Kohli performance has been steadily improving over the years and with the way he is going he will shatter all records.
3. Kohli and Dravid have scored more in matches where India has won than the other two.
4. Dravid has performed very well overseas
5. The cumulative average runs has Kohli just edging out the other 3. Kohli is probably midway in his career but considering that his moving average is improving strongly, we can expect great things of him with the way he is going.
6. McGrath has had some great performances overseas
7. Mcgrath has the best economy rate and has contributed significantly to Australia’s wins.
8.In the cumulative average wickets race McGrath leads the pack. Kapil leads Anderson till about 150 matches after which Anderson takes over.

The code for cricpy can be accessed at Github at cricpy

Do let me know if you run into issues.

Conclusion

I have long wanted to make a python equivalent of cricketr and I have been able to make it. cricpy is still work in progress. I have add the necessary functions for ODI and Twenty20.  Go ahead give ‘cricpy’ a spin!!

Stay tuned!

Important note: Do check out my other posts using cricpy at cricpy-posts

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cricketr flexes new muscles: The final analysis

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

       Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
                   

No analysis of cricket is complete, without determining how players would perform in the host country. Playing Test cricket on foreign pitches, in the host country, is a ‘real test’ for both batsmen and bowlers. Players, who can perform consistently both on domestic and foreign pitches are the genuinely ‘class’ players. Player performance on foreign pitches lets us differentiate the paper tigers, and home ground bullies among batsmen. Similarly, spinners who perform well, only on rank turners in home ground or pace bowlers who can only swing and generate bounce on specially prepared pitches are neither  genuine spinners nor  real pace bowlers.

So this post, helps in identifying those with real strengths, and those who play good only when the conditions are in favor, in home grounds. This post brings a certain level of finality to the analysis of players with my R package ‘cricketr’

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As already mentioned, my R package ‘cricketr’ uses the statistics info available in ESPN Cricinfo Statsguru. You should be able to install the package from CRAN and use many of the functions available in the package. Please be mindful of ESPN Cricinfo Terms of Use

(Note: This page is also hosted at RPubs as cricketrFinalAnalysis. You can download the PDF file at cricketrFinalAnalysis.

Important note: Do check out my other posts using cricketr at cricketr-posts

For getting data of a player against a particular country for the match played in the host country, I just had to add 2 extra parameters to the getPlayerData() function. The cricketr package has been updated with the changed functions for getPlayerData() – Tests, getPlayerDataOD() – ODI and getPlayerDataTT() for the Twenty20s. The updated functions will be available in cricketr Version -0.0.14

The data for the following players have already been obtained with the new, changed getPlayerData() function and have been saved as *.csv files. I will be re-using these files, instead of getting them all over again. Hence the getPlayerData() lines have been commented below

library(cricketr)

1. Performance of a batsman against a host ountry in the host country

For e.g We can the get the data for Sachin Tendulkar for matches played against Australia and in Australia Here opposition=2 and host =2 indicate that the opposition is Australia and the host country is also Australia

#tendulkarAus=getPlayerData(35320,opposition=2,host=2,file="tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv",type="batting")

All cricketr functions can be used with this data frame, as before. All the charts show the performance of Tendulkar in Australia against Australia.

par(mfrow=c(2,3))
par(mar=c(4,4,2,2))
batsman4s("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")
batsman6s("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")
batsmanRunsRanges("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")
batsmanDismissals("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")
batsmanAvgRunsGround("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")
batsmanMovingAverage("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","Tendulkar")

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

2. Relative performances of international batsmen against England in England

While we can analyze the performance of a player against an opposition in some host country, I wanted to compare the relative performances of players, to see how players from different nations play in a host country which is not their home ground.

The following lines gets player’s data of matches played in England and against England.The Oval, Lord’s are famous for generating some dangerous swing and bounce. I chose the following players

  1. Sir Don Bradman (Australia)
  2. Steve Waugh (Australia)
  3. Rahul Dravid (India)
  4. Vivian Richards (West Indies)
  5. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
#tendulkarEng=getPlayerData(35320,opposition=1,host=1,file="tendulkarVsEngInEng.csv",type="batting")
#bradmanEng=getPlayerData(4188,opposition=1,host=1,file="bradmanVsEngInEng.csv",type="batting")
#srwaughEng=getPlayerData(8192,opposition=1,host=1,file="srwaughVsEngInEng.csv",type="batting")
#dravidEng=getPlayerData(28114,opposition=1,host=1,file="dravidVsEngInEng.csv",type="batting")
#vrichardEng=getPlayerData(52812,opposition=1,host=1,file="vrichardsEngInEng.csv",type="batting")
frames <- list("./data/tendulkarVsEngInEng.csv","./data/bradmanVsEngInEng.csv","./data/srwaughVsEngInEng.csv",
               "./data/dravidVsEngInEng.csv","./data/vrichardsEngInEng.csv")
names <- list("S Tendulkar","D Bradman","SR Waugh","R Dravid","Viv Richards")

The Lords and the Oval in England are some of the best pitches in the world. Scoring on these pitches and weather conditions, where there is both swing and bounce really requires excellent batting skills. It can be easily seen that Don Bradman stands heads and shoulders over everybody else, averaging close a cumulative average of 100+. He is followed by Viv Richards, who averages around ~60. Interestingly in English conditions, Rahul Dravid edges out Sachin Tendulkar.

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

# The other 2 plots on relative strike rate and cumulative average strike rate,
shows Viv Richards really  blasts the bowling. Viv Richards has a strike rate 
of 70, while Bradman 62+, followed by Tendulkar.
relativeBatsmanSR(frames,names)

relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

3. Relative performances of international batsmen against Australia in Australia

The following players from these countries were chosen

  1. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
  2. Viv Richard (West Indies)
  3. David Gower (England)
  4. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
  5. Alastair Cook (Emgland)
frames <- list("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","./data/vrichardsVAusInAus.csv","./data/dgowerVsAusInAus.csv",
               "./data/kallisVsAusInAus.csv","./data/ancookVsWIInWI.csv")
names <- list("S Tendulkar","Viv Richards","David Gower","J Kallis","AN Cook")

Alastair Cook of England has fantastic cumulative average of 55+ on the pitches of Australia. There is a dip towards the end, but we cannot predict whether it would have continued. AN Cook is followed by Tendulkar who has a steady average of 50+ runs, after which there is Viv Richards.

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

#With respect to cumulative or relative strike rate Viv Richards is a class apart.He seems to really
#tear into bowlers. David Gower has an excellent strike rate and is followed by Tendulkar
relativeBatsmanSR(frames,names)

relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

4. Relative performances of international batsmen against India in India

While England & Australia are famous for bouncy tracks with swing, Indian pitches are renowed for being extraordinary turners. Also India has always thrown up world class spinners, from the spin quartet of BS Chandraskehar, Bishen Singh Bedi, EAS Prasanna, S Venkatraghavan, to the times of dangerous Anil Kumble, and now to the more recent Ravichander Ashwon and Harbhajan Singh.

A batsmen who can score runs in India against Indian spinners has to be really adept in handling all kinds of spin.

While Clive Lloyd & Alvin Kallicharan had the best performance against India, they have not been included as ESPN Cricinfo had many of the columns missing.

So I chose the following international players for the analysis against India

  1. Hashim Amla (South Africa)
  2. Alastair Cook (England)
  3. Matthew Hayden (Australia)
  4. Viv Richards (West Indies)
frames <- list("./data/amlaVsIndInInd.csv","./data/ancookVsIndInInd.csv","./data/mhaydenVsIndInInd.csv",
               "./data/vrichardsVsIndInInd.csv")
names <- list("H Amla","AN Cook","M Hayden","Viv Riachards")

Excluding Clive Lloyd & Alvin Kallicharan the next best performer against India is Hashim Amla,followed by Alastair Cook, Viv Richards.

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

#With respect to strike rate, there is no contest when Viv Richards is around. He is clearly the best 
#striker of the ball regardless of whether it is the pacy wickets of 
#Australia/England or the spinning tracks of the subcontinent. After 
#Viv Richards, Hayden and Alastair Cook have good cumulative strike rates
#in India
relativeBatsmanSR(frames,names)

relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

5. All time greats of Indian batting

I couldn’t resist checking out how the top Indian batsmen perform when playing in host countries So here is a look at how the top Indian batsmen perform against different host countries

6. Top Indian batsmen against Australia in Australia

The following Indian batsmen were chosen

  1. Sunil Gavaskar
  2. Sachin Tendulkar
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Virendar Sehwag
  5. VVS Laxman
frames <- list("./data/tendulkarVsAusInAus.csv","./data/gavaskarVsAusInAus.csv","./data/kohliVsAusInAus.csv",
               "./data/sehwagVsAusInAus.csv","./data/vvslaxmanVsAusInAus.csv")
names <- list("S Tendulkar","S Gavaskar","V Kohli","V Sehwag","VVS Laxman")

Virat Kohli has the best overall performance against Australia, with a current cumulative average of 60+ runs for the total number of innings played by him (15). With 15 matches the 2nd best is Virendar Sehwag, followed by VVS Laxman. Tendulkar maintains a cumulative average of 48+ runs for an excess of 30+ innings.

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

# Sehwag leads the strike rate against host Australia, followed by 
# Tendulkar in Australia and then Kohli
relativeBatsmanSR(frames,names)

relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

7. Top Indian batsmen against England in England

The top Indian batmen’s performances against England are shown below

  1. Rahul Dravid
  2. Dilip Vengsarkar
  3. Rahul Dravid
  4. Sourav Ganguly
  5. Virat Kohli
frames <- list("./data/tendulkarVsEngInEng.csv","./data/dravidVsEngInEng.csv","./data/vengsarkarVsEngInEng.csv",
               "./data/gangulyVsEngInEng.csv","./data/gavaskarVsEngInEng.csv","./data/kohliVsEngInEng.csv")
names <- list("S Tendulkar","R Dravid","D Vengsarkar","S Ganguly","S Gavaskar","V Kohli")

Rahul Dravid has the best performance against England and edges out Tendulkar. He is followed by Tendulkar and then Sourav Ganguly. Note:Incidentally Virat Kohli’s performance against England in England so far has been extremely poor and he averages around 13-15 runs per innings. However he has a long way to go and I hope he catches up. In any case it will be an uphill climb for Kohli in England.

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

#Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid have the best strike rate and in that order.
relativeBatsmanSR(frames,names)

relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

8. Top Indian batsmen against West Indies in West Indies

frames <- list("./data/tendulkarVsWInWI.csv","./data/dravidVsWInWI.csv","./data/vvslaxmanVsWIInWI.csv",
               "./data/gavaskarVsWIInWI.csv")
names <- list("S Tendulkar","R Dravid","VVS Laxman","S Gavaskar")

Against the West Indies Sunil Gavaskar is heads and shoulders above the rest. Gavaskar has a very impressive cumulative average against West Indies

relativeBatsmanCumulativeAvgRuns(frames,names)

# VVS Laxman followed by  Tendulkar & then Dravid have a very 
# good strike rate against the West Indies
relativeBatsmanCumulativeStrikeRate(frames,names)

9. World’s best spinners on tracks suited for pace & bounce

In this part I compare the performances of the top 3 spinners in recent years and check out how they perform on surfaces that are known for pace, and bounce. I have taken the following 3 spinners

  1. Anil Kumble (India)
  2. M Muralitharan (Sri Lanka)
  3. Shane Warne (Australia)
#kumbleEng=getPlayerData(30176  ,opposition=3,host=3,file="kumbleVsEngInEng.csv",type="bowling")
#muraliEng=getPlayerData(49636  ,opposition=3,host=3,file="muraliVsEngInEng.csv",type="bowling")
#warneEng=getPlayerData(8166  ,opposition=3,host=3,file="warneVsEngInEng.csv",type="bowling")

10. Top international spinners against England in England

frames <- list("./data/kumbleVsEngInEng.csv","./data/muraliVsEngInEng.csv","./data/warneVsEngInEng.csv")
names <- list("Anil KUmble","M Muralitharan","Shane Warne")

Against England and in England, Muralitharan shines with a cumulative average of nearly 5 wickets per match with a peak of almost 8 wickets. Shane Warne has a steady average at 5 wickets and then Anil Kumble.

relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

# The order relative cumulative Economy rate, Warne has the best figures,followed by Anil Kumble. Muralitharan
# is much more expensive.
relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

11. Top international spinners against South Africa in South Africa

frames <- list("./data/kumbleVsSAInSA.csv","./data/muraliVsSAInSA.csv","./data/warneVsSAInSA.csv")
names <- list("Anil Kumble","M Muralitharan","Shane Warne")

In South Africa too, Muralitharan has the best wicket taking performance averaging about 4 wickets. Warne averages around 3 wickets and Kumble around 2 wickets

relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

# Muralitharan is expensive in South Africa too, while Kumble and Warne go neck-to-neck in the economy rate.
# Kumble edges out Warne and has a better cumulative average economy rate
relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

11. Top international pacers against India in India

As a final analysis I check how the world’s pacers perform in India against India. India pitches are supposed to be flat devoid of bounce, while being terrific turners. Hence Indian pitches are more suited to spin bowling than pace bowling. This is changing these days.

The best performers against India in India are mostly the deadly pacemen of yesteryears

For this I have chosen the following bowlers

  1. Courtney Walsh (West Indies)
  2. Andy Roberts (West Indies)
  3. Malcolm Marshall
  4. Glenn McGrath
#cawalshInd=getPlayerData(53216  ,opposition=6,host=6,file="cawalshVsIndInInd.csv",type="bowling")
#arobertsInd=getPlayerData(52817  ,opposition=6,host=6,file="arobertsIndInInd.csv",type="bowling")
#mmarshallInd=getPlayerData(52419  ,opposition=6,host=6,file="mmarshallVsIndInInd.csv",type="bowling")
#gmccgrathInd=getPlayerData(6565  ,opposition=6,host=6,file="mccgrathVsIndInInd.csv",type="bowling")
frames <- list("./data/cawalshVsIndInInd.csv","./data/arobertsIndInInd.csv","./data/mmarshallVsIndInInd.csv",
               "./data/mccgrathVsIndInInd.csv")
names <- list("C Walsh","A Roberts","M Marshall","G McGrath")

Courtney Walsh has the best performance, followed by Andy Roberts followed by Andy Roberts and then Malcom Marshall who tips ahead of Glenn McGrath

relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgWickets(frames,names)

#On the other hand McGrath has the best economy rate, followed by A Roberts and then Courtney Walsh
relativeBowlerCumulativeAvgEconRate(frames,names)

12. ODI performance of a player against a specific country in the host country

This gets the data for MS Dhoni in ODI matches against Australia and in Australia

#dhoniAusODI=getPlayerDataOD(28081,opposition=2,host=2,file="dhoniVsAusInAusODI.csv",type="batting")

13. Twenty 20 performance of a player against a specific country in the host country

#dhoniAusTT=getPlayerDataOD(28081,opposition=2,host=2,file="dhoniVsAusInAusTT.csv",type="batting")

All the ODI and Twenty20 functions of cricketr can be used on the above dataframes of MS Dhoni.

Some key observations

Here are some key observations

  1. At the top of the batting spectrum is Don Bradman with a very impressive average 100-120 in matches played in England and Australia. Unfortunately there weren’t matches he played in other countries and different pitches. 2.Viv Richard has the best cumulative strike rate overall.
  2. Muralitharan strikes more often than Kumble or Warne even in pitches at ENgland, South Africa and West Indies. However Muralitharan is also the most expensive
  3. Warne and Kumble have a much better economy rate than Muralitharan.
  4. Sunil Gavaskar has an extremely impressive performance in West Indies.
  5. Rahul Dravid performs much better than Tendulkar in both England and West Indies.
  6. Virat Kohli has the best performance against Australia so far and hope he maintains his stellar performance followed by Sehwag. However Kohli’s performance in England has been very poor
  7. West Indies batsmen and bowlers seem to thrive on Indian pitches, with Clive Lloyd and Alvin Kalicharan at the top of the list.

You may like my Shiny apps on cricket

  1. Inswinger- Analyzing International. T20s
  2. GooglyPlus – An app for analyzing IPL
  3. Sixer – App based on R package cricketr

Also see

  1. Exploring Quantum Gate operations with QCSimulator
  2. Neural Networks: The mechanics of backpropagation
  3. Re-introducing cricketr! : An R package to analyze performances of cricketers
  4. yorkr crashes the IPL party ! – Part 1
  5. cricketr and yorkr books – Paperback now in Amazon
  6.  Hand detection through Haartraining: A hands-on approach

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