In T20 cricket a run-a-ball innings by a batsmen is considered lackluster unless the player is trying to prevent a batting collapse. A strike rate less than 100 is deemed unacceptable irrespective of the situation of the game. In yesterday’s match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played an extremely slow innings for .
The CSK all-rounder scored just 10 runs from 20 deliveries. He struggled against both spin and fast bowling in the death overs. It was not like Ambati Rayudu was going all out while Jadeja tried to give him as much strike as possible. The Saurashtra batsman came to bat when CSK were 101 for 5 in 14.4 overs. With 32 more balls to go, Jadeja used up 20 deliveries and did not make a significant contribution, leading CSK to a modest total of 132 at SRH’s homeground.
His strike rate of 50 is the lowest by a CSK batsman in Indian Premier League (IPL) history (minimum 20 balls faced). The previous lowest innings played was by Brendon McCullum. The Kiwi batsman scored 11 runs off 21 deliveries at a strike rate of 52.23. It is also joint second lowest strike rate in an unbeaten innings by a batsman. Saurabh Tiwary shares the feat with 13 runs off 26 deliveries for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) against CSK in 2011.
Overall, it is the 9th joint-lowest strike rate in an innings when a batsman has faced 20 balls or more. The list is headed by MS Dhoni with 8 runs off 22 deliveries for Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2016.