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What is net run rate?How to calculate run rate?Calculating the net run rate - exampleWhat if a match is forfeited?Why is the net run rate useful?FAQs

If you can't quite figure out how to calculate run rate, use this net run rate calculator to help you out. This tool is invaluable for both cricket fans interested in their favorite team's results and cricket players who want to get better by assessing their skills as precisely and accurately as possible.

What is net run rate?

Net run rate is one of the many statistical methods used to assess a cricket player's performance. As opposed to the more popular batting average, net run rate is used to evaluate the skill of a whole team rather than that of an individual player. This is the most commonly used statistic when ranking cricket teams which have an equal number of points in a limited overs league competition, and can be compared to the goal difference statistic used in football.

How to calculate run rate?

To calculate the net run rate, all you need to do is:

  • Input the number of runs scored.
  • Input the number of overs faced.
  • Input the number of runs conceded.
  • Lastly, input the number of overs bowled.
  • The run rate calculator will use these four values to calculate the average runs per over scored by the team and the average runs per over scored against the team. It will then use them to give you the net run rate of your team.

The equation used to calculate the net run rate in cricket is as follows:

Net Run Rate = (total runs scored / total overs faced) – (total runs conceded / total overs bowled)

πŸ”Ž What happens when a team is bowled out? If any side is bowled out, i.e., loses all ten wickets before their quota of overs is exhausted, we must still consider that they've played their full quota of overs. For example, say Team A scored 245-7 in 50 overs and Team B was bowled out for 230 in 45 overs. When calculating NRR, we must consider that Team B has faced 50 overs, not just 45 overs.

Calculating the net run rate - example

Let's go through an example together so that any remaining doubt you may have is eliminated. In our example, we will calculate the net run rate for a 50 overs match, with the following results:

  • Team A: 251-8 in 50 overs; and
  • Team B: 230-10 in 42 overs.

Even though Team B faced only 42 overs in reality, because they were bowled out, we must consider that Team A has bowled (and Team B has faced) 50 overs.

The net run rate of Team A is:

Team A=25150βˆ’23050=0.42\text{Team A} = \frac{251}{50} - \frac{230}{50} = 0.42

Meanwhile, Team B's net run rate is would be the negative of Team A's:

Team B=23050βˆ’25150=βˆ’0.42\text{Team B} = \frac{230}{50} - \frac{251}{50}= -0.42

πŸ”Ž Note that if we used the actual overs Team B faced (42 overs), then their NRR would've been 23042βˆ’25150=0.456\frac{230}{42} - \frac{251}{50} = 0.456. This means the losing side would've gained NRR while the winning side would've lost NRR. That's why we must use their full quota of overs when calculating NRR if any team is bowled out.

Now, what if Team B had won that match? Say, the results are as follows:

  • Team A: 251-8 in 50 overs; and
  • Team B: 254-9 in 46.3 overs.

We shall consider that Team B faced 46.3 overs when calculating NRR. Because each over in cricket has six balls, 46.3 overs is mathematically equivalent to 46+36=46.546 + \frac{3}{6} = 46.5 overs. This gives us:

Team A=25150βˆ’25446.5=βˆ’0.442Team B=25446.5βˆ’25150=0.442\text{Team A} = \frac{251}{50} - \frac{254}{46.5} = -0.442\\[1em] \text{Team B} = \frac{254}{46.5} - \frac{251}{50} = 0.442\\

What if a match is forfeited?

Ideally, you should take all the matches a team has ever played into account to calculate their run rate. However, sometimes a match may be forfeited or abandoned. Curious how to calculate run rate if such a situation arises? Luckily, the International Cricket Council has created a rule for this.

According to Rule 16.10.2 of the ICC Men's ODI Playing Conditions:

Only those matches where results are achieved will count for the purpose of net run rate calculations. Where a match is abandoned, but a result is achieved under Duckworth/Lewis/Stern, for net run rate purposes Team 1 will be credited with Team 2's Par Score on abandonment off the same number of overs faced by Team 2. Where a match is concluded with Duckworth/Lewis/Stern having been applied at an earlier point in the match, Team 1 will be credited with 1 run less than the final Target Score for Team 2 off the total number of overs allocated to Team 2 to reach the target.

If you wish to learn more about the Duckworth/Lewis/Stern method, visit our Duckworth Lewis calculator.

Why is the net run rate useful?

The net run rate is a great statistic that allows you to assess a team's chances in a very precise way. It is also handy for the players, as an accurate knowledge of your level of skill is tremendously important when training - only if you know exactly how good you are you can expect to get better.

Net run rate is still useful from the perspective of a cricket fan rather than a player, especially if one enjoys sports betting. If you want to be sure of your favorite team's chances in upcoming tournaments, knowing how to calculate run rate may be crucial. Use this calculator alongside the batting average calculator and the winning percentage calculator so that your estimation of your team's performance is the most accurate it can be.

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What was India's net run rate in the 1983 World Cup final match?

India's net run rate in the 1983 World Cup final match was 0.717. To calculate this answer, follow these steps:

  1. India scored 183 runs in 54.4 overs. Since they were bowled out, we take the full quota of overs, i.e., 60 overs, when calculating the net run rate.

  2. Calculate India's run rate: 183/60 β‰ˆ 3.05.

  3. West Indies were bowled out for 140 runs in 52 overs. Calculate West Indies' run rate: 140/60 β‰ˆ 2.333.

  4. Subtract West Indies' run rate from India's to determine India's net run rate: 3.05 - 2.333 = 0.717.

What happens to net run rate if the match is tied?

Even if one match in a league ends in a tie, the team's performance in that match will be added to the rest of the tournament matches to obtain its overall net run rate, according to the formula:

(total runs scored in the tournament/total overs faced in the tournament) - (total runs conceded in the tournament/total overs bowled in the tournament).

Who has the highest net run rate in IPL history?

Mumbai Indians have the highest net run rate (NRR) in IPL history, with an NRR of 1.107 in IPL 2020. Mumbai Indians also have the second-highest net run rate, with an NRR of 1.084 in IPL 2010.

What is the preferred rounding when expressing net run rate?

Net run rate is most commonly expressed as a decimal number with three decimal places. It can be positive or negative, so it comes with a positive (+) or negative (-) sign preceding the decimal number.

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