Batting Average was easily the most important stat for a batsman after runs scored in the time of Test Cricket, but with the rise of ODI and T20 cricket, we’ve seen strike rate being a bit more preferable. Nonetheless, if you want to be a successful batsman, you need to have a good average.

Moving from that, let’s get to what batting average really is. So basically, batting average is the average number of runs a batsman scores before losing a wicket. I personally like to think of it as the measure of how reliable a batsman is. You wouldn’t trust a batsman averaging 21 to score a lot, but if he averaged 50, then you’d be much more willing to bet on him. Calculating batting average is not very complicating. I’ve created a formula which will help you to do it mentally:

Batting Average = Runs scored/wickets lost

Example:

AB de Villiers scores the following scores in 10 different games:

45, 22*, 10, 12, 101*, 70*, 58, 33, 0, 89*

Find his batting average.

So we add up all the runs, and divide by the number of wickets lost:

(45+22+10+12+101+70+58+33+0+89)/6= 73.33

So AB’s average is 73.33