Batting Strike Rate is the total number of runs a batsman will score if he faces 100 balls, at the current rate. Are you familiar with percentage? Then this is how it works. Strike rate is the percentage of the balls faced in which the batsman has scored exactly 1 run. So if a batsman’s strike rate is 70, then he’s hit 1 run in 70% of the balls he’s faced. If his strike rate is 223, then he’s scored 1 run in 223% of the balls he’s faced.

Strike rate was never of much importance until the introduction of ODIs in the 1970s, as all that mattered was how many runs the batsman scored before getting out (or his batting average). Strike rate is now of very high importance, particularly in ODIs and T20s. In ODIs a strike rate of 80-95 will be great, while in T20s a strike rate or 130-155 is valued heavily.

Finding the strike rate of a batsman is not very difficult, but takes a lot of maths. You can find it yourself using the following formula:

(Runs scored/Balls faced) x 100


Michael Clarke has scored 59 runs in 31 balls. What is his strike rate?

So to find his strike rate, we should use the formula:

→ (59/31) x 100 = 190.32

Hence, his strike rate is 190.32.