Bowling Average is basically the the average number of runs given by a bowler before he picks up a wicket. It was very important in Test Cricket as picking up wickets was everything in those days. It is still of importance in other forms of cricket, but not as much as it used to be. All in all, it’s not one of the stats you’d pour over.¬†However, calculating bowling average is very simple. Consider the following formula:

Bowling Average: Runs given/Wickets taken

Example:

RP Singh has taken 18 wickets and given 180 runs in the tournament. What’s his average?

Well just plug in:

180/18= 10 runs per wicket

So RP’s average is 10.00