Bob Simpson used this during his stint with the Aussies..This helped him to identify the % of balls not being scored or dot balls and asked his players to score atleast a single which would result in Australia always scoring more than 250 (during the 80's was a Match Winning Score) ..Led to the WC 87 triumph ..basically his mantra was try to score a single off every ball will win you the match..This stat helped him..
1. Percentage of balls scored from
This would be a massive indication of how fluent the player is, and be able to differentiate between 'boundary hitters' and players who can regularly rotate the strike and never get bogged down.
It would be a useful tool, especially in limited overs cricket, for coaches and captains to have at their disposal when working out dynamic batting orders. If a player is flogging boundaries all over the ground, and he loses his partner, it's always better to bring in a player who can feed that boundary hitter the strike. You would have a rating system of your most fluent batsmen (players with a higher %) and promote if necessary. Obviously conversely you could choose to send in a boundary hitter if there's a 'rotator established'.
I think if you could create an offshoot of this stat, by combining the strike rate and % of balls faced, it would prove to be a very handy tool.
What i would like to see is (may have been asked before)
1) How a batsman gets out (bowled, caught)? i know this stat is there.
2) Drill each of the instance further down for example if bowled how did he get bowled inducker,yorker,straight ball,moved too much inside and the ball knocks his legstump..
3) Where the ball was pitched?
4) What kind of shot led to the wicket? For eg if you getting caught out at point many times playing a cut shot then you are not keeping the ball down..
5) At what time of the match?
3,4,5 might help in understanding if the match a nail biter?, lack of concentration by the batsman at certain point
May be tough to answer as it could depend on pitches,match condition, rough or spots on the pitch where a ball could die or take off...but there it is my question